Happy Spring 2016 !!
Our last 2015-2016 Music Section Season was on June 2 at the Macgowan Little Theater on the beautiful UCLA campus. UCLA Department of Music and School of Theater, Film and Television presented The Tragedy of Carmen
This opera is a 20th adaptation of Georges Bizet's 19th century classic opera by Marius Constant, Jean-Claude Carriere, and Peter Brook. We enjoyed an excellent cast of four opera singers and two actors. The principal singers on June 2nd were:
Joanna Lynn-Jacobs as CARMEN
Thomas Thompson as DON JOSE
Ian P. Walker as ESCAMILLO
Emily Scott as MICAELA
|Main opera singers were: Micaela, Don Jose, Carmen, Escamillo|
with two actors on each side
|Debby, Mireya, Jarka, Tom, Milos|
Photo credits: Zorana
This was our first opera event; based on the amazing performance and the production, we decided to incorporate at least one opera in the following year. We will be back at TFT.
|Photo credits: Zorana Ercegovac|
Cave temples of Dunhuang -- Buddhist art on China's silk road, displays great murals, now reproduced at The Getty Museum in Los Angeles, May 7 through September 4, 2016. Here are just two fragments with China's musicians and musical instruments.
|Aspara playing music (Dunhuang) from the 780s|
|Aspara playing an old Chinese lute|
Our recital on May 18th at Shirley's residence in Brentwood is captured in a few annotated photos below.
|From left: Helen, Amelita, Mireya, Roma, Zorana, Simone, Joy|
|Jarka and Debby with our hostess and vocalist Shirley in the center|
May 12th marked a special treat for all of us who attended the UCLA Philharmonia All-Star Concert with Neal Stulberg, conducting the flagship orchestra of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music is featuring its Ethnomusicology Department music performances, so check their daily event programs for specific regions, including musics of the Balkans, India, Bali, Africa, JAZZ, and more !!
Several friends were introduced to several rarely performed pieces: Martinu's (1890-1959) Cello Concerto No. 1 (1955) performed by Sol Gabetta (b. 1981). Her encore piece was Petris Vaska (b. 1946) a Latvian composer. Hear her play "Dolcissimo"
A few of us attended UCLA's Hear Now Festival by contemporary Los Angeles composers at Schoenberg Hall (April 22). Prior to the concert, we chatted about super rich cultural programs in LA, had fun, and planned the next season.
|Zorana, Mireya, Debby, Simone, and Helen (photo credits: Milos)|
|Justine Aronson, soprano|
|William Kraft, composer (b. 1924 )|
|WDCH (just before the Adams/Saint-Saens/Mendelssohn concert)|
|Morning walk in Santa Monica Beach|
|Start a walk in Santa Monica|
|Noguchi (bronze) at Getty Museum|
UCLA Faculty Women's Club Music Section friends celebrated Spring 2016 by attending a special performance at the Royce Hall. We met at the foyer to enjoy a moment, to sip, chat, and photograph. More friends were scattered throughout the historic building, but here is the dedicated small but important group who attended last night's concert: G. Wolfgang and Wolfgang A. Mozart (two Austrian composers 200 years apart from one another).
|From left: Ross, Zorana, Joy, Rochelle, Gerry, Mireya|
|Pre-concert happy and relaxed moment: Ross, Mireya, and Rochelle|
|Pre-concert moments: Joy with Gerry and Milos|
|Joy with Gerry and Zorana|
Clarinet Concerto in A major featured Jashua Ranz, LACO's principal clarinetist. Has anyone noticed that the soloist played a basset clarinet, longer and heavier than a standard A clarinet?
|Except at the last night's performance, the same program was held at the|
UCLA's Royce Hall, March 20th at 7 PM
Great performance review is in Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-laco-review-20160323-story.html