Don’t Miss Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra! Third Season Concludes On April 28, 29, & 30!

Kaleidoscope To Conclude Third Season On April 28, 29, & 30

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Don’t miss our final program of our 3rd season!!!

Open Rehearsal
Friday, April 28 @ 7pm (open rehearsal)
The Salvation Army Bell Shelter
5600 Rickenbacker Rd, Bell, CA 90201

PERFORMANCE
Saturday
Saturday, April 29 @ 8 pm
Glendale City Church
610 East California Ave., Glendale, CA 91206

PERFORMANCE
Sunday, April 30th @ 3 pm
First Presbyterian Church
1220 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

 

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The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra will conclude its third season on April 28, 29, 30 in Bell, Glendale, and Santa Monica. The program and schedule is as follows:

Will Healy – Kolmanskop (West Coast premiere)
Steven Stucky – Partita-Pastorale after J.S.B.
Sergei Prokofiev – Symphony No. 5

If you would like to make an additional donation of clothes or canned food for us to give to the homeless shelters we perform at, please bring them in a bag and leave them with volunteers at our check-in table.

 

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Learn about Kaleidoscope in the FAQS HERE

Kaleidoscope is one of a handful of conductorless orchestras in the world and the only one in Los Angeles. It is dedicated to enriching lives through exhilarating concert experiences, artistic excellence, musician leadership, and connecting with the diverse communities of Los Angeles.

In January, Kaleidoscope raised $73,683 from Kickstarter and had the 4th highest grossing classical music project in history. The link to the successful Kickstarter can been here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/883868848/kaleidoscope-connecting-people-through-classical-m

Additionally, Kaleidoscope also recently received a generous gift of $45,000 from Madelyn and Jerald Jackrel.

Kaleidoscope’s open rehearsal Friday in Bell is one of over 30 free performances at schools, hospitals, homeless shelters, and other underserved parts of the Los Angeles community. During Kaleidoscope’s third season, all public concerts are being offered with an innovative ‘pay what you can’ model that eliminates the barrier of a ticket price.

The program opens with the West Coast Premiere of Kolmanskop by Will Healy*, a composer based in New York studying at the Juilliard School. Healy is a recipient of an ASCAP Morton Gould Award, and recently received a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. During his time at Juilliard, Healy studied with the late Steven Stucky. Background on the piece from Will Healy:

Kolmanskop is a ghost town, located in a desert near the coast of Namibia. A German diamond mining settlement until its abandonment in the 1950’s, the surrounding sands have filled the homes. The first time I came across pictures of Kolmanskop, I was awestruck by the beauty and strangeness of the place. The photographs looked like surrealist art, with mountains of sand, sometimes to the tops of doorways and roofs, inundating ornate colonial houses.

In 2014, I was awarded the W.K. Rose Fellowship from Vassar College to go to Kolmanskop and compose a piece based on that setting. I spent countless hours sitting in the houses last April with blank staff paper and a pencil, sketching out a plan for the piece. In the end, I wanted to represent more than just the visual elements of Kolmanskop. I tried to depict the idea of decay as the sand fills the houses, the sense of loss and nostalgia as the structures fade away, and the passage of time. The whole town is a bit like an hourglass–the more time that passes, the higher the sand becomes. I found a violin in one of the houses behind a glass case, apparently made by a violin-maker in Kolmanskop at the turn of the century. It was strange to know that in these eerily silent buildings there had once been music, and I decided to represent that with a recurring offstage violin solo. As the violin plays, it is often hidden by walls of sound, struggling to be heard above the orchestra.

This piece is written in memory of my teacher, Steven Stucky. He and I had many discussions about the time, loss and what that meant in music, and those sections took on new meaning after his death. I want to thank him, as well as John Corigliano, Samuel Adler, and Harold Meltzer for their guidance on the piece.

Second on the program is a chamber work by Steven Stucky entitled, Partita-Pastorale after J.S.B., for clarinet, 2 violins, viola, cello, and piano. Stucky is a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and the work was commissioned by the BBC Proms to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach. Background from the composer:

Partita Pastorale after J.S.B. is a kind of daydream about Bach. Its basic shape is provided by a performance of the first movement of Bach’s B-flat keyboard partita, more or less complete through variously transposed, orchestrated, and interrupted. The interruptions are themselves remembered fragments of other keyboard works of Bach: bits of two of the Golberg variations (no. 6,, the canon at the second, and no. 25, the famous chromatic slow one), a few notes from the Italian Concerto and a few more from the E-major French suite, and a bit of the A-minor prelude from Book II of the Well-Tempered Clavier.

The program closes with Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, a work which needs no introduction. The performance will include over 60 musicians, and will be the first time the work has ever been performed without a conductor.

The Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra continues to push the boundaries of convention while maintaining the highest quality of artistry and collaboration. This concert series will be a historic landmark in the rich tradition of classical music, expanding and enlivening the past while forging ahead into the future. Kaleidoscope’s 2016-2017 season features 16 premiers, 12 of which were chosen from their annual call for scores which received almost 900 applications from over 30 countries.

 

For more information about Kaleidoscope, please visit: www.kco.la

 

This is a very worthwhile event– both musically and for you to contribute by attending the performances and perhaps via donations for this very worthy cause,

Stevie Wilson,

LA-Story.com

 

 

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