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Among the featured artists, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s premier orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, announces its 2015-16 season, led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, featuring a mix of timeless masterpieces and genre-defying world premieres by Music Alive: New Partnerships Composer-in-Residence Derrick Spiva, Gernot Wolfgang, and LACO 2016 Sound Investment Composer Matthew Aucoin; a West Coast premiere by Timo Andres; and a Los Angeles premiere by Mason Bates. LACO also presents a range of internationally acclaimed and rising guest artists and virtuosic LACO principals who appear on seven “Orchestral Series programs, a “Discover” concert, five “Baroque Conversations” concerts and three “Westside Connections” evenings. Other season highlights include five “LACO à la carte” fundraising salons pairing international cuisine with exclusive musical performances in spectacular international residences and LACO’s annual concert gala as well as partnerships with the contemporary classical music ensemble and LACO Education-Artists-in-Residence wild Up, and LACO Composer-In-Residence Andrew Norman. many in their LACO debuts, are guest conductors Peter Oundjian, music director, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Matthias Pintscher, music director, France’s Ensemble Intercontemporain; and Matthew Halls, artistic director, Oregon Bach Festival; and guest artists Michael Barenboim, violin, in his West Coast debut; Richard Goode, piano; Joshua Roman, cello; Marc-André Hamelin, piano; Stefan Jackiw, violin, in his Los Angeles debut; Teresa Wakim, soprano; Colin Ainsworth, tenor; Andrew Craig Brown, bass; USC Thornton Chamber Singers; and Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. LACO Principals Wade Culbreath, timpani/percussion; Joshua Ranz, clarinet; David Shostac, flute; Allan Vogel, oboe; Kenneth Munday, bassoon; and recently retired LACO Principal Horn Richard Todd, are also spotlighted. LACO performs its “Orchestral Series” on Saturdays at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; its “Discover” concert at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium; “Baroque Conversations,” which spotlights repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period, with four concerts at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles and the final performance at USC’s Bovard Auditorium; and “Westside Connections,” designed to illustrate the connections between music and other aspects of our lives, at the state-of-the-art Moss Theater in Santa Monica.


Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, marks his 19th season as the Orchestra’s music director. Hailed by critics, Kahane, who continues his artistic leadership through the 2016-17 season, conducts four of seven “Orchestral Series” concerts from the podium or keyboard, serves as conductor and musical tour guide of the popular “Discover” concert at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium and appears on the “Baroque Conversations” and “Westside Connections” series.


He conducts the world premieres of Spiva’s Prisms, Cycles, Leaps, a joyous percussive work influenced by traditional West African drumming that opens the season; Wolfgang’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds, showcasing LACO Principals Shostac, flute, Vogel, oboe, Munday, bassoon and Todd, horn; and a new work by Matthew Aucoin, a gifted composer, poet and the Metropolitan Opera’s youngest-ever assistant conductor who is “one of the most sought-after young voices in classical music” (The Wall St. Journal). Aucoin’s piece, which he is conducting himself, is presented in conjunction with the Orchestra’s unique and highly successful “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated during Kahane’s tenure 15 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works. “Sound Investment” gives members not only the rare opportunity to create a legacy in music but also to observe first-hand the development of a new work from the composer’s earliest ideas to the finished composition. Participants invest $300 or more for a membership, which includes intimate salons throughout the season featuring in-depth discussion with the composer about the creative process and previews of the final work.


Additionally, Kahane leads the West Coast premiere of Brooklyn-based composer Timo Andres’s Word of Mouth on a program that also features LACO Principal Timpani/Percussion Wade Culbreath performing Emmanuel Séjourné’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings. He conducts from the keyboard Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, one of three of Mozart’s “Golden Period” piano concertos being presented this season, and leads LACO’s popular annual “Discover” concert, providing an in-depth examination of the creation and significance of Bach’s popular Cantata No. 140, “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” (“Sleepers Awake”).


Guest conductors making their LACO debuts include German conductor Matthias Pintscher, heralded “for making the creative process behind music come to life” (Ottawa Citizen), presenting a program of Beethoven, Ravel and Schoenberg, and “consistently illuminating” (Gramophone) conductor Peter Oundijian, who leads Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, featuring the Los Angeles debut of Stefan Jackiw, a “heart-stopping” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) violinist, YouTube sensation and “legend in the making” (Chicago Tribune). Guest conductor Matthew Halls, heralded for his “ironclad command” (Toronto Star), makes his third LACO appearance, leading the Los Angeles premiere of Mason Bates’s Cello Concerto, written for and performed by Joshua Roman, “a cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts” (San Francisco Chronicle), in his LACO debut.


Among other featured artists presented this season, 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, makes his highly anticipated West Coast debut performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, considered one of the supreme achievements in classical music. Also making their LACO debuts are Richard Goode, an “unforgettable” pianist with “keen imagination, intelligence and sensitivity” (Washington Post), featured on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat major, K. 456; and piano “avatar” Marc-André Hamelin, whose “legend will grow…there is no one like him” (The New Yorker), showcased on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453.


Kahane, Roman, Munday and Iranian-born harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani curate and host performances of LACO’s enlightening five-concert “Baroque Conversations” series, of which the first four programs are at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall. The series finale, a program of cello concertos at USC’s Bovard Auditorium, is a featured event in the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, a 10-day cello extravaganza co-hosted by LACO, USC and the LA Phil featuring 25 international artists representing 15 countries and four continents. “Baroque Conversations” concerts spotlight repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. In signature LACO style, the artists share their insights into the music and invite questions from the audience, which provides audiences with an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a deeper level.


LACO’s innovative “Westside Connections” series at the state-of-the-art Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica continues to step outside the proverbial “music box” with a thought-provoking exploration of connections between music and the mind, revisiting a fascinating topic the Orchestra examined five years ago to further examine and also shed light on rapid advancements in neuroscience. The inter-disciplinary, three-concert chamber music series, designed to illustrate the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives, is curated by Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who selects chamber works to complement the presentations of the special guests. In previous seasons, Westside Connections has explored the connections between music and such disparate topics as architecture, poetry, the culinary arts, stories and the influences of Los Angeles on creativity.


The Orchestra also hosts several musical fundraisers, including LACO’s annual “Concert Gala” and five “LACO à la carte” salons pairing delectable international cuisine and exclusive musical performances by LACO artists in spectacular international residences.


Contemporary classical music ensemble wild Up marks the second of a three-year residency as LACO Education-Artists-in-Residence, participating in the Orchestra’s “Meet the Music” performances for 3,200 LAUSD Elementary school students annually. These performances reach younger students on a fundamental level through four live programs at professional concert halls, funded by LACO, often including student transportation.


LACO recognizes the generous support of Jerry and Terri Kohl and two anonymous donors for major contributions that further strengthen the Orchestra’s fiscal standing, and ensure its continued artistic advancement and key role in the community; Carol and Warner Henry for “Baroque Conversations”; The Colburn Foundation; and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Orchestra also receives public funding via grants from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra


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LA Children's Chorus Men's Ensemble

LA Children’s Chorus Men’s Ensemble

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) continues to expand its national and international reach when two of its leading choirs embark on significant tours this summer to Cuba and the East Coast. The Young Men’s Ensemble (YME), under the director of Dr. Steven Kronauer, travels to Cuba for an 11-day tour of the recently “opened” island nation from June 12-22, 2015, marking LACC’s first tour to the Caribbean region in its 29-year history. In addition, the Concert Choir, led by LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, tours to the East Coast on an eight-day American Heritage Tour to Washington, D.C. and Virginia from June 23-30, 2015. To launch the tours, both choirs are featured in free send-off concerts at Pasadena Presbyterian Church with YME performing on Thursday, June 11, 7 pm, and the Concert Choir appearing on Saturday, June 20, 7 pm.


“We are extremely pleased to be able to share Los Angeles Children’s Chorus’s artistry with such diverse audiences,” says Tomlinson. “These tours also provide LACC choristers an opportunity to participate in meaningful cultural exchanges.”


Highlights of YME’s tour include a joint performance with the Cantorías Coralillo and Solfa of the Schola Cantorum Coralina in the Casa de las Americas in Havana, on June 15; a workshop with Cuba’s acclaimed all-male choir Sine Nomine, which LACC presented in Pasadena in its U.S. debut last season, on June 16; a workshop and joint performance with AudiNos in the Teatro La Caridad in Santa Clara, on June 19; and a joint concert with Sine Nomine in Iglesia Sagrado Corazon in Havana, on June 21. The choir also enjoys cultural tours of Old Havana, Modern Havana, Trinidad and Santa Clara, and traces Ernest Hemingway’s footsteps in Havana and the fishing village of Cojimar. Young Men’s Ensemble is one of only a few in the country to serve young male vocalists with changing voices and is designed to bridge the gap between treble and young men’s choral singing.


The Concert Choir’s East Coast tour features a total of six performances: at the First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, VA, on June 24; Bruton Parish Episcopal Church in Williamsburg, VA, on June 25; St. Anne’s Parish Church in Annapolis, MD, on June 26; All Saints Episcopal Church in Frederick, MD, on June 27; Best of Serenade! Festival Concert at Strathmore Hall in North Bethesda, MD, on June 28; and at the Millennium Stage of Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on June 29. The Concert Choir regularly appears in Southern California with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale and LA Opera and has made numerous recordings and television and radio appearances.

Admission to the free “send off” concerts on June 11 and 20 is on a first come first served basis. Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California 91101. For information on Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit

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Featuring 10 hours of rare performances by some of the most innovative musicians of our time with some of today’s most pioneering young artists.

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Shot_2_17954 copyOn the occasion of his 50th birthday (6.13.15), the Austrian Cultural Forum New York presents an unprecedented overview of composer/percussionist Lukas Ligeti’s work as a composer including new pieces written specifically for the occasion. The concert series opens June 11th at the ACFNY, with performances of Lukas’ solo and small ensemble works (performers include Thomas Bergeron, Candy Chiu, Jennifer Hymer, Ben Reimer, David Cossin, and others), and premiere pieces for Lukas’ new classical/indie rock band, Notebook. The festival culminates June 14th at Roulette featuring Lukas’ music for chamber orchestra. Program includes several world premieres, as well as U.S. and New York City premieres, performed by the fresh, contemporary-collective Ensemble mise-en conducted by Oliver Hagen, pianist Vicky Chow, and others.

When: Thursday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum New York, 11 East 52nd Street, NYC, Train: E/M 53rd Street or B/D/F/M Rockefeller Center
Tickets: Free. Reservations are required. To reserve, visit or call 212.319.5300.

When: Sunday, June 14 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, Train: 2/3/4/5/D/M/N/R/B/Q Barclays Center
Tickets: $20/Students & Seniors $15. To purchase tickets, visit or call 917.267.0363.

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Circuit Bridges: The Round Trip
Thursday, June 25, 2015 7:30pm

Circuit Bridges and Jane Wang of Mobius are collaborating on Circuit Bridges: The Round Trip, a concert featuring electroacoustic music on June 25 at Gallery MC, 549 W 52nd St, New York, New York. The concert features works by Kirsten Volness, Rain Worthington, David Morneau, Hans Tammen, Antonino ‘Eze’ Cuscinà, Max Lord, Stefanie Lubkowski, Danny McCarthy, Mick O’Shea, Bibiana Padilla Maltos, Caroline Park, and Jed Speare, being performed by Lilit Hartunian (violin), Eva Ingolf (electric violin), David Morneau (Gameboy), and Hans Tammen (Blippoo Box). The same program will be presented at Mobius in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Saturday, June 27.

The concert will feature the world premiere of Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Eva Ingolf, electric violin, presenting fifteen one-minute works by fifteen composers written specifically for Ingolf and new video animations created by artist Nicole Antebi. The purpose of Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame is to promote a great variety of contemporary music to audiences hungry to hear what living composers are writing today. Ingolf will perform one-minute works by composers James Bohn, Rosa Brands, Michael Braudy, Doug Thomas Cuadrado, Douglas DaSilva, Melissa Grey, Peter Hawkey, Dan Mackenzie, Daniel Mihai, Melanie Mitrano, David Morneau, Alon Nechushtan, Daniel Schnee, Bob Siebert, and Carrin Tanaka.

For more information visit:
Circuit Bridges:
Thursday, June 25, 2015 7:30pm (doors open at 7:15pm)
Gallery MC
(ride the freight elevator to the 8th floor)
549 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
Between 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue
Closest subway A/C/E at 50th Street, 8th Avenue
$15 admission
$7 students

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Knockdown Center
Piano Vectors for 6 pianos
a world premiere by John King


Laura Barger, Taka Kigawa, Joseph Kubera, Jenny Lin, Tania Tachkova and Ning Yu

A major work of 80 minutes duration for the Knockdown Center’s 50,000 sq. ft. space, “Piano Vectors” for 6 pianos will fill the air with mysterious and intriguing layers of sound creating an entrancing aural tapestry. Each pianist is a soloist, and each piano will be located at chance- determined locations throughout this incredible venue. The composition was begun with a system for organizing time, and this system in turn generated all subsequent musical and spatial elements. Imagine the 6 pianists traveling through space and time, each at their own rate, compressing or stretching Time in randomized and improvised ways. This will be the world premiere of Piano Vectors, which explores and summarizes King’s cosmic ideas on the organization of time and space and sound. Steinway and Sons will be providing 6 9-foot concert grand model D’s for the shows – their largest model!

This concert is also supported by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the 92nd St. Y School of Music.

Live Stream available on 5/22:

May 22nd & 23rd at 8PM
Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue
Maspeth, NY 11378
L Train to Jefferson Street Station
Admission: $10

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Composer’s Voice – 7th Annual Guitar Concert

The Composer’s Voice Concert Series will present its 7th Annual Guitar Concert on May 31st at 1:00 pm at Jan Hus Church in New York, NY. The free concert will feature the UK Guitar Quartet performing works by Juan Trigos, Nathan R. Johnson, Blair Whittington, Thomas Schuttenhelm, Kevin Scott, Justin Breame, Juan Maria Solare, and Juan Calderon.

The UK Guitar Quartet was formed for the express purpose of premiering Juan Trigos’ 25-minute, genre expanding Guitar Quartet (2009), which was commissioned by the Tantalus Quartet but left un-premiered. A technically, musically, and rhythmically challenging masterpiece, the work redefines the guitar quartet with intricately interwoven rhythmic layers with four equally prominent parts. The UK Guitar Quartet is led by University of Kentucky guitar professor Dieter Hennings Yeomans, and joined by Dr. Jay Sorce, Andrew Rhinehart, and Jeremy Bass.

Composer’s Voice Concert Series
Sunday, May 31st at 1:00 pm
Jan Hus Church
351 East 74th Street, New York, NY 10021
Free admission

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Circuit Bridges: Spontaneous Soundings

Circuit Bridges and Soundlings are collaborating on Circuit Bridges: Spontaneous Soundings, a concert featuring electroacoustic music on May 28 at Gallery MC, 549 W 52nd St, New York, New York. The concert features brand new works by Gagi Petrovic, Robin Koek, Tijs Ham, Roald van Dillweijn, Melissa Grey, David Morneau, Milica Paranosic, and Robert Voisey, being performed by Margaret Lancaster (flute), Thomas Piercy (bass clarinet), Cesare Papetti (drum set), and Chris Howard (percussion).

For this special program, each composer has created a new piece, which incorporates electronics and improvisation. Each performer will be playing two of these pieces, one by a Circuit Bridges composer, and one by a Soundlings composer. The same program will be presented in Amsterdam in June.

For more information visit:
Circuit Bridges:
Thursday, May 28, 2015 7:30pm (doors open at 7:15pm)
Gallery MC
(ride the freight elevator to the 8th floor)
549 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019
Between 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue
Closest subway A/C/E at 50th Street, 8th Avenue
$15 admission
$7 students

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Chorus America, the nation’s leading choral music advocacy organization, announced it is conferring an unprecedented two top awards on Los Angeles Master Chorale’s key leadership – Artistic Director Grant Gershon garners the prestigious Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal, and outgoing President & CEO Terry Knowles, who steps down at the end of the 2014-15 season after 15 fruitful years at the Chorale’s administrative helm, receives the coveted Chorus America Distinguished Service Award for her lifetime service to choral art. All 2015 award recipients were selected by independent panels, and these particular awards are given periodically and only at the panels’ discretion. Gershon and Knowles will accept their honors at a luncheon at Chorus America’s 2015 Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, June 17-20, 2015. This marks the first time the organization has received two Chorus America awards in the same year. The Chorale was previously honored with the organization’s ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming three times in 1995, 2003 and 2010, the Education and Community Engagement Award twice in 2000 and 2008, and also earned Chorus America’s prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence in 2012.
“We’re thrilled to recognize these leaders in excellence and innovation. Ultimately, their success benefits the entire choral field,” said Catherine Dehoney, President and CEO of Chorus America.
The Botto Award is given periodically to a choral leader who, through his or her work with a member ensemble of Chorus America, has demonstrated innovative action and entrepreneurial zeal in developing a professional or professional-core choral ensemble. Gershon, currently in his 14th season with the Chorale, has led more than 100 performances at the Walt Disney Concert Hall over his tenure, including numerous world premieres by John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Lang, Louis Andriessen, Christopher Rouse, Steve Reich, Morten Lauridsen, Ricky Ian Gordon, Gabriela Lena Frank and Chinary Ung, among many others. He has appeared as guest conductor with the National Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the LA Chamber Orchestra, the Houston Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, and many other organizations. The Botto Award was established in memory of Louis Botto for his artistry, selfless service, and entrepreneurial spirit in founding the men’s vocal ensemble Chanticleer.

The Chorus America Distinguished Service Award spotlights Knowles for her long-term service to the choral field and her efforts to build a dynamic and inclusive choral community so that more people are transformed by the beauty and power of choral singing. Knowles has served as president and CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale since 2000, and will be stepping down June 30, at the end of the season, following a tremendously successful tenure with the organization. Under her leadership, LAMC has increased its operating budget by more than 80%, undertaken ambitious commissioning projects, toured around the world, released six commercial CDs, and created a recording partnership with Decca Classics. She also led the Chorale’s expanded relationship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the launch of the Voices Within education outreach program. Under her management, the Chorale twice received the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming – in 2003 and 2010 – as well as Chorus America’s prestigious 2012 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral music award. Knowles served on the Chorus America Board of Directors from 1990-1996. During her career, she also served as President of the Dale Warland Singers’ board of trustees and held leading fundraising positions at major institutions including California Institute of the Arts, KUSC Radio, Los Angeles Opera, and Minneapolis United Way.

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Los Angeles Children's Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), one of the nation’s leading children’s choirs, is holding auditions for boys and girls ages 8 (by September 1, 2015) to 12 on June 4-7, 2015, in Pasadena. Previous singing experience is not necessary, but audition appointments are required.

LACC’s program focuses on training children who may not necessarily have had previous singing experience, but who love to sing. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to match pitch, follow instructions, and thrive in a structured, but supportive learning environment. Children audition in groups of five to ensure their comfort, and no preparation is necessary.

Under the artistic direction of Anne Tomlinson, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, currently in its 29th season, provides a comprehensive music education and performance program for children of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds in Los Angeles County. LACC comprises 6 progressively experienced choirs with choristers ranging in age from 8 to 18 who hail from 50 communities throughout Southern California. (Younger singers are encouraged to enroll in LACC’s First Experiences in Singing classes for 6- and 7-year-olds offered in Pasadena.)

Rehearsals for entry-level choirs are once a week at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. In addition, all children starting in Apprentice Choir take musicianship classes (a seven level curriculum) and receive individual vocal training. They receive mid- and end-of-year evaluations as well. Repertoire is selected to fit each choir’s skill level and focuses on classical works, but also encompasses folk music from around the world, spirituals, gospel songs and jazz, as well as new music.

High-profile performance opportunities are an important and integral part of the program and include two culminating Winter and Spring concerts each year, plus performances at major civic events. LACC’s premier choirs perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, among other prestigious music presenters.

There is a $50 fee per audition. Need-based audition scholarship applications are available upon request. 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

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