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2021 Laguna Beach Music Festival: Opening Night – Counterpoint [LIVE] (on-demand until 5/20/2021)

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Thursday, May 13, 2021 (PDT) @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Laguna Beach Music Festival

Philharmonic Society of Orange County

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Conrad Tao, piano
Caleb Teicher, tap dance

Johann Sebastian Bach – “Aria” from Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Conrad Tao & Caleb Teicher – Improvisation
Arnold Schoenberg – “V. Walzer” from Five Piano Pieces, Op. 23
Ray Noble – Cherokee
Charles “Honi” Coles & Brenda Bufalino – The Coles and Bufalino Soft Shoe
Johannes Brahms – Intermezzo in E major, Op. 116, No. 4
Conrad Tao & Caleb Teicher – “Swing 2” from More Forever
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & David Parker – Song and Dance (based on “III. Alla Turca – Allegretto” from Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331/300i)
George Gershwin, arr. Conrad Tao – Rhapsody in Blue
Maurice Ravel – “II. Mouvement de Menuet” from Sonatine
Johann Sebastian Bach – “Aria” from Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

This not-to-be-missed evening is the product of a brilliant partnership of two rapidly rising stars. Pianist/composer/Festival Artistic Director Conrad Tao is an Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient who has performed with the New York Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and more. Dancer and Choreographer Caleb Teicher is a recipient of the New York City Center Choreographic Fellowship, a Harkness Promise Award, and two Bessie awards, and has collaborated with artists and institutions around the world.

Each earns raves for electrifying performances; together, they are astonishing in Counterpoint, a program of music and dance both composed and improvised.

About the Festival: Pianist-composer Conrad Tao makes his artistic director debut leading the 2021 Laguna Beach Music Festival this May. This three-concert festival features collaborations with guest artists dancer Caleb Teicher, violinist Stefan Jackiw, the JACK Quartet (Musical America’s 2018 Ensemble of the Year), and genre-bending brass quartet The Westerlies. More information, and links to other Festival performances, here:

The livestream will take place at 7pm Pacific. Broadcasting live from the Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine, CA, and available on-demand for 1 week after the premiere.

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