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True Concord Voices & Orchestra™ was founded in 2004 as Tucson Chamber Artists. True Concord draws upon the first rank of professional choral and instrumental musicians from around the United States in service of its artistic mission: to enrich lives through the transformational power of classical music. It accomplishes this primarily through the performance of masterworks and the diverse music of America. The ensemble is making its New York City debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on September 11 with Mozart’s Requiem and Stephen Paulus’s Prayers and Remembrances, which it commissioned for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The group makes its international debut with release the same day of its album, Far in the Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus, on the Reference Recordings label. With the New York performance and album, True Concord seeks to bring together hearts from Tucson with those from New York and around the world through the power of music by two towering and beloved composers.

The performance: http://www.lincolncenter.org/show/true-concord-voices-orchestra

About True Concord and the Reference Recordings release:

http://referencerecordings.blogspot.com/2015/08/true-concord-voices-orchestra-new-york.html

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, at 8 P.M. @ ROULETTE (BROOKLYN)

Launched in 1993 with the idea of expanding the definition of what Jewish music can be, Zorn’s Masada project has become a touchstone of New Jewish Music for the last three decades. This marathon concert will feature the world premiere of many compositions interpreted by four eJohn-Zorn1xiting bands from the extended Masada family: Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista and his quartet Banquet of the Spirits; the psychedelic ambient experimental rock band Cleric; the klezmer trio Nigunim with Frank London (trumpet), Uri Caine (piano) and Lorin Sklamberg (vocals); and guitarist Jon Madof leading the Jewish/Afrobeat ensemble Zion 80, joined by John Zorn and Cyro Baptista. Each ensemble will perform a 30-minute set.

The first decade of Masada (1993-2003) focused on the repertory of Masada Book One. 2004 saw the birth of Masada Book Two, the Book of Angels, which has been mined by over 20 different ensembles across 25 CDs. In March 2014, Zorn performed the first 20 pieces of Masada Book Three, The Book Beriah at Town Hall, NYC, thus launching the third decade of the Masada dynasty. The number of compositions in Book Three is 92, which brings the total number of Masada compositions to 613, an important number in Jewish mysticism.

Performed by some of today’s foremost cutting-edge musicians, this latest addition to The Book Beriah promises to be an unforgettable evening of Radical Jewish Music that runs the gamut of emotions, influences and styles.

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Alexander Treger, YASO Artistic Director

Alexander Treger, YASO Artistic Director

Young Artists Symphony Orchestra (YASO), led by Artistic Director Alexander Treger, a noted conductor, music educator and former Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is currently accepting online applications for auditions for all orchestral chairs. Auditions take place September 4-6 and 11-13, 2015 (times vary), at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall. The newly formed training orchestra seeks talented and dedicated young musicians ages 15 to 26 from across the Southland. YASO, which presents four free concerts at UCLA’s Royce Hall this season, adheres to the high standards and protocols of professional orchestras, providing the orchestra members with the same type of experiences they would encounter as professional artists. They perform key works that are an essential part of the core orchestral repertoire and are held to extremely rigorous standards since many of its members will be auditioning directly into professional ensembles. YASO members receive a generous stipend for their services and are selected through a rigorous audition process.
YASO’s 2015-16 season launches with a free celebratory program featuring Mahler’s seminal Symphony No. 2 in C minor, “Resurrection”) with guest artists soprano Amanda Achen, mezzo-soprano Niké St. Clair and the Angeles Chorale on Sunday, October 11, 2015, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Other concerts are Sunday, December 6, 2015, Sunday, February 28, 2016 and Saturday, April 23, 2016, featuring such repertoire as Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, 
Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 in d minor, Lutoslawski’s Little Suite, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, and John Adams’ The Chairman Dances. YASO rehearsals take place at the Musician’s Union Local 47 in Hollywood.

 

“I am extremely proud to serve as the Artistic Director of this remarkable new orchestra,” says Treger. “I am passionate about working with exceptional young musicians, and Young Artists Symphony Orchestra will serve a vital role in training the next generation of artists while enriching the community with a series of compelling live concerts presented free to the public at the beautiful Royce Hall.” Treger’s conducting has been described as “vivid” (The New York Times), “uplifting” (Musical America) and “expertly finessed” (Examiner).

 

YASO audition applications and repertoire are available online at yasola.org. Auditions are being held at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, 2539 Schoenberg Music Building, Room 1325, Los Angeles, CA 90096. For additional information, please contact Henry Shin at (510) 604-3763 or visit yasola.org.

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TOKYO TO NEW YORK       東京  と  ニューヨーク


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2015  –  2015年10月18日(日曜日)

 

 Premiers and New Music by Tokyo- and NYC-based Composers

Clarinetist and hichiriki player Thomas Piercy is joined in concert by pianists Taka Kigawa and Judith Olson, koto player Jun Ando and sho player Chatori Shimizu.

 

The October 18th “Tokyo to New York” concert features six world premiers and six United States premiers composed for critically acclaimed clarinetist and hichiriki player Thomas Piercy by Tokyo- and NYC-based composers. Mr. Piercy will be joined in the concert by two of NYC’s leading proponents of new music, pianists Taka Kigawa and Judith Olson. Also joining Piercy in the concert are sho player Chatori Shimizu and koto player Jun Ando.

 

The music – in a wide variety of styles – features premiers by Fernando Otero (Latin Grammy Award), Gilbert Galindo (Meet the Composer Van Lier Fellow), David Del Tredici (Pulitzer Prize), Ian Ng (ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award), Lyudmilla German, and Chatori Shimizu (Arima Prize).  United States premiers by Tokyo composers Jun Nagao (Takemitsu Award) and Ippo Tsuboi, and NYC composers Dana Richardson, Michael Rose, Richard Rosenfeld, and Russell Wimbish; other works by Masatora Goya, William Mayer, and Ned Rorem (Pulitzer Prize).

 

 

Sunday  |  October 18, 2015  |  4pm

Tenri Cultural Institute

43 W. 13th St., NY, NY  10011

Tickets: $25 ($15 Students/Seniors)

Reservations: tci@tenri.org | 212-645-2800
www.tonadaproductions.com/tokyo-to-new-york-2015-tenri-october

Co-Presented with Arts at Tenri.

 

“Piercy’s Richly Diverse Program of Japanese and American Music…a fascinatingly eclectic, virtuosic program of new chamber works which contrast Japanese composers’ views of New York with their New York counterparts’ views of Japan. Although most of the works are relatively short,…the ensemble tackled the music’s wide range of demands with verve, insight and sensitivity.” – Lucid Culture Magazine

“Tokyo to New York” – under the direction of Thomas Piercy – celebrates connections between Tokyo and New York City with a series of concerts in Tokyo and NYC. The concerts feature new works composed for Western classical instruments as well as traditional Japanese instruments. They include a wide variety of styles of music, from Japanese avant-garde to American contemporary classical, abstract to minimalism, neo-Romantic to tango nuevo, J-pop to jazz-influenced pieces.

The composers come from all walks of life and experience: from university students to university professors; from self-taught composers to composers with Ph.Ds; from emerging composers to composers that have won such prominent awards as the Takemitsu Prize, Grammy Award, Latin Grammy Award, and the Pulitzer Prize. The musicians of “Tokyo to New York” have had the opportunity to work with many of the Japanese and American composers programmed in these concerts.  Since 2012, “Tokyo to New York” has performed over 60 world premiers and numerous Japan and United States Premiers. All works on “Tokyo to New York” concerts are performed in both New York City and Tokyo.

A highlight of an upcoming “Tokyo to New York” concert in Japan (February, 2016) is the world premier of Osamu Kawakami’s Double Concerto for clarinet and piano to be premiered by Piercy and renowned pianist Aki Takahashi.

 

More information about “Tokyo to New York” can be found at the following sites:

http://www.tonadaproductions.com/tokyo-to-new-york-2015-tenri-october.html

http://www.tonadaproductions.com/tokyo-to-new-york.html

 

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Executive Director Scott Harrison

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Executive Director Scott Harrison

Accomplished arts executive Scott Harrison has been appointed Executive Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), announces LACO Board President Dana Newman. Harrison, who assumes his post on October 6, 2015, handles responsibility for providing the vision, strategic direction and oversight of the organization. Led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, LACO is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras. Harrison comes to LACO from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) where he served as Vice President for Advancement and External Relations. Having joined DSO in 2010 as Senior Director of Patron Engagement and Loyalty Programs, he was promoted to Executive Director of Board Engagement and Strategy in 2013 and to the Vice President role in 2014. Harrison’s extensive background with major orchestras also includes work with the symphony orchestras of Indianapolis, New Jersey, Dallas and Boston. A bassoonist earlier in his career, Harrison performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, Shreveport Symphony and Dallas Wind Symphony, among others, in addition to performing on tour in the United Kingdom, Europe and Latin America.   He has taught bassoon in the US, Haiti, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

 

“Scott Harrison brings an enormous wealth of experience in the orchestra world to this position with LACO,” says Newman. “His remarkable leadership of Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s fundraising and communications arm through a very challenging period in that organization’s history gave all of us on the executive search committee great confidence in his potential to take LACO to the next level in its evolution. We were especially excited by his ability to inspire and invigorate board leadership and to foster collaboration among board members, staff and musicians. Scott’s successes promoting audience development, digital media initiatives and educational programs singled him out as a strategic, forward-looking thinker, essential qualities for orchestra management in the 21st century. As one of Southern California’s musical treasures, LACO strives to distinguish itself on an international scale, and Scott certainly has the background, energy and vision to make that a reality.”

 

“I am absolutely delighted to welcome Scott Harrison to his new role with LACO,” says Kahane. “I am extremely eager to begin working in partnership with him as I begin my final two seasons as Music Director. I have been immensely impressed by Scott’s passion, dedication and keen intelligence, and I believe that the combination of his extensive musical training and professional experience as both an orchestral and chamber musician with his exceptional track record in management with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and elsewhere make him an ideal leader for LACO as it heads into its second half-century.”

 

“I’m thrilled to join the LACO family at such an exciting time in the organization’s history,” says Harrison. “With the 50th anniversary around the corner, this is a time to celebrate a distinguished legacy while finding new ways to share our music with more and broader audiences. I was first attracted to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra because of the artistry of the LACO musicians, the joy they bring to the stage and the superb guest artists that perform with the ensemble. But as I learned more about the flexibility, diversity, intimacy and personality at the heart of LACO’s music making and community efforts, I knew I belonged at this Orchestra. After the warmth shown us by multiple board members, patrons, orchestra members and staff, and in particular Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and Board President Dana Newman, my wife Angela and I are eagerly anticipating our move to LA and the start of LACO’s season.”

 

SCOTT HARRISON comes to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra after five years at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where he most recently served as Vice President of Advancement and External Relations. As the DSO’s chief fundraising and communications officer, he was charged with meeting multi-million dollar contributed revenue goals while developing strategies to build the DSO’s local and global reputation. In 2011, while serving as Executive Producer of Digital Media, Harrison led the launch of the groundbreaking Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. With performances by artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Joshua Bell, Terence Blanchard and Hilary Hahn, and music from living composers including Mason Bates, John Corigliano, Gabriela Lena Frank, Missy Mazzoli and Krzysztof Penderecki, Live from Orchestra Hall has been viewed in over 100 countries by 750,000 viewers and has received accolades from The New York Times, Gramophone Magazine, Bloomberg TV, Guardian and more. Over 100,000 students to date have tuned into Live from Orchestra Hall’s Classroom Edition webcasts produced specifically for youth audiences. Harrison’s accomplishments at the DSO include partnering with artistic leadership, funders and civic organizations to launch the record-selling Beethoven and Tchaikovsky festivals; outdoor concert projections during the Dlectricity festival; the city-wide, crowd-sourced composition Symphony in D; and the @ the Max alternative performance series featuring a new generation of alt-classical artists. He also led a governance transformation that culminated in a new board structure and heightened levels of engagement across volunteers, musicians and staff; worked with the Recapitalization Task Force to develop the institution’s ten-year financial framework balancing resource capacity with mission-driven investment; served on the team that established the framework for the DSO’s regularly sold-out chamber orchestra series; supported the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force in developing the DSO’s first diversity vision statement, and led the patron engagement team in rebuilding subscription and donor levels, as well as patron confidence, to pre-recession levels. Originally from Long Island, Harrison fell in love with music thanks to the dedicated teachers and strong music program of his local public school district. With degrees in bassoon and political science from Northwestern University and Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, he began his career at the Dallas and Boston symphony orchestras before becoming Manager of Community Programs at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, where he planned and presented chamber music performances and educational activities throughout the state. He then joined the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) as Associate Director of Marketing and New Media, overseeing four seasons of consecutive sales growth and launching the ISO’s online listening library and mobile app. Harrison has presented at conferences for the League of American Orchestras, the Spanish Association of Symphony Orchestras, the Tessitura Network and Arts Midwest, and has served as a grant panelist for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Deeply committed to music education for all and the power of cultural diplomacy, Harrison serves as a founding board member of BLUME Haiti. He has traveled regularly to Haiti to engage in capacity building for music programs throughout the country, and has taught and performed in the Dominican Republic and Honduras, as well as back home in the US. He serves on the advisory boards of the Fifth House Ensemble, a Chicago-based chamber music ensemble, and Detroit Passport to the Arts, a program focused on introducing new audiences to the arts. Harrison and his wife Angela, an arts fundraising and direct mail consultant, will make their home in downtown Los Angeles.

 

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its almost 50-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall and USC’s Bovard Auditorium; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual film event, featuring the Orchestra performing the score live, and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

 

LACO launches its 2015-16 season when celebrated Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducts a program featuring the world premiere of Prisms, Cycles, Leaps, a joyous percussive work by rising Los Angeles-based composer Derrick Spiva, and the highly anticipated West Coast debut of violinist Michael Barenboim, son of legendary conductor Daniel Barenboim, on Saturday, September 19, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, September 20, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. For more information, visit laco.org

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's LACO a la Carte 2014

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s LACO a la Carte 2014

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra pairs exclusive musical performances with delectable international cuisine at “LACO à la carte,” five intimate, elegant fundraising evenings celebrating Australia, Mexico, Finland, Turkey and Iran in the spectacular private homes of members of the region’s international community. The unique events, each highlighting a single country, include “Australia à la carte” at the Brentwood residence of the Consul General of Australia on September 17, 7 pm; “Mexico à la carte” at the Hancock Park residence of the Consul General of Mexico on September 26, 7 pm; “Finland à la carte” at the Bel Air residence of the Consul General of Finland on October 8, 7 pm; “Turkey à la carte” at the Hancock Park residence of the Consul General of Turkey on November 7, 7 pm; and “Iran à la carte” at the private Brentwood villa of LACO board member Ahmad Gramian and his wife, Haleh, on November 14, 2015, 7 pm. Providing a decidedly cosmopolitan flair to LACO’s wide ranging musical offerings, each program includes a reception and dinner featuring an array of gourmet specialties and beverages of the host country complemented by a salon performance spotlighting LACO musicians and guest artists. The LACO à la carte series, now in its seventh year, illustrates that music truly knows no boundaries. Proceeds help support the education and community engagement programs of LACO, proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International.

 

“LACO à la carte” is chaired by LACO board vice president Mahnaz Newman. Sponsors include Ann Mulally; Mahnaz and David Newman; Ned and Dana Newman; Gene Shutler; Anne-Marie and Alex Spataru; Pat and Sandy Gage; Raulee Marcus and Stephen Block; and East West Bank.

 

“Australia à la carte”

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 7 pm

In Brentwood at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Australia

 

Warm and generous hospitality from “down under” highlights LACO’s “Australia à la carte,” hosted by Australia’s Consul General, The Honorable Karen Lanyon, and her husband, Mr. Craig Mills, at their chic Brentwood residence. An al fresco dinner, featuring authentic Australian fare and wines, provide savory accompaniment to an intimate solo violin recital featuring guest artist Michael Barenboim, a “superb” violinist (Chicago Tribune) hailed for his “technical precision and a breezy sweetness” (The Guardian) and son of legendary conductor Daniel Barenboim. Barenboim is also featured at LACO’s season opening concerts on September 19 at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and September 20 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

 

 

“Mexico à la carte”

Saturday, September 26, 2015, 7 pm

In Hancock Park at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Mexico

 

¡Viva México! Authentic Mexican cuisine and libations set a festive mood for LACO’s “Mexico à la carte,” hosted by Mexico’s Consul General, The Honorable Carlos M. Sada, and his wife, Mrs. Maria Elena Sada, at their elegant Hancock Park residence. Quattrosound, 2014 Latin Grammy Nominee for Best New Artist, adds musical spice with a dynamic crossover of Latin pop, jazz and classical music. The innovative and energetic ensemble spotlights the instrumental and vocal talents of LACO cello Giovanna Moraga Clayton with Jorge Villanueva on percussion.

 

 

“Finland à la carte”

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 7 pm

In Bel Air at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Finland

 

Experience the refined cuisine and culture of one of the world’s northernmost countries at LACO’s “Finland à la carte” evening hosted by The Honorable Juha Markkanen, Consul General of Finland, and his wife, Mrs. Tuula Markkanen in their spectacular Bel Air residence. LACO associate principal cello Armen Ksajikian, who marks his 15th anniversary with the Orchestra, leads a LACO string quartet celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Delicious Scandinavian cuisine and specialty cocktails by chef Sirpa Welch cap this Nordic fête.

 

 

“Turkey à la carte”

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 7 pm

In Hancock Park at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Turkey

 

The Honorable R. Gülru Gezer, Consul General of Turkey offers a warm Turkish welcome for LACO’s “Turkey à la carte” hosted in his classic Hancock Park consular residence and featuring delectable Turkish cuisine prepared by its resident chef. LACO Violin Julie Gigante, celebrating her 30th anniversary with LACO, is joined by Principal Oboe Allan Vogel in leading a vivacious musical program featuring unique Turkish influences sure to evoke colorful images of this stunning country.

 

 

Iran à la carte

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 7 pm

in Brentwood at Residence of Ahmad Gramian & Haleh Emrani

 

Dedicated LACO Board member Ahmad Gramian and his wife, Haleh, host LACO’s “Iran à la carte,” the grand finale in this season’s à la carte series, in their gorgeous Brentwood villa. Iranian-born harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani teams with LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Principal Cello Andrew Shulman and Flute Sandy Hughes to present a dazzling Baroque program. Refined Iranian hospitality and exquisite Persian cuisine add a special dimension to this extraordinary evening.

 

“LACO à la carte” tickets are $350 per person. Multiple-event packages include Chef’s Table Trio tickets at $950 per person for any combination of three events.

 

“LACO à la carte” events may be purchased by calling 213 622 7001 x 3. Details are available at www.laco.org/events.

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Los Angeles Children's Chorus Young Men's Ensemble

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Young Men’s Ensemble

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) is holding auditions for middle school- and high school-aged boys with changing or changed voices for its Young Men’s Ensemble on Monday, August 17, 2015, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, with appointments available from 3:30 to 6 pm. Candidates must prepare one solo art or folk song and will also be gauged on their ability to sing as part of an ensemble. Those interested in auditioning should be proficient in the fundamentals of music theory and musicianship. The vocal audition also includes a written music theory test and a sight-singing evaluation.
LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble is one of only a few choirs in the country to serve young male vocalists with changing voices. Led by Dr. Steven Kronauer, it offers quality vocal and choral training, providing boys with essential tools to help them sing through their vocal transition and a forum where they can learn more about the healthy development of their maturing voices at their own pace in a fun, understanding and encouraging environment.

 

Kronauer notes that one of the fundamental considerations for working with the choir is adjusting to the needs of each individual voice to ensure that each boy sings in a range that is healthy for him.

 

Established in 2009, Young Men’s Ensemble holds rehearsals weekly on Sunday evenings (5:30 – 7:15 pm) and features a specially tailored musicianship course and individualized vocal coaching sessions that adhere to LACC’s exceptionally high standards.

 

Among numerous highlights, YME has toured Cuba, Germany, Austria, Italy and Alaska; performed with Cuba’s celebrated Sine Nomine and the esteemed Harvard Glee Club and University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club; attended a retreat at USC Thornton School of Music; and participated in a special seminar with acclaimed counter-tenor David Daniels and world famous tenor Ben Hepner.

Auditions will be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California 91101.  For more information or to make an audition appointment, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.

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Ruth L. Eliel, a leading Southland arts administrator, has been appointed to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) Board of Directors for a three-year term, announces LACO President Dana Newman. Eliel, executive director of the prestigious Colburn Foundation since 2008, is committed to building and sustaining a strong infrastructure for the arts in Southern California, spending significant time coaching leaders of young organizations and Colburn grantees. A long-time LACO supporter, Eliel served as executive director of the Orchestra from 1997 to 2006 before assuming the title of associate executive director for two years to focus solely on fundraising.

 

Prior to working with LACO, she was managing director of the Lewitzky Dance Company, then Los Angeles’ premier modern dance ensemble, and she also spent 14 years in the private sector as a management consultant with both Deloitte & Touche and McKinsey & Company. Previously she was an independent consultant for the World Bank, drawing on her nine years as a commercial banker for the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and Hong Kong, and later started up and ran MG Finance in Hong Kong. Eliel has mentored cultural leaders through the League of American Orchestras and the Kennedy Center’s Arts in Crisis program. A guest lecturer on arts management at numerous Southland universities, she has also served as a grant panelist for the California Community Foundation, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is on the board of councilors of the USC Thornton School of Music and was a founding member of the board of Arts for LA.

 

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 47-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall and USC’s Bovard Auditorium; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual film event, featuring the Orchestra performing the score live, and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

Ruth Eliel

Ruth Eliel

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sc03_shot01_InsideTheTorusA_1025-1500x200In this mesmerizing world premiere, the artist CLIFFORD ROSS teams up with NYC-based chamber ensemble ORCHESTRA OF ST LUKE’S to bring us a massive, site-specific, multi-screen installation with a varied and transportive suite of live music to Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Bandshell on July 30. Ross, whose work evokes “profound vitality and pleasure,” (Art in America) has gained notoriety for his ambitious, large-scale endeavors and technological innovations. While developing the piece Harmonium Mountain, he worked with animators to enhance a single high resolution photograph of a landscape with 3D computer-generated elements.

St. Luke’s is an ensemble marked by “roving curiosity” and “stylistic flexibility,” (NY Times) and a linchpin of the New York chamber music scene. Equally at home interpreting newly commissioned works and the central European canon, they are fast-rising musical omnivores with a knack for unconventional programming. To accompany Harmonium Mountain, Ross and St. Luke’s have devised a program featuring works by Antonio Vivaldi, Steve Reich, John Adams, Bryce Dessner, and Wojciech Kilar, including excerpts from Vivaldi’s celebrated “The Four Seasons” and Adams’ “Shaker Loops.”

The evening will feature ALAN PIERSON, Conductor; ABIGAIL FISCHER, Mezzo-Soprano; and KRISTA BENNION FENNEY, Violin.

To begin the evening, cellist JEFFREY ZEIGLER of the Kronos Quartet teams up with percussionist ANDY AKIHO and poet ROGER BONAIR-AGARD for a program of Philip Glass, John Zorn, and Paola Prestini.

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Composer/Musician WAYNE HORVITZ Releases Some Places Are Forever Afternoon,

Paying Tribute to Poet Richard Hugo

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Known for his multifaceted musical personality, composer/musician Wayne Horvitz ventures into progressively-inclined acoustic jazz and ultra-modern classicism in his latest album, Some Places Are Forever Afternoon. Written in honor of the iconic Northwest poet Richard Hugo (1923-82), Some Places Are Forever Afternoon is a full-length suite of 12 compositions influenced by different poems of Hugo’s. A colorful 28-page booklet featuring the poems and complementary photos accompanies the CD. In its final iteration, Some Places Are Forever Afternoon will tour in Fall 2015 including stops in the Northwest where Hugo lived, loved or wrote about and a New York City premiere at Roulette; there will also be a world premiere of an orchestral work for Seattle Symphony and guitarist Bill Frisell.

To purchase: visit Songlines.com.

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