LA's COMMUNITY BAROQUE ORCHESTRA
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 c1600-1750) and perform. LAB 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 Members page for details of how to join us, and our Donate page for details of our Fall 2019 Fund Drive as we launch our fourth season.
We look forward to seeing you at one of our concerts!
Find us on social media: #earlymusicLAB
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Fab Four! As we dive into our fourth season your support is more vital than ever to continue our community-based activities. Donations online can be made here, or contact us to make an off-line donation. We value your support.
We're delighted to be teaming up again with Kensington Baroque Orchestra of San Diego for our "Game of Tones" concerts in March 2020. Stay tuned for more details soon.
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.
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.
Sunday, November 24, 2019 4PM
19-20 Season opener: Surf 'n' Turf
LAB's directors Lindsey Strand-Polyak and Alexa Haynes-Pilon lead LA's community baroque orchestra, as it opens its fourth season, in a one-hour program on themes of earth and water. Music by Telemann, Vivaldi, Rebel and Costeley.
Saturday, March 7 & Sunday, March 8, 2020
San Diego & S. Pasadena: Game of Tones
Los Angeles Baroque and Kensington Baroque Orchestra team up for a weekend of music-making, Baroque community orchestra style! Handel, Bach and Telemann.
Sunday, May 3, 2020 4PM
Across the Pond
Glories of the English Baroque, with music by John Blow, Henry Purcell, Charles Avison and Handel.
Our one-hour afternoon concerts are free and open to all. Donations at the door are appreciated but, of course, optional. We look forward to enjoying our fourth season with you!