Rich, bright and highly expressive, chamber works by the masters showcase Pacific Symphony's woodwind musicians at their finest during "Woodwind Magic," the next concert in the Café Ludwig chamber series. Charming piano sensation and host Orli Shaham leads principal Symphony musicians in works from the 18th to 20th centuries. On flute, Benjamin Smolen captures the expressive melodies and quick trills of Prokofiev's energetic Flute Sonata in discourse with piano. Then the velvety smooth sound of the clarinet, played by Benjamin Lulich, is featured in four movements from Bruch's Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, with RoBert Becker on viola, and Stravinsky's Three Pieces for Clarinet Solo. The concert concludes as Jessica Pearlman, oboe; Rose Corrigan, bassoon; and Keith Popejoy, horn, join Lulich and Shaham for Mozart's Quintet in E-flat Major, known for its perfect balance among the five instruments.
The concert takes place Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m., in the intimate Samueli Theater (located next to the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall), where patrons enjoy coffee, tea and desserts in a coffeehouse setting. Tickets are $60 and $75. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (714) 755-5799 or visitwww.PacificSymphony.org.