September 15 2012, 03:00pm
Public Engagement
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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 Richard Valitutto performs Inner Child, Old Soul, a program of solo works for toy piano. Compositions by John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Michael Finnissy, Jerome Kitzke and new works by LA's own Matt Barbier and Daniel Corral.

Described by the LA Times as “vigorously virtuosic” and “building vast cathedrals of sound from single melodic lines”, Richard Valitutto is active in the Los Angeles area as a piano soloist, chamber musician, accompanist, teacher, writer, and composer. He has given numerous premieres of works for solo piano and various ensembles and has worked with composers such as Sofia Gubaidulina, Steve Reich, Chinary Ung, Clarence Barlow, and Marc Sabat. Richard is a founding member of two LA-based chamber ensembles, gnarwhallaby and The Joshua Trio, in addition to his continuous work with the critically acclaimed Los Angeles group, wild Up Modern Music Collective, with which he performs duties as pianist/keyboardist, creative team-member, and librarian. Richard holds degrees from the California Institute of the Arts (MFA) and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (BM). More information at www.richardvalitutto.net.


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 among the artist, the museum, and the visitor. Enacted both inside and outside the galleries, Public Engagement projects range from re-envisioned security guard uniforms to library and orchestra residencies. Public Engagement was established in 2009 thanks to a James Irvine Foundation Arts Innovation Fund grant.

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