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The mission of Pacific Serenades is to generate new chamber music by commissioning works and presenting them alongside standard repertoire in intimate concert settings, emphasizing the talents of Southern California musicians.
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Sense & Sensuality — JUNE CONCERT

Celebrating with a Commission
Abdelmonem and Marianne Afifi have several important things to commemorate this year. It’s been 40 years since the two met in Vienna, and they are both celebrating significant birthdays: Marianne is turning 60 and Afifi—as everyone calls him—is turning 75. What better way to celebrate than to commission a new chamber piece! » read more
Composer Profile: Jeffrey Parola
Composer Jeffrey Parola began his fascination with music while visiting neighbors and hearing, and then playing, their piano. “One day I came home after several hours with my neighbors and there was a piano in my living room, which my parents had bought,” Jeff shared with me. He began piano studies privately, eventually spending 10 years with Martha Holly. “She was a great mentor to me,” Jeff explained. “When I first started studying with her, she wrote down my pieces for me and then taught me how to notate. When my music began to grow increasingly sophisticated, an 80-year-old Martha Holly enrolled in theory classes at the local community college in order to help me. She was an incredible woman!” » read more
Artist Profile: Judith Farmer
Pacific Serenades is thrilled to have bassoonist Judith Farmer back for her 5th program with us since 2002. She has enjoyed a rich career as an orchestral musician, chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. Currently, Judy is principal bassoonist of the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, heads the bassoon studio at the USC Thornton School of Music, and is a member of the LA Opera Orchestra. As an avid chamber musician, Judy has collaborated with many composers on new works and has had a number of works written and dedicated to her. » read more
One City One Pride
Pacific Serenades is excited and honored to have our June 25 concert presented as part of the One City One Pride West Hollywood Arts Festival, an exploration of LGBTQ Pride through arts and culture. » read more
Welcoming Two Young Violinists
Pacific Serenades welcomes two young violinists, Ji Young An and Ambroise Aubrun, to our ensemble for this concert. Both recently finished DMA degrees at UCLA, studying violin with Guillaume Sutre, and they also crossed paths in Paris, where Ji Young moved at age 13 from her native Korea and where Ambroise moved from his hometown of Nice. At the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris, each won the Conservatory’s first prize in their own graduation years, and Ambroise went on to study at the Paris Conservatory with Suzane Gessner. » read more
Pacific Serenades still needs your donations!
To help with our plans going forward, and to help us complete the funding for our upcoming concert, please make a tax-deductible gift to Pacific Serenades. We are especially looking for donations to allow us to pay our talented musicians. A donation of $1,000 will sponsor one of the five performers, and for a $500 donation, we will pair you with another donor to provide sponsorship for a performer. » read more
The Future of Pacific Serenades
Our break from the busy schedule of a normal concert season has not been idle time for Pacific Serenades. Thanks to a grant from City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, since this past fall, we have been working on a project with Belinda Teitel, of the Center for Nonprofit Management in Los Angeles, to figure out the next steps for our organization. » read more
New Music USA Award Winner
2013 winner of New Music USA’s Letter of Distinction for significant contributions to the field of contemporary American music » read more

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