LA's COMMUNITY BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
Exciting plans for fall 2020!
Please visit our programs page for more information and to register.
We look forward to musicking with you—
Lindsey Strand-Polyak & Alexa Haynes-Pilon, Artistic Directors;
Joan Lounsbery & Zen Edwards, Administrative Directors
Los Angeles Baroque
Los Angeles Baroque (LAB) is LA's only community baroque orchestra, directed by violinist Lindsey Strand-Polyak and cellist Alexa Haynes-Pilon.
Founded in 2016, LAB gives dedicated community, student and professional musicians from across greater Los Angeles regular opportunities to explore repertoire, learn baroque playing style (suitable for music composed c.1600-1750) and perform. LAB typically gives three main season concerts a year at its home of St James' in South Pasadena, hosts workshops, and undertakes community outreach projects and performance collaborations. LAB's goal is to encourage, support and expand the early music community in Los Angeles, and to be inclusive in reach to give all highly motivated players the opportunity to participate.
Visit our programs page to find out more about playing and learning with us.
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FALL 2020 ACTIVITIES
LAB is back! Starting mid-September we are offering two exciting new programs throughout the fall: outdoor live sessions with Lindsey Strand-Polyak and online adventures with Alexa Haynes-Pilon. Visit our programs page for details.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders in California the remainder of our 19-20 season is cancelled. We look forward to making music with you again in 20-21. Meanwhile, stay safe and keep listening, and appreciating, the music you love!
We were honored to be a recipient of an Early Music America Mini-Grant for our "Game of Tones" concerts in San Diego and South Pasadena earlier in March. Thank you EMA!
As we gear up for our "Game of Tones" concerts for #EarlyMusicMonth in March, meet a man of many talents in our latest "meet a member" interview — Steven Pranoto!
Meet our co-artistic director Lindsey Strand-Polyak, in conversation with managing director Joan Lounsbery.
We open our 2019-20 season with "Surf 'n' Turf" on November 24. Join us for our regular free one-hour afternoon concert at St James' South Pasadena for music on the themes of earth and water by Telemann, Vivaldi, Rebel and French Renaissance composer Guillaume Costeley (1530/31-1606).
Our first LAB:Fest! We held a weekend of concerts, a play-in and socializing with wonderful music May 31-June 2. Stay tuned for more special events by subscribing to our newsletter on our home page.
May 5 saw our first opera — Blow's "Venus and Adonis" — with a stellar cast.
We were proud to be an EMM partner again this year. Our #EarlyMusicMonth performances included an outreach event at beautiful John Muir branch library in South LA. A trio of LAB members played chamber music from Byrd to Bach, and LAB's co-directors also put in an appearance.
A LAB viol consort performed to hundreds at LA's Natural History Museum on February 1st as part of "Night of Ideas" on the theme of climate change. Visit our gallery for a short video.
Meet a member! Meet a director! Artistic Director Alexa Haynes-Pilon was featured in our interview series this month.
Come Together! — LAB's first consort music workshop — was held May 28, on Memorial Day. We are grateful to The Viola da Gamba Society of America for supporting this event.
"A breathtaking, furious performance". LAB's inaugural concert on November 13 was reviewed by Early Music America.