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Stephen A. Block

Stephen A. Block

Venture capitalist Stephen A. Block has been appointed to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) Board of Directors, announces LACO President Dana Newman. Block is a partner of Orange County-based K5 Ventures and managing director of its accelerator, K5 Launch. He is also a member of Tech Coast Angels, Southern California’s largest angel investing group, serving on the Executive Committee of the Orange County network. Block, who has been appointed to LACO’s board for a three-year term, has more than 40 years of broad legal, management and executive experience, having served on the boards of both private and public companies and several industry trade associations; drafted legislation; lobbied at the state and federal levels; and testified before Congressional and state legislative committees.

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 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 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.

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Julia Den Boer, piano
Sat May 16th 7:30pm
Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, NYC
– Beat Furrer, Voicelessness the snow has no voice (1986)
– George Aperghis, A tombeau ouvert (1997-2000)
– Helmut Lachenmann, Serynade (1998-2000)
Beat Furrer’s Voicelesness the snow has no voice was written after the last verse of Sylvia Plath’s Munich Mannequins, which evokes the poet’s sleepless nights in Munich. The piece suggests the sense of acquiescent timelessness by way of an ametric canonic process and permeates a sense of violent and quiet emptiness.Aperghis’ A Tombeau Ouvert also deals with the idea of chaos, but in more physical, palpable way. Recurrent events blur the continuous motion and interrupt the tranquil linearity of the piece, as a metaphor for the force of ideas tormenting and bending the body.Lachenmann’s Serynade is the composer’s most extensive work for the piano. This epic work takes listeners on an introspective journey, straining the bounds of expectations and experience of the piano by delving deep into the inner life of its sound. Lachenmann masterfully challenges the conception that once a key is stuck the sound produced is no longer in our hands; he brings awareness to a hovering world of etherial resonances and noises: “You hear the conditions under which a sound or noise-action is carried out, you hear what materials and energies are involved and what resistance is encountered”.

Pianist Julia Den Boer is a strong advocate of contemporary music. Based in New York, she performs internationally and has commissioned and premiered numerous works. Julia is a recipient of the Solti Foundation award and was awarded the Prix Mention Speciale Maurice Ohana at the 2012 International Orleans Competition, her duo with percussionist Piero Guimaraes, What Where, won the first prize at the 2014 Ackerman Chamber Music Competition.

Recent performances include a program of commissions at Live@CIRMMT in Montreal, Columbia Composers Concert at IPR, Matrix 13 at the SWR in Freiburg, New Music Concerts in Toronto, MATA Festival with Talea Ensemble, a solo recital at the Bohemian National Hall, Ear Heart Music at Roulette with Iktus Percussion, the International Computer Music Conference, the Klangspuren Festival in Austria, Poets Out Loud at Lincoln Center, and Manifeste at IRCAM. Her performances have been broadcasted on Q2, CBC Radio 2, the SWR and France Musique.

Julia is a native of Lyon, France and holds a doctorate from SUNY Stony Brook University where she studied with Gilbert Kalish and held the position of Head TA for five years. She is on faculty at the Bloomingdale School of Music and curates the East Bank Music Series at the Church of the Ascension in Brooklyn.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, concludes its 46th season with a world premiere by Ted Hearne, a composer hailed for his “off beat imagination” (New Music Box) whose new work, Respirator, culminates the Orchestra’s unique “Sound Investment” commissioning program on Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, May 17, 2015, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The concert also features Jonathan Biss, “one of the most accomplished pianists of the younger generation” (BBC Music Magazine), who performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major. In addition, Kahane conducts Mendelssohn’s Nocturne & Scherzo, evocative incidental music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream; as well as Mendelssohn’s exuberant Symphony No. 4 in A major, “Italian.” Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks providing insights into the program’s music and artists held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, feature Kahane in conversation with Hearne. After the performance, ticket holders are invited to mingle with friends and musicians at an after-party in the lobby with complimentary drinks and appetizers.


“Sound Investment,” initiated during Kahane’s tenure 14 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works, gives members the rare opportunity to create a legacy in music and observe first-hand the development of a new work from the composer’s earliest ideas to the finished composition. Participants invest $150 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, USC Thornton School student Coleman Itzkoff joins the cello section for these concerts as part of the LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, now in its fifth year, playing alongside Principal Cello Andrew Shulman and other LACO veterans. Itzkoff won the opportunity in a mock orchestral audition last year for strings as part of the LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, a unique collaboration between USC’s Thornton School of Music and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra that strives to enhance the preparedness of strings students for a professional career. Itzkoff competed against violinists, violists, double bass players and fellow cellists before an esteemed panel of judges including LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, LACO Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara and Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian.


Hearne, a multitalented musician who is both an innovative composer who mixes wide ranging musical styles and an accomplished singer, is noted for his “topical, politically sharp-edged works” that are “nuanced, elliptical and elusive” (The New York Times). His body of works includes Katrina Ballads, a portrait of media coverage of Hurricane Katrina that won the 2009 Gaudeamus Prize for composition, and The Source, set to text from Iraq and Afghanistan war logs. He has received commissions from the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic, among LACO and others.


Biss is widely regarded for his artistry, musical intelligence and deeply felt interpretations, winning international recognition for his orchestral, recital, and chamber music performances as well as for his award-winning recordings. The third generation in a family of professional musicians, Biss also serves on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music. In conjunction with Curtis and Coursera, the leading provider of “massive online open courses,” he offered a free, online course on Beethoven’s piano sonatas in 2013 for which more than 30,000 people enrolled.


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.


These concerts are made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation and Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jeffrey Kahane

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jeffrey Kahane

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.

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Friday June 12th at 8 pm, at Bargemusic, Brooklyn, pianist Nadia Shpachenko will perform “Music for a New B’ak’tun”, a program of new works, all New York Premiers, for solo piano (with toy piano and electronics) by American composers James Matheson, Adam Schoenberg, Tom Flaherty, and Peter Yates. The compositions are presented on her new album “Woman at the New Piano” released on Fresh! from Reference Recordings (FR-711).

Calendar details—
June 12 • Friday, 8 pm
$35 ($30 Senior, $15 Student)
Here and Now Series at Bargemusic
Fulton Ferry Landing, Brooklyn, NY 11201 718.624.4924

This innovative project of new compositions brings together piano repertoire representing the diversity of today’s American classical music. With sounds and textures both new and familiar, both tumultuous and contemplative, all the pieces touch on themes of transformation, of resonances across time, and of cycles of rebirth. The four composers and Ms. Shpachenko offer a snapshot of the many facets of piano music in 2013, the beginning of a new era of pianism coinciding with the new B’ak’tun”. That is the world newly reborn after the widely-dreaded Mayan apocalypse of 2012.

Steinway Artist Nadia Shpachenko enjoys bringing into the world things that are out of the box – powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation. An enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, she has been chosen to give world and national premieres of more than 30 works by composers including Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Annie Gosfield, Leon Kirchner, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, Adam Schoenberg, and others. Nadia’s concert highlights include solo recitals at Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is on the faculty of Cal Poly Pomona University and Claremont Graduate University in Southern California.

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The Compositions—
James Matheson Cretic Variations (2013) (World Premiere)
Adam Schoenberg Picture Etudes (2013) (World Premiere)
Tom Flaherty Part Suite-a (2013) (World Premiere)
Tom Flaherty Airdancing (2013) (World Premiere)
Peter Yates Finger Songs (2013) (World Premiere)

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April 7, 2015
For Immediate Release
Press Contact:
Gail Wein: (646) 484-9691
Music by Bay Area composers Giancarlo Aquilanti and
Kamyar Mohajer to be performed
by Ives Quartet

May 9 recital at Campbell Hall on Stanford University campus is free and open to the public

On Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 pm, works by Bay Area composers Giancarlo Aquilanti and Kamyar Mohajer will be performed by the Ives Quartet, soprano Buffy Baggott and pianist Laura Dahl. The performance is at Campbell Recital Hall on the Stanford University campus in Stanford, CA. The recital is free and tickets are not required. More information is on Stanford’s website.
Ives Quartet

Mohajer’s music combines the influences of his Persian homeland with a unique approach to harmony, counterpoint and poly-tonality in his compositions. The result is music that is melodic, unusual and completely accessible.

Listen to Mohajer’s String Quartet at this link.   

Mohajer’s works will be presented alongside the music of his composition teacher and mentor, Giancarlo Aquilanti. A prolific composer and award-winning educator, Aquilanti is currently director of the Music Theory Program at Stanford University.

Listen to Aquilanti’s String Quartet at this link.

The Ives Quartet  has established a reputation for passion, precision, and provocative programming, winning accolades for playing that shows both super-refinement and visceral, rock-and-roll intensity.

Composer Giancarlo Aquilanti

Composer Giancarlo Aquilanti draws profound inspiration from the Italian operatic tradition, as well as his American education, revealing a unique and exotic combination of popular melodies of his native region, jazz rhythms and classical traditions. A prolific composer, Aquilanti has written for orchestra, chorus, band and chamber ensemble. He has been commissioned by the Philharmonic Symphony of the Marche, Stanford Chamber Chorale, Woodwind Quintet of Stanford University, and University of California, Berkeley, among others.

    Composer Kamyar Mohajer


Mohajer’s music combines the influences of his Persian homeland with a unique approach to harmony, counterpoint and poly-tonality. He has studied composition and orchestration with the celebrated Iranian-American composer Behzad Ranjbaran, as well as with award-winning west coast composer Giancarlo Aquilanti, whose works are heard on this program.


Mohajer’s compositions include Symphony No. 1, Bliss for orchestra (2014), Reminiscence for Concert Band, half a dozen solo piano works, and many chamber works including a string trio commissioned by Ensemble Epomeo.


Read more about Kamyar Mohajer and his music in the interview at this link.

  May 9, 2015 – 7:30 PM 

Music of Giancarlo Aquilanti and Kamyar Mohajer 


performed by

Ives Quartet

Laura Dahl, piano

Buffy Baggott, mezzo-soprano   

Campbell Recital Hall
Stanford University

471 Lagunita Drive
Stanford, CA 94305 
This concert is free and open to the public.

Kamyar Mohajer: String Quartet 
Kamyar Mohajer5 Songs (based on poetry of Hafez) for Piano and Voice 
Giancarlo Aquilanti: Piano Trio
Giancarlo Aquilanti: String Quartet no. 3

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The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) continues its vital role of championing and training the next generation of musical talent at its acclaimed High School Choir Festival showcasing some 1,000 choir students from 29 Southland high schools in massed choir in a free concert on Friday, May 1, 2015, 1 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Sharing the podium are LAMC Artistic Director Grant Gershon and special guest conductor Rollo Dilworth, esteemed professor of Choral Music Education at Temple University in Philadelphia. The program features Dilworth’s compelling arrangement of the spiritual Rockin’ Jerusalem; two selections from Vivaldi’s Gloria – Quoniam tu solus sanctus and Cum Sancto spiritu; Abbie Betinis’s Journey Home; The Lone Wild Bird, arranged by Frank DeWald; the South African freedom song Siyahamba; and Soulspeak by Z. Randall Stroop. In addition, the prestigious 100-voice Festival Honor Choir, comprised of outstanding young singers nominated by their teachers, presents Janger by Budi Susanto Yohanes; The Ground by Ola Gjeilo; and Muié Rendêra by C.A. Pinto Fonseca. Now in its 26th year, the High School Choir Festival is one of the longest and most successful continuously operating music outreach programs in Southern California. The in-depth, yearlong, in-school program presented by the Chorale includes intensive teacher training; classroom rehearsals and master classes for students and choral directors led by members of the LA Master Chorale. At the festival, students also enjoy a performance by the professional Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Singers under the direction of Associate Conductor Lesley Leighton.

“There is nothing like hearing these amazingly talented students perform live in a 1,000-voice massed choir,” says Gershon. “The High School Choir Festival is truly one of the highlights of LA Master Chorale’s season. It also provides a rare opportunity for the public to attend a free concert in the iconic Disney Hall, one of the greatest music venues anywhere.”

Participating choirs include Agoura High School Mixed Choir (Agoura), Chad Bloom, director; Arleta High School Concert Choir (Arleta), Greg Broadous, director; Arroyo High School Chamber Singers (El Monte), Jennifer Stanley, director; Bellflower High School Vocal Ensemble (Bellflower), Carolyn Kelley, director; Birmingham Community Charter High School Chamber Singers (Lake Balboa), Michael Suffolk, director; California High School Chamber Singers (Whittier), Dan Hawkins, director; Cortines High School Concert Choir (Los Angeles 90012), Desiree Fowler, director; Culver City High School (Culver City), Dr. Tony Spano, director; Duarte High School Cantabile Singers (Duarte), Claire Hsu, director; East LA Performing Arts Upscale Choir, (Los Angeles 90063), Melissa Rios, director; El Monte High School A Cappella Choir (El Monte), Joel Whisler, director; Fullerton Union School Vocal Ensemble (Fullerton), Scott Hedgecock, director; Glendale High School A Cappella Choir (Glendale), Grace Sheldon-Williams, director; and Glendora High School Royal Stewarts (Glendora), Dr. Brian Trevor, director.

Also featured are Granada Hills Charter School Highlander Choir (Granada Hills), Sarah White, director; Hamilton High School Chamber Singers (Los Angeles 90034), Kelci Hahn, director; Lakewood High School Madrigal Singers (Lakewood), Ralph Siemsen, director; Mira Costa High School Multicultural Choir (Manhattan Beach), Michael Hayden, director; Montebello High School Golden Keys (Montebello), Jessie Flasschoen, director; Norwalk High School Singers (Norwalk), Nancy Lanpher, director; Orange County School of the Arts Chamber Singers (Santa Ana), Adriana Manfredi, director; Rancho Cucamonga High School Chamber Singers (Rancho Cucamonga), Kelley Squires, director; Rosemead High School Chamber Singers (Rosemead), Ruth Gray, director; San Gabriel Academy Chorale (San Gabriel), Lilybeth Evardome-Hunt, director; San Gabriel High School Matador Choir (San Gabriel), Cecilia Revilla, director; Taft High School Vocal Ensemble (Woodland Hills), Tom Pease, director; Van Nuys High School Vocal Ensemble (Van Nuys), Brianne Arevajo, director; Venice High School Allegros (Los Angeles), Wendy Samoff, director; Wilson High School Chamber Singers (Long Beach), Curtis Heard, director.

The High School Choir Festival is made possible, in part, by grants from the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts and Edison International.

The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s High School Choir Festival is FREE and seating is first come, first served. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in Los Angeles. For information, please call (213) 972-7282 or visit

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Q2 Music presents The Bang on a Can All-Stars’ Field Recordings release concert, featuring a complete album performance with several of the composers.

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LA Signal Lab is a composer/performer collective dedicated to exploring new sounds and challenging artificial genre boundaries through community-engaged performances in non-traditional spaces. For its debut performance, LA Signal Lab is pleased to partner with Curve Line Space in Eagle Rock to present “Whisper and Howl,” an evening of world premieres by Los Angeles-based composers Nick DePinna, Dan Marschak, Noah Meites, and Hitomi Oba freely combining jazz, classical, world music, ambient, and early music. Featuring the Aperture Duo (Linnea Powell and Adrianne Pope), bassist/soprano Maggie Hasspacher, and multi-instrumentalist Ross Garren.

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May 15th, 2015 / 8 pm

Curve Line Space
1577 Colorado Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90041


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Los Angeles Children's Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

Children’s voices raised in glorious song may just be the ultimate Mother’s Day gift.  The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), considered one of the world’s preeminent children’s choirs, presents the world premiere of Peter Knell’s The Vowel Owl (Roger) set to John Hollander’s poem, and the Los Angeles premiere of composer/sound engineer Mark Grey’s The Plentiful Peach, based on a beloved Persian children’s story with libretto by Niloufar Talebi, at its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 3, and Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, 7 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.  Both works were commissioned by LACC, which is noted for its key role in championing new works for treble choir.  The program also features a vibrant mix of mostly American songs both contemporary and traditional, including Stephen Sametz’s I Cannot Dance, O Lord; David Lang’s i want to live; Kelley Lange’s Llamame Cuando Puedas; Randall Thompson’s antiphonal a capella work Pueri Hebraeorum; and the Korean folksong Nodle Kangbyon.

LACC premiered The Plentiful Peach just two weeks prior to the concert at its Bing Concert Hall debut at Stanford University in April.  The work is adapted from a story by the noted Iranian writer Samad Behrangi (1939-1968).  The Plentiful Peach is the coming of age story of a peach and the brave children who secretly grow her.  Grey’s music has been hailed as “addictive” (Los Angeles Times), “revelatory” (All Music) and “full of energy” (Sequenza 21).

Knell, noted for his “splashy” (Class Act) “rhythmic minimalism” (Los Angeles Times), is a Fullbright scholar based in Los Angeles who has earned numerous prizes, including First Prize in the New Music Festival of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival/Louisville Orchestra, and the Omaha Symphony Guild competitions, among others.

The concert showcases five of LACC’s choirs.  Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson conducts the chorus’ renowned Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.  Brigham leads the Intermediate Choir, Diana Landis leads the Apprentice Choir, and Dr. Steven Kronauer conducts the Young Men’s Ensemble.  The choirs will perform separately and combined.


Tickets are $26, $38 and $44; children 17 and under are half price.  For tickets and information, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit  Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.

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Baroque Guitar Virtuoso John Schneiderman

Baroque Guitar Virtuoso John Schneiderman

Critically acclaimed lute and Baroque guitar virtuoso John Schneiderman showcases his remarkable artistry on Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) “Baroque Conversations” series with a program of concertos by Vivaldi, Haydn, Kohaut and Falckenhagen on Thursday, May 7, 2015, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. To open the program, Schneiderman, LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian perform Haydn’s Cassation in C major for Lute, Violin and Cello (Brussels Manuscript), a version of Hob.III:6. Violin Julie Gigante joins them for Kohaut’s Concerto in D major for Lute, Two Violins and Cello (Berlin Manuscript), considered an exceptional example of this rare genre, and Vivaldi’s Concerto in D major for Lute, Two Violins and Basso Continuo, RV 93, among nearly 600 concertos by the Italian master that helped define the style of the late Baroque era concerto. Principal Flute David Shostac teams up with Schneiderman and Ksajikian for Falckenhagen’s Concerto No. 3 in D major for Lute, Flute and Cello (Opera Nuova). Schneiderman, hailed for his “dazzling” and “expressive” artistry and noted for turning “delicate textures into sparkling jewels,” hosts the evening. A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm.

LACO’s highly regarded five-concert “Baroque Conversations” series, now in its ninth year, explores the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. In signature LACO style, each concert host shares insights into the music and invites questions from the audience, providing an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a more personal level.

Tickets (beginning at $56) 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. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for 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.

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