Attraverso il Mare
Across the Sea
October 17, 2015

Showtime: 8pm

Pre-performance discussion begins at 7:15pm

Italian and Italian-American composers join in a multi-cultural, multi-genre concert of music, poetry, and visual art. Featuring Paolo Cavallone, Luciano Chessa, Joe Lo Piccolo, and Jason Barabba.

Tickets: $25/$20 for seniors

Exploring the rich cultural and historic ties between Italy and the United States, Attaverso il Mare, is an evening of music influenced by the composers’ Italian and Italian-American identities. Music-making has long been at the core of Italian communities and a significant element in the Italian-American tradition. Attraverso il Mare wishes to honor that creative legacy while promoting the work of living artists.

Musicians Jason Barabba, Paolo Cavallone, Joe Lo Piccolo and Luciano Chessa joined together with Los Angeles’ What’s Next? Ensemble to create this project, pairing their own work with the music of Luciano Berio and Nino Rota. Each composer’s contribution to the program in some way represents or explores their own Italian (or Italian-American) identity. Several are new works created specifically for this project.

The program includes:

  • Luciano Berio – Folk Songs (excerpts), featuring soprano Justine Aronson
  • Paolo Cavallone – Frammenti Lirici, featuring violinist Sakura Tsai and Justine Aronson
  • Luciano Chessa - Piano e Biliardino circa 1982 (premiere), with the composer at the piano and foosball performers.
  • Nino Rota – Prelude No. 6 - Andante, arranged for guitar and performed by Joe Lo Piccolo
  • Jason Barabba – Lettere da Triggiano (premiere), featuring actor Kalean Ung, and singers Anna Schubert, Elissa Johnston, Sarah Lynch and Amy Fogerson

Composer/guitarist Joe Lo Piccolo will incorporate some of the more traditional music known to Italian Americans, via excerpts from his i t a L i A n project. This project performs traditional and modern Italian compositions and songs reset to be reflective specifically of the Los Angeles Italian-American experience.

The program is being directed for the stage by Doug Oliphant, who will be working to combine the music with the dramatic elements inherent in several of the works being presented.

What’s Next? is a Los Angeles based post-classical event and performance collective. “Ready for any mainstage keen enough to know what’s what” (LA Times), What’s Next? is devoted to performing cutting edge music from Southern California and beyond. Since forming in 2008, the group has consistently lead the vanguard of grassroots new music in the region, presenting vibrant concerts of both world renowned living composers and budding local talent in alternative venues throughout LA. The ensemble is being conducted by Geoffrey Pope

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