A Selective Guide to the Arts in Los Angeles

In Classical Focus, Theodore Bell selects highlights from Jim Eninger’s Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter. Here are his top picks, with details from the latest newsletter:

Martin Chalifour

Martin Chalifour

If you can get a ticket, there are two great opportunities to hear longtime Los Angeles Philharmonic Principal Concertmaster Martin Chalifour in recital with pianist Timothy Durkovic in a solo program that will feature works by Brahms, Prokofiev, and Stravinsky.

Friday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Ruth Todd Memorial Auditorium, G-122
Long Beach City College
4901 E. Carson St., Long Beach

Sunday, Sept. 27, 3 p.m.
Church of the Good Shepherd Chapel
400 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia

MARTIN CHALIFOUR began his tenure as Principal Concertmaster of the
Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1995. The recipient of various grants and
awards in his native Canada, he graduated with honors from the
Montreal Conservatory at the age of 18 and then moved to Philadelphia
to pursue studies at the Curtis Institute of Music. In 1986, Martin
received a Certificate of Honor at the Tchaikovsky Competition in
Moscow, and he was a laureate of the Montreal International
Competition the following year.

Born and raised in Guatemala, pianist TIMOTHY DURKOVIC holds Bachelor
and Master of Music degrees from USC. Timothy won the Gold
Medal at the 1996 Los Angeles Liszt Competition. Along with his
piano-duo partner CHIE NAGATANI, he won both the 2001 San Diego Duo
Piano Competition and the 2001 IBLA Grand Prize Duo Piano Award
(Sicily, Italy). In fall of 2005, he was appointed Director of
Keyboard Studies at Long Beach City College.

Tickets for LBCC: $10 / $5 for students and senior. To reserve seats, call (562) 938-4411. (Reservations STRONGLY suggested). For information, visit:

Requested donation for Church of the Good Shepherd Chapel: $15. For information, call (626) 447-2181.

Dominique Labelle

Dominique Labelle

Musica Angelica is performing twice this weekend, and if you have never heard this extraordinary ensemble of Baroque specialists playing period instruments (led by Martin Haselböck), I suggest one of these opportunities, especially with Canadian soprano Dominique Labelle singing with the group in an exciting all-Handel program.

Saturday, Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall
The Colburn School
200 S. Grand Ave., LA

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2 p.m.
The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage
SMC Performing Arts Center
1310 11th St., Santa Monica

All-Handel Program
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759):
Overture to Rinaldo, HW33
Concerto Grosso in G, Op.3 No.3
Ti Pentirai Crudel from Tolomeo, HWV25/25
Lascia la Spina from Il Trionfo, HWV46
Vo’ Far Guerra from Rinaldo, Act II, HW7a/28
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon, HWV67
Concerto F-Major for organ and orchestra, Op.4 No.4
Verdi Piante from Orlando, HWV31/23
Sweet Bird from L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV5
Concerto grosso in B-flat Major, Op.3 No.1

MUSICA ANGELICA is a period-instrument ensemble dedicated to
historically informed performances of Renaissance and Baroque music.

Tickets: $55, $49. Purchase online or call (310) 458-4504.