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

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


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.
Member Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing (until 15 minutes before the program) by skipping the general admission line and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking: Under the museum, $6 flat rate after 6 p.m. Cash only. 

Food and drink may not be carried into the Billy Wilder Theater. Read our food, bag check, and photo policies.

All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA.

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation, The Brotman Foundation of California, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and all Hammer members.