No venue can do it all, but Los Angeles’ BroadStage comes close. The theater on the campus of Santa Monica College has hosted everything from dance to film to classical music and more since opening in 2008. Now, these various interests are coming together in a concentrated way for the presenter, which this month announced its 2022–2023 season.
Audiences will get the chance to take in a whole range of artistic offerings, sometimes within a single evening. A big production this fall, Being Future Being, combines the vision and choreography of Emily Johnson with a new score by composer Raven Chacon — three performances, Sept. 8–10. More dance premieres grace the stage this season, including Mark Morris’s The Look of Love, set to songs by Burt Bacharach (Oct. 20–23), and Barak Ballet’s Memoryhouse, with music by Max Richter (June 15–17, 2023).
Certainly, the classical artists aren’t content to stay within one genre. Sō Percussion teams up with composer-performers Caroline Shaw and Shodekeh Talifero for a concert exploring the human voice, from singing to beatboxing (April 22, 2023). The Academy of St Martin in the Fields tours to California with an untraditional concerto soloist, mandolinist Avi Avital playing Bach (March 11, 2023). Even the most standard program requires collaboration: Pianist Jeremy Denk joins the Takács Quartet for chamber works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, and more (Jan. 20, 2023).
Jazz is an equal part of the musical mix. Two acclaimed projects anchor the schedule — saxophonist Ravi Coltrane’s deep dive into his parents’ legacy, titled “Cosmic Music” (Sept. 23), and Maria Schneider’s Data Lords (March 4, 2023). Add to that a lineup of star players making their BroadStage debuts, from trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg (March 10, 2023) to pianist Jason Moran (June 3, 2023).
The concerts don’t stop there, though. The jazz offerings get more intimate with a trio of blackbox programs that highlight lesser-known artists and make use of the venue’s smaller performance spaces. And the classical programming stays local for “Sunday Morning Music,” a new series showcasing Los Angeles musicians, curated by cellist Antonio Lysy.
For subscription tickets and the complete season schedule, visit the BroadStage website, or call (310) 434-3200.