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Laguna Beach Music Festival


Laguna Beach Music Festival: Counterpoint

Thursday, May 13, 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 20, 2021.)

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Conrad Tao, piano | 2021 Artistic Director
Caleb Teicher, dancer/choreographer

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

J.S. BACH: Aria from the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988  
TAO/TEICHER: Improvisation  
SCHOENBERG: Five Piano Pieces, Op. 23: V. Walzer  
COLES & BUFALINO: The Coles and Bufalino Soft Shoe  
BRAHMS: Intermezzo in E major, Op. 116, No. 4  
TAO/TEICHER: Swing 2 from More Forever  
MOZART/DAVID PARKER: Song and Dance, based on Mozart’s Sonata in A major,      K. 331: III. "Alla turca - Allegretto" 
GERSHWIN (arr. Tao): Rhapsody in Blue   
RAVEL: Sonatine: II. Mouvement de Menuet  
J.S. BACH: Aria from the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 

In his debut as an artistic director, pianist and composer Conrad Tao opens the 2021 Laguna Beach Music Festival dazzling audiences with his astonishing musical innovation and artistry. Celebrated as a pianist of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” (The New York Times), a “thoughtful and mature composer” (NPR), and “ferociously talented” (Time Out New York), Conrad Tao is a leader of the new generation of classical music

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.

Caleb Teicher is a NYC-based dancer and choreographer specializing in musically-driven dance traditions and interdisciplinary collaboration. Teicher began his career as a founding member of Michelle Dorrance’s critically acclaimed tap dance company, Dorrance Dance, while also freelancing in contemporary dance, swing dance, and musical theater. Since founding Caleb Teicher & Company (CT&Co) in 2015, Teicher’s creative work has expanded to engagements and commissions across the U.S. and abroad including The Joyce Theater, New York City Center, the Guggenheim Museum (NYC and Bilbao), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Lincoln Center Out of Doors.

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