Leonard Bernstein meets Sharon Farber @ Pacific Serenades

 I’m looking forward to “Mixed Up World,” the aptly titled upcoming performance by Pacific Serenades. I wrote previously on arts•meme about the 24-year-old chamber music society’s premiere of a work by jazz pianist Billy Childs.

Pacific Serenades’ mission is to present newly commissioned chamber works alongside standard repertoire in intimate concert settings. Here’s an impressive list of their premieres.

Artistic Director Mark Carlson has designed a rich and attractive program for the weekend of March 6 — it  features a new work by Israeli-born composer Sharon Farber who now lives in Los Angeles. Still a young woman, Ms. Farber is an impressive veteran of concert Sharon Farber  music, television, and film composing, bringing to her sound Middle Eastern influences as well an extensive knowledge of classical and western music. Her new work, “Bridges of Love,” for tenor, clarinet, viola, and piano, sets three poems – one each from the Book of Ruth, Helen Keller, and Sufi poet Rumi – to music.

Rounding out the “Mixed Up World” program are Leonard Bernstein’s Sonata for clarinet and piano and Mozart’s Trio in E flat major, K. 498 for clarinet, viola and piano. There’s more: songs by Gabriel Faure sung by tenor Shawn Thuris. An absolutely delectable program.

Saturday, March 6, 8 pm, private home, Tarzana
Sunday, March 7, 4 pm, Neighborhood Church, Pasadena
Tuesday, March 9, 8 pm, UCLA Faculty Center, Westwood

tickets: call 213.534.3434

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