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Anonymous 4: love fail composed and directed by David Lang at UC Los Angeles

When: Saturday, December 1 at 8:00 PM

Location: Royce Hall, UC Los Angeles

$15 – $45 ($15 UCLA Students)

“The ensemble’s curiosity ranges wide, a millennium’s worth of repertoire. But no matter the style, the group has a knack for bringing out music’s ritual, comforting in its formality while intriguing in its mystery.” —The Boston Globe

love fail is a meditation on the timelessness of love. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang weaves together details from medieval retellings of the story of Tristan and Isolde with stories from more modern sources, honoring renowned vocal quartet Anonymous 4’s longstanding commitment to medieval music with the direct, contemporary approach for which the composer is admired. The all-female quartet is acclaimed worldwide for combining historical scholarship with their singular and magical sound.

Lang’s music and libretto pull together narratives of love from such sources as Lydia Davis, Marie de France, Gottfried von Strassburg, Béroul, Thomas of Britain and Richard Wagner. Saturday, December 1, love fail will be presented in Royce Hall in a theatrical setting complimented by Jennifer Tipton’s dramatic lighting, simple sound enhancement and a range of small instruments played by the quartet, including autoharps, whistles, bells and simple percussion.

Seating in Royce Hall for this performance will be orchestrated to create extra space around each listener. Every other seat in the hall will not be sold, deliberately allowing every audience member to be surrounded by a rich personal acoustic space. Tickets sold in even-numbered pairs will not be immediately next to one another, but separated by one seat on either side. We invite concertgoers to embrace the space between companions and enjoy these talented artists and the renowned Royce Hall acoustics in a unique way that will allow the harmonious sound to permeate, creating a profound performance experience.

Friday, November 30, we present an additional iteration of this new contemporary classical work, with a free all-acoustic performance of love fail in the beautiful rotunda of UCLA’s Powell Library located directly across from Royce Hall.

With stunning acoustics and set in the thoughtful confines of a space devoted to the written word, this very special additional evening provides a rare opportunity for music aficionados. Space for the Powell Library performance is limited to the UCLA campus community. Bruin Card holders will be able to pick up general admission tickets beginning November 26th at Central Ticket Office.

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