Support your friends: MONDAY EVENING CONCERTS

My friends, who are Monday Evening Concerts? I’ll cut up their website and paste it below so you can find out, if you don’t already know. Important to know is the first concert of their season, this coming Monday, December 5 at Zipper Hall. Gyorgy Kurtag’s musical composition of Samuel Beckett’s poetry.

Dropping you now into the careful hands of MEC:

Monday, December 5, 2011 at 8:00 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School

Kurtag’s Beckett

As immediate, as poignant and as funny as a Beckett play, György Kurtág’s setting of poems by the writer makes for a riveting solo performance. We meet a man at the end of his rope, amid explosions of musical color and grace. Kurtág is an artist who subscribes to Beckett’s formula of reducing everything to its maximum, and so was John Cage in his last decade, creating a music of single notes and harmonies floating in space. A wild viola solo by Heinz Holliger – another composer drawn to Beckett’s verbal landscapes – opens this voyage into inner space.


Heinz Holliger Trema

John Cage Seven

György Kurtág…pas à pas – nulle part…

United States Premiere


Stephanie Griffin viola

Movses Pogossian violin

Karen Ouzounian cello

Jonathan Hepfer percussion

Alice Teyssier flute

Brian Walsh clarinet

Vicki Ray piano

Nicholas Isherwood bass-baritone


Read the Program Notes

Buy Tickets


$110 for all
five concerts

Sunday Morning Films

December 4, 2011

Film & Performance by Nicholas Isherwood:
A fascinating documentary film on the life and work of György Kurtág is followed by discussion with bass-baritone Nicholas Isherwood and a live performance of Kurtag’s Holderlin Lieder.

A sample of MEC online at YouTube


Support Monday Evening Concerts

The pioneering vision of our early supporters helped bring the music of giants such as Bartók, Schoenberg and Ives to Los Angeles when no one else would. Only with your support will our community keep discovering today’s most important composers. Monday Evening Concerts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and as ticket revenues only support a small percentage of our expenses, your contribution is critical to maintaining these singular concerts. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Upon receipt of your donation, M.E.C. will mail you an acknowledgement letter as official receipt for tax purposes.

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Monday Evening Concerts
3710 S. Robertson Blvd., Suite 200
Culver City, CA 90232

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For more information on giving, to learn about sponsoring a concert, or to find out how you can volunteer, please contact our Director at (213) 260-1632. Thank you for your support.

Monday Evening Concerts

Where musical history is made. Since 1939.

Founded in 1939, Monday Evening Concerts (MEC) is one of the longest running series in the world devoted to contemporary music. MEC has gained international admiration for its presentation of music frequently new, sometimes old and always uniquely stimulating. Musical history is made at Monday Evening Concerts, whether it was the American debut of Pierre Boulez, world premieres of Igor Stravinsky, or the appearances here of such artists as Marino Formenti and the Arditti Quartet. Presenting the finest local and visiting artists, MEC is the place to hear adventurous new music in Los Angeles.

Monday Evening Concerts is a seven-time national winner of the ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming and is the subject of a full-length book entitled “Evenings On and Off the Roof,” written by Dorothy Lamb Crawford.

The 2010/11 season is supported, in part, by the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles; the Istituto Italiano di Cultura; the French-American Fund for Contemporary Music; the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commision; and the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Los Angeles.

We are especially grateful for the contributions from individual audience members and community members, without whom the series would not be possible.

For information about how you can support Monday Evening Concerts, please visit our Support page.

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