Filmmaker Michael Moore, Shakespeare’s Globe Theater performance of “Twelfth Night,” Mikhail Baryshnikov and a collection of American roots musicians highlight UCLA Live’s 2003-04 season.
Hal Willner, who has organized concerts including the Harry Smith Project and a Halloween show in the last two seasons, is the artist in residence. He will curate two events: “Shock and Awe: The Songs of Randy Newman,” featuring a diverse lineup of musicians performing music by the singer-songwriter (Jan. 24); and “Let’s Eat: Feasting on the Firesign Theater,” featuring sequences from the groups four famed audio plays, performed by a host of actors, singers and writers including John Goodman (April 1).
UCLA Live will stage its second annual Intl. Theater Festival, including the U.S. debuts of Marisa Carnesky in “Jewess Tattooess” (Oct. 1, 3-5) monologist Oscar McLennan’s “The Quiet Bastard: The Director’s Cut” (Oct. 15-19) and Berlin’s Volksbuhne am Rosa-Luxembergplatz performing Dostoyevesky’s “The Insulted and Injured” (Dec. 17-19).
Shakespeare’s Globe kicks off its first U.S. tour at UCLA with “Twelfth Night” (Oct. 22-24, 28-31, Nov. 1-2) and “Shockheaded Peter” creator Improbable Theater Co. returns with “The Hanging Man” (Oct. 15-19).
Back to their roots
A new roots-music series features a swing-blues triple bill (Sept. 14) of David Johansen and his group the Harry Smiths, Clarence Gatemouth Brown and Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks; a Global Guitars program of David Lindley with drummer Wally Ingram and Madagascar native D’Gary (Nov. 21); Willie Nelson and his band (Dec. 4); the Blind Boys of Alabama doing a holiday concert (Dec. 13); and Beausoleil in a Mardi Gras celebration (Feb. 24).
A tribute to Ornette Coleman by Joshua Redman, leading the San Francisco Modern Jazz Collective with vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson (March 27), highlights a jazz schedule that includes guitarist John McLaughlin with tabla maestro Zakir Hussain in Remember Shakti (Sept. 18), and a double bill of Michael Brecker and Roy Hargrove (Oct. 5).
Newman perf set
Besides the Newman program on Jan. 24, Randy Newman himself will perform the night before. Other pop concerts include the Paris-based tango, dub and electronica collective the Gotan Project, in a show with Los Angeles’ Dakah Hip-Hop Orchestra (Oct. 18), and Brit cabaret artists the Tiger Lillies joining the Kronos Quartet in “The Gorey End” (Oct. 28), a concert featuring the premiere of 13 songs inspired by the unpublished writings of writer-illustrator Edward Gorey.
Legendary Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso (April 29) and Buena Vista Social Club alumna Omara Portuondo (Nov. 1) return to Royce Hall as part of a world music series that boasts Senegal’s Doudou N’Diaye Rose leading the Drummers of West Africa (Oct. 9-10), Jesus Alemany and ¡Cubanismo! (May 15) and Peru’s Tania Libertad (Oct. 17).
Willard White will perform a tribute to the legendary Paul Robeson (May 13), Audra McDonald will sing a program of songs written for theater and film (Oct. 11-12) and German cabaret chanteuse Ute Lemper will perform Broadway standards, songs by Weill and chansons by Dietrich and Piaf (March 12).
Salman Rushdie (Oct. 21), Alice Sebold (Feb. 5), Tony Kushner (Sept. 23) and Michael Moore (Nov. 22-23) are among the spoken-word performers. In addition, UCLA Live has commissioned a work featuring comic artist and author Chris Ware and Ira Glass, host of public radio’s “This American Life” (April 10).
On the dance card
In dance performances, Mikhail Baryshnikov returns to UCLA Live for solo performances at Freud Playhouse (Oct. 8-12), former Royal Ballet dancers Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt, aka Ballet Boyz, make their U.S. debut (Oct. 3-4) and the Mark Morris Dance Group returns to Royce Hall in a program featuring the Los Angeles premiere of “V” (Feb. 27-28).
Classical music performances include a recital by violinist Itzhak Perlman (Jan. 15), the Los Angeles debut of Russia’s 500-year-old St. Petersburg Capella Choir (Nov. 20) and the Takacs Quartet performing the complete Beethoven Cycle in six concerts over three weekends throughout the season (Oct. 18-19, March 6-7, April 3-4). Their recording of the Beethoven Cycle won the Grammy Award for chamber performance earlier this year.
Performance venues in the 2003-04 season include Royce Hall, Schoenberg Hall, Freud Playhouse and Macgowan Little Theater, all located on the UCLA campus.
About a dozen more shows, most of them musical acts, will be announced before the September opening of the season.
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