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A busy weekend of So Cal classical music

There’s lots going in this weekend.  Pick something you like and go check it out.

World premiere production of The Face
The world premiere staged performance of Donald Crockett’s new chamber orchestra, The Face, is tonight at 8pm at the Aratani/Japan America Theater in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles.  Subsequent performances will be Monday and Tuesday, August 27th and 28th.  The libretto is based on the poems of David St. John, with the action set in another of LA’s iconic neighborhoods:  Venice Beach.

“THE FACE is a deeply compelling story about the price of fame, desire and creativity. The central character, a once famous poet named Raphael, struggles with the recent loss of his lover/muse, while juggling the demands of a movie being made about his life and his increasing notoriety. The narrative is both passionate and raw in its candor, offering an insightful view of the human condition as experienced by an artist/poet.”  — The Face website

Gil Rose conducts the Firebird Ensemble (Kate Vincent, founding Artistic Director) for all three productions.

This summer’s final Southwest Chamber Music concert at The Huntington
The last of Southwest Chamber Music’s four summer concerts at The Huntington are tonight and tomorrow.  This year’s season honors the centennial of Pasadena native and culinary demi-goddess, Julia Child, by focusing on French music.  This weekend’s concerts feature works by Debussy, Ravel, Falla, Milhaud, and an arrangement of songs made famous by Edith Piaf.  Mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzmán and pianists Ming Tsu and Genevieve Lee are the soloists.

Los Angeles Jewish Symphony celebrates it’s 18th birthday
Noreen Green’s orchestra turns 18, which I guess means it’s all grown up.  It marks its unique role in celebrating the legacy of Jewish music with a concert at the John Anson Ford Amphitheater at 7:30pm on Sunday, August 26th.  Mark Kashper, LAJS Concertmaster (not to mention Associate Principal 2nd Violin of the Los Angeles Philharmonic) is the featured soloist in Reb Mendele Suite by Simon Sargon.

More information and tickets can be found online at the LAJS website as well as the Ford Amphitheater site.  In addition, there was a very nice write-up in the Los Angeles Times about the orchestra and their upcoming performance (HERE).

Diana Krall at the Hollywood Bowl
The celebrated pianist and vocalist — not to mention Mrs. Elvis Costello — join the Los Angeles Philharmonic for one more concert at the Hollywood Bowl tonight.  You probably knew about it, but I figured I’d mention it just in case.

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