New Music, Food and Fun at LA Phil’s Noon to Midnight

The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents its third Noon to Midnight festival on June 1st at Disney Hall

The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents its third annual Noon to Midnight (N2M) festival in and around Walt Disney Concert Hall this Saturday, June 1st, 2019. N2M is the quintessential LA Phil event, combining uncompromisingly avant garde music with a fun outdoor festival featuring food trucks curated by Smorgasburg and a beer garden with L.A. Ale Works’ LA Phil 100 Brut IPA and other local brews. Beginning at noon, the Phil joins forces with over a dozen other ensembles, including the International Contemporary Ensemble, Grammy-winning choir The Crossing, and the Calder Quintet, to present a full day of performances all over the Disney Hall campus.

The day’s fare includes world premieres from composers such as David Lang, George Lewis and Julia Wolfe along with repertoire from Anthony Braxton, Philip Glass, Steve Reich and others. The feature event is the 8:00 pm performance of of four new Philharmonic commissioned works by the LA Phil New Music Group and Mivos String Quartet under conductor John Adams on the main stage at Disney Hall. Part of the orchestra’s year-long centennial celebration, the day also marks the culmination of the concurrent Fluxus Festival, including musical and conceptual pieces by Lang, John Cage, La Monte Young and others associated with that movement. Music lovers who hold out until the end will be treated to David Robbins’ “Ice Cream Social” at 11 pm, a participatory art piece featuring real cake and ice cream.

With thirty discreet concert presentations taking place on nine different stages over twelve hours, you’ll want to review the schedule and develop a game plan to see the works that most interest you. Mine will include the noon premiere of Lang’s “crowd out” on the Disney Hall stage, the performance of Glass’s “Glassworks” at 12:30 at BP Hall, the two sets by the International Contemporary Ensemble at 1:15 and 6:15 in which a total of nine new works will be debuted, the 2:30 performance by The Crossing (all at the Disney Hall stage), the 4:30 performance by piano duo Hocket of Cage’s “Two²” in the Keck Garden amphitheater, and of course, the Adams concert at 8 pm.

Noon to Midnight presents new and rarely heard music in a uniquely festive setting. Tickets are $10 and include access to all events accept for the 8:00 pm performance led by John Adams. Individual tickets including that event are sold out to the general public, though some may still be available as part of a 2019-20 Philharmonic subscription. Visit the Los Angeles Philharmonic for tickets and more information

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