‘Three’s Company’ at Pittance; Dilijan Performs Schnittke


It’s Saturday, the night is young, and you’re looking for a change of pace from your usual round of drinks over at The Regal Beagle. What to do? Pittance Chamber Music might have just the thing for you with its “Three’s Company” program.

Pittance Chamber Music, a series featuring players from the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, will be performing a concert of various combinations of three instruments this Saturday night.

Pittance Chamber Music has assembled a program of works by Francis Poulenc, Charles Loeffler, Johannes Brahms, Gernot Wolfgang and Franz Schubert that explores the kaleidoscopic colors possible from an instrumental trio.

Best of all: No need to worry about Mr. Furley barging in on the fun at inopportune moments.

Pittance Chamber Music’s “Three’s Company” program will take place on Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Pasadena Conservatory’s Barett Hall (100 N. Hill Ave., Pasadena). General admission tickets are $35, seniors $20, and students $10. To obtain tickets and more information, please visit www.pittancechambermusic.org.

The next afternoon, on Sunday, April 15, Dilijan Chamber Series will be performing a program comprising two landmarks of their respective genres: Alfred Schnittke’s “Concerto for Choir” and Beethoven’s late “String Quartet No. 14 in C-sharp minor.”

Schnittke, considered to be one of the greatest composers of the last quarter of the 20th century, composed his “Concerto for Choir” in the final years of the Soviet Union. A potent and arresting score, the work is testament to Schnittke’s lifelong engagement with the disparate musical traditions of which he felt heir to, as well as the composer’s religious faith.

Beethoven’s quartet, on the other hand, was dismissed during the composer’s lifetime, but would ultimately exercise a powerful influence on the music of the late 19th century and 20th century. Its sound reverberates in the art of such diverse composers as Brahms, Wolf, Mahler, Schoenberg, Webern and Boulez.

Dilijan’s concert will take place at the Colburn School of Music’s Zipper Hall (200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles) on Sunday, April 15 at 3 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit http://dilijan.larkmusicalsociety.com/home.php.