MAY, 2014

 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

7:00 Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra—Baroque Conversations 5, Jeffry Kahane, keyboard. Bach, Goldberg Variations.  Tickets $55.  For further information, call 213-622-7001 x1 or go to www.laco.org.

8:00  Pacific Opera Project:  La Calisto  by Francesco Cavalli.  Written in 1650, Cavalli’s opera tells the story of the trials of two pairs of lovers: Calisto and Giove; and Diana and Endimone.  Calisto (a female follower of the goddess Diana) has vowed to remain a virgin, so her admirer Giove disguises himself as Diana and she willingly relinquishes her virtue. These actions invoke the wrath of the true Diana and of Juno, Giove’s wife. Calisto is transformed into a creature and ascends into a constellation. In this version of the myth, Diana finally succumbs to her love for Endimione and they remain faithful to one another. Cast includes Claire Averill as Calisto  Ryan Thorn as Giove; Sarah Beaty as Diana; and Bryan Pollock, Endimione.  Highland Park Ebell Club, 131 Avenue 57, Los Angeles.  Table for 4- $100, Table for 2- $60, General Admission- $20. Tables come with a bottle of wine and platter of hors d’oeuvres.  For further information, contact   Josh Shaw, Artistic Director  323-739-6118  ad@pacificoperaproject.com or  Stephen Karr, Music Director; 310-949-8482,  md@pacificoperaproject.com.  Repeats May 2,3,  8,9, and 10.

 

 

Friday, May 2, 2014

12:15 Bach’s Lunchtime Recital.  The popular Bach’s Lunch Recitals, a favorite in the South Bay community for two decades, continues at First Lutheran Church of Torrance as Bach’s Lunchtime Recitals. Half-hour performances by the finest artists to be found in Southern California will be followed by receptions where you can share conversation with the artists and fellow music lovers.` Served Up with Fair-Trade Coffee, Freshly Baked Treats, and Seasonal Fruit Selections from the Farmers’ Market .First Lutheran Church of Torrance.  2900 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90503 (on the south side Carson Street just east of Maple) For information, call (310) 316–5574 www.PalosVerdes.com/ClassicalCrossroads/

8:00 USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia:  The Crazy Old Fool by Adriano Banchieri (1598).  Directed by Adam Knight Gilbert.  Meet poor Pantalone, the crazy old fool in Banchieri’s madrigal comedy La pazzia senile. Enjoy the zany antics of the Commedia dell’arte and virtuoso dance improvisation of 16th-century Italy.  Alfred Newman Recital Hall, USC Campus.  Free.

8:00  Pacific Opera Project:  La Calisto  by Francesco Cavalli.  Repeat.  See May 1 listing for a full description and tickets.

 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

8:00 Les Surprises Baroques: The Muse of the Countryside: A Rustic Divertissement, featuring Elizabeth Blumenstock, baroque violinist and Curtis Berak, hurdy-gurdy. Since medieval times, the hurdy-gurdy, a magnificent, tuneful, droning instrument, has been a fixture in European peasant life. Join us for a ramble through this pastoral soundscape, as imagined and realized by composers such as Corette, Marais and Rameau. Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Tickets: $25 General Admission; $15 for students, seniors, SCEMS members, and active military families. To order tickets go to www.lessurprisesbaroques.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Repeats Sunday

8:00  Pacific Opera Project:  La Calisto  by Francesco Cavalli.  Repeat.  See May 1 listing for a full description and tickets.

 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

3:00 Les Surprises Baroques: The Muse of the Countryside: A Rustic Divertissement, featuring Elizabeth Blumenstock, baroque violinist and Curtis Berak hurdy-gurdy. Since medieval times, the hurdy-gurdy, a magnificent, tuneful, droning instrument, has been a fixture in European peasant life. Join us for a ramble through this pastoral soundscape, as imagined and realized by composers such as Corette, Marais and Rameau. First Presbyterian Church, 1220 2ND Street, Santa Monica. Tickets: $25 General Admission; $15 for students, seniors, SCEMS members, and active military families. To order tickets go to www.lessurprises baroques.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

8:00  Pacific Opera Project:  La Calisto  by Francesco Cavalli.  Repeat.  See May 1 listing for a full description and tickets.

 

Friday, May 9, 2014

8:00  Pacific Opera Project:  La Calisto  by Francesco Cavalli.  Repeat.  See May 1 listing for a full description and tickets.

 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

8:00  Pacific Opera Project:  La Calisto  by Francesco Cavalli.  Repeat.  See May 1 listing for a full description and tickets.

 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

5:00  Tesserae.  Program: Hamburger Abendmusik (Hamburg Evening Music).  With a cast of eight singers, a string choir and a brass choir, this concert recreates the sumptuous sound world of baroque Hamburg. This ‘evening music’ concert features music from both church and court, ranging from the Venetian-style polychoral works of Thomas Selle and Hieronymous Praetorius, to the unusual instrumental sonatas of Weckmann and fiery dance suites of William Brade.  General Admission $30, Students & Seniors $20.  All Saints Episcopal Church, 504 North Camden Drive, Beverly Hills.

 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

8:00  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.  Program:  Bach Concerto No 2 in C major for Two Keyboards;  Ligeti Piano Concerto; Mozart, concerto No 10 in E - flat for Two Pianos.  Alex Theater, 216 North Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA.  Tickets $25.  For further information, call 213-622-7001 x1 or go to www.laco.org.  Repeats Sunday

 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

4:00 Da Camera Society:  Program celebrating CPE Bach’s 300th birthday.  Eric Zivian, fortepiano; and Christopher Matthews, flute.   San Gabriel Mission, Playhouse Lobby, 320 S. Mission Drive, San Gabriel.  For information, call 213-477-2929 or go to www.DaCamera.org

7:00  Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.  Program:  Bach Concerto No 2 in C major for Two Keyboards;  Ligeti Piano Concerto; Mozart, concerto No 10 in E - flat for Two Pianos.  Alex Theater, 216 North Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA.  Tickets $55.  For further information, call 213-622-7001 x1 or go to www.laco.org.

7:00 The Wessex Consort “Alta Cappella Music from Germany and the Low Countries.” The Wessex Consort presents a program of Renaissance wind-band music from Germany and les Pays-Bas. Featuring works by Franco-Flemish masters, quirky character pieces and even a few tenorlieden, the Alta Cappella (rauschpfeife, shawm, dulcian, and sackbut) will be complemented by recorder quartet (featuring an astonishing consort built by Charles Collier), broken consorts with crumhorns and bagpipes, and voice. Freewill offering. Presented at the acoustically brilliant Holy Nativity Church, 6700 West 83rd Street Los Angeles, CA 90045, 1.7 miles off the 405 (http://holynativityparish.org/). More info at www.wessexconsort.com.