A Selective Guide to the Arts in Los Angeles

The unique creativity in Los Angeles’ chamber music scene is the buzz worldwide. Hear this distinctive metro LA sound downtown at the ASTO Museum of Art Saturday, as the Vientos Trio will perform selections from living LA composers.

Another ensemble devoted to the modern art, Jacaranda, will be in Santa Monica with an intriguing “politically” diverse program sampled from German musical traditions and politics.  Jacaranda’s productions are superb and noted for their focused themes – this concert is no exception.

Both of these organizations are recognized throughout the region for their eclectic, cutting-edge programs.  Either one will make for a great Saturday night adventure.

Vientos Trio

The ASTO Museum of Art‘s Music Series presents the Vientos Trio, with Ryan Zwahlen (oboe), Jennifer Stevenson (clarinet), and Michael Kreiner (bassoon).  The Trio will perform an engaging program titled “Living LA” that showcases the diverse works of living Los Angeles composers and features selections by Damian Montano, Jeni Brandon, Jennifer Stevenson, Mark Lackey, and others.

Saturday, May 22, 7:30 p.m.
ASTO Museum of Art
4505 Huntington Drive South, LA

Tickets: $7 at the door


Jacaranda’s Patrick Scott and Mark Alan Hilt are critically acclaimed for their unique approach to performance, and this program is a compelling display of the mission to offer “cornerstones of music from centuries past next to new and modern music.”  This “Prussian Blues” program is an intriguing blend of politics, history, and musical art. As part of LA Opera’s Ring Festival LA, it includes music by Wagner.

The quality of these Jacaranda productions is exceptionally good, and the production is meticulous.  You will not be disappointed, and in my opinion, the Hindemith Septet is an extraordinary composition, well worth your ear.


Paul Hindemith: Septet for winds (1948)

Franz Schubert: Longing, Night Song in the Forest, The Gondolier, Bright Night, Song of the Spirits over the Waters, and others

Richard Wagner: Siegfried Idyll (1870)

Gustav Mahler/H. Stadlmair: Adagio from Symphony No.10 (1911)

Saturday, May 22, 8 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 Second Street, Santa Monica

Tickets:  $40 / $20 students at the door, $35 / $15 students advance sale

These concerts were selected from Jim Eninger’s Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter – check it out to see an extensive calendar of upcoming music events, large and small, happening all around Los Angeles.