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“Connections” Concert Series

Violinist Bridget Dolkas

Composer Matthew Tommasini 

Carlsbad violinist Bridget Dolkas and composer Matthew Tommasini’s much lauded, inventive chamber music series, “Connections” has built a reputation in San Diego’s north coast communities for its mix of contemporary and classical music in creative contexts that let listeners discover relationships in refreshing ways. Now the series moves to Carlsbad’s intimate, comfortable Schulman Auditorium, and the season offers delights galore, among them many of the region’s finest players. 

Performances take place on the first Saturday every two months, starting in October, and they offer a terrific and highly affordable opportunity for classical lovers to introduce those less experienced to the joys of the genre. Here are the programs as developed to date:

October 5: Demons and Angels

Heavenly, playful sounds mix with music of a devil’s bargain in this showdown between light and dark.

Giuseppe Tartini  Violin Sonata in G, “Devil’s Trill”  III. Andante 
Stacey Garrop  String Quartet No. 2, “Demons and Angels” 
Astor Piazzolla  La Muerte del Angel 
Peter Przystaniak  Five Angels 
Igor Stravinsky  L'Histoire du Soldat, Suite for clarinet, violin, and piano 

December 7: Exotic Landscapes

Connections depicts landscapes from east and west with thrilling chamber works old and new. Program to include such works as:

Tommasini: Mountains…seas…buildings…trees… for cello and marimba
Sheng: Hot Pepper for violin and marimba
Dvořák:  String Quartet No. 12 Op. 96 in F Major

February 1: Love Triangle

Music of friends and lovers, the Schumanns and Brahms, form the heart of this concert of masterpieces from the classical repertoire. Program to include such works as:

Schumann, Clara: Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17
Brahms: Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 60
Schumann, Robert: Piano Quintet in E flat Major, Op. 44

April 5: Silver Screen Onstage

This beloved Connections tradition explores concert music of legendary film composers and works featured in cinematic masterpieces, accompanied by representative film clips. Program to include such works as:

Prokofiev: Quintet in G Minor
Corigliano: Red Violin Caprices
Rozsa: String Trio Op. 1

These concerts are made possible by the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation’s Robert H. Gartner Cultural Endowment Fund.

When:
Saturdays, Oct. 5 and Dec. 7, 2013, and Feb. 1 and April 5, 2014
Concert time 3 p.m.; ticket sales begin at 2:00 p.m. at the door.

Where:
Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium
Carlsbad City Library complex
1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad 92011

Cost: $15 per person; ticket sales begin one hour before each performance.

 

Contact Information

Cultural Arts Office
arts@carlsbadca.gov
760-434-2920
760-730-0329 fax

2955 Elmwood St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Mailing address
1200 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008