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Coffee, Cantatas, and Conversation! Please join us Sunday, September 10 when LAEMMLE LIVE welcomes Los Angeles Baroque for a FREE chamber music concert. The baroque ensemble’s Westside debut will feature Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto 6 and a mini comic opera, A Coffee Cantata, in a new (and very funny) translation by Hugh Macdonald.
Directed by Lindsey Strand-Polyak and Alexa Haynes-Pilon, Los Angeles Baroque (LAB) was founded in 2016. LAB enables dedicated professional, student and community musicians from greater Los Angeles to explore repertoire, learn Baroque playing style and perform. The group encourages and supports the early music community in Los Angeles in an inclusive environment to give highly motivated players more performance opportunities. The diverse group rehearses and performs regularly at St James’ Episcopal Church in South Pasadena.
Praised for her “Rococo gracefulness,” Lindsey Strand-Polyak is active throughout the West Coast as a baroque violinist and violist. She performs with the American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Pacific MusicWorks and Bach Collegium San Diego. Dr. Strand-Polyak is co-artistic director of baroque chamber group Ensemble Bizarria and of Los Angeles Baroque. Canadian Alexa Haynes-Pilon has established herself in the Los Angeles early music scene performing with Los Angeles Baroque Players, Con Gioia and Musica Angelica, and has co-founded two early music chamber groups, Concitato 415 and Ensemble Bizarria. Alexa recently finished her doctoral studies at the University of Southern California. She believes strongly that the future of classical music lies in youth education.