Jacaranda Music produces a series of classical music adventures designed to awaken curiosity and discovery with a spirit of inclusion. This curated concert series is dedicated to advancing the repertoire of soloists and ensembles with live music, recordings, music videos, and education by engaging with a wide range of audiences.
Based in Santa Monica since 2003, Jacaranda was immediately hailed by the LA Weekly as “the right music in the right place at the right time.” More than a decade later, LA Weekly named Jacaranda Best Contemporary Classical Series in 2016: “Wonderfully un-stodgy curation by Jacaranda founders Patrick Scott and Mark Alan Hilt and performances by acclaimed and expert musicians make for ear-cleansing dives into bracingly new music composed largely by living composers, as well as unplayed-to-death music of the past century.”
The series is devoted to stimulating listeners with ingenious musical experiences. Alex Ross’s blog The Rest Is Noise wrote “season after season the twentieth century comes to life in Jacaranda’s programs.” Jacaranda also champions music written since 2000, as well as neglected earlier music with strong potential interest for today’s listeners. The “powerful” U.S. premiere of a co-commission with Britain’s Aldeburgh Festival, led by composer Peter Eötvös, was also cited by the LA Times for its “national significance.” These concerts are dedicated to advancing the repertoire of soloists and diverse ensembles through live music, recordings, and education.
Jacaranda recently launched METRO (Music Education Through Resource Opportunities) to network and mobilize university music students from CalArts, Chapman University, CSUN, UCLA, and USC through recorded music services, Facebook, and live concerts. Maintaining high performance standards in acoustically effective locations throughout Greater Los Angeles, this innovative concert series is committed to increasing understanding of classical music using unexpected strategies – and by telling the stories of its makers with passion. “A sell-out throng of glitter, beauty and brains in all sorts and varieties responded warmly to the totally decadent music menu…full of energy and themes of unimaginable beauty…” said the Huffington Post.