resident organist thomas mellan

Jacaranda is a non-profit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible. Contributions help cover musicians fees, instrument and music rentals. Ticket prices are kept as low as possible in the interest of providing broad access to high quality music. However, revenue from tickets provides a fraction of the cost of presentation.  

Please make an online contribution, or make checks payable to:

Jacaranda Music
1424 4th Street #238
Santa Monica, CA 90401


Anonymous (5) • Brenn von Bibra • Susan Bienkowski • Stephen Block • Thomas & Lily Brod • Bruce & Belinda Broughton • Douglas Green • Lenore & Bernard Greenberg • Frank Gruber & Janet Levin • Peter Grueneisen • Mark Alan Hilt • Donna Lynn Leavy • Cheryl Lew • Joanne Lindquist • Raulee Marcus • Vickie Nauman • Kira Perov & Bill Viola • Ronnie Rubin • Whitney Sander & Katherine Hollis • Brian Scott • Patrick Scott • William Sollfrey • Fred Strickler

l: text: “simply put, jacaranda is equisite!” - donna lynn leavy, character and voice-over actress, and jacaranda subscriber; r: photo, donna lynn leavy
l photo, Anderson Alden r: Text: i rely on jacaranda for its consistently stellar programming. i know i will leave inspired to write.” -anderson alden, morton gould young composer award winner
r: text: “jacaranda is a beacon in the vibrant cultural landscape of la. The concert series offers creative, probing approaches to programming, and a fearless spirit of adventure. Long may it flourish! Please join me in supporting this important musical cause” -gail eichenthal, chief engagement officer at KUSC/USC radio group; r: photo, gail eichenthal
l: photo, sidney hopson r: text: “Jacaranda gave me my first professional break – in a prestigious world premiere! i turned down coachella ‘19 to play for them. it means that much.” - Sidney Hopson, percussionist
l, quote: “at its best Jacaranda comes together as an ecstatic community. It’s an honor to work with inspired musicians who reveal boundless intricacies” - Luc Kleiner, LA Master Chorale; r: photo, Luc Kleiner
L: photo, vicki nauman; R: Text: “in today’s world, music is often reduced to bits and bytes – that compression pales in comparison to the adventure of live Jacaranda performances. Their superb artists and programming are not to be missed.” - vickie nauman, digital media strategist, crossborderworks founder, jacaranda subscriber, and donor


VARSOVIA BY THE SEA – MAY 26, 2019 Santa Monica

Jacaranda and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles celebrated 100 years of diplomatic relations with an all-Polish program at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica. Featuring six pianists and several soloists in works by Chopin, Szymanowski, Lutowslawski, and Bacewicz. Afterward, Rockenwagner served savory Polish comfort food.

top l-r: inna faliks; varsovia; santa monica pier; consul general jaroslaw lasinski & mariola lasinska; bottom: hocket (sarah gibson & thomas kotcheff); plus 100 logo; frank gruber
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GOYESCAS BY THE SEA – MAY 20, 2018 Santa Monica

The SPAIN-USA Foundation and LA consulate helped bring pianist Jose Menor from London for a Spanish weekend. Mr. Menor also performed his Latin Grammy-nominated album of the complete Goyescas by Granados for the benefit concert and afterparty. Guitar virtuoso Michael Kudirka serenaded. Spectacular paellas crowned Manchego’s authentic catering.

Goyescas by the sea banner. clockwise from bottom left: josè menor; painting of man with guitar, shot of santa monica pier at sunset; mr. menor playing piano; painting of couple with cat and umbrella; paella; consulate general of spain los angeles logo.
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SUPER COOL – JUNE 20, 2018  Venice

Hosted by architect, creative director and founding partner of wHY Kulapat Yantrasast in his landmark home, this indoor/outdoor party featured the riveting violinist Vijay Gupta and pianist Inna Faliks, both acclaimed humanitarians. Akasha Richmond provided sumptuous Southeast Asian flavors, and Yamaha Artist Services donated a superb CFX concert grand.

From left: kulapat yantrasast’s home (int.); violinist vijay gupta; yantrasat, inna faliks, and patrick scott
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BIG VISTA – MAY 22, 2016 Beverly Hills

Designed in 1947 by Paul Laszlo, and renovated by Barton Phelps & Associates, this stunning home offered an enthralling setting to hear Terry Riley’s In C. Everywhere you turned this Jacaranda all-star performance filled the air. Host Leslie Lassiter’s personal touch made an abundant table spread and signature beverages quite distinctive.

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Sponsors were Ronnie Rubin, Frank Gruber & Janet Levin, Lily & Thomas Brod, MD, Marshal Rutter & Terry Knowles, with emcee/Advisory Council member Gail Eichenthal.

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RESONATE – June 21, 2015 Culver City, CA

Hosted by Michael Rachlin, AIA, at Rachlin Partners in their striking Culver City headquarters. The LEED AP architect gave a multi-media presentation on concert hall design. Lyris Quartet performed “Trajectory,” a small capsule concert in a special upstairs salon. Luscious drinks and brilliant bites were served as the elevated METRO glided by.

from left: michael rachlin; lyris quartet; mark hilt, sheila tepper, & patrick scott; rachlin partners office in culver city

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