The Société Anonyme

In 1920, radical young composers calling themselves “Les Six” banded together in Paris. Rebelling against “outmoded” Wagnerism and Impressionism, Georges Auric, Louis Durey, Arthur Honegger, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc and Germaine Tailleferre — and their pals Erik Satie, Jean Cocteau and other obstreperous visionaries — produced works designed to meet the challenge of Milhaud: “The indifference of the public is what’s depressing. Enthusiasm, or vehement protest, shows that your work really lives.” This week, in conjunction with the art exhibition “The Société Anonyme: Modernism for America,” UCLA presents a concert of works by Les Six et ses amis organized by Neal Stulberg, visiting director of orchestral studies, that includes a screening of René Clair’s celebrated experimental silent film Entr’acte, with live music composed by Satie. At the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Wstwd.; Sat., May 20, 6 p.m.; free. (310) 443-7000 or

—Mary Beth Crain


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