Thursday, June 22, 2017

Edendale Up Close Concerts: July 1, 2017

at the
at the Edendale Branch Library

at the Edendale Branch Library (LAPL)
2011 W. Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90026
info (213) 207-3000
Concert in the Community Room
Free parking in the library lot (enter lot from Alvarado).

Saturday, JULY 1, 2017
Time: Noon to 1 pm. 

Edendale Ensemble/JULY Clarinet Festival Concert #1
String quartets by W.A. MOZART & SERGIO BARER;
JOHN SCOTT Clarinet Quintet 
with James Sullivan -clarinet
Jacqueline Suzuki - violin
Adriana Zoppo - violin
Lynn Grants - viola
Pamela de Almeida - cello

 W.A. MOZART   Divertimento in B flat Major, K. 137
Allegro di molto
Allegro assai
SERGIO BARER  String Quartet, Op. 13   (Premiere)
Allegro: The False Idea
Andante: Classical, Baroque and a Little Bit Modern
Andante: Ethereal
Allegro: Rhythmia
JOHN SCOTT  Clarinet Quintet  (U.S. Premiere)
Allegro Vivace

 Program notes:
The Divertimento, K. 137  was written in 1772 when Mozart was only fifteen or sixteen. He was in the employment of the Archbishop of Salzburg and had just returned from an extended journey to Italy with his father. Much of his musical training as a composer took place on this and other travels where he met composers like J. C. Bach in London and studied counterpoint with Giovanni Battista Martini in Bologna. We can hear some of the Italian influence in the limpidity and charming melodies of this divertimento. This and its two companion pieces are often called Salzburg Symphonies.  A divertimento is an informal piece of light music. Like the two others from his youthful period, Mozart's Divertimento in B-flat provided him with the only opportunity to write string chamber music in Salzburg. His father Leopold unsuccessfully tried to get the three works published as quartets. Unlike the other two, this divertimento begins leisurely. Yet beneath its graceful measures, tension builds for the exuberant second movement, with its wealth of thematic development. Most divertimenti from this period include minuets, yet this does not. No matter. The final movement generously provides us with a genial dance-like theme.
Notes from composer  Sergio Barer:
My first string quartet is composed of four movements, each one being its own little experiment. The first movement is called a False Idea. We have a theme that comes in at the very beginning, with no introduction. However, as we start repeating the melody, a “false idea”, which is a 3 note motive enters the composition and starts taking over, entering the lines of the four instruments, creating dissonance. Then the piece goes into an apathetic lull until “the right idea” comes in, which is the three note motive inverted. This new motive starts then expelling the false idea, creating a whole new melody that is triumphant and beautiful.
The second movement is called Classical, Baroque and a Little Bit Modern and it is a homage to slow movements of the string quartets of the past, with a little twist here and there that makes it more modern. This movement leads to the third movement that is called “Ethereal” where I create an atmosphere of very high pitches in evolving harmonies  which are traversed by a melody.
The fourth movement is called “Rhythmia” because rhythm is its most important element. Each instrument first states its own rhythm on one note, forming one chord for the first section of the piece. Then, each rhythm acquires, in turn, different pitches, creating a melody with its own rhythm. So here we have rhythms which give birth to melodies, therefore the “Rhythmia”.
 John Scott is an English composer and music conductor. Scott has collaborated with well-known directors and producers, including Mark DamonRichard DonnerCharlton HestonMike HodgesHugh HudsonNorman JewisonIrvin KershnerDaniel PetrieRoger Spottiswoode, and Norman J. Warren, among others.
Scott was born in BishopstonBristol, England.[2] His father, a musician in the Bristol Police Band, gave him his first music lessons. At the age of 14, he enrolled in the British Army (in the Royal Artillery BandWoolwich) as a Boy Musician in order to continue his musical studies of the clarinetharp and saxophone.
Later, Scott toured with some of the best-known British bands of the era. He was hired by EMI to arrange and conduct some of its most popular artists and, during this time, worked with Beatles producer George Martin (playing flute in the band's 1965 recording "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away").[3] Scott also recorded such artists as Tom JonesCilla Black, and The Hollies. As a musician, he played with The Julian Bream ConsortJohn DankworthCleo LaineYehudi MenuhinNelson Riddle and Ravi Shankar.
Credited as Johnny Scott, and playing flute, he led a jazz quintet, quartet and trio during the 1960s. He played for Henry Mancini and was principal saxophonist in John Barry's soundtrack to the James Bond film Goldfinger (1964).
Since the 1960s, Scott has composed for more than 100 film and television productions. Some of Scott's most praised and recognized scores are Antony and Cleopatra (1972), England Made Me (1973), North Dallas Forty (1979), The Final Countdown (1980), Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984) and The Shooting Party (1985). His TV work includes the themes to the BBC current affairs programs Nationwide and Midweek, incidental music for the ITV series Rosemary and Thyme, and documentaries by French explorer Jacques Cousteau.
Scott is also active as a classical composer (having written a symphony, a ballet, four string quartets and a guitar concerto) and as a conductor. Orchestras that he has conducted include the London Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Symphony OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic OrchestraMunich Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Opera OrchestraLubliana Radio Orchestra and Prague Philharmonic.
Interview of John Scott by Jon Burlingame:

 The Edendale Library Friends Society will provide refreshments following the concert. 

Future concerts in this free series at the Edendale Branch Library: 
(all concerts are on Saturdays at Noon-1pm)

 JULY 29, 2017 Edendale Ensemble/JULY Clarinet Festival Concert #2
Duos & Trios  for clarinet, violin, cello:
with James Sullivan - clarinet
Jacqueline Suzuki - violin
Derek Stein - cello

SEPT 9, 2017 Annelle Gregory
solo violin

DEC 2, 2017 Evan Marshall  
JAN 6, 2018 Arthur Omura 
solo harpsichord

Updated info will be posted at

This concert is made possible by a grant 

Kewa Civic Concerts
Kewa Civic Concerts 
 is a project of the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Program. The Pasadena Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations to Kewa Civic Concerts are tax deductible to the full extent of the law under Federal ID 95-2540759.”
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