Hello GP Family,

Welcome to the 35th season of Grand Performances! We’re so excited to share our full summer line-up very soon, including details about the reopening of the new and improved Cal Plaza, but first we’re kicking things off this month with a series of online cinematic music experiences, available for free on Grand Performances’ YouTube and Facebook pages.

Friday June 4: Mndsgn [Set a Reminder for 3pm PST] Thursday June 17: Neel Agrawal [Set A Reminder for 8pm PST] Thursday June 24: Sarah Elgart [Set A Reminder for 8pm PST] Thursday July 1: Dayramir González
And then …

Before we announce our upcoming summer line-up, we’d like to take a moment to look back at our digital programming from the past few months.

In the last year, GP has presented 43 hand-picked Spotify playlists from a diverse, genre-defying selection of DJs, including Diego Guerrero, Kaleema, Cee Brown, and Alia Mohamed​.

Visit Grand Performances on Spotify to discover your favorite new song!

We’ve also been curating an on-going series of Visual Artist TAKEOVERS on GP’s Instagram, highlighting painters, photographers, graphic designers and more, including Amanda Kaufman, John Simmons, Letterform Archive, Las Fotos Project and others.

Follow GP on Instagram for more Visual Artist TAKEOVERS.

June 4- MNDSGN

Grand Performances’ first Feature Presentation of 2021 will feature multi-instrumentalist Mndsgn, performing music from his new album ‘Rare Pleasure‘ broadcasting live from Ron Finley’s Gangsta Garden. ⁠
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Mndsgn, aka Ringgo Ancheta, describes the concept of ‘Rare Pleasure’ as an appreciation of sharing life, inward reflection, and the gift of joyful catharsis. The album brings together the music that has inspired Mndsgn over the years – R&B, soundtrack music, psychedelia and jazz – into a rich, expansive sound.

This session was recorded live from the South LA garden of Ron Finley, a horticulturalist/artivist who plants gardens in public spaces around the city of Los Angeles as an act of resistance and empowerment. Equating gardening with graffiti, Finley transforms unused urban spaces into places of community and congregation.

Thursday June 4 @ 3pm PST

Grand Performances
presents

MNDSGN

An Online Cinematic
Music Experience

Broadcasting From
Ron Finley’s Gangsta Garden

CLICK TO RSVP

June 17- NEEL AGRAWAL

On Thursday, June 17, COLA Artist Fellow Neel Agrawal takes the stage at the iconic Skirball Cultural Center to present his collaboration with legendary Indian violinist and vocalist L. Shankar. Agrawal is a multi-percussionist incorporating Indian, Middle Eastern and jazz percussion with electronic textures and soaring vocals.

He will be performing with L. Shankar, who has worked extensively over his 50-year career alongside Ornette Coleman, John McLaughlin, Peter Gabriel, Frank Zappa and many more.

Thursday June 17 @ 8pm PST

Grand Performances
presents

NEEL AGRAWAL

An Online Cinematic
Music Experience

Broadcasting From The
Skirball Cultural Center

CLICK TO RSVP

June 24-SARAH ELGART

On Thursday June 24th, COLA Artist Fellow Sarah Elgart will present a site-specific dance performance at the Skirball Cultural Center in collaboration with Grand Performances.

Sarah Elgart has been on the forefront of dance in Los Angeles as a choreographer, director, and producer for many years. Elgart’s work engages audiences by transforming and catalyzing bus terminals, airports, museums and more with movement, music, and media to make magic out of the mundane, allowing viewers to see “old places with new eyes.”

From prisons to hospitals, Sarah Elgart has also worked extensively in communities both teaching and creating dance based and film works with populations such as maximum-security women inmates, children facing critical illness, and at-risk youth for many years.

Thursday June 24 @ 8pm PST

Grand Performances
presents

SARAH ELGART

An Online Cinematic
Music Experience

Broadcasting From The
Skirball Cultural Center

CLICK TO RSVP

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