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Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry and the world premiere of Frank’s House by LACO Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman inspired by the celebrated architect’s extraordinary Santa Monica home are spotlighted at Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) Westside Connections concert on Thursday, February, 5, 2015, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater, Santa Monica. Gehry is joined by Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne, The Juilliard School’s Ara Guzelimian, LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer for an unprecedented evening exploring compelling connections between music and architecture. The Westside Connections series concert, curated and hosted by Batjer, includes conversations with the special guests as well as musical offerings connecting form, structure and line featuring Kahane, LACO Principal Timpani/Percussion Wade Culbreath, percussionist Ted Atkatz and pianist Joanne Pearce Martin. On the program are Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion (1937) and two works by Bach, transcribed by Kurtág for piano four hands, Chorale Prelude, “O Lamb of God most holy” (VIII), and Sonatina from Actus tragicus, “God’s time is the best time,” BWV 106, as well as the world premiere by Norman, whose music has been hailed by The New York Times for its “daring juxtapositions and dazzling col¬ors.”

Gehry, one of the most acclaimed architects of our time, is renowned for his bold, iconic postmodern designs including architectural masterworks such as Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, Dancing House in Prague and the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, which opened in late 2014 to great acclaim. Based in Los Angeles, he received the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 1986, was the subject of a documentary film by director Sydney Pollack, and has become a leading figure in mainstream culture, appearing in an Apple commercial and playing himself in an episode of the hit television show “The Simpsons.” He compares architecture to music, saying, “It’s like jazz. You improvise, you work together, you play off each other, you make something.”

Norman is considered among the most intriguing musical voices of his generation. As a lifelong enthusiast for all things architectural, he draws on an eclectic mix of instrumental sounds and notational practices and writes music that is often inspired by forms and textures he encounters in the visual world. He is the recipient of the ASCAP Nissim Prize, Rome Prize and Berlin Prize, and his The Companion Guide to Rome was named a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Norman teaches at the USC Thornton School of Music.

The three-part Westside Connections series, now in its seventh season, continues on March 19, 2015, with special guest award-winning architect Frederick Fisher, who approaches architecture as a collaborative process, and Brahms’s breathtaking String Quintet as well as Kevin Puts’s Arches for solo violin, featuring Batjer. It concludes April 30, 2015, with Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne as special guest and the West Coast premiere of Gabriel Kahane’s Bradbury Studies, inspired by downtown LA’s historic Bradbury Building.

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 (beginning at $60) are available online at, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Subscriptions to all three Westside Connections concerts are available for $135. 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 Mozart’s Requiem 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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What: Jason Kao Hwang’s Sing House & Amygdala
When: Friday, February 6 , 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: Tickets $20, Members/Students/Seniors: $15, Series Members – $10, FREE for All Access Members
Info: / 917.267.0368

Brooklyn, NY: Roulette is excited to present Jason Kao Hwang’s Sing House & Amygdala, Friday, February 6, 2015 at 8pm. Hwang, a celebrated and seasoned composer, violin and viola artist has and continues to create works ranging from jazz, new and world music. In 2012 the Downbeat Critics’ Poll voted him “Rising Star for Violin.” Both his Sing House and Amygdala ensembles bring together some of the premier players of jazz active today.

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About the Program
Sing House
Within Sing House, the score’s quintessential melodies, rhythms, harmonies and textures offer rooms in which musicians extemporaneously sing. In this dramatic architecture, the unique voice of each musician is empowered to individually interpret and also, transcend interpretation to become an originating spirit that is inextricably unified to the composition’s destiny. This is how music grows greater than the imagination of one to become a meta-language of memories, dreams and hope. This is how the compositions of Jason Kao Hwang house imagination, identity, and greater purpose. This is the jazz of Sing House.

Sing House
Andrew Drury – drum set
Ken Filiano – string bass
Chris Forbes – piano
Steve Swell – trombone
Jason Kao Hwang – composer/violin/viola

Amygdala explores cross-cultural language, timbre, and space within expressions focused within while projected outwards. The ensemble is named after the brain’s amgydala, which is a mass of nuclei that governs our emotional responses and memories faster and prior to intellectual interventions. The amygdala is where our survival instincts reside.

Rami Seo – gayageum
Michael Wimberly – djembe, percussion
Jason Kao Hwang – composer/violin/viola

About Roulette
Roulette – one of New York City’s premiere venues for experimental music for over 33 years – has reopened bigger and better than ever. Located in a newly renovated 1920s Art Deco concert hall in Downtown Brooklyn, the new Roulette features two levels of seating for up to 400 people (600 standing), an expanded multi-channel sound system, projection screen for film and multi-media events, state-of-the-art lighting system, modular stage, and a specially designed floor to accommodate dance. Teamed with bold new programming, the new Roulette promises to be one of the most exciting places in New York City – if not the country – to experience adventurous music and art.


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Jon Nakamatsu and Jon ManasseCONTRASTS

From Ragtime to Romantic Riches

Friday, February 6 at 8:15 pm
Christ & St. Stephen’s Church
129 West 69th Street
New York, NY

Among the most celebrated musicians of our day, pianist Jon Nakamatsu and clarinetist Jon Manasse join violinist Stephanie Chase in a concert program inspired by Bartok’s chamber work for an unusual combination of instruments.

Don’t miss this exploration of diverse musical styles- including jazz, popular, contemporary, Romantic, gypsy, and ragtime – with these “outstanding” (New York Times) musicians!

Leonard Bernstein – Sonata for clarinet and piano (1941-42)
Johannes Brahms – Sonata for violin and piano, Op. 78 (1878-79)
Béla Bartók – Contrasts (1938)
John Novacek – Four Rags for Two Jons (2006)

Tickets: Advance tickets are available at  Admission also at the door: $30 adult, $20 senior/student, cash or check only. Doors open at 7:15 pm.

Stephanie Chase is recognized as “one of the violin greats of our era” (Newhouse Newspapers) through appearances with eminent orchestras that have included the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Dallas Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Hanover Band, and London Symphony.  Her performances are acclaimed for their “elegance, dexterity, rhythmic vitality and great imagination” (Boston Globe) as well as “stunning power” (Louisville Courier-Journal) and “matchless technique” (BBC Music Magazine).

American pianist Jon Nakamatsu continues to draw unanimous praise as a true aristocrat of the keyboard, whose playing combines elegance, clarity, and electrifying power. A native of California, Mr. Nakamatsu came to international attention in 1997 when he was named Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the only American to have achieved this distinction since 1981. Mr. Nakamatsu has performed widely in North and South America, Europe, and the Far East, collaborating with such conductors as James Conlon, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Osmo Vänskä and Hans Vonk. He also performed at a White House concert hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton.

Clarinetist Jon Manasse is internationally acclaimed for his inspiring artistry, uniquely glorious sound and charismatic performing style. His solo appearances include performances at the major venues of New York City and fourteen tours of Japan and Southeast Asia with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, concerts in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Osaka, and acclaimed concerto performances with Gerard Schwarz and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in New York and Tokyo.

Pre-concert talk at 7:30, included in concert admission: “Music and Early Childhood” by Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma.

Yeou-Cheng MaDr. Yeou-Cheng Ma is a Developmental Pediatrician and a musician. A graduate of Radcliffe College and Harvard Medical School, she works with children with developmental disorders in the Bronx and Queens. A former child prodigy who at age five became a pupil of violinist Arthur Grumiaux, she is the Executive Director of The Children’s Orchestra Society – which was founded by her father – and performs as a chamber musician in addition to teaching violin, viola, and chamber music for COS. Informally known as the “Music Doctor,” Dr. Ma’s recent interests include optimizing communication in all children, exploring the relationship of music to young children’s temperament, and using music as a means to find the “inner language” of children who have difficulties in verbal communication.

Inspired by the Neo-Platonic academies of 16th and 17th-century Italy, which combined discourse with musical presentations, the Music of the Spheres Society was founded in 2001 by its artistic director, Stephanie Chase, and Ann Ellsworth.  Its mission is to promote classical music through innovative chamber music concerts and pre-concert lectures which illuminate music’s historical, philosophical and scientific foundations, in order to give greater context for music to the average audience member.

For more information, visit the Music of the Spheres Society website or call (212) 877-4402.

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Los Angeles Master Chorale

Los Angeles Master Chorale

The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), in one of the most highly anticipated collaborations of the season, joins forces with the renowned period instrument ensemble Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra and the acclaimed Los Angeles Children’s Chorus to present two historically informed performances of Bach’s towering masterwork St. Matthew Passion, conducted by LAMC Artistic Director Grant Gershon, on Saturday, January 31, 2 pm, and Sunday, February 1, 2015, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Soloists include Pablo Corá, tenor; Janelle DeStefano, mezzo soprano; Arnold Livingston Geis, tenor; Callista Hoffman-Campbell, mezzo soprano; Elissa Johnston, soprano; Jon Lee Keenan, tenor (Evangelist); Chung Uk Lee, bass (Jesus); Steve Pence, bass/baritone; Vincent Robles, baritone; Zanaida Robles, soprano; Anna Schubert, soprano; Laura Smith, mezzo soprano; and Niké St. Clair, mezzo soprano.

Bach’s musical interpretation of the biblical Passion story written nearly 300 years ago and considered “one of the pillars of Western sacred music” (National Public Radio) continues to deeply touch and inspire audiences around the globe with its message of humanity. This marks the sixth collaboration between the Chorale and Musica Angelica, hailed for its commanding performances “stylishly played” (Los Angeles Times). The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, under the direction of Anne Tomlinson, which frequently performs with the Chorale, has been called “one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs” (Pasadena Star News), and described by critics as “hauntingly beautiful” (Los Angeles Times) and “astonishingly polished” (Performances Magazine).

The concert is sponsored in part by The Blue Ribbon; Carol and Warner Henry; and the E. Nakamichi Foundation.
Tickets range from $29 – $129. Group rates are available. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit (Tickets cannot be purchased at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office except 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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The Passion of Anne Frank, a haunting, major, new oratorio based on the Diary of Anne Frank, with music and lyrics composed by 125 high school students from downtown Los Angeles’ Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, is being premiered by the students in conjunction with the Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Singers, professional instrumentalists, and student soloists in free matinee and evening performances on Thursday, January 22, at noon, and Friday, January 23, at 7 pm, at the high school’s main auditorium. (Ample free on-site parking is available.) The unforgettable hour-long work with compelling arias and emotional choruses tells the poignant story of Anne Frank, a young Jewish girl whose now famous diary was written during the two years she spent in hiding with her family in German-occupied Holland during World War II. The performances are the culmination of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s award-winning “Voices Within” artists-in-residence program, designed to foster collaboration among students as they create and perform their own original choral works. The piece also aligns with the Chorale’s “passion music” theme this season, which features passions by Bach, Tan Dun and Richard Einhorn.

Anne Frank chronicled in a diary she received for her 13th birthday her secret thoughts as she became a young woman during the difficult days of Nazi occupation. Two months after her 15th birthday, the diary abruptly ends. The Secret Annex, where Anne had lived, had been raided by German officials and the Frank family – her father, Otto, her mother, and her sister, Margot, along with four other people hiding with them – were separated and sent to concentration camps. Otto was the family’s sole survivor after the war. His secretary, Miep, who had helped the family while they were in hiding, found Anne’s diary on the floor of the empty annex and kept it for him. Once published, Anne’s diary quickly became known around the world, serving as a touchstone for the six million Jews lost during the Holocaust. Permission for the story adaptation has been kindly granted by the Anne Frank Fonds Basel.

The 9th through 12th grade students worked closely over a 20-week period with the guidance and mentorship of singer Alice Kirwan Murray, lyricist Doug Cooney and composer Jonathan Beard, as well as their own choir teachers, Desiree Fowler and Stormy Sacks. They learned how to adapt a classic work of literature, write a libretto based on the adaptation and create the melodies for each movement of the oratorio. They also learned techniques for capturing the “voice” of the characters and how to propel the momentum of the plot and paint the mood of a scene. After the work was completed, students auditioned for feature roles and received vocal coaching to prepare for the culmination performance. This is the fifth year LAMC has offered its “Voices Within” program at the school.

An oratorio is an extended musical composition with a text dramatic in character for solo voices, chorus and orchestra, performed with minimal action, costume and scenery. Complex and sophisticated musical works, they challenge even seasoned composers, making the student’s accomplishments particularly noteworthy. Passion music, a type of oratorio, is a musical setting traditionally based on Gospel texts reflecting the persecution and suffering of Christ, but often times by extension used as an allegory for other historical figures who may have suffered much in the same way.

This massive undertaking is part of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s award-winning music education program, “Voices Within,” which was originally designed to teach fifth graders collaborative and compositional skills by composing and performing their own original songs and has engaged over 25,000 children and created over 350 original songs since its launch in 2001.

Encouraged by previous successful collaborations involving elementary and middle school students, and with the support of the California Arts Council’s Artists-in-School Program, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Los Angeles Master Chorale adapted the “Voices Within” curriculum to address the advanced maturity of high school students, specifically choral students at the new visual and performing arts high school in downtown LA.

The concert is free, and seating is first come, first served. Reservations required. Visit LAMC.ORG for details. Cortines High School of Visual and Performing Arts is located at 450 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Campus parking is free (enter on Cesar Chavez Avenue).

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OdysseyOpera_1_byKathyWittmanThe Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the nation’s premier orchestra dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music, presents an evening dedicated to four composers of Hungarian descent – Bálint Karosi (b.1979), Kati Agócs (b.1975), György Ligeti (1923-2006) and Béla Bartók (1881-1945). Complemented by the innovative all-female vocal group Lorelei Ensemble, BMOP performs the world premieres of Karosi’s Existentia—in memory of Sándor Weöres (commissioned by BMOP) and Agócs’s The Debrecen Passion, as well as Ligeti’s Violin Concerto (1990) featuring violinist Gabriela Diaz, and Bartók’s Three Village Scenes (1926).

When: Saturday, January 24 @ 8:00 p.m. (Pre-concert talk @ 7:00 p.m.)

Where: Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough Street), Boston, T: Symphony

Tickets: General $20 – $50/Students $10. To purchase, contact BMOP at or 781.324.0396. Also available from the Jordan Hall box office in person or online at

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Karina Canellakis

Karina Canellakis

Karina Canellakis, hailed as a “masterful” violinist and recognized as one of America’s most promising young conductors, makes her Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra debut showcasing her dual talents performing and leading Vivaldi’s vivid Violin Concerto, “La tempesta di mare” (“Storm”) and conducting Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 on Saturday, January 24, 2015, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, January 25, 2015, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. She also conducts John Adams’ early masterpiece Shaker Loops, and Finnish composer Pēteris Vasks’s powerfully meditative Lonely Angel, on which she also performs the violin solo.

Canellakis, recently appointed Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony, is the winner of the 2013 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, founded by Marin Alsop, and served as a Conducting Fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center last summer. She made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut on the American Soundscapes series. Praised as a violinist for her “lustrous tone…power and expressiveness” (Philadelphia Inquirer), she appears as soloist with orchestras across the country and has played on a regular basis with both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists.

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 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 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 Mozart’s Requiem and three Westside Connections concerts.

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The Magic Flute for Families
Bring your family on a magical journey with this 60-minute version of Mozart’s famous opera, perfect for all ages. The Magic Flute is the charming story of Prince Tamino and bird catcher Papageno’s journey to rescue Pamina, a beautiful princess who has been kidnapped by the magician Sarastro. Along the way they find their true loves and discover the virtues of wisdom and forgiveness. This production was presented for families at San Francisco Opera in 2007 and is in English.

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Time: 3-4:15PM
Location: Claremont Branch, Berkeley Public Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave, Berkeley, CA

Date: Sunday, March 22, 2015
Time: 4-5:15pm
Location: Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA

Date: Monday, March 30, 2015
Time: 3:30-4:45pm
Location: Walnut Creek Library, 1644 North Broadway, Walnut Creek, CA

A 15-minute live introduction will precede each screening. The one-hour movie versions are produced by our Education Department for Bay Area School and Community Programs.To review educational materials about The Magic Flute, click here.
The Magic Flute

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Carmen for Families
Opera newcomers will thrill to the captivating music of this beloved work by Georges Bizet, featuring the alluring Gypsy girl Carmen, the Spanish soldier who loves her and the brave bullfighter who wins her heart.

Created from San Francisco Opera’s performance of Carmen for Families in 2011, this one hour movie is a wonderful first opera experience. The performance is in English, with English subtitles and is recommended for ages 10 and up.

Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 11am-12:15pm
Location: El Campanil Theatre, 602 W. 2nd Street, Antioch, CA

To review educational materials about Carmen, click here.

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Tuesday-Matinee-1-signum-quartet-Merkin-Concert-Hall-Kaufman-Music-Center-1Tuesday, January 20  |  2:00pm

Shadow and Light:
HAYDN     String Quartet Op. 20 No. 5
BERG     String Quartet
BRAHMS     String Quartet No. 2

Celebrated for its energetic and lively interpretations, the Signum Quartet has established itself as one of the most exciting young ensembles of its generation. Their 2013 recording of quartets by Bartók, Schnittke and Berg was the recipient of the International Classical Music Awards 2014 “Best Chamber Music Recording.”

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