New Music With Richard Thompson, Sō Percussion & the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra

April 29th at 4 p.m. at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater, Los Angeles


"The range of colors and voices that Sō Percussion coaxes from its menagerie is astonishing and enticing." - New York Times

Don't miss the upcoming Los Angeles appearance of the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra, with special guests Guitar/Songwriting Legend Richard Thompson and the inimitable Sō Percussion. The program also features the World Premiere of a new commissioned work from Chen Yi and Peter Askim. In a program that celebrates the premiere compositional and performance talent of today, The Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra joins an impressive lineup of the most prevalent contemporary musicians for a must-see spring concert. As part of the IAAO annual New Music Concerts, the event is set for April 28th and 29th and boasts renowned talent and highly-anticipated music premieres for audience members.

Pulling an eclectic showcasing of original work from some of the most acclaimed contemporary musicians, the IAAO's April program will feature the world premieres of Elsewhere... from composer Peter Askim and Tone Poem from Chen Yi. Well-loved singer/songwriter/guitarist Richard Thompson will perform his never-before-heard original music from his Interviews with Ghosts. The IAAO will also premiere the orchestral version of John Cage's Credo in US and music from composer Steve Reich and performer Jason Treuting of the celebrated Sō Percussion.

The Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra continues its tradition of performing the most exciting new works of our time, collaborating with world-class soloists and commissioning major composers. The upcoming performance features the World Premieres of Richard Thompson's Interviews with Ghosts, Chen Yi's Tone Poem, Music Director Peter Askim's Elsewhere... and the World Premiere of the Orchestra Version of John Cage's Credo in US. Also on the program is the West Coast Premiere of Sō member Jason Treuting's oblique music for 4 (plus blank) and Steve Reich's Music for Pieces of Wood.

Richard Thompson will sing and perform his new orchestral songs and Sō Percussion will be the featured soloists for three of the works. Mark your calendars for what will be an exciting, genre-bending showcase of the best of today's music!



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