Online adventures with Alexa
Are you a dedicated community, student or professional musician wanting to explore baroque repertoire and learn or develop your baroque playing style?
Our goal is to encourage, support and expand the early music community in Los Angeles, and to be inclusive in our reach to give the maximum number of highly motivated players the opportunity to participate. Our online sessions are also open to non-playing participants.
Winter/Spring 2021 programs to be announced soon — stay tuned and subscribe to our newsletter on the home page if you're not already on our mailing list for future notifications.
Fall 2020 programs: Online Adventures with Alexa and Live with Lindsey
Online Adventures with Alexa "Click and Learn"
Where: Zoom (link and password will be sent by email to registered participants prior to sessions)
When: seven Sundays, 90-minute online sessions, September 13 through October 25, 3:00—4:30 pm PDT
September 13: Getting your HIP back into shape!
September 20: You Can’t Spell Blow without Bow: what strings and winds can teach each other about articulation.
September 27: Dance Movement Characteristics
October 4: Aesthetics in Baroque Music
October 11: Other Voices in Early Music: marginalised groups and women
October 18: Let’s talk about Alexa’s favorite consort music and composers!
October 25: Fall Finale! Masterclass, sight-reading and how to practice.
What: this summer, LAB Artistic Director Alexa Haynes-Pilon gained recognition for distance teaching through her classes for the San Francisco Early Music Society. Now she has created an online program for LAB, each week combining a presentation on a particular subject with a playing component (though non-playing participants are also welcome!), all on Zoom.
Live with Lindsey "Come to the Courtyard" Registration now closed (photo above of LAB members playing at a private residence is for illustrative purposes only)
Where: courtyard of LAB's home, St. James' Episcopal Church, 1325 Monterey Road, South Pasadena. Google map here.
When: seven Saturdays, three 90-minute sessions each Saturday, September 19 through October 31 (Hallowe'en surprises promised!)
Session 1: Strings only 11:00 am—12:30 pm (Maximum 8 players)
Session 2: Winds and strings 1:15—2:45 pm (Maximum 8 players)
Session 3: Strings only 3:15—4:45 pm (Maximum 8 players)
What: This program is designed to give players a chance to make music again, in a safe and controlled setting. LAB Artistic Director Lindsey Strand-Polyak wants to see you! Each session will be open to a maximum of 8 players. Lindsey will lead you through some sight-reading and she’d like to know who your "happy place" composers are so she can select music accordingly. Further, she will introduce a larger work or two which you will work on throughout the 7-week program. There will be no public performance. Steeped in positivity and musical nourishment, you will be protected by the following protocols:
Mask-wearing and physical distancing
Music sent to you digitally
BYOMS (bring your own music stand)
Sanitized restroom available off the courtyard
FREE SOCIAL GATHERING for all fall 2020 program participants:
T&C Sundays September 13 through November 1, 5:00—5:45 pm PDT on Zoom.
LAB will host a free Tea & Cookies social hour welcoming all who participate in either Live with Lindsey or Online Adventures with Alexa. Bring a beverage and a snack to the virtual party and enjoy social time within the LAB community.
Please scroll down to register for our online program through September 13. We look forward to seeing you at LAB this fall!
While we are primarily a string-based group we welcome and accept wind players to our online sessions. So far, we’ve welcomed alto and tenor recorders, baroque flutes and baroque bassoons to our ranks. Strings include violin, viola, cello, double bass, viols, violone, harpsichord, theorbo and baroque guitar. Owning a baroque instrument is not required, but pitch is set at standardized baroque pitch A=415hz and we generally play in Shifted Vallotti/Young temperament. We recommend the Cleartune chromatic tuner app, available on Apple and Android app stores.
Registration details for Fall 2020
Registration is now closed. Subscribe to our newsletter on the home page for notifications about future sessions.