Classical Music News for May/June 2019



SUNDAY AFTERNOON CONCERTS IN THE DOME returns to the Mount Wilson Observatory for its third season. Beginning Sunday May 5 and taking place the first Sunday of each month after that
through October 6, the concerts will take place inside the iconic vaulted dome of the Observatory where the 100-inch Hooker telescope is situated.

Curated by artistic director Cecelia Tsan, the series will kick off May 5 with a program inspired by the hot gypsy jazz of guitarist Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli. Playing their music will be violinist Ben Powell, guitarist Roch Lockyer and bassist Brian Netzley. The 4 pm opening-day festivities include an exhibition of rare scientific artifacts drawn from the Observatory's collection--and a reception with the artists.

On Sunday June 2, Leslie Reed, oboe; Roger Wilkie, violin; Alma Fernandez, viola; and Cecelia Tsan, cello will present a program of oboe quartets by Mozart and Britten, plus a Beethoven string trio.

The Sunday afternoon recitals are performed at 3pm and 5pm.

All proceeds go to support the Mt. Wilson Institute and the Observatory itself, which was established in 1904 and for the first half of the 20th century was the largest and most important in the world. Located just beyond Pasadena, the Observatory is considered to be a national treasure.

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Piano Trio Celeste will perform works by Schoenfeld, Smetana and Shostakovich in chamber-music concerts, May 13-15, 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.

On June 2 the Music Guild's Sunday afternoon concert series "Fest 19"-will return to University Synagogue, Brentwood at 3 pm when the Haussman Quartet will perform works by Haydn, Montgomery, Walker, Shaw and Beethoven.

On June 23, the Fiato String Quartet will explore works by Ives, Debussy and Tchaikovsky.

Complimentary coffee and snacks will be offered from 2.30-3 pm and at intermission. University Synagogue is at 11960 Sunset Blvd.

Free parking adjacent to the building.

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

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