By Ted AYALA
In 1922 Dutch composer Leo Smit composed his breakthrough work “Silhouettes,” which earned him raves from Dutch critics over his skillful incorporation of Jazz Age sonorities in a symphonic work. A bright talent had dawned over Holland and with it an even brighter future seemed to augur for him. Instead, just over 20 years after his pen set down the double bars for the composition’s coda, his life was snuffed out at the Sobibor Concentration Camp immediately upon his arrival there.
Le Salon de Musiques will be paying tribute to Smit’s life and work – as well as to the countless Jews, Roma, and Slavs that perished in the Holocaust – this Sunday with a program centered around his sunny “Sextet for Piano and Winds.” Composed while Smit was living in Paris, the work displays a joyous insouciance soaked in the breezy music of Les Six and Stravinsky, then in the ascendent in France.
Programmed along with the Smit “Sextet” will be works by Mozart, Duparc, Hahn, and Poulenc.
That same afternoon on the other side of Chavez Ravine, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, under its music director Sonia Maria de León de Vega, will be performing Schumann’s “Symphony No. 2” and Lalo’s “Cello Concerto.” Joining the orchestra in the Lalo will be cellist Christine Lamprea, winner of the 2013 Spinx Competition.
Le Salon’s performance will take place on the fifth floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles this Sunday, April 19 at 4 p.m. General admission tickets are $75 and $39 for students. To purchase tickets and obtain more information, go online to www.lesalondemusiques.com/tickets.asp or call (310) 498-0257.
The Santa Cecilia performance will take place at Occidental College’s Thorne Hall at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19. Tickets for general admission are $22 and $26. Patrons under 17 are $8. For tickets and more information, please go online to www.scorchestra.org/concertstickets/ or call (323) 259-3011.