Five-Spot: What caught my eye on April 28, 2011

By Robert D. Thomas

Music Critic

Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Whittier Daily



Each Thursday morning,
I list five events (this week it’s just four — I’m on vacation) that peak my interest,
including (ideally) at least one with free admission (or, at a minimum,
inexpensive tickets).


Here’s today’s grouping:



Friday and Saturday
at 8 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m. at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Los Angeles
Philharmonic; David Afkham, conductor, Peter Stumpf, cello

These concerts just got a lot more interesting, IMHO.
Originally, the conductor was to have been the 50-year-old Dutch maestro Jaap
van Zweden, who was relatively unknown when he was named music director of the Dallas
Symphony three years ago. However, van Zweden cancelled this week due to
illness and in his place will be 28-year-old David Afkham, who is one of four
Dudamel Conducting Fellows this season. The German-born Afkham isn’t a
neophyte; he is currently assistant conductor of the London Symphony


Two-thirds of the program remains as originally scheduled:
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, and Prokofiev’s Sinfonia
with the orchestra’s principal cellist, Peter Stumpf, as
soloist. The program will now begin with Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture. INFO:

Saturday at 8 p.m.
at The Broad Stage (Santa Monica) and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Valley Performing
Arts Center (Cal State Northridge)

The Colburn
Orchestra, Yehuda Gilad, conductor; Paul Coletti, violist

The principal large-scale ensemble of The Colburn School
concludes its 2010-2011 season with the West Coast premiere of Los Angeles
composer Paul Chihara’s Viola Concerto (When
Soft Voices Die),
Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 and Brahms’ Tragic Overture. The Sunday afternoon concerts offers a second
chance (after last week’s China Philharmonic performance) to hear the new CSUN
performing facility. INFO:


Sunday at 4 p.m. at
Neighborhood Church, Pasadena

Pacific Serenades

This intrepid chamber-music ensemble presents the 101st
world premiere in its 25-year history: Eric Charnofsky’s piano quintet, “5×5,”
with the composer playing the piano part and joined by Roger Wilkie and Miwako
Watanabe, violin; David Walther, viola; and David Speltz, cello. The program
also includes Mozart’s Piano Trio in B-flat Major, K. 502, with Edith Orloff as
pianist. This program also plays Saturday at 4 p.m. at a private home in Los
Angeles and next Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the UCLA Faculty Center in Westwood.


And the weekend’s “free admission” program this week …


Today at 8 p.m., Saturday
at 1:30 p.m. at Bridges Hall of Music, Pomona College

Pomona College Glee
Club; Donna M. Di Graza, conductor

This 23-member ensemble will sing selections from the 16th
century to the present, including music by Byrd, Palestrina, Durufl, Vaughan Williams
and others. INFO: www.pomona,edu



(c) Copyright 2011, Robert D. Thomas. All rights reserved.
Portions may be quoted with attribution.



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