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Sunday, July 12

Victoria Kirsch

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 92656

6:00pm

Pianist Victoria Kirsch and friends perform Brahms’s: Liebeslieder Walzer, op. 52 and songs by Schubert, Zemlinsky, Korngold, Kálmán, Johann Strauss Jr., and Lehár.

Pianist Victoria Kirsch lives to collaborate. Praised for her innovative programming and strong musical presence, she is committed to stretching the definition of traditional concert presentation. Joined by her fellow "stage animals”—singers, instrumentalists, actors, and dancers—she explores a variety of themes through live performance. As music director-curator-pianist for these programs, Kirsch juxtaposes historical and contemporary musical works, spoken texts, and related visual selections in unusual ways, encouraging audiences to discover the often-surprising connections among different art forms. Her witty, insightful commentary enhances the exciting collaborative performances that make up these musical-theatrical events.

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JD Souther

LARGO at the CORONET

366 N. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

8:00pm

An architect of the Southern California sound and a huge influence on modern songwriting, JD Souther has written and co-written many of the Eagles hits including "Heartache Tonight," "Victim Of Love," "New Kid In Town," "Best Of My Love," Don Henley's "The Heart Of The Matter," as well as the Eagles 2007 hit, "How Long." Linda Ronstadt has recorded ten of his songs, including "Faithless Love," "Simple Man, Simple Dream," and "Prisoner in Disguise." His hit "You're Only Lonely" reached the top ten and was quickly followed by "Her Town, Too" which JD co-wrote with James Taylor. The Dixie Chicks 1998 hit "I'll Take Care of You," was also written by JD and featured on their album Wide Open Spaces, which sold over 11 million records.

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Monday, July 13

Touching the Past: The Hand and the Medieval Book

Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

9:00am

Precious historical artifacts, manuscripts preserve some of the finest examples of medieval art. Seen in libraries and museums behind glass, these books have been largely removed from the realm of touch, making it easy to forget that their lavishly illuminated pages were once turned, stroked, stitched, and sometimes even sliced by generations before us. Drawn primarily from the permanent collection, Touching the Past: The Hand and the Medieval Book explores manuscripts as tangible, tactile objects that invited touch and were handled—reverently, carelessly, obsessively, and critically—by medieval audiences.

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Degas: “Russian Dancers” and the Art of Pastel

Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

9:00am

This installation of nineteenth-century pastels features one of Degas’s greatest late works, Russian Dancers (1899), on loan from a private collection. In an unusual departure from his depictions of ballet, Degas produced a monumental series based on the unfamiliar steps of Ukrainian folk dance. Inspired by the performances of traveling troupes he probably saw in Parisian cafés and theaters, Degas used the rich, powdery medium of pastel to capture their swirling movements and vibrant costumes. Degas: “Russian Dancers” and the Art of Pastel sets this masterpiece in context with other works in pastel and colored chalks of Parisian popular entertainments.

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