Wild Beast Concert Series: Isaura String Quartet
Isaura String Quartet

This outdoor music series—free to the community—offers afternoon/evening concerts on the lawn, spotlighting several genres within The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts.

In May 2010, The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts officially dedicated its new indoor/outdoor music venue, The Wild Beast and The S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard. The pavilion opened with a festive evening under the stars that celebrated CalArts' 40th anniversary, and brought more than 500 people from across the Santa Clarita Valley together for dynamic performances by the CalArts World Percussion Ensemble and CalArts Latin Jazz Ensemble.

Building on the momentum created on that magical evening, CalArts has established The Wild Beast Concert Series.

The Wild Beast Concert Series at CalArts 

Machines and Strings | PART I 

Saturday, October 13, 2018 5:30 pm

An immersive concert series experience, Machines and Strings brings together CalArtians from the disciplines of Music, Theater, Critical Studies, and Integrated Media, pushing bounderies of artistic expression and elevating voices that are often underrepresented in a concert hall setting. The concert will feature pieces by Amy Knoles, April Gerloff, Chrysanthe Tan, Jules Gimbrone, Sarah Belle Reid, and Stephanie Smith, with sets by Skullmatter and Future Lover. 

The Wild Beast Concert Series is an outdoor music series offering free concerts on the lawn, spotlighting several genres within The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts. Open lawn seating in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard—a choice setting for families and picnics. 

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What You Should Know

  • Free concerts and free parking: The concerts and the parking are free, but we do encourage you to register with Eventbrite and to carpool if possible.
  • Open lawn seating in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard: Bench-seating is limited and available on a first-come, first- served basis. We encourage you to bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.
  • Picnics welcome: The lawn outside of The Wild Beast Music Pavilion is a perfect place for a picnic. Come an hour early and grab that prime spot on the lawn. Please leave the alcohol at home, however; open containers are not allowed on the CalArts campus.
  • Family-friendly: The environment for and content of The Wild Beast Concert Series is safe and appropriate for family enjoyment.

  • Dress warmly: Each concert lasts approximately 90 minutes and the evening air may get chilly.

About The Wild Beast

“I am interested in how the wild beast lives in the jungle, not in the zoo.”

—Morton Feldman

The Wild Beast was named in honor of Morton Feldman, Composer-in-Residence at CalArts in 1986, who likened the ineffable creative energy in art to a wild beast.

Designed by Hodgetts + Fung, an architectural firm that also played a critical role in the redesign of the Hollywood Bowl, The Wild Beast houses a highly flexible, acoustically optimized performance and rehearsal space that also allows The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts to better serve its growing student population and support an expanded curriculum.

Additionally, with its capacity to accommodate more than 750 guests on the S. Mark Taper Foundation Courtyard grounds, The Wild Beast affords CalArts the opportunity of sharing and engaging its students, faculty, alumni and visiting artists with the broader Santa Clarita Valley community.


For more information about sponsorship of The Wild Beast Concert Series, please email specialevents@calarts.edu.

Sponsors of the Wild Beast Concert Series