The Pittance Chamber Music’s 2017/18 concert season will continue on Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 pm, at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, with Three’s Company: Music for Unique Combinations of Three – repertoire written for groups of three. The music will be performed by distinguished artists from the ranks of the Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists from the Los Angeles Opera.
Violinist Lisa Sutton, who is the Associate Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, founded Pittance in 2013. “The original idea behind Pittance was to raise up the extraordinary yet invisible musicians of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra from the pit to the stage to perform in small ensembles,” she explains, “hence the name ‘Pittance’, a play on words referring to these smaller offerings from the orchestra pit. By performing in smaller groups and smaller venues we endeavor to personalize opera, allowing audiences a more intimate view of the wonderful artists who are the heart and soul of the Los Angeles Opera company. We also have a lot of fun in the process!”
The Los Angeles Opera Orchestra artists performing in Three’s Company include: Leslie Reed, Oboe; Marina Manukian, Violin; Shawn Mann and Karie Prescott, Viola; John Walz, Cello; William May and Judith Farmer, Bassoon; and Nic Gerpe, Piano.
The performers have chosen repertoire featuring works by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) – String Trio in B flat, D. 581; Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) – Zwei Gesange (Two Songs), Op. 91; Charles Martin Loeffler (1861-1935) – La Cloche Felée (The Broken Bell); Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) – Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano; Gernot Wolfgang (1957-present) – Road Signs. The latter, which will be on Mr. Wolfgang’s next CD, will be performed by the composer’s wife Judith Farmer, Bassoon, and Nic Gerpe, on Piano.
Tickets for this event are $35, Seniors $20, Students $10, and can be purchased at PittanceChamberMusic.org, or at the venue on the night of the concert.
The Pasadena Conservatory of Music is located at 100 North Hill Avenue, Pasadena, CA, 91106.
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