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Brooklyn's National Sawdust Presents Forward Music

Thursday, May 30, 2019



Thursday, May 30, 2019


8:00 pm - 9:15 pm


Brooklyn's National Sawdust Presents Forward Music


The Wallis
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA


The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and National Sawdust Projects, the producing arm of Brooklyn’s acclaimed National Sawdust, present back-to-back evenings of two versions of Forward Music Project, a gripping multi-media program of stylistically contrasting commissions for solo cello and electronics by 12 of today’s most forward-thinking female composers conceived and performed by cellist Amanda Gookin to encourage social change and women’s empowerment. Forward Music Project 1.0, opens the two-night series on Thursday, May 30, 7:30 pm, and includes works by Angélica Negrón, Nathalie Joachim, Leila Adu, Jessica Meyer, Allison Loggins-Hull, Amanda Feery and Morgan Krauss. Forward Music Project 2.0: in this skin, set for Friday, May 31, 2019, 7:30 pm, features music by Paola Prestini, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Shelley Washington, Alex Temple and Kamala Sankaram. Held at The Wallis’ Lovelace Studio Theatre, both programs feature a visceral experience of music, light and stories that explore a range of issues facing women today, from the LGBTQ+ to reproductive rights, sexual violence and empowerment. The works are performed through the lens of solo cello, electronics, projection art by S Katy Tucker and audio interludes from the composers.

National Sawdust, a celebrated incubator of classical and new music, fosters groundbreaking work with a distinctive social viewpoint. This is the second collaboration this season between The Wallis and National Sawdust, a non-profit organization that provides resources and programmatic support to both emerging and established multi-cultural artists and composers who tell their stories through music. National Sawdust is named after the building’s original tenant, a sawdust factory.

Following each performance will be a talkback moderated by Classical KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen and National Sawdust’s Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Paola Prestini, in conversation about the evening’s program with the musicians.

Single tickets for each performance are $40. Visit, call 310.746.4000, or stop by in person at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Services Office located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

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