SONiC presents Grammy winners Roomful of Teeth. World premieres by Anna Clyne & Ted Hearne, plus music by Missy Mazzoli, William Brittelle & more.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 2:00 PM, ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215, $20 General; $15 with SONiCPass; $10 Children 12 and under

Composers who collaborate with high-tech inventors showcase new robotic instruments in “Machine Music,” featuring the Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble.

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Friday, October 16, 2015 at 8:00 PM, Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street, New York, NY 10281, free

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Jimmy Page power chords meet Yom Kippur prayers in All Vows, cellist Maya Beiser’s convention-flouting survey of her eclectic musical personality.

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ACO’s SONiC Festival launches with “SONiC Boom! Cultivate,” featuring music by composers of Copland House’s Cultivate 1 institute

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Alexander Treger

Alexander Treger

Young Artists Symphony Orchestra (YASO), Los Angeles’s newest orchestra led by Artistic Director Alexander Treger, a noted conductor, music educator and former Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, launches its inaugural season with a free celebratory concert featuring Mahler’s seminal Symphony No. 2 in C minor, “Resurrection,” hailed as “one of the musical touchstones of our time” (The New York Times), on Sunday, October 11, 2015, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall, the orchestra’s home venue.  Featured guest artists include Amanda Achen, soprano, Niké St. Clair, mezzo-soprano, and the Angeles Chorale, under the direction of Artistic Director John Sutton.  The recently established pre-professional training orchestra champions, mentors and inspires the next generation of outstanding young musicians for careers in classical music.


“Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 is an extraordinary work and a tour de force that will showcase the incredible talents of these exceptional young artists who are on the threshold of professional music careers,” says Treger.  “I am extremely proud to serve as the Artistic Director of this remarkable new orchestra,”


Treger’s conducting has been described as “vivid” (The New York Times), “uplifting” (Musical America) and “expertly finessed” (Examiner).
The orchestra, comprised of dedicated young artists ages 15 to 26 drawn from a variety of schools and conservatories around the Southland, adheres to the high standards and protocols of professional orchestras, providing the orchestra members with the same type of experiences they will encounter as professional artists.  YASO members, who receive a generous stipend for their services, are selected through a rigorous audition process.  They perform key works that are an essential part of the core orchestral repertoire and are held to extremely high standards since many of the members will be auditioning directly into professional ensembles. During its inaugural 2015-16 season, YASO presents three other free concerts at Royce Hall on Sunday, December 6, 2015, Sunday, February 28, 2016, and Saturday, April 23, 2016, with such featured repertoire as Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, 
Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 in d minor, Lutoslawski’s Little Suite, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll
, and John Adams’ The Chairman Dances.


Admission to the concert is free.  Reservations can be made in advance at or (310) 593-9890.  Tickets are also available at the door the night of the concert.

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October 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. @ The Sheen Center, NYC

Eleanor Cory: Rikers Island (World Premiere)

Frederic Rzewski: Attica

Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time

Excerpt from Joseph Assadourian’s theatrical piece, The Bullpen

Ensemble Pi-GROUP SHOT

For the 10th anniversary of its annual Peace Concerts series, the socially conscious music collective Ensemble Pi presents a program of contemporary chamber works written in response to imprisonment, its politics, and the emotional toil it takes on inmates.

The concert’s highlight is the world premiere of Rikers Island (2015) by veteran New York composer Eleanor Cory. Scored for clarinet, piano, cello, violin, and a narrator, the work draws mostly from the newly published These Are Hard Times for Dreamers – the fruit of a two-year workshop at Rikers Island, led by NY Writers Coalition. Written by women inmates, the texts and poems mine with great pathos family tragedies and the pain of raising children while being incarcerated.

The program also includes Frederic Rzewski’s minimalist masterpiece, Attica (1972), composed in the wake of the 1971 upstate New York prison rebellion, and the sublime Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time (1941), composed and first performed in the prisoner-of-war camp of Görlitz, Germany.

The evening will also include an excerpt from Joseph Assadourian’s The Bullpen, an acclaimed multi-character, tragi-comic play based on Assadourian’s experience of being arrested and thrown in a cell with an outrageous collection of races, nationalities and sexual orientations.

Performers: Idith Meshulam, piano; Airi Yoshioka, violin; Katie Schlaikjer, cello; Moran Katz, clarinet; Bill Trigg, percussion; and Sycil Mathai, trumpet guest player.

Guest: Joseph Assadourian, actor

Music and Captivity will take place at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, located at 18 Bleecker St. in New York City, on Saturday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 ($15 for students and seniors). To order tickets, visit For more information about the ensemble, visit


When: Sunday, October 18 at 3:00 p.m. (pre-­concert talk 2:00 p.m.) 
Where: Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA, T: Green to Symphony
Tickets: General $20-­$50/Students $10. To purchase, contact BMOP at or by telephone 718.324.0396. Also available from the Jordan Hall box office in person or online at

Mansurian, TigranThe Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the nation’s premier orchestra dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music, opens its 20th anniversary season with Resilient Voices: 1915-­2015, a concert commemorating the centennial of the Armenian genocide, in collaboration with Friends of Armenian Culture Society. The program includes 20th century works by Komitas/Aslamazyan, Alan Hovhaness, and Dmitri Shostakovich, as well as the Boston premiere of Tigran Mansurian’s 2009 Requiem. Joining BMOP on the Jordan Hall stage are guests artists Nareh Arghamanyan (piano), Terry Everon (trumpet), the Harvard-­Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, and Boston University’s Marsh Chapel Choir.


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Los Angeles Children's Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), led by highly regarded Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson and acclaimed for its agile bel canto sound that has made it one of the nation’s most in-demand children’s choirs, announces its 2015-16 season, entitled “New Horizons,” featuring works new to the chorus as well as beloved LACC repertoire from its extensive musical archives developed over the past three decades.  During its 30th Anniversary Season, the chorus appears in a number of high profile engagements, continuing to build upon its longtime partnerships with such leading music organizations as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Pasadena Symphony, and also presents an array of notable concerts, recitals, workshops and special events with leading artists from the choral world.  LACC, which serves children ages 6 to 18 from 50 Southland communities, is described as “hauntingly beautiful” (Los Angeles Times) and lauded as “one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs” (Pasadena Star News), “astonishingly polished” (Performances Magazine), “extraordinary in its abilities” (Culture Spot LA), and “one heck of a talented group of kids” (LA Weekly).


Among numerous season highlights, LACC joins LA Opera for three opera productions at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion: Franco Zeffirelli’s epic production of Puccini’s Pagliacci, conducted by Plácido Domingo (Sept. 12, 20, 24, 17 and Oct. 3, 2015); Mozart’s The Magic Flute, conducted by James Conlon (February 13, 20, 24, 28 and March 2 and 6, 2016); and LA Opera’s original production of Puccini’s La Bohème, led by Speranza Scappucci (May 14, 19, 22, 25, 28 and June 5, 2016) and Gustavo Dudamel (June 10 and 12, 2016).  It performs Bach’s popular Cantata No. 140, “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” (“Sleepers Awake”) with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by Jeffrey Kahane, for the Orchestra’s popular “Discover” concert at Ambassador Auditorium (January 23, 2016); sings Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Dudamel, at Walt Disney Concert Hall (March 3, 4, 5 and 6, 2016); rings in the holiday season as part of the Pasadena Symphony’s popular “Holiday Candlelight” at Pasadena’s All Saints Episcopal Church (December 19, 2015); and performs at the National Kodály Convention in Long Beach (March 10, 2016).


Additionally, LACC opens its anniversary season with a recital by rising opera star and LACC alumna Lauren Libaw at Zipper Hall, heralded for her “warmth of tone and intensity of expression” (The New Yorker),  (September 19, 2015); presents its signature Winter Concert, featuring an eclectic array of art songs, folksongs and classical works from around the globe (December 6 and 13, 2015); and hosts a special 30th Anniversary celebratory Spring Concert, including a guest appearance by LACC Founding Music Director Rebecca Thompson and an alumni chorus comprised of former choristers from across the country, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church (May 21, 2016).  The chorus also honors five-time Academy Award-winning film composer John Williams, with whom LACC has long enjoyed a fruitful relationship, for his immeasurable contribution to the arts, at its annual Gala Bel Canto fundraiser (March 16, 2016).  In addition, LACC hosts the American Boychoir, recognized as the finest boys’ choir in the country, (October 21, 2015), and presents a workshop with famed choral conductor Maria Guinand, Artistic Director of Venezuela’s Schola Contorum, (October 11, 2015), and a masterclass with USC Thornton School of Music’s influential Christian Grases, who himself studied under Guinand, among others, (March 6, 2016) at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.  The season concludes with LACC’s first tour to Japan.


“LACC is proud to be part of such a diverse range of compelling artistic collaborations with some of the world’s leading conductors,” says Tomlinson, currently in her 23rd season with the organization.  “We are also pleased to showcase the chorus’s artistry at our own concert series celebrating our 30th Anniversary Season.  These appearances serve to enhance LACC’s comprehensive music education program that encourages a deeper appreciation of the choral art and the shared experience of creating fine choral music.”


The chorus’s level of excellence is particularly notable because, unlike adult choirs, each fall marks a new beginning – literally – for LACC as its members advance through LACC’s training ensembles to its premier Concert Choir, elite Chamber Singers and innovative Young Men’s Ensemble.


Los Angeles Children’s Chorus is recognized throughout the country for its exceptional artistic quality and technical ability.  Founded in 1986 and led by Tomlinson since 1995, LACC serves more than 400 children through six choirs and a First Experiences in Singing program.  LACC, recipient of Chorus America’s 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral honor, has toured North and South America, Africa, China, Australia and Europe.  It appears on the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s critically acclaimed Decca recording A Good Understanding, and Plácido Domingo’s Deutsche Grammophon recording Amore Infinito (“Infinite Love”).  The subject of a trilogy of documentaries by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, LACC is featured in the Academy Award-nominated Sing!, about a year in the life of the choir; Sing Opera!, documenting the production of the LACC-commissioned family opera Keepers of the Night; and Sing China!, chronicling its groundbreaking tour to China just prior to the Beijing Olympics.  LACC has performed with John Mayer on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and has also been featured on PBS’s “Great Performances,” BBC Radio, and Public Radio International’s nationally syndicated show “From the Top,” among other credits.




Launching its 30th Anniversary Season and celebrating one of its own, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) presents rising opera star/noted alumna Lauren Libaw (’05) in recital on Saturday, September 19, 2015, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles.  Libaw, a soprano praised for her sparkling, “bright-toned” voice (New York Times) as well as her “warmth of tone and intensity of expression” (The New Yorker), performs an array of art songs and arias with accompanist Dan Schlosberg.  With members of LACC’s Chamber Singers, she also sings Mozart’s “Laudate Dominum” from the Vespers, considered one of the most beautiful arias ever written.  Proceeds benefit LACC.


LACC joins LA Opera for the first of three opera productions this season at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – Franco Zeffirelli’s epic production of Puccini’s Pagliacci conduct by Plácido Domingo on Sept. 12, 20, 24, 17 and Oct. 3, 2015.  The 18 LACC choristers featured in the production include Grant Anderson, Caelan Carter, Mateo Coleman, Sophie David, Jack Fagan, Jamie Felix-Toll, Cameron Ito, Beckett Ledahl, SE Lee, Rachel Loh, Micah Luna, Reese Owen, Mia Patzakis, Drew Quishenberry, Allison Rayer, Sofia Robert, Soren Ryssdal and Sarah Wong.


Famed choral conductor María Guinand, Artistic Director of Venezuela’s Schola Contorum and leading interpreter and champion of Latin American choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries, leads a workshop on Latin American music hosted by LACC on Sunday, October 11, 2015, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.  For more than three decades, she has served as Associate Conductor and Advisor of Choral Symphonic Performances and Activities for El Sistema, the world-renowned music-training program in Venezuela.   She has also been a professor and conductor for 28 years in the Masters Degree Program for Choral Conductors at the University Simón Bolívar and is a recipient of the Helmuth Rilling Preis (2009), the Robert Edler Preis für Chormusik (2000), and the Kulturpreis of the InterNationes Foundation (1998), three of the most distinguished prizes in choral music conducting.


Building upon its long history of presenting other children’s choirs from the U.S. and abroad, LACC hosts a choral exchange and concert with the illustrious American Boychoir, recognized as America’s premier boys’ choir and noted for its blend of musical sophistication, spirited presentation, and ensemble virtuosity, on Monday, October 21, 2015, 7 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.  The concert also includes performances by LACC’s Concert Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble.


LACC presents its popular annual Winter Concert, “Let Beauty Awake,” on two consecutive Sundays, December 6 and 13, 2015, 7 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, the chorus’s home venue.  The program features Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Let Beauty Awake, part of a song cycle of nine songs set to poems by Robert Louis Stevenson and the inspiration for the concert’s theme, and the inspiring Choose Something Like a Star set to the beloved poem by Robert Frost by American composer Randall Thompson.  Other works include a selection of holiday favorites as well as Misa Pequena by highly regarded composer/conductor Francisco Nunez of the Young People’s Chorus of New York and sung in Spanish, the Cuban lullaby Ciclo Coral infantil “Desde mi alegra jardin” by Enrique Feliu, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, and Claude Debussy’s moving art song Noël des enfants qui n’ont plus de maison, with a text highlighting the despair and challenges of French children living through WWII.


In other seasonal offerings, LACC makes its eighth guest appearance in matinee and evening performances of the Pasadena Symphony’s popular Holiday Candlelight concert led by conductor Grant Cooper on Saturday, December 19, 2015, 4 pm and 7 pm, at Pasadena’s All Saints Church.  The program, featuring Broadway diva Christina Saffran, The Donald Brinegar Singers and the LA Bronze handbell ensemble, rings in the holidays by candlelight in the church’s architecturally exquisite and acoustically sonorous setting.


LACC joins the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, for the Orchestra’s popular “Discover” concert, a special one-night-only exploration of Bach’s popular Cantata No. 140, “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” (“Sleepers Awake”) on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium.  Other featured guest artists include soprano Teresa Wakim, tenor Colin Ainsworth, bass Andrew Craig Brown and the venerated USC-Thornton Chamber Singers.  With Kahane – lauded for his “eloquence” (The New York Times) ­– serving as musical “tour guide,” the evening is designed to lead patrons to a greater understanding and appreciation of the historical and cultural significance of this and other cantatas composed by Bach.


LACC shares the stage with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Dudamel, for four performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, one of his sunniest and most unconventional works, on March 3, 4, 5 and 6, 2016, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.


For its second LA Opera appearance this season, LACC is featured in six performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, transporting audiences into an enchanted world where good faces the forces of darkness, under the masterful baton of James Conlon, February 13, 20, 24, 28 and March 2 and 6, 2016, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.


On March 6, 2016, LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble participates in a masterclass with internationally known Venezuelan conductor/composer Christian Grases, assistant professor at USC Thornton School of Music where he has conducted the Thornton Concert Choir since 2010.   The influential conductor has been hailed for displaying “the same kind of beautiful hand gestures and podium excitement that we see from Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel” (Class Act).


LACC is one of the featured choirs performing at the 2016 National Kodály Convention on March 10, 2016, in Long Beach.


Five-time Academy Award-winning film composer John Williams, with whom LACC has long enjoyed a fruitful relationship, receives LACC’s “Bel Canto Award,” for his immeasurable contribution to the arts, presented at the chorus’s annual Gala Bel Canto fundraiser on Tuesday, March 16, 2015 (location to be determined).  Chaired by Cheryl Scheidemantle, the event, which spotlights distinguished honorees from the worlds of the arts, philanthropy and the chorus’s alumni community, draws supporters from across the Southland and also showcases the remarkable talents of LACC’s choristers.  Proceeds benefit the chorus’s artistic, educational and scholarship programs.


In its final LA Opera appearance of the season, LACC participates in eight performances of LA Opera’s original production of Puccini’s timeless classic La Bohème, a masterpiece of the Italian lyric tradition, led by Speranza Scappucci on May 14, 19, 22, 25, 28 and June 5, 2016, and Gustavo Dudamel, in his LA Opera debut, on June 10 and 12, 2016, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.


Embracing its deep roots and highlighting its rich history, LACC presents a special 30th Anniversary “edition” of its popular Spring Concert, including performances by all six of LACC’s training and premier choirs as well as a guest appearance by LACC Founding Music Director Rebecca Thompson and performances by an alumni chorus comprised of former choristers from across the country, May 21, 2016, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.   The program features a vibrant mix of music both contemporary and traditional from LACC’s extensive musical archives.


Capping its 30th Anniversary Season, in June 2016, LACC embarks on its first tour to Japan, continuing its proud tradition of touring nationally and internationally to reach a global audience with its remarkable artistry.  In addition, the Young Men’s Ensemble tours to the East Coast.
Reaching New Singers


For children interested in joining LACC’s ranks, open auditions for the renowned chorus take place June 2-5, 2016, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.  No previous training in music or singing or audition preparations are required.  Auditions for the Young Men’s Ensemble take place in mid-August.


LACC also offers its popular program First Experiences in Singing, eight- to ten-week, non-auditioned, non-performing classes that introduce six- and seven-year-old children to the wonders and excitement of singing and music.  The 45-minute weekly classes are designed to assist budding singers with vocal and musical skill development, expose them to general music and rhythmic concepts, and introduce them to bel canto singing, the vocal style for which LACC is noted.  Classes are held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church each fall, spring and summer.


Graduates of Level I of First Experiences in Singing are eligible to continue to Level II and Level III classes, which are ten weeks in length.  Children completing Level III may then join LACC’s newest ensemble, First Experiences in Choral Singing, now in its fourth season.  The ensemble is designed to assist children in developing their vocal, aural, musical and choral skills in preparation for auditions for the Preparatory Choir.  The curriculum and repertoire focuses on developing the upper range of the treble voice, introducing acute listening skills, creating an awareness of musical phrasing, reading from an octavo and learning extended rehearsal decorum. The ensemble performs for parents twice a year.


This fall, Level I classes run eight consecutive Wednesdays, from September 30 to November 18, 2015, at 4:15 pm.  Level II classes run ten consecutive Wednesdays, from September 16 to November 18, 2015, at 5:15 pm.
LACC Supporters

LACC’s 2015-2016 concert season and core educational program are made possible, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division, and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Foundation.  LACC is also deeply grateful to generous lead patrons Helen and Peter Bing and the hundreds of individual, foundation and corporate donors whose dedicated support sustains the chorus’s annual choral music program for children.
For additional information on LACC, its auditions or programs, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

One of the best bargains in the city available to college students ages 17 to 30 is Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass,” which provides admission to eleven concerts during LACO’s 2015-16 season for just $30.  The Pass allows holders to attend all seven Orchestral Series concerts at either Glendale’s Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall; all three Westside Connections programs, which this year highlight the connections between music and the brain, at Santa Monica’s Moss Theater; and the Discover Bach’s Cantata, “Sleepers Awake” program at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium.  As an added bonus, the Pass includes access to performance after-parties where students can mingle with musicians; advance reservation privileges; and the option to reserve up to three additional tickets at just $12 each for college friends (valid college ID required).  This popular student pass, offered for the fifth year, is designed to build appreciation for classical music among younger audiences.


LACO has a long history of educational outreach to the student community, and is particularly focused on bringing students inside the concert hall to experience the Orchestra’s live performances in world-class venues.  The ‘Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass’ makes it affordable for students to attend multiple performances for about $2.80 per concert, much less than the cost of a movie or a latte.  The pass is available to students new to classical music as well as those who are seasoned concertgoers.  Marina Graphic Center, Inc. is a sponsor of the “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass.”  LACO also offers Student Rush tickets at $12, but the ‘All Access Pass’ makes tickets even more affordable and enables students to reserve tickets in advance.


LACO presents several other vital outreach programs integral to LACO’s mission of nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.  In addition to the “All Access Pass,” the Orchestra hosts 3,200 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students of varied cultural and musical backgrounds each year through “Meet the Music,” a series of eight live performances of classical works and often an upcoming program’s soloist at Zipper Hall or the Alex Theatre.  LACO also offers free concert tickets and transportation to LACO concerts to “in need” community service organizations through its “Community Partners” program.  The intensive “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program,” launched in 2010, enhances the preparedness of strings students for a professional career with select Thornton students invited to participate in a mock audition that may lead to an opportunity to perform in the string section of the Orchestra for a LACO concert.  Additionally, LACO offers Master Classes, including in-depth composition Master Classes led by LACO Composer–in-Residence and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Andrew Norman for the AP music class at North Hollywood High School, providing vital mentoring to a new generation of musicians and composers.  This season Norman also visits several fourth-, fifth, and sixth-grade LAUSD and charter school classrooms to introduce the joy of music and music composition to younger students through an engaging interactive presentation.


More information on the “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” is available at, where students can purchase it online.

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