Sounds Festive (Pasadena)
Dec
14
8:00 PM20:00

Sounds Festive (Pasadena)

  • Barrett Hall, Pasadena Conservatory of Music (map)
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Salastina explores treasures of the Baroque era with a nimble and sparkling chamber music approach. 

Please note that this concert occurs on a Friday evening, not Saturday.

Program:
Heinrich I. F. Biber: Mystery Sonata
Isabelle Leonarda: Sonate da Chiesa Op. 16
Antonio Vivaldi: La Folia
Marieta Morosina Priuli: Balletti e Correnti
François Couperin: Concerts Royaux

Artists:
Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, co-directors/violins
Meredith Crawford, resident viola
Yoshika Masuda, resident cello
Lucinda Carver, harpsichord
Brian Lauritzen, resident host

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Sounds Festive (Westside)
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

Sounds Festive (Westside)

  • Lenart Auditorium at the Fowler Museum, UCLA (map)
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Salastina explores treasures of the Baroque era with a nimble and sparkling chamber music approach. 

Please note that this concert occurs on a Saturday evening, not Sunday afternoon.

Program:
Heinrich I. F. Biber: Mystery Sonata
Isabelle Leonarda: Sonate da Chiesa Op. 16
Antonio Vivaldi: La Folia
Marieta Morosina Priuli: Balletti e Correnti
François Couperin: Concerts Royaux

Artists:
Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, co-directors/violins
Meredith Crawford, resident viola
Yoshika Masuda, resident cello
Lucinda Carver, harpsichord
Brian Lauritzen, resident host

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Sounds Genius: Lost Love (Pasadena)
Feb
9
8:00 PM20:00

Sounds Genius: Lost Love (Pasadena)

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Valentine's Day isn't always a happy occasion. Salastina explores love's sorrow through plaintively expressive English vocal chamber music. 

Program:
Ethel Smyth: 3 Songs
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge
Peter Warlock: The Curlew

Artists:
Benjamin Smolen, resident flute
Maia Jasper White and Kevin Kumar, co-director/violin
Meredith Crawford, resident viola
Yoshika Masuda, resident cello
HyeJin Kim, resident piano
Brian Lauritzen, resident host

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Sounds Genius: Lost Love (Westside)
Feb
10
3:00 PM15:00

Sounds Genius: Lost Love (Westside)

Valentine's Day isn't always a happy occasion. Salastina explores love's sorrow through plaintively expressive English vocal chamber music. 

Program:
Ethel Smyth: Three Songs
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge
Peter Warlock: The Curlew

Artists:
Benjamin Smolen, resident flute
Maia Jasper White and Kevin Kumar, co-director/violin
Meredith Crawford, resident viola
Yoshika Masuda, resident cello
HyeJin Kim, resident piano
Brian Lauritzen, resident host

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Sounds Gorgeous: SAKURA (Pasadena)
Mar
16
8:00 PM20:00

Sounds Gorgeous: SAKURA (Pasadena)

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What happens when 5 heartthrob cellists share the stage? 

SAKURA. 

This concert features Salastina's Resident Cellist and SAKURA founding member Yoshika Masuda.

Program:
Orlando Gibbons: Silver Swan
Gabriel Fauré : Cinq Melodies
Manuel de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance
Sergei Rachmaninov: Vocalise
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor - i. Allegro con brio

INTERMISSION

Johannes Brahms: FAE Scherzo
Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes
Claude Debussy: Clair de Lune
Chick Corea: Spain

Artists:
SAKURA Cello Quintet

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Sounds Gorgeous: SAKURA (Westside)
Mar
17
3:00 PM15:00

Sounds Gorgeous: SAKURA (Westside)

What happens when 5 heartthrob cellists share the stage? 

SAKURA. 

This concert features Salastina's Resident Cellist and SAKURA founding member Yoshika Masuda. 

Program:
Orlando Gibbons: Silver Swan
Gabriel Fauré : Cinq Melodies
Manuel de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance
Sergei Rachmaninov: Vocalise
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor - i. Allegro con brio

INTERMISSION

Johannes Brahms: FAE Scherzo
Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes
Claude Debussy: Clair de Lune
Chick Corea: Spain

Artists:
SAKURA Cello Quintet

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Sounds Local: Annual Composers of Los Angeles (Pasadena)
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Sounds Local: Annual Composers of Los Angeles (Pasadena)

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We proudly continue our tradition of presenting what’s most beautiful to us among LA’s vast selection of new musical offerings.

Program:
Sounds Local

Artists:
Ben Smolen, resident flute
Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, co-director/violin
Meredith Crawford, resident viola
Yoshika Masuda, resident cello
HyeJin Kim, resident piano
Brian Lauritzen, resident host

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Sounds Local: Annual Composers of Los Angeles (Westside)
Apr
7
3:00 PM15:00

Sounds Local: Annual Composers of Los Angeles (Westside)

We proudly continue our tradition of presenting what’s most beautiful to us among LA’s vast selection of new musical offerings.

Program:
Sounds Local

Artists:
Ben Smolen, resident flute
Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, co-director/violin
Meredith Crawford, resident viola
Yoshika Masuda, resident cello
HyeJin Kim, resident piano
Brian Lauritzen, resident host

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Sounds Complete: Brahms String Quartet Cycle (Pasadena)
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

Sounds Complete: Brahms String Quartet Cycle (Pasadena)

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Brahms’s three string quartets make us salivate. Chew on them with us.

Program:
Johannes Brahms
String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51
String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67

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

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Sounds Complete: Brahms String Quartet Cycle (Westside)
May
26
3:00 PM15:00

Sounds Complete: Brahms String Quartet Cycle (Westside)

  • Home of Florence Fellman and Waldemar Kalinowski (map)
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Note: This event will be held at a beautiful private home in the Pacific Palisades. The address will be revealed to ticket buyers beginning one week before the event.

Brahms’s three string quartets make us salivate. Chew on them with us.

Program:
Johannes Brahms
String Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op. 51
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51
String Quartet No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 67

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

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Sounds Unknown (Westside)
Nov
11
3:00 PM15:00

Sounds Unknown (Westside)

What prevents so many composers from achieving well-deserved fame? Back by popular demand, Salastina’s Sounds Unknown explores a few of the many pieces that make you wonder.

Artistic Partner and Resident Host Brian Lauritzen has built a program around the idea of the Sound of America. When Antonín Dvořák, a famous Czech nationalist composer, arrived in 19th century America to help us create an "American Sound," he recused himself, proclaiming matter-of-factly that it was already here.

This concert explores America's musical voice from the moment of Dvořák's declaration to the present. 

Program:
Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 “American” - i. Allegro ma non troppo
Harry Thacker Burleigh: Southland Sketches - iii. Allegretto grazioso
Frederick C. Tillis: Spiritual Fantasy - Wade in the Water
Rhiannon Giddens: At the Purchaser’s Option
Derek Bermel: String Quartet
Julia Wolfe: my lips from speaking - iii

INTERMISSION

Shelley Washington: Middleground
Caroline Shaw: To the Hands

Artists:
Tonality
Maia Jasper White and Kevin Kumar, co-directors/violins
Meredith Crawford, resident viola
Yoshika Masuda, resident cello
HyeJin Kim, resident piano
Chris Kollgaard, guest double bass
Brian Lauritzen, resident host

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Sounds Unknown (Pasadena)
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

Sounds Unknown (Pasadena)

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What prevents so many composers from achieving well-deserved fame? Back by popular demand, Salastina’s Sounds Unknown explores a few of the many pieces that make you wonder.

Artistic Partner and Resident Host Brian Lauritzen has built a program around the idea of the Sound of America. When Antonín Dvořák, a famous Czech nationalist composer, arrived in 19th century America to help us create an "American Sound," he recused himself, proclaiming matter-of-factly that it was already here.

This concert explores America's musical voice from the moment of Dvořák's declaration to the present. 

Program:
Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 “American” - i. Allegro ma non troppo
Harry Thacker Burleigh: Southland Sketches - iii. Allegretto grazioso
Frederick C. Tillis: Spiritual Fantasy - Wade in the Water
Rhiannon Giddens: At the Purchaser’s Option
Derek Bermel: String Quartet
Julia Wolfe: my lips from speaking - iii

INTERMISSION

Shelley Washington: Middleground
Caroline Shaw: To the Hands

Artists:
Tonality
Maia Jasper White and Kevin Kumar, co-directors/violins
Meredith Crawford, resident viola
Yoshika Masuda, resident cello
HyeJin Kim, resident piano
Chris Kollgaard, guest double bass
Brian Lauritzen, resident host

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Sounds Mysterious (Westside)
Oct
7
3:00 PM15:00

Sounds Mysterious (Westside)

What if our concept of artistic greatness stands on shaky foundations?

In this new and groundbreaking Salastina format, we strip away as much context as we can -- including the name of the piece, its composer, and the geographic and historic context in which it was created. 

Take in the exquisite music first; then learn why you've never heard it before -- and what that says about how artistic greatness is established and maintained. 

Program and Artists to be revealed at the event.

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Sounds Mysterious (Pasadena)
Oct
6
8:00 PM20:00

Sounds Mysterious (Pasadena)

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What if our concept of artistic greatness stands on shaky foundations?

In this new and groundbreaking Salastina format, we strip away as much context as we can -- including the name of the piece, its composer, and the geographic and historic context in which it was created. 

Take in the exquisite music first; then learn why you've never heard it before -- and what that says about how artistic greatness is established and maintained. 

Program and Artists to be revealed at the event.

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4th Annual Composers of Los Angeles (Westside)
Jun
10
3:00 PM15:00

4th Annual Composers of Los Angeles (Westside)

In our season finale, we continue our tradition of presenting what's most beautiful to us among Los Angeles' vast new musical offerings.

Program:
Reena Esmail: Nadiya
Julia Adolphe: Veil of Leaves
Philip White: select e.e. cummings songs
Stephen Cohn: Sea Change
Thomas Kotcheff: Scratch Cradle
JAC Redford: Alphabet of Revelation - IV. Dance

Artists:
Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, co-directors and violins
Meredith Crawford, resident viola
Ross Gasworth, cello
Ben Smolen, resident flute
HyeJin Kim, piano
Stuart Clark, clarinet
Elissa Johnston, soprano

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4th Annual Composers of Los Angeles (Pasadena)
Jun
9
8:00 PM20:00

4th Annual Composers of Los Angeles (Pasadena)

  • Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory (map)
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In our season finale, we continue our tradition of presenting what's most beautiful to us among Los Angeles' vast new musical offerings.

Program:
Reena Esmail: Nadiya
Julia Adolphe: Veil of Leaves
Philip White: select e.e. cummings songs
Stephen Cohn: Sea Change
Thomas Kotcheff: Scratch Cradle
JAC Redford: Alphabet of Revelation - IV. Dance

Artists:
Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, co-directors and violins
Meredith Crawford, resident viola
Ross Gasworth, cello
Ben Smolen, resident flute
HyeJin Kim, piano
Stuart Clark, clarinet
Elissa Johnston, soprano

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Annual Sightreading Brunch - SOLD OUT
Jun
3
10:30 AM10:30

Annual Sightreading Brunch - SOLD OUT

Once again, Jerry and Terri Kohl generously open their beautiful Pasadena home to Salastina musicians and audience members for an exquisite chamber music reading party and brunch. 

This year's special musical guests are LA Phil Principal Concertmaster Martin Chalifour, First Associate Concermaster Nathan Cole, and his wife, Assistant Concertmaster Akiko Tarumoto. 

We take requests! Send us what you'd like to hear so we can be sure to pick up the music. 

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Schumann Piano Trio Cycle - Westside (Contrapuntal Hall)
May
6
3:00 PM15:00

Schumann Piano Trio Cycle - Westside (Contrapuntal Hall)

We continue our tradition of presenting a cycle each season by performing the complete piano trios of Robert and Clara Schumann. Both Parts will be hosted by KUSC's Brian Lauritzen.

Part 1 at 3pm on May 6, 2018
Clara Schumann:  Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17
Robert Schumann:  Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 63

Artists:
HyeJin Kim, piano
Maia Jasper White, violin and co-director
Yoshika Masuda, resident cello
 

Part 2 at 7pm on May 6, 2018
Robert Schumann:  Piano Trio No. 2 in F major, Op. 80
Robert Schumann:  Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor, Op. 110

Artists:
Rina Dokshitsky, piano
Kevin Kumar, violin and co-director
Amy Sue Barston, cello

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Schumann Piano Trio Cycle - Pasadena
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Schumann Piano Trio Cycle - Pasadena

  • Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory (map)
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We continue our tradition of presenting a cycle each season by performing the complete piano trios of Robert and Clara Schumann. Both Parts will be hosted by KUSC's Brian Lauritzen.

Part 1 at 8pm on May 4, 2018
Clara Schumann:  Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17
Robert Schumann:  Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 63

Artists:
HyeJin Kim, piano
Maia Jasper White, violin and co-director
Yoshika Masuda, resident cello

Part 2 at 8pm on May 5, 2018
Robert Schumann:  Piano Trio No. 2 in F major, Op. 80
Robert Schumann:  Piano Trio No. 3 in G minor, Op. 110

Artists:
Rina Dokshitsky, piano
Kevin Kumar, violin and co-director
Amy Sue Barston, cello

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Member Event: An Afternoon with Luthier Mario Miralles
Apr
22
3:00 PM15:00

Member Event: An Afternoon with Luthier Mario Miralles

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This event is an exclusive member benefit. It is not open to the public; no tickets will be sold. If you'd like to attend, we encourage you to learn more about membership by visiting this page.

This is a rare opportunity to spend time with one of the great string instrument makers of our (or any) time. Among musicians and other luthiers, Mario Miralles is known as a rare genius. He’s also known to shun the public spotlight. This will be the first event of its kind.

Maia and Philip's address will be provided to members who've affirmatively RSVPed to the event two days beforehand.

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Second Class Citizens (Westside)
Apr
1
3:00 PM15:00

Second Class Citizens (Westside)

What prevents so many great composers from attaining well-deserved fame?  We explore a few of the many pieces that make you wonder. Featuring the west coast premiere of Fanny Mendelssohn's Easter Sonata -- long assumed to have been written by her brother Felix. (Well, it said F. Mendelssohn, and it was... good. Who else could possibly have written it?!)

Program:

Francesca Caccini: Ciaccona and Lasciatemi
Georges Enescu: Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano, Op. 25 - I. Moderator malinconico
Bohuslav Martinu: Piano Quartet No. 1 - III. Allegreto poco moderato
Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Piano Trio No. 4 - III. Rondo
Fanny Mendelssohn: Easter Sonata (West Coast premiere under her name)

Intermission

Rebecca Clarke: Sonata for Viola and Piano - I. Impetuoso
Lili Boulanger: Nocturne for Flute and Piano
William Grant Still: Mother and Child
Antonio Salieri: Piano Concerto in C major - II. Larghetto
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Piano Quintet, Op. 18 - I. Moderator con moto
Ottorino Respighi: Il Tramonto

Artists:

HyeJin Kim, Piano
Maia Jasper White and Kevin Kumar, Violins
Meredith Crawford, Viola
Charlie Tyler, Cello
Ben Smolen, Flute
Liv Redpath, Soprano

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Second Class Citizens (Pasadena)
Mar
31
8:00 PM20:00

Second Class Citizens (Pasadena)

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What prevents so many great composers from attaining well-deserved fame?  We explore a few of the many pieces that make you wonder. Featuring the west coast premiere of Fanny Mendelssohn's Easter Sonata -- long assumed to have been written by her brother Felix. (Well, it said F. Mendelssohn, and it was... good. Who else could possibly have written it?!)

Program:

Francesca Caccini: Ciaccona and Lasciatemi
Georges Enescu: Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano, Op. 25 - I. Moderator malinconico
Bohuslav Martinu: Piano Quartet No. 1 - III. Allegreto poco moderato
Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Piano Trio No. 4 - III. Rondo
Fanny Mendelssohn: Easter Sonata (West Coast premiere under her name)

Intermission

Rebecca Clarke: Sonata for Viola and Piano - I. Impetuoso
Lili Boulanger: Nocturne for Flute and Piano
William Grant Still: Mother and Child
Antonio Salieri: Piano Concerto in C major - II. Larghetto
Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Piano Quintet, Op. 18 - I. Moderator con moto
Ottorino Respighi: Il Tramonto

Artists:

HyeJin Kim, Piano
Maia Jasper White and Kevin Kumar, Violins
Meredith Crawford, Viola
Charlie Tyler, Cello
Ben Smolen, Flute
Liv Redpath, Soprano

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Brian's Playlist:  Hope, Faith, Life, Love (Westside)
Feb
18
3:00 PM15:00

Brian's Playlist: Hope, Faith, Life, Love (Westside)

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Enjoy Resident Host Brian Lauritzen's inventive playlist inspired by the content and structure of a moving E. E. Cummings poem.  

Note: Since the venue is a private home, ticket buyers will be emailed the address during the week leading up to the concert. The notice will be sent out at fixed intervals, so please allow some time after your purchase.

Program:

John Luther Adams: Looking Towards Hope (from Wind in the High Places)
Aaron Jay Kernis: Musica Celestis
Jesse Montgomerey: Voodoo Dolls
Mohammed Fairouz: Mikhail's Thunder (from The Named Angels)
Florence Price: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Caroline Shaw: Entr'acte

Intermission

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, mvmt 1
Elena Kats-Chernin: Fast Blue Village Two
Charles Ives: TSIAJ
Germaine Tailleferre: Piano Trio, mvmt 3
Gabriela Lena Frank: Coquetos
Richard Strauss: Capriccio

Artists:

Maia Jasper White and Joel Pargman, violins
Meredith Crawford and Michelle Gasworth, violas
Yoshika Masuda and Ben Lash, cellos
Rina Dokshitsky, piano

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Brian's Playlist:  Hope, Faith, Life, Love (Pasadena)
Feb
17
8:00 PM20:00

Brian's Playlist: Hope, Faith, Life, Love (Pasadena)

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Enjoy Resident Host Brian Lauritzen's inventive playlist inspired by the content and structure of a moving E. E. Cummings poem.  

Program:

John Luther Adams: Looking Towards Hope (from Wind in the High Places)
Aaron Jay Kernis: Musica Celestis
Jesse Montgomerey: Voodoo Dolls
Mohammed Fairouz: Mikhail's Thunder (from The Named Angels)
Florence Price: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Caroline Shaw: Entr'acte

Intermission

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, mvmt 1
Elena Kats-Chernin: Fast Blue Village Two
Charles Ives: TSIAJ
Germaine Tailleferre: Piano Trio, mvmt 3
Gabriela Lena Frank: Coquetos
Richard Strauss: Capriccio

Artists:

Maia Jasper White and Joel Pargman, violins
Meredith Crawford and Michelle Gasworth, violas
Yoshika Masuda and Ben Lash, cellos
Rina Dokshitsky, piano

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New Year's Eve New Music Party and Fundraiser
Dec
31
to Jan 1

New Year's Eve New Music Party and Fundraiser

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Join us at the home of Co-Director Maia Jasper White for a vibrant, engaging, and intimate New Year's Eve party like no other!

Several composers in the Salastina family will be on hand for readings of new or yet-to-be-completed works. Chat with them over caviar and sparkling wine to usher in new, good things for the year ahead. 

Composers in attendance to include:

Adam Schoenberg
Reena Esmail
Derrick Spiva
Jeremy Cavaterra
Juan Pablo Contreras 
Philip White 

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Sounds Genius:  Vivaldi's Four Seasons (Westside)
Dec
17
3:00 PM15:00

Sounds Genius: Vivaldi's Four Seasons (Westside)

By popular demand, we'll be revisiting our nimble chamber setting of one of the most beloved works of all time.  

Did you know that Vivaldi attached poetry to each of his seasons?  We guide the audience through his brilliant musical illustrations of those classic depictions of nature and bring a fresh and colorful musical approach to these gems.  

We hope to see you at our holiday-themed reception!

Program:
Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
 

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Sounds Genius:  Vivaldi's Four Seasons (Pasadena)
Dec
16
8:00 PM20:00

Sounds Genius: Vivaldi's Four Seasons (Pasadena)

  • Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory (map)
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By popular demand, we'll be revisiting our nimble chamber setting of one of the most beloved works of all time.  

Did you know that Vivaldi attached poetry to each of his seasons?  We guide the audience through his brilliant musical illustrations of those classic depictions of nature and bring a fresh and colorful musical approach to these gems.  

We hope to see you at our holiday-themed reception!

Program:
Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
 

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Red Hen Press: Poetry Through Voice
Dec
10
4:00 PM16:00

Red Hen Press: Poetry Through Voice

An evening of unforgettable music and literature featuring GRAMMY® award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann and GRAMMY® award–winning composer/conductor Eric Whitacre, along with California Poet Laurate Dana Gioia, and poets Elise Paschen and Douglas Manuel.

This engaging live performance incorporates singer and writer as they interplay between the written and spoken word.

Program:

Hila Plitmann: Strip Me (voice and piano)
Mark Abel and Kate Gale: The Palm Trees Are Restless (voice and piano)
Doug Manuel: Poetry Reading
Mark Abel and Kate Gale: Those Who Loved Medusa (voice, piano, percussion)
Elise Paschen: Poetry Reading
Hila Plitmann: You (voice and piano)
Aimee Mann, arr. Eric Whitacre: Voices Carry (voice and string quartet)
Danny Elfman, arr. Hila Plitmann: Sally's Song (voice, string quartet, electric bass)

Intermission

Philip White: since feeling is first (voice, piano quintet)
Dana Gioia: Poetry Reading
Julia Adolphe and Nahal Navidar: Footsteps (voice, piano)
George Harrison, arr. Sharon Farber: Within You, Without You (voice, string quartet, piano, percussion)
Eric Whitacre and Margaret Wise Brown: Goodnight Moon (voice, string quartet)

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Sounds Genius:  Schubert and Death (Westside)
Nov
5
3:00 PM15:00

Sounds Genius: Schubert and Death (Westside)

This program will be held at a private home in Santa Monica.  The address will be emailed to ticket buyers close to the concert date.

Find out what was behind Schubert's preoccupation with death as we dive deep into "Death and the Maiden." 

We also explore Schubert's fascinating personification of Death through the vocal versions of "Erlking" and "Death and the Maiden."

Program:
Sounds Genius:  Schubert's String Quartet No. 14 in D minor
Franz Schubert:  Erlking
Franz Schubert:  Death and the Maiden

Artists:
Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, violins
Meredith Crawford, viola
Yoshika Masuda, cello
Theo Hoffman, baritone
Izumi Kashiwagi, piano
Brian Lauritzen, host

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Sounds Genius:  Schubert and Death (Pasadena)
Nov
4
8:00 PM20:00

Sounds Genius: Schubert and Death (Pasadena)

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Find out what was behind Schubert's preoccupation with death as we dive deep into "Death and the Maiden." 

We also explore Schubert's fascinating personification of Death through the vocal versions of "Erlking" and "Death and the Maiden."

Program:
Sounds Genius:  Schubert's String Quartet No. 14 in D minor
Franz Schubert:  Erlking
Franz Schubert:  Death and the Maiden

Artists:
Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, violins
Meredith Crawford, viola
Yoshika Masuda, cello
Theo Hoffman, baritone
Izumi Kashiwagi, piano
Brian Lauritzen, host

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Sounds Delicious with Chef Becky Reams
Oct
21
6:30 PM18:30

Sounds Delicious with Chef Becky Reams

Few things are as transformative and existentially fulfilling as music and cuisine. We're bringing these two powerful art forms together.

Chef Becky Reams (of Bang Bang and Master Chef Season 3) pairs 5 courses with 5 pieces of music performed by Salastina.

Kevin, Maia, and Chef Becky have decided on a theme for the evening: "Beautifully California." From California composers to California native produce, the parallels in the music and cuisine are centered around our home state. What better way to showcase how wonderful this place is, and the bounty it has to offer?

We will also be offering red or white wine, and tea and coffee.

Program: 
Benedikt Brydern: Autobahn
Reena Esmail: Side By Side
Terry Riley: Cadenza on the Night Plain
Andrew Norman: Sabina
Gernot Wolfgang: Yugoslavian Railroad Song

Artists:
Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, Violins
Michelle Gasworth, viola
Rebecca Merblum, cello

$126

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Salastina and Pasadena Conservatory of Music at ArtNight Pasadena
Oct
13
8:00 PM20:00

Salastina and Pasadena Conservatory of Music at ArtNight Pasadena

  • Barrett Hall at Pasadena Conservatory of Music (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

8pm on Friday, October 13, 2017

Salastina teams up with faculty and students from Pasadena Conservatory of Music for a presentation of an audience favorite, our "Sounds Genius:  Mendelssohn's Octet for Strings!"  The audience will be taken on a tour of this masterpiece before a complete performance of the work.

This showcase of our Sounds Promising program is a FREE event taking place at 8pm at PCM's Barrett Hall.  Students have been coached by the professional musicians, who will be performing alongside them.  To learn more about Sounds Promising, our trailblazing and practical approach to educating student musicians, click here.

Program:
Sounds Genius:  Mendelssohn's Octet for Strings

Performers:
Kevin Kumar, director and violin
Ina Veli, violin
Elizabeth Hedman, violin
Alex Freed, violin
Meredith Crawford, resident viola
Ethan Moffett, viola
Rowena Hammill, cello
Sarah Koo, cello

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Sounds Genius:  American Mirror by Derrick Spiva (Westside)
Oct
8
3:00 PM15:00

Sounds Genius: American Mirror by Derrick Spiva (Westside)

Our season opener explores 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 interviews Spiva as the musicians demonstrate the cultural origins of different elements in the work. Brian also guides you, the audience, through your special musical role in the performance of this timely and outstanding piece.

Bridge to Everywhere, an organization that celebrates cultural diversity through interwoven musical traditions, contributes an art installation embodying the spirit and intention of Spiva's modern masterpiece.

Program:
Derrick Spiva: American Mirror

Artists:
Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, violins
Meredith Crawford, viola
Yoshika Masuda, cello
Brian Lauritzen, host

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Sounds Genius:  American Mirror by Derrick Spiva (Pasadena)
Oct
7
8:00 PM20:00

Sounds Genius: American Mirror by Derrick Spiva (Pasadena)

  • Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Our season opener explores 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 interviews Spiva as the musicians demonstrate the cultural origins of different elements in the work. Brian also guides you, the audience, through your special musical role in the performance of this timely and outstanding piece.

Bridge to Everywhere, an organization that celebrates cultural diversity through interwoven musical traditions, contributes an art installation embodying the spirit and intention of Spiva's modern masterpiece.

Program:
Derrick Spiva: American Mirror

Artists:
Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, violins
Meredith Crawford, viola
Yoshika Masuda, cello
Brian Lauritzen, host

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Special Event:  Bach's Coffee Cantata at Jones Coffee Roasters (Pasadena)
Sep
17
5:30 PM17:30

Special Event: Bach's Coffee Cantata at Jones Coffee Roasters (Pasadena)

In this pre-season fundraiser, Salastina teams up with Jones Coffee Roasters and a fantastic roster of musicians to present Bach's comic operatic masterpiece about addiction to coffee (in English).  Mireya and Larry Jones will talk about the history of coffee during Bach's time, and a barista will be present - coffee drinks included!

Program
JS Bach:  Coffee Cantata, BWV 211 (Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht)

Performers
Indre Viskontas, soprano
Thomas Segen, tenor
Scott Graff, bass
Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, violins and co-directors
Luke Maurer, viola
Yoshika Masuda, cello
Benjamin Smolen, flute
Duane Funderburk, harpsichord
Brian Lauritzen, resident host

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Sounds Genius:  Mendelssohn Octet for strings
Jun
26
7:15 PM19:15

Sounds Genius: Mendelssohn Octet for strings

At a special performance for the National Cello Institute, Salastina revisits its popular Sounds Genius presentation of Mendlessohn's Octet for strings.  What was the premier of the 16 year old composer's work like?  How did Mendelssohn use the combination of two string quartets to such great effect?  Why do we feel such elation when listening to the piece?  We explore these topics, with musical examples, before a complete performance of the work.

Sounds Genius:  Mendelssohn Octet for Strings

Artists:
Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, violins and co-directors
Sarah Thornblade and Hana Hwon Kim, violins
Meredith Crawford and Linnea Powell, violas
Marek Szpakiewicz and Sarah Koo Freeman, cellos
Philip White, host

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Sounds Promising - Young Composers' Concert
Jun
23
8:00 PM20:00

Sounds Promising - Young Composers' Concert

We present 3 chamber music compositions by 3 talented young composers in our Sounds Promising program!

Olivia Shue:  Wheat Field with Cypresses
Tiffany Shi:  Piano Trio
Katherine Beggs:  String Trio

Performers
Osheen Manukyan, cello (Sounds Promising)
Jeanie Lim, viola
Gideon Rubin, piano
Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, co-directors and violins

Admission is free!
Location:  Glendale at a private home
Please rsvp with anna@salastina.org and we'll send you the address
 

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Los Angeles Composers
Jun
11
3:00 PM15:00

Los Angeles Composers

Salastina's season finale features the music of some of LA's finest living composers.  The program includes 3 world premiers!

Program
Reena Esmail: Piano Trio (world premier)
Jenni Brandon: Dreams of Birds
John Neufeld: Prelude and Structures (world premier)
Jeremy Cavaterra: Capriccio Concertante (world premier)

Performers
Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, violins and co-directors
Rob Brophy, viola
Charlie Tyler, cello
Timothy Eckert, bass
Jenni Olson, flute
Chris Stoutenborough, clarinet
Gideon Rubin, piano
Alison Bjorkedal, harp

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Los Angeles Composers
Jun
10
8:00 PM20:00

Los Angeles Composers

  • Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Salastina's season finale features the music of some of LA's finest living composers.  The program includes 3 world premiers!

Program
Reena Esmail: Piano Trio (world premier)
Jenni Brandon: Dreams of Birds
John Neufeld: Prelude and Structures (world premier)
Jeremy Cavaterra: Capriccio Concertante (world premier)

Performers
Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, violins and co-directors
Rob Brophy, viola
Charlie Tyler, cello
Timothy Eckert, bass
Jenni Olson, flute
Chris Stoutenborough, clarinet
Gideon Rubin, piano
Alison Bjorkedal, harp

 

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