On Wednesday night, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m., the Soundwaves new music series at the Santa Monica Public Library welcomes rising star piano soloist Brendan White to the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium of the Main Library at 601 Santa Monica Blvd. for a rare complete performance of Paul Hindemith’s 1942 “Ludus Tonalis.”
This set of 25 pieces: one in each major and minor key, plus a prelude, is a modern parallel to Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, demonstrating Hindemith’s innovative compositional techniques in various musical forms, from the fugues and folk dances used by Bach to sections inspired by Chopin and Brahms, and one in an exotic 5/8 rhythm.
Soundwaves is a concert series emphasizing artists who appear on the DRAM (Database of Recorded American Music) streaming service. The Santa Monica Public Library is the first public library to offer this service to its cardholders. Listings of past and upcoming Soundwaves shows, as well as sound and video recordings, are at SoundwavesNewMusic.com
Admission is free and all are welcome. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For other disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to the event. For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.
Submitted by Jeff Schwartz