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UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance Releases Spring Schedule

January 26, 2021

Not every presenter is rushing to get in-person performances up and going prematurely. UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) is settling into a mostly digital spring season.

Fortunately, that means audiences and artists will have one of the best online setups within easy reach. The Los Angeles Times’ classical-music critic, Mark Swed, named CAP UCLA’s executive and artistic director, Kristy Edmunds, to his “best of 2020” list. In the past year, the presenter has kept its voice — challenging programs across all genres and mediums — while developing a virtual space: CAP UCLA Online. The performances there, like much of the season so far, have been free.

The music streaming this spring is in keeping with CAP UCLA’s wide-ranging approach. Online Feb. 12, guitarist Nels Cline and the Aizuri String Quartet premiere a piece by composer Douglas J. Cuomo. March 26, tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain plays a percussion program. In April, CAP UCLA streams performances from Ukrainian folk-music group DakhaBrakha and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. And in May, composer Ted Hearne delivers what would have been a West Coast premiere, his recent song cycle In Your Mouth.

Dance and film are also on the spring schedule. Israel Galván delivers flamenco in March, and Monica Bill Barnes & Company reprises a contemporary project in April. New York artist Robin Frohardt is translating her installation piece Plastic Bag Store to film, and a popular filmed theater work this season, 600 Highwaymen’s A Thousand Ways, will be available from CAP UCLA in May.

The one exception to the at-home season: composer Ellen Reid has conceived a piece for Griffith Park. SOUNDWALK will reach listeners through a free app, and the music you hear will depend on where you go in the park. Kronos Quartet contributed a recording to the project, which goes live Feb. 18 and will stay up through 2023.

Visit CAP UCLA’s website for more information on upcoming programs.

Peter Feher is an editor at SFCV. He can be reached at [email protected].