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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.

FREE | RAIN OR SHINE | MORE INFO HERE>>

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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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The sounds of Scandinavia and the Baltic come to Southland when Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, hosts a highly anticipated international choral exchange with the renowned Estonian TV Girls’ Choir and Finland’s Vox Aurea (“The Golden Voice”) culminating with a free concert featuring all three choirs on Wednesday, July 22, 7 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. Vox Aurea, led by Sanna Salminen, makes its first Southland appearance since 2009, thrilling audiences with a range of traditional Finnish folk songs and classical selections that evoke the peaceful and expansive landscape of Scandinavia. The Estonian TV Girls’ Choir, under the direction of Aarne Saluveer, has collaborated with such acclaimed Estonian composers as Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Urmas Sisask and Tõnis Mägi and also performs regional folk music as well as contemporary jazz and pop music. LACC was previously hosted by both choirs during its tour to the Baltic region and Scandinavia in 2010.
“We are delighted to welcome to L.A. and showcase the incredible artistry of Vox Aurea and the Estonian TV Girls’ Choir,” says Tomlinson. “We enjoyed our previous collaborations with these remarkable choirs and look forward to another meaninful exchange. LACC has a long history of hosting international choirs, which enables our choristers to have impactful cultural experiences while providing us the opportunity to present in Los Angeles some of the best children’s choirs in the world.”

 

Vox Aurea, founded in 1968 and based in Jyväskylä, Finland, has performed around the globe for audiences in the USA, Canada, Germany, Japan, Greece, South Korea, Latvia, Belgium and Spain, and has recorded numerous CDs, which include both classical works and extremely demanding modern choral repertoire. The singers, who range in age from 11 to 18, participate in training choirs then undergo rigorous auditions before joining Vox Aurea. The choir was founded by music educator Torsten Lindfors and was previous led by Kari Ala-Pöllänen and Pekka Kostiainen. Sanna Salminen was named conductor in 2009. It is considered among Finland’s leading choirs.

 

The Estonian TV Girls’ Choir is among the top choirs in Estonia, a tiny European nation long known for it strong choral traditions. Led by Aarne Saluveer since its inception in 1990, the choir grew out of the Children’s Television Music Studio. The choir, with singers ages 15-25, has appeared at numerous international festivals, including La Fabbrica del Canto in Italy, Polyfollia in France and Sympaatti in Finland, and has worked with British composer Roxanna Panufnik and renowned composer and conductor Eric Whitacre, among others. In 2001, the chorus was named best female choir and the best choir at the International Competition of Choral Music in Gorizia, Italy.  In 2005, the choir won First Prize in the youth category of EBU International Choir Competition “Let The People Sing.”
The July 22 concert is free and seating 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 www.lachildrenschorus.org.

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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 www.lachildrenschorus.org.

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