Treats in music and media (plus a little Ludwig)

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by Yayra Sanchez

Trick or Treat!

As many of us prepare to put on our costumes and enjoy the forthcoming Halloween festivities, or ‘El Día de los Muertos’, there are some pretty interesting musical treats in store this week – especially for those of us who are fans of multimedia performances. So, be sure to check these out:

Friday night 10/28, L.A.’s RIVER SONG QUINTET will join poet DAVID BAKER in a multimedia work by artist MIWA MATREYEK. Matreyek’s work blends fantastical animation with live shadow play, while a semi-improvised interplay of guitar and spoken word, and settings of Baker’s poems, are underscored by GREGORY UHLMANN’s composition – performed by the quintet. Find more information and buy your tickets, by clicking here.

At the same time, the SOKA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER brings the iconic silent film La passion de Jeanne d’Arc (1928) together with live music. GEORGE SARAH’s composition to accompany this film, will be performed by a string quartet and vocalists, combining electronic music and sacred chants. This event is free to the public — however, a ticket will be required. For more information, program notes and to get your ticket, click here

This program repeats at the Bowers Museum on Saturday 10/29

Also on Saturday, LA OPERA presents Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror. Another silent classic (1922), this screening of F.W. Murnau’s film will feature a new score composed and conducted by MATTHEW AUCOIN, the company’s incoming Artist in Residence. Check out the event page for more information.

On Saturday and Sunday, the LA MASTER CHORALE presents Orlando di Lasso’s last work: Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of St. Peter). Directed by PETER SELLARS, this a cappella masterpiece from the Renaissance will be dramatically staged, performed by twenty-one singers and conducted by GRANT GERSHON.  Get tickets

Then, on Sunday 10/30, enjoy a late-afternoon concert with the PACIFIC CHORALE. Featuring soloists TAMARA MANCINI (soprano), RENÉE TATUM (mezzo-soprano), NICHOLAS PRESTON (tenor) and NATHAN STARK (bass), the chorale will perform Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. Less often performed, this is often considered to be the composer’s best work. Interested? Read the program notes, performer bios and more

You see? There are some pretty cool collaborations happening this week! Wear your costume, or don’t, but treat yourself to some spellbinding performances… it’s no trick!

Yayra Sanchez

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*This post is echoed from the weekly vocal events column in the Clickable Chamber Music Newsletter, serving nearly seven thousand music fans all over Southern California. The original is a text-based email newsletter, so images, links and details may differ in this enhanced version.

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