Russian keyboard virtuoso Alexei Lubimov is one of those rare artists who’s equally at home with J.S. Bach and John Cage. He segues effortlessly from all sorts of baroque keyboard instruments to the modern piano and beyond, his YouTube performance on the tangentenflŸgel, an early pianoforte, being one of his more memorable moments. This week, Lubimov, a favorite of the Monday Evening Concert crowd, returns with a richly diverse program that’s almost a musical trip to outer space, beginning with Erik Satie’s dreamy, unsettling The Son of the Stars, in which the notes seem to float around and above the Earth, giving the listener the sensation of moonwalking. That’s followed by an even weirder adventure - the U.S. premiere of Russian composer and self-described “musical archaeologist” Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky’s Recit de Voyage. Here the amplified violin becomes at one moment a moaning cat, the next a wailing siren, while amplified cello, piano and percussion provide gorgeous layers of otherworldly sound. In addition to Lubimov, performers include violinist Movses Pogossian, cellist Karen Ouzounian, and Jonathan Hepfer on percussion. Three works by Cage and six Debussy Preludes complete the mind-expanding experience. Colburn School, Zipper Auditorium, 200 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Mon., Nov. 5, 8 p.m.; $27, $15 students. (213) 260-1632, mondayeveningconcerts.org.
Mon., Nov. 5, 8 p.m., 2012