The best in classical music today is sure to include some Los Angeles-area musicians. That’s clear looking at the upcoming season presented by the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to the usual star soloists and world-class ensembles on tour, a handful of L.A. artists feature on the 2022–2023 lineup at the theater on Cal State Northridge’s campus.
A couple of those local acts are always welcome guests at The Soraya. New-music group Wild Up returns to the venue on Jan. 26, 2023, this time joining pianist Hélène Grimaud for a program that finds connections between Mozart and Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov. Delirium Musicum, another enterprising ensemble that’s partnered with the presenter in the past, closes out the season with two performances of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons “reimagined,” May 10–11, 2023.
But not every musician will be coming from next door. The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra makes a stop at The Soraya on Nov. 5, 2022, with Music Director Lahav Shani leading Mahler’s First Symphony. Visiting from the Czech Republic, Filharmonie Brno brings a patriotic program — music of Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, and Bohuslav Martinů — Feb. 15, 2023. The internationally acclaimed Sitkovetsky Trio plays a chamber concert on March 5, 2023, that also has an L.A. tie-in — the premiere of a new piece by composer Julia Adolphe.
Many of the performances next season have a contemporary outlook. Pianist Conrad Tao adapts the work of another keyboard virtuoso, Sergei Rachmaninoff, for a recital commemorating the composer’s 150th birthday (April 6, 2023). Soprano Dawn Upshaw goes from the 17th century to the 21st with a program inspired by the story of Dido and Aeneas, accompanied by the Brentano String Quartet (April 20, 2023).
Subscription tickets for the seven concerts in The Soraya’s 2022–2023 Premium Classical Series are on sale now through May 24. Find additional information, including more ticketing options and other events in the theater’s season, on the presenter’s website.