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Sep 20 2016
Accordionist, composer and “trailblazing virtuoso”, Guy Klucevsek performs his most recent compositions at Spectrum (121 Ludlow, NYC) on Saturday, October 1 at 9 pm. Klucevsek’s program features his tributes to those who have inspired him, including the composers Astor Piazzolla, Erik Satie, Nino Rota, and Kurt Weill, among others. For this performance, part of John King’s “Born into Flames” series, Klucevsek is joined by Todd Reynolds, violin, Kamala Sankaram, soprano voice, and the pianist Phillip Bush.
The program highlights selections from Guy Klucevsek’s forthcoming CD on the Starkland label, “Teetering on the Verge of Normalcy”, to be released on September 30, 2016. “Friendship and tributes bind this album together,” Sarah Cahill writes in the CD’s Introduction. “Compared to his previous work, this heartfelt album has an especially elegiac quality, informed by the loss of comrades and colleagues.” Musicians on the album include Todd Reynolds and Kamala Sankaram, who will be joining Guy in performace at Spectrum, along with pianist Alan Bern.
General admission is $15, students and seniors are $10.
Saturday, October 1, 2016, 9:00 pm
121 Ludlow St, #2
Sep 19 2016
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s premier orchestras and a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, presents a program of musical contrasts to open its 2016-17 season, its final under the leadership of esteemed Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, who steps down at the end of the season. On Saturday, September 24, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale, and Sunday, September 25, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall, Kahane conducts Beethoven’s ecstatic Symphony No. 7, Mozart’s radiant Exsultate, jubilate: “Alleluia” with soprano Joélle Harvey and Bach’s joyous Cantata No. 51, “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen,” featuring Harvey and LACO Principal Trumpet David Washburn. These masterpieces are juxtaposed with the somber but transcendent Violin Concerto No. 2, “Four Serious Songs,” by Tigran Mansurian, widely considered the world’s greatest living Armenian composer, featuring Armenian-born violinist Movses Pogossian, winner of the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition, who regularly collaborates with Mansurian.
The concert also marks LACO Principal Viola Roland Kato’s final performance with the Orchestra. He is retiring 40 years after making his first appearance with the Orchestra under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner. Appointed Principal Viola in 1987, the internationally acclaimed viola recitalist and soloist is described as “a brilliant virtuoso, playing with the perfect combination of energy and eloquence” (Los Angeles Times). Kato has also held the principal position in the LA Opera Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony, the California Chamber Symphony and the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra. A sought-after chamber musician as well, he has been featured in numerous chamber series in Los Angeles and has appeared as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has performed with the New York New Music Ensemble. Kato produced the first-ever recording of Telemann’s Quatrième livre de quatuors, a collection of chamber pieces performed on period instruments, which earned a Grammy nomination. In addition, his arrangements and transcriptions have been performed worldwide.
Pogossian, heralded for his “enormous skill and conviction” (Boston Globe), is the youngest-ever first-prize winner of the USSR National Violin Competition and artistic director of the critically acclaimed Dilijan Chamber Music Series. After making his American debut in 1990 with the Boston Pops, he has performed around the globe with members of the Tokyo, Kronos and Brentano string quartets and such artists as Kim Kashkashian, Jeremy Denk and Lynn Harrell. Passionately committed to new music, Pogossian has premiered more than 50 works, and his recent release of Complete Works for Violin by Stefan Wolpe was named one of the top ten contemporary records of 2015 by The Sunday Times (UK). He is Professor of Violin at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and participates in the Music for Food project, which uses music to raise awareness about global hunger. Pogossian also serves as LACO guest artist-in-residence this fall. Activities of his residence include a masterclass with members of the Glendale Youth Orchestra and Verdugo Young Musicians Association, and other special community concerts and events planned in conjunction with Glendale Arts. Pogossian’s residency with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
Harvey, “a soprano of uncommon talent” (San Jose Mercury News) whose voice has been hailed as “crystalline” (The Boston Globe) and “lovely” (Washington Post), is recognized as one of the most promising young talents of her generation. She has appeared with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Killkenny Festival; Handel & Haydn; San Francisco and Dallas symphonies; Utah Opera; New York and Los Angeles philharmonics; and Cleveland Orchestra, among others.
Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists. Following the performance, ticket holders are invited to mingle with LACO musicians in the lobby at an after-party, which includes complimentary drinks and appetizers.
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 eight of LACO’s Orchestral Series concerts, five Baroque Conversations and three Westside Connections series concerts.
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“New Music for Organ plus Bach, ” Mark Steinbach, organ, Sayles Hall, Brown University, Saturday October 1, 8:00pm. Admission free.
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Where: Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA, T: Green to Symphony
Tickets: General $20-$50/Students $10. To purchase, contact BMOP at
BMOP.org or by telephone at 781.324.0396. Also available from the
Jordan Hall box office in person or online at tix.com.
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), 2016 Musical America Ensemble of the Year, begins its 21st season advocating for the best in contemporary and 20th century orchestral music. On Saturday, October 8, at Jordan Hall, BMOP presents distinctive and exciting symphonic works by four prominent voices that have helped to shape the American concert scene over the past three-quarters of a century: The Schubert Birds by Michael Colgrass; Symphony Concertante by Gail Kubik, featuring soloists Terry Everson (trumpet), Jing Peng (viola), and Vivian Choi (piano), and Partita in C by Harold Shapero featuring Vivian Choi (piano). Highlighting the evening’s program is Steven Stucky’s Chamber Concerto: a special tribute to one of new music’s leading champions.
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Sep 13 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016 at 7:30pm
Free and open to the public
The American String Quartet gives the world premiere of composer Robert Sirota’s second string quartet, American Pilgrimage, in a free concert that also features Haydn’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 76.1, and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59.3.
The American String Quartet commissioned Sirota to write American Pilgrimage after championing his first string quartet, Triptych, written as an impassioned response to the 9/11 tragedy. American Pilgrimage is conceived as a companion piece to Triptych: a celebration of the beauty, pathos, and variety of both our geography and culture. ASQ’s commission for American Pilgrimage was partially funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign.
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Sep 11 2016
The Santa Monica Public Library is proud to present the ensemble Just Strings on Wednesday September 21 at 7:30PM in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA, 90401.
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Sep 03 2016
Contemporary Insights 2016 Concert Series
JULIA DEN BOER
Alvin Lucier: Music for Piano with Slow Sweep Pure Wave Oscillator (1992)
French-American pianist Julia Den Boer is a strong advocate of contemporary music. Based in New York city, she performs internationally as a soloist and chamber musician and has commissioned and premiered numerous works. She is committed to exploring and pushing her instrument’s boundaries through close collaboration with composers and has had the opportunity to work with some of the most prominent composers of our time such as Heinz Holliger, Philippe Leroux, Martin Matalon and Kaija Saariaho.
Julia is a recipient of the Solti Foundation award, was awarded the Prix Mention Speciale Maurice Ohana at the 2012 International Orleans Competition, and won the ninth annual Mikhashoff Trust Fund for New Music Pianist/Composer Commissioning Project with composer Zosha Di Castri.
Recent and upcoming performances include solo and ensemble performances at Unerhörte Musik in Berlin, the CMC in Toronto, the Banff Center, Miller Theater (NYC), the North Carolina New Music Initiative, the SWR in Freiburg, New Music Concerts in Toronto, the MATA Festival, 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.
In addition to her performing activities Julia is a dedicated educator. She is on faculty at Third Street Music Settlement and the Bloomingdale School of Music and maintains an extensive private studio in NYC.
Julia is a native of Lyon, France. She holds a Bachelor of Music from McGill University where she studied with Sara Laimon and holds a Master and Doctorate of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook University where she studied with Gilbert Kalish.
September 17th @7pm
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Aug 25 2016
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Fundraisers Pair Salon Performances with International Cuisine and Spectacular HomesPosted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra pairs exclusive musical performances with delectable international cuisine at “LACO à la carte,” five intimate, elegant fundraising evenings celebrating Austria, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey and Finland in the spectacular private homes of members of the region’s international community. The unique events, each highlighting a single country, include “Austria à la carte” at the Brentwood residence of the Consul General of Austria on September 10, 7 pm; “Brazil à la carte” at the private Santa Monica villa of LACO Emeritus Board Member Roberto Apelfeld and his wife, Claudia, on September 17, 7 pm; “Mexico à la carte” at the Hancock Park residence of the Consul General of Mexico on September 30, 7 pm; “Turkey à la carte” at the Hancock Park residence of the Consul General of Turkey on October 8, 7 pm; and “Finland à la carte” at the Bel Air residence of the Consul General of Finland on October 13, 7 pm. This year’s à la carte fundraisers salute Jeffrey Kahane, who steps down as LACO Music Director at the end of the 2016-17 season after leading the Orchestra for two decades. Providing a decidedly cosmopolitan flair to LACO’s wide ranging musical offerings, each program includes a reception and dinner featuring an array of gourmet specialties and beverages of the host country complemented by a salon performance spotlighting LACO musicians and guest artists. The LACO à la carte series, now in its eighth year, illustrates that music truly knows no boundaries. Proceeds help support the education and community engagement programs of LACO, proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International.
“LACO à la carte” is chaired by LACO Board Vice President Mahnaz Newman. Sponsors include Leslie Lassiter and Raulee Marcus; Mahnaz and David Newman; Ned and Dana Newman; Gene Shutler; and Anne-Marie & Alex Spataru.
“BRAZIL À LA CARTE”
“TURKEY À LA CARTE”
Tickets for each “LACO à la carte” event are $400 per person, except for “Mexico à la carte,” a premium event, for which tickets are $500 per person. Tickets may be purchased by calling 213 622 7001 x 3. Details are available at www.laco.org/events.
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Aug 24 2016
The September 30th “Tokyo to New York” concert, part of Bargemusic’s Here and Now Series, features new music composed for Western classical instruments as well as traditional Japanese instruments. The exciting and varied concert includes world premiers by Japanese composers Masatora Goya and Kazutomo Yamamoto, the United States premier of a work by Bin Li, music by Hidemi Mikai, and Chatori Shimizu, and the rarely performed “Ryoanji” by John Cage.
Clarinetist and hichiriki player Thomas Piercy will be joined by hichiriki players Hiroshi Ebina and Maki Yamamae, koto player Jun Ando, sho player Chatori Shimizu, flutist Lish Lindsey, clarinetist Wonkak Kim, violinists Sabina Torosjan and Michelle Painter, violist Rachel Hauser, cellist Molly Aronson and percussionist/narrator Sean Statser.
“Tokyo to New York” is a series of concerts in Tokyo and New York City that celebrates, honors and recognizes the connections between Tokyo and New York City. Since 2012, “Tokyo to New York” concerts, under the artistic direction of Thomas Piercy, has presented over 60 World Premiers, and numerous Japan and United States Premiers.
More information about Tokyo to New York can be found here:
TOKYO TO NEW YORK 東京 と ニューヨーク
September 30, 2016 • Friday, 8 pm
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Aug 20 2016
Music educator and violinist Cheryl Scheidemantle has been named Chair of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) Board of Directors, and Debra Danner, an educator with expertise in leadership and management consulting, has been appointed LACC’s Executive Director. Scheidemantle, a faculty member of the Polytechnic School in Pasadena, joined LACC’s Board of Directors in 2013 and has chaired LACC’s highly successful Gala Bel Canto fundraiser for the past two years. She began her three-year term as Chair on August 1, 2016. Scheidemantle has a studio of private violin students, performs with the Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay and has held leadership positions in numerous non-profit organizations, including president of the Suzuki Music Association of California, co-founder of the Suzuki Talent Education of Pasadena, director of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, and member of The Circle of Huntington Hospital. She currently serves on the Scripps College Board of Trustees, where she sits on the Institutional Advancement and Student Affairs Committees and co-chairs the Scripps Association of Families and Parent Leadership Council.
“I am honored and pleased to serve as Chair of Los Angeles Children’s Chorus,” says Scheidemantle. “I have experienced first-hand the incredible impact the chorus can make on children’s lives. It is an exceptional organization with an equally exceptional staff and a deeply committed Board of Directors, with whom I look forward to working closely to advance LACC’s mission and further its national and international reputation.”
An active member of the artistic and educational community in the Los Angeles area since 1990, Scheidemantle formerly held the position of Artist-in-Residence at Whittier College and was a violin instructor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She was the recipient of the 2008 Studio Teacher of the Year Award conferred by the American String Teachers’ Association. Scheidemantle was awarded a Ph.D. in Violin Performance from New York University, where she studied with Lawrence Ferrara and the New York Philharmonic’s William Lincer, culminating in the publication of her doctoral dissertation, The Violin Works of Fritz Kreisler. She earned a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Dorothy Delay. Scheidemantle was a member of Juilliard’s principal ensemble, The Juilliard Orchestra, working under the baton of Jorge Mester and other world-renowned conductors in such venues as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
Danner brings to her post a wide range of professional experience. She was a member of the LACC Board of Directors prior to her appointment and served as a research fellow at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California while completing her doctorate in educational leadership. Before returning to education in 2013, Danner practiced law in Chicago and was an associate partner in the global change management consulting practice at Accenture. She has also served as the managing director of a national non-profit association, a business consultant, a corporate trainer and facilitator, and an executive coach. Danner began her professional career as a high school English teacher and coach in Southern California. She holds a J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, a MAT from the USC Rossier School of Education, and a B.A. in English from Yale University.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, founded in 1986 and widely recognized for its artistic excellence, performs with such leading organizations as LA Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and POPS, Calder Quartet and Jacaranda. LACC, recipient of Chorus America’s 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral honor, shares its artistry around the globe, touring to North and South America, Africa, China, Cuba, Australia, Japan and Europe. Renowned for its exceptional bel canto sound and wide-ranging repertoire, the chorus is the subject of a trilogy of documentaries by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, has performed with John Mayer on NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” and was featured on PBS’s “Great Performances,” BBC Radio and Public Radio International, among other credits.
For more information on Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.
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