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Elisabeth Waldo is one of L.A.'s multicultural treasures. She's a concert violinist and composer who is also a musical archeologist. First tapped by Leopold Stokowski for his youth orchestra, La Waldo went on to play violin for film soundtracks, record her own exotica albums and consort in Latin America with the likes of Diego Rivera and Yma Sumac. How can you get in on this action, you ask? Well, Waldo has a compound in Northridge, called Rancho Cordillera del Norte, which is not only a repository of her collection of Pre-Columbian instruments but also a showplace for a range of concerts in a Mission-style theater. All are either conducted by, or presided over by, the maestra. The featured music includes Mayan, Incan, Chinese, Vietnamese and Mexican, as well as other genres connected to California. The schedule can be unpredictable, however, so be sure to consult the website and plan ahead. The rancho also can be rented for weddings and other extravaganzas. —Jeffrey Burbank

9015 Wilbur Ave., Northridge, 91324. (818) 993-1669, elisabethwaldomusic.com.

LA Weekly