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Saturday, September 21, 2019, 8:00
J.S. Bach 
– Toccata & Fugue in d minor; Chorale Trio Herr Jesu Christ
Olivier Messiaen – Apparition de l’Église Éternelle; Verset pour la Fete de la Dédicace 
Charles Ives – Processional “Let there be light” 
Arvo Pärt – Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten; Annum per Annum 
Francis Poulenc– Concerto for Organ, Tympani & Strings

Thomas Mellan, organ; Jacaranda Chamber Ensemble & Festival Chorus; Mark Alan Hilt, conductor

Monumental organ works by the two greatest masters of the instrument, and Poulenc’s dramatic concerto bookend ceremonial and serene music to dedicate the rebuilt Schantz organ. Thomas Mellan, Jacaranda’s newly appointed resident organist, joins Jacaranda Strings and Festival Chorus conducted by organist Mark Alan Hilt.

Sunday, October 20, 2019, 2:00 ORGANIC I – TY WOODWARD (click for more)

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Saturday, November 9, 2019, 8:00
Harry Partch
– The Wayward; Dark Brother; Castor and Pollux

PARTCH Ensemble with Derek Stein, adapted viola; Dan Rosenboom, trumpet; Ulrich Krueger, saxophone

Partch Ensemble returns after a decade to give The Wayward its first complete performance, semi-staged, plus, Dark Brother– new to Partch’s repertoire – and the ever-popular Castor and Pollux. Three guest artists, Derek Stein, adapted viola; Dan Rosenboom, trumpet; and Ulrich Krueger saxophone, join the 8-member ensemble playing fourteen Partch-designed instruments. The Wayward chronicles hobo life from 1935 to 1941.

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Saturday, December 7, 2019, 8:00
Wolfgang Mozart
 – Fantasy in C minor, K475 
Arnold Schoenberg – Six Little Piano Pieces Op. 19
Leos Janáček – Sonata “1905, From the Street”
Gideon Klein – Piano Sonata; Fantasie & Fugue for string quartet; Partita for string trio, Divertimento for wind octet 

David Kaplan, piano; Lyris Quartet; Jacaranda Winds

Gideon Klein’s short life as a pianist/composer is celebrated on his exact 100th birthday. Pianist David Kaplan is featured with Lyris Quartet and Jacaranda Winds. Klein championed late Mozart and living composers before the Nazi’s captured him. Klein entrusted a suitcase to his sister filled with scores. She hid it so well the trove wasn’t discovered until 1990. This program includes his most important works.

Sunday, December 15, 2019, 2:00 ORGANIC II - JAMES WALKER (click for more)

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Sunday, February 2, 2020, 4:30 pm
Charles Ives
 – Piano Sonata No. 1 (1909-16) 
Danny Elfman – Piano Quartet

Adam Marks & Scott Dunn, piano; Shalini Vijayan, violin; Luke Maurer, viola; Timothy Loo, cello

On Super Bowl Sunday, Jacaranda offers an alternative to concussions, commercials, and corporate excess. Before his great Concord Sonata, Ives wrote a soaring big-boned essay that combined hymns and ragtime. Adam Marks, who stunned the Wende Museum of the Cold War audience, makes his series debut. Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet commissioned Danny Elfman and recorded the quartet for Sony. Members of the Lyris Quartet join Elfman collaborator pianist Scott Dunn to remember the future with this remarkable work.


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Sunday, February 2, 2020, 7:00
Philip Glass
 – Wichita Vortex Sutra; Another Look at Harmony
Steven Stucky – Nell’ombra Nella Luce

Lyris Quartet; Jacaranda Chamber Singers; Thomas Mellan, organ; Mark Alan Hilt, conductor

Two significant Glass works are separated by Stucky’s ineffable string quartet dwelling in light and shadow. Lyris Quartet performed it for Stucky’s memorial. Adam Marks takes on Wichita Vortex Sutra, a soon-to-be classic piano solo inspired by Allen Ginsburg’s 1966 anti-war poem. Another Look at Harmony for chorus & organ was originally composed as part of Einstein on the Beach. Mark Alan Hilt conducts the Jacaranda Chamber Singers and Thomas Mellan.

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Saturday, March 14, 2020, 8:00
Timo Andres
— Old Ground (Le Gibet)
Billy Childs – Pursuit (Scarbo)
Maurice Ravel – Gaspard de la Nuit
Olivier MessiaenVisions de l’Amen

Inna Faliks, Mark Robson, & Steven Vanhauwaert, piano

Inna Faliks commissioned responses from composer/pianists to Ravel’s landmark Gaspard de la Nuit. Viewed today from an American vantage, Le Gibet’s hanging corpse, and Scarbo’s frightening vagabond recall the South of 1908, when a cult poet inspired Ravel. Contrast comes from the heaven-storming eroticism of Messiaen’s paean to love on a cosmic scale. It was performed in WWII Paris with his student and future wife after the composer’s liberation as a POW.

Sunday, April 19, 2020, 2:00 ORGANIC III – MARK ALAN HILT (click for more)

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Saturday, April 25, 2020, 8:00
Iannis Xenakis
 – Dikhthas
Andrew Norman – The Companion Guide to Rome
Veronika Krausas – Theatre du Soliel
Dylan Mattingly – The Bakkhai

Orest Smovzh, violin; Thomas Mellan, piano; Trio Ukio – Xenia Deviatkina-Loh, violin; Lu Walstad, viola; Niall Taro-Ferguson, cello; Jacaranda Chamber Ensemble; Six singers TBA; David Bloom, conductor

Ancient Greek and Roman myths underpin our sense of past, present and future. Three Californians join the Greek pioneer Xenakis. His game theory becomes a primal dance executed by Orest Smovzh, violin, and Thomas Mellan, piano. Wonder infuses nine locations visited by Norman and Trio Ukiyo, making their professional debut. Six radiant singers transform in Ovid’s Metamorphoses or succumb in a dramatic ritual by Euripides. Mark Alan Hilt and David Bloom conduct uncommon ensembles.

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L’AVVENTURA, May 30, 2020, 8:00
Luigi Dallapiccola
 –Tartiniana Seconda 
Ferrucio Busoni – All’ Italia!
Busoni/Schoenberg – Berceuse Élégiaque
Luciano Berio – O King; Chamber MusicWasserklavier, Erdenklavier, Luftklavier, Feuerklavier; Sequenza No. 2 for solo harp
Igor StravinskySuite Italienne

Movses Pogossian, violin; Steven Vanhauwaert & Gloria Cheng, piano; Alison Bjorkedal, harp; Zanaida Robles, soprano; Alyssa Park & Shalini Vijayan, violins; Luke Maurer, viola; Timothy Loo, cello

Italian music is largely defined by a venerable past. Busoni bridged eras. Stravinsky and Dallapiccola embraced baroque music. Berio transcended all boundaries. Violinist Movses Pogossian joins pianists Gloria Cheng and Steven Vanhauwaert with stunning bravura. Soprano Zanaida Robles and harpist Alison Bjorkedal dazzle. Mark Alan Hilt conducts – riveting!  

Sunday, June 21, 2020, 2:00 ORGANIC IV – THOMAS MELLAN (click for more)

2019-20 ORGANIC

The rebuilt Schantz organ will be dedicated on September 21. Jacaranda celebrates by launching a new series that promises to reinvent the organ recital with fascinating music brilliantly played by prominent organists with special guest artists. Add the series to your package and SAVE!

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Sunday, October 20, 2019, 2:00
Jehan Alain – Litanies and Postlude for the Office of Compline (1937)
Maurice Duruflé – Prelude from Suite Op. 5 (1934/rev. 1977)
Marcel Dupre – Prelude & Fugue in B Major (1914)
Alan Hohvaness – Prayer of St. Gregory (1946)
Charles Ives – Variations on America (1891)
Leo Sowerby – Pageant (1931)

Ty Woodward, organ; David Searfoss, trumpet

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Sunday, December 15, 2019, 2:00
J.S. Bach – Pastorale from Christmas Oratorio; Ten Christmas Chorale Preludes from Orgelbüchlein
Charles Ives – Adeste Fidelis
David Lang – Sleeper’s Prayer
Bach/Gounod – Ave Maria

James Walker, organ; guitar & treble voice TBA

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Sunday, April 19, 2020, 2:00
Olivier Messiaen – “Les Oiseaux et les Sources” (from Messe de la Pentecote)
Sofia Gubaidulina – Hell und Dunkel
William Grant Still – Reverie (1962)
Jaromir Weinberger – The Way to Emmaus
J.S. Bach – Three Chorales

Mark Alan Hilt, organ; Elissa Johnston, soprano

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Sunday, June 21, 2020, 2:00
Tristan Heinike – Misshapen Pearls

Horatiu Radulescu – Christe Eleison
Brian Ferneyhough – Sieben Sterne
Thomas Mellan – Ballade de l’Impossible;
Mellan – Correspondance, après une lecture de Baudelaire
Iannis Xennakis – Gmeeorh

Thomas Mellan, organ; Hocket (Sarah Gibson & Thomas Kotcheff, piano)

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Dylan Mattingly

Saturday, October 20, 2018
Dylan Mattingly - Achilles Dreams of Ebbets Field (2014; LA Premiere)
Kathleen Supové, piano

Making her Jacaranda debut, one of America’s most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, Kathleen Supové tackled Achilles Dreams of Ebbets Field, an epic 24-movement piano cycle by Dylan Mattingly. The cycle interlaces the four seasons with rituals, dances and portraits of the heroes Achilles and Hector, and Jackie Robinson.     

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Pavel Haas

Sunday, February 3, 2019 4:00
Pavel Haas - String Quartet No. 2 “From the Monkey Mountains” (1925)      
Georg Friedrich Haas - String Quartet No. 2 (1998)
Jörg Widmann - String Quartet No. 3 “The Hunt” (2003)  

Lyris Quartet

Three quartets foreshadowed the Mahler Sixth Symphony – from the future. Pavel Haas, student of Leos Janacek, died in Auschwitz, but his quartet “From the Monkey Mountains” was inspired by a popular tourist spot in the Twenties. The rarely performed original version with a drum kit tapped into his fascination with Jazz after WWI. Seven decades later, Austria’s Georg Friedrich Haas says of his Second Quartet, “Tradition shines through again and again, but it appears as something lost, distant, clouded poised on the edge of abandon and dread.” In his 2003 quartet “The Hunt,” the Berlin-based German composer Jörg Widmann repeatedly quotes a motif by Schumann that the obsessive Romantic composer often quoted in his works. Founded in 2008, the LA Times described the Lyris Quartet as "radiant…exquisite... and powerfully engaged.” .

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Gustav Mahler

Sunday, February 3, 2019 7:30
Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 6 "Tragic" (1904) (4-hands arr. Zemlinsky)
Sanctuary Series - 6:45 Russell Steinberg 

Inna Faliks & Daniel Schlosberg, piano

Gustav Mahler’s compelling Sixth Symphony – like the sprawling Seventh, one of his lesser known – is subtitled “Tragic.” Given his public struggles with anti-Semitism, some think the 1904 symphony sees into the calamitous future –– a premonition. More personally, the promiscuity of his wife Alma is a subtext that anticipates notorious future affairs. He dedicated the rapturous adagio to her. Mahler’s friend, composer Alexander von Zemlinsky (and one of Alma’s lovers), made a piano four hands reduction to increase access to the daring new work. Of their National Gallery of Art debut performance of the work The Washington Post said, Inna Faliks and Daniel Schlosberg “offered a highly personal and subjective reading, full of shifts in color and tempo, with individual passages brimming with character.” Jacaranda added percussion from the full score: Mahler’s critically important hammer blows and the atmospheric cowbells to enhance the concert hall experience.

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florence price

Saturday, March 23, 2019 8:00
Florence Price
- Piano Sonata (1932)
William Grant Still - Ennanga (1958)
George Walker -  Lyric for string quartet (1946)
Duke Ellington - "Single Petal of a Rose" from The Queen’s Suite (1958)
”In a Sentimental Mood” (1935, arr. Art Tatum)
New World A-Comin' (1945; arr. Scott Dunn world premiere)
Sanctuary Series - Althea Waites, 7:00

Lyris Quartet; Althea Waites & Cecil Lytle, piano; Allison Bjorkedal, harp; Jacaranda Chamber Ensemble; Scott Dunn, conductor

Lyris Quartet played the original version of Lyric, the late 96-year old George Walker’s most often performed work. This haunting music by the first Black composer to receive a Pulitzer Prize was surrounded by composers who joined his quest for recognition and success. Florence Price (1887-1953) has received extensive favorable ink in The New Yorker and the New York Times. Pianist Althea Waites prepared a performing edition to record the Price Piano Sonata in 1993. She joined the Lyris Quartet and a harpist in William Grant Still’s Ennanga. On her championship of Still’s music, Ann Arbor News hailed her as “a pianist who is blessed with a profound musicality." Waites performed Ellington’s exquisite tone poem “Single Petal of a Rose’ inspired by his meeting Queen Elizabeth in 1958. A new version of Ellington’s one-movement piano concerto New World A-Comin’ closed the program, conducted and arranged by Scott Dunn.

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julius eastman

Saturday, April 13, 2019 8:00
James Tenney
- Three Pieces for Drum Quartet (1974-75)
           1.     Wake for Charles Ives
           2.     Hocket for Henry Cowell
           3.     Crystal Canon for Edgard Varèse
Frederic Rzewski - De Profundis (1994)
Lukas Foss - Solo for piano (1981)
Julius Eastman - Stay On It (1973)                                                      
Sanctuary Series - Scott Dunn, Seth Parker Woods & Renée Levine Packer, 7:00

Scott Dunn & Adam Tendler, piano; MB Gordy, Sidney Hopson, Dustin Donahue, TJ Troy, percussion; Seth Parker Woods, cello/leader; Max Opferkuch, clarinet; David Brennan, alto saxophone; Shalini Vijayan, violin; Zanaida Robles, voice

The recent emergence of Julius Eastman (1940-90) has caused a re-thinking the roots of American minimalism and the history of Black classical music, as well as a fresh look at the milieu from which Eastman emerged: the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts at SUNY Buffalo. Founded by Lukas Foss, this hotbed of creativity attracted James Tenney from the Fluxus scene in New York, and Frederic Rzewski from Italy. Ensemble works by Tenney and Eastman bracketed solo piano music by Foss and Frederic Rzewski . Scott Dunn, a Jacaranda regular since 2005, recorded Foss’s Solo under the composer’s supervision. This concert took place on Rzewski’s actual 81st birthday: Adam Tendler performed his setting for “speaking pianist” of Oscar Wilde’s open letter from prison to Lord Alfred Douglas. Tendler returned to LA after three sold out John Cage concerts at the Broad Museum.

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witold lutowslawski

Saturday, May 25, 2019 8:00
Witold Lutoslawski - Five Dance Preludes (1954)
Mauricio Kagel - Piano Trio No. 3 (2007)
Alban Berg - Four pieces (1913)
Wolfgang Mozart - Quintet in E-flat K 452 (1784)
Sanctuary Series - 7:00

Michele Zukovsky, clarinet; Gloria Cheng, piano; Alyssa Park, violin; Tim Loo, cello; Steven Vanhauwaert, piano; David Kaplan, piano; Danielle Ondarza, horn; Ted Sugata, oboe; Don Foster, clarinet; Anthony Parnther, bassoon;

Mauricio Kagel’s last important work condensed his dramatic world to a masterful piano trio. The Argentine-born German poignantly remembered such 18th century composers as Mozart while spinning a dream of farewell. For this valedictory work Lyris Quartet members joined pianist Steven Vanhauwaert, hailed by the LA Times for his “monster technique,” Making his Jacaranda debut, pianist David Kaplan led oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon in Mozart’s landmark quintet. Kaplan has been called “excellent and adventurous” by The New York Times and praised by the Boston Globe for “grace and fire.” The highly acclaimed former LA Phil principal clarinetist Michele Zukovsky partnered with pianist Gloria Cheng for a classic pair of 20th century duos: Alban Berg’s expressionist Four Pieces, and Witold Lutoslawski’s extrovert Dance Preludes. A Jacaranda perennial since the first season, Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng recently added an Emmy award for her local PBS documentary Montage: Great Film Composers and the Piano.

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from left: thomas kotcheff, dylan mattingly, sarah gibson

Saturday, June 1, 8:00
Noon to Midnight/Walt Disney Concert Hall
Thomas Kotcheff - and through and through and through (world premiere)
Sarah Gibson - tiny tangled world (2018)
Dylan Mattingly - Gravity and Grace (world premiere)

Lyris Quartet; Jessica Guideri & Adrianne Pope, violin; Linnea Powell, viola; Michael Kafumann, cello; Aron Kallay & Vicki Ray, piano; Joanne Pearce Martin, organ


2017-18 AWAKE

Jacaranda’s 15th season, explored conscience and consciousness with six program ideas: environment, power, solidarity, sensuality, science, and identity.

Lou Harrison

October 21, 2017              
Lou Harrison – Varied Quintet for violin, harp, harpsichord, bells, & percussion (1987)
    Yuri Inoo, percussion; Aron Kallay, harpsichord; Shalini Vijayan, violin; Alison Bjorkedal, harp; T.J. Troy, percussion
Ben Johnston – String Quartet No 9 (1988)
    Lyris Quartet
Steven Stucky – Album Leaves (2002)
    Gloria Cheng, piano
Stucky – Two Holy Sonnets of John Donne (1982) 
    Peabody Southwell, mezzo-soprano; Carolyn Hove, oboe; Ms. Cheng, piano
Philip Glass – Symphony No. 3 (1995)
    Lyris Quartet; Alma Fernandez, viola; Charlie Tyler, cello

Environment: Exotic tunings combatted equal temperament in the season opener. Microtonal pioneers Harrison and Johnston were featured. Lyris Quartet debuted Johnston’s Quartet No. 9. Alto Peabody Southwell, oboist Carolyn Hough, and pianist Gloria Cheng remember Stucky.

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November 18, 2017          
Noon to Midnight/Walt Disney Concert Hall
Mark Grey – Fantasmagoriana (world premiere)
    Sara Andon, flute; Claire Brazeau, oboe; James Sullivan, clarinet; Anthony Parnther, bassoon; Allen Fogle, horn; Steve Suminski, trombone; Sidney Hopson, percussion; Alyssa Park, Sarah Thornblade, violins; Diana Wade, viola; Tim Loo, cello; Eric Shetzen, bass; Don Crockett, conductor
Dylan Mattingly – Three Choruses from The Bakkhai (2013) 
    Holly Sedillos, Suzanne Waters, Zanaida Robles, sopranos; Luc Kleiner, baritone; Claire Brazeau, Breana Gilcher, oboes; Tim Loo, cello; Eric Shetzen, bass; Aron Kallay, synthesizer; Sidney Hopson, MB Gordy, percussion; Andreas Levisianos, conductor

Power: November 18 at Disney Hall, Greek drama clashed with literature’s original dark universe – by two John Adams protégés: Mark Grey and Dylan Mattingly.

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January 20, 2018               
Frederick Rzewski – The People United Will Never be Defeated (1975)
    Inna Faliks, piano
Julius Eastman – Gay Guerilla (1980)
   Daniel Schlosberg, Louise Thomas, Billy Childs & Scott Dunn, piano

Solidarity: The epic protest classic The People United Will Never Be Defeated by Frederick Rzewski, and LA premiere of Gay Guerilla by Julius Eastman were performed by pianist Inna Faliks, and friends, to observe Inauguration Day.

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February 24, 2018

Andre Jolivet – Chant de Linos (1944)
    Rachel Beetz, flute; Alison Bjorkedal, harp; Alyssa Park, violin, Luke Maurer, viola; Timothy Loo, cello
Eric Tanguy – Sonata for Two Violins (1999)
    Alyssa Park & Shalini Vijayan, violins
Olivier Messiaen – Oiseaux Exotiques (1956) 
    Aron Kallay, piano; Jonathan Hepfer, glockenspiel; Dustin Donohue, xylophone
    Mark Alan Hilt, conductor; Jacaranda Chamber Orchestra
Messiaen – La Mort du Nombre (1930)
    Suzanne Waters, soprano; Tim Gonzalez, tenor; Jessica Guideri, violin; Jack Dettling, piano
Betsy Jolas – Quatour III (1973)
    Lyris Quartet
Claude Debussy – Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune (1894, arr. 1920)
    Mark Alan Hilt, conductor; Jacaranda Chamber Orchestra

Sensuality: February and March concerts updated Jacaranda’s OM Century – a two-season celebration 2007-2009 of Olivier Messiaen’s centenary – his models, friends, and students. Messiaen’s countryman and contemporary Andre Jolivet (1905-74) shared membership in the so-called Jeune France group. Eric Tanguy (b.1968) studied with Messiaen pupil Gerard Grisey (1946-98); Betsy Jolas (b. 1926) also studied with Messiaen and succeeded him at the Paris Conservatoire. From age 11, Messiaen was obsessed with the music of Debussy, its color, perfume, unique sense of time and advanced harmony. His music was represented with an early work indebted to Debussy, and a classic mid-century masterpiece exploring his love of birds.

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March 17, 2018

Olivier Messiaen – Quatre études de rythme (1950)
    Steven Vanhauwaert, piano
Iannis Xenakis – Psappha (1975)
    Jonathan Hepfer, percussion
Jean Barraqué – Piano Sonata (1952)
    Mr. Vanhauwaert

Science: This concert continued Jacaranda’s OM Century redux with an extraordinary turning point in piano composition, the transformational Quatre études de Rhythm. Messiaen’s new work inspired many leading lights including Jean Barraqué (1928-74). His student wrote this rarely performed and legendary Mt. Everest of piano sonatas. Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) began study with Messiaen as a mathematician and architect. He was among the first to reconcile computer science with music. Psappha is his best-known work for percussion and is now a solo classic. The evening was devoted to the mid-century mental energy that intensified an impulse – dating back to Bach and before – to bring a scientific approach to exploring music and sound.

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May 19, 2018

Manuel De Falla – Fantasia Baetica (1919)
    José Menor, piano
Roberto Gerhard – String Quartet No. 2 (1962)
    Lyris Quartet
Gerhard – Three Impromptus for Piano (1950)
    Mr. Menor
Tomas Peire-Serrate – Awake (2013)
    Andreas Levisianos, conductor; Rachel Beetz, flute; Jonathan Sacdalan, clarinet; Adrianne Pope, violin; Michael Kaufmann, cello; Dustin Donahue, percussion
Peire-Serrate – React (2011)
    Jim Sullivan, clarinet; Lyris Quartet
Gerhard – Fantasia (1957)
    Michael Kudirka, guitar
De Falla – Homenaje a Debussy & La Vida Breve/Danza No. 1 (1920)
    Mr. Kudirka
Peire-Serrate – Toccata for Solo Piano (2016)
    Mr. Menor
De Falla – Harpsichord Concerto (1926)
    Gloria Cheng, harpsichord; Ms. Beetz; Jason Kennedy, oboe; Mr. Sacdalan; Ms. Pope; Mr. Kaufmann

Identity: The season climaxed with a survey of three generations of Spanish/Catalan music. Two thrilling recent works by Tomas Peire-Serrate (b. 1979) living now in Los Angeles; solo piano, guitar, and string quartet music by the mid-century master Roberto Gerhard (1896-1970); plus, by Manuel de Falla (1876-1946), a major and astonishing solo piano work, two infectious guitar finds, and his neoclassic treasure the Harpsichord Concerto.

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