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YMF Debut Orchestra
Yuga Cohler, conductor & co-curator
Stephen Feigenbaum, arranger & co-curator

Music from Kanye West’s Yeezus paired with works by Beethoven, including
the Egmont Overture, Symphony No. 5 (op. 67), and String Quartet No. 14 (op. 131).

Saturday, April 16th, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Aratani Theatre
244 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

FREE Admission! No Tickets Required.
http://www.ymf.org/events

Watch the YEETHOVEN Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRCywJaUEIE

YEETHOVEN Flyer 5.5x8.5

The Great Music Series explores the commonalities between the music of our times and classical masterpieces of the past. By highlighting the musical and cultural elements characteristic of all great music, the Series seeks to demonstrate that modern popular music is fundamentally similar to classical music. For its first installment, the series will compare Kanye West and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Kanye West is one of the most famous, albeit divisive, people alive in America. Since his debut solo album in 2004, West has become increasingly prominent as a producer, rap artist, and cultural activist. Today, he is unquestionably one of the most influential figures in popular music and culture. Considering his larger-than-life artistic personality, there is no better comparison to him than Beethoven, the apotheosis of the classical tradition.

M.C.’d by conductor Yuga Cohler and composer Stephen Feigenbaum, this concert will sonically illustrate the similarities between Kanye West’s latest album, Yeezus (orchestrated by Feigenbaum), and a variety of pieces by Beethoven. As the concert progresses, music by the two will become increasingly integrated, ultimately resulting in a total mash-up of the two. If you find this concert far-fetched, we invite you to come and listen – see if you can tell where Beethoven ends and Kanye begins.

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ECCE in performanceWHAT: KINETICS | A Performance by Ecce Ensemble
WHEN: Friday, May 6th at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Le Laboratoire, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge, MA, 02142
T: Red to Kendall Square
TICKETS: $22/$11 Students. To purchase, contact Le Laboratoire at 617.945.7515 or visit LeLaboratoireCambridge.com.

As the 2015-16 contemporary music ensemble-in-residence at Cambridge’s Le Laboratoire, the Ecce Ensemble completes its season with a diverse program of new chamber works by six emerging compositional voices. Performed by seven-member Ecce Ensemble and special guest vocalist Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, the program includes the world premiere of Already Root by Maxwell Dulaney, New England premieres by Erin Gee, Hillary Zipper, and Anna-Louise Walton, as well as works by Ecce’s executive director John Aylward, and the winner of Ecce’s 2016 International Call for Scores, Nuno Costa.

 

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Matthew Halls

Matthew Halls

Oregon Bach Festival Music Director Matthew Halls conducts the Los Angeles premiere of San Francisco-based composer Mason Bates’s first Cello Concerto, written for and performed by Joshua Roman, with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) on Saturday, April 16, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and Sunday, April 17, 2016, 7 pm at UCLA’s Royce Hall.  Bates’s piece, which highlights his sensibilities as composer-in-residence of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as a DJ, has been lauded as a tapestry of “classical lyricism and melody combining fluidly with blues, jazz elements, and techno rhythms that come straight from the 21st-century electronic club scene” (Classical Voice North America).  Halls also conducts Haydn’s popular Symphony No. 101 in D major, “The Clock,” and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 in D major, “Classical,” both signature works of LACO’s repertoire.  Making his third LACO guest appearance, Halls has been heralded for his “ironclad command of the smallest details in the score” (Toronto Star).  Roman, making his LACO debut, was chosen a TED Fellow for his ongoing creative initiatives on behalf of classical music and is recognized as an accomplished composer, curator and programmer with a vision to expand the classical music audience.  He has been hailed as an “ascendant rock star of the cello world” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer).  Bates’ Cello Concerto was commissioned by Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

 

The concert launches a two-week guest artist residency for Roman that encompasses engagement with live and virtual audiences through pre-concert talks; a cello masterclass at North Hollywood High on April 19; a special in-school program at Hoover Street Elementary School in Los Angeles on April 20; a free performance at Amoeba Music in Hollywood on April 20, 7 pm; a solo cello recital on LACO’s Baroque Conversations series on April 21, at 7 pm, at Zipper Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles; an appearance with Orchestra members at the 6th Annual Hear Now Music Festival on April 23, 8 pm, at First Lutheran Church of Venice; a preview podcast and recording, including posting a short video from an iconic Southland location as part of Roman’s Everyday Bach series (www.youtube.com/user/JoshuaRomanCello).  Roman’s Guest Artist Residency with LACO is made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

 

Roman is recognized as an accomplished composer, curator and programmer, particularly in his work as artistic director of Seattle Town Hall’s TownMusic series, with a vision to engage and expand the classical music audience.  Before embarking on a solo career, Roman spent two seasons as principal cello of the Seattle Symphony, a position he won in 2006 at the age of 22.  Since that time he has appeared as a soloist with the San Francisco, Seattle and New World symphonies; the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the BBC Scottish and Alabama symphony orchestras; the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador.

 

Halls first came to prominence as a keyboard player and early music conductor but has become equally known for his dynamic and intelligent work with major symphony orchestras and opera companies, and for his probing and vibrant interpretations of music of all periods.  His many international engagements include the Cleveland and Salzburg Mozarteum orchestras, BBC Scottish and Frankfurt Radio symphonies, and the Seattle and Melbourne symphony orchestras.  The 2014 season marked his first as artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival.  Halls’s recordings include a set of four Bach Harpsichord Con­certos (Linn Records) and Bach’s Easter and Ascension oratorios, as well as award-winning discs of Handel’s Parnasso in Festa (Hyperion) and Purcell’s Sonatas in Three and Four Parts.  Educated at Oxford University, Halls taught at the University for five years, and has held positions as artistic director of the King’s Consort and the Retrospect Ensemble, which he founded in 2009.  He is also passionately committed to education and working with young musicians.

 

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists.  Cellist Joshua Roman will be a featured speaker.

 

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions.  Its 2015-16 season, 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 19th season as LACO’s music director.

 

Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

 

Tickets, starting at $27, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org 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 seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” and three Westside Connections concerts.

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LAMC Artistic Director Grant Gershon

LAMC Artistic Director Grant Gershon

The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, transforms Walt Disney Concert Hall into a festive banquet hall in the ancient Persian city of Persepolis for two immersive performances of eminent director Trevore Ross’s semi-staged production of Handel’s Alexander’s Feast, created for the LA Master Chorale to launch its multi-year “Hidden Handel” project on Saturday, April 16, 2 pm, and Sunday, April 17, 2016, 7 pm.

 

The “Hidden Handel” project comprises semi-staged/multimedia productions of five of the composer’s great but underrepresented oratorios performed in collaboration with some of the performing art world’s leading directors and artists.  “There are many beautiful and brilliant choral works composed by Handel that are not called Messiah,” says Gershon, referring to Handel’s most famous oratorio that has been performed by the LA Master Chorale numerous times.  “I’m very excited to introduce audiences to these incredible yet rarely performed masterworks.  Alexander’s Feast will be the perfect starter in a series that explores Handel’s vivid imagination and understanding of human nature through ‘The Power of Music.’”

 

Alexander’s Feast celebrates music’s power and ability to elicit and manipulate emotions.  The story follows Alexander the Great, having just conquered the ancient city of Persepolis, as he hosts a great banquet alongside his mistress Thais to celebrate their victory.  Timotheus, a traveling musician, possesses an uncanny knack for arousing a full spectrum of emotions within Alexander and his guests through his music, ultimately persuading Alexander to burn down the city in revenge for the loss of his soldiers killed in battle.  This prompts St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music herself, to descend to earth and calm the fury.


Tickets range from $29 – $129.  Group rates are available.  For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org.  Tickets can also be purchased in person in advance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office (Mon-Sat, 10 am-6 pm) and at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office on concert days starting 2 hours prior to the performance.  The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.

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ZT Wall credit Irina Mednik

An atypical combination of instruments (clarinet, violin and piano) the Zodiac Trio formed in 2006 at the Manhattan School of Music, before becoming the first American group to be accepted to the Paris Conservatory’s chamber music program with the Ysaÿe Quartet. Since, the trio became the new image of the clarinet-violin-piano instrumentation, and maintains a consistently international touring schedule. The Zodiac Trio is paving the way for new generations of compositions for this unusual grouping by commissioning and performing new works, with over 100 works written for the ensemble.

 
The program at Spectrum on March 26 features the world premiere of John McDonald’s Trio about Smoking, written especially for the trio. Cast in three brief movements, the piece is both an ode to musician/smokers’ stress-relief potential and a health warning.

Also on the program are the New York premieres of Andrew List’s Dreams from the Aboriginal Dreamtime, a composition inspired by the creation legends of the Australian Aboriginals; Zodiac: Across the Universe, a series of one-minute miniatures by twelve different composers each describing a sign of the zodiac; and Guillaume Connesson’s Techno Parade, a whimsical whirlwind of a piece transcribed for the Zodiac Trio by the group’s violinist Vanessa Mollard.

The concert is on Saturday, March 26 at 7 pm at Spectrum, 121 Ludlow St, NY, NY. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors, and are available at the door. For more information, visit zodiactrio.com.

The Zodiac Trio is Kliment Krylovskiy, clarinet; Vanessa Mollard, violin and Riko Higuma, piano.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster Margaret Batjer

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster Margaret Batjer

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) explores innate vs. learned creativity tied to masterworks by Mozart and Mendelssohn, whose extraordinary talent was evident in their earliest compositions, during the second program of Westside Connections, a chamber music series with a twist, on Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica.  Curated and hosted by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Westside Connections’ 2015-16 season features LACO musicians and cutting-edge neuroscientists exploring “Music and the Mind” through performance and conversation, followed by Q&A with audiences.  Among ideas probed during the three-concert series are how music moves us (and why), the possibility of pinpointing the location of creativity in the brain, and where the next wave in brain management research may to take us.

 

During the evening, special guest Dr. Susan Bookheimer, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCLA, discusses her study of remarkably gifted children, and she is joined by special guest Dr. Robert Bilder, Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology, UCLA, to reveal findings from the “Big C Project,” their fascinating joint research collaboration exploring exceptionally creative people in the arts and sciences.  The conversation is set against a performance of Mozart’s Quintet in E-flat major for Piano and Winds, which the composer himself called “the best thing I have so far written in my life,” featuring LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, piano; LACO Principals Allan Vogel, oboe, Kenneth Munday, bassoon, Joshua Ranz, clarinet, and Andrew Shulman, cello; and LACO horn Kristy McArthur Morrell.  Guest violinist Cho-Liang Lin joins Kahane and Shulman for Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor, considered his most beloved and popular chamber work.  After hearing it, Schumann declared Mendelssohn “the Mozart of the 19th century.”

 

Dr. Bilder holds the Michael Tennenbaum Family Chair in Creativity Research in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  In addition to his NIH-sponsored research on brain and behavior, he directs the Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity, and is now studying the brains of “Big C” (exceptionally creative) artists and scientists, with support from the John Templeton Foundation.  Bilder also directs the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative’s Mind Well program, which aims to help promote well-being and creative achievement throughout the UCLA campus community.

 

Dr. Bookheimer, holds the Joaquin Fuster Endowed Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and is a Professor in the Deptartment of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Department of Psychology.  She is a pioneer in brain mapping research using functional mag­netic resonance imaging (fMRI), which examines human brain activity in real time.  Her research focuses on language, memory and social cognition in health and in neurologic and psychiatric disorders from early development to aging.  Her clinical practice includes mapping brain function prior to surgery with fMRI, and mapping critical functions including language and music during awake neurosurgery using direct electrical stimulation of the brain.  Bookheimer’s recent work studies how the brain works dynami­cally to solve problems and integrate information in highly gifted and creative individuals.  This work aims to understand the unique­ness of each brain and the many different cognitive styles used by exceptional children and adults.

 

With a 30-year career spanning the globe, Lin has appeared as a soloist with an array of ensembles including the Detroit, Toronto and Dallas symphony orchestras; the Houston, Nashville and Singapore symphonies; the Bergen, Munich and Hong Kong philharmonics; and the Los Angeles and English cham­ber orchestras.  An avid chamber musician, he is music director of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest.  Lin has commissioned works from Tan Dun, John Harbison and Esa-Pekka Salonen.  In 2000, Musical America named him Instrumentalist of the Year.  Currently, Lin, who began his studies at five in Taiwan, is a professor of violin at Juilliard and Rice University.  He plays the 1715 ”Titian“ Stradivarius.

 

Each year, LACO’s trademark three-part Westside Connections, now in its eight season, steps outside the proverbial “music “box” to illustrate with fascinating intellectual discourse and superb artistry the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives.  The 2015-16 Westside Connections series concludes May 5 when the evening centers on breathtaking songs by Schumann and Ravel, each of whom suffered severe mental collapse, with LACO musicians joined by special guest Dr. Linda Liau, Neurosurgeon, Professor and Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program, and guest artists Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano, and Robert Thies, piano.  In previous seasons, Westside Connections has explored connections between music and such disparate topics as architecture, the culinary arts, poetry, stories and the influences of Los Angeles on creativity.

 

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions.  Its 2015-16 season, 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 19th season as LACO’s music director.

 

Tickets (beginning at $65) are available online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain.  Student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office one hour before the concert.  Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for LACO’s three Westside Connections concerts at the Moss Theater, seven Orchestral Series concerts at either the Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall and Discover Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” at Ambassador Auditorium.  Discounted tickets are also available by phone for groups of 12 or more.  The Moss Theater at New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Principal Oboe Allan Vogel

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Principal Oboe Allan Vogel

The third concert in Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) engaging Baroque Conversations series highlights esteemed LACO Principal Oboe Allan Vogel, who is retiring at season’s end after 44 years with the Orchestra, on Bach’s beloved Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, on Thursday, March 24, 2016, 7 pm at Zipper Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.  Vogel has soloed on the piece a record 19 times during his tenure with the Orchestra.  Featured with him are Principal Trumpet David Washburn, LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and Principal Flute David Shostac, who is also retiring at season’s end after 41 years with the Orchestra and who has been featured 18 times previously with LACO on this Concerto.

 

In celebration of Vogel’s remarkable artistry and as a tribute to his enduring legacy with LACO, the evening also showcases him with Batjer on Bach’s Concerto in C minor for Violin and Oboe, on which Vogel has soloed with LACO 14 times previously and also recorded with violinist Hilary Hahn and LACO for Deutsche Grammophone.

 

Completing the program are two chamber works by Telemann – both of which spotlight Vogel – Essercizii musici: Trio No. 12 in E-flat major, for oboe and two harpsichords; and Quartetto in D major, for two oboes, trumpet, cello and harpsichord continuo, with LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, harpsichord; Principal Keyboard Patricia Mabee, harpsichord; Principal Cello Andrew Shulman; Claire Brazeau, oboe; and Washburn.

 

Vogel, “an aristocrat of his instrument, an oboe virtuoso with few equals” (Los Angeles Times) and “undoubtedly one of the few world masters” (San Diego Union), joined LACO in 1972 and became principal oboe in 1974.  He has performed as guest principal oboe with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and appeared with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Berlin and Los Angeles philharmonics.  He has been featured at the Marlboro, Santa Fe, Aspen and Mostly Mozart festivals, among others, and performed at the White House during the last state dinner of the Clinton presidency.  Vogel is on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts, the University of Southern California and the Colburn School Conservatory of Music.

 

The enlightening five-concert Baroque Conversations series provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. As host of the evening, Vogel introduces the music from the stage and engages the audience in Q&A to conclude the concert.  A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pmAdditional Baroque Conversations performances take place on Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles; and Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8 pm, at USC’s Bovard Auditorium in partnership with the 2016 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival.  Baroque Conversations is generously sponsored by Carol & Warner Henry, a Friend of LACO and the Ronus Foundation.

 

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions.  Its 2015-16 season, 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 19th season as LACO’s music director.

 

Tickets, starting at $65, are available online at laco.org, or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001.  Single tickets can also be purchased at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain.  Discounted tickets are available by phone for groups of 12 or more.  College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office an hour before the concert.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Principal Flute David Shostac and Principal Oboe Allan Vogel

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Principal Flute David Shostac
and Principal Oboe Allan Vogel

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jeffrey Kahane continues the 2015-16 season with the world premiere of Los Angeles-based composer Gernot Wolfgang’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds – “The D.A.R.K. Knights” on Saturday, March 19, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale, and Sunday, March 20, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall.  The program also features LACO Principal Clarinet Joshua Ranz on Mozart’s autumnal Clarinet Concerto, written shortly before the composer’s death, and Kahane as both conductor and soloist in Mozart’s turbulent Piano Concerto No. 20 – a compelling feat that is one of the hallmarks of Kahane’s LACO tenure.  Wolfgang’s new work, which features four solo instrument  – flute, oboe, horn and bassoon – was written to honor and showcase the exceptional talents of long-serving LACO principal wind players David Shostac, flute, and Allan Vogel, oboe, both of whom are set to retire at season’s end after 85 combined years with the Orchestra; Kenneth Munday, bassoon, who is celebrating his 40th season with LACO; and former Principal Horn Richard Todd, who played with LACO for 35 years through the 2014-15 season.

 

Wolfgang says, “The composition is in one movement, with the Sinfonia Concertante portions occupying the energetic outer sections.  The lyrical middle part of the piece consists of the succession of mini-concertos. The soloistic parts for each of the featured wind players were inspired by their individual, very specific instrumental sounds, which have become very familiar to me over the years.   I also took into account the special musical abilities of some of these musicians – both David Shostac and Richard Todd, noted jazz artists, too, will get a chance to improvise in selected passages.”

 

Vogel, “an aristocrat of his instrument, an oboe virtuoso with few equals” (Los Angeles Times) and “undoubtedly one of the few world masters” (San Diego Union), joined LACO in 1972 and became principal oboe in 1974.  He has performed as guest principal oboe with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and appeared with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Berlin and Los Angeles philharmonics.  He has been featured at the Marlboro, Santa Fe, Aspen and Mostly Mozart festivals, among others, and performed at the White House during the last state dinner of the Clinton presidency.  Vogel is on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts, the University of Southern California and the Colburn School Conservatory of Music.

 

Shostac, a “world class musician” (Review Plays) and “stalwart of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra” (Orange County Register), was appointed principal flute of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 1975.  He has also served as principal flute of the St. Louis, Milwaukee and New Orleans symphony orchestras.  Shostac has performed as a solo and orchestral player at the Hol­lywood Bowl and has taken part in the Ojai, Mostly Mozart, Aspen and Oregon Bach festivals, and has appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  He has taught at USC, UCLA, California Institute of the Arts, the Aspen Music School and the Idyllwild Arts Academy and is a faculty member of CSU Northridge.

 

Ranz won the audition for principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 2008 after having served as second clarinet since 1999.  He recently performed the Copland Clarinet Concerto with LACO.  Ranz is also principal clarinet of the New West Symphony and has filled in as principal for the LA Opera and Hollywood Bowl orchestras, as well as the Santa Barbara and Santa Monica symphonies.  He is a member of the Pacific Symphony, performs regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is active in the television and motion picture industry.  He earned a Bachelor’s degree at Harvard College and received a Master of Music at the Yale School of Music.

 

Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, Kahane has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized around the world for his mastery of diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin, Golijov and John Adams.  Now in his 19th season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, he previously served as music director of the Colorado and Santa Rosa symphonies.  He has garnered tremendous critical acclaim for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement and received multiple ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for his work in both Los Angeles and Denver.  He is also a visiting Professor of Keyboard Studies at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

 

Wolfgang, a composer with a “winning sonic arsenal” (Gramophone), was born in Bad Gastein, Austria, but currently lives in Los Angeles.  In addition to LACO’s commission, Wolfgang has written compositions for orchestras, ensembles and individuals around the world.  He is the guitarist for the Austrian jazz ensemble, The QuARTet, with which he has performed throughout Europe.  Wolfgang is a graduate of the film and scoring program at USC and works in film and television as an orchestrator.  He also is associate artistic director of HEAR NOW – A Festival of New Music by Contemporary Los Angeles Composers.

 

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists.  Director of Artistic Administration Daren Fuster interviews the soloists and discusses with Wolfgang the inspiration and creation of his work.  Following the performance, ticket holders are invited to toast Vogel and Shostac in the lobby at an after-party, which includes complimentary drinks and appetizers.

 

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions.  Its 2015-16 season, 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 19th season as LACO’s music director.

 

Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

 

Tickets, starting at $27, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org 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 seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” and three Westside Connections concerts.

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Harpist Yolanda Kondonassis

Yolanda Kondonassis is Soloist with the San Diego Symphony
Friday, March 18, 2016 at 8pm
Saturday, March 19 at 8pm
Sunday, March 20 at 2pm
Copley Symphony Hall | 750 B Street | San Diego, CA

PLUS Kondonassis joins Musicians from the Symphony for a Chamber Music Concert, featuring the world premiere of Gary Schocker’s Coasting
Tuesday, March 15 at 7:30pm
The Auditorium at TSRI | 10620 John J Hopkins Dr. | San Diego, CA

Tickets: www.sandiegosymphony.org or 619.235.0804

“Kondonassis’s colorful harp playing is smooth, resourceful, ever-musical.” – Los Angeles Times

On March 15 at The Auditorium at TSRI, internationally acclaimed harpist Yolanda Kondonassis will perform in a concert of chamber music with musicians from the San Diego Symphony which includes the world premiere of Gary Shocker’s Coasting for two harps, Persichetti’s Serenade No. 10 for flute and harp, and Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet.

On March 18, 19, and 20, Kondonassis joins the San Diego Symphony for three performances of Ginastera’s iconic Harp Concerto at Copley Symphony Hall, led by conductor David Danzmayr. The performances, titled Music in Motion: Dance and The Firebird, also feature Stravinsky’s The Firebird (1945 version) and Malashock Dance in Gabriela Lena Frank’s Five Scenes.

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Tenri Cultural Institute proudly presents Border Crossings, a cultural exchange featuring works by American composer Richard Cameron-Wolfe and Ukrainian composer Volodymyr Runchak on Friday, March 11th at 8pm. World premieres, U.S. premieres, New York premieres and more grace this program performed by trombonist Jen Baker, pianists Gayle Blankenburg (LA) and Irena Portenko, double bassist Ken Filiano, soprano Elisabeth Halliday, saxophonists Daniel Kochersberger, Aaron Patterson, Jay Rattman and Jordan Smith, flutist Rachel Rudich (LA/NY) and bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck with a special guest appearance by actor Kevin Kline as the poet in the premiere of Cameron-Wolfe’s micro-opera A Sound-Shroud for Bill Knott.

 

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Richard Cameron-Wolfe, Composer

Friday, March 11, 2016 8pm
Tenri Cultural Institute
43A West 13th St.
New York
212-645-2800
Subway: F/V/L to 14th St. & 6th Ave.; 1/2/3 to 14th St. & 7th Ave.; N/Q/R/W/4/5/6 to 14th St. Union Square
$30
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2510921

 

Program:

An Inventory of Damaged Goods (2015) by Richard Cameron-Wolfe
NY Premiere
Gayle Blankenburg, piano

Prima Materia (2001) by Richard Cameron-Wolfe
World Premiere
Gayle Blankenburg, piano

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Volodymyr Runchak, Composer

Greetings M.K. (Dedicated to Mauricio Kagel) for piano in three movements by Volodymyr Runchak
US Premiere
Irena Portenko, piano

1. Lyric Song Afternoon rest of the mosquito
2. Open form Death of the little hedgehog
3. Variation Repetition of movement 2, as encore a few times

Mute Hand Muse micro-opera for a waking dreamer (2015) by Richard Cameron-Wolfe
NY Premiere
soprano, alto/bass flutes, and piano
Elisabeth Halliday, Rachel Rudich
& Gayle Blankenburg

Homo ludens II for piano (1992) by Volodymyr Runchak
US Premiere
Irena Portenko, piano

INTERMISSION

Contra spem spero (Hopeless, I believe) for 4 saxophones (1990) by Volodymyr Runchak
US Premiere
Manhattan Saxophone Quartet:
Daniel Kochersberger, tenor saxophone, Aaron Patterson, alto saxophone, Jay Rattman, baritone saxophone & Jordan Smith, soprano saxophone

A Sound-Shroud for Bill Knott (2015) by Richard Cameron-Wolfe
World Premiere
actor/bassoon/trombone/double-bass
Kevin Kline, Sara Schoenbeck, Jen Baker & Ken Filiano

Prayer for female voice and tape (2002) by Volodymyr Runchak
US Premiere
Elisabeth Halliday, soprano

Kyrie (Mantra) II for flute and prepared piano (1976) by Richard Cameron-Wolfe
Rachel Rudich & Gayle Blankenburg

SAX (tête-à-tête) for two alto saxophones (2006) by Volodymyr Runchak
US Premiere
2 saxes, Epoch Duo: Jordan Smith/Dan Kochersberger

 

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