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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 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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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 to the Village Voice that, “I’ll just do the best I can and then get out of town and let them tar and feather Friedkin.” He confessed that he agreed to Placido Domingo’s request to direct an opera because he thought he would have kicked the bucket by the time it materialized. Well. Woody is alive and kicking, and we have a feeling that Puccini will never be the same again.

Il Trittico, Giacomo Puccini. LA OPERA.

Saturday September 6,6.00 p.m. Thursday September 11, 7:30 p.m. Sunday September 14, 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday September 17, 7:30 p.m. Sunday September 21, 2:00 p.m. Tuesday September 23, 7:30 p.m.

Friday September 26 7:30 p.m.

 For information on tickets call (213) 972-8001 or visit:

 http://www.losangelesopera.com/

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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 (until Sept 15, 2008)

This exhibit juxtaposes the glamour and underbelly of Los Angeles, demystifying the idea of Southern California paradise with photographs of the LA Times bombing and the deadened eyes of a woman in curlers working in the Adult Film Industry. Huntington Library. 1151 Oxford Road. San Marino, CA 91108.  (626) 405-2100

http://www.huntington.org/Information/paradise.htm

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Wise Woman of the Day: Beverly Sills

“Art is the signature of Civilizations.” 

–Beverly Sills— 


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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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