Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: December 18 and 19, 2015

 

Salastina Music Society Presents Chamber Music Messiah and Sing Along, South Pasadena & Pacific Palisades, CA

 

Audrey Babcock, Mezzo-Soprano

 

 

South Pasadena, California, December 7, 2015 - On December 18 and 19, Salastina Music Society invites audiences to come to a deeper understanding of what makes Handel’s Messiah so enduring.  Featuring selections from the Messiah, this Masterpiece Discovery with Brian Lauritzen, explores the narrative of the oratorio. It illuminates specific moments of word painting, uncovering musical meaning along the way.

 

The concerts will take place on December 18, 2015 at 8pm at Calvary Presbyterian Church (1050 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena, CA 91030) and on December 19, 2015 at 8pm at Villa Aurora (520 Paseo Miramar, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272).  Discounted tickets ($28) for each concert can be purchased at www.salastinasociety.org; regular-priced tickets ($35) will be available at the door. Students with valid ID may purchase tickets for $10.  Tickets can be purchased at: http://salastinasociety.tix.com.  Call (323) 332-6874 for more information.
 
Salastina’s Messiah features one stellar instrumentalist and vocal soloist to a part. This includes the chorales. That adds up to four singers, a string quartet, and harpsichord. Unlike the typical performance, there will be no conductor involved. Most performances involve not only conductors, but also a large orchestra and chorus.
 
“Our unique, pared-down instrumentation gives the piece an exciting immediacy and transparency," co-director Maia Jasper White explains. "I’ve played the Messiah countless times with large groups and conductors. And yet the arias can -- and should -- have a chamber music feel to them. Our conductor-free Messiah allows for greater freedom and spontaneity. And when the audience sings along for the Hallelujah chorus, they become chamber music partners to the vocal soloists.”
 
Performing musicians include:
 
Jessica Rivera, Soprano
Audrey Babcock, Mezzo-Soprano
Arnold Livingston Geis, Tenor
Keith Colclough, Bass-Baritone
Maia Jasper White and Kevin Kumar, Co-Artistic Directors and Violins
Zachary Dellinger, Viola
Jacob Braun, Cello
Maksim Velichkin, Harpsichord
Brian Lauritzen, Resident Host
 
Co-director Kevin Kumar adds, “a warm and intimate spirit is also reflected in our concert presentation. We’re lighting multiple standing candelabras. It will feel like an elevated version of singing the greatest carols ever written around your grandma's piano. Christmas cookies and wine don't hurt in that department.”
 
About the
Salastina Music Society
 
The Salastina Music Society enriches hearts and minds through world-class and educational chamber music. They serve the intellectual and artistic curiosity of audiences of all types.  New listeners, the classical cognoscenti, and everyone in between enjoy a vital enrichment of spirit. Their repertoire spans three centuries, with special priority given to premieres by living composers. The roster comprises musicians drawn from Los Angeles’ saturated pool of talent. It includes Los Angeles Philharmonic principals, opera stars, and world-renowned soloists and chamber musicians. Many earn their bread and butter recording for major motion pictures.
 
Since 2010, Salastina has earned a national reputation for connecting audiences to classical music. Over two dozen Salastina performances have been broadcast to millions nationwide on Performance Today.
 
Their annual calendar includes concert programs, educational initiatives, recording projects, and other special events.
 
Their commitments:
 
• To discovery and new music.
 
All great music — from classic to not yet so — bears intrepid exploration. This is the guiding principle behind Masterpiece Discovery. We champion music that has stood the test of centuries out of a firm belief in its value. So too do we advocate for the ever-evolving music of our time. We promote new music that doesn’t compromise on originality, sophistication, or accessibility. We seek neither to pander to nor to alienate the listener. We put our money where our mouth is, commissioning many extraordinary works.
 
• To education.
 
Salastina performances feed the curiosity of listeners of all types inside the concert hall. We work with gifted young instrumentalists to prepare them for their place within it. Salastina musicians coach these young people from within the chamber group. This culminates in a performance alongside them.
 
• To making meaningful connections with audiences.
 
If art is to make us feel more human, then arbitrary and outdated rules run deadly interference.
 
Salastina artists don’t just sing and play beautifully. They also have a lot to say. Our artists share personal insight into their thoughts and experiences both during and after concerts.
 
Salastina Music Society promotes all kinds of extra-musical ways of enhancing the concert experience - from gourmet post-concert receptions to collaborations with celebrity comics.

 

Web: www.salastinasociety.org 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Maia Jasper White

Email: info@salastinasociety.org

Phone: (323) 332-6874

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.

 

Salastina Music Society

PO Box 705, Glendale, California, 91201

Web: www.salastinasociety.org

 

 Calendar Listing

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Chamber Music Messiah and Sing Along

Event Date: December 18 and 19, 2015

Event Time: 8:00 PM

Event Location: Calvary Presbyterian Church (1050 Fremont Street, South Pasadena, CA, 91030) and Villa Aurora (520 Paseo Miramar, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272)

Admission: $28 Advance Purchase / $35 At The Door / $10 Students With Valid ID

Web: www.salastinasociety.org

Contact: Maia Jasper White, info@salastinasociety.org, (323) 332-6874

Description: On December 18 and 19, Salastina Music Society invites audiences to come to a deeper understanding of what makes Handel’s Messiah so enduring.  Featuring selections from the Messiah, this Masterpiece Discovery with Brian Lauritzen, explores the narrative of the oratorio. It illuminates specific moments of word painting, uncovering musical meaning along the way. The concerts will take place on December 18, 2015 at 8pm at Calvary Presbyterian Church (1050 Fremont Avenue, South Pasadena, CA 91030) and on December 19, 2015 at 8pm at Villa Aurora (520 Paseo Miramar, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272).  Discounted tickets ($28) for each concert can be purchased at www.salastinasociety.org; regular-priced tickets ($35) will be available at the door. Students with valid ID may purchase tickets for $10.  Tickets can be purchased at: http://salastinasociety.tix.com/.  Call (323) 332-6874 for more information.
 

 


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