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Wild up: Chamber Music


Wild up: Chamber Music

Throughout the residency, wild Up musicians will have the opportunity to explore their individual interests through a chamber music series. This week we host wild Up member  Isaac Schankler and his program Contemporary Opera Scenes.

The program is comprised of selections from four of our favorite operas by Los Angeles composers — Daniel Corral’s Zoophilic Follies, Veronika Krausas’ The Mortal Thoughts of Lady MacBeth, Anne LeBaron’s Crescent City, and Isaac Schankler’s Light and Power. You can expect larger-than-life portrayals of fascinating figures from Greek mythology, Shakespearean tragedy, Creole legend, and American scientific history. Featuring the talents of Timur and the Dime Museum, plus an array of guest musicians and singers.




wild Up is a 24-member experimental classical/contemporary ensemble comprised of Los Angeles musicians committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings. By mixing traditional classical works, challenging new compositions and indie music, their insightful programming looks to change the experience of the classical concert and reconceptualize the role of an orchestra in its community. Throughout a performance wild Up creates an active experience for the audience by sharing the contextual and inspirational impetus for their program. The ensemble practices a philosophy of radical-inclusionism: audience members are invited to experience concerts the way that they see fit, and absolutely no music is off limits.

When visiting the museum from July through December visitors will encounter vibrant performances, projects, and interactive installations. Stop by to find out what’s possible when an orchestra takes on a museum.



Part of the curatorial department, the Public Engagement program collaborates with artists to develop and present works that create an exchange with the institution and with visitors. Enacted both inside and outside the galleries, Public Engagement projects range from re-envisioned security guard uniforms to library and orchestra residencies.

wild Up at the Hammer received generous support from Karen Kohl. The Hammer Museum's Public Engagement Program is supported through a major grant from The James Irvine Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Shifting Foundation.

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