June 1st was the third Noon to Midnight, a musical extravaganza produced by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. There were 23 world premieres this year including George Lewis’ Soundlines. The International Contemporary Ensemble with Steven Schick performed the LA co-commissioned Soundlines and received a rave review on San Francisco Classical Voice. Lewis’ String Quartet #2.5, Playing With Seeds was performed by the Mivos Quartet and mentioned by Mark Swed in LA Times LA Times.
San Francisco Classical Voice also reviewed Christopher Rountree’s performance of John Cage’s Water Walk which included a viewing of Cage’s original 1960 performance on an old-school style television. Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff performed another Cage work, Two2, and late in the evening Dal Niente played Mario Davidovsky’s Festino.
Overall, Noon to Midnight continues to outdo itself each year, as it cultivates and provides access to new music for an extremely affordable price ($10 a ticket!).