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Performance: Musicians from Marlboro I

The LA Philharmonic’s longtime principal cellist, Peter Stumpf, is joined by other artists from the renowned Marlboro Music Festival to perform Mozart’s String Quintet no. 6, K. 614; Earl Kim’s “Three Poems in French” (for soprano and string quartet); and Fauré’s Quartet no. 2 for Piano and Strings, op. 115. Also in the ensemble are violinists David McCarroll and Hye-Jin Kim, violists Rebecca Albers and Shuangshuang Liu, pianist Kuok-Wai Lio, and soprano Sarah Shafer. Co-sponsor: Part of the Bill and Mary Meyer Concert Series. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free tickets required. Thursday, October 8, 2015, 7:30 PM.

Classical/Indonesian Fusions: JACK Quartet and Lightbulb

The eclectic and award-winning JACK string quartet joins forces with the Lightbulb ensemble to perform new music for strings, American gamelan, and the two ensembles combined. Called “mind-blowingly good” by the Los Angeles Times, the JACK Quartet has earned unanimous praise for its “explosive virtuosity” (Boston Globe) and “viscerally exciting performances” (New York Times). Based in Oakland, Lightbulb emerged from the Bay Area’s longstanding Balinese ensemble Gamelan Sekar Jaya and is now co-led by that group’s founding director, Wayne Vitale. The New York Times called Lightbulb’s performance, using xylophones modeled after the Balinese gamelan, “vivid, intense, and simmering.” The concert program features JACK playing John Cage’s Quartet in 4 Parts and Georg Friedrich Haas’ Quartet no. 5, Lightbulb performing Wayne Vitale and Brian Baumbusch’s Mikrokosma and Peter Steele’s Samar Lampu, and the groups together performing Baumbusch’s Hydrogen (2) Oxygen. Co-sponsor: Part of the Bill and Mary Meyer Concert Series. Venue: Freer Gallery of Art. Event Location: Meyer Auditorium. Cost: Free tickets required. Thursday, October 29, 2015, 7:30 PM.