One of the West Coast's leading new-music institutions, music director Jeff von der Schmidt's intrepid (Mark Swed) Southwest Chamber Music, continues a long tradition of adventurous programming with a series of four winter concerts presenting the music of 20th and 21st-century composers from four continents.
January 4, Febuary 2, Febuary 23 and March 2 at 8pm, Southwest's 2013 L.A. International New Music Festival will present a plethora of West Coast, world, and U.S. premieres at the Zipper Concert Hall of downtown L.A.'s Colburn School.
Among these is the February 2 West Coast premiere of Charles Wuorinen's It Happens like This. For this cycle, Wuorinen—whose music, on the occasion of his 75th year, is enjoying a broad slate of performances in 2013—set the poems of James Tate for a quartet of vocalists and large chamber group.
John Cage, who reached a 100-year milestone of his own last year, is a star composer on the next
New Music Festival concert on February 23. This program will see the West Coast premiere of Muoyce II: Writing Through Ulysses, Cage's posthumous composition for speakers and tape based on James Joyce's novel.
The next week, Southwest will present the world premiere of Roger Reynolds' Positings, a new work by a living pioneer of electronic music. Positings, which incorporates both improvisational elements and an computer accompaniment using real-time algorithms, will help close the festival on March 2.
Tickets are available individually or as a festival pass from the Southwest Chamber Music website.