Los Angeles orchestra coming to Weill Hall

The Green Music Center will be hosting a Los Angeles-based orchestra at Weill Hall on Friday, Feb. 22. 

The group, wild Up, focuses their programs around the studies of the different ideas or surroundings they find interesting. 

They will be performing a program called Future Folk, which will look at a few genres of music, ranging from music from Ancient India to New York,  and how we are connected with our ancestors.

The orchestra wild Up started in 2010, whenthey started gaining a fanbase after performing at clubs and art studios in the area. 

The Los Angeles Times declared the group, “Best Classical Music of 2012.” 

They have now performed at many different locations across the country, such as the Valley Performing Arts Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Music Academy of the West. 

Their music has also been featured on different radio stations and in different types of blogs, such as the blog by New Yorker music critic Alex Ross. Over the years, they have become more popular and collaborated with different groups and composers around the world. They are currently touring with two different programs, where they will stop in many different states around the country. 

Julia Cioffi, a second year Criminal Justice major, has listened to the orchestra and some of the programs they have performed in the past. Cioffi is from Southern California, so she said that it is nice to hear a group that she is familiar with. 

“Orchestral music is something that I listen to every once and awhile, I think it is relaxing and always has a message to give,” said Cioffi. She says that she enjoys the diverse groups of performers at the Green Music Center, and how much each musical act has to offer. 

Jacob Ramos, a third year Business major, says that it is unique that this program touches on the diverse music throughout our world. 

“There is a wide variety of music in the world, so it is nice to see different musical groups incorporating more of it into their programs,” said Ramos. He said that he is not familiar with the orchestra itself, yet the concept of Future Folk has intrigued him to attend the event. 

Hunter Merritt, a fourth year Psychology major, was also familiar with this orchestra since he is originally from the Los Angeles area. 

“I have attended different orchestral concerts throughout my life, so I am excited to see what Future Folk will bring to the people of Sonoma State,” said Merritt. He will be attending the program, since he is eager to see how these genres will be incorporated into the show. 

There will also be a pre-concert lecture before the program, which will be presented by Thom Limbert, Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Ethnomusicology. 

“I plan on discussing the group’s mission and attempting to show how their choice of repertoire help’s to fulfill that mission,” said Limbert. He just recently became familiar with this orchestra; he feels that they are socially relevant but still modern at the same time. 

If you are interested, tickets for this event will start at $25, with discounted tickets starting at $10 available for students, faculty, and staff. The event will start at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 in Weill Hall. 

“The group believes that music is a catalyst for shared experiences, and that the concert venue is a place for challenging, exciting, and igniting the community around us,” states the wild Up website.