Friday, August 18, 2017

Pittance Chamber Music presents music to soothe the soul

A much-needed night of spirit-raising entertainment

A Patti Pietschmann pick

What the world needs now, during this time of stress following the horrific terrorist attacks in Barcelona and the turmoil in the White House, is soothing music. So mark your calendar and get your tickets for the  Pittance Chamber Music's eclectic night of  Mozart, Berg, Brahms and Bernstein, featuring principal players from the LA Opera Orchestra, along with Domingo Colburn Stein Young Artist, soprano Elizabeth Zharoff, on Saturday, September 16 at 3 p.m. in the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall, The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, downtown Los Angeles.

Among the most extraordinary musicians in the world are those you seldom see – the musicians of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra. Founder and Artistic Director Lisa Sutton, who is also Assistant Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, formed Pittance Chamber Music in 2013 to shine the spotlight on these remarkable yet invisible artists, bringing them from the pit to the stage to perform in small ensembles, hence the name Pittance.

Pittance Chamber Music
’s roster of artists is drawn from a large pool of talent including members of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra as well as Los Angeles Opera resident vocalists, resulting in a unique variety of repertoire not often heard together in one program.

Hailed by the Independent (UK) as "a delight from start to finish," Zharoff will sing the lush, romantic "Seven Early Songs" by Alban Berg, as well as a selection of songs by Leonard Bernstein, in honor of the composer's 100th birthday anniversary. In her free time, Zharoff composes and designs game audio from her home studio and has created sound for over a dozen games, across multiple platforms. Also featured on the program is Mozart's exuberant Quintet for Horn and Strings, featuring the LA Opera Orchestra's Principal Horn, Steven Becknell. Principal Clarinetist Stuart Clark, whose performance last season was hailed by Classical Voice as "eloquent virtuoso playing" will perform in Brahms’ sublime Clarinet Quintet.

Tickets cost  $35 for  General Admission; $20 seniors; Student Rush $10 (at the door only), and are available online at or at the venue on the day of the concert, if tickets remain. 

The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is located at 135 North Grand Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles.