Mission

The Salastina Music Society enriches hearts and minds through world-class and educational chamber music.

 
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To Know Great Music is to Love Great Music

Salastina serves the intellectual and artistic curiosity of audiences of all types.  New listeners, the classical cognoscenti, and everyone between enjoy a vital enrichment of spirit.

Since its founding in 2010, Salastina has earned a national reputation for connecting audiences to classical music. Audiences respond to Salastina’s warmth, immediacy, keen musical insight, and sense of social responsibility.

Over two dozen Salastina performances have been broadcast to millions nationwide on Performance Today.

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Who We Are

Salastina was founded by violinists Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper White, who continue to direct the series. Our roster consists of resident and guest artists, most of whom are drawn from Los Angeles’ saturated pool of talent. (Pictured above: Sarah Chang.) Many of us earn our bread and butter recording for major motion pictures (like this one). 

What We Play

Salastina advocates for beauty. All great music — from classic to not yet so — bears intrepid exploration. We champion music that has stood the test of centuries out of a firm belief in its value. So too do we advocate for the ever-evolving music of our time. We promote new music that doesn’t compromise on originality, sophistication, or accessibility. We put our money where our mouth is, commissioning many extraordinary works.

Making Connections

If art is to make us feel more human, then arbitrary and outdated rules run deadly interference.  All of our program notes are delivered verbally from the stage. Because Salastina artists don’t just sing and play beautifully: they also have a lot to say. Our artists share personal insight into their thoughts and experiences both during and at post-concert receptions. And don’t worry about when and how to clap.  Expect a good, friendly time.

 

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Where We Play

True to the spirit of chamber music, Salastina performs in intimate, comfortable venues of acoustic and aesthetic beauty. Our Eastside home is Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory. Our Westside home is Villa Aurora in the Pacific Palisades. To learn more about our beautiful and intimate venues, please click here.

Committed to Education

Salastina performances feed the curiosity of listeners of all types inside the concert hall. We work with gifted young instrumentalists to prepare them for their place within it. Salastina musicians coach these young people from within the chamber group. The program culminates in the students producing their own concert. For more about Sounds Promising, Salastina's Young Artists Program, click here

More than a Concert

We promote all kinds of extra-musical ways of enhancing the concert experience, from gourmet post-concert receptions to collaborations with celebrity comics. Our approach ranges from deep reverence to irreverent humor. Check out the video of actor Seth Rogen narrating "Ferdinand the Bull," above.

More information about Sounds Delicious, our contemporary take on the salon tradition, coming soon.