Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) presents STRADIVARIUS FIDDLEFEST on Friday, March 28, 7:30 pm, at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, a dazzling once-in-a-lifetime fiddle “face-off” starring five Stradivarius violins played by world-class violinist virtuosos attempting to outplay one another in an acrobatic program of solos, duos, trios and quartets. The event is part of LACO’s STRAD FEST LA, an unprecedented gathering of instruments which transforms the Southland into “Strad Central.” Strad Fest LA showcases some of luthier Antonio Stradivari’s most celebrated and rare Stradivarius violins brought together for the first time ever and played over four days at one private and three public events in venues throughout the area. With approximately 650 surviving Stradivarius violins, violas, cellos, harps and guitars in the world, this feat is akin to assembling a musical instrument “dream team.”
Trading the exquisite one-of-a-kind Stradivarius instruments throughout FIDDLEFEST’S fun-filled display of edge-of-your-seat one-upmanship are LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Chee-Yun, Cho-Liang Lin, Philippe Quint and Xiang Yu, joined by LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane on piano and LACO Principal Double Bass Nico Abondolo. The repertoire includes such showpieces as Telemann’s Concerto in D major for Four Violins, TWV 40:202; Moszkowski’s Suite in G minor, Op. 71; Kreisler’s, Mélodie (from Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice) and Tambourin Chinois, Op. 3; Brahms’s Scherzo in C minor, “Sonatensatz”; John Corigliano’s The Red Violin Caprices; and Franck’s Sonata in A major. Also featured are Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28; de Sarasate’s Navarra (“Spanish Dance”), Op. 33; Ravel’s Pièce en Forme de Habanera; Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56; and two works by Piazzolla, Oblivion for Four Violins and Bass, and Libertango for Four Violins and Bass. Tickets begin at $45.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2013-14 season, the Orchestra’s 45th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 17th season as LACO’s music director.
The Autry Foundation is a sponsor of Strad Fest LA.
For STRAD FEST LA tickets and more information, please visit www.laco.org or call 213 622 7001.