Classical Music News for May/June 2018



Piano Trio Celeste, joined by Paul Coletti on viola, will perform works by Ravel, Zeisl and Schumann in chamber-music concerts, May 14-16, at the Music Guild’s three Southern California venues.

They are:

Monday May 14, University Synagogue, Brentwood.

Tuesday May 15, Daniel Recital Hall, Cal State Long Beach.

Wednesday May 16, Adat Ari El Temple, N. Hollywood.

All concerts start at 8 pm. Complimentary coffee, cookies and cheese are served (Monday and Wednesday only) from 7.30-8pm and at intermission.

The Music Guild’s June concerts, part of its SummerFest 18 series, will take place on Sunday June 10 and 24 at the above venues at 3pm.

Piatti String Trio (joined by pianist Robert Theis) kicks off on June 10, performing works by Beethoven, Dohnanyi and Brahms.

On June 24, Pasadena String Quartet (joined by Benjamin Penzner on viola and by Trevor Handy on cello) will explore two works by Brahms, String Sextet No. 1 and String Sextet No. 2 (“Agathe”).

The Music Guild has also expanded its community outreach programs, visiting such organizations and schools as Colburn, Watts Tower Arts Center and Community Magnet Charter school (among many others) to distribute pianos, saxophones, violins and other instruments to students. The Guild also holds Master Class Programs and Kids Programs across southern California.

Additionally, the Guild sponsors free concerts which introduce classical music to underprivileged children. Other projects include a musical-instrument-lending program and concerts for autistic children, Alzheimer patients, the Braille Institute, and Disabled Veterans.

For tickets and information, call 310-558-3500 or visit


Two linked works by contemporary composers will be presented by LA Master Chorale on Sunday May 13 at 7pm at Walt Disney Concert Hall under the umbrella title of REID & RILEY.

Ellen Reid’s expansive new work, DREAMS OF THE NEW WORLD, with libretto by Sarah LaBrie, will be heard first. The composition explores lesser-known stories about the pursuit of the American Dream in Memphis, Houston and Los Angeles.

Ellen Reid, Credit: Arnaud Pyvka

“I chose these cities because they hold personal significance
to me and they embody aspects of the American Dream,” said Reid.

Her creative team also includes anthropologist Sayd Randle as the lead researcher, members of the acclaimed wildUp Ensemble, led by Christopher Rountree, and conductor Grant Gershon.

The concert will close with a rare choral performance of Terry Riley’s 1961 minimalist masterpiece, IN C, which also features members of wildUp alongside Master Chorale singers.

Last February, Reid’s new work PETRICHOR was performed by LA Chamber Orchestra. In November 2018, her opera PRISM will be premiered by LA Opera as part of its Off-Grand series. Her new sound installation, commissioned by LA Philharmonic, will be premiered as part of its Green Umbrella series in the 2018/19 season.

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