{October 16th, 2022} Les Plaisirs Champêtres

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The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Information is very pleased to announce an evening of French Baroque music played on restored 18th century French bagpipe (musette), hurdy gurdy (vielle à roue), Baroque guitar, and viola da gamba. 

Sunday, October 16th, 2022

7:30 p.m.
9:30 p.m. 


All seats for both performances have been reserved. Because all of the seats were sold to Museum members, who receive 24 hours advance notice of tickets going on sale, there will be no announcement sent to our general mailing list as we do not wish to advertise an event that has no more tickets on offer. If you would like to be placed on a standby list, please email your request--including your name & phone number--to events@mjt.org. If tickets become available we will call the phone number you’ve given. 


The Museum of Jurassic Technology
9341 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232


$18 General Admission
$15 Museum members, students, seniors


Les Plaisirs Champêtres

Come hear French Baroque music like it originally sounded, played on restored 18th century French bagpipe (musette), hurdy gurdy (vielle à roue), Baroque guitar, and viola da gamba. These instruments were popular in the pastoralism craze that began in the French court of Louis XIV, who commanded instrument makers to create the most complicated bagpipe, the musette - made of ivory and silver. The ensemble presents charming character pieces, daring harmonies, and upbeat dances, many written specifically for musette and vielle à roue.


Curtis Berak (vielle à roue) performs, restores, and collects ancient hurdy gurdies (vielles à roue) and has a large collection of these and other keyboard instruments. Mr. Berak is also a maker and restorer of harpsichords and early pianos.

Bruce Teter (musette) specializes in early music. He is self-taught on several bagpipes and other early wind instruments, and sings harmonic overtone singing and shape note. In addition to directing Victorian, Baroque, Renaissance, and Medieval ensembles, Dr. Teter is an associate professor of neurology at UCLA.

Jason Yoshida (Baroque guitar, theorbo) specializes in solo and continuo performance on historical plucked instruments. Dr. Yoshida is on the faculty of the music departments of USC and Pomona College.

Eric Tinkerhess (viola da gamba) is working on a PhD in Musicology at USC, specializing in the music of the French Baroque composer Marin Marais.

Masking will be required.


No tickets will be mailed to you.
 Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance of the performance to qualify for a refund.


Please address queries to events@mjt.org.

This concert is made possible in part by grants from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.