Paul Dukas
An engaging finale to another Jacaranda season

Jacaranda, the illuminating and increasingly important Southland music series, bills itself as "music at the edge of Santa Monica." True enough, its focus courts edginess, if cautiously, and with a mandate on mixing challenging and ear-pleasing fare. And quite literally, the concerts take place on the continental edge in the newly remodeled First Presbyterian Church on 2nd Street, a large stone's throw from the Pacific. With the series closing its fifth season Saturday, it has become apparent that Jacaranda has nudged its way from the fringes toward the middle of what's good in Los Angeles' classical music culture. It's a success story in progress. ...