Here we list upcoming concerts that include or are supported by our members or conductors. Please send listings to the webmaster. Include “OCRS” in the subject line.
We are fortunate that there are many great concerts in Southern California all year. We cannot list them all. Here is a list of local concert resources, including area chamber and early music venues, with links. Also check these excellent sources:
Upcoming Concerts by Our Conductors:
When Jubal Struck the Corded Shell: Music about the Power of Music.
Directed by Adam Knight Gilbert, Baroque Sinfonia
April 26, 8:00 pm.
The USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia concert features masterworks of the English and German High Baroque in praise of music, with vocal and instrumental drama and comedy by Handel, Telemann, and Buxtehude.
The concert will be held Friday, April 26 at 8:00pm in USC’s Newman Recital Hall, 700 Childs Way, Los Angeles 90089. For the nearest parking structure to the hall, enter campus on McCarthy Way.
Admission is free and open to the public.
We hope to see you there!
For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Axworthy and his Merry Band in a new TV show AMERICAN PRINCESS premiering June 2 on Lifetime
Lifetime’s new series American Princess will explore the strange subculture of Renaissance fairs through the eyes of a New York socialite who catches her fiancé cheating on their wedding day and then runs away to an Elizabethan festival.
Created by Jamie Denbo and produced by Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black) and Tara Herrmann, the show stars Australian newcomer Georgia Flood as Amanda, the Upper East Sider turned Renaissance princess.
The cast also includes Lucas Neff (Raising Hope, Downward Dog) as David, Amanda’s love interest and a fellow Ren fair actor who goes by the name Pizzle Humpsalot and performs Shakespearean parodies in the mud; Seana Kofoed as the fair’s Queen Elizabeth; Mary Hollis Inboden as “a free-spirited washer wench who becomes Amanda’s new best friend”; and Broadway all-star Rory O’Malley as the fair’s Shakespeare.
Performances including our conductors
Tesserae includes our conductor Alex Opsahl.
We are delighted to announce Tesserae’s seventh season, our most exciting and ambitious one yet! We kick off in Pasadena on Sunday, October 7th, with a performance dedicated to Georg Philipp Telemann. Rodolfo Richter joins us as our special guest in a performance that will include the Suite in A minor for recorder, and his famous violin concerto in A Major, “The Frogs”.
On Friday November 16th, we return to the stunning Pompeian Room of the Doheny Mansion, the perfect setting for an intimate performance dedicated to the sumptuous music of Barbara Strozzi.
On Sunday, January 20th, Tesserae explores the small-scale sacred concerti of Viadana, Rigatti, Grandi, and Schütz. These hidden jewels of the early Baroque sought to recreate the grandeur of the large-scale works with smaller forces.
On April 6th, 2019, Tesserae joins forces with the Colburn Early Music Ensemble and rising baroque star and former Colburn student Elicia Silverstein to present virtuosic string music from Rome, Bologna, and Venice. From Baroque heavyweights Vivaldi and Corelli, to the lesser known but equally extravagant Ragazzi and Montanari, this concert presents the striking contrasts used in this repertoire.
Finally, Tesserae is delighted be performing for the very first time in the highly-esteemed Da Camera Society series on Saturday June 1st, 2019. Expanding into our largest formation yet, we will perform music by Händel and Rameau under the direction of none other than Christophe Rousset. Joined by his concertmaster Gilone Gaubert-Jacques, the program will include Handel’s Apollo e Dafne, and suites and airs from Rameau’s Dardanus and Les Indes Galantes.
Los Angeles Recorder Orchestra
Directed by Thomas Axworthy
LARO includes many members of OCRS and is led by our long-time conductor Tom Axworthy.
For further information, http://www.larohome.org or call Thomas Axworthy (Music Director) 562-773-2265
The Los Angeles Recorder Orchestra is one of a growing number of recorder orchestras that have sprung up in Europe and around the United States in recent years. The recorder is a Renaissance or Baroque flute. Renaissance music written for “flute” was actually performed at that time on an alto recorder.
Our orchestra was founded in 2004 and currently has about thirty players from all around Southern California, playing all different sizes and shapes of recorder, from the tiny 9-inch sopranino to the 8-foot-plus SubContraBass. The group plays compositions ranging from the Renaissance period to the present.
We generally perform three concert programs per year, typically February, June, and September. We play a wide variety of music. Our concerts are free to the public.
Ciaramella Early Music Ensemble
Ciaramella Early Music Ensemble ventures toward modern times with intoxicating dance melodies from musicians who lived from the 1500s into the Baroque era. Ground bass patterns underlie all of this music; sometimes one can hear it clearly and sometimes the ground bass line is veiled within the polyphony. Ciaramella performs on shawms, recorders, bagpipes, sackbuts, plucked-string instruments, and percussion, improvising florid polyphony in the manner of the Burgundian alta capella ensembles that piped across Renaissance Europe.
Members include our conductors Rotem Gilbert and Adam Gilbert. See https://www.facebook.com/CiaramellaEnsemble/
USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia
The USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia (formerly the USC Thornton Early Music Ensemble) is a period-instrument ensemble whose members are among the most gifted instrumentalists at the USC Thornton School. The Baroque Sinfonia is led by Adam Gilbert, the director of the Early Music program. Specializing in music from the seventeenth- through mid-eighteenth century, it has performed in the U.K.-L.A. Festival, the Los Angeles Bach Festival, the Long Beach Bach Festival, the J. Paul Getty Summer Music Festival, the Cal State Summer Arts Festival and concert series at UCLA, Occidental College, Chapman University, the Skirball Cultural Center and many others. As a winner in the Early Music America Collegium, the Baroque Sinfonia was be among six ensembles who performed at Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival in 2014. Its performances have been heard on NPR, and its members—past and present—populate some of the best professional ensembles on both coasts. Solo singers specializing in baroque styles and techniques also take part in the concerts. https://music.usc.edu/baroque-sinfonia/
La Mer Consort
Directed by Brenda Bittner.
To participate, see classes