Critics have deemed our 'young rising star', Cellist Evegeny Tonkha, to be among the very best of the Russian cellists of this generation. The winner of both the Czech International Cello Competion and the 13th Tchaikovsky International Competition, Evegeny first performed at La Senora' in 2013 and now graces us in this tribute to Stokowski's influence on the world of classical music.I
At a time when the music of 'long-dead' composers was deemed appropriate for classical performances, Stokowski had the foresight to know that names like Stravinsky, Ravel, Glasunov, Shostakovich would be placed in the hallowed halls of great composers.
Our Program will lean to those 'living composers' Stokowski chose to premier in America; plus we'll get a glimpse of archival materials from La Senora's Academic Fellow and noted ethnomusicologist , Elisabeth Waldo, who was recruited by Stokowski to perform with his All American Youth Orchestrat tour of the Americas in 1940. Elisabeth's first hand stories of "Stokie" and the press clippings from her archives will be a special treat added to the musical afternoon.
Leopold Stokowski was a remarkable conductor making waves in the music world of the l930s by creating his "Philadelphia Sound" and becoming the first "Conductor/SuperStar", premiering one memorable composer after another. His last premier of a new work took place when he was 91 years old and he was still conducting for recordings until his death at age 95, with a contract that ran until he would have been 100.
Stokowski found time to court and marry three extremely talented or rich society women; and had a notorious affair with Greta Garbo that started in our hacienda's salon, (where he was introduced to Ms. Garbo by Anita Loos). The affair continued quietly at Garbo's beach house, then exploded when he took Garbo incognito to Italy but was required to turn their real name passports into the hotel upon check-in.
Refreshments will be served in the Hacienda's botanical gardens.
Tickets may be purchased online click here or by check sent to office mailing address (not our entrance address) 560 E. Channel Road, Santa Monica, CA 90404. Checks must arrive by July 9th in order to add names to the gate admittance list. To find your ticket cost, please go to the on-line ticketing link. If you wish to join La Senora for 2014 you may choose the member discounted ticket and then choose your desired membership level. For information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 310 454 0706.
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La Senora Research Institute
La Senora reconnects our community to its history via interactive, historically accurate educational programs to intrigue all age and demographic groups; we have significant outreach to low income and minority communities. Our resources entice the diverse historical community into collaborative endeavors.
The site's anthropological layers unearth changes each Era brought to one small Mexican Rancho. In the early 19th Century our focus narrows to an artistic and social mecca -- a single Hacienda built on former Rancho land -- the residence of a series of "Old Hollywood" Legends; designed by John Byers, built in the 1920s by one of Edison’s Three Tenors - Jose Mojica’s Music Salon is the site of our chamber music; the 1930-40's brought the Hacienda Anita Loos' eclectic Santa Monica Canyon Salons; then Lyle Wheeler (David Selznick's Art Director) made the hacienda his home. The over 600 films produced by these three former residents are screened in our 50-seat theater