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Wild Up at the Colburn School and Music Academy of the West
Wild Up at the Colburn School and Music Academy of the West

Well, wild Up may not be quite so wild any more, but the young ensemble is rising rapidly. Four years ago, this was a collective of anything-goes young musicians from CalArts and USC, founded by a 20-something conductor, Christopher Rountree, playing in funky clubs in Echo Park, reinventing orchestra concerts for millennials.  Anything went. Palestrina, Shostakovich, rap, avant-garde noise, jazz, performance art. Beer flowed. The program, never announced in advance, was written on a blackboard. The performances were exhilarating, and before long, wild Up had residencies at the Hammer Museum and UCLA. The Colburn School and U.C. Santa Barbara noticed. So did the Los Angeles...

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