On Broadway: Amstel Quartet + The Bradbury

Oh the Bradbury Building… Besides its oh-so convenient location on Broadway across the street from the Grand Central Market, it is a must see stop for those in the know in downtown LA due to its architectural genius.  If that weren’t reason enough to head to the eastside, for one night only, its dramatic five story interior courtyard will be the stage to the young Amstel Quartet, a group of four saxophone players.  The Bradbury’s magnificent external cage elevators and detailed wrought iron furnishings featured in films Chinatown and Blade Runner will reverberate with the notes of this group named for the Amstel River, Amsterdam’s historical birthplace.  The Amstel Quartet compares itself to that river, an ever-changing waterscape, as they don’t adhere to one musical style. Although, unlike the river, they are rooted in the traditions of chamber music…with saxophones. This varied program includes Arvo Pärt’s Fratres; César Franck’s Prelude, Fugue, and Variation; Alexander Glazunov’s Quartet in B-flat; and works by Philip Glass (Saxophone Quartet) and Rabih Abou-Khalil (Arabian Waltz).

The Da Camera Society’s program of Chamber Music in Historic Sites consistently hits the mark matching the sounds of world-class musicians with stunning, non-traditional venues of Los Angeles.  The Amstel Quartet is no stranger to collaborations with artists from other disciplines–dance, musical theatre, and cinema–and this time with a national historic landmark.  The inventive and beautiful sounds of the Amstel Quartet will make the futuristic Bradbury Building come alive, which, if you’ve seen Blade Runner, is a pretty exciting prospect.

-By Danyel Madrid

The Amstel Quartet will perform tomorrow at 2.00 and 4.00. Please call the Da Camera Society for more information: 213.477.2929.

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