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Laguna Beach Music Festival


Laguna Beach Music Festival: Americans

Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 7pm PDT
10pm EST

Presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Laguna Beach Live!

This concert is available to watch LIVE and IN-PERSON at Irvine Barclay Theatre. To purchase tickets to the in-person concert, click the "Buy In-Person Tickets" button below.

If you would like to purchase virtual access to the 7pm PDT livestream and 1 week of on-demand viewing, click on "Buy Virtual Tickets" below. (“On demand” viewing access will be available through May 22, 2021.)

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Conrad Tao, piano | 2021 Artistic Director
The Westerlies
JACK Quartet
Stefan Jackiw, violin
Jay Campbell, cello

Part of the 2021 Laguna Beach Music Festival
Presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Laguna Beach Live!

Charles IVES: Piano Trio  
The Westerlies: "Saro"  
Charles IVES: "In the Mornin’ " 
Charles IVES: "Songs My Mother Taught Me"  
Woody GUTHRIE: "Two Good Men"  
Shape Note Hymn: “Louisiana”   
Shape Note Hymn: “Weeping Mary”  
Andy CLAUSEN: "Robert Henry"  
Golden Gate Quartet: "Do Unto Others"  
Arthur RUSSELL: "Eli"  
Caroline SHAW: Entr’acte (The Westerlies cover, interstitial)  
Conrad Tao and The Westerlies: Composed Improvisation 

Listed in Forbes’ “30 under 30” list of people changing the world (2011), Artistic Director Conrad Tao brings his deft touch and brilliant musicianship to Laguna Beach Music Festival in a program highlighting the versatility of the piano.

Conrad Tao has emerged as a mature, thoughtful and thought-provoking pianist and composer with both an ambitious musical vision and the talent to realize it. He has earned numerous awards and distinctions for his performances, as well as his compositions, including a YoungArts gold medal in music and an Avery Fisher Career Grant. He has also been recognized as a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist, a Gilmore Young Artist, and a Presidential Scholar in the Arts by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars.

As a composer, Tao has been commissioned to write works for orchestras around the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. His works also expand beyond the classical repertoire, exploring new mediums of expression, such as his original composition for the dance piece More Forever, which he and dancer Caleb Teicher premiered at the Guggenheim in 2019 to unanimous acclaim.

The Westerlies, “an arty quartet…mixing ideas from jazz, new classical, and Appalachian folk” (The New York Times) are a New York-based brass quartet comprised of childhood friends from Seattle: Riley Mulherkar and Chloe Rowlands on trumpet, and Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch on trombone. Equally at home in concert halls and living rooms, The Westerlies navigate a wide array of venues and projects with the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a family sing-along. Formed in 2011, the self-described “accidental brass quartet” takes its name from the prevailing winds that travel from the West to the East. “Skilled interpreters who are also adept improvisers” (NPR’s Fresh Air), The Westerlies explore jazz, roots, and chamber music influences to create the rarest of hybrids: music that is both "folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous” (NPR Music).

Hailed by The New York Times as “our leading new-music foursome,” the JACK Quartet is one of the most acclaimed, renowned, and respected groups performing today. JACK has maintained an unwavering commitment to their mission of performing and commissioning new works, giving voice to underheard composers, and cultivating an ever-greater sense of openness toward contemporary classical music. They have been selected as Musical America’s 2018 “Ensemble of the Year,” named to WQXR’s “19 for 19 Artists to Watch,” and awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Stefan Jackiw is one of America’s foremost violinists, captivating audiences with playing that combines poetry and purity with an impeccable technique. Hailed for playing of "uncommon musical substance" that is “striking for its intelligence and sensitivity” (Boston Globe), Jackiw has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, among others.

Praised by The New York Times for his “electrifying performances” which “conveyed every nuance,” American cellist Jay Campbell has already forged a reputation as a spellbinding artist. Armed with a diverse spectrum of repertoire and eclectic musical interests, he has been recognized for approaching both old and new works with the same probing curiosity and emotional commitment. Mr. Campbell holds the distinction of being the only artist ever to receive two Avery Fisher Career Grants — in 2016 as a soloist and again in 2019 as a member of the JACK Quartet.

In-Person (Live) Experience: Tickets start at $38/each per concert
Livestream (Virtual) Experience: Tickets are $20/household per concert