Jacaranda Music

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Jacaranda Music is a non-profit organization founded by impresario Patrick Scott and conductor/organist Mark Alan Hilt. Jacaranda produces an annual classical music concert series of modern music and works written since 2000, as well as rare older classical music with potential interest for contemporary listeners. [1] Jacaranda has been based in Santa Monica, California since 2003. In 2016, the series was named by L.A. Weekly as the Best Contemporary Classical Series.[2]

Throughout its 16 seasons, Jacaranda has presented the compositions of Philip Glass, John Cage, Olivier Messiaen, Gustav Mahler, Lou Harrison, Dylan Mattingly, Mark Grey, Florence Price, Lukas Foss, Julius Eastman, Frederic Rzewski, David Lang, Peter Maxwell Davies, Horatiu Radulescu, Franz Liszt and George Enescu, among many others. Musicians have included Grammy and Emmy winner Gloria Cheng, Anonymous 4, Quatuor Diotima, Scott Dunn, Kathleen Supové, Christopher Taylor, and Billy Childs. Jacaranda's concerts have been reviewed by several publications, including the LA Times, Classical Voice North America, and BBC Music Magazine. [3] In 2018, The San Francisco Classical Voice said of Jacaranda: "To actually curate a concert is an art. It is one of the qualities that sets apart the Los Angeles music series Jacaranda. For more than 10 years… Jacaranda's concerts have been conceived as musical journeys of discovery…."[4] The LA Times has said of Jacaranda that it "is known for imaginative programs of challenging contemporary music."[5]

Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed said of Jacaranda in 2013, "With demanding pieces by Eötvös and the famed late Hungarian composer György Ligeti, "Fierce Beauty" was the most ambitious undertaking so far and by far for Jacaranda.…With this concert, Jacaranda grew up, moving beyond local to national significance."[6]

The former dean of American music critics Alan Rich regularly wrote about Jacaranda, saying that they produce, "a kind of personalized programming so that you leave each event with the sense of having visited some very smart programming."[7]

Since 2011, the Lyris Quartet has been its resident ensemble.

Top 25 Most Programmed Composers[edit]

Composer Birth/Death Number of works performed (total performances)
Olivier Messiaen 1908-1992 31 (43)
Benjamin Britten 1913-1976 20 (23)
Charles Ives 1874-1954 17 (19)
Igor Stravinsky 1882-1971 14 (21)
Claude Debussy 1862-1918 14 (18)
John Cage 1912-1992 12 (17)
Maurice Ravel 1875-1937 10 (15)
Arnold Schoenberg 1874-1951 10 (12)
Alberto Ginastera 1916-1983 10 (12)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1756-1791 9 (11)
Thomas Adès 1971- 9 (11)
Lou Harrison 1917-2003 9 (10)
Steve Reich 1936- 8 (14)
Franz Liszt 1811-1886 8 (10)
Anton Webern 1883-1945 8 (10)
Pierre Boulez 1925-2016 8 (8)
Franz Schubert 1797-1828 7 (13)
Philip Glass 1937- 7 (12)
John Adams 1947- 7 (11)
Leoš Janáček 1854-1928 7 (9)
Antonín Dvořák 1841-1904 6 (8)
David Lang 1957- 6 (8)
Johann Sebastian Bach 1685-1750 6 (7)
Tōru Takemitsu 1930-1990 6 (7)
Arvo Pärt 1935- 6 (6)


  1. ^ "Program History". Jacaranda. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  2. ^ Payne, John. "Best Contemporary Classical Series". Best of L.A. L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  3. ^ "News". Jacaranda. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  4. ^ Farber, Jim. "A Flock of Oiseaux exotiques Reveals Jacaranda's Charms". San Francisco Classical Voice. San Francisco Classical Voice. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  5. ^ Schultz, Rick. "15 ways to hear chamber music magic in L.A. this spring". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  6. ^ Swed, Mark. "Review: Jacaranda gives an important concert featuring Peter Eotvos". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  7. ^ Rich, Alan. "DUTCH TREAT: SPHERES AND COOKIES". So I've Heard. Alan Rich. Retrieved 27 August 2018.

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