Highly Recommended Music: CAMERATA PACIFICA (Feb. 12-17, Ventura, Pasadena, DTLA & Santa Barbara)

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by Connor McCormick on February 4, 2023

in Music,Theater-Los Angeles,Theater-Regional

Camerata Pacifica is far and away the most programmatically original chamber outfit I know. In addition, the quality of the players is stunning (see my review of a program earlier this season). Based in Santa Barbara, CP performs a monthly series of concerts in Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Marino (at the Huntington), and DTLA’s Zipper Hall (at Colburn School). Founded by Adrian Spence in 1990, the group is composed of the finest performers of chamber music from around the world. The ensemble is distinctive for artistic excellence, an innovative approach to classical music and a repertoire that ranges from baroque to brand new, from familiar masterworks to works that have yet to become favorites.

The next performances take place February 12 through 17, 2023.

Prokofiev – Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 80
Schnittke – Prelude in Memoriam Dmitri Shostakovich
Brahms – Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115

Jose Franch-Ballester, Paul Huang, Jason Uyeyama,
Scott Lee, Ani Aznavoorian, Gilles Vonsattel

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Below are excerpts from a conversation between Principal Clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester and Artistic Director Adrian Spence, about the Clarinet Quintet of Johannes Brahms.



Force of nature and traverso superstar, Emi Ferguson, brings her baroque rock band of friends, Ruckus, to the Camerata stage. Want to hear what Bach sounds like, I mean, *really* sounds like?


The world premiere of a Trio for horn, cello & piano, commissioned for Camerata Pacifica from Libby Larsen. Also on the program Estonian pianist Irina Zahharenkova performs Estonian composer Arvo Pärt‘s Partita. Do you think she possesses an insight us non-Estonians do not?


The season finale features the United States’ debut of sopranista Samuel Mariño — think Farinelli for the 21st century — an astonishingly ravishing voice, a jubilantly flamboyant character, in a program of beautiful baroque music, paired with Adams’ Shaker Loops.

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You should also check out:
Colburn Chamber Music Society: Marc Coppey, Cello
Sunday February 12, 3 pm: Zipper Hall

Award-winning musician Marc Coppey is a master of all genres, from the Baroque to the Contemporary. Following a successful Colburn debut in 2017, he returns with a program of Prokofiev, Beethoven, Ravel, and Brahms, playing alongside students of the conservatory.


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