Pittance Takes the LA Opera Orchestra from the Pit to the Stage

Members of Pittance Chamber Music

Members of Pittance Chamber Music

What happens when members of the LA Opera Orchestra rise up and break out of the depths of the orchestra pit?

A Pittance concert!

Pittance Chamber Music was created in 2013 by LA Opera Orchestra Assistant Concertmaster Lisa Sutton, who wanted to showcase the gifted artists who perform below the stage, where they are heard but mostly unseen. Since then, Pittance has expanded its ranks to include members of the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program, as well as members of the Los Angeles Opera Chorus.

“Our concerts are very user-friendly” says Sutton. “All the pieces are introduced by our host, actor Miguel Perez, with brief, anecdotal notes about historical context, or what was happening in the composer’s life that inspired the work, or perhaps a story about the artists. Our goal is to bring our audiences top quality performances by LA Opera’s resident artists. Our concerts are for everyone – seasoned opera and chamber music fans as well as newcomers who enjoy all types of classical music.  For those people who may be intimidated by opera – the length of the performances, the big voices and the foreign languages – I say to those people, come and get your feet wet with us.  We know you will enjoy the experience. “

On Sunday, October 9, at 3pm in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilions’ Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall, Pittance Chamber Music will present a concert featuring these extraordinary musicians together with Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist, soprano Summer Hassan. 

The program will include Mozart’s exquisite Clarinet Quintet with LA Opera Orchestra Principal Clarinetist Stuart Clark, and will feature Ms. Hassan in the aria “L’amero, saro costante” from Mozart’s Il Re Pastore (The Shepherd King) and Chausson’s dark and haunting “Chanson Perpetuelle.” The concert will conclude with Ernst Dohnanyi’s Sextet (Op. 37), a light romantic work with elements of jazz and gypsy music uniquely scored for piano, violin, viola, cello, French horn, and clarinet.

The October 9 concert is the first of a series of three offered by Pittance this season.  Visit the Pittance Chamber Music for more information.

For tickets and more information, please go to: PittanceChamberMusic.org.

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