Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills Announces 2016/17 Season


Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills Announces 2016/17 Season

Musical Theatre:

The Wallis and Cody Lassen production of Merrily We Roll Along
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Directed by Michael Arden

November 22 – December 18, 2016

This rarely staged Sondheim musical travels back in time to navigate the bumpy history of three friends who begin their careers in show business together. The powerful and moving story, based on the Kaufman and Hart play, features some of Sondheim’s most beautiful songs, including “Good Thing Going,” “Old Friends,” “Our Time” and “Not a Day Goes By.”

Hershey Felder’s Tchaikovsky: A Play with Music

Written and performed by Hershey Felder
Directed by Trevor Hay

July 19 – August 6, 2017

Hershey Felder returns to The Wallis for the Los Angeles premiere of his newest work, which unveils the life of one of the most beloved and tormented composers of all time.

Concerts @ The Wallis:

Santa Cecilia Orchestra Trio

Sonia Marie De Leon de Vega, Conductor

April 29, 2017

This Los Angeles-based orchestra returns with a trio performing family-friendly classics, including works of Latino composers, in the intimate Lovelace Studio Theater. Recommended for all ages.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles

Pride @ The Wallis

June 3, 2017

For over 37 years, the GMCLA has been bringing people together and serving as a voice of equality. The Wallis welcomes them back to the Bram Goldsmith Theater for a spirited concert in celebration of June Pride Month.

Chamber Music, Modern:

Harlem Quartet with Aldo López-Gavilán

October 23, 2016

The quartet, comprised of violinists Ilmar Gavilan and Melissa White, violist Jaime Amador and cellist Felix Umansky, will be joined by the acclaimed Cuban pianist/composer Aldo López-Gavilán in a collaboration that bridges jazz, classical and traditional Cuban music through the works of Dizzy Gillespie, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Abelardito Valdés. The program also features original works by López-Gavilán arranged specifically for this collaboration.

JACK Quartet

January 14, 2017

This group will take you to the cutting edge of string performance. Violinists Christopher Otto and Ari Streisfeld, violist John Pickford Richards and cellist Kevin McFarland, who met while attending the Eastman School of Music, focus on new work, leading them to collaborate with composers such as John Luther Adams, Caroline Shaw and Steve Reich.

Brooklyn Rider

May 13, 2017

This quartet presents eclectic repertoire and gripping performances that continue to draw rave reviews from classical and rock critics alike. NPR credits violinists Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, violist Nicholas Cords and cellist Michael Nicolas with “re-creating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.”

Chamber Music, Classical:

Zukerman Trio

October 30, 2016

Since 2013, violinist Pinchas Zukerman, cellist Amanda Forsyth and pianist Angela Cheng have performed as the Zukerman Trio at major festivals and venues around the globe. They embrace works by Glière, Schubert and Shostakovich for their Wallis debut.

The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio

January 26, 2017

Nearly 40 years after its debut at the White House, the trio continues to bring technical mastery, expressive depth and magnetism to the concert stage. Join pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo and cellist Sharon Robinson on their 40th Anniversary Tour for an evening of Beethoven, Brahms and Mendelssohn.

Ralph Kirschbaum & Shai Wosner: Beethoven

March 9 – 10, 2017

Over two nights in the Bram Goldsmith Theater, cellist Kirshbaum and pianist Wosner will tackle the complete works of Beethoven for cello and piano.

Piano @ The Wallis:

Joyce Yang

January 24, 2017

The youngest-ever medalist of the Van Cliburn International Competition, Joyce Yang performs a varied program featuring both classic and contemporary works—from Schumann and Debussy to Granados, Ginastera and Carl Vine.

Andsnes & Hamelin: A World Music Friendship

April 26, 2017

Leif Ove Andsnes and Marc-André Hamelin present a two-piano concert featuring Mozart, Debussy and Stravinsky—including the latter’s own arrangement of Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring).

Benjamin Grosvenor

April 30, 2017

The British pianist, winner of the keyboard finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2004, is internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and insightful interpretations of a wide-ranging repertoire.

Colburn @ The Wallis:

Colburn Piano Extravaganza Featuring Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Fabio Bidini

March 29, 2017

Continuing a partnership with LA’s Colburn School, whose renowned faculty prepares exceptional young musicians for careers in music, The Wallis presents an all-piano concert featuring Colburn School Artist-in-Residence Jean-Yves Thibaudet and piano chair Fabio Bidini in recital with students from the Colburn Conservatory of Music and Colburn Music Academy.

Dance @ The Wallis:

The Wallis welcomes debuts by the internationally renowned Paul Taylor Dance Company, the Limón Dance Company and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, as well as local companies led by choreographers Daniel Ezralow and Jacob Jonas, and marks the 85th birthday of Carmen de Lavallade.

As I Remember It: Celebrating Carmen de Lavallade’s 85th Birthday

October 28, 2016

Directed by Joe Grifasi

Co-written by Carmen de Lavallade and Talvin Wilks

The dance icon returns home to Los Angeles for her 85th-birthday celebration. As I Remember It is an intimate portrait of the legendary artist told through dance, film and her personal writings.

Jacob Jonas The Company

January 13, 2017

Since its birth in 2014, this LA-based group has performed a mix of contemporary ballet and acrobatic movement. Known for its film and photography work and its robust social media presence, The Company has hosted #camerasanddancers photography meet-ups with social influencers and cultural institutions including The Getty, LACMA, Los Angeles Tourism Board and Dance Camera West.

Limón Dance Company

March 24 – 25, 2017

Concerto Grosso, Chaconne, Gorvidae, The Exiles, The Moor’s Pavane

Since its inception in 1946, The Limón Dance Company has been at the vanguard of American modern dance. It’s the living legacy of dance theater developed by José Limón and his mentors, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, whose innovative works revolutionized American dance. Now in its 70th year, the Company is renowned for its technical mastery and dramatic expression, and demonstrates both the timelessness of José Limón’s works and the humanistic vision that guides the repertory choices.

Limon Dance Company: Photo credit - Paula Lobo.

Limon Dance Company: Photo credit – Paula Lobo.

Paul Taylor Dance Company

May 5 – 7, 2017

Since its founding in 1954, the Paul Taylor Dance Company has been one of the world’s most sought-after ensembles, performing in well over 500 cities in 64 countries and bringing Mr. Taylor’s repertoire—now numbering 144 dances—to every part of the globe. Mr. Taylor continues to make two new dances a year, and will bring a program of new and classic work to The Wallis.

New Adventures

Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures

May 18 – 21, 2017

Bourne returns to his roots in Early Adventures, a program of pieces that launched the career of “Britain’s favourite choreographer” and saw the birth of the style, wit and sheer entertainment that New Adventures brought to Swan Lake, The Car Man, Edward Scissorhands and Sleeping Beauty. With designs by longtime collaborator Lez Brotherston and music by Elgar, Coward and Grainger, among others, it’s a US premiere and part of the company’s celebration of their 30th anniversary.

Ezralow Dance:  Primo Passo

July 13 – 14, 2017

Choreographed and directed by Daniel Ezralow

The LA native returns to The Wallis to premiere Primo Passo—Italian for “first step”—a deeply personal work inspired by observing his children learning to walk. Ezralow will revisit and reimagine his works to explore their initial artistic impulse. Whether he’s creating modern dances or choreographing for Broadway, the Oscars or the Olympics, it all begins with the first step, and this evening will provide a glimpse inside the process.


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