THE CLICKABLE CHAMBER MUSIC NEWSLETTER FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

No.933 Thursday, May 13, 2021 - Sunday, May 23, 2021
Next issue: Thursday, May 20, 2021

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T A B L E  O F  C O N T E N T S
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(Quickly scan newsletter contents in this section. 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. 19th Annual Laguna Beach Music Festival
   Artistic Director: CONRAD TAO piano
   Wednesday, May 12 - Sunday, May 16, 2021
   Three Streamed Concerts

2. DELIRIUM MUSICUM and THE SORAYA present
   MUSIKARAVAN - A Classical Road Trip in a 1971 VW Bus
   Episode 2 - Made for a Tomato
   Two Violins and a Bus Hit the Road
   Streams beginning Thursday, May 13, 2021

3. Laguna Beach Live! presents - Free
   Live! at the Museum
   MICHELLE MATSUMUNE flute and CHRISTIN WEBB bassoon
   Streams beginning Thursday, May 13, 2021

4. Pacific Symphony presents - Free
   SYMPHONY THURSDAYS @7PM Pacific Time
   Well-crafted, superbly played, small concerts
   premiering weekly now through Thursday, May 27, 2021.
   Each available to stream on demand for four weeks.

5. London's Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents
   GOULD PIANO TRIO
     LUCY GOULD violin, BENJAMIN FRITH piano, RICHARD LESTER cello
   True Livestream Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 10:30AM Pacific Time

6. "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
   Sunday, May 16, 2021 - 10:30AM Pacific Time

7. Chamber Music at the Clark - Free
   JUPITER STRING QUARTET
     NELSON LEE and MEGAN FREIVOGEL violins
     LIZ FREIVOGEL viola, DANIEL McDONOUGH cello
   Streams Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 1:00PM Pacific Time

8. UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music presents - Free
   18 from '20: Preludes and Fugues by Composer DAVID LEFKOWITZ
   YouTube Premiere on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 3:00PM Pacific Time

9. Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra CLOSE QUARTERS: Episode 13 - Free
   SHIN, REID + BRITTEN
   Members of LACO conducted by GRANT GERSHON
   with guest artist NICOLE CABELL soprano
   Premieres Friday, May 21, 2021 at 6:30PM Pacific Time

10. The Colburn School Artist Series presents - Free
   VIJAY VENKATESH piano
   Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 7:00PM Pacific Time

11. The ROMEROS GUITAR QUARTET LIVE: 60th Anniversary Celebration
    At Belly Up Concert Venue in Solana Beach, California
    Streams Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 2:00PM Pacific Time

12. London's Wigmore Hall 2021 Streamed Concerts - Free
    Thirty-six upcoming concerts, many true livestreams,
    scheduled through Saturday, June 5, 2021.

B. ITEMS OF HIGH INTEREST ON THE SOUTHLAND CHAMBER MUSIC SCENE
   (You're still in the "TABLE OF CONTENTS." Scroll down
    to the body of the newsletter for full information and links
    to the articles.)

 * Editor PETER FEHER writes in San Francisco Classical Voice
   "Laguna Beach Music Festival Shows Ambition Under Conrad Tao"

 * Music Critic LAURENCE VITTES writes on Strings Magazine
   "One Violinist, One Violin and Six Armed Guards:
   Francesca Dego on What It's Like to Play Paganini's 'Il Cannone'"

C. About the Newsletter

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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. 19th Annual Laguna Beach Music Festival
   Artistic Director: CONRAD TAO piano
   Wednesday, May 12 - Sunday, May 16, 2021
   Three Streamed Concerts
   https://www.philharmonicsociety.org/lbmf/

A co-presentation of Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, the 19th annual LAGUNA BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL features pianist and composer CONRAD TAO as Festival Artistic Director, in collaboration with NYC-based dancer and choreographer
CALEB TEICHER, The JACK QUARTET, Violinist STEFAN JACKIW, and The WESTERLIES Trumpet/Trombone Quartet.

CONRAD TAO has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer and has been dubbed a musician of "probing intellect and open-hearted vision" by The New York Times. He is the recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and was named a Gilmore Young Artist — an honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation. Read about Conrad Tao by clicking:
https://www.conradtao.com/

Tickets to stream: $20 per concert




2. DELIRIUM MUSICUM and THE SORAYA present
   MUSIKARAVAN - A Classical Road Trip in a 1971 VW Bus
   Episode 2 - Made for a Tomato
   Two Violins and a Bus Hit the Road
   Streams beginning Thursday, May 13, 2021
   https://thesoraya.org/musikaravan

MusiKaravan follows classical musician and Delirium Musicum founder ETIENNE GARA and fellow violinist YuEun GEMMA KIM in their vintage 1971 VW van as they safely spread music and joy. Each short film highlights a place in California where Gara and Kim performed socially distanced concerts for farmworkers, winemakers, random passersby, and even the occasional ostrich. Look for new episodes every Thursday throughout the summer. Etienne and YuEun were both students of Midori at the USC Thornton School and are Beverly Hills National Audition winners. Catch up on past episodes here:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbD3bfbQdhaO6UbZeOmJxGA/videos




3. Laguna Beach Live! presents - Free
   Live! at the Museum
   MICHELLE MATSUMUNE flute and CHRISTIN WEBB bassoon
   Streams beginning Thursday, May 13, 2021
   https://youtu.be/HUr6R99oAFc?t=139

THE PROGRAM
François Couperin (1668-1733): Prelude from Cinquiéme Concert
Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179): Ave Generosa
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788):
  Allegro from Sonata in A Minor for flute solo
Antonio Lauro (1917-1986) (arr. for bassoon by Paquito d'Rivera)
  Two Venezuelan Waltzes
Johannes Donjon (1839-1912): Elegie-Etude
Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Syrinx
Adolphus Hailstork (b.1941): Bassoon Set
Jenni Brandon (b.1977): Goldfish Songs for Solo Flute
  1. Pearlscale: A flash in the sunlight
  2. Celestial: Looking heavenward...
  3. Ryukin: "Bela"
  4. Lionhead: The Gentle Giant
Reena Esmail (b.1983): Zinfandel (2010)
Carlos Simon (b.1986): moveit (2020)
François Couperin (1668-1733): Musette from Cinquiéme Concert (1724)

The MICHELLE MATSUMUNE and CHRISTIN WEBB are two-thirds of the much-loved Ceora Winds. Read about the artists by clicking:

MICHELLE MATSUMUNE flute
https://www.michellematsumune.com/

CHRISTIN WEBB bassoon
https://www.lagunabeachlive.org/artists-template/christin-phelps-webb

When the video finishes, replay to listen to the introductions about the museum and the series. Find links to past concerts streamed on the series by clicking:
https://www.lagunabeachlive.org/blank-12




4. Pacific Symphony presents - Free
   SYMPHONY THURSDAYS @7PM Pacific Time
   Well-crafted, superbly played, small concerts
   premiering weekly now through Thursday, May 27, 2021.
   Each available to stream on demand for four weeks.
   https://www.pacificsymphony.org/tickets/concerts

   SOON UPCOMING & STILL AVAILABLE

   April 15 - May 16, 2021
   Pianist CLAIRE HUANGCI joins Pacific Symphony to perform
   J.S. Bach's Keyboard Concerto No.1 in D Minor, plus
   J.S. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV565 (for piano)
   https://www.pacificsymphony.org/tickets/concert/thursday8

   April 22 - May 21, 2021
   Pacific Symphony Concertmaster DENNIS KIM & Oboist TED SUGATA
   are featured in a performance of J.S. Bach's
   Concerto for Violin and Oboe in C Minor, BWV1060
   https://www.pacificsymphony.org/tickets/concert/thursday9

   April 29 - May 28, 2021
   J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F Major, BWV1047
   PACIFIC SYMPHONY, CARL St.CLAIR conductor, with soloists:
   BENJAMIN SMOLEN flute, LELIE RESNICK oboe,
   BARRY PERKINS trumpet, DENNIS KIM violin
   https://www.pacificsymphony.org/tickets/concert/thursday10

   May 6 - June 4, 2021
   Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending
   PACIFIC SYMPHONY, CARL St.CLAIR conductor
   ANNE AKIKO MEYERS violin soloist
   https://www.pacificsymphony.org/tickets/concert/thursday11

   May 13 - June 11, 2021
   Joan Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman
   Prokofiev: Classical Symphony
   PACIFIC SYMPHONY, CARL St.CLAIR conductor
   https://www.pacificsymphony.org/tickets/concert/thursday12

   May 20 - June 18, 2021
   Ottorino Respighi: Pines of Rome
   PACIFIC SYMPHONY, CARL St.CLAIR conductor
   from the vault - recorded September 24, 2016
   https://www.pacificsymphony.org/tickets/concert/thursday13




5. London's Conway Hall Sunday Concerts presents
   GOULD PIANO TRIO
     LUCY GOULD violin, BENJAMIN FRITH piano, RICHARD LESTER cello
   True Livestream Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 10:30AM Pacific Time
   Donation (£10 or higher)
   http://bit.ly/ConwayHall-GouldPianoTrio

THE PROGRAM
Haydn: Piano Trio in G Minor, Hob.XV:19
Frank Martin: Piano Trio on Irish Folk Tunes
Schubert: Piano Trio No.2 in E-flat Major, D929

From their early success at the Charles Hennen and the Inaugural Melbourne Competitions through being selected as British "Rising Stars" in 1998, the GOULD PIANO TRIO has emerged as one of the finest chamber ensembles, boasting an impressive discography, with festival appearances at Edinburgh, Cheltenham, City of London, Bath, Aldeburgh, Spoleto, and the BBC Proms. Their many appearances at London's Wigmore Hall have included the complete piano trios of Dvorák, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Beethoven. Read about the Gould Piano Trio by clicking:
http://www.gouldpianotrio.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/




6. "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
   Sunday, May 16, 2021 - 10:30AM Pacific Time
   https://www.fccla.org/live

ORGAN PRELUDE (True Livestream)
Music by Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)
  arranged for Organ by Boyton Smith, E. Power Biggs,
  and Carl McKinley
Largo from Xerxes
Suite from the Music for the Royal Fireworks
Suite from Water Music

ORGAN POSTLUDE (True Livestream)
Georg Friedrich Händel: Suite from Water Music
  Allegro Maestoso - Reprise

CHORAL MUSIC

Joseph Parry: Jesus Lover Of My Soul
  LAUDE, DAVID HARRIS director
Patrick Cassidy: Et Incarnatus Est"
  from The Mass by Patrick Cassidy
  LAUDE, DAVID HARRIS director
  ELIZABETH ANDERSON and DAVID GARCÌA SALDAÑA soloists
  CHRISTOPH BULL organ
David Harris: Neque Diliges
  LAUDE, DAVID HARRIS director
David Garcìa Saldaña, arr.: Love Is Little
  LAUDE, DAVID HARRIS director

Dr. CHRISTOPH BULL's half-hour, mostly-true-livestream 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 internet musical offerings, both locally and from around the world. 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 Philip's organ Postlude. Donations appreciated.




7. Chamber Music at the Clark - Free
   JUPITER STRING QUARTET
     NELSON LEE and MEGAN FREIVOGEL violins
     LIZ FREIVOGEL viola, DANIEL McDONOUGH cello
   Streams Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 1:00PM Pacific Time
   http://www.1718.ucla.edu/events/jupiter-quartet/

THE PROGRAM
Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847):
  String Quartet No.6 in F Minor, Op.80
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805–1847):
  String Quartet in E-flat Major
Judd Greenstein (1979– ): Four on the Floor

Winners of the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant, the JUPITER STRING QUARTET has concertized in some of the world's finest halls, including New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, London's Wigmore Hall, Boston's Jordan Hall, Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes, Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center and Library of Congress, Austria's Esterhazy Palace, and Seoul's Sejong Chamber Hall. Read about the Jupiter String Quartet by clicking:
http://jupiterquartet.com/

UCLA's Chamber Music at the Clark is presenting a series of free, online Zoom events, which combine concerts newly recorded specifically for the Clark Library and conversations with the artists. BRUCE WHITEMAN, the former Head Librarian at the Clark and well-known author of its exceptional program notes, leads the discussions.

High-quality versions of the selections played for the Zoom discussion are subsequently posted on YouTube, where they will be available for approximately six months from the event date. See the 2020-2021 line-up of concerts and find links to past streams by clicking:
http://www.1718.ucla.edu/events/categories/music/




8. UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music presents - Free
   18 from '20: Preludes and Fugues by Composer DAVID LEFKOWITZ
   YouTube Premiere on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 3:00PM Pacific Time
   https://youtu.be/UYw7vzK47Zk

THE PROGRAM & PIANISTS
Prelude & Fugue No.1 (C)
   STEFANO GRECO piano
Prelude & Fugue No.2 (D)
  RYAN MacEVOY McCULLOUGH piano
Prelude & Fugue No.3 (E)
  RYAN MacEVOY McCULLOUGH piano
Prelude & Fugue No.4 (F)
  MERIETTE SAGLIE piano        
Prelude-&-Fugue No.5 (F#)
  NADIA SHPACHENKO piano
Prelude & Fugue No.6 (G)
  NEAL STULBERG piano
Prelude & Fugue No.7 (A)
  THOMAS FENG piano
Prelude & Fugue No.8 (Bb)
  Video by David S. Lefkowitz
Prelude & Fugue No.9 (B)
  Video by David S. Lefkowitz
Prelude-&-Fugue No.10 (C)
  DAVID KAPLAN piano

UCLA Professor DAVID S. LEFKOWITZ, sheltering at home during the summer of 2020, wrote ten preludes and fugues. In two of those pairs, the prelude and the fugue were combined into one (Nos.5&10), resulting in a total of eighteen pieces from the original twenty. This performance will present the world premiere of the entire set, with performances by some of the world's finest pianists, as well as up-and-coming young talent. See the UCLA announcement and find the full concert program  notes by clicking:
http://bit.ly/UCLA-PreludesAndFuguesByDavidLefkowitz




9. Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra CLOSE QUARTERS: Episode 13 - Free
   SHIN, REID + BRITTEN
   Members of LACO conducted by GRANT GERSHON
   with guest artist NICOLE CABELL soprano
   Premieres Friday, May 21, 2021 at 6:30PM Pacific Time
   https://www.laco.org/events/shin-reid-britten/

THE PROGRAM
Peter S. Shin: World Premiere of LACO Sound-Investment commission
Ellen Reid: Dream from her Pulitzer Prize-winning opera p r i s m
Britten: Les illuminations

PETER SHIN's premiere incorporates animation and drawn portraiture by visual artist JIAN LEE. The two actively worked together to conjure up visuals as the piece was written throughout the multi-month artistic process. Britten's Les illuminations and Ellen Reid's Lumee's Dream spotlights internationally renowned soprano and native Californian NICOLE CABELL in her LACO debut. Read about Nicole Cabell by clicking:
https://www.harrisonparrott.com/artists/nicole-cabell

The Britten and Reid selections are cinematic in nature, and will be woven together by a new opera dance-theater film by director GEORGE MILLER and choreographer REBECCA STEINBERG.

CLOSE QUARTERS - LACO's streaming series - features classical music performances set to compelling visual elements. Each musical composition from the "Close Quarters" season is paired with a mix of visual art and movement in a way that embraces the use of cutting-edge film and cinema techniques. See the offerings:   
https://www.laco.org/close-quarters/

The past CLOSE QUARTERS videos are being re-edited without the visual elements - only the ensemble artists - and posted on the CQ: INSTRUMENTAL webpage:
https://www.laco.org/series/cq-instrumental/




10. The Colburn School Artist Series presents - Free
   VIJAY VENKATESH piano
   Saturday, May 22, 2021 - 7:00PM Pacific Time
   Free (registration required)
   http://bit.ly/ColburnArtistsSeries-VijayVenkateshPiano

THE PROGRAM
Domenico Scarlatti: Piano Sonata in D Minor, K141
Domenico Scarlatti: Piano Sonata in D Minor, K213
Clara Schumann: Impromptu in E Major
Mendelssohn: Rondo Capriccioso in E Major, Op.14
Brahms: Intermezzo in A Major, Op.118 No.1
Brahms: Intermezzo in A Major, Op.118 No.2
Brahms: Ballade in G Minor, Op.118 No.3
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 in C-sharp Minor, Op.27 No.2

Originally from California and a Beverly Hills National Auditions winner, VIJAY VENKATESH is an Artist Diploma candidate at the Colburn School with Fabio Bidini. He holds degrees from USC Thornton and IU Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of Norman Krieger and André Watts. Venkatesh previously studied with Jeffrey Kahane and has received artistic guidance from Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Menahem Pressler, and Murray Perahia. Read about Vijay Venkatesh by clicking:
http://www.vijay-venkatesh.com

He is currently pursuing his Artist Diploma at Colburn with Fabio Bidini.



11. The ROMEROS GUITAR QUARTET LIVE: 60th Anniversary Celebration
    At Belly Up Concert Venue in Solana Beach, California
    Streams Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 2:00PM Pacific Time
    http://bit.ly/BellyUp-TheRomeros

"The Royal Family of Guitar" celebrates 60 years of their family classical guitar legacy. This first-ever appearance at the legendary Belly Up concert venue in Solana Beach, California, U.S.A. This same stage, which has hosted The Rolling Stones, BB King, Willie Nelson, Etta James, and countless other musical icons since its opening in 1974, is located just down the road from the Romero family's seaside home. Read about the Romeros Quartet - Pepe, Celin, Celino and Lito - by clicking:
https://peperomero.com/the-romero-family-biography




12. London's Wigmore Hall 2021 Streamed Concerts - Free
   https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on/event-listing

Thirty-six upcoming concerts, many true livestreams, are scheduled through Saturday, June 5, 2021. 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


 * Editor PETER FEHER writes in San Francisco Classical Voice
   "Laguna Beach Music Festival Shows Ambition Under Conrad Tao"
   http://bit.ly/SFCV-PeterFeher007

"The Laguna Beach Music Festival hasn't had to skip a year. 2020's concerts were in February - the tail end of live performances before the pandemic. The 2021 festival picks up this week - part of the "back to normal" classical music is experiencing this month."




 * Music Critic LAURENCE VITTES writes on Strings Magazine
   "One Violinist, One Violin and Six Armed Guards:
   Francesca Dego on What It's Like to Play Paganini's 'Il Cannone'"
   http://bit.ly/Strings-LaurenceVittes001

"It's the violin that everybody heard. Schumann, Chopin, Berlioz, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Goethe, Schubert ... its last continuous owner and player was Paganini ... Cannone just stopped after Paganini."




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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Jim Eninger, Editor-in-Chief
The Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter
Torrance, California




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