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Camille Saint-Saëns Camille Saint-Saëns

Violin Sonata No. 1 in d, Op. 75
anniversaries March 30
Wagner's music is better than it sounds. Mark Twain

Recovered Voices, Part II

March 25th, 2014

Recovered Voices, Part II

The program this evening is a second installment of Recovered Voices, a project originally created by L.A. Opera music director James Conlon to help restore two generations of music by Jewish composers silenced by the Third Reich. Due to defamation, persecution and the dire conditions leading to the Holocaust, several important composers were forced to flee, abandoning homelands and native artistic contexts for strange new worlds where, compromised, their artistic creations were misunderstood, maligned and nearly consigned to oblivion. Though the efforts of Recovered Voices, many special treasures of early 20th century musical art are being resurrected and programmed once again, often for the very first time. Lost prodigies and erstwhile leaders of the avant-garde come to life again through the force and fascination of their reenacted music and thus a lost chapter of Jewish Viennese high art history is meaningfully restored. « more »

Exploring the String Quartet—The First 250 Years

Exploring the String QuartetSince its birth around 1760, the string quartet has maintained a vital and profound hold on composers, players and listeners: it has been the vehicle par excellence for a rich continuum of some of the finest music composed throughout the last 250 years. Across time, nationality, and centuries of changing style, the string quartet has formed the backbone of small ensemble chamber music with a rich lore. Music for the string quartet consistently features lyrical beauty, complex harmony, intense passion, powerful rhythm and elegant formal design. From the most intimate personal expression to the most brilliant virtuosity, from the ancient and otherworldly to edgy grooves of the present day, the string quartet appears to be an infinitely flexible ensemble engaging great composers and performers in one of the richest living traditions of music in all of history. For many, if not most, however, it a rarely encountered “hidden” genre, while historically, culturally, musically, for others, it is the mother lode. Take some time to discover this stunning genre, the heart of the matter. Explore

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