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Review: Camerata Pacifica’s September concert

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

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In the News: Mozart Discovery

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:  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080918/ap_on_en_mu/eu_mozart_discovery;_ylt=Al.Fr6jVjdNfcQAqgzpHtRflWMcF

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Jazz Bakery: Kalil Wilson, Monday September 15th

Kalil Wilson Monday Sept 15th 8:00 & 9:30 P.M Shows Jazz Bakery. 3233 Helms Avenue. Los Angeles, CA, 90034 www.jazzbakery.com Reservations: 310.271.9039

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This Week in Los Angeles: Camerata Pacifica

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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This Weekend in LA: September 12-14

The Tales of Eric Rohmer- LACMA Fri. Sept 12, 7:30 p.m My Night at Maud’s Fri. Sept 12 9:30 p.m A Good Marriage Sat. Sept 13 7:30 p.m Claire’s Knee Sat. Sept 13 9:30 The Marquise of O www.lacma.org  LACMA. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036. 323 857-6000 Bernini And the Birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive. Los Angeles, California 90049   Federico Fellini’s Amarcord Free Outdoor Movie Screening 8 P.M Saturday Sept. 13 Bulgarini Gelato. 749 E. Altadena Dr. Altadena, Ca. 91001. (626) 791-6174. Dinner served before the show. Pasta, salad, and a drink. $11.95 http://www.bulgarinigelato.com/

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Art Heist: LA

LA Mystery: The Case of the Purloined Paintings…  According to the LA Times, art thieves plundered an Encino home on August 23, robbing a dozen valuable paintings including works by Marc Chagall, Diego Rivera, and Lyonel Feninger. A $200,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the paintings’ return. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-arttheft10-2008sep10,0,331129.story?page=1&track=rss

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Woody Allen comes to LA Opera! (This weekend in LA)

Woody Allen to direct LA OPERA! “You know, funny to opera people is not funny to the Marx Brothers.”  “I figured, ‘Eh, I’ll be dead before it happens. I’m 72. I’m never going to make it to the opera.’” -Woody Allen, Village Voice, August 12, 2008. Although he incorporated opera music into his 2005 film Match Point, Gianni Schicchi marks Woody Allen’s foray into directing opera. Gianni Schicchi forms part of Puccini’s three-act “Il Trittico;” Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin will direct the other two acts, Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica. Gianni Schicchi, Puccini’s only black comedy, provides the perfect fodder for Woody Allen’s mischievous and magical touch. The libretto by Giovacchino Forzano, comes from a story in Dante’s Inferno and involves avarice, impersonations of the dead, and the quest for true love. Mr. Allen has expressed qualms about his debut, remarking

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Cultural Events Labor Day Weekend LA

Watch an Ancient Greek tragedy like the Ancient Greeks did, in an amphitheater under the evening stars.. Agamemnon (Preview) Fri. Aug. 29, 2008. 8 pm. The Barbara & Lawrence Fleischman Theater, Getty Villa, Malibu (Sold Out Saturday the 30th) Starring Tyne Daly and Delroy Lindo http://www.getty.edu/visit/events/agamemnon.html From the Getty site: “This open-air staging by acclaimed director Stephen Wadsworth resurrects Aeschylus’ unsettling domestic drama of The House of Atreus, heard in a riveting translation by the late Robert Fagles. The victorious Agamemnon arrives home with his surviving troops after the bloody battle for Troy. As the drama unfolds, a returning soldier bears witness to unthinkable carnage, a city questions the wisdom of the decade-long war, and a family turns the violence of war in on itself. Tickets $38; $32 students/seniors. (Previews $15).”  This Side of Paradise:  Body and Landscape in L.A. Photographs

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This Weekend in LA, August 22 and 23rd. Southwest Chamber Music

Friday August 22. 7:30 P.M Saturday August 23. 7:30 P.M Darius Milhaud: La Cheminée du Roi René Heitor Villa-Lobos: Chôros No. 2 Samuel Barber: Summer Music Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6 Leos Janacek: Mládi The Huntington.1151 Oxford Road. San Marino, CA 91108 http://www.swmusic.org/home/home.html

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La Scala Comes to Beverly Hills, Thursday August 21

A film of La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, Thursday August 21, 7:30 P.M Laemmle Music Hall. 9306 Wilshire Boulevard. Beverly Hills. 90211 310.274.6869. www.laemmle.com

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