Chamber musicians known as Salastina will go baroque with a period tour of Italy, France, Germany and England in Pasadena on Friday.
“You’re going to have some really fantastic musicians playing great music for you,” Salastina co-founder Kevin Kumar told Pasadena Now last week.
“We love to play baroque music during the holidays because it’s very festive. Baroque music is like Christmas carols,” Kumar said. “It’s beautiful music, it’s easy to listen to, it’s emotionally accessible and we find it lifts people’s spirits.”
Founded a dozen years ago by violinists Kumar and Maia Jasper White, Salastina’s resident musicians, artists and composers have featured on a range of iconic film and television scores and perform chamber music “for the fun,” according to their website.
Salastina is a member of Chamber Music Los Angeles, a collective of eight local chamber music organizations dedicated to making Los Angeles the chamber music capital of the world.
The dynamic group usually performs in intimate and comfortable venues, including Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.
They believe in “the power of music to bring people together; inspire, enrich and entertain; and to connect our cultural past, present and future.
The group will once again perform for Pasadena audiences in “Salastina Goes For Baroque” on Saturday, November 12 at 8 p.m. in Barrett Hall at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.
A second show will also be broadcast live.
Kumar and White will perform at the event, joined by resident artists Meredith Crawford, Principal Viola of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, cellist Yoshika Masuda, who is also Chair of Strings at the Hall-Musco School of Music in Chapman University, and pianist HyeJin Kim, who teaches at the Colburn School.
The event will be hosted by Salastina resident host Brian Lauritzen.
Just like the band’s past concerts, the upcoming gig will be intimate and conversational, Kumar said.
“You will often find yourself greeted in the room by one of the performers as we like to go out and greet people ourselves.”
Salastina presents seven pairs of concerts, along with additional special events each year. “Salastina Goes For Baroque” will be the group’s last concert before spring, according to Kumar.
Besides the concerts, Salastina also hosts its weekly Happy Hours live in person and simultaneously streamed live on YouTube. The next one will take place on December 3 at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music with composer/pianist Joachim Horsley, featuring piano reimaginings of great classical works using Afro-Caribbean rhythms.
Every Happy Hour, the band offers musical performances, a peek behind the creative curtain, and personal interaction with musicians and other music lovers.
In addition to Happy Hours, Salastina also hosts hospital shows for patients and their families, as well as University of California, Los Angeles medical staff. He also partners with chefs for music and food pairings.
For tickets to ‘Salastina Goes For Baroque’ and for more information about Salastina, visit: salastin.org
In addition to “Salastina Goes For Baroque”, this year’s Happy Hour with Joachim Horsley, which will take place on December 3, also at PCM’s Barrett Hall, is also on the program.
To view the event, go to: https://www.salastina.org/concerts/2022/12/3/happy-hour-with-joachim-horsley