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Live! Music Insights: Listening to New (Classical) Music 

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Join us for an engaging conversation and performance, featuring violinist Madalyn Parnas Möller, musicologist Kristi Brown Montesano and orchestral musican Erin Breene. An evening designed to enhance  your appreciation of violin repertoire and contemporary music.

In anticipation of our 22nd Annual Laguna Beach Music Festival featuring violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, February 12-19, 2024

  • Live! Music Insights:  Listening to New (Classical) Music

  • Tuesday November 14th, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

  • Laguna Beach Woman’s Club,  286 St. Ann's Drive, Laguna Beach 

  • Tickets are $15 and complimentary for children 12 and under. 

Presented by Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, the evening is an exciting introduction for the 2024 Laguna Beach Music Festival that features Anne Akiko Meyers with several new works and commissions for violin. Akiko Meyers is one of the world’s most esteemed violinist and has been described as “a musical wizard, with astonishing access to every kind of expressive color (The San Diego Union-Tribune).​



Dr. Kristi Brown-Montesano approaches graduate seminars, adult-education classes, podcasts, and pre-concert lectures with the same philosophy: that offering context—rigorously researched, provocative, and humanistic—empowers listeners and musicians to make their own meaningful connections to classical music. As a faculty member at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music from 2003–22, she served as Chair of Music History and helped shape the degree programs of the institution. Today, Brown-Montesano is a Lecturer in Musicology at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.


Parnas Möller

As an artist founded at the complex intersection of musical heritage and unprecedented innovation, American violinist Madalyn Parnas Möller secures her place on today’s concert stage by bringing inimitable style and artistic vision to every  Performance. Since her solo debut at the age of twelve performing the Kabalevsky Violin Concerto, Ms. Parnas Möller’s concert record throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia affirms her dedication to performance and new repertoire.



Erin Breene is in great demand as both a chamber and orchestral musician. Ms. Breene is currently a member of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Long Beach Opera Orchestra. She regularly performs with Pacific Symphony and the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and has served as Principal Cellist of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, Associate Principal Cellist with the Opera Pacific Orchestra, and Principal Cellist of Music Center Dance of Los Angeles. Ms. Breene has been a frequent performer on San Diego’s Art of Élan series, High Desert Chamber Music series, Carlsbad Music Festival, Laguna Beach Music Festival, and La Jolla’s Athenaeum series. 

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