Experimenting with Space and Sound

Take some time to meditate on three versions of “California Girls.”

Watch what happens when a small group of musicians meander through a distinctive museum space, experimenting with sound and surprising even themselves.

These are the kinds of unusual experiences you’re privy to in Episode 2 of UCTV Prime’s new series “Museum Meets Orchestra,” which goes behind the scenes of a most unique musical residency. The UCLA Hammer Museum invited wild Up, a 24-member, experimental classical/contemporary orchestra, to be in residence over a six-month period in 2012. During that time, the orchestra presented three major concerts and 30 smaller chamber music performances that defied convention and transformed the museum into a space as unexpected and moving as the music itself.

Episode 2 examines in-depth two very different compositions commissioned for the residency.