When you think of surf music, musicians like Dick Dale, The Surfaris, The Ventures and The Beach Boys may come to mind, along with the genre’s signature staccato electric guitar riffs, and classic tunes like “Wipeout” and “Surfin’ Safari.” However, a new composition premiering this Friday at San Diego’s Orchestra Nova may expand your notions about surf music. The work combines elements of classical, rock, pop and electronica to re-create the experience and freedom of riding the waves.
The work is called “Surf” and it’s part of Orchestra Nova’s new concert series, a musical homage to Mother Nature called “Nova Goes Green”. The series pairs two classics, Beethoven’s “Pastoral Symphony” and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending,” with two contemporary works.
In addition to “Surf”, audiences can enjoy Steve Heitzeg’s “Aqua”, a tribute to Jacques-Yves Cousteau featuring natural percussion instruments including driftwood, coral, river stones and even plastic six-pack rings.
Listen to samples and an interview with the composer – KPBS: Orchestra Nova With New ‘Surf’-Inspired Work
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Touring internationally since 2008, Play Me, I’m Yours is artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. For three weeks beginning April 12, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra brings Play Me, I’m Yours to Los Angeles.
Thirty pianos, designed and decorated by local artists and community organizations, are featured across Los Angeles County and are available for everyone to play, in celebration of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane’s 15th anniversary as LACO music director.
PDF poster, that includes a map of the piano locations.
There is also a FREE pop-up tribute under the lights of Hollywood on Thursday, April 26th at 8:45PM.
Love Letters to LA: Pianos Live
A one night only concert around the piano located outside of the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Kicking off the final week of the pianos’ LA visit, the concert will feature stripped down, unplugged performances by over a dozen local artists. Each artist will perform one song – a cover of their choosing that means “Los Angeles” to them.
The piano tour also includes a website for the public to upload photos, videos, and post comments. Here are a few of them:
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