Magic in the Chambers

Robert Gupta with violin
Robert Gupta with violin

As Culver City questions how we are going to pay for our cultural events without Redevelopment money, Performing Arts and Special Events Director Susan Obrow is already getting answers. Last Thursday evening’s “Music in the Chambers” was billed as a Los Angeles Philharmonic Neighborhood concert, one of a series put on by the LA Phil Association, and with additional funds from Culver City and from Sony, the locally loved event began a new era.

The players were Robert Vijay Gupta on violin Jin-Shan Dai on violin, Ben Uller on viola and Jonathan Karoly on cello. They played three string quartets, Joseph Haydn’s Opus 77, No.1 followed by Anton Webern’s string quartet, opus 28.( I believe it’s the only one he wrote.) After an intermission, the last piece was the quartet Opus 74 by Beethoven, nicknamed the “harp” quartet because there are a lot of arpeggios and pizzicato in the first movement.  Gupta explained that all three pieces were from the Viennese school and so were related even though they span a century in time. The performances were wonderful, very expressive and beautiful.

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