By Nestor CASTIGLIONE
Not a weekend passes by in Southern California when there isn’t some kind of intriguing classical music concert or other that well rewards the listener for their search. This weekend – with beloved Baroque classics, 20th century masterpieces, and somehow overlooked gems of Late Romantic chamber music among the options – promises to be no different.
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Baroque Conversations continues today, Thursday, March 2 at Zipper Hall (200 S. Grand Ave.) in Downtown Los Angeles with a survey of Vivaldi’s concerti grossi and concerti for recorder. Recordist Lucie Horsch, whose artistry has earned her critical and public acclaim, will be making her American debut at the concert. Conducting the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will be Stephen Stubbs. The program will also include Purcell’s suite from “The Indian Queen” and Sammartini’s “Concerto in F for recorder and strings.” Tickets begin at $58. For tickets and more in formation visit http://www.laco.org/attend/baroque-conversations-4-4/ or call the Zipper Hall box office at (213) 622-7001, ex. 1.
On Saturday night, March 5, the Colburn Orchestra will perform a program of brilliantly colored 20th century works. Los Angeles music director James Conlon will lead the orchestra in Stravinsky’s “Petrushka” (in the 1947 edition) and in Respighi’s “The Pines of Rome.” He will be joined by pianist Jongyun Kim in Prokofiev’s often overlooked “Piano Conerto No. 2,” a spiky and often dark work that dates from his high modernist period. The concert will take place at Chapman University’s Musco Center for the Performing Arts (1 University Dr., Orange). For tickets and more information visit http://muscocenter.org/event/colburn-orchestra/ or call (844) 626-8726.
Finally on Sunday afternoon, Le Salon de Musiques, which has carved for itself a unique place with its imaginative programming as well as its post-concert champagne, will deliver another fascinating program of the familiar and the curiously unknown. Bruch and Brahms will frame the works of composers Julius Röntgen and Erich Zeisl, two composers who dug in their heels and continued writing Romantic music even as the wave of modernism swept over European music. The concert begins at 4 p.m. with a lecture and refreshments will be served after the concert. For tickets and more information please visit http://lesalondemusiques.com/concert-los-angeles-march-6-2017.asp or call (310) 498-0257.