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Song of the Week: LA Chamber Orchestra, Kodaly, and coffee

I'm always astounded by the musical talent you can encounter almost at random in Southern California, whether it's a jam session at Colombo's on Monday night ... or when you're taking a coffee break in downtown LA and happen to catch two first rate classical string players giving a free concert.

Off-Ramp's Song of the Week: Zoltan Kodály's Duo for violin and cello, Op. 7

Specifically, on Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 1-2:15pm, in the 6th Street lobby at the Figueroa at Wilshire building.

That's when and where Connie Kupka, a violin and viola player, and her husband, cellist David Speltz, will be playing a wide range of classical works, for free. Connie currently plays with the LA Chamber Orchestra, and David was in the group when it was led by Sir Neville Marriner.

The program includes Zoltan Kodály's Duo for violin and cello, Beethoven’s "Eyeglasses" duo for Viola and Cello, Bach’s Solo Sonata for cello, and Haydn’s Duet for Violin and Cello in D Major; plus works by Baroque composers Jean Philippe Rameau and François Couperin.

This concert comes from LACO and Arts Brookfield, the least boring property managers in the world... remember, they brought us the giant illuminated rabbits. They call this an Acoustic Caffeine concert, with provided from Two Guns Espresso. The Acoustic Caffeine concerts happen the third Wednesday of every month in the 6th Street Lobby of Fig at Wilshire.

I don't have a video of Connie and David playing the Kodaly, so here's an awesome performance by two young men getting down on it: Stéphane Tétreault (cello) and Robert Margaryan (violin).