THE CLICKABLE CHAMBER MUSIC NEWSLETTER FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

No.922 Thursday, February 25, 2021 - Sunday, March 7, 2021
Next issue: Thursday, March 4, 2021

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T A B L E  O F  C O N T E N T S
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(scroll down to the body of the newsletter for full information
and links to the streamed concerts)

A. Highlights and Hidden Gems
   Select Internet Viewing for Chamber Music Aficionados
   (links to the performances given in the body of the newsletter)

1. Hong Kong Sinfonietta presents - Free
   Tiny Galaxy Concerts @ Wontonmeen

2. "True Livestream" from First Church and more - Free
   UCLA Professor & First Church Organist CHRISTOPH BULL
   on the Great Organs of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
   Streams Sunday, February 28, 2021 - 10:30AM Pacific Time

3. Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime Museum of San Diego
   HAUSMANN QUARTET
     ISAAC ALLEN and BRAM GOLDSTEIN violins,
     ANGELA CHOONG viola, ALEX GREENBAUM cello
   Streams Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 4:00PM Pacific Time

4. Philharmonic Society of Orange County announces
   Spring 2021 Programming of 14 Virtual Concerts
   Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7:00PM Pacific Time
     SMETANA TRIO
   Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7:00PM Pacific Time
     GEORGE LI piano

5. Classical Crossroads' "First Fridays at First! ~ fff" - Free
   Calder Quartet Cellist ERIC BYERS and Friends
     Violinist LUCIA MICARELLI and Pianist FABIO BIDINI
   Streams as a YouTube "Premiere" from
   First Lutheran Church & School in Torrance, California
   on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 12:15PM Pacific Time

6. LA Phil - Sound/Stage - Free
   Seven Episodes on Fridays from March 5 to June 25, 2021
   SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1: Friday, March 5, 2021
   Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals with
   Pianists YUJA WANG and DAVID FUNG
   GUSTAVO DUDAMEL and his son MARTÍN DUDAMEL MATURÉN co-host

7. Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts presents - Free
   Guitarist TENGYUE ZHANG
   with opening by guitarist CONOR PADMANABHAN
   Special guest: Violinist STRAUSS SHI
   Streams Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 7:30PM Pacific Time
   from St. Mark's Lutheran Church in San Francisco

8. London's Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents
   ZOFFANY ENSEMBLE
     KAREN JONES flute, ALISON ALTY oboe,
     MANON DEROME violin, LYDIA LOWNDES-NORTHCOTT viola,
     ANTHONY PLEETH cello
   True Livestream Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 10:30AM Pacific Time

9. London's Wigmore Hall 2021 Streamed Concerts - Free
   Concerts live streamed every week night and some lunchtimes.

B. ITEMS OF HIGH INTEREST ON THE SOUTHLAND CHAMBER MUSIC SCENE

 * Music Critic ALEX ROSS writes in The New Yorker
   "'Darkness Sounding' Takes Music Outside -
   The Southern California festival stretches
   from back yards to the desert."

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N E W S L E T T E R   B E G I N S
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GREETINGS, CHAMBER MUSIC AFICIONADOS

A. HIGHLIGHTS and HIDDEN GEMS
   Select Internet Viewing for Chamber Music Aficionados

" ... live-streamed events have generated moments of startling power.... One could instead sample archived professional-quality videos that opera houses, orchestras, and other organizations have placed online. For me, though, the live or freshly recorded happenings matter more. They document, with the oblique power that the arts possess, an extraordinary human phase in history. Their mere existence is bracing...." ~ ALEX ROSS, The New Yorker

Here, I give some concerts I've listened to or want to. I promise not to overwhelm you with too many. Mostly local.

Support the artists with generous contributions!

My recommendations are largely drawn from two invaluable resources:

1) The "LIVESTREAMING NEWSLETTER -
   An LA Opus Service During the Coronavirus Pandemic"
   https://bit.ly/LAOpus-DavidJBrown31

2) THE COMPREHENSIVE LIST of Upcoming Chamber Music & Recitals
   Generated in partnership with PerformingArtsLIVE
   (Artists & Presenters: Post your concerts, it's free and easy)
   http://bit.ly/PerformingArtsLIVE-ChamberMusic


RECOMMENDED:


1. Hong Kong Sinfonietta presents - Free
   Tiny Galaxy Concerts @ Wontonmeen
   https://hksl.org/tiny-galaxy-concerts-at-wontonmeen/

   EPISODE 1 - Premiered Saturday, December 26, 2020
   Bartók: Contrasts

   EPISODE 2 - Premiered Saturday, January 16, 2021
   Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words, Op.53 Nos.3&4
   Mendelssohn: Concert Piece No.2 in D Minor, Op.114

   EPISODE 3 - Premiered Saturday, February 13, 2021
   Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat Major, WoO 39
   Bartók/Szigeti: Hungarian Folk Tunes
   Schnittke: Silent Night for violin & piano (1978)

Hong Kong Sinfonietta proudly presents "Tiny Galaxy Concerts @ Wontonmeen" - a brand new online chamber concert series curated in collaboration with Wontonmeen - a hostel located in the vibrant and historical neighbourhood of Sham Shui Po. You are invited to explore with your eyes, ears, and heart the beauty of where hand-picked gems of chamber music collide with the sentiments and quintessence of an old Hong Kong. Leave behind all expectations and enter this imaginative space with the musicians - welcome to the precious, mesmerising, wondrously tiny musical galaxy!

[JE: These are an absolute delight! Watch a short intro:
https://youtu.be/GpIrlv4FnS8 ]




2. "True Livestream" from First Church and more - Free
   UCLA Professor & First Church Organist CHRISTOPH BULL
   on the Great Organs of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
   Streams Sunday, February 28, 2021 - 10:30AM Pacific Time
   https://www.fccla.org/live

PRELUDE
Vincent Lübeck: Praeambulum in F Major
Philip Glass: Dance No.4
Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude in A Minor, BWV543/1

ORGAN POSTLUDE
Johann Sebastian Bach: Fugue in A Minor, BWV543/2

CHORAL MUSIC DURING THE SERVICE
Peter Bagley, arr.: Live A-Humble
  LAUDE, DAVID HARRIS director

William Grant Still: Song For The Lonely
  JAQUAIN SLOAN bassoon
  CHRISTOPH BULL piano

Thomas Dorsey, arr. Arnold Sevier: Precious Lord
  LAUDE, DAVID HARRIS director

Patrick Cassidy: Qui Tollis from The Mass
  LAUDE, DAVID HARRIS director
  CHRISTOPH BULL piano organ

Dr. CHRISTOPH BULL's half-hour true-livestreamed preludes on Sunday mornings, beginning at 10:30AM on the Great Organs of First Church, are among the finest musical offerings on the internet. Stay tuned-in for the freshly pre-produced First Church Sunday Service, with its superb professional chamber choir LAUDE, directed by Dr. DAVID HARRIS, and for Christoph's organ postlude. Donations appreciated.




3. Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime Museum of San Diego
   ~ presents ~
   HAUSMANN QUARTET
     ISAAC ALLEN and BRAM GOLDSTEIN violins,
     ANGELA CHOONG viola, ALEX GREENBAUM cello
   Streams Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 4:00PM Pacific Time
   accessible for one week after the concert
   https://hausmannquartet.com/haydn-voyages/

THE PROGRAM - Alone Together
Angélica Negrón (b.1981): Marejada (2020)
Haydn: Quartet in D Major, Op.20 No.4
Grazyna Bacewicz (1909-1969): String Quartet No.4 (1951)

The HAUSMANN QUARTET and the Maritime Museum of San Diego present Haydn Voyages: Music at the Maritime, a quarterly concert series aboard Berkeley - an 1898 steam ferryboat that operated for 60 years on San Francisco Bay. Concerts aboard this National Historic Landmark, docked in downtown San Diego next to Star of India, explore the evolution of the string quartet through the lens of Joseph Haydn's cycle of 68 quartets (the Hausmanns have played 31 so far). Read about the Hausmann Quartet by clicking:
https://hausmannquartet.com/

Tickets: pay what you wish.
https://hq.ticketleap.com/haydn-voyages/dates/Feb-28-2021_at_0400PM




4. Philharmonic Society of Orange County
   ~ announces ~
   Spring 2021 Programming of 14 Virtual Concerts
   https://philharmonicsociety.org/2021season/

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7:00PM Pacific Time
SMETANA TRIO
  JITKA CECHOVÁ piano, JAN TALICH violin, JAN PÁLENÍCEK cello
The Program
Beethoven: Piano Trio in D Major, Op.70 No.1, "Ghost"
Vítezslav Novák (1870-1949):
  Piano Trio in D Minor, Op.27, "Trio quasi una ballata"
Dvorák: Piano Trio No.4 in E Minor, Op.90, "Dumky"
https://tickets.philharmonicsociety.org/23509/23510

Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7:00PM Pacific Time
GEORGE LI piano
The Program
Beethoven: Eroica Variations, Op.35
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B Minor, S.178
https://tickets.philharmonicsociety.org/23512/23513

Twelve more concerts to follow by stellar artist and ensembles through Thursday, June 17, 2021. Tickets: $20




5. Classical Crossroads' "First Fridays at First! ~ fff" - Free
   ~ presents ~
   Calder Quartet Cellist ERIC BYERS and Friends
   Violinist LUCIA MICARELLI and Pianist FABIO BIDINI
   Streams as a YouTube "Premiere" from
   First Lutheran Church & School in Torrance, California
   on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 12:15PM Pacific Time
   and available to stream-on-demand for one month
   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCadVkUT0qn5EDWxyQwu1sZw/videos

THE PROGRAM
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Piano Trio No.2 in C Major, Op.87
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): Sonata for violin and cello

"Eric Byers gave an ideally eloquent reading ... showing that
the fierce beauty is a quality of many shades."
  ~ Los Angeles Times

As a founding member of the Calder Quartet, ERIC BYERS has appeared in the world's leading concert halls and festivals including Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, Wigmore Hall in London, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Walt Disney Concert Hall, Mozarteum and Esterházy Palace in Austria, the Sydney Opera House, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Salzburg Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Melbourne Festival, and the Ojai Festival. Eric studied at the USC Thornton School with Ronald Leonard, the dean of Los Angeles cellists. Read about Eric Byers by clicking:
http://www.ericbyerscello.com/

"A Violinist of Heart-melting Talent."
  ~ The Wall Street Journal

Violinist LUCIA MICARELLI was accepted into The Juilliard School's Pre-College Division, where she studied with the renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay and also took lessons with Itzhak Perlman and Cho-Liang Lin. She spent her summers at the Aspen Music Festival, winning the Violin Concerto Competition in 2000. Lucia left Juilliard to attend the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with celebrated international violinist Pinchas Zukerman. Since then, she's toured internationally with famed singers Josh Groban, Chris Botti, and Barbra Streisand. Lucia's first PBS concert special is airing throughout the U.S. Read about Lucia Micarelli by clicking:
http://www.luciamicarelli.com/about

"Bidini's approach is one of patrician elegance, tempered with warmth and occasionally spiced with the unexpected."
  ~ San Antonio Express-News

Italian-born FABIO BIDINI is among the world's leading pianists. He has appeared as concerto soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, Philharmonia Orchestra of London at Royal Festival Hall, San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall, Philharmonia Orchestra Prague at the Rudolfinum, and Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra at Liszt Academy Hall, among many others. A Steinway artist, he is the Carol Colburn Grigor Piano Chair at the Colburn Conservatory. Read about Fabio Bidini by clicking:
https://www.colburnschool.edu/faculty-listing/fabio-bidini/

Donations appreciated.
For concert information and online donations, click:
http://www.palosverdes.com/ClassicalCrossroads/FirstFridays.htm




6. LA Phil - Sound/Stage - Free
   SEASON 2
   Seven Episodes on Fridays from March 5 to June 25, 2021
   http://bit.ly/LAPhil-SoundStage

Sound/Stage is a free online concert series featuring exclusive performances by Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and guest artists from around the world. Created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series is filmed at the Hollywood Bowl, where musicians are able to perform together while socially distanced.

SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1: Friday, March 5, 2021
THE CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS
Pianists YUJA WANG and DAVID FUNG join the LA Phil to explore Saint-Saëns' colorful creatures, featuring animations and stories from around the world. GUSTAVO DUDAMEL and his son MARTÍN DUDAMEL MATURÉN co-host.




7. Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts presents - Free
   Guitarist TENGYUE ZHANG
   with opening by guitarist CONOR PADMANABHAN
   Special guest: Violinist STRAUSS SHI
   Streams Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 7:30PM Pacific Time
   from St. Mark's Lutheran Church in San Francisco
   The link to the concert will be posted on the webpage below:
   https://omniconcerts.com/online-series/tengyue-zhang/

"...always tasteful and deeply expressive without any exaggeration. He takes his place as one of the finest of this emerging generation of magnificent artists."
  ~ American Record Guide

Classical guitarist TENGYUE ZHANG has won 1st prizes over many world competitions, including the Forum Gitarre Wien International Youth Competition of Austria, GFA International Competition Senior Division, the Changsha International Guitar Competition, Alexander Frauchi International Competition of Russia, and the Schadt String Competition of America. Read about Tengyue Zhang by clicking:
https://www.tengyuezhang.com/

Classical guitarist CONOR PADMANABHAN, age 17, was a soloist in 2020 on National Public Radio's classical-music program "From The Top." That year he also performed, in a collaborative video along with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and others, Leonard Bernstein's "Take Care of This House" in support of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project. Read about Conor Padmanabhan by clicking:
https://fromthetop.org/musician/conor-padmanabhan/

Chinese-American violinist STRAUSS SHI is a top prizewinner at numerous competitions including Gold Medal at the 3rd Berliner International Music Competition (2019), First Prize at the USC Thornton Concerto Competition (2018), Grand Prize at the Mondavi Center Young Artists Competition (2017), and First Prize at the United States International Music Competition (2016). Strauss received his Bachelor of Music degree at The Juilliard School and his Master of Music degree at the USC Thornton School under Midori Goto and Pamela Frank. Read about Conor Padmanabhan by clicking:
https://straussshi.com/


The Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts is entering its 40th year of bringing the world's finest acoustic guitarists to the San Francisco Bay Area. Find more by clicking:
https://omniconcerts.com/




8. London's Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents
   ZOFFANY ENSEMBLE
     KAREN JONES flute, ALISON ALTY oboe,
     MANON DEROME violin, LYDIA LOWNDES-NORTHCOTT viola,
     ANTHONY PLEETH cello
   True Livestream Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 10:30AM Pacific Time
   Donation (£10 or higher) - purchase tickets well ahead of time
   http://bit.ly/ConwayHall-SolemQuartet

THE PROGRAM
Boccherini: Quintet in C Major, G443
Beethoven: Serenade in D Major, Op.25
Haydn: String Trio in B-flat Major, Op.53 No.2
Mozart: Oboe Quartet in F Major, K370
Johann Christian Bach: Quintet in D Major, Op.11 No.6

In a special fundraising concert for Conway Hall Sunday Concerts introduced by Classic FM's Catherine Bott, the renowned ZOFFANY ENSEMBLE present a delightful program of chamber music from the Galant and Classical periods for flute, oboe, and strings. Read about the Zoffany Ensemble by clicking:
https://www.zoffanyensemble.com/

Founded in the 1880s, CONWAY HALL SUNDAY CONCERTS is the longest-running chamber music concert series of its kind in Europe. Conway Hall was built in 1929 to host concerts and lectures, and they have continued here until the present day. The ethos of "affordable classical music for all" still remains.
https://conwayhall.org.uk/Sunday-concerts/concerts-programme/




9. London's Wigmore Hall 2021 Streamed Concerts - Free
   https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on/spring-2021-wigmore-series

Live performances return to Wigmore Hall!

Director of Wigmore Hall JOHN GILHOOLY writes, "I am delighted to announce the forthcoming programme of concerts to be live streamed from Wigmore Hall. Concerts will be live streamed every week night, and some lunchtimes, from Monday 22 February. The Spring Series culminates in Easter week with performances from some of the UK's leading choirs and baroque ensembles including The Sixteen, Stile Antico, and Iestyn Davies, Carolyn Sampson, and Arcangelo.

Some of the world's finest chamber music and recitals happen at Wigmore Hall. The video and audio quality and professional minimal video editing of Wigmore's streamed concerts is superb. Consider making a generous donation. [JE: Highly recommended]

Past concerts are available to stream on demand for one month.
See the past concerts by clicking.
https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/wigmore-hall-live/past-live-streams




B. ITEMS OF HIGH INTEREST ON THE SOUTHLAND CHAMBER MUSIC SCENE


 * Music Critic ALEX ROSS writes in The New Yorker
   "'Darkness Sounding' Takes Music Outside -
   The Southern California festival stretches
   from back yards to the desert."
   http://bit.ly/NewYorker-AlexRoss006

"Since January 15th, the L.A.-based ensemble Wild Up has been presenting a socially distanced, mostly online festival called 'Darkness Sounding,' and today's offering was an audio stream of Andrew McIntosh's 'A moonbeam is just a filtered sunbeam'-an hour-long piece that combines instrumental sounds with field recordings of the wind passing through stands of pine trees...."




C. ABOUT THE CLICKABLE CHAMBER MUSIC NEWSLETTER

The Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter was founded in November 1999. It's delivered via e-mail as a free community service and also posted on Classical Crossroads' website at:
http://www.palosverdes.com/ClassicalCrossroads/CCMN.html

About the Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter
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"Your guide to classical music? Jim Eninger"
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Jim Eninger, Editor-in-Chief
The Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter
Torrance, California




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