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Win Tix to the LA Chamber Orchestra Marimba Concert

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The marimba is one of the most beautiful instruments in the world. Today in its repertoire, players must be skilled enough to play with two mallets in each hand (one held like a drum stick, the other usually held between the middle and ring finger). When you hear a master play the instrument, it's not just the beautiful expressiveness that can be created out of the the wooden bars, but also the sight too see a musician dance across the instrument.

On December 13th and 14th, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will be joined by marimba master Nakura Makoto for the U.S. premiere of Pierre Jalbert's Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra. The program also includes Strauss' Serenade for Winds and Haydn's Symphony No. 31 in D major, “Hornsignal.”

To understand a little about Makoto's mastery of playing with four mallets--two in each hand--check this audio sample out (this will not be the piece being performed at the concert):

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LAist is happy to be giving away four pairs of tickets to the Saturday, December 13th concert at the Alex Theatre in Glendale (they play Royce Hall at UCLA on the 14th).

All you have to do to enter the contest is comment on this post, following the guidelines below, telling us who your favorite composer(s) is. For us, a current theme in our iTunes library these days is the Estonian composer Arvo Part. For you maybe it will be more traditional with the likes of Mozart or Brahms. Whoever it may be, share it with us and we hope to see you at the LA Chamber Orchestra.

Here's how the contest works:

  • Enter the contest by making a comment on this post. Comments must fit the criteria, stated below.
  • The criteria of the comment is that you tells us who your favorite composer or composers are.
  • The contest closes at 11:59:59 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9, 2008.
  • Four of qualifying entries will be randomly selected to receive a pair of tickets to the December 13th show at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. They will be notified via the e-mail connected to their LAist.com login. They must confirm the receipt of the e-mail by 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 10, 2008 or the tickets will be released to another winner.
  • Tickets will be held at the will-call pick up at the event

Good luck!
Photo by Christian Steiner