March 17, 2019

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One of the largest Buddhist temples in the Western Hemisphere welcomes a quartet celebrated for performances that are “as close to ideal as possible.” (Los Angeles Times). At this 15-acre mountaintop monastery — whose name means “Coming to the West” — enjoy spectacular vistas of the San Gabriel Valley, and an inspired East-West program featuring works of Chinese composers (Zhou Long, Lei Liang, Chen Yi) paired with Debussy’s sensual and impressionistic quartet (in g, Op. 10). “Chamber music of astonishing, refreshing exaltation and exhilaration” (Los Angeles Times).

Hacienda Heights Festival: Make a day of it, exploring Hsi Lai Temple’s mountaintop campus of shrines, pagodas, statuary and gardens, all of which reflect the traditional architecture of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Enjoy interactive exhibits of traditional crafts and talks on Buddhist monasticism — arrive early to enjoy a vegetarian buffet (11:30 AM to 2:30). Details and festival packets mailed in February.

Light Reception

This afternoon’s Hacienda Heights Festival and concerts are made possible in part by a generous grant from The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation.