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"Oh, the pleasures. Those are the opening words of Handel’s delightful pastoral opera “Acis and Galatea,” and a fitting commentary on the performance of that work by Musica Angelica the other night at the Center Theater.

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HeinechenOur wonderful concert on May 5 and 6 headlines many of the real heavyweights of the Baroque era, namely Vivaldi, Bach, Telemann, Haydn, and, oh yes, Johann David Heinichen.  Heinichen?  Who’s he?  Well, he may not be very well known to most classical music lovers, but that’s a pity.

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Bach in the Job Market:  Politics and Music in 18th-century GermanyIn the light of contemporary discussion regarding political controls over the employment of artists and the content of their works, it may be of interest to explore how the politico-religious life of 18th-century Germany influenced the work and lifestyle of one of the foremost musicians of the age - Johan Sebastian Bach...

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During the past 19 years, Musica Angelica has gained widespread renown as a period-instrument ensemble (i.e., its members play Baroque and other early music on instruments that are either original to the time or replicas of same). In addition to its own series, the group has made national and international tours and recordings.

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A 500-seat auditorium is hidden within the 1965-vintage corporate confines of the 32-story AT&T Center at 12th Street and Olive, an area of downtown Los Angeles that looks desolate at night -– off the charts, as it were.  But when KUSC moved into the AT&T Center in 2010, they saw a possible staging ground for small- to medium-sized groups in this underused hall...

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U.S. and South America Tour

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PergolesiThough he died of consumption (probably tuberculosis) at age 26, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi packed a lot of good music into his tragically short life span.  Actually, he fared a lot better than his four siblings, all of whom died before age two (two of them just a few days old).  His parents died several years apart when he was in his late teens.  Even as a child, it was pretty clear he was not going to be a robust adult.

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In 1993 Musica Angelica was officially co‐founded by two extraordinary early music specialists living in Los Angeles, lutenist Michael Eagan and gambist/baroque cellist Mark Chatfield. In November, Musica Angelica honors both in a program entitled ʺMusic of the Masters.ʺ

John Schneiderman, long-time friend and musical colleague of Musica Angelica founders Michael Eagan and Mark Chatfield, will act as host for these very special tribute concerts.

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When we think of Baroque composers, often the first name that pops into mind is Johann Sebastian Bach, and for good reason. The scope and brilliance of his works are unparalleled in their genius and precision...

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Herr Schlendrian, whose attempts to persuade his daughter to give up coffee are so humorously recounted in J.S. Bach's Kaffee-Kantate, may serve to remind us that ours is not the only generation to view the ingestion of pharmacologically active commodities as a hazard...

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