While you're undoubtedly familiar with Vivaldi's Four Seasons, which ranks right up there with Pachelbel's Canon as one of the most overplayed works of the classical repertoire, you may not be as aware of another similarly inspired work: Astor Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. While taking the idea of giving the listener a visceral experience of each season from Vivaldi, Cuatro Estaciones Portenas is a wonderfully original interpretation of the seasons transposed from Italy to the sultry, sensuous Latin climes. It's tango, jazz, classical and 20th-century music all rolled into one, and was originally written for Piazzolla's own folk/chamber ensemble that specialized in what would become the composer's most famous contribution to music: nuevo tango. This week, Camerata Pacifica rolls in from Santa Barbara to present this richly colorful work, along with Tchaikovsky's Trio in A minor, Op. 50, performed by violinist Catherine Leonard, cellist Ani Aznavorian and pianist Adam Neiman. Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino; Tues., Dec. 8, 8 p.m. Also at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, Zipper Concert Hall, 200 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Thurs., Dec. 10, 8 p.m.; $42. (805) 884-8410 or cameratapacifica.org . --M.B.C.
Tue., Dec. 8, 8 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 10, 8 p.m., 2009