Salastina Music Society & KUSC's Brian Lauritzen: Wagner's Siegfried Idyll

We'd love to see you at our season premiere event! We'll have a meetup inside Thayer Hall at the Colburn School at 7:15pm, during our soundcheck before the house opens. Once we introduce ourselves, you're welcome to enjoy the remainder of the sound check. The ushers will only let in Meetup friends!

This concert is part of our Masterpiece Discovery series - a big hit with our Meetup guests! People leave the concert feeling like they've had an unusually deep connection with one of the great works of art. KUSC's host Brian Lauritzen will host this in-depth exploration of Wagner’s personal declaration of love for his wife, the Siegfried Idyll, in its original version for 13 musicians. This is one of the most beautiful and exquisite masterpieces of chamber music. Not many people know that Wagner wrote the Siegfried Idyll as a birthday present for his wife! He gathered 13 musicians in his villa, positioned them outside the bedroom, and gently roused her from sleep with this lovely piece. Usually, the Idyll is publicly performed by a larger orchestra, but we’ve decided to explore Wagner’s original intention and capture the intimacy of that private gesture.
The performance will begin with an original arrangement of the fiery Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Wagner’s contemporary, Johannes Brahms.

Salastina Music Society Artistic Directors/violinists Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper are joined by 11 outstanding string and wind instrumentalists. Among the guest artists are international soloist Hakan Rosengren on clarinet, principal flute of Pacific Symphony Orchestra Benjamin Smollen, members of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and highly regarded rising stars.

The audience is invited to mingle with the artists at the complimentary reception immediately following the concert. This season premiere is also a fundraising event, so the audience will have the opportunity to bid on a variety of items at the silent auction.

This concert will be held at the more intimate concert hall at the Colburn School (across the street from Disney Hall), Thayer Hall. Seating is limited, so please don’t wait too long to purchase your tickets! $15 tickets are available if you use the code: MEETUP (use all caps) during the online purchase process. Hope to see you there!

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  • Kevin K.

    To everyone who came -
    It was wonderful meeting you all! Hoping that you enjoyed our unique format and Wagner's beautiful music. In the future, we'll try to organize the MEETUP aspect so that you have a chance to introduce yourselves to each other as well as to Maia and myself.
    Hope to see you all soon!

    September 9, 2013

  • Joe C.

    I'm so glad I attended this concert! It was a pleasure to hear Wagner's exquisite music played by a small group of excellent musicians. The intimate Thayer Hall was the perfect setting to enjoy the music and Brian Lauritzen's introduction to the piece was very enlightening. I'm looking forward to the rest of Salastina Music Society's upcoming season.

    September 8, 2013

  • Steve S.

    A very entertaining and interesting event.

    September 8, 2013

  • Kevin K.

    Hi everyone!
    Rehearsals are going beautifully - if you haven't heard this piece yet, you're missing something special. This is really a private love letter between Wagner and his wife, never meant to be published.

    Quick note about the meetup: We'll tell the ushers to let Meetup folks in at 7:15pm, but it's always a bit hectic because of all the pre-concert preparations. So, we'd love it if you'd stay for the complimentary reception in the courtyard afterwards.
    Hope to see you there!

    September 6, 2013

  • Steve S.

    I attend many Colburn performances and am a member of Pasadena friends of Colburn.

    September 2, 2013

  • Lynn T.

    Sorry to miss this, hope to make it next time.

    September 1, 2013

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