CalArts’ Herb Alpert School of Music and its pioneering World Music Program present the World Music and Dance Festival 2017.
Transporting musical traditions from around the globe to Southern California in a series of 9 free outdoor concerts, the festival will feature Indonesian, Persian, Indian and African Music, Dance, and more. The World Music and Dance Festival is part of the school’s Wild Beast Concert Series.
Highlight: Duet between Didik Nini Thowok, Indonesia’s most renowned cross-gender dancer and acclaimed classical Javanese dancer Maria Darmaningsih on Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m.
What: CalArts World Music and Dance Festival 2017
When: April 28-30, 2017
Friday, April 28
Didik Nini Thowok & Maria Darmaningsih perform a Javanese Dance Duet
An evening with Gamelan Kyai Doro Dasih in A Night in Java: Music and Dance
Saturday, April 29
Featuring the World Music Student Showcase Concert
Gamelan Burat Wangi present Traditional and New Performance from Bali
Concert performance by the Tabla Ensemble
Ustad Aashish Khan and Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri present North Indian Classical Music
Sunday, April 30
Showcasing CalArts students in the North Indian Music and Persian Ensembles
Musical performance by the World Percussion Ensemble
An evening with the Aza West African Music and Dance Ensemble
Where: The Wild Beast music pavilion on the campus of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia
For information call 661 253 7825
About The Wild Beast Concert Series
This outdoor music series—free to the community—offers afternoon/evening concerts on the lawn, spotlighting several genres within The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts. In May 2010, The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts officially dedicated its new indoor/outdoor music venue, The Wild Beast and The S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard. The pavilion opened with a festive evening under the stars to celebrate CalArts’ 40th anniversary, and brought more than 500 people from across the Santa Clarita Valley together for dynamic performances by the CalArts World Percussion Ensemble and CalArts Latin Jazz Ensemble. Building on the momentum created on that magical evening, CalArts has established The Wild Beast Concert Series.
Ranked as America’s top college for students in the arts by Newsweek/The Daily Beast, California Institute of the Arts has set the pace for educating professional artists since 1970. Offering rigorous undergraduate and graduate degree programs through six schools—Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater—CalArts has championed creative excellence, critical reflection, and the development of new forms and expressions. As successive generations of faculty and alumni have helped shape the landscape of contemporary arts, the Institute first envisioned by Walt Disney encompasses a vibrant, eclectic community with global reach, inviting experimentation, independent inquiry, and active collaboration and exchange among artists, artistic disciplines and cultural traditions.