A Selective Guide to the Arts in Los Angeles

The focus this week is on the music itself.  At the top of my list is Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) by members of the LA Phil Tuesday evening at Walt Disney Concert Hall – a delightful and brilliant piece for seven instruments, three actors, and a dancer.  Sunday afternoon on May 1 brings either Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings by the Attacca Quartet through a Da Camera Society Music in Historic Sites concert, or Gabriel Fauré’s String Quartet in E Minor, Op.12 played by the Chamber Players of Los Angeles on their “French Serenades” program.  Read more about these works and others in the program details below.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Concert

Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic assemble Tuesday night for a great program that couples Stravinsky with Shostakovich.

• Shostakovich: Piano Trio No.1, Op.8, with Mark Kashper violin, Serge Oskotsky cello, and Kanae Matsumoto piano.

• Stravinsky: Histoire du Soldat. David Afkham conducts Robert Gupta (violin), David Howard (clarinet), Whitney Crockett (bassoon), Chris Still (trumpet), James Miller (trombone), Oscar Meza (bass), Joseph Pereira (percussion), with narrator Bennett Schneider.

Tuesday, April 26, 8 p.m.

Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

Tickets: $61.25, $41.75, $33. For information, call (323) 850-2000.

The Da Camera Society Chamber Music in Historic Sites

The Attacca Quartet formed at the Juilliard School in 2003, and in 2006 won the Alice Coleman Grand Prize at the Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition.  The members of the ensemble are Amy Schroeder and Keiko Tokunaga (violins), Luke Fleming (viola), and Andrew Yee (cello).


• John Adams: String Quartet in C Major, Op.61

• Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings, Op.11

• Matthew Hindson: String Quartet No.1, “Industrial Night Music”

Sunday, May 1, 2 & 4 p.m.

Lehrer Studios, 2140 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles

Tickets: $43, includes a light reception. Find information online, or call (213) 477-2929.

Chamber Players of Los Angeles

Music director John M. Kennedy and the Chamber Players of Los Angeles bring a program of “French Serenades” to their Music in Sacred Spaces series on May 1 in Arcadia.  Rachel Woolf (flute), Satik Andriassian (guitar), Shelly Ren and Daphne Tsao (violins), Nick Yee (viola), and Alan Mautner (cello) will be performing:

• Jacques Ibert: Entr’acte for flute and guitar

• Albert Roussel: Trio for flute, viola, and cello

• Gabriel Fauré: String Quartet in E Minor, Op.121, written in 1924 in his final year and infirmed at age 79.

Sunday, May 1, 3 p.m.

Church of the Good Shepherd Chapel, 400 West Duarte Road, Arcadia

Requested donation: $15 / $10 students

~Theodore Bell/Culture Spot LA

Culture Spot LA recommends Jim Eninger’s Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter, an extensive calendar of upcoming music events, large and small, happening all around Los Angeles.