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Here we list upcoming concerts that include recorders or other early instruments, or are recommended by or include 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. Below we present a list of area chamber and early music venues, with links.

Check these lists for other concerts:

Performing Arts Live is an extensive and broad resource.

Southern California Early Music Society maintains a calendar of early music performances in Southern California. The full calendar is available only to members. This page covers only the next two weeks.

Chamber Music Newsletter From the South Bay has a list of chamber music performances in Southern California, many of them free.

…and if you just want to stay home and listen, check out KUSC (91.5 FM). They have a wonderful “Baroque Show” each Sunday morning; it airs 10 a.m. to noon. It features recorders every so often, and includes some of our favorite composers of that period.

…or listen on the Internet. Recorder Radio, provides  music of good audio quality streamed over the internet. You might also try:, an around-the-clock Baroque music station, or, a classical music station from the Netherlands.

Area chamber and early music venues

Boston and The San Francisco Bay Area are traditionally well known as centers for the performance and enjoyment of Early and Chamber Music, but Southern California has a wonderful selection of groups that is fast growing in popularity. Following are a number of organizations with web links to access their programs. If you also have a list of favorites that should be included or find that links need to be updated, please contact thewebmaster so that we can maintain this on this web site.

Fullerton Friends of Music, Fullerton

54th Year Concert Series 2012–2013
The history of Fullerton Friends of Music is now over forty years long, and we are still going strong. The fledgling organization that was the pioneer of regularly scheduled concerts of chamber music in Orange County now soars to new heights with annual concerts that present leading musicians of national and international stature. Our mission is to foster in our growing community a greater appreciation and support of chamber music performances. As always, our music spans the centuries from the Baroque to the contemporary.

Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton
The mission of The Muckenthaler is to provide the public with experiences that stimulate creativity and imagination, while conserving the heritage and architecture of the Muckenthaler Estate.
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center offers extraordinary exhibitions, performances and engaging educational programs to Orange County’s diverse communities and beyond.

Trinity Lutheran Church, Manhattan Beach
Trinity Lutheran Church, Manhattan Beach, hosts three concert series: a regular concert series on Sunday afternoons; the noontime “Bach’s Lunch Recitals” on first Fridays from October through May; and “The Previews,” which present the Beverly Hills Public Library “Sundays At Two” recitals on third Saturdays from August through May.

Scripps College Fridays at Noon Concerts

Chamber music performances by faculty and guests of the music departments at Pomona and Scripps Colleges, including a violin and viola duo, piano trio, string quartet, chamber choir, and solo performances of baroque guitar and violin, cello, and voice accompanied by piano. All concerts are held at Scripps College in Claremont on listed Fridays at Noon and admission is free and open to the public. Additionally they present frequent faculty and student recitals, choirs,and concerts

Chapman University Conservatory of Music, Orange
The Conservatory of Music provides aspiring musicians with a rigorous, professional musical training program, coupled with a supportive liberal arts environment. This outstanding music curriculum prepares our students to enter a variety of professional fields after graduation or continue their studies in top graduate programs throughout the country. The Conservatory of Music presents frequent faculty and student recitals, choirs, and concerts.

Los Angeles Recorder Orchestra
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. LARO was founded in the summer of 2004, and is made up of thirty recorder players from all around Southern California. The group plays compositions ranging from the Renaissance period to the 20th century, arranged for sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, bass, great bass, contrabass, sub great bass and subcontrabass recorders.

Fullerton College Music Calendar, Fullerton
Welcome to one of the finest community college music programs in the state of California, if not the nation. Nearly 800 majors and over 4,000 students per semester study one or more of 80 classes in music appreciation, music history, music theory, applied music, commercial music, piano pedagogy, and sound recording, and excel in one or more of 25 performance groups. When measured against the enrollments of the 109 other community college Music programs in California, the Fullerton College Music Department ranks an amazing #1 in enrollments in the state.

USC Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles
Led by Dean Dr. Robert A. Cutietta, the USC Thornton School of Music brings together a stellar faculty chosen from a broad spectrum of the music profession and musically gifted students from around the globe. Founded in 1884, and today the oldest continually operating cultural institution in Los Angeles, the Thornton School consistently ranks among the top one percent of the nation’s music schools and conservatories. Graduates of the school attain positions with major orchestras, ensembles, recording studios and music industry firms and perform on stages and in studios around the world.

UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Irvine

We are concerned with the performance and creation of music within the context of the highest standards of historical aesthetic, and theoretical inquiry. This philosophy is reflected in both the undergraduate and graduate curricula, and in the makeup of the faculty and student cohort as well. At the same time, we take seriously the value of education in music for the broader student body, and toward that end we offer a range of courses for non-majors that explore music in the humanistic domain. Our performing ensembles are open to all qualified students, regardless of whether they are music majors or not.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena, Glendale, and the West Side
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers.

Musica Angelica, LA County
Musica Angelica is led by Music Director Martin Haselböck, the internationally renowned organist, conductor, and composer. Regarded as Southern California’s premier Baroque ensemble, Musica Angelica presents wide-ranging programs encompassing music from the early Baroque through the early Classical era.

Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Pasadena
Incorporated on New Year’s Eve 1983 by founders Silke Sauppe and Wynne Stone, the Conservatory began its operations in space rented from a small church, with a faculty of eight, led by a volunteer administration. It has since grown to an established institution enrolling over 1300 students annually, taught by an exceptional and highly educated music faculty of over fifty. The school operates from its own campus in central Pasadena and is recognized for the vital role it plays in the cultural and educational communities.

Tesserae, LA County
Formed in 2010 Tesserae combines instruments from various Renaissance consort families (violin, viol, and brass) and explores some of the most beautiful repertoire of the time, from the intimate chamber music of the early 17th century to the splendor of large-scale Venetian polychoral music

CSU Long Beach, Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, Long Beach
The world of music is a vast and ever-changing field that is influenced by culture, politics, economics, and ultimately through the performance of the individual artist. Artistry is realized through dynamic learning experiences that lead to personal accomplishment. The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach is proud to offer these experiences. You are about to enter the real world of music that awaits you at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music.

Pomona College Department of Music, Claremont
The Fall 2012 concert season of the Pomona College’s Department of Music will feature an eclectic offering of music from a wide range of genres, eras and musical backgrounds with special performances and guests joining Pomona College’s performance faculty and student ensembles.

Orange Coast College Music Department, Costa Mesa
The Orange Coast College Music Department programs are designed to provide dedicated students with the knowledge and experience they need to transfer to top four-year institutions and to succeed in the highly competitive business
of music. OCC’s outstanding faculty, top-notch ensembles, and commitment to helping our students become complete musicians has produced a legacy of talented and successful graduates who are leaving their mark on the worlds of classical and commercial music.

Southern California Early Music Society
Southern California Early Music Society, is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization which supports the study, performance and enjoyment of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical music. Members include ardent listeners, concert-goers, scholars, collectors, instrument builders and musicians…from amateurs to professionals.

Classical Guitar Events,Orange and Los Angeles County
The Guitar Circle was founded in 1967 to celebrate and promote the music of the classical guitar in Orange County, California, and surrounding communities. We’re a social organization, providing a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy fine music and the company of other music lovers. At our recitals, you’ll meet players, teachers, students, and people who just like to listen.

San Diego Early Music Society
The San Diego Early Music Society is a non-profit organization founded to showcase the musical treasures of Europe’s medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, as performed on period instruments and in accordance with historical practice. The Society was established in 1981 and has presented concerts in churches, small halls, museums, and homes — settings for which the music was composed. The SDEMS presents an International Series, A Recital Series, A Museum Series, as well as workshops.

KUSC, 91.5 fm with Alan Chapman, Sundays 9–11 am
The Baroque period, from the innovations of Monteverdi to the mastery of J.S. Bach, marks the beginning of “modern” music. Hosted by Alan Chapman, this two-hour weekly program offers splendid performances of this rich repertoire.

Camerata Pacifica, Hahn Hall, Santa Barbara
Camerata Pacifica, called “the best chamber music reason to get out of the house” by the Los Angeles Times, performs monthly in Los Angeles, San Marino, Ventura and Santa Barbara. Bringing together musicians and audiences from around the world, Camerata Pacifica is committed to musical excellence and exploration, repertoire that reflects the breadth of the chamber music genre.

Nixon Library Family Concert Series, Sundays in Yorba Linda
Free concerts are held Sundays, except when otherwise noted, and are open to the public. Doors open at 1:15 pm, and concerts begin at 2:00 pm unless otherwise noted

Sundays Live, LA County Museum of Art
Sundays Live presents weekly classical chamber music concerts and recitals by premier professional artists from Southern California and around the world. These one-hour concerts are presented free to the public at 6 pm on Sundays in the Leo S. Bing Theater of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
No tickets or reservations are required and all are welcome! For more information, please call Bill Vestal at 323-857-6234.

Colburn School of Performing Arts, LA
Opened in 2003, the Colburn School Conservatory of Music has become one of the nation’s leading conservatories for highly talented college-age students pursuing the most rigorous classical instrumental music performance training. The mission of the Colburn Conservatory is to prepare gifted young musicians for professional lives in music. Our outstanding faculty, creative curriculum and remarkable performance programs are all elements of the excellence that guides our vision both now and in the future.


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