Free & Open to the Public

Friday, 22 March | 7:00pm | Empire Theatre

Persian Delight with an American Twist

The innovative young string quartet Brooklyn Rider is praised for its “Beethoven-goes-indie foray into making classical music accessible but also celebrating why it was good in the first place” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). In a night of superb musicianship, Johnny Gandelsman on violin, Colin Jacobsen on violin, Nicholas Cords on viola and Michael Nicolas on cello join threetime Grammy Award-nominee Kayhan Kalhor, the world’s preeminent master of the kamancheh (four-stringed upright Persian fiddle).

Saturday, 23 March | 7:00pm | Empire Theatre

Tom Harrell Quintet

Tom Harrell, an American jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist, composer, and arranger. In addition to the 32 albums and thousands of concerts worldwide as a leader, Harrell has worked with important figures in jazz history including Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Dizzie Gillespie, Horace Silver, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Sam Jones (with whom he co-led a big band in the 70s), Jim Hall, Charlie Haden, Joe Lovano. Praised by Newsweek for his pure melodic genius, Tom Harrell is widely recognized as one of the most creative and dynamic jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time.

Sunday, 24 March | 7:00pm | Empire Theatre

Rising Sun

Kaoru Watanabe is a Brooklyn based composer and musician, specializing on the Japanese taiko drum and shinobue flutes. He has spent decades artfully blending the sounds of Japanese instruments with those from around the world, collaborating with such artists as National Living Treasure Bando Tamasaburo, Jason Moran, So Percussion, Adam Rudolph, Kenny Endo, Stefon Harris, Kiyohiko Semba, Alicia Hall Moran, Tamango, Tatsuya Nakatani, Imani Uzuri, calligrapher Kakinuma Koji, visual artist Simone Leigh, Martin Scorsese – creating music for the film ‘Silence’ – and was a featured guest on Yo-Yo Ma’s Grammy Award winning album ‘Sing Me Home.’

Friday, 29 March | 7:00pm | San Fernando Cathedral

Tales of Renaissance

The Austin Troubadours is an international group of instrumentalists and singers whose mission is to revive the beauty of musical masterpieces from Medieval and Renaissance Europe.” Founded in 2008 in Austin, Texas by the award winning lutenist and early music specialist Slobodan Vujisic, seven musicians in period costumes with more than 30 authentic period instruments, perform dances and songs of Medieval and Renaissance Europe.

Saturday, 30 March | 7:00pm | San Fernando Cathedral

Swirling Bumblebee

Pianist and composer Hiromi Uehara was born in Shizuoka, Japan. When she was 17, she met Chick Corea by chance in Tokyo, and was invited to play with him at his concert the next day. After relocating to the United States in 1999, she continued her studies at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, where she received a full scholarship. It was there that Hiromi developed her varied musical taste, encompassing everyone from J.S. Bach to Sly & the Family Stone.

Sunday, 31 March | 7:00pm | San Fernando Cathedral

Family Affair

Recently-signed to the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label, this genre-bending Viennabased ensemble is comprised of four brothers – each of whom is a soloist in his own right, and includes two who are former members of The Vienna Philharmonic. Janoska infuses classical music with Jazz, Gypsy, Tango, Latin and a dash of Pop.

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