First Take

First Take

First Take

Co-presented by The Industry 

Over 40 of L.A.’s most dynamic artists bring to life excerpts of six boundary-breaking new projects, un-staged, as read by the wildUp chamber ensemble and conducted by Marc Lowenstein and Christopher Rountree. Lively video introductions precede each piece, taking the audience into the creators’ process. The six new works span an enormous stylistic range, including collaborations by the legendary Pauline Oliveros with the poet Ione, and rising-star composer Mohammed Fairouz with the poet and cultural critic Wayne Koestenbaum.

Schedule of works:


Brother, Brother - Music and text by Aaron Siegel

The House is Open - Music and text by Alexander Vassos


Longitude - Created by David Brynjar Franzson, Davyde Wachell, Halldor Ulfarsson, and Angela Rawlings

Winter’s Child - Music by Ellen Reid, libretto by Amanda Jane Shank


Pierrot Lunaire - Music by Mohammed Fairouz, libretto by Wayne Koestenbaum

The Nubian Word for Flowers - Music by Pauline Oliveros, libretto by Ione


The Industry presents new and experimental productions that merge music, visual arts, and performance in order to expand the traditional definition of opera and create a new paradigm for interdisciplinary collaboration. Learn more at


Free tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. Visitors receive one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Members enjoy priority seating, subject to availability. Arrival at least a half hour prior to the program time is recommended. Once the program has begun, visitors will not be able to enter the theater until one of the two breaks that occur during the performance. A live simulcast will be available in the Annex and theater lobby.

Parking is available under the museum for a flat rate of $3 after 6PM.

Public programs are made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA.

Our programs are free to the public thanks to generosity of Hammer members; Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy; the Simms/Mann Family Foundation; The Brotman Foundation of California; Bronya and Andrew Galef; Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley; and an anonymous donor.