Sounds Impromptu
Jun
4
2:00 pm14:00

Sounds Impromptu

  • Home of Philip and Maia Jasper White

Spontaneity and fearless music-making have free play at one of our favorite events of the year: our 3rd Annual Reading Party and Fundraiser.

We take requests! Let us know what you'd like to hear, and we'll do our best to get our hands on the music.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Los Angeles Composers
Jun
10
8:00 pm20:00

Los Angeles Composers

  • Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory

Salastina's season finale features the music of some of LA's finest living composers.

Program
Reena Esmail: Piano Trio (world premier)
JAC Redford: The Alphabet of Revelation
John Neufeld: Prelude and Structures (world premier)
Jeremy Cavaterra: Capriccio Concertante (world premier)

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Los Angeles Composers
Jun
11
3:00 pm15:00

Los Angeles Composers

  • Private Residence

Program:
Salastina's season finale features the music of some of LA's finest living composers.

Reena Esmail: Piano Trio (world premier)
JAC Redford: The Alphabet of Revelation
John Neufeld: Prelude and Structures (world premier)
Jeremy Cavaterra: Capriccio Concertante (world premier)

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Salastina at the Huntington's "Member Summer Evenings"
Jun
24
5:30 pm17:30

Salastina at the Huntington's "Member Summer Evenings"

  • Huntington Gardens

Upper-level members of the Huntington Gardens are invited to enjoy live music on the lawn. Don't forget a picnic, blanket, and chair! Admission is free. Click here for more information. 

Program
Claude Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F major

Sounds Genius:  American Mirror by Derrick Spiva
Oct
7
8:00 pm20:00

Sounds Genius: American Mirror by Derrick Spiva

  • Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory

In our season opener, we'll be exploring a remarkable new work that reflects on the coming together of cultures in societies consisting of many generations of immigrants.  Award-winning local composer Derrick Spiva wrote American Mirror specifically for Salastina to present in our trademark Sounds Genius format.

Resident Host Brian Lauritzen will interview Spiva as the musicians demonstrate the cultural origins of different elements in the work and guide the audience in their musical role in the performance of this timely and outstanding piece.

Bridge to Everywhere, an organization that celebrates cultural diversity through interwoven musical traditions, will partner us in this project with an art installation that embodies the spirit and intention of Spiva's piece.

Program:
Sounds Genius:  American Mirror


Beethoven:  Complete Piano Trios (Westside)
May
7
3:00 pm15:00

Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios (Westside)

  • Contrapuntal Performance Hall

Program:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios

In an afternoon and evening double bill, Salastina performs all six major works for piano, violin, and cello by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Part 1
May 7 @ 3pm
Opus 1, No. 1 in E flat Major
Opus 1, No. 2 in G Major
Opus 70, No. 1 in D Major "Ghost"

Artists:
Maia Jasper White, Violin
Marek Szpakiewicz, Cello
HyeJin Kim, Piano

Part 2
May 7 @ 7pm
Opus 70, No. 2 in E flat Major
Opus 1, No. 3 in C minor
Opus 97 in B flat Major "Archduke"

Artists:
Kevin Kumar, Violin
Amy Sue Barston, Cello
Rina Dokshitsky, Piano

Beethoven:  Complete Piano Trios (Pasadena)
May
5
May 6

Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios (Pasadena)

  • Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory

Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios

Over the course of two nights, Salastina performs all six major works for piano, violin, and cello by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Part 1
May 5 @ 8pm
Opus 1, No. 1 in E flat Major
Opus 1, No. 2 in G Major
Opus 70, No. 1 in D Major "Ghost"

Artists:
Maia Jasper White, Violin
Marek Szpakiewicz, Cello
HyeJin Kim, Piano

Part 2
May 6 @ 8pm
Opus 70, No. 2 in E flat Major
Opus 1, No. 3 in C minor
Opus 97 in B flat Major "Archduke"

Artists:
Kevin Kumar, Violin
Amy Sue Barston, Cello
Rina Dokshitsky, Piano

Sounds Genius:  Saint-Saëns' Fantasy for violin and harp
Apr
30
3:00 pm15:00

Sounds Genius: Saint-Saëns' Fantasy for violin and harp

  • Private Home in Lake Forest, CA

Note:  Tickets will be available until 12pm on Sunday, April 30.  This event will take place at a private home in Lake Forest, CA.  Since the venue is a private residence, the address will be revealed to online ticket buyers before the concert date.  No general admission tickets at the door.  Read below for student tickets.

Salastina is coming to Orange County!

In the intimate setting of a private home, a Salastina event becomes an entirely new type of engaging concert experience.  On this occasion, the program will begin with unaccompanied works for the individual instruments and conversation about the history and mechanics of the harp and violin.  Salastina's trademark format, Sounds Genius will take place after intermission.  Co-director Kevin Kumar will lead an in-depth exploration, complete with musical examples, of Camille Saint-Saëns' lovely French Romantic work, Fantasy for harp and violin.

Kevin is joined by harpist Catherine Yom Litaker.  Catherine has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Diego Symphony, and was principal of the Civic Orchestra.  You can read more about the Los Angeles based harpist here.

Program:
Ravel:  Kaddish
Tailleferre:  Sonata for Harp
Intermission
Sounds Genius:  Saint-Saëns' Fantasy for Harp and Violin

Performers:
Kevin Kumar, co-director and violin
Catherine Yom Litaker, harp

Tickets:
$35 general admission
$10 students with valid ID*
*Student tickets can be purchased at the door, where we will verify student status or check IDs.  Please contact us by email or phone to reserve student tickets so that we can make sure there is seating available.
info@salastina.org
(323)332-6874

Sounds Delicious:  The Music of India's Cuisine
Apr
29
7:00 pm19:00

Sounds Delicious: The Music of India's Cuisine

  • The Perfect Bite

Ticketing is closed for this event

"Sounds Delicious" is a proprietary Salastina format developed in 2012.  It's a contemporary, multi-sensory take on the salon tradition in which we collaborate with a chef to come up with a menu for your ears and taste buds.  A piece of music is performed, and a course of food inspired by that music is served.  We talk about the connection between the two, and a lovely party ensues!

Salastina teams up with Un-Curry, the first organic Indian catering company in Los Angeles, to present a Sounds Delicious event celebrating the diverse flavors of India's people, cultures, and cuisines.
The menu reflects the variety of travelers who came to India over the ages, each bringing their own music, art, religion, and literature along with them.
This event is BYOW.

Menu:
Welcome Drink & Amuse Bouche
Avocado Crema with Curry Leaves

Trio of Chicken Flavors
The Stereotype (Chicken Tikka Masala), The Myth (French Vadouvan Curry), and The Reality (Rajasthani Pickled Chicken)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Hindu Song

Jewish & Portuguese Influences
Baghdadi Jewish Fish & Mango Salad with Goan Prawn Balchao
Ravel: Kaddish

Marathi Contentment
Tomato coconut soup with rice and ghee
Awachita Parimalu: an Abhanga by the Saint-Poet Dnyaneshwar, performed by Saili Oak

Kashmiri Pomegranate Lamb
Persian Orange Pilaf, Bengali Potatoes with Poppy Seeds, and Mixed Greens with Radishes, Pistachios, Berries, and Ginger-Lime Dressing
Esmail: String Quartet, mvmt 1

English Eton Mess
Meringues with Sliced Strawberries, Cardamom Whipped Cream, and Star Anise Drizzle
Holst: St. Paul Suite (excerpts)

After-Dinner Coffee
Indian Spiced Chai OR South Indian Filter Coffee

On the Table
Kerala Coconut Chutney + Marathi Onion Chutney
Sparkling Water and Sparkling Lemonade

Vegetarian Options Available
Please indicate dietary restrictions as soon as possible

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Chef:
Kaumudi Marathé

Performers:
Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, co-directors and violins
Zach Dellinger, viola
Giovanna Moraga Clayton, cello
Saili Oak, vocals

$135 / per person
Ticketing is closed

New England Songbook
Apr
1
8:00 pm20:00

New England Songbook

  • Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory

Resident artists and close friends Benjamin Smolen (flute) and Meredith Crawford (viola) curate a concert featuring beautiful works by composers from the New England area, anchored by Charles Ives' song settings.  This is a wonderful opportunity to hear exquisite music that is rarely performed!

Program:
Charles Ives: Songs My Mother Taught Me
Arthur Foote: Nocturne and Scherzo
Charles Ives: The Children's Hour
Walter Piston: Duo for Viola and Cello
Charles Ives: At the River
Aaron Jay Kernis: Air
Charles Ives: Those Evening Bells
Amy Beach: Theme and Variations

Artists:
Benjamin Smolen, resident flute
Meredith Crawford, resident viola
Greta Bachhuber, guest soprano
Gideon Rubin, guest piano
Kevin Kumar, co-director and violin
Hana Hwon Kim, guest violin
Peter Myers, guest cello

$32 advance online purchase
$40 general admission at the door
$10 students with valid ID

Sounds Genius:  Benjamin Britten's String Quartet No. 2
Feb
11
8:00 pm20:00

Sounds Genius: Benjamin Britten's String Quartet No. 2

  • Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory

Program:
Sounds Genius: Benjamin Britten's String Quartet No. 2

Artists:
Maia Jasper White and Kevin Kumar, co-directors and violins
Meredith Crawford, resident viola
Peter Myers, resident cello
Brian Lauritzen, resident host

"Sounds Genius" (formerly Masterpiece Discovery) is perfectly summed up by Salastina's motto "To know great music is to love great music." Our trademark concert format is not a lecture. It's no dry analysis. We share how musical works of human genius throw open the doors of our hearts, connecting us to the beauty of life and human potential.

What makes a particular piece of music so special?  What was happening in the composer's life?  How does the work fit into world events?  What do the musicians think of or feel while playing this music?  How do they make that interesting sound effect?  These are just some of the questions that we answer, with sincerity and humor, in a "Sounds Genius" concert.  It doesn't matter if you're a seasoned concertgoer or if it's your first time - there's something for everyone in this format.  During the second part of the concert, you'll get to hear an interrupted performance of the work.

If you feel like dressing to the nines, you won't be out of place.  We suggest business casual at the least.  One of our favorite parts of the concert is the reception, when we have a chance to talk to you.  This time, we'll have a food truck waiting for you!

$32 advance online purchase
$40 general admission at the door
$10 students with valid IDs

Salastina + LACO: Lift Every Voice
Jan
15
3:00 pm15:00

Salastina + LACO: Lift Every Voice

  • Villa Aurora

This season marks Jeffrey Kahane's last as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. The centerpiece of this season is “Lift Every Voice,” a three-week festival in January. The festival includes concerts, conversations and community engagement curated by Kahane to explore themes of tolerance, compassion, cooperation and creativity. It celebrates the power of music to encourage understanding and promote peace. The festival is inspired by the lives of human and civil rights champions Rabbi Joachim Prinz and composer Kurt Weill.

The project highlights the unique ability of music to spark dialogue about challenging moral issues and bring together people from different walks of life to promote cross-cultural interaction and understanding.

Salastina is honored to participate in such a meaningful festival designed by Kahane -- a consummate musician, scholar, and humanitarian.

Program:
Kurt Weill: String Quartet in B minor
Behzad Ranjbaran: Caprices for Two Violins
Benjamin Britten: String Quartet No. 2 in C Major

Artists:
Maia Jasper White and Kevin Kumar, co-directors and violins
Meredith Crawford, resident viola
Peter Myers, guest cello
Brian Lauritzen, resident host

This concert is now SOLD OUT.  We will be presenting an in-depth event centered on the Britten String Quartet No. 2 on February 11 at Barrett Hall.  Tickets are available now.

Chamber Messiah!
Dec
18
7:00 pm19:00

Chamber Messiah!

  • Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Program:
Sounds Genius: Selections from Handel's Messiah

Join us for our popular, intimate journey through the profound spirituality and timeless splendor of Handel's Messiah. Come to a deeper understanding of why it's so enduring. This festive Holiday edition of Sounds Genius with Brian Lauritzen includes a sing along of the Hallelujah Chorus. (And Christmas cookies/libations.)

This performance is in partnership with The Wallis Annenberg's Center for the Performing Arts and their series titled "The Sorting Room".  The event will be held at the Lovelace Studio Theater. 

Artists:
Liv Redpath, Soprano
Karin Mushegain, Mezzo-Soprano
Jon Lee Keenan, Tenor

Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, Co-Directors and Violins
Meredith Crawford, Resident Viola
Peter Myers, Guest Cello
Maksim Velichkin, Guest Harpsichord
Brian Lauritzen, Resident Host

Tickets to this event must be purchased directly from The Wallis by clicking here.

Chamber Messiah!
Dec
17
8:00 pm20:00

Chamber Messiah!

  • Thayer Hall at the Colburn School

Program:
Sounds Genius: Selections from Handel's Messiah

Join us for our popular, intimate journey through the profound spirituality and timeless splendor of Handel's Messiah. Come to a deeper understanding of why it's so enduring.

This festive Holiday edition of Sounds Genius with Brian Lauritzen includes a sing along of the Hallelujah Chorus. (And Christmas cookies/libations.)

Artists:
Liv Redpath, Soprano
Karin Mushegain, Mezzo-Soprano
Jon Lee Keenan, Tenor
Michael Aiello, Baritone

Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, Co-Directors and Violins
Meredith Crawford, Resident Viola
Peter Myers, Guest Cello
Maksim Velichkin, Guest Harpsichord
Brian Lauritzen, Resident Host

Click here for tickets, or purchase below.
$32 advance online purchase per person
$40 at the door
$10 students with valid ID

Chamber Messiah!
Dec
16
8:00 pm20:00

Chamber Messiah!

  • Westerbeck Hall at Pasadena City College

Program:
Sounds Genius: Selections from Handel's Messiah

Join us for our popular, intimate journey through the profound spirituality and timeless splendor of Handel's Messiah. Come to a deeper understanding of why it's so enduring.

This festive Holiday edition of Sounds Genius with Brian Lauritzen includes a sing along of the Hallelujah Chorus. (And Christmas cookies/libations.)

For this performance only, we are joined by dancers directed by Grete Gryzwana, who specializes in choreographing sacred music. 

Artists:
Liv Redpath, Soprano
Karin Mushegain, Mezzo-Soprano
Jon Lee Keenan, Tenor
Michael Aiello, Baritone

Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, Co-Directors and Violins
Meredith Crawford, Resident Viola
Peter Myers, Guest Cello
Maksim Velichkin, Guest Harpsichord
Brian Lauritzen, Resident Host

Click here for tickets, or purchase below.
$40 advance online purchase per person
$50 at the door
$10 students with valid ID

Ravel and Cavaterra (World Premiere)
Nov
6
3:00 pm15:00

Ravel and Cavaterra (World Premiere)

  • Villa Aurora

Program:
Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F Major
Jeremy Cavaterra: Nemeton for Oboe Quintet (world premiere)

A jewel of the string quartet repertoire sets the stage for a world premiere composed by Jeremy Cavaterra.

"Sounds Genius" (formerly Masterpiece Discovery) is perfectly summed up by Salastina's motto "To know great music is to love great music." Our trademark concert format is not a lecture. It's no dry analysis. We share how musical works of human genius throw open the doors of our hearts, connecting us to the beauty of life and human potential.  We'll explore Ravel's life and demonstrate how this luminous work is knit together.

For his piece "Nemeton", Jeremy Cavaterra found inspiration deep in the lore of his ancestral home town of Nemi, outside of Rome, Italy.  Cavaterra masterfully uses the combination of oboe and string quartet to evoke the mysterious glades that dotted ancient forests.  We are thrilled to have the principal of the Pacific Symphony, Jessica Pearlman Fields, as our guest oboist for this premiere.

Artists:
Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, Co-Directors and Violins
Meredith Crawford, Resident Viola
Charles Tyler, Guest Cello
Jessica Pearlman Fields, Guest Oboe
Brian Lauritzen, Resident Host

Click here for tickets or purchase below.
$42 advance online purchase per person
$75 at the door

Ravel and Cavaterra (World Premiere)
Nov
5
8:00 pm20:00

Ravel and Cavaterra (World Premiere)

  • Barrett Hall, Pasadena Conservatory of Music

Program:
Sounds Genius:  Maurice Ravel's String Quartet in F Major
Jeremy Cavaterra: Nemeton for Oboe Quintet (world premiere)

A jewel of the string quartet repertoire sets the stage for a world premiere composed by Jeremy Cavaterra.

"Sounds Genius" (formerly Masterpiece Discovery) is perfectly summed up by Salastina's motto "To know great music is to love great music." Our trademark concert format is not a lecture. It's no dry analysis. We share how musical works of human genius throw open the doors of our hearts, connecting us to the beauty of life and human potential.  We'll explore Ravel's life and demonstrate how this luminous work is knit together.

For his piece "Nemeton", Jeremy Cavaterra found inspiration deep in the lore of his ancestral home town of Nemi, outside of Rome, Italy.  Cavaterra masterfully uses the combination of oboe and string quartet to evoke the mysterious glades that dotted ancient forests.  We are thrilled to have the principal of the Pacific Symphony, Jessica Pearlman Fields, as our guest oboist for this premiere.

Artists:
Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, Co-Directors and Violins
Meredith Crawford, Resident Viola
Charles Tyler, Guest Cello
Jessica Pearlman Fields, Guest Oboe
Brian Lauritzen, Resident Host

Click here for tickets or purchase below.
$32 advance online purchase per person
$40 at the door
$10 students with ID at the door

Sounds Genius:  Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano
Oct
8
8:00 pm20:00

Sounds Genius: Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano

  • Barrett Hall At The Pasadena Conservatory

Program:
Sounds Genius:  Franck Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano

"Sounds Genius" (formerly Masterpiece Discovery) is perfectly summed up by Salastina's motto "To know great music is to love great music." Our trademark concert format is not a lecture. It's no dry analysis. We share how musical works of human genius throw open the doors of our hearts, connecting us to the beauty of life and human potential.

For Salastina's inaugural performance in stunning and intimate Barrett Hall, Kevin dives into the moody and sensuous Franck Violin Sonata with award-winning pianist Steven Vanhauwaert.  KUSC's Brian Lauritzen, our Resident Host, explores what makes this one of the most beloved works of the Romantic era.

Artists:
Kevin Kumar, co-director and violin
Steven Vanhauwaert, piano
Brian Lauritzen, resident host

Click here for tickets or purchase below.
$32 advance online purchase per person
$40 at the door
$10 students with ID at the door

SOLD OUT - Special Westside Presentation of Sounds Genius:  Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano
Oct
7
8:00 pm20:00

SOLD OUT - Special Westside Presentation of Sounds Genius: Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano

  • Santa Monica, CA
  • Friday, October 7, 2016
  • 8:00pm  10:00pm
  • Private Residence in Santa Monica - location given to ticket buyers the day before the event

Program:
Sounds Genius:  Franck Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano

"Sounds Genius" (formerly Masterpiece Discovery) is perfectly summed up by Salastina's motto "To know great music is to love great music."  Our trademark concert format is not a lecture. It's no dry analysis.  We share how musical works of human genius throw open the doors of our hearts, connecting us to the beauty of life and human potential.

To open Salastina's 2016-17 season, Kevin dives into the moody and sensuous Franck Violin Sonata with award-winning pianist Steven Vanhauwaert.  KUSC's Brian Lauritzen, our Resident Host, explores what makes this one of the most beloved works of the Romantic era.

Artists:
Kevin Kumar, co-director and violin
Maia Jasper White, co-director and vioiln
Steven Vanhauwaert, piano
Brian Lauritzen, resident host

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT