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November 2021

LA Opera Pre-Concert Video / Handel’s Alcina

Kristi Brown-Montesano will be featured in a pre-recorded lecture for this Baroque music can't-miss performance. (More info on this lecture's video link and running dates to come soon!) Conductor Harry Bicket and The English Concert (a period instrument orchestra) make their first LA Opera appearance in concert performances of Handel’s thrilling Alcina. Set on an enchanted island with not one but two sorceresses (maybe evil, maybe not), a flock of discarded lovers transformed into wild beasts, and a young woman disguising herself…

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October 2021

Free LAO Zoom Class / How to Build an Opera

This Week's Topic - How to Build an Opera: from Overture to Scene For this final session, we will look at the how Rossini and Wagner put their operas together—their distinct approaches to making Cenerentola and Tannhäuser musically coherent—from the overture to the arias and ensembles that make up larger scenes. A delightful exercise in active listening! About this 4-week course... Ready to rethink what you know about opera history? In partnership with HLAO and Opera League, the LA Opera…

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Free LAO Zoom Class / Bel Canto Dramedy

This Week's Topic - Bel Canto “Dramedy”: Mixed Musical Styles in Cenerentola By the time he wrote Cenerentola, Rossini had already mastered a wildly successful comic style and had proven his skill at serious opera as well. For Cenerentola, Rossini mixed his musical styles more freely, adding dimension to the characters and the overall story. During this session, we will listen to examples of these different musical styles and how they enhance Rossini’s Cinderella story. About this 4-week course... Ready…

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Free LAO Zoom Class / Musical Artist as Hero

This Week's Topic - The Musical Artist as German Hero: Romanticism, Myth, and Wagner’s Tannhäuser This week we will delve into the two medieval stories that Wagner combined for his libretto: the knight-poet seeking redemption after succumbing to Venus’s erotic pleasures and the famous singing contests held at Wartburg Castle. These two German-centric narratives also offered Wagner the perfect vehicle for celebrating the (super) power of the voice. About this 4-week course... Ready to rethink what you know about opera…

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Free LAO Zoom Class / Rossini & Wagner

This Week's Topic - A Tale of Two Opera Composers We will explore the careers of Rossini and Wagner up to 1850 in the context of European opera cultures—French, German, and Italian—of that time. How did these two creative artists get their start in the world of opera? Where did they achieve their first successes? What musical ideals did they have in common and what were some of the factors behind their very different operatic styles? About this 4-week course...…

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September 2021

Da Camera Society Podcast / Ethel Smyth

Podcast forthcoming. Will announce when posted. This Da Camera Society-produced podcast explores the life and music Ethel Smyth, a composer, feminist activist and writer whose massive oratorio The Prison won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. Born into the highly patriarchal culture of Victorian England, Smyth fought against the tide to make a name as a composer, one of the most male-centric fields of her time. Written by Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano Presented by Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano Produced by…

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August 2021

SFO Podcast / Cosi Fan Tutti

Exploring Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutti This episode of San Francisco Opera's podcast North Stage Door takes listeners backstage to examine the dynamic 18th century duo of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte, and what, and how, their creative partnership continues to move and inspire us today.

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May 2021

LAO Podcast / Stravinsky’s Oedipus

In this Behind the Curtain conversation, musicologist Dr. Kristi Brown Montesano and Dr. Arianne Helou, a dramaturg and French studies scholar, discuss "Oedipus Rex," composed by Igor Stravinsky to a libretto by Jean Cocteau based on the ancient Greek tragedy of the same name by Sophocles. The 1927 opera is a highly stylized, ritualistic work set in the time of plague. On Sunday, June 6, 2021, LA Opera presented "Oedipus Rex" at in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. With a limited…

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Pre-Concert Livestream / Yefim Bronfman

La Jolla Music Society livestreams their featured artist, Yefim Bronfman presenting a program of Beethoven, Debussy and Chopin. As context for tonight's program, Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano presents a pre-concert lecture exploring the evolutionary history of the piano and repertoire written for the instrument. The recording of tonight's lecture and concert will be available for viewing until May 22, 2021. BEETHOVEN Sonata No.7 in D Major, Op. 10, No.3 DEBUSSY Suite Bergamasque, L.75 CHOPIN Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op.58…

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Zoom Course / Interwar Period Musical Culture

Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano will guide LA Opera Board members through an exploration of music from the interwar period (1919—1939), an era that witnessed an astonishing variety of aesthetic and stylistic developments in western Classical music. Lectures will delve into the historical context and aesthetic ideals of individual works and related arts and will include discussion of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex (part of LA Opera's 2021-2022 season). This course is a 4-lecture reprise of Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano's popular Colburn Community School adult…

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March 2021

LA Opera Blog / Women’s History Month

For Women's History Month this year, the LA Opera's community engagement theme is "Choose to Challenge." I am honored to announce LA Opera invited me to this important discussion a guest contributor. This link will take you to the full article I wrote but here's a preview of how I started the piece: "The theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is “Choose to Challenge,” a reminder to everyone to “challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world.” Many…

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January 2021

Zoom Course / Music Between the Wars

The Colburn Community School invites you to join Colburn Conservatory of Music’s Chair of Music History and Literature Kristi Brown-Montesano in an exploration of music from the interwar period (1919—1939), an era which witnessed an astonishing variety of aesthetic and stylistic developments in western Classical music. These creatively rich decades—bookended by cataclysmic World Wars—inspired composers to innovate, to look more closely at their national identity,  and to explore “popular” genres and new types of sounds. Lectures will delve into the…

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LA Opera for Educators / Women of Don Giovanni

Don Giovanni. This infamous rake poses interesting challenges for audiences in the #MeToo era. And certainly K-12 educators are conscious of those issues as they introduce this Mozart classic to 21st century students. Based partially on my book (Understanding the Women of Mozart's Operas) I will be talking about the opera's musical and dramatic structure, as well as directorial choices and reception history of Mozart's Don. As educators, together we'll review possible critical lenses applied to Don Giovanni (and Mozart) (and…

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October 2020

Zoom Course / Exploring Beethoven’s Ninth

Beethoven's Ninth is iconic. But why does it persist as a cultural touchstone, well into the 21st century? This is my inaugural Zoom course for the Colburn Community School. So I've invented a class for adult learners—from Beethoven super fans to musical novices—where we'll explore the musical structure, mythos and echoing disco reverb of Beethoven's last symphony.

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June 2020

Zoom Class / Violin Bootcamp + Music History

As many of you know, Colburn has a Community School whose mission is training the next generation of musicians and patrons. This summer I have the pleasure of teaching in the Violin Bootcamp program for the first time, thanks to an invitation from my colleague Aimee Kreston. I appreciate the invitation and Aimee's mission: to provide her students more context for what they're learning, enriching them both culturally and technically.

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May 2020

Marriage of Figaro / Opera for Educators

I particularly enjoy these events because I have the honor of teaching teachers! The LA Opera designed the Opera for Educators workshop series as a professional development opportunity for local educators (K-12). Through multiple sessions and discussions, this particular workshop does a 360-degree review of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. I will be focusing specifically on the female characters in my talk Teaching Rhetoric through Musical Style: the "Sound" of Class, Gender, and Emotion in Mozart's Figaro.

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CANCELED / Invited Rehearsal / Norman Prokoviev LA Phil

Canceled as COVID-19 Precaution. As part of the orchestra's outreach and education program, the LA Phil sometimes invites LA-area students to sit in on a rehearsal. For some young people, this event might be the first time they've seen an orchestra in person or been in Disney Hall. For serious music students this is a chance to see professional music-making up close. And it's my job—as facilitator, teacher and guide—to prepare students for what they're about to hear and see.…

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FB Live-stream Lunch / Beethoven String Quartet Op. 59 (2)

Colburn Presents A Serving of Beethoven Lunchtime Concerts. Colburn continues its celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday. What's new? A series of lunchtime concerts highlighting the composer’s most beloved works. Join me and my Colburn colleague Scott St. John in a live discussion of Beethoven’s music, followed by a live-stream performance. It's free! Just join us on the Colburn Facebook page when the show begins. Beethoven String Quartet, Op. 59 (2) Performers: Scott St. John and Hannah Zhdan, Violins. Abigail Smith, Viola. Minji Kim, Cello.  

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FB Live-stream Lunch / Beethoven & Calidore Quartet

Colburn Presents A Serving of Beethoven Lunchtime Concerts. Colburn continues its celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday. What's new? A series of lunchtime concerts highlighting the composer’s most beloved works. Join me and my Colburn colleague Scott St. John in a live discussion of Beethoven’s music, followed by a livestream performance. It's free! Just join us on the Colburn Facebook page when the show begins. Beethoven String Quartet, Op. 18/1 Performed by the Calidore String Quartet

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April 2020

CANCELED / Concert 7 / Salon de Musiques

Canceled as COVID-19 Precaution. Strauss, Schumann Chopin, Mendelssohn. Presented in a unique chamber music format. Join musicologist Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano as the Salon's hostess. Providing informative live program notes. And moderating the conversation between patrons and performers. Tickets include Concert and La Conversation (champagne reception followed by a light repast). The Program R. Strauss - Songs for Soprano & Piano Clara Schumann - Piano Trio in g Minor, Op. 17 F. Chopin - Etude No. 7 in c Sharp Minor, Op.…

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CANCELED / Mason House / Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler

Canceled as a COVID-19 Precaution. Beethoven's Piano Trio in D Major ("Ghost"). Brahms Piano Quintet No. 3, Op. 60. Mahler Piano Quartet Movement. Dr. Kristi Brown Montesano provides live program notes. And leads an informal conversation between the audience and artists. This evening's artists: Ambroise Aubrun, Violin. Alma Fernandez, Viola. Cécilia Tsan, Cello. Steven Vanhauwaert, Piano. About this Intimate Concert Series Composer Todd Mason and his wife remodeled their home to create an intimate performance venue for chamber musicians and audiences,…

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March 2020

CANCELED / Double Requiem / LA Phil Upbeat Live

Canceled as COVID-19 Precaution. This is a rare opportunity to hear two requiem masterworks back to back. French composers Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé each conquered the form in their unique way. In my pre-concert talk, I will explore the social tradition of requiem as remembrance, compositional techniques, and historical context. FAURÉ — Requiem, Op. 48 (1893 version) DURUFLÉ — Requiem, Op. 9 (1961 version)

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Opera in the Classroom / LA Opera Connects

Note: due to COVID-19 precautions, this event will be presented as an online meeting.  Opera in the Classroom and Arts Integration I particularly enjoy these events because I have the honor of teaching teachers! The LA Opera designed the Opera for Educators workshop series as a professional development opportunity for local educators (K-12). This particular workshop takes a big picture view regarding opera as a curricular opportunity. My presentation is one of seven different sessions. In it I will review... The…

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News / Mozart on TV?

Reimaging Wolfgang's life through a TV entertainment lens? Could be interesting. I've been asked to participate as a music history Special Advisor on an TV project aimed at reimagine Mozart's life. It's in development, so I can't say much more than that. But I'll keep you posted if the project gets green-lit.

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February 2020

Invited Rehearsal / Ives Dvorak LA Phil

As part of the orchestra's outreach and education program, the LA Phil sometimes invites LA-area students to sit in on a rehearsal. For some young people, this event may well be the first time they've seen an orchestra in person or been in Disney Hall. For serious music students this is a chance to see professional music-making up close. And it's my job—as facilitator, teacher and guide—to prepare students for what they're about to hear and see. This invited rehearsal features…

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Opera Wilmington Symposium / Keynote Address

Opera Wilmington's fifth annual symposium explores issues of gender, race and power in Mozart’s The Magic Flute" is. Leah Hawkins, soprano, is the event's featured artist. And Dr. Brown-Montesano will present a keynote talk that directly addresses the challenges of staging this work for 21st century audiences.

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Keynote / New Media & Opera Future Tense

Twitter. Podcasts. Social networking. How should new media and opera intersect? LA Opera Connect's first academic conference proposes this important question. I'm pleased to announce that on February 14th, I will host the keynote conversation between LA Opera's President and CEO Christopher Koelsch and composer Matthew Aucoin for LAO's New Media and Opera Future Tense Conference. Looking forward to seeing you there for this important discussion.

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LA Opera / Team Eurydice

Our newest—and possibly most inventive—opera retelling of Eurydice's story premieres this month. And with it, the LA Opera hosts a larger discussion regarding women in opera. I'm pleased to be on Team Eurydice, contributing this evening by leading a post-performance discussion regarding issues and opportunities for women in opera today.

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Invited Rehearsal / Weimar & LA Phil

Weimar Republic, Germany, 1919-1933. Historically speaking, it's a long way from Los Angeles 2020. So I help prepare local school music students (grades 6-12) for what they're about to hear during the LA Phil's rehearsal.  These exciting programs include important works by Hindemith and Weill, among others.

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January 2020

Invited Rehearsal / Beethoven & LA Phil

Invited rehearsals are a wonderful LA Phil education program.  Local school music students (grades 6-12) get to sit in on a live rehearsal. And I help set the stage for everyone with an informational lecture on this all-Beethoven concert. (Coriolan Overture, Piano Concerto No. 3, and Symphony No. 5.)

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Water and Music / OC Youth Orchestra

Music and water. Two things kids love! And I love narrating the Orange County Youth Orchestra's "Concerts for Fifth Graders." Sponsored by the Philharmonic Society's educational program. Featuring excerpts from Handel's "Water Music," Vivaldi's "Winter" from The Four Seasons, and "Pirates of the Caribbean" (Smetana's "Moldau").

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Bach to Piazzolla / Mason House Concert

Piazzolla, Gershwin, Schubert, Brahms, Mozart, Bach. The Vieness Piano Duo perform music spanning music history—and the globe. Dr. Kristi Brown Montesano provides live program notes. And leads an informal conversation between the audience and artists. About this Intimate Concert Series Composer Todd Mason and his wife remodeled their home to create an intimate performance venue for chamber musicians and audiences, for what is now known as the Mason House Concerts. “My wife and I were always big music lovers. We noticed…

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Russian Chamber Music / Salon de Musiques

Three Russian masters: Tchaikovsky, Arensky and Rachmaninoff. Presented in a unique chamber music format. Join musicologist Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano as the Salon's hostess. Providing informative live program notes. And moderating the conversation between patrons and performers. Tickets include Concert and La Conversation (champagne reception followed by a light repast). The Program Tchaikovsky: String Quartet No. 3 in Eb minor, Op. 30 Rachmaninoff: Trio "Elegiaque" No. 1 in G minor Rachmaninoff: "Two Pieces" Op. 2 for Cello & Piano Arensky: Piano Quintet in…

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Notre Dame HS / Exploring “Classical” Music

I will be leading a talk at my daughter's alma mater, Notre Dame Academy. It's a great opportunity to talk with young scholars about all things classical music: how it's defined, how it works, and why it might be relevant today.

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November 2019

Prism V / Bach, Webern, Beethoven – Danish String Quartet

The Danish String Quartet, one of the leading quartets of their generation, continues their three-year La Jolla Music Society residency with five concerts celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. The PRISM Project is a series of musical sets based on the historical and musical impact of Bach’s seminal fugal writing, the final Beethoven string quartets, and compositions which were born out of these fundamentally influential works, including quartets by Shostakovich, Schnittke, Bartók, Mendelssohn, and Webern. The title refers to…

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Prism IV / Bach, Mendelssohn, Beethoven – Danish String Quartet

The Danish String Quartet, one of the leading quartets of their generation, continues their three-year La Jolla Music Society residency with five concerts celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. The PRISM Project is a series of musical sets based on the historical and musical impact of Bach’s seminal fugal writing, the final Beethoven string quartets, and compositions which were born out of these fundamentally influential works, including quartets by Shostakovich, Schnittke, Bartók, Mendelssohn, and Webern. The title refers to…

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Prism III / Bach, Bartók, Beethoven – Danish String Quartet

The Danish String Quartet, one of the leading quartets of their generation, continues their three-year La Jolla Music Society residency with five concerts celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth. The PRISM Project is a series of musical sets based on the historical and musical impact of Bach’s seminal fugal writing, the final Beethoven string quartets, and compositions which were born out of these fundamentally influential works, including quartets by Shostakovich, Schnittke, Bartók, Mendelssohn, and Webern. The title refers to…

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October 2019

10th Anniversary / Le Salon de Musiques

Happy anniversary! For 10 years, Francois Chouchan has offered chamber music fans a unique afternoon of artistry and socializing. And on Sunday, October 6th, I hope you'll us for this season's Grand Opening. Program W. Mozart - "Divertimento" in D Major K.136 for String Quartet. G.F. Haendel - Sonata in G minor for Two Violins & Piano - Op. 2, No. 7. J. Haydn - String Quartet in D Major "The Lark" - Op. 64, No. 5. L. Beethoven - Piano…

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Subscriber Appreciation / LA Phil

Subscribers make the difference! And the LA Phil knows how to throw a party. So this is going to be a really great day of food trucks and musical family fun. Workshops. Music trivia quizzes. And getting to know members of the orchestra a little better. My role? I'm one of many guest hosts there to keep things friendly and informative. This is one of my favorite events of the year. Open only to subscribers who RSVP. Don't forget to sign-up!

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September 2019

Concerto Winner / Colburn Orchestra

Colburn's Concerto Competition winner Sanga Yang kicks off the Colburn Orchestra season by performing Schumann's notoriously challenging Cello Concerto. LA Opera conductor James Conlon leads a program also featuring Weber's Euryanthe Overture and Prokofiev's Symphony No. 3. Schumann's cello concerto is his last composition before entering an asylum, surrendering to the mental illness that censured his creative life. As Sanga's teacher, and my Colburn colleague, Clive Greensmith says, "As a human being, as an artist, this is a piece that helps you become more sensitive and…

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August 2019

SummerFest Finale / Nicholas McGegan

The finale concert of SummerFest Music Director Inon Barnatan’s inaugural season celebrates the concerto grosso. Conductor and harpsichordist Nicholas McGegan leads the SummerFest Chamber Orchestra. Great masterworks pair in exciting ways with modern visions of the form. And it all ties back to Opening Night’s exploration of the deep connection of music across centuries. In my pre-concert talk for the finale concert—(7pm)—we'll explore the concerto grosso's social history. It's a charming string-centric genre that first arose in seventeenth-century Italy, delighting…

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June 2019

Le Salon de Musiques / Brahms & Beethoven

Le Salon de Musiques - Concert & La Conversation. A regular at Salon, public musicologist Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano provides live program notes. At the concert's end, she moderates a conversation between patrons and performers. And afterwards, Dr. Brown-Montesano joins the audience and artists in the adjoining dining room. Tickets include Concert and La Conversation (champagne reception followed by socializing and light repast) The Artists Ambroise Aubrun, Violin Juliette Herlin-Giret, Cello Vija Venkatesh, Piano Eva Schaumkell, Piano The Program J. BRAHMS…

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May 2019

LA Phil / Double Mass Program

UpBeat Live with Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano. For listeners used to the brawny drama of Beethoven’s Fifth and the epic vision of his Missa solemnis, the composer’s Mass in C may surprise with its tranquility and beauty. In contrast, Haydn’s most performed Mass is highly dramatic, with a soaring soprano solo and masterfully interwoven choral lines. Saturday, May 25 @ 7pm Sunday, May 26 @ 1pm Double Mass Program Beethoven - Mass in C Haydn - "Lord Nelson" Mass Gustavo Dudamel…

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La Jolla Music Society / Finckel & Han

Prelude Pre-Concert Lecture @ 7pm (Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano). Concert @ 8pm David Finckel and Wu Han are recipients of the 2010 Musical America’s Musicians of the Year award, one of the highest honors granted by the music industry. He was a protégé of Mstislav Rostropovich; she, a veteran of top-flight musical training grounds like Aspen and Marlboro. Critics have praised the boldness, imagination, and collaborative intimacy of their work—often trumpeting his laser-like focus and her innate spark. But performing is…

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April 2019

LA Phil / Salonen Conducts Respighi

Upbeat Live with Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano. Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 7pm Saturday, April 2, 2019 @ 7pm Sunday, April 28, 2019 @ 1pm In addition to the sweeping Pines of Rome, the program also includes a work by Franco Donatoni – one of the conductor’s teachers – that Salonen and the LA Phil premiered in 2001. “I love the kaleidoscopic world of Donatoni, the sudden twists and turns and the sheer beauty of the surface of the music,” Salonen…

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La Jolla Music Society / Shaham & Eguchi

Prelude Pre-Concert Lecture @ 7pm (Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano). Concert @ 8pm LJMS welcomes back longtime friend Gil Shaham! Because of Shaham's mastery, he is a sought-after concerto performer with leading orchestras and conductors world-wide. And in 2012, he was honored as Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year. Pianist Akira Eguchi is distinguished by his performances for heads of State, including American Presidents, and the Emperor and Empress of Japan. Shaham and Eguchi are noteworthy artists and long time collaborators. Shaham-Eguchi Program KREISLER · Praeludium and…

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Le Salon de Musiques / Violin, Cello and Piano

The Program 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 The Artists Jessica Guideri, Violin Eric Beyers, Cello Rodolfo Leone, Piano Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano, Public Musicologist Tickets include Concert and La Conversation (champagne…

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February 2019

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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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 Composer Todd Mason and his wife remodeled their home to create an intimate performance venue for chamber musicians and audiences, for what is now known as the Mason House Concerts. “My wife and I were always big music lovers. We kept noticing that many people experience…

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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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