It’s summer in southern California and that translates, for music lovers, to the annual afternoon garden party of Jacaranda – celebrating ten years of adventurous chamber music performances. The smart music series commissions works by top living composers, and mixes that repertoire with challenging bits of the contemporary classical canon. To apply the group’s own tagline, the forward-leaning Jacaranda features “music at the edge.”
Music maven Patrick Scott, along with Mark Hilt Jacaranda’s co-artistic director, must have an ‘in’ with the man above. For this party invariably floats on L.A.’s softest, most golden sunlight. This year’s do must surely be a penultimate event; it will spool on the last Sunday of June at the historic arts mansion of the Pacific Palisades, the Villa Aurora.
Composers Respighi, Ades, Scriabin, Ung, Ives, Curran, Cage, and Dvorak, have all been invited and every last one has rsvp’ed. Yes, they will attend.
The garden party sets sail on flutes of champagne, carbohydrate-laden niblets, and tours of the legendary library salon where fierce German intellectual Leon Feuchtwanger and his exotic wife Marta established an outpost for L.A.’s European exiles at mid-century.
Between musical sets, hors d’oeuvres and more drinkies will be imbibed on the Villa’s landscaped lawn. Above, infinite blue sky; below, Santa Monica Bay. Meandering the grounds, chitchatting, and rarefied listening are all on tap. Inside tip: Jacaranda is offering a special two-for-one ticket drawing on its Facebook page.
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