Following are four art events scheduled in Pasadena (and one in neighboring Eagle Rock) for the upcoming week. Two of them for tonight!
Thursday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. – Tribute to Nat King Cole at the Pasadena Central Library.
Jazz archivist, historian and author Steven D. Harris will present an in-depth music lecture marking the 50th anniversary of Nat King Cole’s passing. The beloved singer’s life will be examined through a series of known recordings as well as some never previously heard music. Some rare TV encounters will also be screened. At the end of the lecture, fans will be invited to participate in a trivia quiz for a free CD. Cost is $10 general, $8 for students. The library is located at 285 E. Walnut Street. Additional questions can be directed to email@example.com
Thursday, Feb. 19, 8 p.m. – Mozart’s Requiem by LACO at Ambassador Auditorium
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) explores Mozart’s Requiem at the annual Discover concert with music director Jeffrey Kahane offering insights into the celebrated masterwork. Special guests include soprano Alison King, alto Emily Fons, tenor Nicholas Phan, bass Aubrey Allicock, the Los Angeles Master Chorale and actors from The Antaeus Company. Tickets start at $25 available at http://www.laco.org or by calling (213) 622 7001. Student rush tickets are $12 based on availability at the box office on day of concert. The Ambassador Auditorium is located at 131 S. Saint John Avenue.
Saturday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m. – THE THREEPENNY OPERA at A Noise Within
THE THREEPENNY OPERA by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht opens at A Noise Within. This is a groundbreaking work that is now termed Brechtian theater, in which the full use of theatricality is on display and the fourth wall is broken. The piece is a forerunner of modern musical theater that follows the exploits of Macheath, Victorian London’s most notorious criminal, surrounded by a stage full of rogues that keep foisting a radical new brand of theater with music. At the time this work was written it was also rebellious because it highlighted the failure of capitalism and celebrated socialism. More information and tickets at http://www.anoisewithin.org
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m. – Lecture about Taliesin East and West at Eagle Rock Center for the Arts
Friends of the Gamble House presents a lecture about Taliesin East and West given by Sean Malone, President and CEO of the Frankly Lloyd Wright Foundation, at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts, located at 2225 Colorado Blvd. in Los Angeles 90041. Take and in-depth look at these architectural masterpieces and learn their relationship to their unique natural environments as well as the details on their restoration. Cost is $30. Tickets available at http://www.gamblehouse.org