Classical music in L.A. this week: Beethoven, Salonen and more


Here is a list of classical music performances in L.A. for Oct. 13-20:

Camera Lucida Chamber music by Shostakovich, Bartok and Bridge. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sun., 8 p.m. $38 and up. (949) 553-2422.

Dudamel Conducts Music from the Americas Gustavo Dudamel leads the LA Phil in Chávez’ Symphony No. 2, “Sinfonía India”; the world premiere of Esteban Benzecry’s “Universos infinitos” piano concerto with pianist Sergio Tiempo; and Copland’s “Rodeo” and “Fanfare for the Common Man.” Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A. Sun., 2 p.m. $72-$222. (323) 850-2000.


The Every Person’s Guide to the Orchestra Music appreciation with KUSC’s Alan Chapman. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Samueli Theater, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Sun., 3 p.m. $15 and up. (949) 553-2422.

The Light in the Piazza LA Opera presents Renée Fleming, Dove Cameron and Brian Stokes Mitchell in the Craig Lucas-Adam Guettel romantic musical about a woman and her daughter on vacation in Florence, Italy in 1953. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., downtown L.A. Sun., next Sun., 2 p.m.; Thu.-Fri., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m.; ends Oct. 20. $29 and up. (213) 972-8001.

Los Angeles Violoncello Society Works by Halsey Stevens, Andrew Norman, Tom Flaherty, Kristapor Najarian, and more. Sun., 4 p.m. Crossroads School, Roth Hall, 1714 21st St., Santa Monica. Free.

Nicole’s Favorites Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble marks 20 years under artistic director Dr. Nicole Baker with a program of works by Tallis, Monteverdi and others. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 122 S. California Ave., Monrovia. Sun., 4 p.m. $15-$25. (800) 838-3006.

Restoration Concerts The New Hollywood String Quartet plays pieces by Beethoven, Schumann and Purcell. South Pasadena Public Library, Community Room, 1115 El Centro St., South Pasadena. Sun., 4 p.m. $20. (626) 799-6333.

Second Sundays at Two Violinist Ken Aiso and pianist Valeria Morgovskaya plays pieces by Beethoven, De Falla and Ravel. Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, 26438 Crenshaw Blvd., Rolling Hills Estates. Sun., 2 p.m. Free. (310) 316-5574.


Beethoven 250 Six-day festival marking Beethoven’s 250th birthday showcases the composer’s string quartets; with the Calidore String Quartet, the Viano String Quartet, et al. Various times, Mon.-Sat. The Colburn School, Thayer Hall and Zipper Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A. $15, $30; festival passes, $126; some free events. (213) 621-1050.

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Octet Pieces by Brahms, Korngold and Mendelssohn, plus a new work by composer-in-residence Sally Beamish. Musco Center for the Arts, Chapman University, 1 University Drive, Orange. Tue., 7:30 p.m. $33-$63. (844) 626-8726.

Jonathan Biss The pianist performs works by Beethoven, in an intimate setting with all seating on stage, in two concerts with distinct programs. Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Tue.-Wed., 8 p.m. $76 and up. (818) 677-3000.

Glendale Noon Concerts Pianist Brendan White plays solo works by L.A. composers Todd Mason, Mark Robson, George N. Gianopoulos and Stephen Cohn. Glendale City Church, 610 E. California Ave., Glendale. Wed., 12:10 p.m. Free. (818) 244-7241.

Los Angeles Percussion Quartet The ensemble celebrates its 10th anniversary. Boston Court, 70 N. Mentor Ave. Pasadena. Thu., 8 p.m. $20-$30. (626) 683-6801.

The Los Angeles Virtuosi Orchestra Season opener includes Vivaldi’s Gloria in D with choir members from West High School and Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 2 featuring violinist Tina Chang Qu. West High School Performing Arts Center, 20401 Victor St., Torrance. Thu., 7 p.m. $15, $20. (310) 533-4299.

Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique Pacific Symphony performs the composer’s Symphony No. 6 plus John Williams’ “Tributes! For Seiji” and Ravel’s “Tzigane” featuring violinist and concertmaster Dennis Kim. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Thu.-Sat., 8 p.m. $25 and up. (714) 755-5799.

Rod Gilfry in Concert The operatic baritone perform in this new cabaret-style show. Boston Court Pasadena, 70 N. Mentor Ave. Pasadena. Fri., 8 p.m. Sold out; wait list available. (626) 683-6801.

Salonen Conducts Tchaikovsky & Bartók Conductor laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen returns to lead the LA Phil in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto featuring violinist Daniel Lozakovich, Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and the premiere of his new orchestral work “Castor.” Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. $64-$209. (323) 850-2000.

Autumn 20: 20 Years in Culver City Culver City Symphony performs Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, Von Weber’s “Der Freischütz” Overture and Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 with pianist Malvyn Lai. Robert Frost Auditorium, 4401 Elenda St., Culver City. Sat., 7:30 p.m. $10, $20; K-12, free with paying adult.

Bridge to Everywhere The L.A.-based chamber ensemble performs contemporary by local composers Derrick Spiva, Jr., Reena Esmail, Juan Pablo Contreras and James Waterman. Boston Court Pasadena, 70 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Sat., 8 p.m. $20-$30. (626) 683-6801.

Dia de los Muertos Celebration Pacific Symphony and its youth orchestra mark the holiday in this kid-friendly presentation. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. 10 and 11:30 a.m. $15 and up. (714) 755-5799.

The Interludes Pianist Lukasz Yoder and soprano Roksana Zeinapur perform. First Lutheran Church & School, 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance. Sat., 3 p.m. Free. (310) 316-5574.

Los Angeles Master Chorale Season opener includes Bruckner’s Mass in F Minor and the L.A. premiere of Golijov’s “Oceana.” Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Sat., 2 p.m.; next Sun., 7 p.m. $29 and up. (213) 972-7282.

Magnificent Mozart This entry in the Third@First series includes pianist Junko Ueno Garrett performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9 plus the composer’s Requiem featuring the church’s Chancel Choir and guest vocalists. First United Methodist Church, 500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Sat., 7:30 p.m. Free; donations accepted.

Pasadena Symphony Music director David Lockington and the orchestra open their season with Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, the world premiere of Sydney Wang’s “P (is for Play)” and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with violinist Tessa Lark. Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave., Pasadena. Sat., 2 and 8 p.m. $35 and up. (626) 793-7172.

American Youth Symphony Season opener includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral,” plus Joan Tower’s “Sequoia” and Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with violinist Gallia Kastner. Royce Hall, UCLA, 10745 Dickson Court, Westwood. Next Sun., 7 p.m. Free. (310) 470-2332.

Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer Banjo player Fleck, tabla player Hussain and bassist Meyer perform. Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo. Next Sun., 3 p.m. $35- $75. (949) 480-4278.

Javier Camarena The Mexican tenor makes his LA Opera recital debut with bel canto favorites by Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini plus songs and arias from the Spanish-language repertoire. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Next Sun., 2 p.m. $14-$109. (213) 972-8001.

Camerata Pacifica Chamber works by Copland, Harbison, Crumb and Bolcom. Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St. Ventura. Oct. 20. Next Sun., 3 p.m. $58. (805) 884-8410. (also in San Marino, Oct. 22; L.A., Oct. 24; Santa Barbara, Oct. 25)

Equal Sound Presents Thereminist Carolina Eyck and Sarah Belle Reid The duo performs to commemorate the release of their new double album “Elegies for Theremin & Voice.” Civic Center Studios, 207 S. Broadway, Suite 1, downtown L.A. Next Sun., 7 pm. $12-$20.

LA Phil with Esa-Pekka Salonen Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, the O.C. premiere of Salonen’s “Castor,” and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D featuring violinist Daniel Lozakovich. Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. Next Sun., 3 p.m. $48 and up. (949) 553-2422.

LACMA’s Sundays Live Ciaramella Early Music Ensemble performs. St. James’ in the City, 3903 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Next Sun., 6 p.m. Free. (323) 857-6234.

Organic Jacaranda launches its new organ series with organist Ty Woodward, et al., performing works by Duruflé, Dupre, Alain, Hovhaness and Ives. First Presbyterian Church, 1220 2nd St., Santa Monica. Next Sun., 2 p.m. $10, $55.

Santa Monica Symphony The orchestra launches its 75th season with Weber’s Overture to “Oberon,” Gershwin’s ‘An American in Paris” and Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B Minor featuring cellist Robert deMaine. Santa Monica High School, Barnum Hall, 600 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica. Next Sun., 7: 30 p.m. Free. (310) 395-6330.

Step/Lively Rachel Worby’s Muse/Ique orchestra presents musical exploration of shoes. Athletic Garage Dance Center, 121 Waverly Drive, Pasadena. Next Sun., 7 p.m. For members only. (626) 539-7085.