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June 2018

Salon de Musiques / Norway, Finland, England

Join the Salon community for an afternoon of music and conversation, including champagne and a high-tea buffet. I introduce the concert and moderate the Q & A with the artists. The program highlights composers from the European Northwest: Grieg (Norway), Sibelius (Finland), and Bridge (England).

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February 2019

La Jolla Music Society / Danish String Quartet

LJMS 50th Anniversary Season The Danish String Quartet begins year one of their three year residency with La Jolla Music Society with three unique concert experiences celebrating the quartet’s diverse repertoire and commitment to Scandanavian composers, traditional Nordic folk tunes, and classical music masters. Winners of the 2016 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, they have played everywhere from Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. 7pm - Prelude Lecture: Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano 8pm - Concert  

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Mason House Concert / The Lyris Quartet

This concert features The Lyris Quartet performing works by Haydn, Johnson, Mason, Beethoven. Dr. Kristi Brown Montesano provides the live program notes, and leads an informal conversation between the audience and artists. About this Intimate Concert Series Mason House Concerts are held in a special performance space. Composer Todd Mason and his wife remodeled their home to create an intimate performance venue for chamber musicians and audiences. “My wife and I were always big music lovers,” Mason said. “We kept noticing that many…

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LA Opera League / La Clemenza di Tito

LA Opera League Seminar on La Clemenza di Tito and Mozart. Presenter: Kristi Brown-Montesano, Ph.D., Chair of Music History Faculty - Colburn School Conservatory of Music. Nino Sanikidze, Head Coach of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, will lead a program of arias from the opera, with singers to be announced. There will be a break mid-way through the program when participants may visit the Colburn Cafe. $35 for Opera League Members $45 for Non-Members

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April 2019

La Salon de Musiques / Violin, Cello and Piano

J.S BACH: Sonata for Violin & Piano in B Minor - BWV 1014 C. SAINT-SAENS: Sonata for Violin & Piano N.1 in D Minor - OP 75 F. CHOPIN: Introduction & Polonaise Brillante in C Minor for Cello & Piano - OP 3 P. SCHARWENKA: Piano Trio in G Major OP 112 - U.S. Premiere Jessica Guideri, Violin Eric Beyers, Cello Rodolfo Leone, Piano Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano, Public Musicologist Tickets include Concert and La Conversation (champagne reception followed by socializing…

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March 2018

Women in Music Festival

Showcasing the brilliance of female musicians and music scholars from the LA area and beyond, MSMU’s Women in Music Festival celebrates the diversity of MSMU students and highlights the power of music as a vehicle for positive social change through a rich program of concerts and presentations. I will participate in the opening panel, “Music, Women, Diversity,” and will share my work on the subject of women and opera during the 3:30-4:10 session. Festival-goers must register online to attend daytime…

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Salon de Musique / Composers of 19th c. Paris

Join the Salon community for an afternoon of music and conversation, including champagne and a high-tea buffet. I introduce the concert and moderate the Q & A with the artists. The program highlights composers—Franck, Saint-Saëns, Chausson—active in Paris during the late 19th century.

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Colburn Orchestra at the Ambassador: Pre-Concert Talk

Learn more about a master of the neoclassic style, Danish composer Carl Nielsen, and his Concerto for Flute. Colburn Conservatory student and new principal flutist of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Joachim Becerra Thomsen, is the soloist. The program also features Rossini’s Overture to L’Italiana in Algeri and Beethoven’s groundbreaking Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” Note: concert starts at 7:30pm.

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February 2018

Conference: Bach on Screen

Organized by the Riedenschneider Bach Institute, this conference focuses on any topic relating to Bach and music for film, television, video games, commercials, or any other screen media. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the special issues of BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute. My paper investigates the origins of post-WWII associations of Bach's music with the fictional  "technological" genius/madman, looking particularly at the 1974 film thriller, The Terminal Man in relation to Glenn Gould's score for Slaughterhouse-Five (1972)

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LA Opera: “Opera for Educators” Seminar

Lecture on the Orpheus myth and the history of opera as part of LA Opera's professional-development program for LAUSD educators.

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January 2018

Le Salon de Musiques: From Russia with Love

A wonderful chamber-music series in the heart of downtown. The Salon brings performing artists and audience close together for an afternoon of music, champagne, and conversation. Includes an introduction to the program and a Q&A with the musicians.

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Mason House Concerts

I will be giving the concert introduction, exploring the genre of the piano trio, specifically Beethoven's "Archduke" Trio and Shostakovich's Trio No. 1. The program features outstanding Los Angeles-based performing artists, Gloria Cheng (piano), Sarah Thornblade (violin), and Cecilia Tsan (cello).

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LA Phil “Green Umbrella” Concert: Upbeat Live lecture

Pre-concert lecture for an evening of outstanding new works led by Principal Guest Conductor Susanna Mälkki and featuring the LA Phil New Music Group.

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LA Phil Upbeat Live / “Dudamel conducts Brahms”

Preconcert lecture for an exciting evening of old and new: Brahms’s First Symphony and an early standout work, Fireworks, by Stravinsky paired with a new commission by LA Phil Principal Timpanist Joseph Pereira, Threshold.

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December 2017

Debut! LA Philharmonic’s “Upbeat Live”

Very excited working the LA Phil "faculty" as an Upbeat Live speaker! A fantastic program: Hilary Hahn offers a delightful early kick-off for the Bernstein anniversary year (2018), playing his Serenade (after Plato’s “Symposium”). Also the world premiere of a new composition by Tania Léon and Rachmaninoff's Third Symphony.

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