Music at the Wende

Music at the Wende is a free concert series in which esteemed musical organizations present programs inspired by the Wende’s collection and mission. Launched in October 2018, Music at the Wende is thrilled to announce its second season, with concerts from October 2019 through April 2020.

Series supported by the Music at the Wende Donor Group.

All concerts are free. Concerts begin at 8 p.m. and are preceded by a museum tour and reception at 7 p.m. RSVPs open four weeks prior to each event at 10 a.m.
Limit 2 tickets per RSVP. 

Please note that accessible seating is available at all Wende programs, including Music at the Wende. With questions regarding accessibility, please email 



Friday, October 4, 2019
Long Beach Opera Presents Hollywood Elegies

Friday, November 15, 2019
Polyphony Presents Polyphonic Conversations


Friday, December 6, 2019
Classical Underground Presents Between Revolutions: Human Triumph over Tragedy in the Soviet Experiment


Friday, February 7, 2020 
wasteLAnd Presents Collective Creation

Friday, March 6, 2020 
Beth Morrison Projects Presents Nueva Canción: Songs of Protest and Resistance

Friday, April 3, 2020 
Dog Star Orchestra Presents Green Hour or Gray Future




Friday, October 5, 2018
(Monday) Evening Concerts Presents Odyssey 
(Monday) Evening Concerts kicked off the Music at the Wende series with Odyssey, including pieces by composers John Cage, Lukas Foss, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky. 


Friday, November 2, 2018
Jacaranda Music Presents Songs of Stones
Jacaranda Music presented Songs of Stones, with pieces by composers Grazyna Bacewicz, Mieczyslaw Weinberg, and Henryk Górecki. 


Friday, December 7, 2018
Delirium Musicum Presents Humor Through Turmoil 
Delirium Musicum, a conductorless chamber ensemble, presented Humor Through Turmoil, with pieces by Heinrich Biber, Alfred Schnittke, Wojciech Kilar, Astor Piazzolla, and Dmitri Shostakovich.


Friday, February 1, 2019
Hear Now Presents Civil Disobedience 
Hear Now, organizers of the annual festival of contemporary classical compositions by Los Angeles-based composers, presented Civil Disobedience. This performance included pieces by Jeffrey Holmes, Stefan Carow, Jack Van Zandt, Joan Huang, Vera Ivanova, William Roper, Hugh Levick, and Liviu Marinescu. 


Friday, March 1, 2019
Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum Presents Kamau Daáood and A Band of Griots: Through Walls of Thought and Feeling 
Culver City’s Mayme A. Clayton Library and Museum presented performance poet, educator, and community arts activist Kamau Daáood alongside a Band of Griots, performing Through Walls of Thought and Feeling.


Friday, April 5, 2019
Piano Spheres Presents Vicki Ray: 21 Bricks
Piano Spheres presented 21 Bricks, a collaborative performance by Grammy-nominated artist Vicki Ray and famed East German composer Stefan Carow. The piece explored the terrain of music, spoken word, film, and improvisation.

Saturday, May 4, 2019
SASSAS’ sound. concert series Presents Carmina Escobar’s The Fundamental Impermanence of All Things  
The Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound (SASSAS) presented the premiere of The Fundamental Impermanence of All Things, a performative, site-specific piece by experimental vocalist Carmina Escobar for alto flute, viola, three performers, tape, and electronics. Conceived for the Wende Museum, the piece was performed in the garden and then in the galleries. Carmina Escobar was accompanied by Wilfrido Terrazas (flute), Alexander Bruck (viola), Mariana Flores (performer), and Miguel Zazueta (performer).