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ETHEL Begins Residency October 21st
Denison University announces the launch of its first Ensemble-in-Residence program, a collaboration between the Department of Music and the Vail Series. The Ensemble-in-Residence program will engage the entire campus and the greater community in an exploration of music and other academic disciplines. The program will host the renowned string quartet ETHEL for the 2014-2015 academic year.
As the Denison University Ensemble-in-Residence, ETHEL will be on campus for three weeks in 2014/15; Tuesday, Oct. 21 to Saturday, Oct. 25; Monday, March 2 to Saturday, March 7, during which they will be the featured performers for the Tutti New Music Festival; and finally from Wednesday, April 22 to Saturday, April 25. The quartet will coach and mentor students in the music department. In addition, they will engage their talents in a series of interdisciplinary activities.
Released This Week 9.16
Recognized as a master of both electro-acoustic and instrumental techniques, composer ERIC CHASALOW today announces the September 16th release of his new album feather, breath, mirror (Suspicious Motives Records). Featuring four commissioned works written between 2002 and 2008, the recording displays Chasalow’s virtuosic writing and widely known electronic transformation of acoustic instruments.
Judith Shatin’s Spring Tides, scored for amplified Pierrot Ensemble (flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano) and interactive electronics will be given its European Premiere by the dissonArt ensemble on Thursday, September 18 – 6:00 PM as part of the International Computer Music Conference 2014 in Athens, Greece.
The composer writes, “Spring Tides was inspired by the pull of the moon and sun on the flow of the tides, highest when the moon and sun are directly lined up with the earth. The very highest, or spring tides, occur when the moon is either full or new, and the gravitational pull of moon and the sun are combined.” Read the complete notes for the piece at http://judithshatin.com/spring-tides/.
The Thessaloniki-based ensemble dissonArt was founded in 2005 with the intention to disseminate the stylistic diversity of new music in Greece as well as internationally. Following the model of similar contemporary orchestral groups, the ensemble is organized around a core of 6 soloists and associated partners, with a flexible internal structure. Visit them at http://www.dissonart.gr/en.
Learn more about ICMC 2014 at http://www.icmc14-smc14.net/.
Innova Records has issued Judith Shatin’s Time to Burn CD (http://www.innova.mu/albums/judith-shatin/time-burn), with a combination of chamber and electroacoustic music performed by the Cassatt Quartet, violist James Dunham, pianist Margaret Kampmeier and others. Her music can also be heard on the Ravello, Etcetera, Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at http://www.judithshatin.com.
Richard Brooks’ l’Après Midi d’un Schönberg, a new vocal chamber work with libretto by author Nancy Bogen, will be given its World Premiere on Wednesday, September 17 – 8:00 PM at Voertman Hall of the University of North Texas College of Music in Denton.
The performance, by Dr. Arturo Ortega and the University of North Texas Pierrot Chamber Players, will also include Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Arturo Marquez’ Danzon No. 2, arr. Bobby Lapinski.
The composer (http://www.richardbrooksmusic.com/index.html) writes, “l’Après Midi d’un Schönberg (2012) is a cantata for four singers, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano (the “Pierrot” Consort). The libretto by Nancy Bogen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Bogen) is based on four photographs taken in the Summer of 1907 of Arnold Schoenberg, his first wife Matilda (Zemlinsky), his daughter Gertrude (Trudi), his two students Erwin Stein and Heinrich Jalowetz, and two young ladies whose names are not known. The photographer is presumed to be Arnold’s brother Heinrich, and one of the young ladies is presumed to be his girlfriend. The other lady is presumed to be Jalowetz’s girlfriend.”
“The setting of the first photo (Scene 1), seen below, is the veranda of a resort hotel in the Traunsee area of Austria. It appears to be a luncheon and Ms. Bogen’s libretto imagines what the conversation and inner thoughts of the ensemble might’ve been. A year after the photo was taken Matilde temporarily left Schoenberg for an affair with the painter Richard Gerstl and the libretto hints of this.”
“The second photo (Scene 2) shows the same group sitting on a nearby hillside later the same day (we believe). It appears as if Arnold is conducting a “sing-along” and we imagined what they might have been singing and have given it a “Schoenbergian” twist.”
“Scene 3 finds the group at a Heuriger which is an Austrian style wine bar-café. Again, Ms. Bogen has “reconstructed” their possible conversations and thoughts.”
“By now rather large amounts of wine have been consumed and the final photo (Epilogue) shows the group walking (stumbling?) homeward.”
“Each of the four singers takes two roles, as follows – Arnold Schoenberg/Heinrich Jalowetz (tenor), Heinrich Schoenberg/Erwin Stein (baritone), Matilda Schoenberg /”Ursula” (mezzo-soprano) and Trudi Schoenberg/”Gretchen” (soprano)”
“The piece is intended to be a kind-hearted amusement and is dedicated with affection to Arnold Schoenberg’s grandson, Arnold Greissle-Schoenberg.”
The UNT performance will feature Heidi Dietrich Klein, soprano; Katrina Burggraf-Kledas, alto; Nathan Hodgson, tenor; and Daniel Myers, baritone; along with Christian Gonzalez, flute/piccolo; Bobby Lapinski, clarinet/bass clarinet; Veronika Vassileva, violin/viola; Eric Smith, cello; and Eva Polgar, piano.
The program will also be presented on September 22 at New York City’s Austrian Cultural Forum.
The September 17 event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 940-369-7802 or visit http://music.unt.edu/.
On Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 7 pm, Shanghai/New York-based pianist Jenny Q Chai will be throwing an album release party at New York City’s Spectrum. Spectrum is located at 121 Ludlow Street, 2nd Floor, New York City. (Essex stop on J, M and Z trains; Delancey stop on F Train.) Admission is free but reservations are recommended. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Jenny Q Chai will be performing selections from Life Sketches, the latest digital release of the esteemed Classical label Naxos. Life Sketches is the product of a long-time collaboration between the Chinese pianist Jenny Q Chai and American composer Nils Vigeland. (The album itself is currently available from major digital services providers for downloading and streaming, including iTunes.)
Chai first met Vigeland when she was studying for her master’s degree, where he served as her theory teacher. With a shared a love of New Music, and an admiration for her playing, Vigeland gave Chai the score for his original work Life Sketches. “This was the first serious piano cycle I’d ever received from a living composer, and I took it very seriously,” said Chai. “…It was overwhelming!”
This world première recording presents five works spanning forty years in their date of composition. One of the selections, Allora e ora (Now and Then), is a suite of character pieces on Italian subjects, running a constant exploration of the unique resonances of the piano, especially those created through the use of the sostenuto pedal.
Another work, Five Pieces, is from 2010, and was specifically composed for and dedicated to Jenny Q Chai. “The different texture of each of the pieces was intended to give Jenny every opportunity to utilize her varied and remarkable gifts of touch and timbre,” said Nils Vigeland.
Chai will augment the evening’s performance with works by living composers Marco Stroppa and Jarosław Kapuściński, not included on the recording.
Stroppa’s Birichino is a boy who died as a casualty of police terror in Italy. While the subject matter appears heavy, the piece is light and humorous, with an overarching theme about refusing to be treated as a victim.
Kapuściński’s Juicy, a work about personified fruit, is a carefully designed work for piano and video, where the aural and visual aspects are equally important. Juicy will be played with the artificial intelligence software Antescofo, designed by Marco Stroppa at IRCAM.
On the horizon for Jenny Q Chai is an appearance at the Leo Brouwer Festival in Cuba, alongside artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Yo-Yo Ma, and Jordi Savall.
Nils Vigeland, Wild Hopes/Trumpets/Cambiata Waltz from Life Sketches
Nils Vigeland, L’empire des lumières
Nils Vigeland, Santa Fina/I Turisti from Allora e ora
Marco Stroppa, Birichino from Miniature Estrose
Jarosław Kapuściński, Juicy
Nils Vigeland, 2 and 4/ 5 from Five Pieces
About Jenny Q Chai
A boundary-defying artist, and recipient of numerous awards, pianist Jenny Q Chai studied at the Shanghai Music Conservatory, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and in Germany. Her teachers include Pierre- Laurent Aimard, Seymour Lipkin, Solomon Mikowsky, and Anthony de Mare, as well as close consultation with Marilyn Nonken, Chai’s thesis adviser for her doctoral dissertation. Although her extensive repertory spans from the Renaissance to the present day, Chai has a special affinity for the music of Scarlatti, Beethoven, Bach, Debussy, and Ravel. In addition, Chai has forged strong relationships with contemporary composers such as Nils Vigeland, Marco Stroppa, Jarosław Kapuściński, and Cindy Cox. Chai has won acclaim for performances in New York City, Chicago and Baltimore, as well as throughout Western Europe. In China, she has appeared regularly at the Shanghai Concert Hall, and is widely known as a leading advocate for contemporary music, having given the Chinese première of numerous contemporary masterworks, including works by Messiaen, Cage, and the very first prepared piano concert in the country. Her immersive approach to music is also channelled into her work with FaceArt Institute of Music, the Shanghai-based organisation she founded and runs, offering music education and an international exchange of music and musicians in China and beyond. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the New York City-based contemporary music organisation Ear to Mind. Chaiʼs talents have been showcased on recordings with Ensemble 20/21 on the Deutschlandfunk label (performing music by Hanns Eisler) and as solo pianist/vocalist on ArpaVivaʼs New York Love Songs.
About Nils Vigeland
Nils Vigeland was born in Buffalo, NY, in 1950. He made his professional début as a pianist in 1969 with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Lukas Foss conducting. He later studied composition with Foss at Harvard University and Morton Feldman at the University at Buffalo. Since 1978, he has lived and worked in New York City, directing the Bowery Ensemble (1980-88), which was closely associated with the music of Feldman and John Cage. He taught at Manhattan School of Music from 1982 to 2013. His music has been performed by the English National Opera, the Milwaukee Symphony and the Brooklyn Philharmonic, among others. With Eberhard Blum and Jan Williams, he recorded the complete extended length works for flute, percussion and piano by Morton Feldman on HAT ART. His own music is available on EMF, Focus, Lovely Music, Mode, and Ravello releases.
Pianist Juho Pohjonen
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, launches its 2014-15 season with the world premiere of a work for strings and percussion by young Australian-born composer Cameron Patrick, Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 5, and Saint-Saëns’ seldom-performed Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian,” on Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Saint-Saëns’ concerto features the LACO debut of Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen, proclaimed an “exciting new talent” (The New York Times), who has been hailed for his “dazzling keyboard technique and broad and varied textural palette” (San Francisco Chronicle).
According to Patrick, his piece, Lines of the Southern Cross, explores the mystery, wonder, joy and, even pain that the Australian landscape holds. The work draws upon a musical tradition called the songline, an oral map that describes geographical features and also celebrates the inseparable connection between the continent’s indigenous people and the land itself.
After graduating from the University of Queensland, Patrick played violin professionally in Brisbane before moving to the US to further his studies at USC and has since carved out a career in Los Angeles as a composer, violinist and violist. His classical works range from Impressions of Erin, a concert commission from the Camerata of St. John’s Chamber Orchestra, to a solo viola work premiered in Los Angeles in 2008. His notable credits as a motion picture orchestrator and arranger include Super 8, Star Trek Into Darkness, Cars 2, Up and Hunchback Of Notre Dame.
Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists. Music Director Jeffery Kahane discusses Lines of the Southern Cross with composer Cameron Patrick. After the performance, ticket holders are invited to celebrate the season’s opening concert with musicians at an after-party in the lobby with complimentary appetizers and drinks.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2014-15 season, the Orchestra’s 46th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 18th season as LACO’s music director.
Tickets, starting at $26, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, 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 seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Mozart’s Requiem and three Westside Connections concerts.
– 30th Anniversary Season Opener / Fundraiser –
– 30th Anniversary Season Opener / Fundraiser –
Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 7pm
549 West 52nd St (between 10th & 11th Aves.) 8th floor
New York, NY 10019
Composers Concordance strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper, and Milica Paranosic co-curate the programs, and lead CCE, the ensemble-in-residence at William Paterson University. Venues in recent seasons have included Bohemian National Hall, Chelsea Art Museum, Cutting Room, Dimenna Center, Drom NYC, Gallery MC, LPR, Miller Theater, the Museum of Natural History, and Weill Recital Hall, among many others. Composers Concordance was founded in 1984 by Joseph Pehrson and Patrick Hardish, advised by Otto Luening. It has also created a new record label, Composers Concordance Records, with distribution by Naxos. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to see contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music, performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.
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Gallery MC is located at 549 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019 (between 10th and 11th Avenues.)
By Subway: C or E trains to 50th Street (8th Avenue) or the 1 train to 50th Street (Broadway.)
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Piercy playing the Hichiriki at Brooklyn Bridge. Photo by: Masatora Goya
Bargemusic – Here and Now Series presents “Tokyo to New York.”
The “Tokyo to New York” concert on Bargemusic’s Here and Now Series will feature premiers composed or arranged for critically acclaimed clarinetist and hichiriki player Thomas Piercy by Tokyo- and NYC-based composers. Mr. Piercy will be joined in the concert by one of Japan’s leading classical and contemporary pianists, Noritaka Ito.
The music – in a wide variety of styles – includes premiers by Ned Rorem (Pulitzer- and Grammy-Award), Fernando Otero (Latin-Grammy Award); Toshio Hosokawa (Suntory Music Award), Yuichi Matsumoto (Takemitsu Award), Masatora Goya (Jerome Fund Award), and Senri Oe (major Japanese pop-star, now NYC-based jazz composer). Other premiers on the program are by Japanese composers Tomo Hirayama, Kaito Nakahori, Atsushi Yoshinaka; and premiers by NYC-based composers Trevor Bachman, Peri Mauer, Gene Pritsker, and David Wolfson. Many of the composers will be in attendance; pianist Ito and several of the composers will travel from Japan for the concert.
Bargemusic – Here and Now Series
Tokyo to New York – 東京 と ニューヨーク
THOMAS PIERCY, Clarinet & Hichiriki
NORITAKA ITO, Piano
Premiers by: Bachman, Goya, Hirayama, Hosokawa, Matsumoto, Mauer, Nakahori,
Oe, Otero, Pritsker, Rorem, Wolfson, and Yoshinaka.
September 19, 2014 • Friday, 8 pm
$35 ($30 Senior, $15 Student)
BARGEMUSIC – NYC’s floating concert hall under the Brooklyn Bridge
1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201
“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
Selections from Joelle Wallach’s Post-Millennial Love Songs and Love in the Early Morning song cycles will be performed on Thursday, August 28 – 7:30 PM at The Uptown Gallery, 296 Wall St. in Kingston, NY as part of the Kingston Festival of the Arts.
Post-Millennial Love Songs glance and gaze at poems about love. More about the songs at http://joellewallach.com/composition/post-millennial-love-songs/.
Love in the Early Morning: Songs About Making Love to Milkmen is a serio-comic songcycle of lust and longing, sexual fantasy and domestic comedy. Much more about the songs at http://joellewallach.com/composition/love-in-the-early-morning/.
Performers will be Alison Davy, soprano and Gene Rohrer, piano. Other composers on the program are Ralph Vaughan Williams, Lee Hoiby, and Francis Poulenc.
Tickets are $20, and are available at http://kingstonfestival.org/buy-tickets/. For more Festival information, call 845-331-3261 or visit http://kingstonfestival.org/.
The 4Tay label has released two CDs of Joelle Wallach’s music – The Door Standing Open – a collection of songs and chamber works (CD 4034) – http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/joellewallach and The Nightwatch – more songs and solo piano works (CD 4035) – http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/joellewallach2. More about her at http://www.joellewallach.com.
Josefina Vergara, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“LACO à la carte,” five intimate, elegant fundraising events presented by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, pair exclusive musical performances with delectable international cuisine in the spectacular private homes of the Consuls General of Australia, Austria, Finland, France and Germany. Providing a decidedly cosmopolitan flair to LACO’s wide ranging musical offerings, each unique evening features representative cuisine complemented by a salon performance spotlighting LACO musicians and guest artists. The LACO à la carte series, now in its sixth year, illustrates that music truly knows no boundaries. Proceeds help support the education outreach 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, and East West Bank.
“Finland à la carte”
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 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 the first “LACO à la carte” of the season hosted by The Honorable Juha Markkanen, Consul General of Finland, and Mrs. Tuula Markkanen in their spectacular Bel Air residence. As the featured guest artist, Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen offers an intimate recital of sublime solo piano works. Proclaimed an “exciting new talent” (The New York Times), he has been hailed for his “dazzling keyboard technique and broad and varied textural palette that allows him to shade his performances with great subtlety” (San Francisco Chronicle). Pohjonen is also featured at LACO’s season opening concerts on September 20 at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and September 21 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
“Australia à la carte”
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7 pm
At the Brentwood 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 Mr. Craig Mills, at their striking Brentwood residence. Authentic Australian fare and wines provide tasty accompaniment to a riveting musical program led by LACO Principal Percussion Wade Culbreath on the marimba. Culbreath, who is also principal percussion with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, has played on nearly 400 motion picture soundtracks, including the Academy Award-winning scores for Aladdin, Pocahontas and Life of Pi. More recently, he was principal percussion for Frozen, Godzilla and Transformers, and timpanist for A Million Ways to Die in the West.
“France à la carte”
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7 pm
In Beverly Hills at the Official Residence of the Consul General of France
The Honorable Axel Cruau, Consul General of France, and Mrs. Dourène Cruau, host the season’s third “LACO à la carte” at their beautiful Beverly Hills residence. Illuminating the dazzling cultural and musical vibrancy of France, the evening features a program of Baroque works for string ensemble led by LACO Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara, who recently toured Europe and Asia with the Uri Caine Ensemble, a noted jazz group, and has also performed at numerous summer music festivals, including Mainly Mozart, Tanglewood, the Music Academy of the West Summer Festival and Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Superb French food and fine wine cap the soirée.
“Germany à la carte”
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 7 pm
In Hancock Park at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Germany
“LACO à la carte” commemorates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the momentous events that ushered in a new era for Europe and the world with a special program hosted by Dr. Bernd Fischer, The Honorable Consul General of Germany, and Mrs. Jutta Fischer, in their elegant Hancock Park home. With the culinary riches of Germany adding a delicious note to the festivities, LACO Principal Cello Andrew Shulman leads a performance of Richard Strauss’s rarely played epic masterpiece Metamorphosen, a profound musical elegy for seven virtuosic string players. Los Angeles Times declares Shulman’s playing is “always eloquent and passionate,” Salt Lake Tribune calls him “fabulously nuanced” and The Times of London praises him for his “fastidious poetry of phrase and technique.” This is a premium “LACO à la carte” event.
Austria à la carte
Friday, November 7, 2014, 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, concludes the 2014 “LACO à la carte” series with an evening that illuminates the country’s unique and vibrant cultural and culinary traditions. LACO Principal Horn Richard Todd, who marks his 35th anniversary with the Orchestra this season and is an internationally renowned concert, jazz and recording artist, pays homage to Austria’s rich musical heritage, leading an unparalleled program that exemplifies the Viennese classical style and beyond with the music of Mozart, Haydn, Hans Eisler and Ernst Toch. Todd has earned acclaim as one of the world’s finest horn soloists for performances spanning Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, and the Jazz Bakery to Birdland. This is also a premium “LACO à la carte” event.
“LACO à la carte” tickets for September 18 and 27 and October 9 are $275 per person. Tickets for the premium “Germany à la carte” and “Austria à la carte” are $300 per person. Multiple-event packages include Chef’s Table Trio tickets at $750 per person for any 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.
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 46-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; 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 Silent Film screening 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.