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By Robert D. Thomas
Music Critic
Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Whittier Daily News
This article was first published yesterday in the above papers.

After a month when orchestral concerts dominated the local classical-music landscape, chamber music will be in the spotlight during the next couple of weeks. Here are a few of the potentially intriguing programs:

• Muse-ique presents the Doric String Quartet
Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at Castle Press (Pasadena)

Rachael Worby continues her penchant in Muse-ique’s first year of presenting programs in unusual sites — in this case, the Doric String Quartet, making its Los Angeles debut amid stacks of paper and the printing presses of this north Pasadena establishment (the musicians will be standing on the press while the audience will sit on other presses and rolls of paper).

The featured work on the evening will be a new string quartet by Southern California native Peter Knell that the composer and Worby will discuss and the Doric Quartet (which took first prize in the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition) will play. The evening will also contain movements from quartets by Haydn, Schubert and Bartok, and — given that Worby is in charge — there’s sure to be a surprise or two. Information: 626/539-7085; www.muse-ique.com

• Musica Angelica salutes its founders
Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. at Neighborhood Church, Pasadena

Lutenist and guitarist John Schneidermann will join Hideki Yamaya, guitar and lute, violinists Janet Strauss and Susan Feldman, cellist William Skeen, tenor Daniel Plaster and Denise Bries on viola da gamba in a program that honors Michael Eagan and Mark Chatfield, who founded Musica Angelica in 1993. Eagan, a lute player, died in 2004, while Chatfield, a cellist, passed away in 1998. The duo formed the ensemble that has become one of the world’s Baroque music groups. The concert repeats Nov. 13 in Santa Monica. Information: 310/458 4504; www.musicaangelica.org

• Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performs Bach’s Brandenburgs
Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. at the Alex Theatre; Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at Royce Hall (UCLA)

LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer leads the ensemble in its 51st performance of Bach’s famed concerti. Information: 213/622-7001; www.laco.org

• The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Nov. 6 at 3:30 p.m. at Beckman Auditorium (Caltech)

The New York City ensemble plays music by Beethoven and Brahms as part of the 108th year of the Coleman Chamber Concerts. Information: (626) 793-4191; coleman.caltech.edu

Meanwhile, Los Angeles Opera resumes its season next Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion when it brings back its Ian Judge-created production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Tenor Vittorio Grigolo and soprano Nino Machaidze sing the title roles; Plácido Domingo conducts. Information: 213/972-8001; www.losangelesopera.com
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(c) Copyright 2011, Robert D. Thomas. All rights reserved. Portions may be quoted with attribution.

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