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Classical Music for Artists

Notes on Looking is undertaking a new endeavor in its mission to explore and support the creative communities of Los Angeles. In July 2010, David and I began the Parkfield Project, a series of retreats for artists in the small, Central California town of Parkfield. Colloquially, this project has been called Outward Bound for Artists; and to date the project has hosted some 150 artists for long weekends in the country. Additionally, three artist books have been published which contain individual responses to the experience. These publications have been collected by the Getty Research Institute and by every artist who has attended.    For this new endeavor, or perhaps it is an adventure, which is titled Classical Music for Artists, David and I are offering up to twenty artists a season ticket each to one of five concert series focusing on contemporary classical music: Piano Spheres (at Zipper Hall and at Red Cat), Monday Evening Concerts, Jacaranda Music, and the Green Umbrella series of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.   David and I believe that music, like visual art, is best appreciated and understood through a sustained experience. I know that it was my own continued attendance of concerts that allowed me to finally relax and recognize patterns in the pieces I was hearing, and to hear and understand the differences and similarities among the compositions and among interpretations of the performances of the same composition. (I wonder if that old saying, “Music tames the wild beast” refers not to any calming effect of music, because much that is music is not calming, but rather to the fact that the...