The Salastina Music Society will present a concert at The Colburn School’s Thayer Hall on June 18th, 2011 at 3 pm. The program features Artistic Directors/violinists Kevin Kumar & Maia Jasper, along with a stellar cast of instrumentalists, and offers a diverse range of music from classical, folk, and dance to a world premiere.
The renowned performers include:
Håkan Rosengren, internationally acclaimed Swedish clarinetist
Catherine Ransom Karoly, LA Philharmonic Associate Principal Flutist
Timothy Landauer, Pacific Symphony Principal Cellist
Julie Ann Smith, San Diego Symphony Principal Harpist
Gregory Cohen, San Diego Symphony Principal Percussionist
Robert Brophy, Violist, formerly of the Enso String Quartet
David Parmeter, Double Bass Player
The program includes:
Maurice Ravel: Introduction and Allegro
Antonin Dvořák: Miniatures
Arturo Márquez: Danzon No. 2 (world premiere arrangement)
Mark O’Connor: Appalachia Waltz
Béla Bartók: Romanian Dances (world premier arrangement)
Jeremy Cavaterra: Movement for String Quartet and Percussion (world premiere)
“This third set of concerts focuses on ‘absolute music’ – that is, instrumental music with no text,” explains Maia Jasper, Artistic Director. “Our first two concerts were built around well-known vocalists Rod Gilfry and Elizabeth Futral. Since our artist roster is filled with such exceptional instrumentalists this time around, we chose to design a program that shines the spotlight directly on their talents.”
“The music we’ve selected varies from piece to piece in so many ways,” says Kevin Kumar, Artistic Director, “but everything has been chosen to evoke strong emotional responses. Each work has qualities the audience can connect to right away: romance, sensual rhythms and melodies, exoticism, playfulness, yearning, nostalgia, and uncontainable joy. Also, one of our strongest rallying points has been the promotion of tonal new music, particularly the work of Composer-In-Residence Jeremy Cavaterra. Having won over both audiences and performers with his sophisticated sense of beauty, he will win even more fans in this world premiere for the unusual combination of percussion and string quartet. The program might seem arbitrary, but on closer inspection you’ll notice the subtle theme of ‘dance’ anchoring the content of the program.”
Audience members can mingle with the artists at the reception, to be held on the plaza adjacent to Thayer Hall. Complimentary ice cream cones will be provided to patrons from LA’s popular Scoops Gelato. Concertgoers will also have the opportunity to win a private concert with Artistic Directors Jasper and Kumar, along with many other great prizes, at the silent auction. Also available will be a copy of Salastina’s world premiere recording of Jeremy Cavaterra’s Three Neruda Arias featuring soprano Elizabeth Futral – copies of which were in short supply after its January release.
“Audience response to our programming so far has not only met but far exceeded our expectations,” concludes Jasper. “We’ve spent the past few months building our infrastructure, capitalizing on the momentum of support that we’ve garnered from our recent performances, and preparing for our upcoming concerts. We are confident that many of the elements which have elicited such a positive response from our audiences in the past year – such as sophisticatedly listener-friendly contemporary music, eclectic repertoire selections, shorter-than-average concert length, engaging discussion from the stage, and the visual and aural variety created by selecting different combinations of instruments in each piece – will be similarly enjoyed by our audiences in June.”
The concert will take place at 3 pm on Saturday, June 18th at Thayer Hall on the Colburn School Campus (200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012). Discounted tickets can be purchased at www.salastinasociety.org; regular-priced tickets will be available at the door.
About Salastina Music Society:
The Salastina Music Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting world-class performances of chamber music. With the goals of broad audience appeal and innovative programming, Founders/Artistic Directors Maia Jasper and Kevin Kumar purposefully design each concert to be slightly shorter than the average classical music concert, which can be taxing on the contemporary listener. Other hallmarks of the Society are: Visual and aural variety in ensemble combinations and repertoire; “free applause zones”; thoughtfully chosen new music; tangible audience participation; and extra-musical enhancements to the concert experience.