L.A.’s Kaleidoscope, focusing on living composers in 2017-18

Posted on: October 30, 2017

Kaleidoscope, a conductorless chamber ensemble based in Los Angeles, opened its 2017-18 season on October 28 at the Colburn School with the West Coast premieres of Gabriella Smith’s Brandenburg Intestices and Stephen Hartke’s A Brandenburg Autumn, on a program including Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos 1 and 5. Two November concerts with IRIS Dance Company will feature three world premieres: Krists Auznieks’s Snippets of Joy, Pamela Z’s And the Movement of the Tongue for string orchestra, and Gabriella Smith’s Carrot Revolution for string orchestra. Newly commissioned works for full orchestra this season include scores by Alyssa Weinberg (February) and Donald Crockett (May). Other composers to be spotlighted in 2017-18 include Aart Strootman, Christopher Cerrone, David Hertzberg, Murray Hidary, Gregor Mayrhofer, Katherine Balch, Krists Auznieks, Melissa Dunphy, Molly Joyce, Nina Shekhar, Pascal Le Boeuf, Peter Shin, and Viet Cuong. In addition to public concerts performed using a “pay what you can” model, the ensemble gives free performances at schools, hospitals, and homeless shelters. Benjamin Mitchell, a clarinetist, is Kaleidoscope’s founder and president.

Posted October 30, 2017