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

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

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

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

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.

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

Sounds Genius: Vivaldi's Four Seasons (Pasadena)

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

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

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
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 59, No. 3 - IV. Allegro molto
Richard Strauss: Capriccio

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

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

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
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 59, No. 3 - IV. Allegro molto
Richard Strauss: Capriccio

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

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.

Program:

Francesca Caccini: Ciaccona and Lasciatemi
Zoltan Kodaly: Serenade, Op. 12 - I. Allegramente
Georges Enescu: Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano, Op. 25 - I. Moderator malinconico
Fanny Mendelssohn: Easter Sonata (West Coast premiere under her name)
Bohuslav Martinu: Piano Quartet No. 1 - III. Allegreto poco moderato
Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Piano Trio No. 4 - III. Rondo

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

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

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.

Program:

Francesca Caccini: Ciaccona and Lasciatemi
Zoltan Kodaly: Serenade, Op. 12 - I. Allegramente
Georges Enescu: Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano, Op. 25 - I. Moderator malinconico
Fanny Mendelssohn: Easter Sonata (West Coast premiere under her name)
Bohuslav Martinu: Piano Quartet No. 1 - III. Allegreto poco moderato
Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Piano Trio No. 4 - III. Rondo

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

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

Schumann Piano Trio Cycle - Pasadena

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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.

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

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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

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

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

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.

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

 

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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

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

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

Salastina and Pasadena Conservatory of Music at ArtNight Pasadena

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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
3:00pm 3:00pm

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
8:00pm 8:00pm

Sounds Genius: American Mirror by Derrick Spiva (Pasadena)

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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
5:30pm 5:30pm

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
7:15pm 7:15pm

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
8:00pm 8:00pm

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
3:00pm 3:00pm

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
8:00pm 8:00pm

Los Angeles Composers

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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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Sounds Impromptu
Jun
4
2:00pm 2:00pm

Sounds Impromptu

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

Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios (Westside)

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

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

Beethoven: Complete Piano Trios (Pasadena)

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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

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

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

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

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

Sounds Delicious: The Music of India's Cuisine

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"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
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New England Songbook
Apr
1
8:00pm 8:00pm

New England Songbook

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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

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

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

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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

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

Salastina + LACO: Lift Every Voice

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.

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Chamber Messiah!
Dec
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Chamber Messiah!

  • Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Chamber Messiah!
Dec
17
8:00pm 8:00pm

Chamber Messiah!

  • Thayer Hall at the Colburn School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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Chamber Messiah!
Dec
16
8:00pm 8:00pm

Chamber Messiah!

  • Westerbeck Hall at Pasadena City College (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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

Ravel and Cavaterra (World Premiere)

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

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

Ravel and Cavaterra (World Premiere)

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

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

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

Sounds Genius: Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano

  • Barrett Hall At The Pasadena Conservatory (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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

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

  • 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

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