Escape the Ordinary: LAB Road Trip

Join Los Angeles Baroque as we road trip across Europe (and California) for a light-hearted program of works from Poland to England via Austria, Italy and France.

LAB: Lindsey Strand-Polyak, violin; Alexa Haynes-Pilon, cello & bassoon, Artistic Directors with members of Los Angeles Baroque, a new community ensemble for greater LA

Friday, June 8, 2018; 12:30 PM
2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15


Sinfonia in G major………………………………..J G Janitsch (1708-1763)
Harmonia à 5……………………………………….J H Schmelzer (c1620-1680)
Le bourgeois gentilhomme (selection)…………..J B Lully (1632-1687)
Concerto grosso in G major, Op 6, No 1………..G F Handel (1685-1759)

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Los Angeles Baroque

Los Angeles Baroque (LAB) is directed by Lindsey Strand-Polyak and Alexa Haynes-Pilon. Founded in 2016, LAB enables dedicated professional, student and community musicians from across greater Los Angeles to explore repertoire, learn Baroque playing style and perform. It aims to encourage, support and expand the early music community in LA and to be inclusive in reach in order to give the maximum number of highly motivated players the opportunity to participate. Our players come together from all walks of life and from all over LA to give free weekend afternoon concerts at our rehearsal and performance home St James’ Episcopal Church in South Pasadena. Our opening season featured two concerts ‘Brit-set!’ and ‘Telemannia’, collaborations with St James’ choir and vocal ensemble Jouyssance, and our first weekend workshop. In 2017-2018 we expand our own season to three concerts in November, March and May, and make our debut in Bach in the Subways LA at Union Station and on tour in Berkeley Early Music Festival’s Fringe.

Lindsey Strand-Polyak, Artistic Director

Praised for her “rococo gracefulness”, Lindsey Strand-Polyak is active throughout the West Coast as a baroque violinist and violist. She performs with ensembles such as the American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Pacific MusicWorks and Bach Collegium San Diego; and has appeared at the Oregon Bach Festival, Twin Cities Early Music Festival, and the Fringe Series of both Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals. Dr. Strand-Polyak was the assistant director for the UCLA Early Music Ensemble from 2011-2015, and is co-artistic director of baroque chamber group Ensemble Bizarria and of Los Angeles Baroque—Southern California’s first community Baroque orchestra. Lecture-recitals include McGill University, University of Texas at Austin, and national meetings of the American Musicological Society.

She has served on the faculty of the Colburn School and the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA, and was recently appointed adjunct professor of baroque violin and viola at Claremont Graduate University. She earned her PhD/MM in musicology and violin performance from UCLA, studying historical performance with Elisabeth LeGuin and modern violin with Guillaume Sutre and Movses Pogossian.

Alexa Haynes-Pilon, Artistic Director

Recently described by Early Music America as “a special artist with a brilliant future,” Alexa Haynes-Pilon has quickly established herself in the California early music scene performing on baroque cello, viola da gamba, baroque bassoon and dulcian. She has performed with the American Bach Soloists, Los Angeles Chamber Choir, Ergo Musica, the American Ballet Company, the Los Angeles Baroque Players, Con Gioia, and has performed as principal cello with Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra. She has also co-founded two Los Angeles-based early music chamber groups, Concitato 415 and Ensemble Bizarria. In Toronto, she performed with Tafelmusik and Accenti Vocali, and was a founding member of the early music ensemble, Rezonance. She has appeared in most of the major Early Music festivals in North America including the Tafelmusik Winter and Summer Institutes, the American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco, Vancouver Early Music Festival, and the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals. After completing her BM and MM in cello performance at Brandon University, Alexa Haynes-Pilon earned a performance certificate from the University of Toronto in connection with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, studying cello with Christina Mahler and viola da gamba with Jöelle Morton. Alexa recently finished her doctoral studies at the University of Southern California, where she studied baroque cello and viola da gamba with William Skeen, and baroque bassoon and dulcian with Charlie Koster.

Alexa’s passion is to create music and connect with members of the community, and because of this, she co-founded and is the Artistic Director of Los Angeles Baroque. In addition, for the past four years she has exposed thousands of elementary and secondary school students to Renaissance and baroque winds and viols through her work with the Crumhorn Collective, in collaboration with Ars Lyrica Houston’s outreach program in Houston, TX.

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