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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

Pianist/composer Gideon Klein entrusted his sister with a suitcase of his scores before the Nazis captured him. She hid the suitcase so well that the scores weren’t discovered until 1990. Pianist David Kaplan will perform works that Klein championed in the concert hall, as well as his piano sonata composed in Terezin, on his actual 100th birthday. Lyris Quartet and Jacaranda Winds join to perform a program of Klein’s most important works, including the haunting final Partita.

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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
– Ave Maria

James Walker, organ; guitar & treble voice TBA

Former organist of All Saints Pasadena, James Walker celebrates advent with Adeste Fidelisin a Preludeby Charles Ives, Ten Christmas Chorale Preludes of Bach, Partita by Hugo Distler and Sleeper’s Prayer, Jacaranda’s 2016 co-commission for treble voice and organ by David Lang.

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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; Members of Lyris Quartet

On Super Bowl Sunday, Jacaranda offers an alternative to concussions, commercials and corporate excess. After his stunning Los Angeles debut at the Wende Museum of the Cold War in Jacaranda’s program of Polish music spanning the Cold War, New York-based pianist Adam Marks makes his regular series debut with Ives’ Piano Sonata No. 1. Members of Lyris Quartet, and pianist Scott Dunn remember the future with film and concert composer Danny Elfman’s remarkable Piano Quartet, commissioned and recorded for Sony Classical by the Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet. This will be the first performance after the group’s exclusivity agreement expires in North America. No intermission.



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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; Ryan Dudenbostel, conductor

Two seminal works by Philip Glass bracket Steven Stucky’s string quartet that Lyris performed to great effect at the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer’s 2016 memorial concert curated by Esa Pekka Salonen. Marks tackles the Allen Ginsburg-inspired Wichita Vortex Sutra, a virtuosic showpiece originally intended to accompany the poet. Hilt conducts the Jacaranda Chamber Singers and Mellan in Another Look at Harmony. Composed at the same time as the 1976 opera Einstein on the Beach, the hour-long small ensemble work has gained more prominence in a choral and pipe organ version championed by Jacaranda in 2011.


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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

The enterprising pianist Inna Faliks commissioned responses from composer/pianists to the movements of Ravel’s revolutionary piano suite Gaspard de la Nuit composed in 1908 – itself a response to the cult poet Aloysius Bertrand. For this program Timo Andres’ choice of Le Gibet, and Billy Child’s choice of Scarbo resonate with current issues. Viewed today, Le Gibet’s hanging corpse and Scarbo’s frightening vagabond recall the Jim Crow South before World War I. The eroticism of Messiaen’s paean to love on a cosmic scale was his response to escaping a German POW camp during WWII. Indebted to Ravel, the seven-movement work was performed by the composer and his student Yvonne Loriod, who would eventually become his wife. Two of the finest LA-based exponents of Messiaen’s piano music, Steven Vanhauwaert and Loriod student Mark Robson, will take on the challenge for the first time.

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 – Le Théatre 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

Iannis Xenakis’ game theory becomes a primal dance evoking ancient Greece for the 28-year old Ukrainian virtuoso violinist Orest Smovzh, and pianist Mellan. The string Trio Ukiyo, making its professional debut, infuses Ancient Roman sites with speculative wonder in The Companion Guide to Rome by Andrew Norman. Le Théatre du Soliel, a short cantata based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, will be sung by soprano Suzanne Waters and mezzo-soprano Katarzyna Sadej with flute, viola, double bass, and two percussionists conducted by Mark Alan Hilt. Having made his LA Phil Green Umbrella debut earlier in the week, David Bloom will conduct The Bakkhai by Dylan Mattingly. Jacaranda revisits this acclaimed work originally presented at Disney Hall in Noon to Midnight by the same ensemble in 2017. Expanding from the three choruses presented before, all seven choral settings of texts by Euripides for three sopranos, baritone, two oboes, cello, double bass and two percussionists closes the program.

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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

Two violin and piano showpieces inspired by Italian Baroque composers Giuseppe Tartini and Giovanni Pergolesi (attributed) bookend a sprawling adventure into Italian modernism. Pianists Gloria Cheng in Suite Italienne by Igor Stravinsky, and Steven Vanhauwaert in Tartiniana Seconda by Luigi Dallapiccola accompany violinist Movses Pogossian. Works by Luciano Berio feature soprano Zanaida Robles (O King; Chamber Music), harpist Alison Bjorkedal (Sequenza No. 2, Chamber Music), and Cheng (the four elements for piano). Vanhauwaert plays neo-classical pioneer Ferrucio Busoni in a solo, as well as Arnold Schoenberg’s chamber ensemble arrangement of Busoni’s Berceuse Élégiaque, conducted by Mark Alan Hilt.

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.

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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

First Presbyterian organist & music director Mark Alan Hilt performs Les Oiseaux et les Sourcesby Olivier Messiaen, Hell & Dunkel by Sofia Gubaidulina, and three Leipzig Chorales by J.S. Bach. Soprano Elissa Johnston joins for The Way to Emmaus, a cantata by Jaromir Weinberger.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020, 2:00
Tristan Heinicke
Misshapen Pearls
Horatiu Radulescu – Christe Eleison
Thomas Mellan Ballade de l’Impossible;
Correspondance, après une lecture de Baudelaire
Iannis Xennakis

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

Jacaranda’s resident organist Thomas Mellan concludes the series with major works by Horatiu Radulescu, Brian Ferneyhough, and Iannis Xenakis, as well as Misshapen Pearls by Tristan Heinicke, Mellan’s own Ballade de l’Impossible,and a world premiere by him with piano duo Hocket.

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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 Pari intervallo; Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Francis Poulenc– Concerto for Organ, Tympani & Strings
Sanctuary Series – Mark Alan Hilt & Thomas Mellan, 7:00 (click for more)

Thomas Mellan, organ; Brian Cannady, percussion; Jacaranda Strings & Festival Chorus; Mark Alan Hilt, organ/conductor

Iconic organ works by the two great masters of the instrument, Bach and Messiaen, and Poulenc’s dramatic concerto bookend ceremonial and serene music to dedicate the rebuilt Schantz organ. On the first half Mellan, is joined by Jacaranda Festival Chorus singing unaccompanied source music for the Bach Chorale, and Messiaen’s dedicatory work. Mellan joins Jacaranda Strings and chorus conducted by Mark Alan Hilt in a rare work by Ives. As organist, Hilt performs Pärt, and then he conducts Pärt’s famous Britten tribute for strings. Mellan rejoins the orchestra for the Poulenc with timpanist Brian Cannady conducted by Hilt.

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Sunday, October 20, 2019, 2:00
Jehan Alain
Litanies (1937); Postlude for the Office of Compline (1930)
Maurice Duruflé
Prelude from Suite Op. 5 (1934/rev. 1937)
Marcel Dupré
Cortège et Litanie (1924)
Alan Hovhaness
Prayer of St. Gregory (1946)
Charles Ives
Variations on America (1891)
Leo Sowerby
Pageant (1931)

Ty Woodward, organ; David Searfoss, trumpet

International organist Ty Woodward helped design the original Schantz organ. He will inaugurate a new series with French showpieces by Jehan Alain, Maurice Duruflé and Marcel Dupre, as well as American works by Charles Ives, Alan Hovhaness (with guest trumpet), and Leo Sowerby.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019, 8:00
Harry Partch
– The Wayward; Dark Brother; Castor and Pollux
Sanctuary Series – John Malpede & John Schneider, 7:00 (click for more)

PARTCH Ensemble with guests: Derek Stein, adapted viola; Dan Rosenboom, trumpet; Ulrich Krieger, saxophone

After a decade, PARTCH Ensemble returns to Jacaranda for the first ever complete performance of Harry Partch’s The Wayward, a chronicle of hobo life from 1935-41. Dark Brother, new to their repertoire, and the ever-popular Castor and Pollux complete the program. T.J. Troy intones the Dark Brother text excerpted from God’s Lonely Man by Thomas Wolfe. Three guest artists – Derek Stein, adapted viola, Dan Rosenboom, trumpet, and Ulrich Krieger, saxophone – join the core eight-member ensemble founded by Artistic Director John Schneider. The ensemble plays 14 custom instruments reproduced from Partch’s originals.

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Dylan Mattingly

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

Sanctuary Series - Alex Purves, 7:00 (click for more)

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 - Russell Steinberg, 6:45 (click for more)

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 (click for more)

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 (click for more)

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 - Marek Zebrowski & Steven Vanhauwaert, 7:00 (click for more)

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
Karen Tanaka – Jardin des Herbes (1989)
    Gloria Cheng, piano
Steven 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

Sanctuary Series – Robert Lempert, 7:00 (click for more)

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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Dylan Mattingly in front of fence

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

Sanctuary Series – Renée Levine Packer, 7:00 (click for more)

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

Sanctuary series – Joel Salinas, MD, 7:00 (click for more)

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
Sanctuary Series – Mr. Hepfer & Mr. Vanhauwaert, 7:00 (click for more)

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

Sanctuary Series – Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, 7:00 (click for more)

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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