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Pictured: Mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin will be featured in Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s premiere of Do You Dream in Color?, based on her poem. (See MUSIC)

Pictured: French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras will play Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major with LACO. (See MUSIC)

Pictured: Grant Gershon will lead the L.A. Master Chorale in performances of Carl Orff’s ever poular “Carmina Burana” Photo by Steve Cohn. (See MUSIC)

MUSIC

LACO Premieres Adolphe’s Do You Dream In Color? Based On Blind Mezzo’s Poem

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, will present the  U.S. premiere of the orchestral version of Bruce Adolphe’s Do You Dream in Color?, a work set to a poem about living without sight written by rising mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin.

Born blind, Rubin, a 1997 Music Center Spotlight Awards winner, will make her LACO debut at 7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20 at UCLA’s Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive,

French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, who wowed audiences and critics alike at USC’s 2012 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, makes his LACO debut in Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major, believed lost until discovered in Prague in 1961.

Kahane also conducts Mozart’s light-hearted Serenata Notturna, K. 239, and opens the program with Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, the work that catapulted Britten into the international limelight.

Adolphe, an admirer of Rubin’s voice who approached her about a possible collaboration, explains the genesis of Do You Dream in Color?: “I asked Laurie to express in words what it feels like to live without sight so I could set it in music.” Rubin wrote her experiences into the poem, ranging from how she applies make-up and makes jewelry to her joy at a young fan’s request that she sign a program. Rubin recorded Adolphe’s song with solo piano for Bridge Records.

A “Concert Prelude,” held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, will feature Kahane discussing Benjamin Britten and his musical legacy, Adolphe speaking about his composition for Rubin and a representative from Braille Institute, one of LACO’s community partners, talking about Braille music notation. Braille Institute is also providing a special display of collograms, a type of textural printmaking, inspired by Rubin’s poem and Adolphe’s work.

The Royce Hall concert is sponsored, in part, by the Sidley Austin Foundation.

Tickets, starting at $25, are available now and may be purchased online at laco.org or by calling 213-622-7001.

‘Chamber Music At All Saints’ To Present ‘Vienna and Beyond’

“Vienna and Beyond,” a program featuring Jonathon Golove, cello; and Stephen Manes, piano, will kick off the 2013-14 season of “Chamber Music at All Saints'” at 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20 at All Saints’ Church, 504 N. Camden Dr., one block west of Rodeo Drive, on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Camden Drive.

The mostly-Romantic program of Beethoven and Brahms sonatas will feature a fantasy by Robert Schumann (who spent time in Vienna) and a companion piece by Golove, Kreisler’s Coat, inspired by Schumann’s Kreisleriana.

Tickets are $20 for adults; $10 for students/seniors.

For more information, call 310-275-0123 or visit www.allsainsbh.org.

Free parking is available in public lots across Santa Monica Boulevard from the parish; first-hour free parking is available at 440 N. Camden Dr.

Master Chorale To Present ‘Pop Culture Favorite’ Orff’s Carmina Burana

The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon, continues its year-long 50th anniversary season celebration with back-to-back performances of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, one of the most popular choral works of the 20th century, featuring Chorale member Timothy Gonzales, tenor, and guest artists Stacey Tappan, soprano;  José Adán Pérez, baritone, and the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 and  7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3 at Disney Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave.

Verdi’s Te Deum, for double chorus and orchestra with roots in polyphony and Gregorian chant, opens the program.

A pop culture favorite, the work has been featured in such films as The Last of the Mohicans, Speed and Excalibur and such TV shows as Glee, The Simpsons and Survivor.

The work, based on a collection of 13th century writings by medieval poets, defrocked monks, vagabond scholars and minstrels, illuminates the bawdy and sensuous side of mankind.

Written in 1936, when Orff was 41, it is perhaps the most recognized choral work of the 20th century. The majority of its movements are for chorus, which provides the musical heart of Carmina Burana and is a testament to Orff’s skill in handling massed voices.

A staple for the Chorale, Carmina Burana has been performed 16 times and conducted by all four of the choir’s music directors over the past 50 years. Gershon last conducted the piece in 2005.

Tickets  range from $29-$129 and are available by calling 213- 972-7282 or visiting www.lamc.org. (Tickets cannot be purchased at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office except on concert days starting two hours before the performance.)

RADIO

Star Trek Casts Take On Sci-Fi Classics War Of  The Worlds, The Lost World

L.A. Theatre Works’ Radio Theatre Series will air a double feature: H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds, adapted by Howard Koch, and starring Leonard Nimoy, John de Lancie, Brent Spiner and Gates McFadden;  followed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World, adapted by de Lancie, and starring Peter Paige, Josh Clark and Kyle Colerider-Krugh, from 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17 on KPFK 90.7 FM and on demand at www.latw.org.

Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation  actors will  recreate the classic radio thriller. Originally performed by Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre of the Air, the play caused a nationwide panic in 1938 as unwitting listeners believed that hostile Martians had really landed in New Jersey.

Then, a journey to The Lost World, as Doyle’s rollicking adventure follows a scientific expedition deep into the Amazon jungle —straight back into the time of dinosaurs and cavemen.

The broadcast includes a conversation with Nimoy, and a special feature about the dinosaur exhibit at the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum.

THEATRE

LA. Theatre Works To Present Mamet’s Adaption Of  Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya

LA. Theatre Works will present staged readings of David Mamet’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Oct. 17-20 at UCLA’s James Bridges Theatre, 235 Charles E. Young Dr.

Featuring Stacy Keach as “Vanya.” Grace Gummer as “Yelena.” Martin Jarvis as “Professor Serebryakov” and  How I Met Your Mother’s Josh Radnor as “Astrov,”  the readings are directed by Rosalind Ayres

Pulitzer Prize-winner Mamet creates a haunting portrait of the decline of czarist Russia in this adaptation of Chekhov’s masterpiece.
On the crumbling estate of a retired professor and his beautiful young wife, a tangled web of desire emerges to consume various friends and family members who have sought refuge there – including ‘Vanya’ (Golden Globe Winner Stacy Keach, The Bourne Legacy) who seeks salvation in the arms of the professor’s second wife.

Performances are Thursday, Oct 17 and Friday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 at 3 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.

Tickets, at $45 and $50, are available by calling 310-827-0889 or visiting www.latw.org.

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