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Here you will find descriptions of past Music Group events, including photographs from some and links to recipes for some of the food served. The events listed begin after Jon Lackey's death in 2007, allowing the group's technology to transition from the 19th century to the late 20th century. There are no known records of events from the 1960's to 2007. The fact that a monthly event isn't listed here doesn't mean it wasn't a success, it just means the archivist was very busy.

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31 December 2016   Our annual Christmas is Over! / New Year's Eve event at the La Crescenta location. The music wasl mostly Igor Stravinsky, with one piece each for Carl Orff, Bela Bartok and Modest Mussorgsky. As promised, there was no Christmas music whaterver. Dishes served were all Chinese again, since that's what the host was working with at the time. We have posted a Pictorial Menu, and also a Photo Gallery from the event.

26 November 2016   Once again, it was our annual Saint Cecilia's Day celebration. On this day we pay tribute to the life and works of Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695), father of the English Baroque, and the last truly great English composer until near the dawn of the 20th Century. We held the traditional solemn memorial ceremony at midnight. We have a link to the recipe for the English Chicken with Wine & Fruit served at the event. Apparently it was well liked, as a large pot of it was pretty much wiped out.

29 October 2016:   Our October program was entirely compositions by Chinese composers - though not necessarily written in China. We did have one properly Communist composition by a politically appointed committee, and yes, it was pretty bad. We have posted a Playlist of the works featured, and a small Photo Gallery. Dishes served were all Chinese, of course, and we have posted a Pictorial Menu.

July, August and September were "rest months" for the households doing the hosting.

25 June 2016:   Our June program was entirely modern compositions - and by modern, we mean modern. Only composers who were alive on Y2K qualified for this program. The 12-Tone dissonance of the old century is strictly verboten. We have posted a Playlist of the works featured. Dishes served were all Pacific Rim", and we have posted a Pictorial Menu.

28 May 2016:   This month's program celebrated the works of Eduard Tubin, a prominent Estonian Composer / Conductor of the 20th Century (1905 - 1982). Born under the repression of the Russian Empire, he finally left Estonia for Sweden when the Russians again occupied Estonia in 1944. He is noted for incorporating Estonian folk tunes into his symphonies, concertos, operas, choral works, ballets and chamber music. A play list will be available here soon - but meanwhile, we have a recipe for the . Estonian Chicken Soup with Dumplings enjoyed at the event.

30 April 2016:   It was Frog Night again, when we celebrate the music of 19th and 20th (and maybe soon 21st Century) French composes, as an antidote to too much Baroque in March. It was held at the La Crescenta location. This year there was a bit of a twist to the event - rather than French cuisine, we featured dishes from France's almost forgotten African Empire (Pictorial Menu). We have posted a Playlist of the music.

26 March 2016:   This month, while others celebrate the birthday of J.S. Bach, we instead celebrate the composers Bach most admired, and from whom he learned to compose, mainly by transcribing and pirating their works. These would be Jan Dismas Zelenka, Dieterich Buxtehude and Antonio Vivaldi, three of the most adventurous and innovative composers of the Baroque era. A playlist will be posted eventually - but meanwhile, here's a link to the recipe for Corned Beef & Cabbage enjoyed at the event.

27 February 2016:   This month we featured classical composers of the Caucasus: Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. Well, I guess we'd better also mention Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which seem to have rather little interest in being reabsorbed into Georgia. We have posted a Playlist and a Pictorial Menu of the dishes served, with links to the recipes.

30 January 2016:   This event featured works of 19th century and 20th century Italian composers. Operas were not featured (except an overture or two). Yes, believe it or not, some Italian composers actually did write significant non-operatic works. We have posted a Playlist, and a link to the recipe for Chicken in Marsala Sauce which was very much liked.

31 December 2015:   Nothing says Winter like Russia. We don't have winter here, but we had Russian Music. We have posted a Playlist and a Photo Gallery. The menu for this event was all Russian, and we have posted a Pictorial Menu of the dishes served, with links to the recipes

21 November 2015:   Our annual Saint Cecelia's day event, celebrating the works of Henry Purcell, the last great English composer until almost the dawn of the 20th century, was held at the Altadena location. We have posted a Photo Gallery. We also have a link to the recipe for Cawl / Lobsgows enjoyed at the event. This stew not English, it's Welsh, but, hey, if the English didn't want Welsh stuff mixed in, they should have stayed out of Wales.

31 October 2015:   This was a Halloween event, held at the La Crescenta location, with music appropriate to the season. We have posted a Playlist. The menu for this event was all Korean, because that's what the host had been working with lately. We have posted a Pictorial Menu of the dishes served, with links to the recipes

July, August, September 2015:   These hot summer months were skipped due to other pressuries on the two hosting households.

27 June 2015:   This highly successful event was held at the La Crescenta location. We featured music about, referring to, and from the Ottoman Empire. A menu of foods from parts of the Empire was served, and the Pictorial Menu has links to the recipes. We have also a Playlist, though this program really needs to be experienced to be appreciated, and a small Photo Gallery.

23 May 2015:   This event, held at the Altadena location, featured music by Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935). While in the tradition of Edvard Grieg, Halvorsen's compositions are in his own distinctive style and incorporate innovative orchestration. We have a link to the recipe for Norwegian Stuffed Cabbages, one of the many dishes served at the event.

25 April 2015:   This very successful event was held at the La Crescenta location, and featured English composers from the era of the British Raj in India. A menu of Indian food was served, and the Pictorial Menu has links to the recipes. We also have a Playlist of the works featured. There are not photos because the host / cook / dish washer / photographer was very busy.

28 February 2015:   This event, held at the La Crescenta location, featured classical and pre-classical works by Mexican and Central American composers. We have a link to a Playlist of the works featured, and to a Pictorial Menu of dishes served at the event (with links to the recipes). We also have posted a few Photos from the event.

31 January 2015:   This event, held at the Altadena location, featured music by Irish composers and wnabe Irish composers. Compositions by C.V. Stanford, E.J. Moeran, Hamilton Harty and others were played. We have a link to the recipe for Dublin Coddle, one of the many dishes served at the event.

20 December 2014:   Our annual Holiday Season event, featuring music of Medieval Christians and Sephardic Jews. We have posted a Pictorial Menu of dishes served at the event (with links to the recipes). We have also posted a few Photos - not many, because the photographer was very busy, being also the cook and host.

22 November 2014:   Our annual Saint Cecelia's day event, celebrating the works of Henry Purcell, the last great English composer until almost the dawn of the 20th century, was held at the Altadena location. We have posted a Photo Gallery. We also have a link to the recipe for Beef Stew with Chestnuts which was served at the event. This stew is Elizabethan, but was probably still served in Purcell's time.

18 October 2014:   This event, held at the La Crescenta location, was half way between Octoberfest and Haloween, so the music was appropriate to one or the other. We have posted Playlist of the music played, a Pictorial Menu of some of the dishes served at the event (with links to the recipes), and a small Photo Gallery.

27 September 2014:   This event, held at the Altadena location, featured the music of English composer Gustavus Theodore von Holst (Gustav Holst - 1874-1934), including many compositions most people are unfamiliar with. We have posted a Playlist of the music played, and a link to the recipe for Chicken Tikka Masala served at the event.

30 August 2014:   This event, held at the La Crescenta location, celebrated the music of Leos Janacek, yet another great composer with serious girl (and wife) troubles. We have posted a Playlist of the music played, and a Pictorial Menu of some of the dishes served at the event, with links to the recipes.

26 July 2014:   This month's program, held at the Altadena location, featured Russian composers who lived in the 20th century. We heard many very interesting works that you would not likely hear played on KUSC. We have posted a commented Playlist of the works played. We have also posted a Pictorial Menu with links to the recipes for two of the russian dishes served.

28 June 2014:   This event was our third "Frog Night", with all French music. Selections ranged from the Baroque through the early part of the 20th century. Held at the La Crescenta location, the event was very well attended with a number of new folks on hand. Of course, the all French menu included a frog-leg dish. We have posted a Pictorial Menu of the dishes served at the event, with links to the recipes. We also have a Playlist of the music played. Very few photos were taken at the event (the host / cook / photographer was very busy), but we have posted those Photos that are available.

22 May 2014:   This event celebrated the music of Henry Cowell (1897-1965). Cowell was a very radical young composer of great influence, but due to screwing up his life from pathological distrust of lawyers and general paranoia, drifted down to being merely "progressive". This well attended event was held at the Altadena location.

19 April 2014:   Our traditional "anti-Bach" event at the La Crescenta location featured music by two . . ummm . . "excentric" composers. Why just two when there are so many? We have time only for Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners and Percy Grainger in one evening, but we'll get to Eric Satie and a few of the others at upcoming events. Attendance was good and lots of Philippine food was eaten. We have posted a Pictorial Menu of the dishes served at the event, a Playlist of the music played, and aso a few Photos from the evening.

22 March 2014: This well attended event was our traditional Bach's Birthday Month event. Seldom heard compositions by J.S. Bach were played, and the Brandenberg Concertos and other compositions played absolutely to death by KUSC were carefully avoided. We have a link to the recipe for the well liked Szekely Goulash, but once again, nobody got around to taking any pictures.

15 February 2014: For this event we featured works by Samuel Barber, perhaps the most successful American composer, during his lifetime to the present. We have posted a Pictorial Menu of the Italian dishes served at the event, and a Playlist of the music played. This was a fun event, but nobody got around to taking any pictures.

25 January 2014: This event, held at the Altadena address, featured Scandinavian music of fairly recent vintage. A recipe is available for the Scandinavian stew of Hearts with Punes served at the event.

31 December 2013: Our December Music Group event doubled as a New Year's Eve party - Music played was various selections that don't fit any of our usual themes. We have posted a Pictorial Menu of the Ukrainian dishes served at the event, and we also have a Photo Gallery for the event.

23 November 2013: We held our annual St. Cecilia's Day tribute to the memory of Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695), the last great English composer until near the dawn of the 20th century. At 9:30 we had a live performance of Celtic fiddle tunes played by Richard van Healy. At midnight there was the traditional playing of the music Purcell wrote for Queen Mary's funeral. Tribute was also paid to our own departed, and to the friendship of the group. We have posted a Photo Gallery for the event.

26 October 2013: This month we featuree works by famous Hungarian composer and collector of folk music, Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967). While we will played some of his popular orchestral works, we also played a fair amound of his worthy but neglected chamber and choral works. This event was as the La Crescenta location. We have a Pictorial Menu of dishes served at this event, a Playlist for the music, and a Photo Gallery.

28 September 2013:   This event, held at the La Crescenta location, presented many of the serious works of late 20th century composer Frank Zappa. Playlist is not ready yet but will be posted soon. We do have a Pictorial Menu of the food presented at this event, all of it of Greek origin.

27 July 2013:   This event was held at the La Crecenta location. We presented works by famous, infamous and unknown South American composers, all from the 20th Century. We have a Playlist, a Pictorial Menu and a Photo Gallery.

22 June 2013:   This month was a bit different, because it also celebrated Bonnie and Tim's 33rd wedding anniversary. It began outdoorss at 2:00pm and there was live music and dance entertainment by Sabersong. In the evening there was Scandinavian music, mostly Icelandic. We have posted a Photo Gallery, and we have a link to the Norwegian Fisherman's Potato Salad which was liked by many.

25 May 2013:   This month features spectacular music by 20th century Spanish composers, including complete versions of two pieces generally known only by short excerpts, and some unfamiliar pieces by very familiar Spanish composers. Playlist and Pictorial Menu and Photo Gallery.

27 Apr 2013:   This month we featured music by a couple of Exiles: Kurt Weill, run out of Germany by the Nazis, and Charlie Chaplin, run out of the USA by the Commie Witch Hunts (and women with paternity suits). This was at the La Crescenta location. The food served was all South American, in recognition of certain participants who found exile in South America expedient after the last Great Unpleasantness. Pictorial Menu and Playlist.

31 Dec 2012:   New Year's party. Music played was various titles that wouldn't ordenarily fit into a normal Music Group theme. A Photo Gallery has been posted.

17 Nov 2012:   November brought our annual St. Cecilia's Day program, culminating in a solumn ceremony in honor of Henry Purcell, the last great English composer until near the dawn of the 20th century. This event was held at the Altadena location, and we have a Photo Gallery.

20 October 2012   This event was devoted to works by Nicolai A. Rimsky-Korsakov. He gets little respect in music circles because he was well adjusted, not gay, not tortured or suicidal, happily married, highly successful, remains very popular, and taught a large portion of the next generation of composers, including Igor Stravinsky, the composing business. Play List.

28 May 2011:   This month we featured music by Earnest Bloch, a Swiss born American composer of Jewish extraction - a relatively obscure composer who very much deserves more exposure. This highly successful gathering was held at the Northridge location. A Photo Gallery has been posted which includes notes on the food served.

30 April 2011:   Our annual April "Two Much Bach" gathering featured French composers none of whom was even remotely associated with the Baroque. This very successful gathering was held at the La Crescenta location, and a Photo Gallery has been posted and also a Pictorial Menu of some of the food served.

26 March 2011:   This was our annual tribute to J.S. Bach, who's music was played exclusively. This very successful gathering was held at the Northridge location, and a Photo Gallery has been posted. The recipe for the very well liked Bavarian Sausage Stew has also been posted.

26 February 2011:   Our winter theme continued with music of Scandinavia. This very successful gathering was held at the La Crescenta location, and a lot of Scandinavian food was eaten, A Photo Gallery has been posted and also a Pictorial Menu of some of the food served.

11 December 2010:   Our annual Holiday program was highly successful, featuring music of Medieval Christians and Sephardic Jews. This program was held at the La Crescenta venue, and a number of Spanish and Sephardic dishes were served. A Photo Gallery and Pictorial Menu have been posted.

20 November 2010:   This was the annual St. Cecilia's day celebration of the music of Henry Purcell, the last great English composer until the modern age. It was held at the Altadena venue. A Photo Gallery has been prepared.

24 April 2010:   Another Bach night, but this time it was Offenbach! His serious music was featured as well as popular comedic hits. This very successful event was held at the Pennsylvania Avenue venue in La Crescenta. A number of French dishes were served (including frog legs, of course) and a Pictorial Recipe Index has been prepared, as well as a Photo Gallery from the event.

20 March 2010:   This gathering featured music of the Bach family (J.S. and Sons). It was held at the Alzada Road venue in Altadena. Aside from the music, the Prussian Meatballs served with Sauerkraut with Apples were a great hit.

27 February 2010:   This gathering focused on the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and was held at the Pennsylvania Avenue location in La Crescenta. German dishes were served and a Pictorial Recipe Index has been prepared.

30 January 2010   This gathering was be a cheerful evening featuring Medieval and Renaissance Dance Music, "Village Idiot Music" according to KUSC's Jim Svejda (but I think he blames the description on someone else). The gathering was held at the Balcom Avenue venue in Northridge. Partial Play List, Food Notes and other details will be found on the Photo Gallery Page.

31 December 2009:  
The Music Group held an impromptu New Years Eve party at the Alzada Road venue in Altadena. A good time was had by all and no-one was arrested. Photo Gallery

12 December 2009:  
Ancient and Classical Christmas Music was featured. This event was held at the Pennsylvania Avenue location in La Crescenta. A number of Spanish dishes were served and a Pictorial Recipe Index has been prepared. Photo Gallery

21 November 2009:  
The annual St. Cecilia's day tribute to Henry Purcell at the Alzada Road location in Altadena. A whole roasted turkey and many other fine dishes were served, including a Sicilian Rabbit Stew (but made with chicken thighs) which was greatly liked. Photo Gallery

24 October 2009:  
Music of Camille Saint-Saëns and other French composers of his era was featured at the Balcom Avenue location in Northridge. Among other dishes served was Chicken Marengo, enjoyed by all. Photo Gallery

1 Aug 2009:  
This gathering was held at the Alzada Road location in Altadena. Live Music was performed - eclectic pieces performed on string bass and guitar. The performance was very well received. Among other fine dishes a Vietnamese Beef Salad with Mint was served. Photo Gallery

-- Summer Recess --

27 June 2009:  
Film music by serious composers was featured at the Alzada Road location in Altadena. Among other dishes served was a very fine Tabouleh salad. Photo Gallery

30 May 2009:  
This gathering featured Music of Sir Arnold Bax - Englishman turned Irish, and was held at the Pennsylvania Ave. location in La Crescenta. A number of Irish dishes from the Clovegarden site were served at the gathering. A Pictorial Recipe Index has been prepared. There is also a Photo Gallery.

25 April 2009:  
This gathering featuring Music of German Baroque composer Georg Philipp Telemann was held at the Pennsylvania Ave. location in La Crescenta. A number of German dishes from the Clovegarden site were served at the gathering. A Pictorial Recipe Index has been prepared.

28 March 2009:  
This gathering featured music by by J.S. Bach and by composers who were strongly influenced by him. It was held at the Alzada Road location in Altadena. The recipe for the well liked German Goulash Soup served at the gathering is here on the Clovegarden site.

28 February 2009:  
This gathering featured music by Finnish composers and was held at the Pennsylvania Avenue location in La Crescenta. A number of Finnish dishes from the Clovegarden site were served at the gathering. A Pictorial Recipe Index has been prepared.

24 January 2009:  
This gathering was held at the Balcom Avenue location in Northridge starting at 7:00pm and featured a Felix Mendelssohn Bicenntenial celebration. A short talk and demonstration of some interesting points of Mendelssohn's music was given. A Moroccan Jewish stew was served at the gathering and well liked. The recipe, Sefrina with Beef, is here on the Clovegarden site.

13 December 2008:  
This gathering was held at the Pennsylvania Avenue location in La Crescenta and featured early Christmas and Sephardic. In keeping with the Sephardic theme, several Moroccan dishes were served at the gathering (many Jews resettled in Morocco when driven out of Spain). A Pictorial Recipe Index has been prepared.

15 November 2008:
This was our traditional St Cecelia's Day celebration and was held at the Alzada Road location in Altadena starting at 7:00pm. The music of Henry Purcell was featured and a midnight memorial ceremony was held. In honor of St. Cecelia, who lived in Sicily during the Roman Empire, a Roman period recipe was served. The recipe, Chicken with Almonds, is here on the Clovegarden site. It was well liked at the gathering.

25 October 2008:
The gathering was held at the Balcom Avenue location in Northridge starting at 7:00pm. Works by Howard Hanson and other New England composers were featured. A New England clam chowder was served at the gathering to great acclaim. The recipe, Clam Chowder - New England, is here on the Clovegarden site.

September 2008
Summer Recess

23 August 2008
This gathering, held at the Pennsylvania Avenue location in La Crescenta featured music by prolific American Armenian composer Alan Hovhaness.

19 July 2008
This gathering, held at the Balcom Avenue location in Northridge featured lesser known and serious works of Frank Zapa. A large collection of CDs and a few books were on hand. Photo Gallery.

28 June 2008
This gathering was held at the La Crescenta location and featured works of current composers working in Australia and New Zealand. In keeping with Australian "fusion cuisine" Indonesian chicken curry and pineapple/cucumber salad were served along with many other potables and comestables. Photo Gallery

17 May 2008:  
The gathering was held at the Alzada Road location in Altadena and featured works of less well known 20th Century Russian Composers. The music was well liked as was the food which included chicken and Siberian meat stuffed dumplings.

19 April 2008:  
The gathering was held at the Balcom Avenue location in Northridge and will featured works of Heitor Villa-Lobos and other South American composers.

29 March 2008
Held at the La Crescenta location this gathering departed somewhat from tradition. While some pieces by J.S. Bach were featured, it was not an all Bach event. The remainder of the evening was thrown open for music people wished to share. Starting with Saint-Saens and ending with Steeleye Span, the evening included works by Peter Maxwell Davies (Mavis in Las Vegas), Randall Thompson and Eric Satie. The gathering was well attended and there was plenty of food, including a chicken curry, celery à la grecque and Dong'an chicken. Photo Gallery

23 February 2008:
The gathering was held at the Alzada Rd. venue in Altadena. and featured the music of British symphonist Edmund Rubbra. Attendance was good and plenty of food and drink were contributed by attendees, including a big pot of Hungarian Pork and Sauerkraut Stew (Szekely Goulash).

26 January 2008:
This gathering was held at the Balcom Avenue venue and the theme was Composers of Sweden and Norway. Snacks, drinks, a pot of pasta with vegetables and a crock of Swedish meatballs in sour cherry sauce were contributed and enjoyed by all. Many fine and artistic pictures taken by Bonnie on her trip to Northern California and Oregon were viewed on computer screen.

15 December 2007:
This gathering was held at the Clove Garden site and the theme was Sephardic Songs and True Carols. A real feast was contributed by attendees, including a Georgean beef stew that was quite popular, Georgean green bean salad, Chinese pig ear salad, cheeses, pies, cookies, wine, beer and coconut water. Much of the conversation dealt with historic and religious matters in keeping with the theme and the season, but all remained peaceful just the same.

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