Classical Music News for November/December 2007:

LOS ANGELES -- The 69th season of Monday Evening Concerts will spotlight the work of the French-Romanian composer Horatiu Radulescu in a Dec. 3 (8 pm) concert at Zipper Hall, Colburn School, 200 S. Grand Ave. Heard for the first time in L.A. will be his Agnus Dei and Das Andere (a world premiere, actually). Also on the program are Stravinsky's In Memoriam Dylan Thomas (sung by Jonathan Mack), and two works by Iannis Xenakis, Rebonds and Eonta, featuring percussionist Steven Shick and pianist Eric Huebner.

Monday Evening Concerts focus on the work of contemporary composers. In conjunction with the MEC series, the Goethe-Institut has scheduled monthly Sunday Morning Films--documentaries that provide insight into the music to be heard at Zipper Hall. On Dec. 2, for example, Casa Scelsi, "A Voyage Into Sound," will screen at 11 a.m. at the Institut, followed by a discussion with musicologist Luciano Chessa and violinist Vincent Royer. Scelsi's sonic work inspired many of Radulescu's compositions. There will also be a live performance of Scelsi's Manto and Radulescu's Lux Animae,

For tickets to Monday Evening Concerts, call (310) 836-6632 or visit Tickets to Goethe-Institut's Media Lounge screenings are only available at the door ($5, including a light breakfast). 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100.

On October 29 the venerable Music Guild began the first concert of its 63rd year. The Trio di Parma played magnificently to a large and appreciative audience many of whom have attended these concerts since their inception in 1944. The venue for the West L.A. is now the Geffen Theatre which proved to be a good choice – the size of the theatre (513), location (Westwood) and acoustics (excellent). The brilliant and thoughtful performance of Trios by Haydn, Ravel and Schubert kicked off what promises to be another first class season for music lovers in Southern California. The L.A. Times wrote “Attending a Music Guild event ... one often feels in the center of things. Interesting music is
made there; important musicians perform there. And the loyal and dedicated Music Guild audience recognizes the distinctions.”

The remaining concerts are as follows:

December 3 – St. Petersburg Quartet, January 14 – Borromeo String Quartet, February 25 – Rossetti String Quartet, March 10 – Avalon String Quartet, May 5 – Vanbrugh String Quartet.

The same concerts are given at Daniel Recital Hall, Cal State Long Beach and Plaza del Sol in Northbridge. Phone 323 954-0404 or go to the website for details. Tickts at

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