The joy of living in Southern California is that the area offers so much to see/hear/experience; however, there is only limited space on my calendar and limited resources in my wallet, so I can’t do everything I would want. So with upcoming chunks of my time already being occupied by LA Phil performances, a Foo Fighters show, and USC football (not to mention the ubiquitous day job), here are just a handful of concerts – in no particular order — coming up in the next couple of weeks which I’d like to attend, but probably can’t. Hit them up yourself if you can:
A free concert by the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players
In addition to its regular orchestral concert series at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, the LBSO offers a series called “Sounds & Spaces” devoted to performing chamber works in the community at architecturally notable locations. Amazingly, the cost of these concerts is Free-fifty-free (AKA $0). On Sunday, October 23rd, the LBSO Chamber Players will play the Mozart Flute Quartet in D major, the Villa- Lobos Quintette Instrumental for Flute Violin, Viola, Cello and Harp and Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for Flute, Clarinet, String Quartet and Harp. Principal Flute Heather Clark and Harpist JoAnn Turovsky feature prominently.
The performance will take place in The Grand Salon of The Cooper Arms, a Long Beach building added to the National Historic Register in 2000. Noted Long Beach architectural historian and preservationist, Stan Poe, gives a brief talk about the venue, and a reception with the artists follows the concert.
To reserve your FREE ticket, call (562) 436-3203.
You’ve gotta love a Tuba concert
Norm Pearson, Jim Self, and Doug Tornquist are not only tubists in some of So Cal’s best ensembles, they also happen to be featured on most of the movie and TV soundtracks requiring that most sizable of brass instruments. That makes them heard more often than pretty much any other tubists around. Now you can hear them in person, along with some of their other tuba-playing colleagues on Wednesday, October 12th, at 7pm at USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall. The concert features premieres by David Jones, Anne McGinty and Steven J. Williams, along with other music by Bill Cunliffe, Anthony Plog and some guy named Beethoven.
The concert is FREE, though donations/contributions to the Patricia and Tommy Johnson Memorial Music Scholarship are welcome. Call (213) 740-2584 for more information.
Morten Lauridsen receiving the National Medal of the Arts (2007)
Arguably the most beloved living choral composer in this hemisphere, Dr. Lauridsen will have his works show up in in two different programs by groups with whom he has had a long association. Unfortunately for those of us fans, both concerts are happening at the exact same time: 7pm on Sunday, October 16th.
- USC Thornton Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, 505 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 ($5 USC students and seniors; $15 general admission): As a Distinguished Professor and former head of the composition department, Dr. Lauridsen is rightly held in high esteem at USC. The Thornton School’s two vocal ensembles will perform his works, along with those of Manuel de Sumaya, Don Carlo Gesualdo, Benjamin Britten, Johannes Brahms, and Samuel Barber. More info HERE.
- Los Angeles Master Chorale, Walt Disney Concert Hall ($24 – $119). Dr. Lauridsen’s relationship with the Master Chorale dates back to 1985 when Roger Wagner first conducted the Mid-Winter Songs on Poems by Robert Graves. From 1994-2001, Dr. Lauridsen was Composer-in-Residence, during which he created and the Master Chorale realized some of his most famous works, including O Magnum Mysterium, Lux Aeterna, and Ave Maria. Grant Gershon conducts the LAMC’s opening concert of the season in a typically diverse and intriguing program including works by Eric Whitacre, Tarik O’Regan, Shawn Kirchner, and a U.S. Premiere by Thomas Jennefelt, before ending the concert with the Lux Aeterna. Messers. Gershon and Kirschner join Dr. Lauridsen and Alan Chapman for the pre-concert discussion.
Franz Liszt’s 200th birthday and the Camerata Pacifica
The great Hungarian composer and pianist was born on October 22, 1811, and surprisingly, few local arts organizations will be celebrating the bicentennial of his birth. Thank goodness one of them is Camerata Pacifica, presenting pianist Adam Neiman as he performs Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes at four different Southern California locales:
- Friday, October 14, 1pm* & 7:30pm: Hahn Hall, Santa Barbara (*lunchtime concert where only a selection of the Etudes will be performed)
- Sunday, October 16, 3pm: Temple Beth Torah, Ventura
- Tuesday, October 18, 8pm: The Huntington Library, San Marino
- Thursday, October 20, 8pm: Zipper Hall, Los Angeles
Single tickets are $22 for the lunchtime concert in Santa Barbara, $40 for the afternoon concert in Ventura, and $45 for the three evening concerts. Click HERE to get your tickets in advance.
- Michael Stewart for the National Endowment for the Arts