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Before I Forget

February 08, 2011

Martin Haselböck

There are a handful of events I missed in my season preview for February I thought it might be worth mentioning before we got too far into the month. I was recently reminded that the always lovely Musica Angelica will be presenting their annual opera offering this month with a notable Mozart rarity, Zaide. Composed in 1780, Mozart finished the first two acts but never completed the work which had been commissioned by Emperor Joseph II. Musica Angelica will present a completed and staged version of the work on Feb 19 and 20 under he direction of Martin Hasselböck. The cast will feature Andrew Bidlack, Janai Brugger-Orman, Jesus Leon and Christina Hilz. This is a great chance to hear a rarely performed piece of music with one of the region's premiere period music ensembles, and there are a total of three performances with the two on the 20th happening at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

I should also mention a promising program from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra that will come up the following weekend on Feb 26. Lisa de la Salle will join the ensemble under Louis Langrée who will perform Beethoven’s Second Symphony along side Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 and a short work from Ravel. And, if you’re inclined for more piano magic, Simon Trpceski will appear in a solo recital at Disney Concert Hall on Feb 22 in a program that includes Haydn, Chopin, and Prokofiev.


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