Here you will find descriptions of past Musica Donavania events, including potographs from many, links to recipes for much of the food served, and plylists for some events. "Real Time" reporting began after Jon Lackey's death in February 2007, allowing modernization of the group's technology. If a monthly event isn't listed here doesn't mean it wasn't held, it just means the archivist was very busy.
Many records of events from 1961 to 2007 have recently been added below the Time Separation line. More will be added as they are discovered. Additions and corrections are welcome. - Andrew Grygus
Saturday 28 October 2017: Our October program featured South American composers from the countries of the Amazon: Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. We have a Pictorial Menu of the food served and a Playlist for the event.
September: Summer recess.
August: Summer recess.
July: Summer recess.
Saturday, 24 June 2017: Our programs have featured plenty of Christian, Sephardic and even Islamic music. Now, in fairness (yes, fairness, even in the Age of Trump we dare), we present a program entirely on Pagan themes. We have posted a Pictorial Menu of the food served. We also have a Playlist for the event, as well as an outline for Akhnaten so those who wished to could understand the action. There are no photos because it didn't occur to the host/photographer to take any.
Saturday, 27 May 2017: This event was an American Memorial Day Presentation featuring American music from Wartime and Peacetime - especially in hopes that peacetime will prevail, providing respect and honor for all. We have a link to the recipe for New England Clam Chowder which was eaten to the last drop.
Saturday, 29 April 2017: Frog Night again - at the
La Crescenta location. It was a program of French music, with some
surprises. The food was all from French Indochina, and there were a
few pieces of Cambodian folk music scattered in the program. We have
posted a Pictorial Menu
and a Playlist.
Saturday, 25 March 2017: Our March event at the
Altadena location said farewell to a very long time Musica Donavania
tradition (1961 or earlier). Until now it has been the Bach's
Birthday event, which made sense years ago when his works were not
so well known. Today Bach has been so overexposed a lot of people are
just getting tired of him, especially in March when his music is played
everywere all month. This will free up March for more cheerful Spring
themed programming. We played the complete set of Bach's Goldberg
Variations performed by Glen Gould. The rest of the evening was spent
with music by Alban Berg (1885 to 1935), one of the giants of 20th
century composition. We have a link to the recipe for the
Bavarian Sausage Stew
that was very well liked.
25 February 2017: This event, held at the La Crescenta location, was a tribute to Jon Stringer, and his fabulous music collection. It featured Medieval music from Spain and the Sephardic Diaspora, all from his collection. We have posted a Pictorial Menu, and a Playlist of the works featured. We also have a few Photos from early in the evening before all the guests had arrived.
31 January 2017: This was a rest and recovery month for the hosts.
31 December 2016: Our annual Christmas is Over! / New Year's Eve event at the La Crescenta location. The music was mostly Igor Stravinsky, with one piece each for Carl Orff, Bela Bartok and Modest Mussorgsky. As promised, there was no Christmas music whatever. 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 Cecilia'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 pressures 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 Cecilia'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 Halloween, 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 . . "eccentric" 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 also 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 Brandenburg 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 Prunes 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 featured 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 amount 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 Crescenta 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 outdoors 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 ordinarily 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 solemn 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.
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