Morton Feldman’s 1984 musical work For Philip Guston is a spectral and magical piece that unfolds in layers, with keening, intermingled tones of flute and celesta drifting airily across wide spaces broken up by watery percussion. Like all great spells of enchantment, this kind of tone poem takes its time to unwind — nearly five hours in total. In a presentation by Monday Evening Concerts, the longtime local series of adventurous contemporary-music performances, Christine Tavolacci (flutes), Brendan Nguyen (piano and celesta) and MEC’s Jonathan Hepfer (percussion) unlock Feldman’s work, which was composed in tribute to his friend Philip Guston, the defiant and idiosyncratic painter of the New York School (and beyond).
Listeners are invited to come and go during the lengthy performance, which is part of “Resilience: Philip Guston in 1971,” the first solo exhibition by the late artist (who was raised in L.A.) in more than 50 years. The exhibit is curated by Musa Mayer, the artist’s daughter.
Hauser & Wirth, 901 E. Third St., downtown; Mon., Nov. 11, 6:30-11 p.m.; free with RSVP. (213) 943-1620, hauserwirth.com.