April 18, 1988 |
While period-instrument orchestras proliferate, the antiquarian string quartet remains a rarity. The only internationally active ensemble in the field is the London-based Salomon String Quartet, which made its Los Angeles debut at the Doheny Mansion on Friday under auspices of the Da Camera Society of Mount St. Mary's College.
April 12, 1988 |
As a sultry afternoon sun, streaming through the Tiffany glass dome roof, turned the salon of Edward Doheny's 100-year-old mansion into a hotbox Sunday, violinist Arnold Steinhardt and pianist Lincoln Mayorga rendered the non-air-conditioned circumstances irrelevant. The wonder of Steinhardt is that his flamboyance exists entirely in the playing, not in mannerisms or stance. Though his basically warm, fruity tone occasionally becomes thin and scrappy, he never loses the music for an instant.
April 24, 1992 |
The Arcadian Academy, members of the San Francisco-based Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, presented a cherishable program of mostly 17th-Century music on period instruments in the Crystal Ballroom of the Biltmore Hotel on Monday. It was a high point of this season of the Chamber Music in Historic Sites series sponsored by the Da Camera Society of Mount St. Mary's College.
April 19, 1999 |
The Peabody Trio has been playing the music of contemporary Israeli composer Shulamit Ran for years now, and certainly has the courage of its convictions. The ensemble from Baltimore began the season finale Friday of the Da Camera Society of Mount St. Mary's College soiree series at the Doheny Mansion with the Los Angeles premiere of Ran's "Soliloquy." Based on themes from Ran's opera "The Dybbuk," "Soliloquy" opens in still, haunted beauty.
February 29, 1988 |
Friday night, the Da Camera Society scored a spectacular success in engaging, on three days' notice, a suitable replacement for violist Thomas Reibl, who, before he contracted the flu, was scheduled to perform at the Doheny Mansion, on the downtown campus of Mount St. Mary's College.
January 17, 1989 |
The Empire Brass Quintet displayed complete mastery Sunday night aboard the Queen Mary under the auspices of the Chamber Music in Historic Sites series of the Da Camera Society. Awash from start to finish in brilliant tones impeccably controlled, the audience heard a wide stylistic variety of selections that never failed to delight.
January 13, 1992 |
Nobody could accuse the Los Angeles Piano Quartet of taking a walk on the repertory wild side, Friday at the Doheny Mansion at Mount St. Mary's College downtown campus. But there are other kinds of musical adventure, as the group demonstrated in its Da Camera Society concert. That was most convincingly shown in Faure's Quartet in C minor, Opus 15. An LAPQ recording of the piece is due out soon, and the performance Friday proved thoroughly polished and well-considered, but not overly studied.
November 18, 1985 |
An appealing match of performers and venue was provided by the Da Camera Society of Mount St. Mary's College on Friday: the Netherlands-based Orlando String Quartet amid the Tiffany glass and marble of the downtown Doheny Mansion. This excellent ensemble has, with the recent acquisition of a new first violinist, Charles Andre Linale, added heft and rhythmic bite without altering a basic profile notable for refinement of tone, brightly lean sonority and quickish tempos.
March 20, 1989 |
In his appearance on Friday for the Da Camera Society of Mount St. Mary's College, tenor Robert White celebrated the day--St. Patrick's--while honoring the memory of John McCormack in the very locale, the Doheny Mansion, where the great Irish tenor frequently entertained his hosts, Edward and Carrie Estelle Doheny, in the 1920s.
March 18, 2003 |
Rebel, a Netherlands period instrument ensemble currently in residence at Trinity Church in New York City, offered one of those fill-in-the-gaps programs Sunday at Second Church of Christ Scientist near USC. Most of the 17th century composers were unfamiliar. Nicolaus Bruhns, Franz Tunder, Johann Rosenmuller and John Jacob Froberger will be recognized only by specialists. Heinrich Biber and Dietrich Buxtehude are names, for most of us, known more in the breach than in the observance.