Pre-Concert Conversations

Many refer to the Jacaranda experience to distinguish it from typical concert going. The room has stunning acoustics, wrap seating with comfortable pews, two lobbies and a courtyard that encourage social interaction and sharing. So does the free coffee and cookies at intermission. The program notes are extensive and include fascinating cultural, political and historical information that sets a rich context for the music. Juicy gossip sometimes livens the storytelling, too. Brief verbal introductions welcome the audience, and the performance standard is exceptionally high with programming that fosters peak experiences.

Now, that’s not all!

To celebrate its 15th anniversary AWAKE season, Jacaranda inaugurated the Sanctuary Series, pre-concert conversations to deepen your Jacaranda experience!


October 21, 2017

Sanctuary, First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica
7:00 pm

RAND Corporation’s Nobel Prize-winning climate scientist Robert Lempert and Jacaranda Board Chair and Vice Mayor of Culver City Thomas Small discussed climate challenges to Santa Monica, and other shoreline cities, as well as parallels to a growing interest in micro-tonality as an alternative to equal temperament.


January 20, 2018

Sanctuary, First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica
7:00 pm

Author Renee Levine Packer discussed her books Gay Guerilla: Julius Eastman and his Music, and This Life of Sounds: Evenings for New Music in Buffalo, based on her first hand knowledge of the special milieu in which Eastman and Frederic Rzewski composed their socially conscious classics.

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February 24, 2018

Rehwold Chapel, First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica
7:00 pm

Joel Salinas, MD, author of Mirror Touch: Notes from a Doctor Who Can Feel Your Pain (2017) discussed his personal experiences with multiple forms of synesthesia, and related them to Olivier Messiaen’s color hearing.


March 17, 2018

Sanctuary, First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica
7:00 pm

Pianist Steven Vanhauwaert will recount his year-long epic journey of discovery to perform the legendary Piano Sonata by Messiaen student Jean Barraqué. He will demonstrate from the piano and talk about the very few shoulders he can stand on to bring this historic rarity to life.


May 19, 2018

Sanctuary, First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica
7:00 pm

Regional Accents will celebrate three generations of Spanish music from De Falla to today. TBA, is a speaker who can discuss the changing political environment in Spain, and how it is affecting arts and culture.