I'd like to suggest a Meetup similar to the one we had for our last concert!
On May 11, we're presenting Arnold Schoenberg's ultra-romantic "Transfigured Night" in its original version for string sextet. We often think of Schoenberg as the pioneer of the atonal, twelve-tone system, but in his younger days he attempted to reconcile the romanticism of both Brahms and Wagner in this beautiful depiction of Richard Dehmel's poem about transformational love! The romantic musical language is sophisticated, but completely approachable and understandable even on first hearing.This concert is part of our Masterpiece Discovery series, in which we give our audience a guided tour through a masterpiece of the chamber music repertoire. KUSC radio host Brian Lauritzen, recently profiled in the LA Times as the “youthful, unorthodox laid-back evangelist of the classical radio world,” will speak about the piece and act as our tour guide.
As previous meetup members can tell you, our concerts are intimate events with more audience interaction than is usual. The concert will be held at a beautiful venue at the Colburn School (across the street from Disney Hall) called Zipper Hall.
As before, we'd like to suggest a meetup during our sound check before the concert. We'll open the hall at 7:15pm only to people who tell the usher they're here "for the meetup". We can introduce ourselves (and guest artists) to each other, and you're welcome to sit in on the final part of our prep. We'd also like to offer the discounted price of $15 online advance tickets (regular is $35). Just use the code: MEETUP (all caps) during the purchase process.
Arnold Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night)
Background on Arnold Schoenberg and musical examples also presented
As usual, we've invited outstanding guest artists to perform with us, and we’re very excited about this particular combination of players for Schoenberg’s work:
Andrew Shulman: Principal cellist of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, former principal of the LAPhil and the Philharmonia Orchestra (London) and international soloist
Jacob Braun: Professor of Cello at UCSB and former member of the Biava and Penderecki Quartets
Meredith Crawford: Asst Principal Violist of the Pacific Symphony
Luke Maurer: Violist of the Lyris Quartet
Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper: violinists/Co-Artistic Directors
About the directors:http://www.salastinasociety.org/artistic-directors/
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