April 22, Valencia, CA--California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is pleased to announce the official dedication and celebration of the new multi-use music pavilion, The Wild Beast, and the surrounding outdoor amphitheater, The S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard. The Wild Beast is an ingenious new structure on the CalArts campus, designed by the Los Angeles-based architectural firm Hodgetts+Fung. It transforms from outdoor performance space to air tight concert and classroom venue. The public is invited to the first outdoor concert on the grounds of CalArts and an evening of scintillating live music as part of the CalArts World Music and Dance Festival 2010. Admission is free. Advance registration is required. 
The Wild Beast dedication and celebration is on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 8 p.m. at the California Institute of the Arts, CalArts Wild Beast, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355.
Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and a blanket to enjoy The Wild Beast's open-air music configuration with both fixed and lawn seating in The S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard.
The World Percussion Ensemble, led by Randy Gloss and Houman Pourmehdi, headline the evening. Special guest artist Abbos Kosimov, internationally renowned percussionist from Uzbekistan, will join the ensemble. A master of the dorya (frame drum), Kosimov has performed and recorded with Stevie Wonder, the Hands On'Semble, Zakir Hussain, and many other distinguished artists. Together, the CalArts World Percussion Ensemble and Kosimov promise a dazzling display of virtuosity that draws on music traditions spanning the globe.
The second half of the program brings musical riches from CalArts' ever-popular Latin Jazz Ensemble, led by pianist-composer David Roitstein, chair of the world-famous Jazz Program at the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts.
California Institute of the Arts is recognized internationally as a leading laboratory for the visual, performing, media and literary arts. Housing six schools--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater--CalArts educates professional artists in an intensive learning environment founded on artmaking excellence, creative experimentation, cross-pollination among diverse artistic disciplines, and a broad context of social and cultural understanding. CalArts also operates the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles.