As part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's ongoing "Americas and Americans" festival, Jacaranda: Music at the Edge presents an enchanted evening of Magic Realism , an exploration of "the transformation of folk and street music, dance rhythms and traditions such as Jewish klezmer music into sophisticated concert fare." Heitor Villa-Lobos (pictured) dominates the colorful, passionate soundscape with String Quartet No. 5 ("La Popular"), Assobgio a Jato (The Jet Whistle) and Choros No. 2, an homage to the street music of Rio de Janeiro, with Osvaldo Golijov coming in second (Lullaby and Doina and Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind). But the evening's highlight just may be Astor Piazzolla's soulful Chiquilin de Bachin (Little Urchin of the Greasy Spoon) for string trio, double bass and speaker, which features the famed Argentinian actor CÃ¡stulo Guerra (The Usual Suspects, Amistad) reciting the poetry of Uruguayan writer Horacio Ferrer and Jorge Luis Borges. Musicians include the Denali Quartet, cellist Timothy Loo, flutist Pamela Vliek Martchev and clarinetist Donald Foster.
Sat., April 17, 8 p.m., 2010