Best Chamber Music in Historic Sites - 2011
Da Camera Society
For anyone who thinks local history is limited to the Walk of Fame, Disneyland and Grauman's Chinese, the Da Camera Society unearths L.A.'s best hidden landmarks with its live performance series Chamber Music in Historic Sites. Founded at Mount St. Mary's College in 1973, the Da Camera Society takes its name from musica da camera, a 17th-century Italian term for chamber music. The organization reinvigorates the classical tradition by bringing it away from the auditoriums and back into the "chambers" of today — including the Bradbury Building, the L.A. Zoo and the Pompeian Room at the Doheny Mansion‚ an Eisen & Hunt building with a massive Tiffany glass ceiling. Highlights from the Da Camera Society's most recent concert series include the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra at the new LAPD Headquarters downtown; Tanya Tomkins on Baroque cello at the former Flintridge Biltmore Hotel; and the Harlem Gospel Choir at the Trinity Baptist Church in Jefferson Park. 10 Chester Place, University Park. (213) 477-2929, dacamera.org.
—Tanja M. Laden