Help Los Angeles musicians Alan Berman, Buzz Gravelle, Walter Marsh, Peter Yates, and Alexandra Grabarchuk present concerts celebrating the legacy of musician Ted Norman.
Sunday, 7 Oct 2012, 2 p.m.
Thayer Hall at the Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012
Saturday, 13 Oct 2012, 8 p.m.
Jan Popper Theater at UCLA Schoenberg Hall
UCLA 445 Charles E. Young Drive East, Room 1200 Los Angeles, CA 90095
Rare music by a neglected composer
and his students
We are presenting two Los Angeles concerts of music written by Theodore Norman, a trailblazer in the world of guitar, member of the mid-20th-century avant-garde as a violinist and guitarist, frequent participant in the venerable Monday Evening Concerts, first violinist in the L. A. Philharmonic in the 1930s and '40s, performer with Spike Jones, friend of Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Segovia, Aldous Huxley, and Val Burton, and founder of the UCLA guitar department.
We will perform music from Ted's vast catalog of twelve-tone, folk song-inspired, polytonal, and Latin American-influenced compositions along with music composed by four of his former students.
The concert is free, but your donation is your reservation
We will do these concerts even if we don't make a cent; however, we will need to cover hall rental fees, tech personnel (sound, lighting, video), and ushers, and would love to be able to pay the performers a nominal fee. We would also like to be able to produce audio and video recordings of the concerts. Since selling tickets at these venues is costly, we are hoping to cover all expenses with your donations.
A teacher's legacy
Since Ted's passing in 1997, some of his former students have been discussing ways to recognize his contributions to the world of guitar. Instead of a memorial event—Ted would have been 100 years old this year, after all—we decided to create a concert of his music and music we composed, representing his legacy in two ways. It is a testament to Ted, who emphasized composition in his teaching, that we each write in different styles, just as we all play in our own unique ways. Ted encouraged us to make singular contributions, not forcing any of us into a mold, either as composers or performers.
Two shows, same program
We anticipate enough interest in this remarkable program to fill two venues a week apart: the magnificent Thayer Recital Hall at the Colburn School (near the Music Center, downtown) and the even more intimate Jan Popper Theater at UCLA, where all four of us performed our graduate recitals while earning our MFAs at UCLA in the 1980s and '90s. So we will serve the musically curious in east and west L.A.
You'll be able to choose from these recordings; depending on the level of your contribution, you may receive more than one. Click each cover for more information on it from the California Guitar Archives site. NOTE: to specify which CD, please make a comment in the contribution form or click the Comment tab at the top of the page and leave us the information after making your contribution—you can make the comment private if you like.
Just the Beginning
We expect that these will be the first of a series of ongoing events centered around Ted's legacy; five generations of musicians have been influenced by him and many students of his students have gone on to make unique contributions, including the founders of the Los Angeles Electric 8. Eventually the California Guitar Archives intends to publish all of Ted Norman's music and any amount we make beyond our fundraising goal will be applied to that endeavor.
Total Budget (both performances combined)
|Supplies & Cleaning||136|
|Green Room Fee||200|
|Video camera operator||400|
|Guest artist fee||300|