Fri, Feb 13thOpening Concert / Party
"LAGQ Meets LAPQ"
Celebrate the Premier New Work
by Jeffrey Holmes
Laguna Playhouse | 8:00pm
“LAGQ Meets LAPQ” - This first-ever collaboration between The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet will be a night of discovery, with two of America’s most dynamic chamber groups coming together to explore new and exciting music. The highlight of the evening will be the World Premiere of a New Work commissioned by LBMF, written especially for the occasion by celebrated composer Jeffrey Holmes. The concert will also feature moving and energetic works by John Cage, Steve Reich and Carlos Rivera, among others. Begin the evening in elegance at the Laguna Playhouse for the Opening Night Party. Join us for a sophisticated evening at the Laguna Playhouse to jump-start the Festival weekend. Enjoy a luxurious reception, wine and socializing with friends before an evening of collaboration between The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet! The LBMF red-carpet opening event sets the tone for a weekend of Spanish romance, passion and premier music for our 13th Annual Music Festival over the Valentine’s Day weekend!
Sat, Feb 14thA Valentine’s Day Concert
Spanish Romance and Passion
Laguna Playhouse | 8:00pm
Nothing inspires Romance more than the music of Spain, especially when the played on the magical guitars of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. For a very special Valentine’s Day celebration, the Laguna Beach Music Festival presents LAGQ playing some of their most popular Spanish pieces, including “Evening in Granada” by Debussy, Fandango by Boccherini, and their beautiful arrangement of Carmen by Bizet. As a special treat, LAGQ will be joined by a troupe of fabulous dancers, “L.A. Flamenco”, and mesmerizing mezzo-soprano Janelle DeStefano to stage a dramatic production of Manuel de Falla's ballet “El Amor Brujo”. A riveting tale of love and sorcery, this spellbinding work brings the passion of Spain’s Gypsy spirit to life. Bring someone you love to this evening of Spanish Romance!
Sun, Feb 15thMatinee Multimedia
Bringing Don Quixote to Life
"The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote de la Mancha"
Laguna Playhouse | 3:00pm
Immerse yourself in the Words and Music of the Time of Cervantes, when LAGQ and Phil Proctor come together to bring Don Quixote to life! Capturing the high comedy, pathos and self-reflexive surrealism of the world’s most popular novel, this innovative production takes listeners into the phantasmic world of the famous Knight of La Mancha. With projected images and lighting highlighting LAGQ’s brilliant arrangements of music from Spain’s Golden Age, the result is inspired story-telling in its most elevated form. Phil Proctor (celebrated actor/comedian from the popular “Firesign Theatre troupe) will put his vocal virtuosity on display as he embodies over a dozen different characters in a script adapted by LAGQ member William Kanengiser. Premiered in 2008 with John Cleese (of Monty Python fame), LAGQ has toured this entrancing work with Phil Proctor for six years, and filmed a live performance of it at the Sheldon Theatre in St. Louis for Mel Bay Recordings. Weaving together live narration and music into a unique sonic atmosphere, it’s a multi-media show that has transported and delighted audiences around the US. Don’t miss it!