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Fireside at the Miles Offers Eclectic Musical Lineup This Month

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December 16, 2020 -- The Miles Playhouse is an ideal setting enjoy Saint-Saens' classic "Carnival of the Animals," which will be performed inside the historic structure Friday night.

Listeners can lounge on couches around the large period fireplace and take in the colorful parade of zoological characters evoked by the French composer, who died six years before the playhouse opened.

The concert by the Orchestra Santa Monica Woodwind Quintet -- which also includes a performance of Nielsen's iconic Wind Quintet that highlights each personality of the instruments -- is part of the 11th Annual Fireside at the Miles performance series.

The series runs every Friday and Saturday night through February 22 and offers a wide array of performances this month.

On Saturday, the Los Angeles based jazz ensemble, Colibri Quartet, performs its blend of American and Brazilian sounds.

"The group envisions The American Songbook and Samba classics from a contemporary perspective and highlights many original compositions," concert organizers said.

The quartet features Natália Spadini (vocals), Ben Thomas (guitar), Kevin McClellan (bass), and Marcelo Bucater (drums).

On Friday, January 24, the Bruns Collective, featuring singer Kevin Baché, will offer its blend of jazz influenced by a variety of genres.

"Led by drummer Jason Bruns this 8-piece ensemble boasts a virtuosic 3-piece horn section, a highly versatile rhythm section, and Baché's powerful lead vocals," organizers said.

The ensemble recently wrapped up its second tour of Japan and closed out the "Jazz at LACMA" 2019 season. Their last two albums charted in the Top-10 and aired on 300+ radio stations including K-JAZZ.

This month's offerings conclude Saturday, January 25, with a night of a Capella performed by three eclectic all-vocal groups -- Frequency, Turnstyle and the Honey Whiskey Trio.

The concert showcases "the power of the human voice: the most versatile instrument ever created!" organizers said.

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for youth age 18 and under, adults age 55 and over and students. The doors open at 7:30pm and shows run from 8 - 10 p.m. Seating is general admission.

For a complete line-up please visit Free underground parking is available at 808 Wilshire Boulevard.

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