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What's It All About?

Join this duo consisting of a saxophone and keyboard as they perform in the museum. Please arrive early and enjoy the museum’s exhibitions and social time.

 

Live! at the Museum is presented in partnership with Laguna Beach Live!

Laguna Live! concerts are partially funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

 

Advance tickets recommended.

Laguna Art Museum members & Laguna Beach Live! Members: FREE

Non-members: $14 per person

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About the Artists

Internationally renowned saxophonist, Douglas Masek, whose performances have emphasized versatility in a wide range of musical styles, from classical and contemporary to jazz, have consistently garnered critical acclaim. The Los Angeles Times “…playing is smooth, sinuous, stunning, stylish, dazzling, and glowing with the requisite rich color.” The Daily Review in Oakland, California, wrote that “Masek plays with dazzling virtuosity”, while The Outlook in Santa Monica, California, declared that “Masek’s performance was marvelous…his control was almost uncanny…extraordinary musicianship”. Pamina Concerts in Barcelona, Spain, adds that “Masek’s playing is always exquisite and full of feeling and musicality”. In South Africa, The Argus wrote “Masek”s tone: beautiful and pure” and the Cape Times added “dynamic and magical”.

A featured performer on the Los Angeles Opera’s Grammy winning recording of Kurt Weill: Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny, Douglas has also shared the stage with contemporary artists such as: John Legend, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Kristen Chenoweth, Christina Aguilera, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Barbara Morrison, Audra McDonald, Cher, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, and Seth MacFarlane. Also performances with notable conductors such as: Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kent Nagano, John Mauceri, Andre Previn, Michael-Tilson Thomas, Leonard Slatkin, Jorge Mester, James Conlan, David Robertson, Carl St.Clair, Valery Gergiev, Valery Ryvkin, Jeffrey Kahane, Nir Kabaretti, Giselle Ben-Dor, Rachael Worby, JoAnn Falletta, Marin Alsop, Enrique Arturo Diemecke, Arthur Rubinstein, Grant Gershon, Richard Cock, Carlo Franci, Hubert Soudant, Paul Freeman, Allan Stephenson, Chris Dowdeswell, Bernhard Gueller, and Reinbert De Leeuw. In addition, he has also worked on motion picture sounds tracks for John Williams, Randy Newman, David Newman, Howard Shore, Bruce Broughton, Alex North, John Barry, Basil Poledouris, Alan Silvestri, Carter Burwell, Randy Edelman, Mark Watters, and others.

With extensive concert touring in the United States, Europe, Asia, South Africa, and South America, Douglas has also performed as soloist at the Singapore Sun Festival, American Music Festival in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, the China International Music Festival(Beijing), the Aspen Music Festival, Ojai Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Idyllwild Arts Academy, and extensive performing throughout the Far East. Additional performances include featured solo appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pasadena Pops Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, Symphony in the Glen, New West Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, Los Angeles Opera Company, Long Beach Opera, Ostgota Symphony (Sweden), and the Transylvania Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania). Orchestras in South Africa include: The Cape Town Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, Free State Symphony, KwaZulu-Natal Symphony, and Transvaal Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also played to rave reviews as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s New Music Group, performing Franco Donatoni’s “Hot”, with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting.

Having received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music, and his MM degree in Woodwinds from The Ohio State University, Dr. Masek completed his academic education with a Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Southern California. In much demand as a master teacher, Douglas is also a Vandoren Elite Artist, and Conn-Selmer Artist, performing and lecturing internationally at schools, colleges, and universities.

Douglas has also recorded for Centaur, Albany, Cambria, Atlantic, Koch International, Stereophile, Summit, Novana, and Philips Classics recording companies. Additionally, he has performed on motion picture soundtracks for Sony, Warner, Paramount, Universal, Disney and 20th Century, along with television and radio broadcasts.

Having premiered dozens of compositions written exclusively for him, Masek’s discography includes eight CD collections: Distant Memories, Windwood, Recrudescence, Saxvoir Faire, The Encore Saxophone Quartet, Saxtronic Soundscape, Saxophone Alternative, and EclectSax.

As founder of the Encore Saxophone Quartet, they were winners of the Beverly Hills Auditions Competition, and the only American chamber music ensemble selected to perform at the prestigious 2019 Lansum International Music Festival.

 

Bryan Pezzone is the consummate crossover pianist of his generation. He has excelled in classical, contemporary, jazz, and experimental genres and is known for both his versatility and virtuosity as a performing artist, improviser and composer. He has performed with many major symphony orchestra associations, has toured widely with the jazz group Free Flight, and is known in the Los Angeles area as one of the primary free-lance pianists for film and television soundtrack recording, contemporary music premieres, and chamber music accompanying As a soloist, Bryan has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pasadena Pops, Santa Monica Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra, United States International University Orchestra, U.C. Irvine Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Philharmonic and the Pacific Symphony. He has also been invited to perform solo keyboard concerts that blend traditional concert repertoire, improvisations and original works using the Yamaha Midi Grand by Willamette University for it’s Distinguished Artist Series, the University of Miami, Rice University and in many Southern California appearances including the California Institute of the Arts where he was on the piano faculty from 1987-2000 and has created their multi-focused keyboard program.

In addition, Bryan has been the principal pianist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra from its inception in 1991 through 1999, has received on-screen credit for his performance on the soundtrack of “The Game” (with Michael Douglas), The Bucket List, The Kite Runner, Lars and the Real Girl, Flipped, City By the Sea and has been the pianist on virtually all of the cartoons released by Warner Brothers and Disney (Animaniacs,Pinky and the Brain,Goof Troop, Bonkers) from 1990-2002.

Bryan received his Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music in 1984 where he was awarded the Performers Certificate and won the concerto competition. He was invited to the Tanglewood Music Center two successive summers as a full scholarship fellow in 1983 and 1984 where he received the C.D. Jackson Master Award. He attended the Banff Centre during its winter term on scholarship from 1984 – 1985 as an alternative to graduate studies in order to have the necessary time to freely blend various aesthetics and diverse performance traditions into a unique approach. This passion remains the focus of his work and continues to evolve in Bryan’s own concerts called “Freedom Series” an eclectic blend of Bryan’s compositions and improvisations mixed with personal musings on life and inspiration.


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