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Mozart at Crepuscule: Southwest Chamber Music at the Huntington- July 9-August 21

Mozart at Crepuscule

All Text and Photography

© 2011 Leticia Marie Sanchez

Last night marked the opening weekend for the Grammy Award -Winning Southwest Chamber Music‘s Summer Festival at the Huntington.

While Lorenz Gamma, Shalini Vijayan, Jan Karlin, Luke Maurer, and Peter Jacobson performed String Quintet No. 1 in B flat major, K.174  and String Quintet No 2 in C Major, K.515  by Mozart and Chanson d’orage for Two Violins by Alexandra Du Bois, audience members sat in the loggia or picnicked on the grounds of the Huntington Museum which is rarely open at night.

The Huntington at dusk

resembled an estate

in an Evelyn Waugh novel-

with a dash of mystery—

As the crepuscule fell

and the silver moon rose,

the viola’s voice

and the cello’s crescendo

created a true

midsummer’s night dream.

The soft light warmed the profiles of ancient heroes..

For information on upcoming Southwest Chamber Music concerts at the Huntington this summer, please call:

626.685.4455 or visit:

http://www.swmusic.org/home/home.html

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In the News: San Francisco art heist: “The Preppy Sockless Picasso Thief”

Who: Preppy Sockless Picasso Thief

What: Steals Picasso 1962 sketch ““Tête de femme,” valued at $275,000 before heading to party in Napa

Where: San Francisco’s Weinstein Gallery at Geary and Powell Streets

When: Tuesday the 5th of July

The man calmly removed the sketch from the wall of the gallery, wrapped it newspaper, and then walked out into the crowds at Union Square.

The brazen Picasso pilferer then hopped into a taxi, carefree as a lark, to join friends at a party in Napa, before being caught by police, who had caught his image from a security camera at a restaurant near the gallery.

For more on the story, please read:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/08/MNC41K7JHQ.DTL

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In the News: Vitamin D deficiency may have contributed to Mozart’s death

According to an article in Live Science, the lack of sunlight-induced Vitamin D may have contributed to Mozart’s young demise. The authors of the study surmise that the Vitamin D deficiency could have made the composer more susceptible to a plethora of infections during the winter.

According to the authors of the study,

Mozart did much of his composing at night, so would have slept during much of the day. At the latitude of Vienna, 48 degrees N, it is impossible to make vitamin D from solar ultraviolet-B irradiance for about 6 months of the year. Mozart died on December 5, 1791, two to three months into the vitamin D winter.”

The researchers include: D. William Grant, of the Sunlight, Nutrition and Health Research Center in San Francisco, and Stefan Pilz of the Medical University of Graz in Austria

For the full Live Science article, “Mozart’s Death was written in the Key of (Vitamin) D,”

please see:

http://www.livescience.com/14925-mozart-death-vitamin.html

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Andy Warhol soup cans- coming to MOCA- July 9- Sept 7

This presentation marks the first time Campbell’s Soup Cans has been shown in LA since its historic exhibition at the Ferus Gallery in July 1962, Warhol’s first solo show.

http://www.moca.org/

MOCA GRAND AVENUE 250 SOUTH GRAND AVENUE, LOS ANGELES, CA 90012

213/626-6222

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In the News: Museum of Mathematics to open in Manhattan on East 26th Street

Now here is a real PLUS for the museum world!

Glen Whitney, a former Math Professor and algorithm manager at a quantitative hedge fund, has created the only current Museum of Mathematics in the US.

The museum will open next year at 11 East 26th Street and will feature colorful, dynamic exhibits (like the one above which explores the interplay between math and music).

For the full story please read:

 at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/28/science/28math.html?src=me&ref=general

For a link to the museum, please visit:

http://momath.org/

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July 4th Weekend– Cultural Cocktail- Free

The Encore Saxophone Quartet with pianist Bryan Pezzone

Sunday, July 3, 2011 | 6 pm

Members of the Encore Saxophone Quartet: Douglas Masek (soprano saxophone), Ken Foerch (alto saxophone), David Brennan (tenor saxophone), and Mark Watters (baritone saxophone) with pianist Bryan Pezzone perform works by Gershwin, Kern, Arlen, and Guiffre.

Bing Theater | Free, no reservations.

LACMA.  5905 Wilshire Blvd. LA, CA, 90036. 323-857-6000. For more information, please visit:

http://www.lacma.org


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Beyond Civilized- Von Bulow vis a vis Wagner

Cosima Liszt, the daughter of the illustrious composer Franz Liszt, married conductor and pianist Hans Von Bulow.

While married to Von Bulow, she became pregnant three times with the offspring of German composer Richard Wagner, bearing Wagner three children: Isolde, Ava, and Siegfried.

Although she initially denied the affair, Cosima eventually left Von Bulow to move in with Wagner.

Von Bulow’s response?

In a letter contained in Norman Lebrecht’s “Book of Musical Anecdotes,” Von Bulow declares his wife’s lover to be superior to himself in every way:

You have preferred to devote your life and the treasures of your mind and affection to one who is my superior, and far from blaming you, I approve your action from every point of view and admit you are perfectly right…the only consoling though has been that Cosima is happy over there.”

Below: Richard and Cosima Wagner

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CLASSICS FEST- July 13- Aug 21

This year’s ClassicsFest

will include readings and workshop productions of

The Doctor’s Dilemma and Caesar and Cleopatra by George Bernard Shaw; The Lucky Chance by Aphra Behn; Twelfth Night, Othello and Macbeth by William Shakespeare; Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill; A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee (rights pending); After the Dance by Terence Rattigan; The Legend of Oedipus by Kenneth Cavander; The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder; and You Can’t Take it With You by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. Lysistrata by Aristophanes and works by Anton Chekhov

THE  ANTAEUS COMPANY @ Deaf West Theatre. 5112 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood CA 91601

(one block south of Magnolia; free parking available in the uncovered Citibank lot on Lankershim Blvd. south of Otsego St.)

HOW:

818-506-1983 or www.Antaeus.org

TICKETS:

All workshops and readings: $10

For more information call 818-506-5436 or go to www.antaeus.org.

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Richard III- July 2 through October 2- Theatricum Botanicum

“Richard III”

Now is the winter of our discontent. Made glorious summer by this sun of York”

Melora Marshall & Chad Jason Scheppner share the role of Shakespeare’s villainous usurper

Performances: July 2 through October 2:

The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga CA  90290

(midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura Freeway)

(310) 455-3723 or www.theatricum.com

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“In bed with Tenn”- Tennessee Williams Centennial- July 8th- 23rd


An Homage to Tennessee Williams Centennial

  • The Evening includes six of Williams’ plays, three of which are rarely performed.
  • During the evening various theories on the death will be presented. Was it accidental?  Was it suicide? Or was it murder?

In Bed With Tenn  runs from July 8th thru July 23rd Friday and Saturday nights at 8:pm. The show is approximately 120 minutes with an intermission.

Tickets: $20.00 – All performances $5.00 discount for Seniors and Students.

Performances are at:
The Promenade Playhouse. 1404 3rd Street Promenade. 
Santa Monica, CA 90401
For tickets, call (310) 656-8070 or RESERVE ONLINE:
www.plays411.com/bedwithtenn  

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