Start your week with this month’s edition of Southwest Chamber Music’s Cage 2012 Festival in Pasadena, then next weekend don’t miss the continuing Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. Or you can hear Emanuel Ax, Eteri Andjaparidze, the Juilliard String Quartet, Jacaranda’s “music at the edge,” and a fabulous program at Chamber Music Palisades with the Lyris Quartet. Great music all around LA!
CAGE 2012 FESTIVAL
Enjoy the music of iconic composer John Cage as Southwest Chamber Music continues its season-long celebration this Sunday.
• Music for Carillon No.5
• Radio Music
• Etudes Boreales I-IV
Sunday, March 11, 5 p.m.
Tickets: $38 / $28 seniors / $10 students
CHAMBER MUSIC PALISADES
The LYRIS STRING QUARTET with violinists ALYSSA PARK and SHALINI VIJAYAN, violist LUKE MAURER and cellist TIMOTHY LOO joins LACO flutist SUSAN GREENBERG and pianist DELORES STEVENS, founders of CHAMBER MUSIC PALISADES. KUSC’s ALAN CHAPMAN will provide introductions and commentary for the performance.
• Haydn: Quartet for flute and strings
• Gary Schocker: Child’s Play for flute and strings
• Shostakovich: String Quartet No.3
• Richard Strauss: Piano Quartet
Tuesday, March 13, 8 p.m.
The Sanctuary of Saint Matthew’s Parish, 1031 Bienveneda, Pacific Palisades
Tickets: $30 at the door / students with current ID admitted free. For information, call (310) 463- 4388.
Georgian pianist ETERI ANDJAPARIDZE and lighting designer JENNIFER TIPTON explore the legacy of late Romantic Russian composer ALEXANDER SCRIABIN, who pioneered ideas relating colors and musical pitch by staging the first multimedia concert in history with his clavier à lumière that projected colors as it was played.
• Poeme Languide in B Major
• Feuillet d’Album in F-sharp Major, Opus Posthumous
• and other selections
Saturday, March 17, 7:30 p.m., lecture by RYAN DUDENBOSTEL at 7 p.m.
The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage, SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica
Tickets: $75, $60, $47. Click for information.
JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET
The famed JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET, founded in 1946, comes to the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts with JOSEPH LIN and RONALD COPES violins, SAMUEL RHODES viola, and JOEL KROSNICK cello.
• Haydn: Quartet in G Major, Op. 54, No. 1
• Donald Martino: Quartet No.5 (2004)
• Beethoven: Quartet in B-flat Major, Op.130, with Grosse Fuge in B-flat Major, Op.133
Saturday, March 17, 8 p.m.
Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, 12700 Center Court Drive, Cerritos
Tickets: $60, $48, $36
JACARANDA – music at the edge
Jacaranda’s PATRICK SCOTT, artistic director and series producer, and MARK ALAN HILT, music director, will deliver a unique program of four distinctive American composers. Rouse described his most recent quartet, premiered by the CALDER QUARTET, as “a drunken schizophrenic having a grand-mal seizure.” Contrast Rouse with Schuman’s meditative music based on the passion of Shakespeare’s Orpheus. Bennett’s flute requires superhuman technique, and Kirchner’s piano music is inspired by poems of Emily Dickenson.
The all-star ensemble includes STEVEN VANHAUWAERT piano, PAMELA VLIEK-MARTCHEV flute, SUZANNE WATERS soprano, VICTORIA MISKOLCZY viola, MARIA CASALE harp, and the CALDER QUARTET with BENJAMIN JACOBSON and ANDREW BULBROOK violins, JONATHAN MOERSCHEL viola, and ERIC BYERS cello.
• Leon Kirchner: Five Pieces for Piano (1987)
• Richard Rodney Bennett: Six Tunes for the Instruction of Singing Birds (1981)
• Christopher Rouse: String Quartet No.2 (1988)
• William Schuman: In Sweet Music: Serenade on a setting of Shakespeare (1978)
• Christopher Rouse: String Quartet No.3 (2009) – Los Angeles Premiere
Saturday, March 17, 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 18, 6 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 Second St., Santa Monica
Tickets: $40/$20 students at the door, $35/$15 students advance sale
Some musicians need no introduction, and pianist Emanuel Ax is certainly one of them. This is a great program, well-worth the drive to the Soka Performing Arts Center; Ax is a master.
• Copland: Piano Variations
• Haydn: Andante with Variations in F Minor
• Beethoven: Variations and Fugue in E-flat Major, “Eroica”
• Schumann: Études en forme de variations
Sunday, March 18, 7p.m.
Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo
Tickets: $33 / $23 students and seniors
Piatigorsky International Cello Festival
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra brings “BEETHOVEN PLUS” to the continuing cello festival this week. This LACO afternoon concert at Zipper Hall will be great – Shulman and Kahane will be hard to top.
• Osvaldo Golijov: Omaramor, ANTONIO LYSY, cello, ANTOINETTE PERRY, piano
• Haydn/Piatigorsky: Divertimento in D Major, EVAN DRACHMAN (Piatigorsky’s grandson), cello, and PERRY
• Gregor Piatigorsky: Prayer, DRACHMAN and PERRY
Sunday, March 18, noon
Zipper Hall at The Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles
PIATIGORSKY INTERNATIONAL CELLO FESTIVAL
The festival then continues across the street at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Colburn Celebrity Recital Series. There is something for everyone in this remarkable festival finale.
• Paul Tortelier: Sonata Breve, LEONARD and FITZ-GERALD
• Rachmaninov: Elegie in E minor, Op. 3, No. 1, MAISKY and DOKSHITSKY
• Thomas Adès: Lieux Retrouvés, ISSERLIS and SHIH
• Stravinsky: Suite Italienne (arr. Piatigorsky), LAWRENCE LESSER, NATHANIEL ROSEN, JEFFREY SOLOW, and RAPHAEL WALLFISCH cellos
• J.S. Bach: Air on a G String, CELLO CHOIR
• Christopher Rouse: Rapturedux, CELLO CHOIR
Sunday, March 18, 7 p.m.
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles
Tickets: $111, $105, $85, $55
~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.