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Pittance Chamber Music Lines Up Live Concerts for 2022

Pittance Chamber Music 2022 Season, announced in November by Artistic Director Lisa Sutton, celebrates the return of audiences to live concerts since the global pandemic shuttered live performances more than a year and a half ago.
Pittance Chamber Music extends a warm welcome back to audiences, as they return to live concerts this January in a new Pasadena venue, the First United Methodist Church (500 East Colorado Blvd.).
Pittance Chamber Music’s 2022 season offers a series of three programs, featuring the extraordinary artists from the L.A. Opera Orchestra and Chorus.
Among the most extraordinary musicians in the world are those you seldom see – the musicians of the L.A. Opera Orchestra. Sutton, who also happens to be the Assistant Concertmaster of the L.A. Opera Orchestra, formed Pittance Chamber Music in 2013 to shine the spotlight on these remarkable artists, bringing them from the pit to the stage to perform in small ensembles, hence the name “Pittance.”
Pittance Chamber Music utilizes a roster of artists drawn from a large pool of talent including members of the L.A. Opera Orchestra as well as L.A. Opera resident vocalists, resulting in a unique variety of repertoire not often heard together in one program.
“It’s exciting to be returning to live concerts, especially at the First United Methodist Church, an iconic historic building with superior sound and plenty of space for our audiences,” Sutton said. “Season VIII presents three programs dear to my heart — programs I have envisioned for some time. The large stage at the church makes it possible to present something I have always wanted to — chamber music with mallet instruments.”
Theresa Dimond and Friends features the L.A. Opera Orchestra’s principal percussionist, who is always engaging with her amusing commentary.
The next two programs, The Lyric Oboe and Liebeslieder, are programs that were previously postponed due to Covid shutdowns. An oboe recital is a unique event; the L.A. Opera Orchestra’s leader of the woodwind section, principal oboist Leslie Reed, has curated a program of favorite works centered around the lyric and pastoral history of the oboe.
Finally, the chamber will present the complete Liebeslieder Walzer of Johannes Brahms, in a rare opportunity to hear these works in their entirety, performed by vocalists from the L.A. Opera Chorus, with soprano Elissa Johnston and L.A. Opera conductors Grant Gershon and Jeremy Frank on piano four hands.
Concert 1: Theresa Dimond and Friends – Saturday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The first concert of the year takes a deep dive into the pit — landing in the percussion section. Hosted by the L.A. Opera Orchestra’s principal percussionist and UCLA lecturer Dimond, the program features a wide variety of repertoire performed by musicians from the percussion, woodwind and string sections of the orchestra.
Concert 2: The Lyric Oboe – Saturday, Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. The second concert features L.A. Opera Orchestra Principal Oboe Leslie Reed, pianist Edith Orloff and members of the L.A. Opera Orchestra, in a recital program of favorite works that reflect the lyric side of the oboe, ranging from the pastoral to folk traditions, including works inspired by famous paintings.
Concert 3: Liebeslieder! – Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. Pittance presents the complete Liebeslieder-Walzer of Johannes Brahms, for vocal quartet and piano four hands. Members of the LA Opera Chorus are joined by soprano Elissa Johnston, with L.A. Opera conductors Grant Gershon and Jeremy Frank at the keyboard.
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