Cerritos Center's 2011-12 season includes off-center classical music
Promising Radiohead and Astor Piazzolla alongside Bach, Chopin and Stravinsky, plus a second half in which they decide what to play as they go along rather than planning it in advance, the piano and cello duo of Christopher O’Riley (pictured) and Matt Haimovitz will be among the highlights of the classical, dance and theater offerings the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts announced Monday as part of its 2011-12 season.
“Shuffle.Play.Listen” is the title of O’Riley and Haimovitz’s Jan. 18 concert; another genre-spanning collaboration, billed as “Music of the Sun,” teams the self-described “post-classical” string quartet ETHEL with flutist Robert Mirabal (Oct. 26).
On tap in the Cerritos Center’s classical “recital series” is an international selection that includes Taiwanese-born, Australian-raised violinist Ray Chen (Sept. 14); the Brazilian sibling guitar duo Sergio and Odair Assad (Feb. 15); the youthful Morgenstern Trio from Germany (Nov. 4); Austria’s Salzburg Chamber Soloists (Feb. 2); the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland (Feb. 24) and the Juilliard String Quartet (March 17).
Rob Kapilow offers two sessions of his “What Makes it Great?” musical demonstration series, with Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata (Jan. 25) and Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat Major (Feb. 22) the works to be explored.
Moscow Festival Ballet offers “Cinderella” (Feb. 12), and the contemporary dance series consists of performances by the L.A.-based Viver Brasil troupe (Sept. 24); River North Chicago Dance Company (Jan. 13) and a Celtic-Canadian combination of stepdancing and tapdancing from the StepCrew (Feb. 4).
Also theater-related: “Marvin Hamlisch From Broadway to Hollywood” (Oct. 30); Christine Ebersole (Jan. 14); Tyne Daly’s (pictured) autobiographical cabaret show “An Afternoon of Song and Stories” (March 18); impressionist Rich Little’s tribute show “Jimmy Stewart, a Humorous Look at His Life” (Sept. 18); Yamato: the Drummers of Japan (Oct. 8); the Cashore Marionettes’ “Simple Gifts” (Oct. 15 in the 330-seat Sierra Nights Theater); the New Shanghai Circus (Jan. 21-22) and “The Flying Karamazov Brothers in 4 Play” (Feb. 3).
Jazz concerts are Keiko Matsui and Kirk Whalum (Aug. 12); Harmony 3, featuring Ronnie Laws, Stanley Jordan and Walter Beasley (Feb. 17) and Monica Mancini and Arturo Sandoval (Feb. 25). The Sierra Nights Theater features jazz-pop vocalist Lucy Woodward (Sept. 22) and the Michael Kaeshammer Trio (Sept. 23).
For the rest -– an assortment of pop oldies, country music, folk and comedy -- go to the Cerritos Center’s website.
— Mike Boehm
Photos: Christopher O'Riley at Cerritos Center in 2009; Tyne Daly. Credits: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times; Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times (Daly).