Early Music Around Town

A timely shortlist of local early music concerts and events.

To view the entire season of concerts and events, consult the current Master Calendar.

 

Please note that SCEMS does not present or sponsor concerts.

The listings below include early music related concerts and events offered by organizations throughout the Southern California area.  Readers are advised to call ahead to verify events, times, and ticket availability, which are subject to change.

Calendars

 

Credit: Renaissance minstrels in Augsburg (1520).  iStock.com/© gameover2012

March is Early Music Month! Every Year

Early Music Month is a national, grassroots campaign sponsored by Early Music America and designed to raise awareness of early music each March throughout the North American music community. Early Music Month seeks to connect enthusiasts, performers, presenters, scholars, builders, students, venues, and more to bring early music to its widest audience ever.

Early Music Month Partners are not limited to performers and ensembles. Being a Partner is FREE and open to anyone enthusiastic about raising awareness of the field. When you register, you're simply agreeing to celebrate Early Music Month in whatever way you see fit.  Visit our resources page for details on how you can celebrate, and how EMA can celebrate you!

However you choose to celebrate Early Music Month, be sure to share your materials with us so WE can promote YOU and your events. And be sure to use the hashtag #earlymusicmonth to help us find your activities on social media.

https://www.earlymusicamerica.org/whatwedo/early-music-month/

March 14, 2020, 8:00PM, CANCELLED

L.A. Camerata The Rape Kit featuring poet Terri Witek

with readings and historically informed musical performances

"The Rape Kit," featuring author and Slope Editions Prize award-winning Terri Witek, will juxtapose new poetry with historically informed musical performances to depict centuries of movement through a culture that creates and sustains "ordinary violence."

Terri Witek (author & performer), Corryn Cummins (actor), Amy K. Harmon (actor), Donnie Smith (actor), Ariel Pisturino (voice), Sarah Reynolds (voice), Joo Lee (baroque violin), Farrah O’Shea (baroque violin), Evan Hesketh (baroque viola), Marylin Winkle (viola da gamba & baroque cello), & Emilio Cuenca (harpsichord). Co-Directors.

Free, thanks to generous contributions from community partners, and donations will be accepted in advance and at the door.

More info:  https://www.losangelescamerata.org/seasonevents

Art Share L.A. Gallery, 801 E. 4th Place

Sunday, March 15, 4 p.m. (repeats Sunday, March 8 in Claremont) CANCELLED

Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble : A Pilgrimage in Song-Canterbury Tales on the Road

     See March 8 listing for concert info, FREE

St. James Presbyterian Church 19414 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana

More info: Joussance.org

Sunday March 15th, 4:00pm (repeats Sunday March 1st in West LA)   CANCELLED

The Broadwood Broads: Quiet PLEASE!! 

Thursday March 19–Wednesday, March 25, various locations and times. Events are listed here in chronological order

CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR LAST MINUTE CANCELLATIONS

Bach in the Subways 2020

For J.S. Bach’s 335th birthday on March 21 musicians around the world will unite to perform free Bach in subways & public spaces, all day & all night, to share our love for our art form and sow the seeds for future generations of classical music lovers. Musicians, organizers, and everyone else who wishes to spread the joy of Bach are invited to join us! Solos, ensembles, flashmobs and Bach marathons are all encouraged. Join us as we fill the world with Bach!

For more information visit bachinthesubways.org

March 22, 2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Jazz Guitar Bach

Duet of Jazz guitar and electric bass, plays many of the 15 two part inventions plus some minuetes and gavottes

Montrose Farmers Market. 2323 Honolulu Ave. in front of the B of A. Park on Broadview Ave. below the bank.

https://bachinthesubways.org/performance/jazz-guitar-bach/

March 22, 2020 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Cantabile String Ensemble

PROGRAM: Brandenburg 3, Selections from the Sinfonias and Musical Offering, Double Violin Concerto, Suite #3

Glendale metro station 400 W Cerritos Ave, Glendale, CA, USA

https://bachinthesubways.org/performance/cantabile-string-ensemble/

March 22, 2020 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Suzuki Music Program of Los Angeles

Guitar and violin PROGRAM Double Violin Concerto in D minor, Now Let Us To The Bag Pipes Sound, Musette, Minuet, Gavotte in G minor.…

14201 Huston Street, Sherman Oaks, CA, USA

https://bachinthesubways.org/performance/suzuki-music-program-of-los-angeles/

March 24, 2020 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

CSU-Long Beach Collegium Musicum

Bach/Varge Saraband and Bourree for cello ensemble, Harpsichord Concerto in D (BWV 1054) (Arvin-Ur Gantumur, harpsichord), Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (BWV 1048), Orchestral Suite No. 1 (BWV 1066), Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 (Cole Perez, violin; Elvin Schlanger and Grace Sledd, flutes)

The Collegium Musicum is the early music student performance ensemble of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University-Long Beach

Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall, N Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA, USA

Daniel Recital Hall: Enter campus near 6340 E Atherton St., Long Beach, CA 90815

https://bachinthesubways.org/performance/csu-long-beach-collegium-musicum/

March 25, 2020. 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

David Garrett, cello

Suites for Solo Cello numbers 4, 5, and 6, plus the Bach/Varga Chaconne for cello quartet.

David Garrett is a cellist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a faculty member at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU-LB. This concert surveys the second half of Bach’s Suites for solo cello and also includes Laszlo Varga’s transcription for cello quartet of the Bach Chaconne. For the Chaconne, Garrett is joined by Jisun Jung, Annamarie Kasper, and Yosef Feinberg.

Gerald R. Daniel Recital Hall, N Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA, USA

Daniel Recital Hall: Use campus entrance near 6340 E Atherton St., Long Beach, CA 90815

http://web.csulb.edu/depts/music/areas/string-studies/david-garrett.php

https://bachinthesubways.org/performance/david-garrett-cello/

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March 21st, 2020, at 8:00 PM. CANCELLED/POSTPONED tbd

LA Bach: celebration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s 335th birthday

LA Bach draws upon the wealth of professional Baroque musicians in the Los Angeles area to present compelling performances of music by J.S. Bach and his contemporaries. 

Program: Bach’s best-loved sacred cantatas, Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (BWV 106) and Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 140); another ravishing sacred aria, Vergnügte Ruh (BWV 170); and virtuosic solo works for violin and organ.

Founder Stephen Hammer has been the long-time principal oboist of the Boston Handel and Haydn Society and the Bach Ensemble (Joshua Rifkin, director). He performs with the American Bach Soloists, the Washington Bach Consort, Tesserae, and Musica Angelica; and is artistic director of the Blue Hill Bach festival in Maine. He has made more than 200 recordings of early music.

Andrea Zomorodian soprano;  Bradley Sharpe  alto; Daniel Coy Babcock tenor;  John Buffett bass; YuEun Kim & Ken Aiso violins; Andrew Justice viola; Leif Woodward cello & viola da gamba;  Josh Lee violone & viola da gamba; Alexandra Opsahl recorder & cornetto; Stephen Hammer recorder, oboe & oboe d’amore; Claire Brazeau oboe;  Lot Demeyer  tenor oboe; Ian Pritchard & Jeffrey Parola  organ

FREE;reception generously provided by the congregation of St. Thomas the Apostle Church.

St. Thomas the Apostle Church7501 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles

More information  http://labach.org

March 25 12:00 NOON

Bach Collegium San Diego BACH AT NOON CONCERTS: ACTUS TRAGICUS. CANCELLED

François Couperin: Deuxième Leçon de ténèbres 

J.S. Bach: Cantata: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit BWV 106

All Souls' Episcopal Church in Point Loma.

Friday, March 27th  to Sunday, March 29   see individual listings below. CANCELLED

Musica Angelica baroque Orchestra: Southern California Bach Festival

Friday, March 27th 8:00-9:15 PM

Musica Angelica baroque Orchestra: Bach Suite and Concerti

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles  540 S. Commonwealth Ave.  Los Angeles, CA 90020  Located on the corner of 6th and Commonwealth

 More info: https://www.musicaangelica.org

Director Martin Haselbock introduces the entire 2019-2020 season:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXaR8T2lm_o&feature=youtu.be

Saturday, March 28th 2:00-3:15 P

Musica Angelica baroque Orchestra: Virtuoso Bach

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles  540 S. Commonwealth Ave.  Los Angeles, CA 90020  Located on the corner of 6th and Commonwealth

More info: https://www.musicaangelica.org

Director Martin Haselbock introduces the entire 2019-2020 season:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXaR8T2lm_o&feature=youtu.be

Saturday, March 28th 5:00 PM  (repeats Sunday, March 29th)

Musica Angelica baroque Orchestra: St Matthew Passion

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles  540 S. Commonwealth Ave.  Los Angeles, CA 90020  Located on the corner of 6th and Commonwealth

More info: https://www.musicaangelica.org

Director Martin Haselbock introduces the entire 2019-2020 season:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXaR8T2lm_o&feature=youtu.be

Sunday, March 29th 2:00 PM (repeats  Saturday, March 28th)

Musica Angelica baroque Orchestra: St Matthew Passion

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles  540 S. Commonwealth Ave.  Los Angeles, CA 90020  Located on the corner of 6th and Commonwealth

More info: https://www.musicaangelica.org

Director Martin Haselbock introduces the entire 2019-2020 season:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXaR8T2lm_o&feature=youtu.be

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Saturday  March on 28  at 7:30 p.m (repeats March 29 in Altadena) CANCELLED/POSTPONED tbd

Pasadena Master Chorale : Josquin, Pange Lingua Mass

Presented to you on a Listen First, Then Give basis. At the end of the concert, make a donation, as you are moved, as you are able.

Be sure to reserve your seat early, as seating is limited.

To RSVP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pange-lingua-mass-saturday-tickets-90093872197

St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 151 South Hill Ave, South Pasadena, 91106. 

More info https://www.pasadenamasterchorale.org

Sunday March on 29    at 4:00 p.m.   (repeats March 28 in  South Pasedena) CANCELLED/POSTPONED tbd

Pasadena Master Chorale : Josquin, Pange Lingua Mass

     See March 28 listing for info

This benefit performance will be presented in one of our favorite acoustic spaces, the intimate and reverberant Altadena Community Church.

Tickets $25. Seating is limited, so be sure to purchase your tickets early. This is expected to sell out!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pange-lingua-mass-sunday-special-benefit-performance-tickets-90096433859

Altadena Community Church, 943 E. Altadena Drive, Altadena 91001

More info https://www.pasadenamasterchorale.org

April 2020

  • Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11 AM – 4 PM CANCELLED

  • Wessex Consort and the Guild of St GeorgeL Shakespeare Day at the Huntington 

  • Performing in the Shakespeare Garden, these costumed performers provide song, dance, and instrumental music.

  • The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

Sunday April 5, 3:00 p.m.  CANCELLED

Con Gioia Early Music Ensemble: Inspired by Goethe

   A concert of German Lieder to honor the late Edith Potter, founding Board member of Con Gioia and Prof. emerita of German, Scripps College, on the 100th anniversary of her birth.  Lieder on texts by the great German poet, playwright, novelist, scientist, and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832). Music for voices and fortepiano by Goethe’s close friends and contemporaries: Carl Friedrich Zelter, Johann Friedrich Reichardt, Duchess Anna Amalia of Saxe-Weimar, Mozart, Bettine von Arnim, Beethoven, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel,

Felix Mendelssohn, and Franz Schubert.

Janelle DeStefano, mezzo-soprano; Nate Widelitz, tenor; John Buffett, baritone; Preethi de Silva, fortepiano; Roswitha Burwick, narrator

Admission free (doors open at 2:30 p.m.)

Balch Auditorium Scripps College 1030 Columbia Avenue Claremont, CA 91711

For further information see www.congioia.org or call (909) 624-0638

Wednesday, April 8, 8:00 pm

Boston Baroque

Soprano Yulia Van Doren, who’s carved out an impressive niche for herself on the early-music scene, teams up with the country’s oldest and most respected period-instrument orchestra for a blockbuster performance of music popular in the 1700s. Stay tuned for the finale, featuring Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, composed for a massive British celebration in 1749, at which said pyrotechnic display accidentally set the concert pavilion — and a woman’s clothes — ablaze.

Program

CORELLI Concerto Grosso in F, Op. 6, No. 6

VIVALDI Nulla in mundo pax sincera

BACH Concerto for Three Violins in D major, BWV 1064R

RAMEAU Suite from Platée

BACH Orchestral Suite No. 4, BWV 1069

 Tickets $32 - $51

Walt Disney Concert Hall at 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90012, United States

More info https://www.laphil.com/events/performances/749/2020-04-08/boston-baroque

Friday, April 17 1:00 pm

USC Musicology Forum: Una voce poco fauntil the performance!

Part of the Musicology Forum Lecture series, professor Cathy Ann Elias of De Paul University discusses madrigals by little-known composers from southern Italy, Una voce poco fa—until the performance! Restoring the madrigals of Pietro Havente and Don Salvadore di Cataldo.

FREE

Doheny Memorial Library (DML)

More info: https://music.usc.edu/events/?category=Musicology

 

Saturday, April 18 7:30 pm

USC Collegium Workshop: Italian Madrigals Lost and Found

Adam Gilbert leads the USC Collegium Workshop in madrigals and laudi spirituali from 16th-century Italy, including reconstructions of madrigals with lost and missing voices. FREE

USC Brain and Creativity Institute's Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall (BCI)

More info: https://music.usc.edu/events/details/?event-id=32194311055189

 

Sat, Apr 18 7:30 PM (repeats Apr 19, 25)

Kontrapunktus presents THE RETURN OF THE BACHS

We return with an encore to our popular 2018 Winter program with a presentation of new masterworks from the master, Johann Sebastian Bach, and his three acclaimed sons-Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel, and Johann Christian Bach.

Dr. Ian Pritchard leads an ensemble comprised of some for finest young classical musicians in the world-many who hail from the prestigious Colburn School.

Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church

more info : www.kontrapunktus.com

Sun, Apr 19  3PM(repeats Apr 18, 25)

Kontrapunktus presents THE RETURN OF THE BACHS

see Apr 18 listing

Cal Heights United Methodist Church

more info : www.kontrapunktus.com

Wednesday, April 22, 8:00 pm (repeats April 24, 26)

USC Thornton Opera and USC Thornton Symphony: Francesco Cavalli's La Calisto

The USC Thornton Opera, in collaboration with the USC Thornton Symphony, presents 17th century gem La Calisto. With a libretto by Cavalli and Giovanni Faustini, La Calisto is a combination of two myths from Ovid: Jupiter's seduction of Calisto, and Diana's adventure with Endymion.

USC Bing Theatre (BIT)

More info: https://music.usc.edu/events/details/?event-id=32194387527101

 

Friday, April 24, 8:00 pm (repeats April 22, 26)

USC Thornton Opera and USC Thornton Symphony: Francesco Cavalli's La Calisto

     See April 22 listing for info

 

Sat, Apr 25 7:30pm  (repeats Apr 18, 19)

Kontrapunktus presents THE RETURN OF THE BACHS

    see Apr 18 listing

Culver City Seventh-day Adventist Church

more info : www.kontrapunktus.com


Sunday, April 26, 2:00 pm  (repeats April 22, 24)

USC Thornton Opera and USC Thornton Symphony: Francesco Cavalli's La Calisto

     See April 22 listing for info

Wednesday, April 29,  8:00pm (repeats Sunday May 3, 2020 - 7:30PM in Los Angeles)

Les Violons Du Roy with Avi Avital Mandolin : Works by Bach and Vivaldi

Avi Avital, whose astonishing virtuosity has established him as a star on the international classical music scene and a driving force behind the reinvigoration of the mandolin repertory, joins Les Violons du Roy in works by Bach and Vivaldi. 

Jonathan Cohen, conductor. Blistering Baroque artistry from mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital and the Canadian ensemble.

Program:

VIVALDI Mandolin Concerto in C, RV 425

BACH Excerpts from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080

BACH Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041 (arr. for solo mandolin by Avi Avital)

VIVALDI Lute Concerto in D, RV 93 (arr. for solo mandolin by Avi Avital)

VIVALDI Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor, RV 531

BACH Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052 (arr. and transcr. for solo mandolin by Avi Avital)

Tickets: $28-$268.

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall 600 Town Center Dr, Costa Mesa.

information call (949) 553-2422 or visit https://philharmonicsociety.org/ 

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