• Laguna Beach Music Festival

 2014 concerts

Wed Feb 5 | 8pm | Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Rd | Laguna Beach
Jeffrey Kahane Jeffrey Kahane, piano and Gabriel Kahane, piano & voice

A “mix-tape” style offering of old and new musical encounters: world-class pianist, Jeffrey Kahane, is performing in partnership with his son, Gabriel Kahane, avant-garde composer and songwriter, punctuated by father-and-son anecdotes and banter.  The repertoire will include Bach’s Chorale Prelude O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, Schubert’s Impromptu in G-Flat major, D.899, Brahms’ Intermezzo Op. 119 No. 1 and No. 3, and works by Benjamin Britten and Charles Ives for the piano.

Thu Feb 6 | 8pm | Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Rd | Laguna Beach

yMusic  yMusic Ensemble

These "six hip virtuosi" (Time Out New York) play a unique combination of instruments: string trio, flute, clarinet and trumpet. This exciting orchestration has inspired an expanding repertoire of works by some of today's indie rock luminaries: Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Ryan Lott (Son Lux). yMusic’s debut album, "Beautiful Mechanical," pairs these compositions with pieces by prominent young composers Judd Greenstein, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Gabriel Kahane.

Sat Feb 8 | 8pm | Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Rd | Laguna Beach
Gabriel Kahane

Gabriel Kahane, piano & voice
yMusic Ensemble and guest artists


Co-commissioned by Laguna Beach Music Festival and Brooklyn Academy of Music 

“25 Addresses in Los Angeles” is the musical equivalent of a short story collection, as Gabriel Kahane excavates twenty-five significant architecture sites in Los Angeles in his new composition. With pieces addressing a wide range of iconic southern Californian institutions—from Dodger’s Stadium to Chavez Ravine to In-N-Out Burger—“25 Addresses in Los Angeles” is ultimately an affectionate musical portrait of the city of Los Angeles and it’s need to continually erase and recreate itself. Check out Gabriel Kahane’s blog post at PSOC to learn about his inspiration.

Sun Feb 9 | 3pm | Laguna Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Rd | Laguna Beach
Linden String Quartet Jeffrey Kahane, piano and Linden String Quartet

Described as “chamber music at its best”, the Linden String Quartet is performing an evening of beloved string quartets at the Laguna Playhouse with their characteristic grace and tonality. The evening’s repertoire features Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 2 in A minor (Op. 13), Haydn’s String Quartet No. 5 in D Major (Op 76) and Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44.


2014 Special Events

Mon Feb 3 | 6:30pm | Laguna Art Museum
Opening Night Party
Join the Laguna Beach Music Festival for its Opening Night Gala on Monday, February 3. In the intimate setting of Laguna Art Museum, Festival artists Gabriel Kahane, the Linden String Quartet, and Rob Moose of yMusic will introduce themselves and present a preview of the performances occurring throughout the week. Coupled with a wine and appetizer reception, the opening night promises to be an eclectic and exclusive evening of music, food, drink, and conversation that will kick off the Laguna Beach Music Festival in style.

Wed Feb 5 | 5pm | Hotel Laguna
Festival Feast
A Music Festival tradition: champagne reception at 5pm, gourmet dinner with wine pairings at 6pm, concert at 8pm and post-concert reception on stage with the artists.

Thu Feb 6 | 5pm | Nirvana Grille / Laguna Playhouse
Dinner & yMusic Ensemble
Laguna Beach Live! is offering an extraordinary dinner & concert package where you can enjoy a specially priced prix-fixe menu at one Laguna Beach's best restaurants, Nirvana Grille, followed by an engaging classical-meets-indie-pop concert by yMusic.

Fri Feb 7 | 7pm | Private Home in Corona Del Mar
Salon Recital with Jeffrey Kahane, piano
The chance to hear a world-class international artist in an intimate setting in a stunning private home in Corona del Mar. Gather at 7pm for the concert and stay for a private reception afterwards. Address and directions will be given after purchase.

Free Concerts

Tues Feb 4 | 1.30pm | Sage Hill School
HOW TO WRITE A SONG  with Gabriel Kahane
A songwriting session for students; open for public observation

Tues Feb 4 | 4.30pm | Laguna Playhouse
A chance to meet the artists behind the Linden String Quartet and hear a short sample of their range.

Tues Feb 4 | 7pm | Sage Hill School
With Gabriel Kahane and Rob Moose
Concert is Full

Thurs Feb 6 | 12pm | Laguna Art Museum
With Gabriel Kahane and the Linden String Quartet
See the composition process in action as a Laguna Beach Live commissioned composer is coached  by composer Gabriel Kahane and his work performed for the first time by the Linden String Quartet

Thurs Feb 6 | 4pm | Nirvana Grille
With Gabriel and Jeffrey Kahane in conversation
A chance to hear a personal reflection on their shared passions and distinct paths in the world of music

Fri Feb 7 | 4pm | Laguna Playhouse
With Gabriel Kahane and yMusic in conversation
Hear these Brooklyn based artists discuss the state of music and composition today –and where it’s all headed.

Sat Feb 8 | 11am | Laguna Playhouse
With Gabriel Kahane and yMusic