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German Chamber Music or German Tarot Cards. What’s Your Pick?

Art enthusiasts in L.A. listen up! Are you in for an off-beat art experience? We have 3 fun and eclectic recommendations for you this month.

From unique German/Austrian Chamber music to German Cartomancy, you can find something to satisfy your unconventional taste for art this April.

1 – If you love chamber music and enjoy not only traditional, classic scores but also have an ear for modern, contemporary music. You might want to check out:

Three’s Company: Music for unique Combinations of Three. Part of the Pittance Chamber Music 2017/18 season at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music this concert presents works not only by German composers Schubert and Brahms but will also feature work of Austrian composer Gernot Wolfgang, who resides in Los Angeles and works as an orchestrator in the film and TV music industry.

Gernot Wolfgang is currently also associate director of “HEAR NOW – A Festival of New Music by Contemporary Los Angeles Composers”. Described as a composer with a “winning sonic arsenal” (Daniel Rosenberg, Gramophone) you will be hearing his work Road Signs, which will be on his next CD.

WHAT: Pittance Chamber Music Concert Three’s Company

WHEN: Saturday, April 14 at 7:30pm at Pasadena Conservatory of Music.

All works on the program will be performed by members of the LA Opera Orchestra and Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists.

2 – Our next suggestion is for a spiritually invoked art exhibition: A mystical German fortune-telling card system re-imagined by artist Shay Bredimus at the Long Beach Art Museum:

“The Seni Horoscopes were a 17th-century German fortune-telling card system. This astrological picture card deck was created by Giovanni Battista Seni—an Italian oracle who served Albrecht Wenzel Eusebius von Wallenstein, a major figure in the Thirty Year’s War. The Seni Horoscope cards were used for divination, as well as a guide to spiritual pathways.

In this body of work, Bredimus has re-imagined a version of those historic cards, a visual mixture of pictographs and portraits, with iconic and mystic symbolism. The artist has created 72 unique works that reference each individual card – not only to be viewed as artwork, but also to be seen as an interactive conduit to understanding man’s position in the universe.” (Long Beach Museum of Art)

Join artist Shay Bredimus for an in-depth walkthrough of his exhibition, Cartomancy: The Seni-Horoscopes Re-imagined, on April 22. The event is free but reservations are required. The exhibition is on view until May 13.

WHAT: Cartomancy: The Seni-Horoscopes Re-imagined (by Shay Bredimus)

WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 3pm-5pm at Log Beach Art Museum

3 – Lastly, our all-time favorite is happening this weekend: The Brewery Art Walk! More than 100 artists invite you to check out their work. Don’t miss it!

The twice-annual open studio weekend at the worlds largest art complex will open its doors Saturday and Sunday. “With over 100 participating resident artists, you will have the opportunity to see new works, discover new favorites, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the artists at studio prices.”

Admission is Free. Open studios are spread across the Brewery’s 16 acre campus including a few multi-story buildings. Don’t forget to put some comfortable shoes on so you’ll be ready for your art adventure!

WHAT: Brewery Art Walk Los Angeles 

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, April 7 & 8 from 11 am- 6 pm




“Verklärte Nacht ” – Schoenberg’s Early Masterpiece in Concert in Los Angeles

Gustav Klimt - The Kiss 

Arnold Schoenberg, 20th-Century Austrian composer and known for inventing the Twelve-tone technique (Zwölftontechnik) wrote some wonderful pieces in his early years that follow the tonal structure of late romantic works, reminiscent of Richard Strauss’ and Richard Wagner’s music . One of these early pieces and in fact one of Schoenberg’s earliest important work is “Verklärte Nacht” (Transfigured Night), Op.4 . It is a string sextet in one movement and was inspired by Richard Dehmel‘s poem of the same name. Arnold Schoenberg is very much connected to Los Angeles, the city he eventually moved to after his emigration from Nazi Germany. In L.A. he held teaching positions at USC as well as UCLA.

Experience Schoenberg’s “Verklaerte Nacht” in Los Angeles this May 2013

This May, Angelinos will have the chance to experience Schoenberg’s early work “Verklaerte Nacht” together with J.S. Bach’s St. Anne Prelude on two different concert days in Los Angeles. The Salastina Music Society is bringing this concert to stage in Los Angeles:

  • May 10th at 8 pm at the Edye Second Space at the Broad Stage (Santa Monica),
  • May 11th at 8 pm at Zipper Hall at the Colburn School (Downtown LA).

KUSC 91.5 FM DJ Brian Lauritzen will host an in-depth exploration of Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, based on German poet Richard Dehmel’s poem of the same name.   Performers include Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Principal Cellist Andrew Shulman, Pacific Symphony violists Meredith Crawford and Luke Maurer, and celebrated young chamber cellist Rebecca Merblum, as well as Kevin Kumar and Maia Jasper, Salastina’s co-artistic directors and violinists.

Special $10 Tickets available for the CaliforniaGermans Community

Salastina Music Society has set up an exclusive event code for our CaliforniaGermans community (code “GERMAN“) to receive tickets for only $10! The regular ticket price is $28. Please purchase your $10 tickets at the Salastina Society Website  and enter Exclusive Event Code “GERMAN” at check out to receive your special ticket discount!

Take a Chance & Win Tickets to this Exciting Evening

In connection with these two Chamber Music Events, CaliforniaGermans will raffle off 2 tickets for each concert day. Two winners will be chosen at random to experience this chamber music evenings with a friend. We will announce our Give-Away this week (April 21 – 27) on Facebook as well as on our website. Please keep posted by checking our Facebook Page and website to get a chance at winning your Concert Tickets!

Salastina Music Society in Los Angeles

Salastina Music SocietySalastina Music Society founded by violinists and chamber musicians Maia Jasper and Kevin Kumar, is dedicated to bringing a fresh approach to chamber music to Los Angeles. Now in its third year Salastina Music Society has became a distinctive new element in the LA chamber music scene with a contemporary approach to programming.

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