Wednesday, February 18, 2009

J. Paul Getty Museum announces spring concert schedule

The J. Paul Getty Museum launches its 2009 season of Gordon Getty Concerts, featuring early music performances that complement special and continuing exhibitions at the Getty Center. Offered Saturday evenings, when the Museum galleries are open in the evening, the Gordon Getty concerts create a special opportunity to dine, view fine art, and experience a transcendent musical performance that enriches the experience of the Museum’s exhibitions.

On February 21, Musica Pacifica, one of North America’s premier baroque ensembles, complements the Getty’s acclaimed exhibition Captured Emotions: Baroque Painting in Bologna 1575-1725 with a stylish, high-energy, and virtuoso performance. American Record Guide has described the five members of Musica Pacifica as “some of the finest baroque musicians in America. Their clear, clean sound and preoccupation with music rather than style makes this ensemble one of the best.”

Mining a rich vein of Baroque literature for mixed wind/string ensemble, the group performs the spirited chamber concerti of Vivaldi and Telemann, colorful dance suites from the courts and opera houses of France, and the more intimate solo, duo, and trio sonatas from European countries as diverse as Scotland, Poland, Spain, and England. Early Music America Magazine called their performances "superbly elegant...exemplifying the finest in historical performance today.”

On May 16, The Rose Ensemble brings to life the crystalline worlds of German and Central European Manuscript Illumination with an imaginative performance of vocal music entitled Slavic Wonders: Feasts and Saints in Early Poland, Russia, and Bohemia. The 10-member Rose Ensemble brings research from the world’s manuscript libraries to new audiences, illuminating centuries of rarely performed repertoire. Called “first class” (Neuss-Grevenbroicher Zeitung), “Engaging…satisfying” (Gramophone), and “flawlessly performed and smoothly structured” (Cleveland Plain Dealer), The Rose Ensemble reawakens the ancient through dramatic performances that explore history, folklore, world cultures and religions. The musicians of The Rose Ensemble have received acclaim for their ability to sing both as an ensemble and as soloists, while director Jordan Sramek has been lauded for diverse programming and ground-breaking research.

Gordon Getty Concerts Spring 2009 Schedule

All concerts take place in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center. The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049. Tickets for the Gordon Getty Concerts are $20 ($15 for students and seniors). To order tickets call 310-440-7300 or visit

Musica Pacifica
Award-winning Baroque ensemble Musica Pacifica explores the stylistic influences between Dresden and Bologna in this program featuring works by Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi, Cazzati, Veracini, Albinoni and Corelli. Complements the exhibition, Captured Emotions: Baroque Painting in Bologna, 1575–1725.
Saturday, February 21, 8:00 p.m.

The Rose Ensemble
With a vocal blend and range hailed as “supernatural” by critics, the Rose Ensemble stirs the emotions with its imaginative and engaging performances. Slavic Wonders includes stunning, 17th century Russian Orthodox motets, medieval Latin chants for Czech saints and powerful double-choir works from the Polish Renaissance to complement the exhibition, German and Central European Manuscript Illumination.
Saturday, May 16, 8:00 p.m.

About the Getty:
The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution that focuses on the visual arts in all their dimensions, recognizing their capacity to inspire and strengthen humanistic values. The Getty serves both the general public and a wide range of professional communities in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through the work of the four Getty programs-the Museum, Research Institute, Conservation Institute, and Foundation-the Getty aims to further knowledge and nurture critical seeing through the growth and presentation of its collections and by advancing the understanding and preservation of the world’s artistic heritage. The Getty pursues this mission with the conviction that cultural awareness, creativity, and aesthetic enjoyment are essential to a vital and civil society.

Visiting the Getty Center:
The Getty Center is open Tuesday through Friday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission to the Getty Center is always free. Parking is $10. No reservation required for parking or general admission. Reservations are required for event seating and groups of 15 or more. Please call 310-440-7300 (English or Spanish) for reservations and information. The TTY line for callers who are deaf or hearing impaired is 310-440-7305.

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