THE CLICKABLE CHAMBER MUSIC NEWSLETTER FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

No.983 Thursday, May 26, 2022 - Sunday, June 12, 2022
Next issue: Thursday, June 9, 2022

Note: This issue covers TWO weeks through Sunday, June 12, 2022

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I N  T H I S  I S S U E
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A. Highlights and Hidden Gems
   Select Live-Audience & Streamed Concerts
   (links to the performances given in the body of the newsletter)

1. UCLA Professor & First Church Organist CHRISTOPH BULL
   on the Great Organs of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
   Sunday, May 29, 2022 - 10:30AM Sharp! Pacific Time
   First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
   Live-Audience & Live-Streamed Concert

2. London's Conway Hall Sunday Concerts
     ~ presents ~
   SIMON CALLAGHAN & Friends
   SIMON CALLAGHAN piano
   BENJAMIN MARQUISE GILMORE violin and ASHOK KLOUDA cello
   Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 6:30PM London - 10:30AM Pacific Time
   Conway Hall - Red Lion Square - London
   Live-Audience & Live-Streamed Concert

3. Classical Crossroads’ - Free
   “First Fridays at First! ~ fff”
     ~ presents ~
   Winner of Peninsula Symphony's
   Edith Knox Performance Competition
   Cellist MEI HOTTA with Pianist ELOISE KIM
   Videotaped in front of a live audience at
   First Lutheran Church & School in Torrance, California
   Streams Friday, June 3, 2022 at 12:15PM Pacific Time
   and available to stream-on-demand for one month
   Streamed Concert - No Live-Audience

4. Salastina Music Society presents
   Season Finale: OC fan tutte
   Friday, June 3, 2022 - 7:30PM
     West Patio at Caltech's Athenaeum - Outdoors
   Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 8:00PM
     Thayer Hall at The Colburn School
   Sunday, June 5, 2022 - 8:00PM
     East Wing at The Broad Stage
   Live-Audience (Outdoors on Friday) & Live-Streamed Concert (Sunday)

5. Pasadena Presbyterian "Music at Noon" Series presents - Free
   AlmaNova
     JESSICA PIERCE flute and ALMER IMAMOVIC guitar and composer
   Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - 12:00-12:30PM Pacific Time
   Pasadena Presbyterian Church
   Streamed Concert - No Live-Audience

6. Classical Crossroads’ "Second Sundays at Two" - Free
     ~ presents ~
   TRIO CÉLESTE
     KEVIN KWAN LOUCKS piano, IRYNA KRECHKOVSKY violin,
     ROSS GASWORTH cello
   Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 2:00PM Pacific Time
   Streams Live from Rolling Hills United Methodist Church
   Reprises at 8:00PM ~ No Other On-Demand Streaming
   True-Live-Stream Concert - No Public Live Audience

7. U.S. Classic Guitar presents
   Classical Guitarist ADAM LEVIN
   Sunday, June 12, 2022 - 4:00PM
   Shatto Chapel of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
   Live-Audience & Live-Streamed Concert

8. London's Wigmore Hall 2022 Streamed Concerts - Free
   Live-Audience & Live-Streamed Concerts

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

 * Music Critic RICHARD S. GINELL's review on SFCV
   "Jacaranda Takes a Deep Dive Into Italian Modernism"

C. About the Newsletter

D. Subscribe and Other Information


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 Live-Audience & Streamed Concerts
   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 watched, or would like to watch or attend. I promise not to overwhelm you with too many. Mostly local.

Please note: Because of the high transmissibility of Covid-19 in Los Angeles County, until it subsides, live-audience indoor concerts will not be listed except when a streaming alternative is provided.

In L.A. County Thursday, confirmed daily Covid cases (291 per 100,000 in the last week) is well into the CDC "high" transmissibility category (over 100 per 100,000) and rising. Seven-day average daily Covid deaths in the County (7) are the same as the previous week (7). (Note: CDC "transmissibility" is not the same as the CDC's "Covid-19 Community Level," which includes stress on hospitals in addition to transmission. The CDC Community Level in Los Angeles County remains "Medium.") According to the CDC, the vulnerability to Covid fatality is a hundred-fold higher among the age profile of chamber music audiences than 18-29-year-olds (https://bit.ly/CDCCovidByAge).

Support the artists with generous contributions!

My recommendations are largely drawn from PerformingArtsLIVE, a comprehensive list of performing arts events. See the chamber music offerings (artists & presenters: post your concerts, it's free and easy).
http://bit.ly/PerformingArtsLIVE-ChamberMusic


RECOMMENDED:


1. Live Audience & Live Stream from First Church - Free
   UCLA Professor & First Church Organist CHRISTOPH BULL
   on the Great Organs of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

   Sunday, May 29, 2022 - 10:30AM Sharp! Pacific Time
   First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
   540 S. Commonwealth Ave. (at Sixth St.), Los Angeles CA
   [midWilshireLA][Free]
   For a Google map, click:
   http://goo.gl/7g1N2f

ORGAN PRELUDE (at 10:30AM)
Improvisation on St. Denio and Lancashire
Michael Fontana: Prelude on St. Columba and Improvisation
Johann Ludwig Krebs: Praeludium in C and Improvisation
Johann Sebastian Bach: Fugue in C Major, BWV564 No.3
Georg Friedrich Handel, arr. R. Gower:
  I Know That My Redeemer Liveth
Elizabeth Krouse: Festival Prelude on Coronation
Mark A. Radice:
  Overture and Trumpet Tune on Lobe Den Herren and Improvisation

FCCLA CHORAL MUSIC (11:00AM -12:00 noon)
J.S. Bach:
  Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten from BWV78
  (We hurry with weak yet eager steps)
  CATHEDRAL CHOIR
Pauline Oliveros: Sounds From Childhood
  led by DAVID HARRIS
Pauline Oliveros: Lullaby For Daisy Pauline
  Written for her 6-month old daughter Daisy
  CATHEDRAL CHOIR
Roger M. Holland II: God, Make Me An Instrument
  CATHEDRAL CHOIR
Pat Humphries: Swimming To The Other Side”
  CATHEDRAL CHOIR

ORGAN POSTLUDE (at 12:00 noon)
Elizabeth Krouse: Postlude on Llanfair

Dr. CHRISTOPH BULL's half-hour, live-audience & live-stream Preludes on Sunday mornings, beginning at 10:30AM on the Great Organs of First Church, are an inspiring way to begin your week of amazing musical offerings, both locally and from around the world. Attend in person or stay tuned-in for live stream of the First Church Sunday Service, with its superb professional chamber choir LAUDE and CATHEDRAL CHOIR, directed by Dr. DAVID HARRIS, and for the organ Postlude. Donations appreciated. Read about organist CHRISTOPH BULL by clicking:
https://www.christophbull.com/

The First Church's organs are collectively one of the largest and most complete organs in any church in the world with true acoustic surround sound. Find information about the organs at First Church by clicking:
https://www.fccla.org/the-great-organs

Live-Audience & Live-Streamed Concert
Watch the livestream and see the full program:
https://www.fccla.org/live

Prepare/register for in-person attendance:
(proof of vaccination and masks required)
https://www.fccla.org/visit




2. London's Conway Hall Sunday Concerts
     ~ presents ~
   SIMON CALLAGHAN & Friends
   SIMON CALLAGHAN piano
   BENJAMIN MARQUISE GILMORE violin and ASHOK KLOUDA cello

   Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 6:30PM London - 10:30AM Pacific Time
   Conway Hall
   25 Red Lion Square, London
   [London]
   For a Google Map, click:
   https://bit.ly/GoogleMap-ConwayHall

THE PROGRAM
Beethoven: Kakadu Variations, Op.121
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in C Minor, Op.66
Schubert: Piano Trio in B-flat Major, D898

To close Conway Hall Sunday Concerts' spring 2022 concert series, Director of Music SIMON CALLAGHAN teams up with Conway Hall favorite, cellist ASHOK KLOUDA, and BENJAMIN MARQUISE GILMORE, Joint Concertmaster of the Philharmonia Orchestra.

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. Read about historic Conway Hall by clicking:
https://conwayhall.org.uk/

Live-Audience & Live-Streamed Concert
Tickets: £12 in person / £10 Livestream
For program information and tickets, click:
https://bit.ly/ConwayHall-SimonCallaghanAndFriends




3. Classical Crossroads’ - Free
   “First Fridays at First! ~ fff”
     ~ presents ~
   Winner of Peninsula Symphony's
   Edith Knox Performance Competition
   Cellist MEI HOTTA
   with Pianist ELOISE KIM

   Videotaped in front of a live audience at
   First Lutheran Church & School in Torrance, California
   Streams Friday, June 3, 2022 at 12:15PM Pacific Time
   and available to stream-on-demand for one month
   from Classical Crossroads You Tube channel:
   https://www.youtube.com/c/ClassicalCrossroads

THE PROGRAM
J.S. Bach (1685-1750): Cello Suite No.6 in D Major, BWV1012
  1. Prelude
  4. Sarabande
  6. Gigue
Gaspar Cassado (1897-1966): Requiebros (1934)
Alexander Glazunov(1865-1936): Chant du Ménestrel, Op.71
Robert Schumann (1810-1856): Adagio and Allegro, Op.70
  originally for horn and piano

Nineteen-year-old cellist MEI HOTTA from Torrance, California, has been featured as a soloist on NPR's From the Top, and subsequently was invited to collaborate with Pink Martini in a performance at the Hollywood Bowl. She was invited back to From the Top to collaborate with pianist Peter Dugan and violinist Vijay Gupta. She was also featured in USC's Piatigorsky Festival's Young Artist Workshop as its youngest member and soloist. She studies with renowned cellist of the former Tokyo Quartet Clive Greensmith, pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree at the Colburn Conservatory of music.

As winner of Peninsula Symphony's 2022 Edith Knox Performance Competition, Mei Hotta will perform Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No.1 with the orchestra in Fall 2022.

Praised by The Columbian as a "musician with great poetic phrasing and poised lyrical nature," award-wining pianist ELOISE KIM is a top-prize-winner of numerous competitions. She earned her DMA at the USC Thornton School with Daniel Pollack, her Master of Music at the Manhattan School, and her Bachelor of Music at The Colburn Conservatory. Read about Eloise Kim by clicking:
http://www.eloisekimpianist.com/

Streamed Concert - No Live-Audience
https://www.youtube.com/c/ClassicalCrossroads

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




4. Salastina Music Society presents
   Season Finale: OC fan tutte
   with Sunday Livestream

   Friday, June 3, 2022 - 7:30PM
     West Patio at Caltech's Athenaeum - Outdoors
     551 S Hill Ave, Pasadena CA
     [Pasadena/Glendale]
     For a Google map, click:
     https://bit.ly/GoogleMap-CaltechAthenaeum

   Saturday, June 4, 2022 - 8:00PM
     Thayer Hall at The Colburn School
     200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles CA
     [DowntownLA][Free]
     For a Google map, click:
     http://goo.gl/IwB59X

   Sunday, June 5, 2022 - 8:00PM
     East Wing at The Broad Stage
     SMC Performing Arts Center
     1310 11th St., Santa Monica CA
     [WestSide]
     For a Google map, click:
     http://goo.gl/maps/q4dqE

THE PROGRAM
Vid Guerrerio (libretto) / W.A. Mozart (music): OC fan tutte
  based on Così fan tutte

Librettist VID GUERRERIO's OC fan tutte leaves every note of Così fan tutte intact -- and hits refresh on the plot. Set in the Culture Wars battleground that is Orange County today, "OC fan tutte" replaces Così's 18th-century misogyny with current issues of gender equality and marriage rights.

THE CAST & CREATERS
KANGMIN JUSTIN Kim as Queen Thespina (Despina)
ALI EWOLDT as Briella (Dorabella)
JOANNA CEJA as Felicia (Fiordiligi)
CHRIS HUNTER as Frankie (Ferrando)
DAVID CASTILLO as Will (Guglielmo)
E. SCOTT LEVIN as Alonzo (Don Alfonso)
INDRE VISKONTAS director
VINCE WOMAK conductor
VID GUERRERIO creator

THE MUSICIANS
KEVIN KUMAR and MAIA JASPER WHITE violin
MEREDITH CRAWFORD viola
YOSHIKA MASUDA cello
STEPHEN PFEIFER bass
HyeJin KIM piano
BENJAMIN SMOLEN flute
CHRIS STOUTENBOROUGH clarinetist

Read about the SALASTINA MUSIC SOCIETY by clicking:
http://www.salastina.org/new-page/

Live-Audience (Outdoors on Friday) & Live-Streamed Concert (Sunday)
Tickets: $60 / $10 students.
Caltech VIP Pre-Concert Reception: $40
Sunday Livestream: $10 (from the East Wing at the Broad Stage)
  Available for a week after the concert

For full opera and artist information and tickets, click:
http://www.salastina.org/concerts/




5. Pasadena Presbyterian "Music at Noon" Series presents - Free
   AlmaNova
   JESSICA PIERCE flute and ALMER IMAMOVIC guitar and composer

   Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - 12:00-12:30PM Pacific Time
   Pasadena Presbyterian Church

Their live performances are filled with energy and passion creating a "graceful, intuitively choreographed display of seamless connection." ~ Fresno Beehive

The innovative AlmaNova duo trained in the classical tradition while exploring other types of music. AlmaNova's great love of all musical genres shines through to their audience by way of their exceptional musicianship and engaging stage presence. AlmaNova has traveled worldwide playing their unique blend of classical repertoire infused with music from the Balkans, Spain, Latin America, and the British Isles.

Flutist JESSICA PIERCE and guitarist ALMER IMAMOVIC began their careers in France while studying at the famed École Normale de Musique de Paris. They both continued their studies at the USC Thornton School, where Jessica earned her doctorate under Jim Walker and Almer earned his Master's under Scott Tennant. AlmaNova has performed throughout Europe and North America including Paris's Theatre de Naples, the Tijuana International Guitar Festival, the Juan Serrano International Guitar Festival, and the Dom Armije in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Read about AlmaNova by clicking:
http://www.almanova.us/

Streamed Concert - No Live-Audience
Watch the concert and see the upcoming Pasadena Presbyterian "Music at Noon" concerts by clicking:
https://ppcmusic.org/music-at-noon/?ym=2022-06




6. Classical Crossroads’ "Second Sundays at Two" - Free
      ~ presents ~
   TRIO CÉLESTE
   KEVIN KWAN LOUCKS piano, IRYNA KRECHKOVSKY violin,
   ROSS GASWORTH cello

   True Live-Streams Concert - No Public Live Audience
   Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 2:00PM Pacific Time
   Streams Live from Rolling Hills United Methodist Church
   Reprises at 8:00PM ~ No Other On-Demand Streaming

Hailed as "a first-class ensemble" (Orange County Register), "unfailingly stylish" (The Strad), "technically dazzling" (Long Beach Gazette), "flawless" (New York Concert Review), and "the epitome of what chamber musicians should be" (Palm Beach Daily News), TRIO CÉLESTE has firmly established itself as one of the most dynamic chamber music ensembles on the classical music scene today.

Recent highlights include recital debuts at the Chicago Cultural Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New York's Carnegie Hall, Seoul Art Center in South Korea, and the world premiere of Paul Dooley's Concerto Grosso for Piano Trio and Strings, co-commissioned by Trio Céleste and Chamber Music | OC. Winners of the prestigious Beverly Hills National Auditions and the recipients of the 2017 Emerging Artist Award from Arts Orange County, the ensemble has performed hundreds of recitals worldwide. In 2014, the ensemble was selected from over 500 applicants to be Artists-in-Residence at The Grand Canyon National Park.

The ensemble was inspired to take its name after their very first meeting in New York City, where a rare celestial occurrence - the largest harvest moon in two decades - marked the beginning of their tenure together.

Read about Trio Céleste by clicking:
http://www.trioceleste.com/

True-Live-Stream Concert - No Public Live Audience
Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 2:00PM Pacific Time
Streams Live from Rolling Hills United Methodist Church
Reprises at 8:00PM ~ No Other On-Demand Streaming
https://vimeo.com/showcase/classicalcrossroads

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




7. U.S. Classic Guitar presents
   Classical Guitarist ADAM LEVIN

   Sunday, June 12, 2022 - 4:00PM
   Shatto Chapel of the
   First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
   540 S. Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles CA
   [midWilshireLA]
   For a Google map, click:
   http://goo.gl/7g1N2f

Praised for his "visceral and imaginative performances" by the Washington Post, prize-winning and Billboard top-charting classical guitarist and recording artist ADAM LEVIN has performed on four continents in some of the world's leading concert venues. Read about Adam Levin by clicking:
https://www.adamlevinguitar.com/

Live-Audience & Live-Streamed Concert
Live-Streamed: $25 -- In-Person: $65
For reservations and tickets, click:
https://www.usclassicguitar.org/




8. London's Wigmore Hall 2022 Streamed Concerts - Free
   https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/watch-listen/forthcoming-live-streams

Some of the world's finest chamber music and recitals happen at Wigmore Hall. Live audiences are returning and now only select concerts will be livestreamed.

Numerous recent past concerts are available to stream on demand:
https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/wigmore-hall-live/past-live-streams

Live-Audience & Live-Streamed Concerts




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


 * Music Critic RICHARD S. GINELL's review on SFCV
   "Jacaranda Takes a Deep Dive Into Italian Modernism"
   https://bit.ly/SFCV-RichardGinell002
   
Richard Ginell writes, "The concert focused most of its attention on two important iconoclastic composers of the 20th century, Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924), and Luciano Berio (1925-2003), both of whom made their biggest impressions as cosmopolitans yet without losing sight of their native roots. Add to that duo Luigi Dallapiccola (1904-1975)  and one of the Russian travelers, Igor Stravinsky, as bookends to the program. All of them were inveterate transcribers and transformers of music of the past, as well as trailblazers into the future. ..."




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
Music Critic BONDO WYSZPOLSKI writes in the EasyReader
"Your guide to classical music? Jim Eninger"
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There are currently 4,167 subscribers, who also receive occasional mid-issue newsletter updates and html e-flyers for select concerts.

Please e-mail your comments to JEninger@Yahoo.com

Best Wishes and take care,
Jim Eninger, Editor-in-Chief
The Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter
Torrance, California




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