Hidden Gem: Beach Baroque

Redondo celebrates Bach, Buxtehude and more with 5th annual fest 

There’s plenty of great music in the South Bay, but as rich as the Southland is with festivals throughout the year, most of the activity is concentrated closer to Los Angeles than to the sandy triumvirate of Redondo, Hermosa and Manhattan Beaches (in no particular order, of course).  So when Dr. Dawn Brooks launched the Redondo Beach Baroque Festival half a decade ago, she knew she was building something special:  “It’s a unique event in the South Bay… it gives people an opportunity to hear music they might not have heard before.”  The events offer period instruments, superb soloists, and plenty of musical spectacle, to be sure.  But there’s a sense of mission, here, too, making the concerts very accessible and interactive in savvy and creative ways:

  • Admission is free (with a freewill donations accepted at the door).
  • Childcare is available if you reserve ahead.
  • After Friday’s Tesserae concert (which features period instruments), audience members are invited to bring an instrument of their own for a “Baroque jam”.
  • For the organ recital on Saturday afternoon with Lynette Ball McGee, a special donation can get you extra-special seats behind the organ, so you can see all the action.
  • The third concert features the Faire Wyndes Recorder Ensemble, which is sure to be both beautiful and a sight many people have never seen.
  • The fourth and last concert includes the power of combined choirs, Baroque orchestra, two conductors (Linda Waterman as well as Brooks herself), and solos by sopranos Sarah Parga and Elizabeth Ladizinsky, and our own Daniel Wilson (bass).  With works by Bach, Buxtehude and Handel, it’ll be some grand finale.

Although our focus is always on the vocal (and two of these four concerts certainly fit that bill), do take a look at the church’s website or download a flyer to learn more about all four concerts.  Every one of them promises to be exceptional.

The 5th Annual Redondo Beach
Baroque Festival 

February 15 & 16, 2013
Riviera United Methodist Church
375 Palos Verdes Blvd.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 378-9273
Originally published in Next 7 — Vocal events through 2/21/13

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