LA's COMMUNITY BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
Springing into 2021!
Los Angeles Baroque's fifth season fund drive reached its target! Thank you to everyone who donated. We continue to bring quality early music education and therapeutic, Covid-safe, playing opportunities to Greater LA in 2021.
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We look forward to safely learning, growing and musicking with you in 2021 and beyond—
Lindsey Strand-Polyak, Artistic Director
Joan Lounsbery, Managing Director
Los Angeles Baroque
Los Angeles Baroque (LAB) is LA's only community baroque orchestra, directed by violinist Lindsey Strand-Polyak.
Started in 2016 by founding artistic directors Alexa Haynes-Pilon and Lindsey Strand-Polyak, 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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Give five! Support us in our fifth season, one like no other. Donations of $5, $50, $150, $500 or any other amount you can give, are gratefully accepted. Those who donate $300 or above are Angels to us and are credited in our program booklets and offered premium seating at our concerts, when available. Make a donation.
LAB is back! 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 artistic director Lindsey Strand-Polyak, in conversation with managing director Joan Lounsbery.
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! Founding 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.