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JACARANDA’S UNCONVENTIONAL HOLIDAY CONCERT SPANS CENTURIES FROM JUBILANT BACH & MAHLER TO THE SPIRITUALITY OF PHILIP GLASS
Special Guests: Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, organist Jonathan Dimmock, eight singers, actor Amber Benson, and radio personality Sandra Tsing Loh join Lyris Quartet & the Jacaranda Chamber Ensemble conducted by Mark Alan Hilt
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 9, 2012 — With spellbinding music from Bach and Mahler to Lang and Glass, Jacaranda on Dec. 1 will present Winter Dreams, a heartfelt holiday journey that is equal parts candle-lit enchantment and bracing winter winds.
Jonathan Dimmock, organist for the San Francisco Symphony, will set the mood with J.S. Bach’s exuberant Toccata, Adagio and Fugue. Dimmock, who has distinguished himself internationally with dazzling and highly sensitive performances, was the first American to be named organ scholar of England’s Westminster Abbey. He will also solo in Charles Ives’ wistful and wintery “Adeste Fidelis” in a Prelude.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), now in its 26th season, will lend an angelic aura to Missa Brevis by Benjamin Britten accompanied by Dimmock and conducted by LACC director Anne Tomlinson. The LACC will be heard in new arrangements by Shawn Kirchner, Los Angeles Master Chorale’s composer-in-residence: Mahler’s depiction of heaven in his Third Symphony, and the Snow Scene from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” with the Jacaranda Chamber Ensemble conducted by Jacaranda’s music director, Mark Alan Hilt.
LACC closes the program with Knee Play V from Philip Glass’ “Einstein on the Beach,” which The Los Angeles Times described as “transcendent” when presented by Jacaranda in 2009. The solo violin role of Einstein will be taken by Alyssa Park, and the work’s three narrators will be performed by actor Amber Benson, known for her role as Tara Maclay in the fantasy television series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”; writer and monologist Sandra Tsing Loh, whose witty commentaries and science updates are regularly featured on public radio KPCC FM; and emerging opera star bass-baritone Cedric Berry.
Berry, critically acclaimed for his intense leading role in The Industry’s groundbreaking new opera “Crescent City,” will also join a highly accomplished vocal ensemble for excerpts from David Lang’s “The Little Match Girl Passion”: soprano Elissa Johnston, mezzo-soprano Janelle DeStefano, and tenor Michael Lichtenauer. The Times described Jacaranda’s west coast premiere of Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work as a “stunner.” Johnston and DeStefano will be joined by soprano Suzanne Waters, as well as altos Amy Fogerson and Monika Bruckner in the Mahler arrangement.
Completing Winter Dreams is a magical solo harp Interlude from Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” to be played by Maria Casale, and the popular, emotionally gripping Quartet No. 4 “Amazing Grace” by Ben Johnson, performed for the first time by Jacaranda’s resident ensemble, the Lyris Quartet.
Jacaranda artistic director Patrick Scott’s fresh musical approach to this holiday concert will also include immersive projected images. The film, “Powers of Ten” (1977), by Charles and Ray Eames is being made available courtesy of the Eames Office LLC.
“Jacaranda wants to satisfy the need for a different kind of holiday concert, one that is brimming with wonder, awe and compassion that swings from warm to edgy,” Scott says.
Jacaranda, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013-14, rounds out its current season with highlights including a three-concert tribute to Benjamin Britten’s centenary featuring the April 27, 2013 performance of “Curlew River.” The Industry’s founding director Yuval Sharon will stage Britten’s rarely performed chamber opera. On Jan. 12, 2013, Jacaranda will partner with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to launch, in Santa Monica, the L.A. Phil’s weeklong “Focus on Eötvös” — five concerts celebrating Transylvanian-born Peter Eötvös. The composer himself will conduct the U.S. premiere of his “Schiller: Energische Schönheit,” a Jacaranda co-commission — his only conducting appearance. Julia Migenes, who will be appearing at Disney Hall in “Angels in America” by Eötvös, will perform Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Luniare” for Jacaranda a month later February 23.
Full 2012-13 season information available at jacarandamusic.org.
Jacaranda’s Dec. 1 concert will be held at 8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Concert tickets, $40 general; $20 students: jacarandamusic.org. Information: (213) 483-0216.
About Jacaranda: Jacaranda, with a motto of “music at the edge,” is a series of intimate concert adventures into the realm of new and rarely-heard classical music designed to awaken curiosity, passion and discovery. Founded in 2003 by arts impresario Patrick Scott and conductor/organist Mark Alan Hilt, Jacaranda produces a series (eight concerts this season) in Santa Monica that features current and rising stars in the world of classical music performance. Concerts are at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. For information or to purchase tickets go to jacarandamusic.org, or call (213) 483-0216.