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Jacaranda, the classical music series known for rarely heard, new and modern music, will celebrate its first 10 years on Oct. 19, 2013 with a program of American music entitled Grit and Glory at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica. The concert’s title refers to Jacaranda’s quintessential mix of electrifying challenges with the sublime.
The program’s four pianists aptly represent Jacaranda’s history:
Grammy Award-winner Gloria Cheng, playing John Adams’ “Phrygian Gates,” has performed on all 10 seasons and Scott Dunn reprises a signature work, the Frederick Rzewski’s “Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues,” associated with the Church’s reopening after extensive renovation. Mark Robson, performing Adams’ “Hallelujah Junction,” in 2002 helped generate the interest to found Jacaranda with his acclaimed performance of a massive work by Olivier Messiaen on the 10th anniversary of the composer’s death. Steven Vanhauwaert, partnering with Robson for “Hallelujah,” delivered his breakout performance with Jacaranda in 2007 and was partnered with Danny Holt to form 4handsLA, the dazzling piano duo. Jacaranda’s acclaimed resident ensemble, the Lyris Quartet, will play Silvestre Revueltas’ Quartet No. 4 “Musica de Feria, and four percussionists under the direction of featured drummer M.B. Gordy will join the pianists for Christopher Rouse’s “Ku Ka-Ilimoku” and “Ogoun Badagris,” and John Bergamo’s “Piru Bole.” Jacaranda’s Music Director, Mark Alan Hilt will conduct the two Rouse pieces.
The music will journey to a factory in South Carolina (Rzewksi), a country fair in Mexico (Revueltas) and three California locales (Adams’ “Phrygian Gates” and “Hallelujah Junction,” and Bergamo). Ritual percussion from Hawaii and Haiti (Rouse) will add tropical reaches to the musical itinerary. Grit and Glory conveys the American experience in all its boldness, courage and euphoria.
Concert Locations/Ticket Prices:
The concert will be held October 19 at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 2nd St., Santa Monica, 90401, Saturday at 8 p.m. Concert tickets, $45 general; $20 students are available at 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 in a diverse audience. 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. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013-14, Jacaranda’s full 2013-14 season information is available at jacarandamusic.org.

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