Christine Wu with Foo Fighters
February 10, 8 p.m.
50th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS
As a semi-finalist for the “My Grammy Moment 2008” contest, Santa Monica resident Christine Wu will be playing violin onstage with the Foo Fighters during the Grammy winners performance of “The Pretender.” Wu, who spent four seasons as a tenured member of the Houston Symphony and is currently a member of the group LA Strings, was prompted to enter the contest after reading about it in Music Connection. Her contest entry, which can be found on YouTube, featured a lively solo tailor-made to fit the Foo Fighters’ forceful sound. “I have to rock,” says Wu of her audition piece. “I don’t necessarily want to play anything lyrical and pretty. It’s a really hardcore song. So, I just went for it.” John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin will conduct the Foo Fighters orchestra.
Francisco Aguabella Afro Cuban Ensemble, John Santos Quintet
February 9, 8 p.m., Free (reservations required)
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, LA, 310.440.7300
Francisco Aguabella has lent his Afro Cuban styled drumming to the sound of numerous artists over the years, having played alongside the likes of Peggy Lee, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, and Frank Sinatra. The conguero, who teaches at UCLA, will be joined by a full ensemble for this edition of the Getty’s “Sounds of LA” series. Also playing is the John Santos Quintet, a percussionist group led by four-time Grammy nominee John Santos