The Santa Clarita Symphony will transform the College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center into an intimate “Classical Café” Saturday night, April 1 at 8 p.m., as three nationally renowned musicians play an exciting concert blending classical music and jazz. The trio features Bryan Pezzone (pianist with the classical/jazz quartet Free Flight), Armen Anassian (violinist with the Los Angeles Opera) and Armen Ksajikian (cellist and Associate Principal with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra). (See Performer Profiles, below.) Sans orchestra, the three will perform composer Richard Strauss’ “Sonata for Cello and Piano” and “Sonata for Violin and Piano” in the first half of the program. Post-intermission, the program’s second half features improvisations on Anton Arensky’s “Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano” and Paul Shoenfeld’s “Café Music” for violin, cello and “Bryan, Armen and Armen are each outstanding soloists, and as a trio, they create the ultimate mix of classical and café jazz,” said John Dow, Santa Clarita Symphony marketing director. “That’s why we call it the ‘Classical Café.’ It’s smooth, cool and very hip, and yet another unique musical experience the Symphony will present.’’ A special appearance and signing by internationally acclaimed paper sculpture and graphics artist Reinhard, whose works have been exhibited in more than 200 galleries in the U.S. and abroad, will add another creative dimension to the Classical Café experience. Before and after the concert and during intermission, the German-born, U.S. educated, Ojai-based artist will be in the venue’s lobby to sell and sign original artworks and limited-edition “multiple originals” of some of his best-known works. “Reinhard was part of the post-Warhol ‘New Pop Culture’ scene in the late 1970s and early 1980s,” Dow said. “He hung out with Peter Max, Klein and the like. Reinhard’s nearly life-size sculpture of ‘The Rehearsal’ brought him worldwide acclaim, selling for between $200K and $300K. He’s somewhat of a recluse, so for him to come out to support us is HUGE!” Reinhard’s 4’x6’ original paper sculpture “Recording at RCA 1947,” depicting Jascha Heifitz on violin, Arthur Rubenstein on piano and Gregor Piatigorsky on cello, will be displayed onstage at the Performing Arts Center – as a set piece behind the evening’s live pianist, violinist and cellist. Before and after the show, the sculpture will also be on display, and for sale priced at $60,000, in the lobby.
Tickets for the Classical Café’s “ultimate mix” of classical and jazz are $20, $30, $40. To purchase, call (661) 284-6044 or visit www.scsymphony.com and click on he COC "Purchase Tickets" link.
The Performing Arts Center is located at 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91355.