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LA Philharmonic Announces NOON TO MIDNIGHT: A Day Of New Music's Complete Programming Announced

LA Philharmonic Announces NOON TO MIDNIGHT: A Day Of New Music's Complete Programming Announced

The Los Angeles Philharmonic's Noon to Midnight: A Day of New Music returns Saturday, November 18 at Walt Disney Concert Hall. As it did during last year's successful inaugural performances, the day-long event offers audiences L.A.'s most far-sighted ensembles with pop-up performances scattered throughout the various spaces of the iconic venue.

The day begins at noon with a presentation of Annie Gosfield's operaWar of the Worlds, with concept, direction and text adaption provided by LA Phil Artist-Collaborator Yuval Sharon. Narrated by award-winning actress Sigourney Weaver, the performance piece based on Orson Welles' 1938 radio broadcast will simultaneously be experienced on the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage and outside on the streets of DTLA via three newly reactivated World War II-era air raid sirens. Christopher Rountree leads the LA Phil New Music Group in the performance that will have its world premiere earlier in the week, on Sunday, November 12. The performance repeats at 2pm, providing an opportunity for those who heard either of the earlier inside or outside performances to gain a different perspective.

Later in the day, the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage hosts the LA Phil's National Composer's Intensive with wild Up led by Christopher Rountree, featuring the world premieres of six NCI participants - David Bird, Tonia Ko, Aldo Lombera, Nate May, Erika Vega and Juan Andres Vergara.

Other performances taking place on the stage include Jacaranda Musicwith the world premiere of an LA Phil-commissioned work by Mark Gray;gnarwhallaby performing two world premieres; red fish blue fish, ledby Steven Schick; a second performance by wild Up, led by Rountreefeaturing two world premieres; and Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestraperforming three world premieres.

In Walt Disney Concert Hall's BP Hall, guests will get to enjoy a performance by HOCKET Duo, a Los Angeles-based cutting-edge piano duo who will present a brief program including the world premiere of Nina C. Young's LA Phil-commissioned Typesetter. Also in BP Hall will be performances by LA Signal Lab; Eighth Blackbird's founding member and cellist Nick Photinos with Piano Spheres' Vicky Ray; the world premiere of Chris Kallmyer's LA Phil-commissioned Soft Structures featuring an installation of performances by Southland Ensemble, HOCKET Duo,Carmina Escobar, Scott Cazan and more; and finally, the long running series of new music Monday Evening Concerts, curated by Artistic Director Jonathan Hepfer, will be the final performance in BP Hall.

In Keck Amphitheatre, located on the rooftop garden of Walt Disney Concert Hall, will be percussionist Steven Schick performing John Luther Adams' Mathematics of Resonant Bodies. Additional performances include the USC Percussion Group, led by LA Phil Principal Timpanist Joseph Pereira; percussion ensemble red fish blue fish, led by Schick;SASSASS (The Society for the Activation of Social Space Through Art and Sound) a­­­­­­nd the soundShoppe Orchestra; and MondayEvening Concerts, curated by Hepfer.

This yea­­­r, Noon to Midnight also makes use of Walt Disney Concert Hall'sGrand Staircase, with a performance of two world premiere pieces commissioned and performed by Rage Thormbones, who will perform on the Grand Plaza at the top of the staircase. The Grand Staircase will also be the site of a performance by guitar octet Los Angeles Electric 8.

The final performance of the evening will be held by the wulf in theFounders Room, and will include sound installations by Stephanie Smith, Casey Anderson, Davy Sumner and Rick Bahto.

Noon to Midnight attendees will also be able to enjoy beer tastings and food trucks courtesy of Smorgasburg LA.

For more information and full artists' biographies, please visit:


Walt Disney Concert Hall,

111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

Noon to Midnight: A Day of New Music - Saturday, November 18, 2017

12:00pm - Walt Disney Concert Hall

LA Phil New Music Group and The Industry

Yuval Sharon, director

Christopher Rountree, conductor

Sigourney Weaver, narrator

Hila Plitmann, La sirena

Annie GOSFIELD War of the Worlds (world premiere, LA Phil commission)

Adapted and directed by Yuval Sharon

Music by Annie Gosfield

Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group

Jonathan Deans, concept sound designer

David Bullard, concert hall sound designer

Jody Elff, siren sites sound designer

Jaymee Ngernwichit, costume designer

Suzanna Guzmán, Mrs. Martinez/Estella Ramos, Acting Secretary of the Interior

Joanna Lyn-Jacobs, Melissa Morse and Starshine

Hadleigh Adams, General Lansing

Jon Lee Keenan, Gunner/Stage Hand, Chorus

David Castillo, Officer, Chorus

James Hayden, Commander/Sound Designer, Chorus

Co-produced by The Industry and Now Art

The War of the Worlds radio play by Howard Koch used by permission of Peter Koch

12:40pm - Keck Amphitheatre

Steven Schick, percussion

John Luther ADAMS Mathematics of Resonant Bodies

1:00pm - BP Hall


Sarah Gibson, piano

Thomas Kotcheff, piano

Andy AKIHO Karakurenai

Tristan PERICH qsqsqsqsqqqqqqqqq

Nina C YOUNG Typesetter (world premiere, LA Phil commission)

Thomas KOTCHEFF wgah'nahl fhtagn

1:10pm - Grand Plaza


Matt Barbier, trombone

Weston Olencki, trombone

Sam PLUTA for George Lewis (world premiere, Rage Thormbones commission)

Catherine Lamb Periphery for 2 (world premiere, Rage Thormbones commission)

2:00pm - Walt Disney Concert Hall

LA Phil New Music Group and The Industry

Yuval Sharon, director

Christopher Rountree, conductor

Sigourney Weaver, narrator

Hila Plitmann, La sirena

Annie GOSFIELD War of the Worlds (world premiere, LA Phil commission)

*see above for full cast and creative team listing

3:00pm - BP Hall

LA Signal Lab
Noah Meites, conductor and trumpet
Sean Pawling, trombone

Hitomi Oba, tenor saxophone and vocals

Dan Marschak, piano and synthesizer
Ross Garren, synthesizer and harmonica

Adrianne Pope, violin
Linnea Powell, viola
Stephen Pfeifer, bass

Dan MARSCHAK Coalesce

Nick DEPINNA Aqua Corelli

Noah MEITES Water and Power

Hitomi OBA Souranbushi 3

3:00pm - Grand Avenue Sidewalk

Los Angeles Electric 8

Gabriel Deutsch, guitar

Nicholas Deyoe, guitar

Tom Frazer, guitar

Jeremy Kerner, guitar

Eric Kiersnowski, guitar

Andy Lee, guitar

Felix Salazar, guitar

JohnPaul Trotter, guitar

Daniel CORRAL Circle Limit III

3:15pm - Keck Amphitheatre

USC Percussion Group

Joseph Pereira, conductor

Jieun Chung, percussion

Thomas Kolakowski, percussion

Amy Ksandr, percussion

Bernadette Manalo, percussion

David Riccobono, percussion

Wesley Strasser, percussion

Wesley Sumpter, percussion

Jonathan Wisner, percussion

Panayiotis KOKORAS Paranormal

Michel VAN DER AA Between

Ondreij ADAMEK Fishbones

4:00pm - Walt Disney Concert Hall

LA Phil's National Composers Intensive

wild Up

Christopher Rountree, conductor

David BIRD New Work (world premiere)

Tonia KO Very Tall Very Bright (world premiere)

Aldo LOMBERA In (E)Motion (world premiere)

Nate MAY The Living Form Contains Its Own History (world premiere)

Erika VEGA Icebergs Breaking Under Cloudy Skies (world premiere)

Juan Andres VERGARA Lines (world premiere)

4:10pm - BP Hall

Nick Photinos, cello

Vicki Ray, piano

Bryce DESSNER Lewisburg

Andrew Norman Five Sonnets

David Lang undanceable

David T LITTLE and the sky was still there

Molly JOYCE Sit and Dance

Florent GHYS Game, Information and Flowers from Petits Artéfacts

5:00pm - Keck Amphitheatre

red fish blue fish

Steven Schick, conductor

Gérard GRISEY Le Noir de l'Etoile

5:30pm - Walt Disney Concert Hall

Jacaranda Music

Patrick Scott, artistic director

Mark GRAY New Work (world premiere, LA Phil commission)

Dylan MATTINGLY Three Choruses from The Bakkhai

5:30pm - BP Hall

Chris KALLMYER Soft Structures (world premiere, LA Phil commission)

An installation including performances by Southland Ensemble, HOCKET Duo, Carmina Escobar, Scott Cazan, Lewis Pesacov, Odeya Nini and more.

6:45pm - Walt Disney Concert Hall


Brian Walsh, clarinets and saxophones

Richard Valitutto, piano and keyboards

Derek Stein, cello

Matt Barbier, trombones and euphonium

Élise ROY homeostasis (world premiere, LA Phil commission)

Richard Barrett tkiva (world premiere)

7:15pm - Walt Disney Concert Hall

red fish blue fish

Steven Schick, conductor

Wenjing GUO Parade

7:15pm - Keck Amphitheatre

SASSAS (The Society for the Activation of Social Space)

soundShoppe Orchestra

Bernd Buerklin, David Hendren, Case Hudson, Susie Kozawa,

Don Lewis, John Lewis, Jorge Martin, Cameron McNair,

Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Mike Ruiz, Vetza


8:00pm - Walt Disney Concert Hall

wild Up

Christopher Rountree, conductor

Alex TEMPLE The Man Who Hated Everything

Gérard PESSON Rescousse

Andrew THOLL New Work (world premiere, wild Up commission)

Du Yun Mantichora

Scott WALKER RUBATO (It: 'Stolen Time') (world premiere, LA Phil and wild Up co-commission)

Pauline OLIVEROS Tuning Meditation

9:30pm - Keck Amphitheatre

Monday Evening Concerts

Jonathan Hepfer, artistic director

Steve REICH Pendulum Music

Éliane RADIGUE Usral

9:30pm - BP Hall

Monday Evening Concerts

Jonathan Hepfer, artistic director

Anne LEBARON Poem for Doreen

James TENNEY Having Never Written a Note for Percussion

Pauline OLIVEROS Bye Bye Butterfly

Michael PISARO Ricefall

Anne LEBARON Poem for Doreen

10:00pm - Walt Disney Concert Hall

Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra

Krists AUZNIEKS Snippets of Joy (world premiere)

Peter SHIN Screaming Shapes

Pamela Z And the Movement of the Tongue (world premiere)

Gabriella SMITH Carrot Revolution (world premiere)

11:00pm - Founders Room

the wulf
Erika BELL Sucking Stones
Michael Winter ostinato and interrupt (audition)

With sound installations by: Stephanie Smith, Casey ANDERSON, Davy SUMNER, Rick BAHTO

Patrons purchasing tickets for War of the Worlds get access to all Noon to Midnight pop-up performances. Tickets for the Noon to Midnight pop-up performances only can be purchased for $10. War of the Worlds siren site seats can be reserved free of charge. Tickets are available for purchase at, in person at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, or by phone at 323.850.2000.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres - orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop - at two of L.A.'s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall ( and the Hollywood Bowl ( The LA Phil's season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from September through May, and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs.

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