DuoFest: LA’s Most Fearless Fusions
Introducing DuoFest! For the first time, Boston Court reimagines its summer music series as a weeklong festival, featuring collaborations from some of LA’s most exciting contemporary performers. Each evening will feature two or more artists, performing separately and together, showcasing new or rarely performed work, and mixing things up along the way. From bold musical couplings to a new piece by the Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre to the special finale performance of Mauricio Kagel’s Ludwig van (featuring the week’s artists, plus a few special guests), DuoFest celebrates collaboration in our signature Boston Court style—unexpectedly, adventurously, and intimately.
ACT ONE - PANIC DUO
Panic Duo is a Los-Angeles based ensemble dedicated to the performance of music of our time. Featuring violinist Pasha Tseitlin and pianist Nic Gerpe, the Duo’s performances of contemporary music have been described as “exciting”, “virtuosic”, and “irresistible”. Engaging audiences into unfamiliar music through a combination of dialogue and uncompromising musicality, Panic Duo has brought a variety of repertoire to audiences since 2009.
Unique in their facility with works from different styles and periods – classical and contemporary, jazz, modernist, world-music inspired – Panic Duo’s performances feature surprising juxtapositions of works. On the cutting edge of new music, their repertoire includes pieces by John Adams, John Corigliano, Nico Muhly, and Jennifer Higdon, and they have collaborated with composers such as Gernot Wolfgang, Anne LeBaron, Stephen Cohn, Isaac Schankler and Juhi Bansal, commissioning, premiering, and recording new works.
Panic Duo have performed at venues including Leo S. Bing Theater at LACMA, the California Center for the Arts, Thayer and Newman Halls in Los Angeles, California State University Los Angeles and Classical Encounters Foundation, and were the artists in residence for the 2013 New Lens Concert Series.
ACT TWO - ARONSON AND VALITUTTI
Richard Valitutto is an emphatic and dedicated performer of compositions for the piano that span the instrument’s entire existence. Described by the Los Angeles Times as a “vivid soloist,” “quietly dazzling,” and “vigorously virtuosic,” he is a piano soloist, chamber musician, vocal accompanist, and composing/improvising creative whose soloistic charisma and flexible collaborative artistry have made him one of the most sought after pianists of his generation for his tenacity in bringing dynamic life to scores old and new in the spirit of integrated collaboration and informed understanding.
Hailed by The New York Times as possessing "a deep reservoir of expressive devices" and by the Los Angeles Times as "dramatically and gratifyingly juic[y]," soprano Justine Aronson employs artistic and technical versatility to create engaging performances. Her repertoire spans the traditional and the contemporary, and her performances adventurously embrace the unexpected: crossing a busy street, riding in the back of a limousine, scaling a bank of escalators at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and dodging celebrity supernumeraries at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum.