January 22, 2022

Arvo Pärt, Tabula Rasa
José Pablo, Moncayo Huapango
Claudio Monteverdi, Thanksgiving Processional from Vespers of 1610

By mid-January, LA County will have reached herd immunity together – crushing the Coronavirus in our community after two years of a concerted cooperative effort by countless good-hearted people. Jacaranda celebrates this enormous achievement with an ambitiously scaled concert at Santa Monica’s historic Barnum Hall – the fruit of the US Works Progress Administration that gave creative people work during the Depression.

Arvo Pärt’s transcendent Tabula Rasa (Clean Slate) opens with UCLA Camarades made up of top students from around the world with favorite Jacaranda soloists. The combined forces of twenty-four male and female Mariachis will play rousing music by Jose Moncayo during intermission. A processional back into the hall, written in 1632 for a similar occasion when the plague in Venice Italy finally ended, will lead to glorious highlights from Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 by the combined forces of leading Baroque ensembles, children and adult choruses, and eight vocal soloists.


Movses Pogossian & Varty Manouelian, violins

Gloria Cheng, piano

UCLA Camarades String Orchestra; Mark Alan Hilt, conductor & organ

Mariachi Sol de Mexico & Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas; Jose Hernandez, conductor

Jacaranda Chamber Singers

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

Agave Baroque; Aaron Westman, director

Tesserae Baroque; Alex Opsahl, director, Ryan Dudenbostel, conductor