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Santa Monica's Jacaranda Music Series Kicks Off with Harrison, Glass Compositions
By Jorge Casuso
October 19, 2017 -- Santa Monica's adventurous Jacaranda music series kicks of Saturday with a concert featuring microtonal works by modern masters of unusual tuning Lou Harrisaon and Ben Johnston.The six concerts this year explore "conscience and consciousness" and focus on six "program ideas" -- environment, power, solidarity, sensuality, science and identity, concert organizers said.
The concert also features works in traditional tuning that achieve an edge using elements that include unusual rhythmic structures.
Such is the case for Philip Glass' Symphony No. 3, a 1995 composition scored for string orchestra that uses the New York composer's trademark pulsing rythms to create a hypnotic effect.
The program includes Japanese composer Karen Tanaka's 1989 composition "Jardin des Herbes" written for harpsichord and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky's "Two Holy Sonnets of John Donne," a 1982 setting for mezzo soprano of two of the metaphysical Renaissance poet's works.
Now in its 15th season, Jacaranda presents music "mostly missing from the cultural life of Los Angeles in compelling performances that make you wonder why," according to the non-profit organization's website.
Jacaranda's concerts take place at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 2nd Street. For more information and to purchase tickets click here
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