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Elisa Monte Dance splits N.Y. for L.A. premiere at Alex

48 HOURS

The Los Angeles premiere performance of the New York-based Elisa

Monte Dance will be the highlight of the third segment in the “Split:

Dance In and Out of L.A.” series at 8 tonight at The Alex Theatre in

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Glendale.

The series is co-produced by the Brockus Project Dance Company and

The Alex Theatre and features local companies and an out-of-town

ensemble.

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Local companies performing are the Lula Washington Dance Theatre

(Los Angeles), Hysterica Dance Company (Los Angeles) and Brockus

Project Dance Company (Long Beach).

Deborah Brockus, artistic director of Brockus dance company,

created the series as a way for L.A. audiences to see companies from

outside the state.

Elisa Monte will perform Monte’s first choreographic work,

“Treading,” created in 1979 with music by Steve Reich.

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Lula Washington Dance Theatre will perform a premiere piece (as

yet untitled) by Bernard Gaddis and an excerpt from “Rites 2000,” a

work co-commissioned by UCLA and five other theaters. This dance

celebrates love, childhood play and pays homage to the pioneers in

dance who paved the way for today’s dance-makers.

Hysterica Dance Company will present a premiere titled “Velvet”

with music by John Zorn and a re-configured “Victorious” with

original string and ambient music by Anna Clyne.

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Brockus Project Dance Company will perform excerpts from its

acclaimed “Always Ever Amber” (1998), with music by the L.A.-based

Greene String Quartet, and “Staring Into the Sun"" (2001), a work

about focus, commitment and drive to the finish line. Music is by

Afro-Celt Sound System.

Tickets are available at The Alex Theatre Box Office, 216 N.

Brand Blvd., Glendale, or call 243-2539. The finale segment in the

series is Aug. 30.

SPECIAL EVENTS

MUSIC OF PERSIA, ARABIA PLANNED FOR CONCERT

The Brand Library Music Series will conclude its free Sunday

afternoon season with the Mesto Chamber Players at 3 p.m. Sunday at

the Brand Library Recital Hall, 1601 W. Mountain St. in Glendale.

On the program are selections by composers from Arabia, Eastern

Europe, Greece, Israel and Persia. In addition, there will be three

new compositions played.

Cellist Janice Foy leads the players Leola Wagner, Nabil Azzam,

Miamon Miller, Kourosh Zolani, Chris Olson and Jaime Papish.

The concert series is funded by the Associates of the Brand

Library along with the Recording Industries Music Performance Trust

Funds and a gift from Hamid Aboulaban.

YOUNG AND BREATHLESS TOPIC OF FAMILY SERIES

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will present “The Young and the

Breathless” as the finale of its Family Concert series at 2 p.m.

Sunday at The Alex Theatre in Glendale.

Music Director Jeffrey Kahane will conduct the orchestra. Special

guests are 15-year-old Caitlin Tully, violinist, and Kenneth Munday,

bassoonist.

The program will be excerpts from Mendelssohn’s violin concerto

and John Steinmetz’s Concerto for bassoon and orchestra.

Caitlin will share with youngsters how she juggles school,

homework, a blossoming professional career and her hobbies --

jogging, paragliding, designing clothes and just hanging out at the

mall with her friends.

Munday will talk about “circular breathing” and introduce the

bassoon.

Pre-concert activities begin at 1 p.m. Guests can see musical

instruments up close during the Instrument Petting Zoo.

Also planned is a talk by composer Ron George on the American

gamelan and storytelling by Denise Iketani.

The Alex Theatre is at 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale. Tickets are

$ 7.50 and $12.50 and are available online at www.laco.org or at the

theater box office the day of the concert.

YOUTH FEATURED IN ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Local musicians will perform in the free 30th anniversary concert

of the Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra and Prelude Strings at 3

p.m. Sunday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, 300 E. Green St.,

Pasadena.

Musicians are Casey Cho, Hannah Hyon and Kara Malhotra, all of La

Canada Flintridge; Andrew Hayhurst, Irene Kim, Katherine Lee, Tiffany

Man, Lily Min Sun Park and James Yang, all of La Crescenta; and

Jessica Tirado of Glendale.

GLENDALE ARTIST IN ALL-CALIFORNIA EXHIBIT

Glendale artist Janice Tieken is one of 41 artists from California

who were selected to show in the “On Site at the Gate 2003" exhibit

at Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro.

Tieken’s photograph, “White Dog at an Art Opening,” is among other

paintings, sculpture and photographs chosen by Jay Belloli, director

of the gallery programs of The Armory Center for the Arts in

Pasadena.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Sunday. For more

information, call (310) 519-0936.

DESCANSO GARDENS BLOOMS FLOWER FEST

Descanso Gardens is celebrating the season with its annual Spring

Show and Festival of Flowers.

Events planned for all weekends through May 18 are guided walking

tours at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, historical exhibits at the

Boddy House, musical performances, horticultural lectures, flower

shows and sales, and opportunities to talk with expert

horticulturists.

A Discovery Station, where children and adults are invited to stop

and smell the roses, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 11

a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Children can pick up an adventure map to help

them guide their families and friends to the children’s maze, the

bird observation station and Miss Spider’s Tea Party.

Descanso Gardens is at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Ca- nada

Flintridge. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Parking is free.

Admission fees are $6; $4 for seniors and students; $1.50 for

children 5 to 12, and free for members and children 5 and younger.

For more information, call 949-4200.

ARMENIAN ARTISTS SHOW AT FOREST LAWN MUSEUM

“From Ararat to America,” an unprecedented collection of art by

contemporary Armenian artists, is featured at Forest Lawn Museum in

Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale.

Artists in the exhibit Martiros Adalian, Raffi Adalyan, Vladimir

Atanian, Vahe Berberian, Vahe Fattal, Charles Garabedian, Gaspar

Gharibyan, Kaloust Guedel (Guedelekian), Vachag (Vachik

Der-Sarkisian), Samvel Harbardzumyan, Narine Isajanyan, Emil Kazaz,

Alina Mnatsakanian, Alexander Sadoyan, Sev (Henrik Khachatryan),

Zadik Zadikian, Zareh and Suren Karapetian.

Forest Lawn is at 1712 S. Glendale Ave. For more information, call

(323) 340-4561.

* If you have press releases for the 48 Hours column, please call

JOYCE RUDOLPH at 637-3241 or e-mail joyce.rudolph@ latimes.com or fax

them to 241-1975.


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