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March 15, 2012
MUSIC Jacaranda, the Westside music series that presents obscure and experimental classical music, will stage a concert featuring the work of composers Leon Kirchner, Richard Rodney Bennett, Christopher Rouse and William Schuman. First Presbyterian Church, 1220 2nd St., Santa Monica. 8 p.m. Sat., 6 p.m. Sun. $20 to $40. (213) 483-0216, http://www.jacarandamusic.org
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January 27, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
In Karlheinz Stockhausen's wondrous, strange "Stimmung," six singers sit in a circle, produce otherworldly harmonics, evoke the names of Aztec gods, intone an eccentric hallelujah chorus and interrupt transcendental meditation reciting texts with graphic sexual imagery. There was nothing like it when the visionary German composer wrote "Stimmung" (which translates as tuning and is similar to the word for voice) holed up in a cabin with his new wife in Connecticut the winter of 1968. There is now, and that is only because "Stimmung" was, and remains, a phenomenon.
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October 27, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Thirteen months ago, on a calm, cool midnight in Santa Monica, Patrick Scott slipped out of the tiny Miles Memorial Playhouse and flopped on the stairs like a runner midway through a marathon. A few hours earlier, the first of 32 piano soloists had launched into a 24-hour, nonstop rendition of Erik Satie's "Vexations," which requires repeating one page of mystical, proto-Minimalist music 840 times. It was the kind of evening that Scott and his partner, Mark Alan Hilt, live for. As co-founders of Jacaranda, a decade-old classical music series based at Santa Monica's First Presbyterian Church, the men believe that when it comes to serving the interests of idiosyncratic, exceptionally demanding music, more is always more.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 27, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Thirteen months ago, on a calm, cool midnight in Santa Monica, Patrick Scott slipped out of the tiny Miles Memorial Playhouse and flopped on the stairs like a runner midway through a marathon. A few hours earlier, the first of 32 piano soloists had launched into a 24-hour, nonstop rendition of Erik Satie's "Vexations," which requires repeating one page of mystical, proto-Minimalist music 840 times. It was the kind of evening that Scott and his partner, Mark Alan Hilt, live for. As co-founders of Jacaranda, a decade-old classical music series based at Santa Monica's First Presbyterian Church, the men believe that when it comes to serving the interests of idiosyncratic, exceptionally demanding music, more is always more.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2012 | By Richard S. Ginell
Never, perhaps, was there a more fitting program for Jacaranda's motto “music at the edge” than the one served up Sunday evening: two rare works by two iconoclastic Pacific Rim composers, performed almost literally on the Rim itself at Santa Monica's First Presbyterian Church during a solar eclipse. Terry Riley's ground-breaking exercise in repetition “In C” is world-famous, but hardly anyone has ever heard its followup, “Olson III” -  which, incredibly, was receiving its large-scale U.S. premiere.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 2008 | Josef Woodard, Special to The Times
Jacaranda, the illuminating and increasingly important Southland music series, bills itself as "music at the edge of Santa Monica." True enough, its focus courts edginess, if cautiously, and with a mandate on mixing challenging and ear-pleasing fare. And quite literally, the concerts take place on the continental edge in the newly remodeled First Presbyterian Church on 2nd Street, a large stone's throw from the Pacific. With the series closing its fifth season Saturday, it has become apparent that Jacaranda has nudged its way from the fringes toward the middle of what's good in Los Angeles' classical music culture.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
"Fierce Beauty," the Jacaranda concert Saturday night at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica, was important. And it was important in several ways. It began what will be a week of considerable attention on Hungarian composer and conductor Peter Eötvös. A major figure in Europe, he is too little recognized in the United States and his appearances here are infrequent. The Los Angeles Philharmonic's upcoming "Focus on Eötvös" mini-festival is meant to help mend that neglect.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
So maybe "Baby Einstein" won't make your kids smarter after all. The Walt Disney Co. has offered to refund parents' money, so it looks like plopping kids in front of the videos does not count as instant education. But the few enlightened parents who tried "Einstein on the Beach" instead may have a wiser tale to tell. Saturday night the Westside music series Jacaranda concluded its first concert of the season at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica with excerpts from Philip Glass' groundbreaking opera he conceived with director Robert Wilson in 1976.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
In Karlheinz Stockhausen's wondrous, strange "Stimmung," six singers sit in a circle, produce otherworldly harmonics, evoke the names of Aztec gods, intone an eccentric hallelujah chorus and interrupt transcendental meditation reciting texts with graphic sexual imagery. There was nothing like it when the visionary German composer wrote "Stimmung" (which translates as tuning and is similar to the word for voice) holed up in a cabin with his new wife in Connecticut the winter of 1968. There is now, and that is only because "Stimmung" was, and remains, a phenomenon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2011 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
The Historic Highlands district is prototypical of the Pasadena-Altadena aesthetic: turn-of-the-century Craftsman homes next to 1920s Spanish bungalows across from grand colonial-revival mansions, set amid a forest of mature oaks, eucalyptus and jacaranda trees. The tidy north Pasadena neighborhood resounded Thursday with the whine of chain saws biting into many of those trees, as residents dug out after a night of howling winds turned palm fronds into missiles and launched limbs into backyards.
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April 29, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Jacaranda, the Santa Monica new music series, began its current season in September with a significant contribution to the local ad hoc celebrations of the 100th anniversary of John Cage's birth that month. It is now ending the season with a significant contribution to "Britten 100/LA," the citywide festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten's birth later this year. These are not obvious bookends. There is little to connect the composers - one a leader of the American avant-garde, the other the first British composer to accept a life peerage - who had no regard for each other, musically or otherwise.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
"Fierce Beauty," the Jacaranda concert Saturday night at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica, was important. And it was important in several ways. It began what will be a week of considerable attention on Hungarian composer and conductor Peter Eötvös. A major figure in Europe, he is too little recognized in the United States and his appearances here are infrequent. The Los Angeles Philharmonic's upcoming "Focus on Eötvös" mini-festival is meant to help mend that neglect.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
When it comes to Erik Satie's "Vexations," I have thus far been a grazer. On the several opportunities I have had to experience a performance of the work, which entails repeating the same page of mystically unstable music 840 times, a 24-hour proposition give or take a couple of hours depending upon tempo choices, I have always (perhaps conveniently) had obligations keeping me from a full performance of it. That was the case again for a performance in Santa Monica that began Friday night at 7 and concluded Saturday at 6:56 p.m. Thirty-two pianists were employed, each occupying the piano bench for about 45 minutes.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Wednesday was the 100th anniversary of John Cage's birth, and the world celebrated in ways large and small. The New Yorker magazine declared the 20th century "the John Cage century. " Washington, D.C., got into full Cagean swing with an eight-day festival. New York took notice. So did Berlin, Vienna, Paris and London. Los Angeles was somewhat less stirred about its homeboy who revolutionized the way we hear music and approach art. Wednesday, the music department of Pomona College, Cage's alma mater, cut a cake.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2012 | By Reed Johnson and David Ng, Los Angeles Times
This spring, opera in Los Angeles has been winning praise for its daring and diversity. A boldly abstract version of "Don Giovanni" staged by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. An edgy multimedia opera, "Crescent City," presented by The Industry. Coming up: Benjamin Britten's "Curlew River," by the innovative music group Jacaranda, and a new chamber opera, "The Face," by two USC scholars. This operatic blossoming has been good for local audiences, but it has raised awkward questions and touched a sensitive nerve in the city's arts community.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2012 | By Richard S. Ginell
Never, perhaps, was there a more fitting program for Jacaranda's motto “music at the edge” than the one served up Sunday evening: two rare works by two iconoclastic Pacific Rim composers, performed almost literally on the Rim itself at Santa Monica's First Presbyterian Church during a solar eclipse. Terry Riley's ground-breaking exercise in repetition “In C” is world-famous, but hardly anyone has ever heard its followup, “Olson III” -  which, incredibly, was receiving its large-scale U.S. premiere.
MAGAZINE
July 21, 1996
I, too, count as one of the delights of living in Southern California the perennial May appearance of jacaranda blossoms ("Blue Streak," by Jamie Wolf, So SoCal, June 9). And I always note how late in the year I can detect their blooms. I've found flowers lingering in November, and one time I recall seeing them as late (or early?) as January. Viva jacaranda mimosa folia! Pam Schulz Culver City Sure, the jacaranda's lavender color embodies exquisiteness and intensity.
NEWS
December 15, 1991
Warning to Westwood and other Westside homeowners: While Beverly Hills bans removal of trees, Los Angeles will stop you from planting them--at your cost. I recently learned this the expensive way. My neighbor and I wished to extend a row of magnificent jacarandas in front of our houses on South Bentley Avenue. Two huge jacarandas 20 feet apart grow in our parkway between the sidewalk and the street, but 55 feet of our parkway are barren. To complete the row of trees, we bought two large jacarandas in boxes to plant them the same 20 feet apart in the treeless stretch.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2012 | By Scott Timberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Since its founding in 2003, Jacaranda has proved itself one of the best and most adventurous chamber music series in the country. Based at the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica, Jacaranda offers a mix of new and old, with an emphasis on West Coast composers. (This season the group - whose motto is "Music at the Edge" - has put on pieces by Nico Muhly, Philip Glass and Toru Takemitsu, and it will close out its season in May with a minimalist piece by Terry Riley and a Lou Harrison work, arranged from gamelan for string orchestra.)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2012
MUSIC Jacaranda, the Westside music series that presents obscure and experimental classical music, will stage a concert featuring the work of composers Leon Kirchner, Richard Rodney Bennett, Christopher Rouse and William Schuman. First Presbyterian Church, 1220 2nd St., Santa Monica. 8 p.m. Sat., 6 p.m. Sun. $20 to $40. (213) 483-0216, http://www.jacarandamusic.org
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