Archive for September, 2008

Editor’s Note: As your cultural correspondent will be on a different continent this month, here are October’s activities in advance.

Weekend of October 4-5

Da Camera Society

Sat. Oct 4 8pm

Doheny Mansion

8 Chester Place, LA, CA, 90007

Richard Stoltzman, Clarinet; Menahem Pressler, Piano

Schubert, Sonatina in D, D. 384; Berg, Four Pieces, Op. 5; Brahms Sonata in F, Op. 120/1





 Darwin’s Garden: An Evolutionary Adventure

Opening Sat. Oct. 4th

The Huntington.1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108. (626)405.2100



 Lecture: American Wartime Propaganda

Sat. Oct 4th. 4 p.m.

Norton Simon. 411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105.

(626) 449.6840 http://www.nortonsimon.org/


Weekend of October 11-12 

Tradition as Innovation in African Art

Ahmanson Building, Plaza Level

LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA 90036.

(323) 857-6000









Madama Butterfly

Fri. Oct. 10 7:30 p.m. Sun. Oct 12. 2:00 p.m LA Opera. 135 North Grand Ave, LA CA 90012. (213) 972-8001. http://www.losangelesopera.com/ 




Confucius: Shaping Values Through Art

Pacific Asia Museum. 46 N. Los Robles Ave. Pasadena, CA, 91101.

(626) 449. 2742



Weekend of  October 17-19

Surf Orpheus- Oct 17 8 pm

Auditorium, Getty Villa

17985 Pacific Coast Highway.

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272.

(310) 440-7300







Baroque Variations: Anderszewski Plays Bach- Sat. Oct 18

Piotr Anderszewski, piano

Bach: Partita No. 2 in C minor; Partita No. 1 in B-Flat, BWV, 825; Prelude and Fugue No. 19 in A from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II; Prelude and Fugue No. 20 in A minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II; English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811  

Walt Disney Concert Hall. 111 South Grand Ave., LA, CA 90012





Camerata Pacifica- October 17-23

Fri. Oct 17. Hahn Hall, Santa Barbara: 1:00 p.m and 7:30 p.m

Sun. Oct 19. Temple Beth Torah, Ventura. 3:00 p.m.

Tues. Oct 21. Huntington Library, San Marino 8:00 p.m.

Thurs. Oct. 23. Zipper Hall, LA, 8:00 p.m

Saint Saens, Sonata for Bassoon, Op. 168. Gaubert. Flute Sonata in A Major. Harbison. Twilight Music. Villa-Lobos. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6. Brahms. Horn Trio in E-Flat Major, Op. 40.Adrian Spence, Catherine Leonard, John Steinmetz, Steve Becknell, Kevin Fitzgerald. For more information about the concerts, please see:



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Lecture: Rodin: The Back Story

Sat. Sept 27

2:00-3:00 p.m

Norton Simon Museum of Art.

411 W. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91105






The Janis Mann Quartet

Fri Sept 26: 6pm LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA,

All the Saints of the City of Angels

by J. Michael Walker

(Closing October 5th)

Autry National Center. 4700 Western Heritage Way. LA, CA, 90027 (323) 667.2000



If you have not already, please read full review:


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Francis Alÿs: Fabiola.

Ahmanson Building


5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA 90036





Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor

Closing October 16th

Bowers Museum

2002 N. Main Street. Santa Ana, CA. 92706




 Lecture: Dilettanti: The Antic and the Antique in Eighteenth-Century England”

Sat, Sept. 20th 3 pm

Auditorium, Getty Villa. 17985 Pacific Coast Highway.Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. 310. 440-7300.


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Apollo, Dionysus, and Camerata Pacifica

In his groundbreaking 1872 work The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music, Friedrich Nietzsche connects musical structures with two ancient deities, Apollo and Dionysus. The Apollonian and Dionysian framework allude to Apollo, the fair-haired Greek and Roman god of music, prophesy, and the sun. His errant half-brother, Dionysus, also known as Bacchus, held court as the god of wine, theater, fertility, and ecstasy.

Apollo represents the paragon of classicism- order, harmony, and control, while Dionysius stands as the paragon of Romanticism- emotional expression, expansion of formal structures, and lyricism. The Camerata Pacifica, with their vibrant interpretation of Bach, Haydn, and Dvorák at the Huntington’s Friends Hall proved that this chamber music ensemble more than holds its own with both the sun and wine divinities. However, the ensemble’s powerful performance of Dvorák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81 demonstrates that a Romantic repertoire provides the best medium through which Camerata Pacifica can showcase the talent of its gifted members.

 Throughout their interpretation of J.S Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067, one could feel the group’s vigorous energy brimming underneath the surface of the Baroque piece, like the momentum gathering in the Summer of Vivaldi whom many scholars hail as an influence on Bach’s lighter works.

If Bach’s Orchestral Suite represents a calm Apollonian summer, Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81 parallels the driving storms in Vivaldi’s Winter. This Romantic, Dionysian piece rejects orderly time distribution and swings between the melancholy Dumka and the spirited Scherzo, highlighting the violins, viola, piano, and cello during haunting moments of individualized expression. The tightly united quintet consisted of Violinists Catherine Leonard and Tereza Stanislav, Violist Richard Yongjae O’ Neill, Cellist Ani Aznavoorian, and Pianist Warren Jones who earlier demonstrated virtuosic sensibility in his poignant and playful interpretation of Haydn’s Piano Sonata in E-Flat Major, H XVI.

 Dvorák’s piece elicited three standing ovations from a stirred audience, similar to the electrified reception garnered by another Romantic piece,  Grieg’s Sonata for Piano and Cello in A Minor, Op. 36, performed by Camerata Pacifica in May. This rousing endorsement provides all the more reason for the Camerata Pacifica to immerse themselves in the Romantics. Not only does Dionysian music allows the musicians to unleash their instruments and rain musical tempests, it permits the audients to take part in the transforming Dionysian rites and leave the performance enraptured.

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Original Mozart Music Discovered in Nantes, France

Staff of a Library in Nantes, France discovered the draft of an unknown original piece by Mozart. According to Ulrich Lesinger, head of research at the International Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg, Austria, the handwriting gives away its famous author. “There’s no doubt that this is an original piece handwritten by Mozart.”

Mozart’s preliminary draft consists of a melody sketch and was discovered in the library’s archives.

AP Photo/David Vincent

For the full Associated Press Story, please visit:


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Kalil Wilson

Monday Sept 15th

8:00 & 9:30 P.M Shows

Jazz Bakery. 3233 Helms Avenue. Los Angeles, CA, 90034


Reservations: 310.271.9039

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Camerata Pacifica, a wonderfully talented chamber music ensemble opens the 2008/2009 Season:

Tues. Sept. 16, 8 p.m. The Huntington Library, San Marino

Thurs. Sept. 18, 8 p.m. Zipper Hall, Los Angeles

Bach Suite Nº2 in B Minor, BWV 1067
Haydn Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, H XVI
Dvorák Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81

Warren Jones, piano; Adrian Spence, flute, Catherine Leonard, violin; Tereza Stanislav,violin; Richard O’ Neill, viola; Ani Aznavoorian, cello; Geoff Osika, double bass; Patricia Mabee, harpsichord.

For information on tickets, please visit: http://www.cameratapacifica.org

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