Boston Court Pasadena’s Fall Music Series

Boston Court Pasadena’s Fall Music Series is set for September 20 through Octpber 26, 2019.

Boston Court Pasadena continues their 2019 Music Season with the Fall Music Series featuring offerings curated by Artistic Director Mark Saltzman.  The Fall Series commences with the return of Piano Spheres with Susan Svrček (September 20) and concludes with Après un Rêve with Josh Nelson, Lilian Sengpiehl, Kathleen Grace (October 26).

Dozens of eclectic concerts round-out Boston Court Pasadena’s 2019 Season.

Highlights include:

Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra (September 21)
Los Angeles Percussion Quartet(September 27)
Grant Gershon & Elissa Johnston (September 29)
Piano Spheres’ Susan Svrček, Vicki Ray, and Mark Robson
(September 20, 28, and October 4)
The Viano String Quartet (October 6)
Synchromy with Autoduplicity (October 12)
Rod Gilfry (October 18)

Boston Court Pasadena’s partnership with Piano Spheres continues with three concerts this fall: 

Susan Svrčekwill play a program devoted to the keyboard music of Mozart (September 20), Mark Robson returns for a program including Brahms’ Balladen, Op. 10 and Gerard Schurmann’s Two Ballades (October 4) and Vicki Ray performs a program of chamber works inspired by the cycle, and environmental consequences of human existence with cellist, Tim Loo and violinist Alyssa Park – featuring works by George Crumb, Somei Satoh, Ian Dicke and Dan Caputo (September 28).

The venue’s commitment to classical music continues with the conductor-less Kaleidoscope Orchestra in a program featuring Franz Schubert, Heather Filligan, Jennifer Hidgon and Olivier Messiaen (Septtember 21), L.A. Master Chorale’s illustrious conductor, Grant Gershon and his wife, soprano Elissa Johnston, who will join forces for a rare husband and wife recital (September 29), Viano String Quartet will make their Boston Court Pasadena debut with a program of Bartók’s String Quartet No. 3 and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 15 (October 6)

Boston Court Pasadena breaks barriers with new music performances including Brightwork Newmusic which will feature soprano Stacey Fraser and dancer Faith Jensen-Ismay (October 5), L.A.’s composer collective Synchromy will partner with cellist/flutist duo Autoduplicty for an evening of music and games (October 12), Los Angeles Percussion Quartet performs a program including four LAPQ commissions (October 17), Rod Gilfry makes his venue debut with a genre-bending, cabaret-style performance (October 18), Bridge to Everywhere performs works by Los Angeles-based composers Derrick Spiva Jr, Reena Esmail, Juan Pablo Contreras and James Waterman including two world premieres (October 19), Alexander Miller will use his mastery of electric guitar for a multi-media performance exploring six seminal Los Angeles landmarks (October 25), and pianist/composer Josh Nelson will be joined by vocalists Lillian Sengpiehl and Kathleen Grace for an evening of works from the great American songbook, original music, classical art songs and compositions from songwriting greats like Randy Newman and James Taylor (October 26).

The 2019 Fall Music Series is sponsored by Elaine Kramer & Al Latham.  Additional sponsors include Sandy Greenstein, Diane Henderson, Tom Jacobson & Ramone Muñoz, Eileen T’Kaye & David Bischoff, Liza Beres, Bill Kennedy, Robert Leventer & Jenna Blaustein, Sarah Lyding and Michael Welsh. Additional generous support provided by The Colburn Foundation, The City of Pasadena, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts and the Peter Glenville Foundation.

For tickets and more information, please visit or call 626.683.6801.



SEP 20, 8PM
Magical Mozart
Pre-concert talk at 7:15PM
Susan Svrček returns to Boston Court with her incandescent piano artistry and technical brilliance in a program devoted solely to the most beautiful keyboard music of Mozart.

SEP 21, 8PM
The critically acclaimed conductor-less orchestra returns to Boston Court to perform chamber works by Franz Schubert, Heather Gilligan, Jennifer Higdon, and Olivier Messiaen, joined by soprano Alisa Jordheim.

SEPT 29, 2PM
Visions and Prophesies
The L.A. Master Chorale’s illustrious conductor, Grant Gershon, teams up with radiant soprano Elissa Johnston for a rare husband and wife recital featuring the contemporary vocal repertoire of some of L.A.’s finest composers.

OCT 4, 8PM
Pre-concert talk at 7:15PM
Ballades and Narratives 
Robson has been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a pianist with “one of the great techniques,” “an inquiring mind” and a performer capable of evoking an “exquisite engulfing pastel haze,” and he continues to impress with his multi-faceted career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher.

OCT 6, 2PM
Classical Dreams
The Viano Quartet makes their Boston Court debut this season.  Considered one of the Colburn School’s premiere string ensembles, they recently returned from London as one of the triumphant winners of the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition.

OCT 17, 8PM
10th Anniversary Celebratory Bash
Pre-concert talk at 7:15pm
Since 2009, the GRAMMY nominated LAPQ has forged its distinct identity as a world-class contemporary chamber music ensemble dedicated to commissioning and presenting new works for percussion quartet. 


SEP 28, 8PM
Pre-concert talk at 7:15PM
Songs for the Planet
Contemporary pianist Vicki Ray returns to Boston Court with cellist, Tim Loo and violinst Alyssa Park in an all new program of chamber works inspired by the cycle, and environment consequences, of human existence – featuring works by George Crumb, Somei Satoh, Ian Dicke and Dan Caputo.

OCT 5, 8PM
Falling: a program of vertiginous new music
Pre-concert talk at 7:15PM
Brightwork is a flexible and fearless group of world-class musicians who champion the best of the music that’s being written today, while continuing to play the classics of “new” music from the last hundred years.

OCT 12, 8PM
Game Night
Synchromy, the L.A. composer collective, teams up with Autoduplicity for an evening of musical games and games that make music. A concert of world premieres  that includes everything from pattycake to trivia, and bouncing balls to video games.

OCT 19, 8PM
Pre-concert talk at 7:15PM
Music without Borders
Los Angeles-based chamber ensemble Bridge to Everywhere performs a cross-cultural program of contemporary music that reflects our interconnected world. The evening features works by Los Angeles-based composers Derrick Spiva Jr, Reena Esmail, Juan Pablo Contreras and James Waterman including two world premieres.  The concert also explores connections found across diverse musical traditions including Hindustani and Carnatic classical music, traditional West African music, Mexican folk music, Arabic music, Western classical music and jazz.

OCT 25, 8PM
To….Oblivion: Historic Landmarks Around Los Angeles
A multi-media project conceived and performed by Mr. Miller using electric guitar, sound effects and visuals to describe six seminal landmarks in the Los Angeles area that have been either indelibly altered or destroyed.


OCT 18, 8PM
The highly acclaimed, world-renowned, operatic baritone comes to Boston Court for the first time with his newly conceived and never performed one man, cabaret-style show.  

Josh Nelson with Lilian Sengpiehl and Kathleen Grace
OCT 26, 8PM
Pianist/Composer Josh Nelson alongside singer/songwriter Kathleen Grace and classical soprano Lillian Sengpiehl present their collaboration, Après un Rêve. Friends and musical kindred spirits for many years, Grace, Nelson, and Sengpiehl have toured the world over as solo artists. Here they have joined forces to explore their love of duo and trio performances across many genres and performance styles. The group will delve into works from the great American songbook, original music, classical art songs and compositions from songwriting greats like Randy Newman and James Taylor. As they push and pull at traditional musical boundaries, Après un Rêvecelebrates the freedom and the joy of collaborative music, no matter the genre.

About Boston Court Pasadena 
Located in Pasadena, California, Boston Court Pasadena is nonprofit arts center primarily dedicated to new and original work by living artists. Founded in 2003 by philanthropist Z. Clark Branson, Boston Court features a state-of-the-art, intimate facility designed to bring audiences and artists closer together. The 80-seat Marjorie Branson Performance Space and the 99-seat Main Stage serve as homes for Boston Court’s season of bold, risky theatre and its eclectic, diverse music series. Boston Court is also the home of an annual new play reading festival, an Emerging Artists Series, as well as Art Upfront, a rotating visual arts program. Boston Court is led by an 14-member Board of Directors and Artistic Directors Jessica Kubzansky and Michael Michetti (Theatre), and Mark Saltzman (Music).

Key funding is provided by Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Shubert Foundation, The Colburn Foundation, Lazy L Foundation, Pasadena Arts & Cultural Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, The Amphion Foundation, and the Z. Clark Branson Foundation. The 2019 theatre season is sponsored by the S. Mark Taper Foundation.

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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