Five-Spot: What caught my eye on February 22, 2012

By Robert D. Thomas

Music Critic

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

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Each Thursday, I list five events that pique my interest,
including (ideally) at least one with free admission (or, at a minimum, inexpensive
tickets). Here’s today’s grouping:

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

Los Angeles
Philharmonic, Osmo Vnsk, conductor

Finnish conductor Osmo Vnsk makes his Disney Hall leading
the Philharmonic in Richard Strauss’ Rosenkavalier
Suite
and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 6. Friday is a “Casual Friday” concert.
The Saturday and Sunday programs include Kalevi Aho’s 2005 Clarinet Concerto,
with Martin Frst (for whom it was written) as soloist. Information: www.laphil.com

 

Saturday at 8 p.m.
at Alex Theatre, Glendale

Sunday at 7 p.m. at
Royce Hall, UCLA

Los Angeles Chamber
Orchestra; Jeffrey Kahane, conductor

The latest LACO “Sound Investment” commission, Old Keys by Timothy Andres, will receive
its first performances at this concert. Also on the agenda are Andres’
“reconstruction” of Mozart’s “Coronation” Concerto and Mozart’s Symphony No.
40. My preview story is HERE. Information:
www.laco.org

 

Saturday at 8 p.m.
at First United Methodist Church, Pasadena

Angeles Chorale; John
Sutton, conductor

“American Experience: Spirituals, Gospel and Jazz” will
feature Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass as
the centerpiece of what should be a rocking evening. Information: www.angeleschorale.org

Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Isabelle Demers,
organist

The Canadian organist makes her Disney Hall debut with a
program that opens with Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Major (St. Anne) and includes her
transcriptions of Wagner’s Prelude to Die
Meistersinger
and music from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet. Information:
www.laphil.com

 

And the weekend’s
“free admission” program …

 

Sunday at 4 at First
United Methodist Church, Glendale

Cathedral Choir and
Orchestra: Lenten concert

Nancy Sulahian leads her choir, soloist and an orchestra in
a concert that concludes with the Faur Requiem. Other pieces on the program
are works by Bruckner, Roger-Ducasse, Stanford and Faur, some sung by the full
choir and others by a chamber ensemble. Information:
www.glendalemethodist.org

 

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Portions may be quoted with attribution.