First Take – A West Coast Workshop of New Operas

Former up-and-coming/now established Los Angeles experimental/contemporary opera company The Industry presents First Take today, Saturday June 1st at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater.

That felt like a lot of information in one sentence. There are six workshops in total, one of which is Alex Vassos’s The House Is Open, which I was fortunate enough to be a part of last year during a CalArts workshop. I’m super happy for him and very proud to have been a part of this production!

The music will be performed by wild Up, who have trained assassins to find you if you don’t style their capitalization that way. This ensemble performs contemporary chamber music like no one’s business. They play with much more heart than you’ll usually get from experimental music, and they’re part of what makes the west coast such an exciting place for new music right now.

The event begins at 2 p.m. and runs until about 5:30 p.m., and by that I mean probably 6. It’s completely free, and it will be awesome. I will be there with friends and possibly a few acquaintances, all of whom will have bells on. Hope to see you there!

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