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Pittance Chamber Music

Pittance Chamber Music

First Concert of the Season takes place on October 9, 2016

Special Guests include Domingo Colburn Stein Young Artists Summer Hassan, Soprano and Theo Hoffman, Baritone, and

L.A. Opera Richard Seaver Music Director, James Conlon


Pittance Chamber Music announces 2016/17 season with three unique concerts featuring members of the Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Opera Orchestra: October 9, 2016, 3pm at the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion; February 3, 2017, 8pm at Zipper Hall, The Colburn School; and March 26, 2017, 3pm, returning to the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall. Special guests include Domingo Colburn Stein Young Artists Summer Hassan, soprano and Theo Hoffman, baritone, and Los Angeles Opera Richard Seaver Music Director, conductor James Conlon.
Pittance Chamber Music was created in 2013 with the idea of raising up the extraordinary yet invisible artists from the pit of the Los Angeles Opera to the stage to perform in small ensembles, hence the name Pittance.  Since 2013 the ranks of Pittance have been expanded to include members of the Los Angeles Opera Chorus and the Domingo Colburn Stein Young Artists.
Lisa Sutton, Pittance Chamber Music founder and Artistic Director, is also the Assistant Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra.  Says Sutton, “We hope to personalize opera by creating a more intimate view of the resident artists who are the heart and soul of the Los Angeles Opera company.  We have all worked together for many years and we are like family – it’s a natural fit, and a lot of fun.  The concerts tend to be informal and user-friendly.  Our host, actor Miguel Perez, engages the crowd with brief historical notes and anecdotes, steering clear of deadly ‘music theory’ rhetoric.  Also, our audiences love the variety of repertoire, which is the benefit of having a full orchestra as well as vocalists in our talent pool.”
Tickets for an individual concert: $35; $20 for seniors; $10 for students with valid ID. A Season Subscription to attend all three concerts is $90; $50 for seniors; and $25 for students. Tickets are available online at, or at the venue on the night of the concert, if tickets remain.



Sunday, October 9, 2016, 3 pm
Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion


Members of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra*


Special guest: Summer Hassan, soprano

Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581
Mozart “L’amero saro costante”

Chausson Chanson Perpetuelle
Dohnanyi Sextet, Op. 37


Friday, February 3, 2017, 8 pm
Zipper Hall, The Colburn School


Members of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra*


Special guest: James Conlon, conductor

Mozart Serenade No. 10 in B flat (“Gran Partita”)
Mendlessohn Octet in E flat, Op. 20


Sunday, March 26, 2017, 3 pm
Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion


Members of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra*


Special guest: Theo Hoffman, baritone

Elgar Music for Woodwind Quintet
Britten Folk Songs
Barber “Dover Beach”
Korngold “Tanzlied des Pierrot”

Korngold Sextet for Strings, Op. 10

Individual concerts: $35 general admission; $20 seniors; $10 students with valid ID
Season Subscription (All three concerts): $90; $50 seniors; $25 students with valid ID



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Contemporary Insights presents a program of recent instrumental and vocal chamber music by composer and oboist Sky Macklay. Pieces include Macklay’s chamber opera Why We Bleed, a battle of wills between a uterus and a zygote, aggressive oboe pieces such as Macklay’s Doppelgänger III for two oboes and keyboard and Lucie Vítková’s Visable for oboe and accordion, and Macklay’s structuralist process-pieces FastLowHighSlow for two violins and piano four-hands and Lessina, Levlen, Levlite, Levora for speaking violinist and electronics. The concert features heavy-hitting contemporary music performers such as singers Lucy Dhegrae and Jennifer Goode Cooper, violinist Josh Modney and pianist Jacob Greenberg of ICE, and many more.

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Accordionist, composer and “trailblazing virtuoso”, Guy Klucevsek performs his most recent compositions at Spectrum (121 Ludlow, NYC) on Saturday, October 1 at 9 pm. Klucevsek’s program features his tributes to those who have inspired him, including the composers Astor Piazzolla, Erik Satie, Nino Rota, and Kurt Weill, among others. For this performance, part of John King’s “Born into Flames” series, Klucevsek is joined by Todd Reynolds, violin, Kamala Sankaram, soprano voice, and the pianist Phillip Bush.
The program highlights selections from Guy Klucevsek’s forthcoming CD on the Starkland label, “Teetering on the Verge of Normalcy”, to be released on September 30, 2016. “Friendship and tributes bind this album together,” Sarah Cahill writes in the CD’s Introduction.  “Compared to his previous work, this heartfelt album has an especially elegiac quality, informed by the loss of comrades and colleagues.” Musicians on the album include Todd Reynolds and Kamala Sankaram, who will be joining Guy in performace at Spectrum, along with pianist Alan Bern.
General admission is $15, students and seniors are $10.
Saturday, October 1, 2016, 9:00 pm
121 Ludlow St, #2
New York, NY 10002

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Movses Pogosian

Movses Pogosian

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s premier orchestras and a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, presents a program of musical contrasts to open its 2016-17 season, its final under the leadership of esteemed Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, who steps down at the end of the season.  On Saturday, September 24, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale, and Sunday, September 25, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall, Kahane conducts Beethoven’s ecstatic Symphony No. 7, Mozart’s radiant Exsultate, jubilate: “Alleluia” with soprano Joélle Harvey and Bach’s joyous Cantata No. 51, “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen,” featuring Harvey and LACO Principal Trumpet David Washburn.  These masterpieces are juxtaposed with the somber but transcendent Violin Concerto No. 2, “Four Serious Songs,” by Tigran Mansurian, widely considered the world’s greatest living Armenian composer, featuring Armenian-born violinist Movses Pogossian, winner of the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition, who regularly collaborates with Mansurian.

The concert also marks LACO Principal Viola Roland Kato’s final performance with the Orchestra.  He is retiring 40 years after making his first appearance with the Orchestra under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner.  Appointed Principal Viola in 1987, the internationally acclaimed viola recitalist and soloist is described as “a brilliant virtuoso, playing with the perfect combination of energy and eloquence” (Los Angeles Times).  Kato has also held the principal position in the LA Opera Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony, the California Chamber Symphony and the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra.  A sought-after chamber musician as well, he has been featured in numerous chamber series in Los Angeles and has appeared as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has performed with the New York New Music Ensemble.  Kato produced the first-ever recording of Telemann’s Quatrième livre de quatuors, a collection of chamber pieces performed on period instruments, which earned a Grammy nomination.  In addition, his arrangements and transcriptions have been performed worldwide.

Pogossian, heralded for his “enormous skill and conviction” (Boston Globe), is the youngest-ever first-prize winner of the USSR National Violin Competition and artistic director of the critically acclaimed Dilijan Chamber Music Series.  After making his American debut in 1990 with the Boston Pops, he has performed around the globe with members of the Tokyo, Kronos and Brentano string quartets and such artists as Kim Kashkashian, Jeremy Denk and Lynn Harrell.  Passionately committed to new music, Pogossian has premiered more than 50 works, and his recent release of Complete Works for Violin by Stefan Wolpe was named one of the top ten contemporary records of 2015 by The Sunday Times (UK).  He is Professor of Violin at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and participates in the Music for Food project, which uses music to raise awareness about global hunger.  Pogossian also serves as LACO guest artist-in-residence this fall.  Activities of his residence include a masterclass with members of the Glendale Youth Orchestra and Verdugo Young Musicians Association, and other special community concerts and events planned in conjunction with Glendale Arts.  Pogossian’s residency with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Harvey, “a soprano of uncommon talent” (San Jose Mercury News) whose voice has been hailed as “crystalline” (The Boston Globe) and “lovely” (Washington Post), is recognized as one of the most promising young talents of her generation.  She has appeared with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Killkenny Festival; Handel & Haydn; San Francisco and Dallas symphonies; Utah Opera; New York and Los Angeles philharmonics; and Cleveland Orchestra, among others.
Washburn, praised for “impeccable trumpet playing” (San Francisco Classical Voice) that is “agile and precise” (The New York Times), in addition to serving as LACO principal trumpet, is associate principal trumpet of the LA Opera Orchestra and principal trumpet with the California Philharmonic.  Active in the recording industry, he has numerous motion picture soundtracks to his credit, including Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, Windtalkers, A Perfect Storm, Titanic and Deep Impact.  Washburn has been a featured soloist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and the Santa Fe, La Jolla and Music@Menlo chamber music festivals.  Washburn is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists.  Following the performance, ticket holders are invited to mingle with LACO musicians in the lobby at an after-party, which includes complimentary drinks and appetizers.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, 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 with “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.

Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets, starting at $27, are on sale now and may be purchased online at or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001.  Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more.  College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert.  Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all eight of LACO’s Orchestral Series concerts, five Baroque Conversations and three Westside Connections series concerts.

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“New Music for Organ plus Bach, ” Mark Steinbach, organ, Sayles Hall, Brown University, Saturday October 1, 8:00pm. Admission free.
Brown University Organist Mark Steinbach will perform the United States premieres of Guggenheim award winning composers Eric Nathan’s “Immeasurable” and Wang Lu’s “Missing Absence. ” Steinbach performed the world premiere of these compositions at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris in July and went on to perform the German premiere at the Nikolaikirche in Berlin.
Prelude and Fugue in D Major, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Mad Rush, Philip Glass (b. 1937)
Immeasurable, Eric Nathan (b. 1983)
Mein Weg hat Gipfel und Wellentäler, Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)
Missing Absence, Wang Lu (b. 1982)
Dieu parmi nous from La Nativité du Seigneur, Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

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BMOP_Full_Orchestra_byJohnKramer_mdmWhen: Saturday, October 8th at 8:00 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m.)
Where: Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA, T: Green to Symphony
Tickets: General $20-$50/Students $10. To purchase, contact BMOP at or by telephone at 781.324.0396. Also available from the
Jordan Hall box office in person or online at
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), 2016 Musical America Ensemble of the Year, begins its 21st season advocating for the best in contemporary and 20th century orchestral music. On Saturday, October 8, at Jordan Hall, BMOP presents distinctive and exciting symphonic works by four prominent voices that have helped to shape the American concert scene over the past three-quarters of a century: The Schubert Birds by Michael Colgrass; Symphony Concertante by Gail Kubik, featuring soloists Terry Everson (trumpet), Jing Peng (viola), and Vivian Choi (piano), and Partita in C by Harold Shapero featuring Vivian Choi (piano). Highlighting the evening’s program is Steven Stucky’s Chamber Concerto: a special tribute to one of new music’s leading champions.

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Friday, September 23, 2016 at 7:30pm
Greenfield Hall, Manhattan School of Music
120 Claremont Ave
New York, NY 10027

Free and open to the public

The American String Quartet gives the world premiere of composer Robert Sirota’s second string quartet, American Pilgrimage, in a free concert that also features Haydn’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 76.1, and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59.3.

The American String Quartet commissioned Sirota to write American Pilgrimage after championing his first string quartet, Triptych, written as an impassioned response to the 9/11 tragedy. American Pilgrimage is conceived as a companion piece to Triptych: a celebration of the beauty, pathos, and variety of both our geography and culture. ASQ’s commission for American Pilgrimage was partially funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign.

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tj-et-alThe Santa Monica Public Library is proud to present the ensemble Just Strings on Wednesday September 21 at 7:30PM in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA, 90401.
The group consists of guitarist John Schneider, harpist Alison Bjorkedal, and percussionist T.J. Troy. All three are busy professionals in many musical styles and all three won Grammys as members of the Partch ensemble. Schneider also hosts the Global Village show on KPFK 90.7FM and is the author of The Contemporary Guitar.
Just Strings will perform compositions by Lou Harrison and John Luther Adams, as recorded on their 2015 CD. These pieces take inspiration from sources including Indian music, medieval European folk dance, Indonesian puppet theatre, and the music of the native people of Alaska.
Learn more about the Soundwaves concert series at
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

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Contemporary Insights 2016 Concert Series
– presenting –

New Music for Piano


Alvin Lucier: Music for Piano with Slow Sweep Pure Wave Oscillator (1992)
Michael Finnissy: Folklore I (1994)
Rebecca Saunders: Crimson (2004)
Ashkan Behzadi: Cronistoria Plastico (2014) for piano and electronics


French-American pianist Julia Den Boer is a strong advocate of contemporary music. Based in New York city, she performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician and has commissioned and premiered numerous works. She is committed to exploring and pushing her instrument’s boundaries through close collaboration with composers and has had the opportunity to work with some of the most prominent composers of our time such as Heinz Holliger, Philippe Leroux, Martin Matalon and Kaija Saariaho.

Julia is a recipient of the Solti Foundation award, was awarded the Prix Mention Speciale Maurice Ohana at the 2012 International Orleans Competition, and won the ninth annual Mikhashoff Trust Fund for New Music Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project with composer Zosha Di Castri.

Recent and upcoming performances include solo and ensemble performances at Unerhörte Musik in Berlin, the CMC in Toronto, the Banff Center, Miller Theater (NYC), the North Carolina New Music Initiative, the SWR in Freiburg, New Music Concerts in Toronto, the MATA Festival, the International Computer Music Conference, the Klangspuren Festival in Austria, Poets Out Loud at Lincoln Center, and Manifeste at IRCAM. Her performances have been broadcasted on Q2, CBC Radio 2, the SWR and France Musique.

In addition to her performing activities Julia is a dedicated educator. She is on faculty at Third Street Music Settlement and the Bloomingdale School of Music and maintains an extensive private studio in NYC.

Julia is a native of Lyon, France. She holds a Bachelor of Music from McGill University where she studied with Sara Laimon and holds a Master and Doctorate of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook University where she studied with Gilbert Kalish.


September 17th @7pm
$20/15 (students/seniors) at the door
121 Ludlow #2, NYC

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's LACO a la Carte

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s LACO a la Carte

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra pairs exclusive musical performances with delectable international cuisine at “LACO à la carte,” five intimate, elegant fundraising evenings celebrating Austria, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey and Finland in the spectacular private homes of members of the region’s international community.  The unique events, each highlighting a single country, include “Austria à la carte” at the Brentwood residence of the Consul General of Austria on September 10, 7 pm; “Brazil à la carte” at the private Santa Monica villa of LACO Emeritus Board Member Roberto Apelfeld and his wife, Claudia, on September 17, 7 pm; “Mexico à la carte” at the Hancock Park residence of the Consul General of Mexico on September 30, 7 pm; “Turkey à la carte” at the Hancock Park residence of the Consul General of Turkey on October 8, 7 pm; and “Finland à la carte” at the Bel Air residence of the Consul General of Finland on October 13, 7 pm.  This year’s à la carte fundraisers salute Jeffrey Kahane, who steps down as LACO Music Director at the end of the 2016-17 season after leading the Orchestra for two decades.  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 eighth 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 Leslie Lassiter and Raulee Marcus; Mahnaz and David Newman; Ned and Dana Newman; Gene Shutler; and Anne-Marie & Alex Spataru.

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 7 pm
In Brentwood at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Austria
“Austria à la carte,” hosted by Ulrike Ritzinger, The Honorable Consul General of Austria, at her stately residence in Brentwood, opens the 2016 “LACO à la carte” series with an evening that illuminates the country’s unique and vibrant cultural and culinary traditions.  LACO Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav leads a musical salon, inspired by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane’s legacy of adventurous programming, of Austrian classical music and the rich contemporary music that is its heir.

Saturday, September 17, 2016, 7 pm
In Santa Monica at the Private Residence of Claudia and Roberto Apelfeld
Following on the heels of the Summer Olympics in Rio, LACO’s “Brazil à la carte,” generously hosted by Claudia and Roberto Apelfeld at their elegant Santa Monica residence, sets a festive mood with authentic Brazilian cuisine and libations, including Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha, prepared by chef Maria Fonseca.  LACO Flute Sandy Hughes leads an eclectic program of Brazilian music.

“MEXICO À LA CARTE” (premium event)
Friday, September 30, 2016, 7 pm
In Hancock Park at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Mexico
Warm and generous hospitality from the United States’ genial neighbor to the south highlights LACO’s “Mexico à la carte,” hosted by Mexico’s Consul General, The Honorable Carlos Garcia de Albaat, in his elegant Hancock Park residence.  A fiesta featuring authentic Mexican cuisine, tequila, mezcal and aguas frescas sets a festive mood and provides savory accompaniment for an intimate recital by LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane on piano and LACO Principal Cello Andrew Shulman and a guest performance by Mexican flautist Horacio Franco.

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 7 pm
In Hancock Park at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Turkey
The Honorable R. Gülru Gezer, Consul General of Turkey extends a warm Turkish welcome for LACO’s “Turkey à la carte,” hosted in her classic Hancock Park consular residence and featuring delectable Turkish cuisine prepared by the resident chef.  LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, joined by other LACO artists, is featured in a varied program inspired by this fascinating country at the crossroads of East and West.

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 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 in his spectacular Bel Air residence.  The evening features a fond farewell to LACO Principal Viola Roland Kato, who retires this fall, with LACO principal bassoon Kenneth Munday joining him for a program of Finnish favorites and more.  Delicious Scandinavian cuisine and specialty cocktails cap this Nordic fête.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, 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 with “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.

Tickets for each “LACO à la carte” event are $400 per person, except for “Mexico à la carte,” a premium event, for which tickets are $500 per person.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 213 622 7001 x 3.  Details are available at

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