I want to personally thank all of you who have helped to make Sundays Live a resounding musical success during the past year—not only those who have contributed dollars, but to our audiences, both live and online — for just being there!
As 2017 ends, if you have not already done so, I hope that you will think of Sundays Live in making your year-end plans. Here’s just a sampling of what’s in store come 2018. Looking forward to seeing you there!
January 7. Pianist Bruce Brubaker performs “Codex.”
Celebrating Brubaker’s new album “Codex” on InFiné Music (Warp). The pianist sets up a clash (or a discussion) between Terry Riley’s Keyboard Study No. 2 (1965) and pieces from the Codex Faenza, a 15th-century manuscript considered to be one of the very first collections of keyboard music. By putting the work of the performer/creator above that of the composer, this back-and-forth takes the listener on a journey that is at once timeless and eminently current.
January 14. Ciaramella, Early Music Ensemble performs “Dances on a Moveable Ground.”
A program of early-modern compositions and improvisations tracing the history of the ground bass, the origins of our modern “four-chord” progression. Featuring dances like the Passamezzo Antico, Romanesca, the basis of popular songs like “Greensleeves,” and the Moresca, the early version of the Morris Dance and the Mexican mataçin. The title “Dances on a Moveable Ground” plays on the fact that we live in Southern California, where any day and any time the ground might roll or shake below our feet, but dancing on shifting grounds is also a musical concept.
Performed on recorders, shawms, sackbut, bagpipes, lute, guitar, viola da gamba, and hurdy gurdy, music on the program will range from dances and songs by anonymous masters of the 15th century to virtuosic variations by Gaspar Sanz, Allessandro Piccinini, Christopher Simpson, and John Walsh. And yes, Ciaramella will improvise on the air, with no net underneath, other than four ancient and oh-so-modern chords.
January 21. Pianist Mirian Conti
An 85th birthday celebration of Lalo Schifrin, including the Los Angeles premieres of Tango, Danza de los Montes, Tango a Borges, Anthem, and 10 Variations on an Original Theme, together with works by Mompou, Chopin, and Bach.
Program presented in cooperation with Yamaha Artist Services, New York
January 28. Chamber Ensembles from the Crossroads School EMMI perform works to be announced.
All my best wishes for a peaceful, prosperous, and musical holiday season.