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Recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and eight consecutive ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, pianist and composer Conrad Tao leads the 2021 Laguna Beach Music Festival as Artistic Director, dazzling audiences with his astonishing musical innovation and artistry.

As a composer, Tao has been commissioned to write works for orchestras around the world, including the New York Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. His works also expand beyond the classical repertoire, exploring new mediums of expression, such as his original composition for the dance piece More Forever, which he and dancer Caleb Teicher premiered at the Guggenheim in 2019 to unanimous acclaim.


Events

Festival Salon
Thursday, February 11, 2021
VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE


Festival Salon: 6:00pm PST | Tickets: $20/household

Join us as we kick off the Laguna Beach Music Festival with a special livestreamed Salon performance from the home of our 2021 Festival Artistic Director, composer and pianist Conrad Tao.

Access to the virtual Festival Salon concert is $20 per household, including one week of on demand access after the concert premiere.

Program:
Magnets improvisation
JOHN ADAMS: China Gates

RUTH CRAWFORD SEEGER: Piano Study in Mixed Accents (Ossia II)
TANIA LEÓN: Rituál
RUTH CRAWFORD SEEGER: Piano Study in Mixed Accents (Ossia I)

MOZART: Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K. 332: II. Adagio

BACH: "Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein," BWV 641
CONRAD TAO: Grids of E

BRAHMS: Intermezzo in A major, Op. 118, No. 2

Post-concert Q&A with Conrad Tao | Tickets: $50/household (SOLD OUT)

Upgrade your concert experience and join Conrad Tao after the performance for a live Q&A via ZOOM. Tickets are $50, including concert access.

Post-concert Q&A tickets include:
  • concert access for 1 household
  • post-concert Q&A access for 1 household

  • Exclusive VIP Wine and Cheese Hour (Limited to 15 households)
    Wine and Cheese Hour: 5:00-5:45pm PST | Tickets: $150/household (SOLD OUT)


    VIP Wine and Cheese Hour tickets include:
  • concert access for 1 household
  • a charcuterie box (designed to be shared by 2 people) and bottle of wine delivered to your door*
  • exclusive pre-concert virtual wine and cheese hour via ZOOM which includes a special performance by additional guest artists
  • post-concert Q&A access for 1 household


  • Tickets for this exclusive opportunity are $150 per household and will be limited to 15 households. We hope you will join us for this unique and intimate event!

    *Charcuterie boxes and wine delivery only available within 50 miles of Irvine, CA and restricted to those at least 21 years of age. Delivery will follow proper social distancing and no-contact delivery.


    Concerts

    Opening Night: Counterpoint
    Thursday, May 13, 2021
    VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE


    Opening Night program includes music by Bach, Gershwin, and more.

    Its Brilliance Almost Frightened Me
    Saturday, May 15, 2021
    VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE


    CRANE: Prelude No. 1
    BERG: “Traumgekrönt” from Seven Early Songs
    SCHUBERT: “Gretchen am spinnrade” (Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel)
    WUBBELS: gretchen am spinnrade
    SEEGER: String Quartet
    BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 16, Op. 135

    Change This Thread on Which We Move
    Sunday, May 16, 2021
    VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE


    Caroline SHAW: Entr’acte (Westerlies arrangement)
    DEBUSSY: Violin Sonata in G minor
    GESUALDO: selected Madrigals
    Other works to be announced.


    Outreach & Discovery


    The Festival is dedicated to building community enrichment by creating multiple outreach opportunities to share the love of music.

    Please check back soon for the 2021 outreach and discovery events.
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