Festival Productions

Seven Butterflies

Produced by La Jolla Playhouse in association with the UC San Diego Department of Music


Performed by Cellist Jennifer Bewerse

30+ Person Capacity Per Performance
Run time: 15 minutes

A ticket is not required for this performance, but we'd sure like to know if you'll be attending!

Seven Butterflies

About the Production

Seven Butterflies is a micro-concert featuring Kaija Saariaho's Sept Papillons for solo cello and La Monte Young's Composition 1960 #5. Sept Papillons features ethereal extended techniques evocative of swooping, swarming or gently fluttering butterflies. Composition 1960 #5 is a text score with the instructions: “Turn a butterfly loose in the performance area...the composition may be considered finished when the butterfly flies away.” The piece features a simultaneous performance of these two works during which a live Monarch butterfly will perform Composition 1960 #5 while cellist Jennifer Bewerse performs Sept Papillons, resulting in a miniature concert, fitting of both the delicate nature of the butterflies and their symbolic ephemeralness.

Patron Note

Outdoor Performance. No seating provided

Generously sponsored by Mary Lindenstein Walshok, Ph.D.

Jennifer Bewerse

Jennifer Bewerse

is a cellist and a devoted performer of contemporary classical music. As a result of her work, she has premiered over 50 works including most recently Monte Weber’s Weather Music for solo cello. Other composers she has had the privilege to work with include Augusta Read Thomas, Gunther Schuller, Jonathan Harvey, Christian Wolff, and David Del Tredici. She has performed as a soloist for the Robert Helps Festival, was the 2010 Performance Prizewinner at soundSCAPE festival in Italy, and is a New Music USA Project Grant recipient. Currently, she is pursuing her Doctorate in Contemporary Performance at UC San Diego.


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  • FRI: 2:30pm & 5:00pm
  • SAT: 12:00pm & 5:00pm
  • SUN: 12:00pm, 3:00pm & 5:00pm


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