Tonight’s concert was great and you missed it, didn’t you?

Calder Quartet black suits- credit Tyler Boye (I guess Boye requires credit so I'll play along. They are nice suits.

Calder Quartet black suits- credit Tyler Boye (I guess Boye requires credit so I'll play along. They are nice suits.

THE CALDER QUARTET & COLBURN SCHOOL HOST A PAIR OF COMMUNITY CONCERTS EVERYONE BENEFITS!
Thursday, February 3 — 8pm
Friday, February 4 — 8pm
Zipper Hall 200 S. Grand Avenue, LA 90012

Friday, February 4 at 8 pm
KRENEK George Washington Variations — Mikhail Korzhev, piano
FRITH Lelekovice, Op. 20 — Calder Quartet
Intermission
IVES Piano Sonata No. 2 “Concord” — Susan Svrcek, piano; Pamela Vliek-Martchev, flute

Two concerts support Jacaranda, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus & Piano Spheres.

TICKETS: $25 Call the Colburn School at 213-621-4517
Advance tickets will be held at the box office; or purchase tickets at the door.
100% of revenues benefit Jacaranda, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus & Piano Spheres.

Ships frozen on the edge of Frobisher Bay, image from "Lisa's" Picasa album, nom de camera lqaluit 2009. Photo taken February 9, 2009. Web address for this and more photos of Nunavit is http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/OwkYMQz5ATjznntwYSFwfA

Ships frozen on the edge of Frobisher Bay, image from "Lisa's" Picasa album, nom de camera lqaluit 2009. Photo taken February 9, 2009. Web address for this and more photos of Nunavit is http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/OwkYMQz5ATjznntwYSFwfA

So. Thursday night we heard fourteen fine young women from the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus sing Canadian composer James Gordon’s “Frozen in Frobisher Bay.” It was a beautiful, unexpected and moving performance. Here is a sample by Belle Chantique at the Lawton Chiles High School Spring Concert. I had no idea what to expect, I’m often happiest when I get brave and try new things. Hey – if anybody from the Velaslavasay Panorama is reading this y’all should play a recording of this music in your iceberg cyclorama!!!!! Really softly, lovely girl’s voices lamenting a frozen love……. oh, my. Maybe the LA Children’s Chorus would do it for you?

We also heard, and I still can’t believe I was this lucky, Stephen Hartke’s “King of the Sun” played by three of the four Calders along with the always amazing Vicki Ray. Wow. Just now I can’t find a video so I’ll link you to Hartke’s own website where he discusses the composition and the process he used to write the music.

The two pieces I mention above will not be repeated on Friday. You should have been paying attention, silly!

ON Friday you can hear the Calder Quartet playing Fred Frith’s “Lelekovice” of which I can offer you two video’s of the cool guys playing Calder’s playing movement 2 and movement 9. On their own website Benjamin Jacobson, Andrew Bulbrook, Jonathan Moerschel and Eric Byers (The Calder Quartet by name) talk about working closely with Frith, Christopher Rouse, Thomas Ades and other living composers and how being able to understand the subjectivity of musical direction has helped them interpret music by all the dead composers. It’s a cool interview style video, you should check it out. Fred Frith website.

You can read that there is much more on Friday, you ought to try this out. Okay – I have to hector some of you a bit. For people who are interested enough to attend performances by such wonderful, unique and different-from-the-rest musicians as Lucky Dragons, why do I see so few art people at concerts such as Piano Spheres, Jacaranda, Monday Evening Concerts or LA Phil’s Green Umbrella? Hmm? Isn’t different important? Isn’t stretching your idea of experience fun? Isn’t indie stuff, death metal, pop music and hip hop the same whether it is made in Ukraine or the Congo or Los Angeles? Hmm? Hmm? Anyway, enough chiding. Play along with me, see the concert. I promise you’ll be ecstatic.

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