Concerts

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:

http://www.performingartslive.com
https://www.earlymusicla.org

Upcoming Concerts by Our Conductors:

January 19 and 26

Los Angeles Recorder Orchestra

Conducted byThomas Axworthy
Presents

The Ghosts of Christmas Past

If you aren’t ready for the Holidays to be over this concert will help keep the spirit alive.

The merriment starts with Tom Lehrer’s irreverent spoof, Hanukkah in Santa Monica, followed by Tabourot’s lively Official Bransle,
Rosenheck’s nostalgic Christmas in New York, a Traditional Chanukah Memories, Corelli’s charming Christmas Concerto. A joyous Hava Nagila follows. The concert ends with the reverent retelling of The Christmas Story of Heinrich Schütz with the vocal part sung by tenor Steve Padilla.

Sunday January 19th, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church
5450 East Atherton St, Long Beach, CA 90815
www.uuclb.org

Sunday January 26th, 2020 at 2:00 pm
St Bede’s Episcopal Church
3590 Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
www.stbedesla.org

Free Concert – Donations Appreciated
For further information, www.larohome.org or call
Thomas Axworthy (Music Director) 562-773-2265

​Performances including our conductors

Tesserae

Tesserae includes our conductor Alex Opsahl.

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

A chapter of the American Recorder Society, Orange County, California