Anonymous 4: love fail composed by David Lang

Anonymous 4: love fail composed by David Lang

Fri. 11/30 | 8:00PM @ UCLA Powell Library Rotunda

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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.  

Anonymous 4: love fail composed by David Lang
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