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Schoenberg's Compositions to Get Piano Treatment at Santa Monica Library
By Jorge Casuso
March 11, 2019 -- The atonal music of Arnold Schoenberg -- which changed the course of classical composition and worked its way into suspense movie soundtracks -- will be performed this month at the Santa Monica Public Library.Pianist Susan Svrcek will perform the music of the Viennese composer on Thursday March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library's Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium as part of the Soundwaves new music series.
Svrcek, who will present a set of chamber music interpretations of Schoenberg's music, will be joined by Nic Gerpe for “Six Pieces for Piano Four-Hands” and a two piano arrangement of “Chamber Symphony No. 2.”
The often tense, violent sounds that resulted were quickly adapted to the fledgling art of film, especially to create a sense of suspense and terror.
While the Soundscapes concerrt includes sections of each of the pieces performed, the entire works will be played at Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades on March 30 and Zipper Hall in downtown LA on April 2, as part of the Pianospheres concert series.
The monthly Soundwaves series presents artists who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders.
Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows as well as sound and video recordings can be found at SoundwavesNewMusic.com
The Main Library is served by Big Blue Bus routes 1, 7, R7, R10 and 18 and provides bicycle parking racks.
For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.
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