PROFESSIONAL ARTS ON THE CAMPUS OF
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES

Saturday
Mar022019

Diego El Cigala

Diego El Cigala is, quite simply, the most exciting and innovative flamenco singer in the world today. Passionate, profound, and immensely proud of his Spanish Romani heritage, El Cigala has been called “the Sinatra of flamenco.” 

His earthy, exultant, and richly emotive voice marks him as one of the great singers of the last century. El Cigala’s various collaborations with world-renowned artists have earned him a reputation for seamlessly blending bolero, tango, son cubano, and Afro-Caribbean jazz into his signature musical style.

On stage, alone with his pianist, Cigala’s timeless voice creates an irresistible atmosphere—intimate, soulful and beguilingly seductive.

“He radiates a magnetic mix of winking charm and unpredictable vitriol reminiscent of a singer from an entirely different milieu.” — The New York Times

Tickets: $45, $55, $65

Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.

Saturday
Feb162019

The Lyris Quartet

photo credit: Nikolaj Lund

Described as "radiant... exquisite... and powerfully engaged" by Mark Swed of the LA Times, the Lyris Quartet is Los Angeles' most acclaimed and innovative string ensemble. They have collaborated closely with world-renowned artists Natalia Gutman, David Geringas, Martha Gerhardt, Myung-Whun Chung, Richard Stotlzman, as well as composers Krystof Penderecki, Andrew Norman, Steven Mackey, Paquito D'Rivera, and Gerard Schurmanand, to name a few.

The Quartet performed alongside composer/pianist Billy Childs as part of the LA Phil’s Jazz and World music series at Disney Hall and with Steve Reich at LACMA’s Bing Hall. This season, the Lyris Quartet was invited by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra to perform in their Green Umbrella series and in their tribute concert to composer Steven Stucky. New projects include innovative multimedia concerts with artists Andrew Burke and Ana Prvacki as well as opening for Kraftwerk and Ben Harper. They also gave the west coast premiere of David Lang's The Difficulty of Crossing a Field

The Lyris Quartet is the founding resident ensemble of the Hear Now Music Festival which focuses on the music of living Los Angeles composers. As part of this series, they have collaborated with and premiered works by Stephen Hartke, Don Davis, Arturo Cardélus, and Veronika Krausas, among others. The Lyris Quartet has recorded for Toccata Classics, ARS, and Naxos.

Tickets: $25

Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.

 

Program:

 

Franz Joseph Haydn 
String Quartet Op. 76 No. 2 in d minor  “Fifths”
I.  Allegro
II.  Andante o pìu tosto allegretto 
III.  Menuetto & Trio
IV.  Finale. Vivace assai 

Philip Glass 
String Quartet No. 5 
*presented with video clips from “Koyaanisqatsi” directed by Godfrey Reggio

Intermission

Ludwig Beethoven 
String Quartet Op. 95 No. 11 in f minor “Serioso”
I.  Allegro con brio
II.  Allegretto ma non troppo 
III.  Allegro assai vivace ma serioso 
IV.  Larghetto espressivo - Allegretto agitato

Benjamin Johnston
Quartet No. 4 “Amazing Grace”

 

 

Sunday
Feb032019

ALL ABOUT VALENTINA

Acclaimed performer Valentina - best known for her multi-season appearances on VH1's "RuPaul's Drag Race" and her performance as Angel in Fox's production of "RENT Live!" - makes her theatrical debut at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State LA on Sunday, February 3, at 7:00 pm, with "All About Valentina" - a full-length evening theatrical production of song, dance, and video projection. 

The Los Angeles native will perform a selection of live tracks, including her single "A Prueba De Todo." Staying true to her drag roots, she will also perform a selection of lip-synced numbers featuring contemporary and classical dancers.

The evening will conclude with an on-stage Q&A where audience members will have the opportunity to engage with Valentina. 

Valentina has made a tremendous impact in and out of the drag world where she got her start. Recognized for her attention to detail, her beauty, and her visual vocabulary, her artistry is second-to-none. An inspiration to millions of fans around the world, Valentina has garnered the attention of numerous publications such as Vogue, Vogue México, Billboard, PAPER,  Preview, and Mural, among others. 

General: $29, $39, $49

Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.


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Saturday
Feb022019

Andy Garcia and The CineSon All Stars

Alongside his Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy nominations as an actor, Andy Garcia is a Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning music producer and performer.

Celebrated around the world for their unique sound and riveting performances, Andy Garcia and the CineSon All Stars’ vibrant and energetic style is deeply rooted in the music of legendary Afro-Cuban bassist Israel “Cachao” Lopez, who is credited, along with his brother Orestes, with inventing the mambo rhythm.

To honor his memory, Cachao’s original band members will be among the thirteen musicians that make up Andy Garcia and the CineSon All Stars.


General: $50, $65, $75

Available via Ticketmaster or the Luckman Box Office.

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