Music at the Court: SANDRA TSING LOH, SONOS, DAVID O and many others

Boston Court Performing Arts Center presents the 2011 Spring Music at the Court Series.  Nine events will be presented between May 6 and June 4, 2011 in the Marjorie Branson Performance Space at Boston Court.

Music at the Court Artistic Director, Mark Saltzman says, “Assembling the series is like threading tastes and experiences all together into the most wonderfully, eclectic quilt of sounds. From the richly hued, multi-cultural landscapes elucidated by Sandra Tzing Loh and Mark Robson, to the soaring melodies of Los Angeles’ own musical theater genius, David O; to the dazzling, a capella, vocal pyrotechnics of Sonos, to the pure, visceral thrill of being ten feet away from the brightest, young vocal stars of the Los Angeles Opera; the Branson allows us to be a part of their music, and their music becomes a part of us that is like savoring a fine jewel, rare and precious.”

May 06, 2011, O Works, a David O Cabaret: “O Works” will showcase the broad range of David O’s compositions in an intimate setting, featuring O on piano (and singing), and a handful of LA’s strongest and most unique singer-actors.

May 07, 2011, Finding Paradise Lost, A contemporary spin on the works of Goethe and the music of Hugo Wolf with the USC Thornton School of Music:  This performance piece is the result of the collaboration of two courses in the Thornton School of Music:  Special Studies in Vocal Repertoire taught by Professor Lisa Sylvester, vocal arts faculty in diction, repertoire and coaching and Directing for the Operatic Stage taught by Professor Ken Cazan, resident stage director for Thornton Opera, vocal arts faculty.

May 13, 2011, The New Sound of Silent Film featuring Classic Silent Film “Borderline” with Live Score by Bassist Tom Peters: Peters provides the live musical score for the classic silent film “Borderline,” a 1930 British experimental film by Kenneth MacPherson and the Pool Group, starring Paul Robeson. In the film, two couples – white and black – intersect with racial values, each other, and the small town in which they find themselves. The Pool Group consisted of Winfred Ellerman, her bisexual husband Kenneth McPherson and her lover, the poet Hilda Doolittle.  “Borderline” was the last film that the Pool Group would complete before disbanding and has become a classic of early experimental cinema.

May 14, 2011, LA Opera Young Artist Recital: Hear the next up-and-coming Placido Domingo or Maria Callas at a special concert  featuring members of the Company’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program. “25 Recitals for 25 Seasons: LA Opera’s Young Artist Celebration,”  is an extensive series of community recitals that  have been created to honor the Company’s 25th Anniversary Season.  Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the thrilling sounds of the next generation of operatic superstars singing the most beloved arias and ensembles in the uniquely intimate setting of Boston Court.

May 15, 2011, Tracking Film and Television Music, An Afternoon with Lee Holdridge & Jon Burlingame: The musical scoring behind a screen story can create some of the most enduring and endearing moments in film or television.  World renowned author and lecturer, Jon Burlingame helps to see and hear this astonishing and precise world when he and Emmy and Grammy Award-winning composer, Lee Holdridge discuss music composed for the big and little screens from the composers perspective.  Live musical performances and selected clips from Mr. Holdridge’s extensive catalogue of his film and television scores are interspersed throughout this fascinating, behind the scenes look at the music behind the magic.

May 20, 2011, Sonos, a Cutting-edge Vocal Collective:  Emerging last fall from the college scene, Sonos turned the genre on its head with bold interpretations of 21st century classics. On their Verve debut SonoSings, the vocal group reinvented Radiohead, Bon Iver & Fleet Foxes and dazzled with unique twists on the mainstream such as a melancholy, tripped-out Jackson 5 cover. In 2009, Sonos won the CASA award for Best Pop/Rock song of the year, for that recording of “I Want You Back,” and numerous ACAs (A Cappella Community Awards) including Best Group, Album, Song and Vocalist.

May 21, 2011, Pianologues with Sandra Tsing Loh & Mark Robson:  An evening of precisely-honed if shamelessly impressionistic Francophilia with pianist, Mark Robson, and Writer & NPR Contributor, Sandra Tsing Loh.

June 03, 2011, A Night in Rio Featuring Alec Milstein: When you think of Brazil and its music, one of the first things that comes to mind is dancing.  From the Samba to the Capoeira, to Lambada and Forro, Brazilian music is filled with beguiling exotic rhythms, swaying sensuality, exciting orchestrations, and an unstoppable feeling of life exploding! The English translation of Forro is “great party” and that is precisely what Alec Milstein has in mind when he brings his scintillating band to the Branson for “A Night in Rio.”

June 04, 2011, Calico Winds “No Strings Attached”: Calico Winds is taking wind music to the forefront of the chamber music world by artfully reinventing the conventional wind quartet.  An interactive event featuring music from Bach to Zappa.

Click here to buy tickets to any of these music events or call 626-683-6883.

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