Picks of the Long Weekend in Los Angeles: October 23 – 25

By Don Heckman

Friday and Saturday Oct. 23 & 24

Thelma Houston
Thelma Houston

Thelma Houston. “My Motown” Grammy-winning r&b singer Houston recalls the glories of the Motown era.  Catalina Bar o& Grill.

Friday Oct. 23

Doug Webb and the Webb Allstars. Saxophonist Webb is a master of every kind of woodwind instrument.  Here he is, in action.  The Baked Potato.  818) 980-1615.

Saturday Oct. 24

Alan Broadbent
Alan Broadbent

Alan Broadbent Trio. . Derek Oles and Kendall Kay. He’s everyone’s first call pianist, but Broadent is equally impressive in his own trio setting.  A Jazz Bakery event at Zipper Concert Hall in the Colburn School.  (310) 271-9039.

Joe Labarbera Quartet. Roy McCurdy Quartet. an evenin of L.A. musical splendors, featuring a pair of the Southland’s prime rhythm section artists in leadership roles.The Blue Whale (213) 620-0908.

Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano.  L.A.’s great, Grammy winning mariachi band displays its irresistible musical powers.  The Valley Performing Arts Center.  818-677-3000.

Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24 and 25

Sir Andras Schiff
Sir Andras Schiff

Sir Andras Schiff and the Los Angeles Philhamonic perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 5 and Haydn’s Mass in C Major. Disney Hall.  323.850.2000.

Bang On A Can All-Stars. With Julia Wolfe and the Siti Company on Saturday. Two nights of cutting edge, creatively challenging contemporary music.   Center for the Art of Performance at Royce Hall.  (310) 825.2101

Sunday Oct. 25

Enlightenment Music Series‘ opening event in their extraordinarily diverse 2015-2016 concert series. The program features the masterful playing of violinist Marina Manukian, cellist Andrew Shulman and pianist Robert Thies. They will perform a trio of richly expressive 19th and early 20th century works, including R. Strauss‘ Sonata for Violin and Piano, Debussy’s Sonata For Cello and Piano and R. Schumann’s Trio for Violin, Cello and oPiano.
Performances take place at the Neighborhood Universalist Church of Pasadena. Admission is free.

In the decade since its founding, the Enlightenment Music Series has done a convincing job of following its own ambitiously worthwhile mission: “A dedication to bringing audiences the finest performances of chamber music repertoire, dating as far back as the Renaissance and continuing through the centuries to the finest works of our time”

For more information about the many fascinating events on the Enlightenment Music Series 20-2016 schedule check HERE.

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