My PALEFACE CONCERT will be different than anything I've ever produced and I could use your help. I'm bringing together fabulous musicians  and one of New York's most exciting visual artists, all in the sublime acoustics of Zipper Concert Hall in downtown LA. Even the audience will get into the act— everyone gets to play kazoos! 

You are all part of my special community—some of you follow my music, some enjoy my talks at the LA Philharmonic, some of you are passionate participants in my lecture series, some of you follow my blog on classical music, and others still are part of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra that I founded and conduct.  Contemporary music concerts are always labors of love. But I am at my core a composer, and this concert particularly lets me directly share my strongest work and innermost musical passion with you.


Thursday December 12 7:30pm

Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School of Performing Arts 
42648090_1570910973938718_r.jpegWhy Paleface? Jerry Kearns' artwork hits me in the gut. It's dazzling, it's funny, and ultimately it's very dark. Without specific politics, Kearns nails our disembodied identity as Americans. And it is a message we all need to hear. Our hero models—whether the cowboy, the detective, the secret agent, the action hero, or Jesus—are ungrounded and impotent as they struggle to find meaning in our modern world.  My music works in counterpoint with Kearns' layerings to create an emotional journey from the Wild West and the Action Hero, all leading to a final nightmare and prayer.
Watch a 3 minute Paleface trailer  

Concert highlights:

•West Coast premiere of Paleface: the Mythology Underlying the American Narrative,  performed by Trio Accento with projected video of paintings by New York "psychological pop artist" Jerry Kearns. The audience has a part playing kazoos in the second movement!
Learn more about Paleface and hear the music 

•Artist Jerry Kearns in person discussing the layering in his work
Read reviews on Jerry Kearns  

•Acclaimed soprano Hila Plitmann premiering my new song cycle Lights of Amethyst based on poems from James Joyce's Chamber Music.
Read about Hila Plitmann 

•New recording available after the concert! 
Trio Accento CD Release of Extant Blues features Paleface 
Trio Accento: Limor Toren-Immerman, violin; Nora Chiang-Wrobel, piano;  Garik Terzian, cello 


means a great deal for me. This is an ambitious undertaking and your contribution will directly offset my costs for: the musicians, the video engineers, the concert venue, insurance, publicity, and recording the concert.

Whatever you can contribute will be helpful and deeply appreciated:

$25 or more—your name in the program

$100 or more—1 ticket to a Paleface Preview house concert 

$250—1 evening classical music lecture to Classical Vienna: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven—in  Westwood, near UCLA

$500 or more—signed music score of Paleface


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Russell Steinberg 
Encino, CA
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