LA Symphonic Camerata Concert



Margie Yu
Public Affairs Asst.
(323) 343-3047

of Events

Los Angeles Symphonic Camerata Performs at
Cal State L.A. on Halloween Night:
Anderson Quartet Featured

Los Angeles, CA -- October 22, 1998 - The Los Angeles Symphonic Camerata at California State University, Los Angeles will perform on Halloween night, Saturday, October 31, 8 p.m., in the Luckman Theatre on the Cal State L.A. campus. The program will consist of Beethoven's Symphony No. 2, Spohr's Concertante Quartet in A, and the Overture, Scherzo and Finale by Robert Schumann. The performance will feature the Anderson Quartet, quartet in residence at Cal State L.A.

Musically, the program is in tune with the Halloween spirit says Camerata director David Buck, professor of music at Cal State L.A.: "The dramatic, expressive range of the Beethoven symphony conjures up the essence of Halloween, and even the Schumann evokes images of children in their flower and animal costumes."

According to Buck, the Spohr is a rarely heard masterpiece. Louis Spohr was Beethoven's concertmaster for many premiers of the great composer's symphonies, including the Second. The Schumann is also rarely heard, notes Buck: "Conceived as a symphony, it was not completed as such, but resulted in this curious structure of three continuous movements."

The Los Angeles Symphonic Camerata was established on the Cal State L.A. campus in 1997. A camerata is not fixed in size or in choice of repertory, and draws its program from the broad base of symphonic, ensemble repertory. The Los Angeles Symphonic Camerata is an organization of young, professional musicians who gather to rehearse and perform at Cal State L.A.

The Anderson Quartet was the first African American ensemble to win the Cleveland String Quartet Competition (in 1991). The quartet members are currently on the faculty of the Cal State L.A. Department of Music and have been artists in residence since 1994. Members of the quartet are violinists Marianne Henry and Marisa McCleod, violist Diedra Lawrence and cellist Michael Cameron. In addition to teaching students individually at Cal State L.A., these musicians perform together at schools and community centers from Hollywood to South Central Los Angeles.

Tickets for the October 31 Camerata concert are $10 for general admission; $5 for students and seniors. Call the Luckman box office at (323) 343-6600.

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