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Salastina Society Quartet plays Debussy, hosted by Brian Lauritzen (KUSC) - WAITLIST OPEN

Beach=Culture at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM (PDT)

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5:15-6:15pm Docents available to discuss the site at the Marion Davies Guest House
6:30-7:30pm Concert 

Kevin Kumar, violin; Maia Jasper, violin; Meredith Crawford, viola; Rebecca Merblum, cello
Brian Lauritzen, host


The Salastina Music Society presents Masterpiece Discovery: Debussy String Quartet  with guest host Brian Lauritzen of KUSC, as well as excerpts from Claude Debussy's Children's Corner Suite.

Join Salastina and KUSC radio host Brian Lauritzen for a guided tour through one of the most beautiful works in the chamber music repertoire. The complete performance of Debussy's only string quartet will be preceded by an engaging session including notes about the composer and musical examples from the work. The artists and host will continue the conversation with the audience after the concert.


String Quartet in G minor

I. Animé et très décidé

II. Assez vif et bien rythmé

III. Andantino, doucement expressif

IV. Très modéré

Children's Corner Suite arr. for two violins by Kevin Kumar, with selections that may include excerpts from:

Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum, Jimbo's Lullaby, Serenade of the Doll, The Snow is Dancing

Now in its third season, the Salastina Music Society has quickly become a “significant and distinctive contribution to the chamber music scene in Los Angeles” (CultureSpot LA). Praised for “leading the way for the future of chamber music” (Ovation Press), Salastina’s fresh approach to the concert experience results in innovative performances with broad audience appeal. To date, over a dozen performances have been broadcast nationally on American Public Media’s Performance TodaySalastina is a member of the Pasadena Arts Council’s EMERGE Fiscal Sponsorship ProgramPlease visit for more information.

Artist Bios:

Maia Jasper (Violin and Co-Artistic Director) has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in France, Portugal, Turkey, Israel, the Netherlands, and on both US coasts. She is a member of the first violin sections of both the LA Chamber Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony.  She received her B.A. with honors from Yale and her Masters degree from USC, with further study at the Paris Conservatory. She is on faculty at the Colburn School. 

Kevin Kumar (Violin and Co-Artistic Director) has appeared as soloist with the LA Philharmonic, among other orchestras. He served as Concertmaster of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra under Valerie Gergiev and Semyon Bychkov and has performed in a variety of chamber music ensembles and in broadcast internationally. Kevin received his Bachelors degree from Stanford University.

Brian Lauritzen is the producer and host of Classical KUSC’s nationwide concert broadcasts of the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as KUSC’s weekly arts magazine Arts Aliveand the early music program Baroque & Beyond. Additionally, Brian writes and produces features for KUSC’s more than 50 concert broadcasts each year including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Piano Spheres. His work as part of these series has been broadcast internationally by NPR, American Public Media, and the WFMT Radio Network. 

Rebecca Merblum (Cello) earned her Bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and her Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory. As a founding member of the Azmari Quartet, she participated in the Graduate Quartet Residency at Northern Illinois University. The Azmari Quartet went on to become Quartet in Residence at Northern Kentucky University from 2004-2009. Rebecca serves on the faculty of the Pasadena Conservatory and the Santa Monica Conservatory.

Stop by early for information on the Beach House by docents from the Santa Monica Conservancy.

Tickets are free but space is limited and reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please reserve online. Please plan to arrive by 6:15pm to retain your reservation. Late seating, even for reservation-holders, is not guaranteed. To adjust or cancel your reservation for this event, email We appreciate your keeping in touch!

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415 Pacific Coast Hwy at Beach Coast Way
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM (PDT)

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