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Jacaranda will perform “The Knee Plays” by David Byrne, the famed driving force of the “art rock” band the Talking Heads. This program of 1980s film, theater and ceremonial music is part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s citywide “Minimalist Jukebox” (March 16-May 4). Robert Wilson’s ambitious, unfinished opera “the CIVIL warS” was intended for the 1984 Olympics Arts Festival in Los Angeles. “The Knee Plays” was conceived as a set of 14 short interludes between sections of the opera to span an entire day. Actor Fran Kranz will narrate Jacaranda’s presentation. Jacaranda’s offering of the entire set, which Byrne toured widely and recorded, will complement the L.A. Phil’s two performances of the opera’s “Rome Section” by Philip Glass. Together, they constitute the only two completed parts of “the CIVIL warS” — united in Los Angeles for the first time ever. “The Knee Plays” tour ended in 1988. Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 2nd St., Santa Monica, 90401. Concert tickets, $45 general; $20 students: jacarandamusic.org. Information: (213) 483-0216.

The Jacaranda program will open with works by Philip Glass: “Mad Rush,” an elaborate organ piece performed for the exiled Dalai Lama’s first public visit to New York City in 1981, and a suite from the soundtrack to the 1985 film “Mishima.” Mark Alan Hilt performed “Mad Rush” on Jacaranda’s first concert, and it is included as a nod to Jacaranda’s 10th anniversary. “Mishima,” a 1985 Paul Schrader film, chronicles with stylized scenes the famed Japanese writer Yukio Mishima’s failed coup d’état.

A rising actor in film (“Cabin in the Woods,” “Much Ado About Nothing”) and television (“The Good Wife,” “Bad Sports”), Kranz appeared in director Mike Nichols’ Broadway production of “Death of a Salesman” with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. In 2014 Kranz will share the big screen with Niki Reed, Greg Kinnear and Blythe Danner.

Artists: Fran Kranz, narrator; Mark Alan Hilt, organist & conductor; Lyris Quartet with Calder Quartet; Jacaranda Chamber Ensemble; and Vintage Collectibles brass band featuring drummer M.B. Gordy.

About Jacaranda: Jacaranda, with the 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 diverse audiences. Founded in 2003 by arts impresario Patrick Scott and conductor/organist Mark Alan Hilt, Jacaranda produces a series (eight concerts this season) that features current and rising stars in the world of classical music performance. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Jacaranda’s full 2013-14 season information is available at jacarandamusic.org. Most 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.

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Culture Clash's Richard Montoya

Culture Clash’s Richard Montoya


Culture Clash satirist/comedian Richard Montoya explores the controversial history of Chavez Ravine at Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS chamber music series on Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. The three-part series, with “LA Influential” as this year’s thematic twist, examines the impact our diverse city has had on arts and culture through the eyes of distinguished guest artists and speakers. LACO Concertmaster and series curator Margaret Batjer has programmed evenings that showcase the virtuosic artistry of LACO musicians in chamber masterpieces, reflecting the compelling LA connections and inspirations that have deeply influenced the series’ special guests.

Providing a thought-provoking musical context for Montoya’s penetrating political and cultural musings, LACO artists perform Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 12, “American”; String Quartet by mercurial Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas, and two works by Revueltas’s contemporary, Carlos Chávez, a cultural force who synthesized elements of Mexican, Indian and Spanish-Mexican influence in his Trio for Harp, Flute and Viola; and Sonatina for Violin and Piano.

Montoya, who calls himself a “Chicano” and draws on real-life experiences, has been addressing racial issues with humor and satire with the performance troupe Culture Class since 1984. Critics proclaim, “His thought-provoking performances…have cracked up audiences, and changed some minds” (National Public Radio) with their “deadly serious message” (The New York Times). Having lived in Los Angeles for more than two decades, Montoya says, “There’s a constant soundtrack, always in my head. Music has inspired me and comforted me (because) to be a political artist is kind of a lonely thing.”

Westside Connections, now in its sixth season, concludes on May 15 with John Rubinstein, the prolific film, stage and television artist who is the son of legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein. The series opener in February featured Arnold Steinhart, acclaimed first violin of the illustrious Guarneri Quartet.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2013-14 season, the Orchestra’s 45th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established and notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 17th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets (beginning at $50) are available online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office one hour before the concert. Also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for LACO’s three Westside Connections concerts at the Moss Theater, seven Orchestral Series concerts at either the Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall and Discover Beethoven’s Eroica at Ambassador Auditorium. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for groups of 12 or more. The Moss Theater at New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) presents STRADIVARIUS FIDDLEFEST on Friday, March 28, 7:30 pm, at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, a dazzling once-in-a-lifetime fiddle “face-off” starring five Stradivarius violins played by world-class violinist virtuosos attempting to outplay one another in an acrobatic program of solos, duos, trios and quartets. The event is part of LACO’s STRAD FEST LA, an unprecedented gathering of instruments which transforms the Southland into “Strad Central.” Strad Fest LA showcases some of luthier Antonio Stradivari’s most celebrated and rare Stradivarius violins brought together for the first time ever and played over four days at one private and three public events in venues throughout the area. With approximately 650 surviving Stradivarius violins, violas, cellos, harps and guitars in the world, this feat is akin to assembling a musical instrument “dream team.”

Trading the exquisite one-of-a-kind Stradivarius instruments throughout FIDDLEFEST’S fun-filled display of edge-of-your-seat one-upmanship are LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Chee-Yun, Cho-Liang Lin, Philippe Quint and Xiang Yu, joined by LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane on piano and LACO Principal Double Bass Nico Abondolo. The repertoire includes such showpieces as Telemann’s Concerto in D major for Four Violins, TWV 40:202; Moszkowski’s Suite in G minor, Op. 71; Kreisler’s, Mélodie (from Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice) and Tambourin Chinois, Op. 3; Brahms’s Scherzo in C minor, “Sonatensatz”; John Corigliano’s The Red Violin Caprices; and Franck’s Sonata in A major. Also featured are Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28; de Sarasate’s Navarra (“Spanish Dance”), Op. 33; Ravel’s Pièce en Forme de Habanera; Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56; and two works by Piazzolla, Oblivion for Four Violins and Bass, and Libertango for Four Violins and Bass. Tickets begin at $45.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2013-14 season, the Orchestra’s 45th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 17th season as LACO’s music director.

The Autry Foundation is a sponsor of Strad Fest LA.

For STRAD FEST LA tickets and more information, please visit www.laco.org or call 213 622 7001.

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Adam Tendler

Adam Tendler


Jacaranda’s 10th anniversary season continues on Saturday, February 22, 2014 with a dinner break — a break that separates the performances of two 20-movement mid-twentieth-century masterworks by John Cage and Olivier Messiaen. Each cycle is played by an American pianist with whom the music has become synonymous: Adam Tendler and Christopher Taylor, respectively. The consecutive concerts (Tendler at 5:00 p.m. and Taylor at 7:30 p.m.) will take place at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.
Jacaranda’s first decade gave extensive attention to the centenaries of Messiaen (1908-92) and Cage (1912-89). As a nod to that legacy, artistic director Patrick Scott chose for the 10th anniversary two works for solo piano that link the composers after World War II: Cage’s “Sonatas & Interludes” (1946-48) for prepared piano, and Messiaen’s “Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jesus” (1944). Both works were influenced in very different ways by the philosophy and music of India. Cage performed his cycle for Messiaen in Paris in 1949, and Messiaen reciprocated with a performance of his cycle by Yvonne Loriod, the work’s extravagantly talented dedicatee, who would eventually become Messiaen’s wife.
Tendler, described as “an exuberantly expressive pianist” who “vividly displayed his enthusiasm for every phrase” by Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed, will perform the 60-minute Cage work at 5 p.m. without pause and from memory. Recognized by the American Pianists Association, Tendler has performed modern American piano music in all of the United States.
After a dinner break, Taylor, bronze medalist at the 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and called “one of the most impressive young pianists on the horizon today” by the Washington Post, will perform the two-hour Messiaen work from memory at 7:30 p.m. with an intermission. Taylor’s “…blazing performance of Messiaen’s [''Twenty Ways of Looking at the Infant Jesus'']… is likely to stand as a point of reference for many seasons to come,” wrote the Boston Globe.
The massive piano masterpiece has additional significance for Jacaranda. Messiaen’s work was the centerpiece of a one-off, three-concert celebration organized in 2002 by series founders Scott and Mark Alan Hilt to observe the 10th anniversary of the composer’s death. The mini-festival’s location was First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, where Hilt would soon be appointed Music Director. The enterprise grabbed the attention of the Los Angeles Times’ Swed, who noted that, while there had been an abundance of Messiaen tributes in the world’s major cities, only the enterprising duo ventured a Southern California tribute. Nine months later, Jacaranda was born.
General admission tickets for either of the February 22 Cage/Tendler or Messiaen/Taylor concerts alone are $35; $20 for students. Admission to both concerts is $60; $30 for students. For tickets and a restaurant guide, as well as special Jacaranda food and beverage discounts, go to jacarandamusic.org. Tickets are sold online or at the door. Information: (213) 483-0216.
March 8, 2014: “Continental Harmony” at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall:
Jacaranda’s next concert, on March 8, will be held at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, which is waiving admission to honor Jacaranda’s 10th anniversary. This “Continental Harmony” concert will be entirely devoted to the 20th-century American string quartet repertoire, to be played by the Lyris Quartet. Lyris will open with Quartet No. 2 by Charles Ives followed by a Jacaranda signature work, Quartet No. 4, “Amazing Grace,” by Ben Johnston. Quartet No. 5 by Philip Glass, a Lyris specialty, will be followed with Quartet No. 3 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.
The UCLA Music Library will host this free concert, underwritten by the UCLA Music Library’s Hugo Davise Fund for Contemporary Music, at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, 445 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90024.
About Jacaranda: Jacaranda, with the 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 diverse audiences. Founded in 2003 by arts impresario Patrick Scott and conductor/organist Mark Alan Hilt, Jacaranda produces a series (eight concerts this season) that features current and rising stars in the world of classical music performance. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Jacaranda’s full 2013-14 season information is available at jacarandamusic.org. Most 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.

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Violinist Arnold Steinhardt

Violinist Arnold Steinhardt


Arnold Steinhardt, acclaimed first violin of the illustrious Guarneri Quartet, joins the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) for its WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS chamber music series launch on Thursday, February 13, 2014, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. The three-part series, with “LA Influential” as this year’s thematic twist, examines the impact our diverse city has had on arts and culture through the eyes of distinguished guest artists and speakers. LACO Concertmaster and series curator Margaret Batjer has programmed evenings that showcase the virtuosic artistry of LACO musicians in chamber masterpieces, reflecting the compelling LA connections and inspirations that have deeply influenced the special guests, who in addition to Steinhart, include Culture Clash satirist/comedian Richard Montoya and actor/director/composer John Rubinstein.

Steinhardt performs Korngold’s “Marietta’s Lied zur Laute” from Die tote Stadt with LACO’s Music Director Jeffrey Kahane (piano); and Batjer and principals Roland Kato (viola) and Andrew Shulman (cello) join Steinhardt and Kahane for Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat major. In addition, Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav, Cello Trevor Handy and Clarinet Joshua Ranz are featured on Dahl’s Concerto a tre for Violin, Cello and Clarinet.

Steinhardt, born in Los Angeles in the 1930s, served as first violin of the acclaimed Guarneri Quartet for its entire 45-year run. The quartet, founded in 1964, was hailed for its “uncanny unanimity of expression” (The New York Times) and described as “a 1964 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III…an ensemble with an ultra-plush, million-dollar tone…in perfect condition and utterly reliable even after 45 years on the road” (Los Angeles Times). As a youth, Steinhardt studied violin in Los Angeles with Toscha Seidel and Peter Meremblum, who were part of the émigré community that included musical giants Stravinsky, Korngold, Dahl, Rubinstein and Piatigorsky. He made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 14.

Westside Connections continues with Montoya, who explores the controversial history of Chavez Ravine, and Rubinstein, the prolific film, stage and television artist who is the son of legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein. Now in its sixth season, Westside Connections moves to a new location in Santa Monica, the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2013-14 season, the Orchestra’s 45th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established and notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 17th season as LACO’s music director.

Subscriptions to all three “Westside Connections” concerts ($135) are available by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Tickets for individual concerts (beginning at $50) are available online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office one hour before the concert. Also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for LACO’s three Westside Connections concerts at the Moss Theater, seven Orchestral Series concerts at either the Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall and Discover Beethoven’s Eroica at Ambassador Auditorium. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for groups of 12 or more. The Moss Theater at New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

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Mary Bauermeister

Mary Bauermeister


Karlheinz Stockhausen’s 70-minute masterpiece “Stimmung” (“Tuning/mood/atmosphere”), for six amplified voices, will be performed at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica on Sat., Jan. 25, 2014 by VOXNOVA Italia, which is making its international debut with this concert. Founded 22 years ago in France as VOXNOVA, the widely acclaimed European vocal ensemble will be reincarnated in 2014 with five Italian contemporary vocal music specialists under the direction of founder, bass baritone Nicholas Isherwood. The American-born singer, a protégé of the late composer, recently moved from Berlin to Rome. VOXNOVA Italia, he says, has “cracked the code” of Stockhausen’s score by producing the harmonic balances asked for by the composer. Described as a trance-like stream of consciousness, “Stimmung” was inspired by walking among the ancient pyramids of Mexico, as well as by the spirit of free love permeating the period. The work’s steamy erotic poetry, usually performed in German, will be heard in English.

Opening this concert, which recalls the “summer of love” and impossible dreams of the late 1960s, cellist Timothy Loo will provide a point of departure with “Nomos Alpha” (1966) by Iannis Xenakis. The highly complex 15-minute work is considered impossible to perform as written. Loo will employ innovative new technology to completely render the work.

Wed., Jan. 22, Villa Aurora, Pacific Palisades
Isherwood, who created the role of “Lucifer” in three of the operas making up Stockhausen’s massive cycle “Licht,” will perform “Capricorn” for singer and electronics, tailored to his voice by the composer. Isherwood will wear the original 1974 costume designed by Bauermeister. This performance will follow a rare performance of “Kontakte,” a seminal electronic work, in a new high-def digital restoration courtesy of Los Angeles-based composer Jennifer Logan and L.A.’s Occidental College. The 1960 premiere of the 30-minute work was also the occasion in which Stockhausen met visual artist and Fluxus catalyst Bauermeister, who will be present at this concert.

Sun., Jan. 26, 3 p.m., Goethe Institute, Los Angeles
The 80th birthday tribute to Bauermeister, the second of Stockhausen’s four wives, will conclude with an afternoon event devoted to her life and work. Reading in English from her new memoire, published in her native German, Bauermeister will discuss the ideas, both musical and visual, that were exchanged by the couple. Samples of elaborately embellished letters and musical diagrams, as well as her impromptu “altar” to Stockhausen will be on view. A nine-minute animated film, “Tribute to Mary Bauermeister,” in which she appears with such cultural icons as John Cage, Yoko Ono and Nam June Paik, will be screened.

January 22, 8pm MARY MEETS KARLHEINZ Villa Aurora
Karlheinz Stockhausen Kontakte (4-channels, 1960)
Stockhausen Capricorn (singer & 4-channels, 1974) from Tierkreis (Zodiac)
520 Paseo Miramar, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272; Shuttle starts at 7pm; Tickets: $25/$15 students

January 25, 8pm HALLUCINATION First Presbyterian/SM
Iannis Xenakis Nomos Alpha (solo cello, 1966)
Karlheinz Stockhausen Stimmung (1968)
1220 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90402; pre-concert talk at 7pm; Tickets: $45 general/$20 students

January 26, 3pm MARY ELECTRIFIES Goethe Institute
Mary Bauermeister Reading, screening and improvisation with Nicholas Isherwood 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036; Free admission; Online RSVP requested

Tickets: 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 diverse audiences. Founded in 2003 by arts impresario Patrick Scott and conductor/organist Mark Alan Hilt, Jacaranda produces a series (eight concerts this season) 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. Most concerts are held 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.

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Jacaranda Music Presents “Shattered Glass” on Saturday, November 9, 2013

Jacaranda Music Presents “Shattered Glass” on Saturday, November 9, 2013


Jacaranda, the classical music series known for rarely heard, new and modern music, celebrates its first 10 years with a “Season of Journeys” at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica.
Nov. 9, 2013: Shattered Glass
This concert will observe the 75th anniversary of the infamous Kristallnacht, Nov. 9, 1938, when Jewish business, temples, schools, hospitals and homes were systematically vandalized, damaged or destroyed across Nazi Germany and parts of Austria. Some 90 Jews were killed and 30,000 were arrested and sent to concentration camps between Nov. 9 and 10th. The concert will travel musically from the Jewish quarter (Samuel Adler’s Klezmer Fantasy” for solo clarinet) to Hollywood (Eric Zeisl’s “Hebrew Requiem”) via trains across the U.S. and Europe (Steve Reich’s Different Trains for string quartet and pre-recorded tracks). Along the way, the Jacaranda Chamber Singers will perform two brief unaccompanied choral works about peace and endurance (Arnold Schoenberg’s “Friede auf Eden” and “De Profundis”). To be performed under the baton of Mark Alan Hilt, Jacaranda’s Music Director and Resident Conductor, Zeisl’s 1944 requiem, with soloists, chorus and orchestra, was the first musical work to commemorate the holocaust.

Program:
Samuel Adler — Canto XIV “Klezmer Fantasy”
Steve Reich — Different Trains [*2007]
Arnold Schoenberg — Three a Capella Choruses: “Farben” (from Five Pieces for orchestra,
arr.: Franck Krawczyk), De Profundis, Freide Auf Erden

Eric Zeisl — Hebrew Requiem (Requiem Hebraico)

First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 2nd St., Santa Monica, 90401, on Saturday, November 9 at 8 p.m., Concert tickets, $45 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. Celebrating its 10th anniversary season, Jacaranda’s full 2013-14 season information is available at jacarandamusic.org.

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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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Jacaranda, the classical music series known for rarely heard, new and modern music, will celebrate its first 10 years with a “Season of Journeys” at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica. Two of the season’s eight Saturday concerts will be separated by a dinner break, and one will feature the Lyris Quartet in a free offering hosted by the UCLA Music Library at Schoenberg Hall. For its pre-season launch, Jacaranda will present a carousel ride, “The Rest is Noise” during Santa Monica’s Glow art event. Created by Jacaranda artistic director Patrick Scott, this musical experience, highly emblematic of Jacaranda’s signature style and reach, will surround riders on the city’s carousel with a sequence of excerpted, influential 20th-century premieres, from the most thrilling 12 seconds of Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony (1901), to an exclamation point from Sofia Gubaidulina (2000).

Sept. 28, 2013, 7 p.m.-3 a.m.: Free Pre-Season Glow Event
“The Rest is Noise,” a free nighttime ride through 20th-century music on Santa Monica’s storied merry-go-round, is based on the bestselling-book by “The New Yorker” music critic Alex Ross titled “The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century.” With 16 speakers and lighting effects, the ride will allow participants, on painted-ponies and chariots, to experience a century of music history: excerpts from 25 key works by 25 visionary composers (full list below). Ross’ prize-winning book grew out of his landmark blog, The Rest is Noise, and also inspired an ambitious yearlong festival featuring live performances of symphonies, operas and chamber works now underway at London’s renowned Southbank Centre arts complex. “The Rest is Noise” carousel ride will include a multifaceted educational component accessed by smart phones.

Oct. 19, 2013: Grit and Glory
As in every season prior, Jacaranda’s 2013-14 season will officially open with a program of American music. Pianists Gloria Cheng, Scott Dunn, Mark Robson and Steven Vanhauwaert will celebrate Jacaranda’s anniversary. Jacaranda’s acclaimed resident Lyris Quartet and four percussionists under the direction of M.B. Gordy will join the pianists.

The music will journey to a factory in South Carolina (Frederick Rzewski’s “Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues”), a country fair in Mexico (Silvestre Revueltas’ Quartet No. 4 “Musica de Feria”), and three California locales (John Adams’ “Phrygian Gates” and “Hallelujah Junction,” and John Bergamo’s “Piru Bole”). Ritual percussion from Hawaii and Haiti (Christopher Rouse’s “Ku Ka-Ilimoku” and “Ogoun Badagris”) will add tropical reaches to the musical itinerary. Grit and Glory, the name of this concert, conveys the American experience in all its boldness, courage and euphoria.

Nov. 9, 2013: Shattered Glass
This concert will observe the 75th anniversary of the infamous Kristallnacht, Nov. 9, 1938, when Jewish business, temples, schools, hospitals and homes were systematically vandalized, damaged or destroyed across Nazi Germany and parts of Austria. Some 90 Jews were killed and 30,000 were arrested and sent to concentration camps between Nov. 9 and 10th. The concert will travel musically from the Jewish quarter (Samuel Adler’s Klezmer Fantasy” for solo clarinet) to Hollywood (Eric Zeisl’s “Hebrew Requiem”) via trains across the U.S. and Europe (Steve Reich’s Different Trains for string quartet and pre-recorded tracks). Along the way, the Jacaranda Chamber Singers will perform two brief unaccompanied choral works about peace and endurance (Arnold Schoenberg’s “Friede auf Eden” and “De Profundis”). To be performed under the baton of Mark Alan Hilt, Jacaranda’s Music Director and Resident Conductor, Zeisl’s 1944 requiem, with soloists, chorus and orchestra, was the first musical work to commemorate the holocaust.

Jan. 25, 2014: Hallucination
The acclaimed European vocal ensemble VOXNOVA, specialists in contemporary music, will make their U.S. debut under the direction of bass baritone Nicholas Isherwood with Karlheinz Stockhausen’s 1968 masterpiece “Stimmung” (“Tuning”) for six amplified voices. According to Isherwood, VOXNOVA “cracked the code” of the score by producing the harmonic balance asked for by the composer but not fully realized before. Described as a trance-like stream of consciousness, the work lasts approximately one hour. To complete the evening, cellist Timothy Loo will provide a point of departure with “Nomos Alpha” (1965) by Iannis Xenakis, a complex 15-minute work still considered virtually impossible to perform. This concert will be offered as an 80th birthday tribute to artist and Fluxus catalyst Mary Bauermeister, Stockhausen’s first wife, whose vocalizations during pregnancy strongly influenced her husband’s composition of “Stimmung.”

Feb. 22, 2014: Mid-Century Modern
Jacaranda’s first decade gave the centenaries of John Cage (1912-89) and Olivier Messiaen (1908-92) extensive attention. Two 20-movement works for solo piano link the composers after World War II: Cage’s Sonatas & Interludes (1946-48) for prepared piano, and Messiaen’s “Vingt Regards sur L’Enfant Jesus” (1944). Both works were influenced by Indian culture. Cage performed his cycle for Messiaen in Paris in 1949, and Messiaen reciprocated with a performance of his cycle by Yvonne Loriod, the work’s dedicatee and eventually Messiaen’s wife. Adam Tendler will perform the 60-minute Cage work at 5 p.m. without pause. After a dinner break, Christopher Taylor will perform the two-hour Messiaen work at 7:30 p.m. with an intermission. Both pianists are known as champions of the respective works. Specially-priced single concert admissions and an additionally discounted ticket for both concerts will be available.

Messiaen’s massive piano masterpiece has additional significance for Jacaranda. The work was the centerpiece of a one-off, three-concert festival organized in 2002 by series founders Patrick Scott and Mark Alan Hilt to observe the 10th anniversary of Messiaen’s death. The location was First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, where Hilt would soon be appointed Music Director. The enterprise grabbed the attention of the Los Angeles Times’ chief music critic, Mark Swed, who noted that there had been an abundance of international Messiaen tributes, but only the enterprising duo ventured a Southern California tribute. Nine months later, Jacaranda was born.

March 8, 2014: Continental Harmony at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall
Jacaranda’s inaugural season featured an adventurous young string quartet known as Denali, which played with the series until 2010. Denali was succeeded by the Lyris Quartet. In recognition of the latter’s importance to Jacaranda’s programming, for the first time, an entire concert will be devoted to the 20th-century American string quartet repertoire. Lyris will open with Quartet No. 2 by Charles Ives followed by a Jacaranda signature work, Quartet No. 4, “Amazing Grace,” by Ben Johnston. Quartet No. 5 by Philip Glass, a Lyris specialty, will be followed with Quartet No. 3 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Composed in Los Angeles at the end of WWII, the latter was performed by Denali in its final season, and will be performed by Lyris for the first time. The UCLA Music Library will host this free anniversary concert, underwritten by the UCLA Music Library’s Hugo Davise Fund for Contemporary Music, at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, 445 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90024.

April 5, 2014: Civil Wars
Minimalist landmarks made up Jacaranda’s 2003 inaugural concert and signaled a long-term commitment to such composers. Following Jacaranda’s January 2012 standing-room-only concert that launched the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s weeklong “Focus on Eötvös” in Santa Monica, Jacaranda will be featured in the L.A. Phil’s “Minimalist Jukebox” (April 8-19) with music from the Minneapolis Section of “CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down.” This vast and incomplete opera by Robert Wilson was intended for the 1984 Olympics. The section is a set of “Knee Plays” composed by David Byrne as interludes but subsequently performed together by brass band with narrator. It will complement the L.A. Phil’s performances of the complete “Rome Section” from CIVIL warS. The program will conclude with works by Philip Glass: “Mad Rush,” an organ piece performed for the exiled Dalai Lama’s first public visit to New York in 1981, and a suite of excerpts from the soundtrack to the film “Mishima.” “Mad Rush” was included on Jacaranda’s first concert. “Mishima,” a 1985 Paul Schrader film, chronicles the famed Japanese writer Yukio Mishima’s failed coup d’état.

May 10, 2014: Abandon
Season of Journeys will end with time travel from the late-18th century to the late-20th century with music by Mozart, Debussy and Arvo Pärt. The exaltation of Mozart’s Serenade for Winds, “Gran Partita,” leads to the rapturous sensuality of Debussy’s “Danses Sacree et Profane.” These works were Jacaranda audience favorites in 2004 and 2009, respectively. They will be followed by Jacaranda’s first hearing of the blissfully hypnotic Tabula Rasa for violin soloists, prepared piano and strings by Arvo Pärt, will feature violinists Alyssa Park and Shalini Vijayan, as well as the Jacaranda debut of pianist Richard Valitutto of L.A.’s wild Up, conducted by Hilt, also conducting “Gran Partita.”

Concert Locations/Ticket Prices:
Concerts will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 2nd St., Santa Monica, 90401, on Saturdays at 8 p.m., except for Feb. 22’s concerts, to be held at First Presbyterian at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; the free Sept. 28th pre-season Glow event at the Santa Monica carousel, from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.; and the Continental Harmony concert, to be held on Sat., March 8, at 8 p.m., at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, 445 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90024. Concert tickets, $45 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. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013-14, Jacaranda’s full 2013-14 season information available at jacarandamusic.org. 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.

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Celebrated author Mona Simpson, whose 2011 novel My Hollywood features a classical composer as protagonist, joins members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) on Monday, April 15, 2013, 7:30 pm, at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, for the final program in the Orchestra’s innovative “Westside Connections” chamber music series, which this season pairs LACO’s virtuosic musicians with top authors for a fascinating exploration of the relationship between “Music & Story.” Simpson offers her insights into the Beethoven Violin Sonata that inspired Tolstoy’s novella The Kreutzer Sonata, which in turn inspired Janáček’s String Quartet No. 1, both of which are performed by LACO artists as part of the evening. Janáček confided in a letter to his young muse Kamila Stösslová, “I was imagining a poor woman, tormented and run down, just like the one the Russian writer Tolstoy describes in his Kreutzer Sonata.”

LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, currently celebrating her 15th anniversary with the Orchestra, curates and hosts the series, which showcases the virtuoso talent of LACO musicians and illustrates the myriad ways music touches other artistic disciplines, society and our lives. Joining Batjer on piano for Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata is LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane. Principal Second Violin Josefina Vergara, Violin Carrie Kennedy, Associate Principal Viola Victoria Miskolczy, Associate and Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian are featured in Janáček’s String Quartet No. 1.

Simpson, whose other novels include Anywhere but Here, The Lost Father, A Regular Guy and Off Keck Road, is a professor of English at UCLA and of Languages and Literature at Bard College. She has received numerous accolades, including a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Writers award, a Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize and, most recently, an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the nation’s premier orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2012-13 season, the Orchestra’s 44th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established and notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 16th season as LACO’s music director.

“Westside Connections” tickets ($50) are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001 x 1, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for groups of 12 or more. The Broad Stage is located at 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90401.

Mona Simpson

Mona Simpson

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