Jacaranda’s Civil Wars Concert Includes David Byrne’s “The Knee Plays”
Jacaranda’s Civil Wars Concert Includes David Byrne’s “The Knee Plays”First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica (1220 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401) Map it $45
Jacaranda will perform "The Knee Plays" by David Byrne, the famed driving force of the “art rock” band the Talking Heads. This program of 1980s film, theater and ceremonial music is part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's citywide “Minimalist Jukebox” (March 16-May 4). Robert Wilson’s ambitious, unfinished opera "the CIVIL warS" was intended for the 1984 Olympics Arts Festival in Los Angeles. “The Knee Plays” was conceived as a set of 14 short interludes between sections of the opera to span an entire day. Actor Fran Kranz will narrate Jacaranda's presentation. Jacaranda's offering of the entire set, which Byrne toured widely and recorded, will complement the L.A. Phil’s two performances of the opera's “Rome Section” by Philip Glass. Together, they constitute the only two completed parts of "the CIVIL warS" — united in Los Angeles for the first time ever. "The Knee Plays" tour ended in 1988. Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 2nd St., Santa Monica, 90401. Concert tickets, $45 general; $20 students: jacarandamusic.org. Information: (213) 483-0216.