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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 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

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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: 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 Concerts are at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. For information or to purchase tickets go to, 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, 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

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Jacaranda’s Jan. 12, 2013 concert will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica

1220 Second Street,

Santa Monica, CA 90401.

Concert tickets, $40 general; $20 students:

Information: (213) 483-0216.

Jan. 12, 2012 — 8 p.m – 10 p.m.

Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös will conduct the U.S. premiere of his fiercely beautiful new work, “Schiller: Energische Schönheit,” to launch Focus on Eötvös, a concert series Jacaranda is presenting in partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The new piece is based on texts by the famed German writer/poet/historian Friedrich Schiller (“Ode to Joy”) and will feature eight singers, winds, percussion and accordion. Program also includes Eötvös’ “Korrespondenz” with the Calder Quartet, and three works by Hungary’s Gyorgy Ligeti, including a Piano Concerto featuring Grammy Award-winner Gloria Cheng.

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LACO Sets Table for Foodies and Classical Music Lovers
As Concertmaster/Curator Margaret Batjer Serves Up Three-Concert Series
at Santa Monica’s The Broad Stage

Michael Ruhlman and Music of Rossini, Puccini, Falla and Schoenfield
Thursday March 1, 2012, 7:30 pm

Jonathan Gold and
Music of Bach, Bernstein, William Bolcom, Timothy Andres and Dohnányi
Thursday, March 22, 2012, 7:30 pm

Susan Feniger and Music of Saint-Saëns, Martinů and Ravel
Thursday, April 5, 2012, 7:30 pm

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) steps outside the proverbial music “box” to dish up a feast for foodies and classical music lovers alike at its innovative “Westside Connections” chamber music series with a menu that pairs LACO’s virtuosic musicians with iconic food writer JONATHAN GOLD, multi-talented chef/restaurateur SUSAN FENIGER and leading culinary writer, chef and food philosopher MICHAEL RUHLMAN for an always tantalizing and frequently amusing exploration of the relationship between music and culinary arts at Santa Monica’s Broad Stage. Showcased on the menu for the three-concert Thursday-night series, curated by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, are the virtuoso talent of LACO’s musicians and conversations with Gold, Feniger and Ruhlman, who discuss the food-themed music as well as the talent, techniques and artistic expression involved in gastronomy. Each evening includes an opportunity for audience questions.

“Good food and good music are a natural pairing,” says Batjer. “LACO is delighted to present these stellar culinary celebrities as we explore in these whimsical and informative programs the many ways music influences and enriches society and our lives.”

“Westside Connections” begins Thursday, March 1, 2012, 7:30 p.m., with noted culinary authority Michael Ruhlman (Soul of a Chef, Ruhlman’s Twenty) and music of Rossini, Puccini, Falla and Paul Schoenfield. On Thursday, March 22, 2012, 7:30 p.m, iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning LA Weekly food critic Jonathan Gold joins a program with music by Bach, Bernstein, William Bolcom, Timothy Andres and Dohnányi. “Westside Connections’” final “course” on Thursday, April 5, 2012, 7:30 pm, features celebrated chef, cookbook author and restaurateur Susan Feniger (Border Grill restaurants, Border Grill Truck and Susan Feniger’s STREET) and the music of Saint-Saëns, Martinů and Ravel. Now in its 4th season, the “Westside Connections” series has previously explored the effects of music on the mind, poetry and the creative process.

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 7:30 pm
Michael Ruhlman, special guest

ROSSINI String Sonata No. 1 in G major
PUCCINI Crisantemi (“Chrysanthemums”)
FALLA Suite Populaire Espagnole (arr. for Violin and Piano from “Popular
Spanish Songs” by Kochanski)

“Westside Connections” launches on Thursday, March 1, 2012, 7:30 pm, moderated by leading culinary authority and food writer Michael Ruhlman. The program tempts with a variety of musical tastes and textures: Spanish spice from Falla, a confectionary delight from Rossini and Puccini’s dark-hued elegy featuring two melodies the composer later incorporated into his opera Manon Lescaut. Concluding the evening is Schoenfield’s Café Music, inspired by the contemporary composer’s one-time employment as house pianist at a steakhouse. According to music writer John Windh, the work is “a tongue-in-cheek musical goulash with a little of everything thrown in…kneejerk surprises, witty musical jokes, burlesque, sly twists, some Charles Ives, counterpoint, dazzling string writing, Gershwin, Broadway melody, Gypsy scales and bouncy rhythms…at times languid and sentimental, other times madcap.” Ruhlman, whose recently released book Ruhlman’s Twenty: The Ideas and Techniques that Will Make You a Better Cook was praised by the Los Angeles Times as “masterful,” has authored the popular culinary Chef series The Making of a Chef, The Soul of a Chef, and The Reach of a Chef. More recent books include The Elements of Cooking, a handy food glossary, and Ratio. He has also co-authored with top US chefs cookbooks such as The French Laundry, Bouchon and Ad Hoc with Thomas Keller, A Return to Cooking with Eric Ripert, Charcuterie with Brian Polcyn, and Symon Says: Live to Cook with Michael Symon. Ruhlman has appeared on Travel Channel’s popular show No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain and PBS’ Cooking Under Fire, and has also served as a judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and The Next Iron Chef.

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 7:30 pm
Jonathan Gold, special guest
Elissa Johnston, soprano

BACH “Ich esse mit Freuden” (“I eat with joy”), from Cantata No. 84
BERNSTEIN La Bonne Cuisine – Four Recipes for Voice and Piano
WILLIAM BOLCOM Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise
DOHNÁNYI Sextet in C major for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Clarinet and Horn, Op. 37

Iconic LA Weekly food critic Jonathan Gold, the first to win a Pulitzer Prize in food criticism, joins LACO’s second “Westside Connections” evening, which also features soprano Elissa Johnston, on Thursday, March 22, 2012, 7:30 pm. The artfully designed musical feast spotlights Bernstein’s La Bonne Cuisine, which includes recipes for Plum Pudding and Oxtail from Madame Saint-Ange’s famous 1927 cookbook, complete with the composer’s instruction in the fine art of preparing French delicacies, and Bolcom’s hilarious Surprise, with some rather unique ingredients. Timothy Andres’ Sorbet cleanses the palate before the main course: the virtuosic Sextet written by Dohnányi in the tradition of Brahms and showcasing the unusual instrumentation of piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet and horn. Gold’s signature reviews of ethnic restaurants throughout Southland neighborhoods, as well as his coverage of all types of cuisine in Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles magazine and Gourmet, among many other high-profile publications, have earned him widespread acclaim and a vast following. A collection of his articles is featured in his book, Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles. The program also features LACO music director Jeffrey Kahane on piano.

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 7:30 pm,
Susan Feniger, special guest

SAINT-SAËNS Fantaisie for Violin and Harp, Op. 124
MARTINU La Revue de Cuisine, Jazz suite for Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Violin, Cello and Piano, H. 161
RAVEL String Quartet in F major

“Westside Connections” concludes Thursday, April 5, 2012, 7:30 pm, with special guest Susan Feniger, who adds her unique stamp to a program featuring Saint-Saëns’ 1907 Fantasie, a delicious aperitif to Martinů’s 1927 La Revue de Cuisine, which portrays a witty pop, Charleston and ragtime-cum-tango farce about cooking utensils, pots and lids. The entrée is Ravel’s 1903 masterpiece, String Quartet in F major. Feniger’s passion for food and genuine love for the authentic flavors of street and home cooking have propelled her wildly successful career as chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and radio/TV personality. She is co-chef/owner of the Border Grill restaurants and Border Grill Truck (with business partner, chef Mary Sue Milliken), owner of Susan Feniger’s STREET and veteran of Food Network’s Too Hot Tamales. Feniger has also co-authored five cookbooks including City Cuisine, Mesa Mexicana and Cooking with Too Hot Tamales. After a recent stint on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, she was a featured chef at the US Open and cooked for the Real Housewives of Orange County.

Westside Connections is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation. These concerts are also sponsored by the Faucett Family Foundation, Ann Moore Mulally, A Friend of LACO and K. Eugene Shutler.

“Westside Connections” tickets ($45 per concert or $120 for a 3-concert subscription) are on sale now and may be purchased online at, 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.

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