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22nd ANNUAL LAGUNA BEACH MUSIC FESTIVAL WITH ANNE AKIKO MEYERS

A co-presentation of Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County.

The 22nd annual Laguna Beach Music Festival features violinist Anne Akiko Meyers. One of the world's most esteemed violinists, Anne Akiko Meyers has been described as "a musical wizard, with astonishing access to every kind of expresive color" (San Diego Union-Tribune). The Laguna Beach Music Festival is a multi-day series of classical and contemporary concerts, community outreach programs, and dynamic special events.

LBMF: PRELUDE

February 14th, 2024 - 6:00 PM

PERFORMANCE BY

ANNE AKIKO MEYERS

Laguna Art Museum

307 Cliff Drive

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

PROGRAM

The Laguna Beach Music Festival will begin the week's festivities with the Festival Prelude, featuring a performance by 2024 Festival Aftistic Director Anne Akiko Meyers at the Laguna Art Museum. 

A co-presentation of Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County

LBMF OPENING NIGHT: METAMORPHOSES

February 16th, 2024 - 8:00 PM

PERFORMANCE BY

ANNE AKIKO MEYERS, VIOLIN

Laguna Playhouse

606 Laguna Canyon Road

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

PROGRAM

Michio MIYAGI: Haru no Umi (The Sea in Spring) 

Jakub CIUPIŃSKI: Wreck of the Umbria

 

SMETANA: Má vlast: The Moldau, Op. 43

 

Philip GLASS: Metamorphosis II 

Arvo PÄRT: Spiegel im Spiegel

SAINT-SAËNS: The Swan

 

VILLA-LOBOS: Song of the Black Swan

 

Philip GLASS:New Chaconne (world premiere) 

A co-presentation of Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County

LBMF: DOUBLES

February 17th, 2024 - 8:00 PM

PERFORMANCE BY

ANNE AKIKO MEYERS, VIOLIN

Laguna Playhouse

606 Laguna Canyon Road

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

PROGRAM

HANDEL-HALVORSEN (arr. Heifetz): Passacaglia 

BACH: Double Concerto in D minor

Philip GLASS: Echorus

Fanny MENDELSSOHN: String Quartet (arr. for strings) 

A co-presentation of Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County

Joined by string orchestra, Anne Akiko Meyers shares a program titled “Doubles,” which features the fiery interplay of two violins in works such as Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, Philip Glass’ Echorus for Two Violins and Strings, Steve Reich’s Duet for Two Solo Violins and Strings, and more.

"Meyers’ playing is what it always has been: a national treasure. She is a musical wizard, with astonishing access to every kind of expressive color. Whether within a phrase or on just a single note, she can change tone color in a micro-second from smooth grain to rough, from dark to radiant, from thoughtful to assertive. And she can, like magic, bring new work to vibrant life."

SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

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LBMF: CARNAVAL!

February 18th, 2024 - 3:00 PM

PERFORMANCE BY

ANNE AKIKO MEYERS, VIOLIN

Laguna Playhouse

606 Laguna Canyon Road

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

PROGRAM

SAINT-SAËNS: Carnival of the Animals  (arr. for violin, piano, guitar, drum, bass)

MARQUEZ: Danzón No. 2  (premiere of new arrangement for violin and piano)

A co-presentation of Laguna Beach Live! and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County

Anne Akiko Meyers brings the 2024 Laguna Beach Music Festival to a delightful close with "Carnaval!" paring new arrangements of two beloved works: Camille Saint-Saens' shimsical Carnival of the Animals and Arturo Marque's evocative and dance-inspired Danzon No. 2.  

"There is an old-world glamour to Ms. Akiko Meyers’s playing, with her high-gloss, singing sound and her liberal use of sighing slides from one note to another….in the most hazardous tempo changes and transitions their interaction was impressively relaxed."

THE NEW YORK TIMES

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