On this evening we explore music of the late Romantic and early Impressionist periods, beginning with Saint-Saens exotic Bacchanale from his opera Samson et Delila, in which Delilah leads a wild and provocative dance to taunt Samson. The piece opens with a beguiling, mid-eastern sounding oboe solo before a steady pulse develops in the orchestra with percussion emphasizing the action. Following that, our virtuoso Principal cellist, Ccilia Tsan, who is known for her powerful and sensitive performances, takes the spotlight in Saint-Saens Cello Concerto #1, composed in 1872. Then Ravels Rapsodie espagnole a reflection of the Spanish musical heritage imparted to Ravel by his Basque mother - opens the second half with a foreboding descending 4-note theme that is carried through, building to a tremendous climax at the end with pulsating Spanish dance rhythms, castanets and tambourine. Also reflective of Ravels love of Spanish music is his Alborada del gracioso (Morning Song of the Jester); a technically challenging, highly spirited and humorous dance that concludes with a grand and glorious racket. The evening culminates with Ravels legendary Bolro, which is built over an unchanging rhythm played on snare drums while melodies rise and fall over the top with ever-changing instrumentation. This piece was made popular in the 1979 film, 10.
9:00pm to 10:30pm
Mystery Science Theater meets Biz Markie.
There is nothing better than kickin' it with friends, reminiscing and watching videos. CAN I KICK IT? invites fans of hip hop and people new to the genre to be part of a hilarious new take on an old school era: hip hop from the 70’s - early 90’s. Al Jackson and a panel of comedians/entertainers/rappers give comedic commentary to some of our favorite videos in front of a LIVE audience.
Hosted by: Al Jackson (Comedy Central Presents, Legit, Last Comic Standing)
- Joe DeRosa (Chelsea Lately, Inside Amy Schumer, Pete Holmes Show)
- Tone Bell (Chelsea Lately, Jerks with Cameras, Whitney, Bad Judge, Key and Peele)
+DJ Josh Spoon before the show!
$8 in advance/$10 at the door
Created & Produced by: @AlJackson @MarkAgee
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, 90027
11:00am to 2:00pm
Space Is Limited / Reservations Recommended
Eternity Street tells the story of a violent place in a violent time: the rise of Los Angeles from its origins as a small Mexican pueblo. John Mack Faragher presents his dramatic history of conquest and ethnic suppression, of collective disorder and interpersonal conflict. Eternity Street delivers a piercing look at the birth of this quintessentially American city.
Following the program, attendees are invited to join the speaker for an optional lunch discussion at Crossroads West Cafe. Copies of Eternity Street will be available for purchase in the Autry Store.
42 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, 91101
Lunar New Year is the most important event of the year in many Asian countries. Join USC PAM as we welcome the Year of the Monkey!
Experience how China, Korea and Cambodia celebrate this joyous time of the year through dance, magic, acrobatics, live music, storytelling, art activities and food. Admission is free!