Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Honors Five-Time Oscar®-Winning Film Composer John Williams

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Honors Five-Time Oscar®-Winning Film Composer John Williams

Embracing its deep roots and far-reaching artistry during its 30th Anniversary Season, the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) honors four esteemed visionaries who have left their indelible stamps on the acclaimed chorus, including five-time Academy Award-winning film composer John Williams and LACC Founding Director Rebecca Thompson, at Gala Bel Canto, its annual fundraiser, on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 6 pm, at Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.  Longtime LACC supporters and arts patrons Eileen and Ken Leech are also being feted for their dedication to the chorus.  The celebration, hosted by actress Jane Kaczmarek, includes heartfelt accolades and moving musical tributes by 300 singers from five LACC ensembles, led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, as well as a delectable three-course dinner, exquisite wines and a dazzling live auction.  Proceeds benefit Los Angeles Children’s Chorus’s artistic, educational and scholarship programs.


“We are proud to recognize these distinguished honorees for their immeasurable contributions to the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus,” says Gala Bel Canto Chair Cheryl R. Scheidemantle (Pasadena).  “Without Rebecca Thompson, there would be no LACC.  John Williams, whose exceptional music has touched people around the world, has collaborated with LACC on numerous projects, providing unparalleled artistic opportunities for our choristers.  And Eileen and Ken Leech have been steadfast supporters of the chorus for nearly two decades, helping to bolster LACC in its mission to provided outstanding choral music training to children.”


In addition to Scheidemantle, Gala Bel Canto committee members include Vice Chair Lynn Boberg (Sierra Madre); Dianna Lau Beggs (San Marino); Andrea Bland (Pasadena); Mary Blodgett (San Marino); Joanne Crawford-Dunér (Covina Hills); Elizabeth Grossman Besch (La Cañada-Flintridge); and Andrea Patzakis (San Marino).

JOHN WILLIAMS, who receives LACC’s “Bel Canto Award” from presenter James Conlon, Music Director of LA Opera, is one of America’s most successful composers for film and for the concert stage and one of our nation’s most distinguished musical voices. In a career spanning five decades, he has composed the music and served as music director for more than 100 films, including all seven Star Wars films, the first three Harry Potter films, Superman, JFK, and Home Alone.  His 40-year artistic partnership with director Steven Spielberg has resulted in many of Hollywood’s most acclaimed films, including Schindler’s List, E.T., and Jaws.  His has also composed scores for more than 200 television films, as well as themes for NBC Nightly News and PBS’s Great Performances, among othersHe also composed themes for the 1984, 1988, and 1996 Summer Olympic Games, the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.  He has received five Academy Awards and 49 Oscar nominations, making him the Academy’s most-nominated living person and the second-most nominated person in history.  He has received 22 Grammys, four Golden Globes, five Emmys, and numerous gold and platinum records.  In 2003, he received the Olympic Order (the International Olympic Committee’s highest honor) for his contributions to the Olympic movement.  He has also received the Kennedy Center Honor, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and received the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the U.S. Government.  In 1980, Mr. Williams was named music director of the Boston Pops Orchestra, succeeding the legendary Arthur Fiedler.  He currently holds the titles of Boston Pops Laureate Conductor and Artist-in-Residence at Tanglewood.


Former LACC Board Member EILEEN LEECH and KEN LEECH, Chief Investment Officer for Western Asset Management Company, recipients of LACC’s Rebecca Thompson Founder’s Award, were introduced to LACC through a close family friend in 1998, who suggested that their daughter, Catherine, audition for the chorus.  Eileen, a former litigator with the New York law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, found a niche with the chorus.  She served on the Board of Directors for seven seasons, with stints as Secretary and as co-chair of the 2008 Gala Bel Canto.  A devoted LACC mom as well, she served as rehearsal assistant and an occasional chaperone for LACC field trips.  Ken has long been a faithful audience member and supporter of LACC.  Ken and Eileen feel strongly that LACC is one of the great institutions in the Los Angeles community and beyond, molding the character of its young charges while simultaneously achieving extraordinary artistry and inspirational musical heights.  They both agree, “LACC has played a central part in enhancing the life of our entire family.”


REBECCA THOMPSON, who receives LACC’s Special 30th Anniversary Tribute Award, is Founding Director of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, past Children’s Chorus Mistress for the LA Opera and was Associate Director of the Appalachian Children’s Chorus in West Virginia.  A specialist in vocal music for young singers, she holds an MA in organ performance from Marshall University, with doctoral studies in choral music education at the University of Texas.  She has taught choral music in public, private and parochial schools, pre-school through university. Thompson recently served as Founding Director of the Choristers Guild Institute, a national teacher certification program for directors of young singers.  Her community-based choirs have won national competitions and toured internationally.  Her singers have also appeared in films and commercials.  Thompson is a member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG/AFTRA), and recently served on the SAG national awards nominating committee.  She has conducted All State Choirs, festivals and workshops in over 40 states, and has served the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) as Western Division Chair of Children’s Choirs; West Virginia ACDA State President; and West Virginia ACDA Women’s Choir Chair.  A composer and arranger as well, she has also served on the National Board of The Presbyterian Association of Musicians and twice served on the National Choristers Guild Board.

Gala tickets are $375 per person with sponsorship packages available.  The Millennium Biltmore Hotel is located at 506 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90071.  For tickets and information, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.galabelcanto.org.


LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS, widely recognized for its agile bel canto sound and artistic excellence, has been lauded as “hauntingly beautiful” (Los Angeles Times), “astonishingly polished” (Performances Magazine), “extraordinary in its abilities” (Culture Spot LA), and “one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs” (Pasadena Star News).  Founded in 1986 and led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson since 1996, LACC is celebrating its 30th Anniversary Season.  It 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, Jacaranda and MUSE/IQUE.  Each season, the chorus serves more than 400 children ages 6 to 18 from 50 communities across Los Angeles in six choirs – Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Young Men’s Ensemble, Intermediate Choir, Apprentice Choir and Preparatory Choir – and a First Experiences in Singing program and First Experiences in Choral Singing Ensemble for 6-9-year-olds.  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, Cuba, 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 chorus; Sing Opera!, documenting the production of the LACC-commissioned family opera Keepers of the Night; and Sing China!, chronicling its groundbreaking tour to China prior to the Beijing Olympics.  LACC 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’s nationally syndicated show “From the Top,” among other credits.

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Bang on a Can All-Stars

Bang on a Can All-Stars

The acclaimed Bang on a Can All-Stars join the Los Angeles Master Chorale for the highly anticipated west coast premiere of Julia Wolfe’s 2015 Pulitzer Prizewinning Anthracite Fields, on Sunday, March 6, 2016, 7:30 pm.  Performed with a multimedia backdrop by celebrated visual artist and scenic designer Jeff Sugg, the text weaves together the oral histories, interviews, union speeches and even accident reports from the Pennsylvania mining region at the turn of the 19th century.  Additionally, the program, entitled “Music of the Coal Miner” and led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, includes selections from the Sacred Harp Anthology and spirituals of Appalachia.
Anthracite Fields, which also earned a 2016 Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary Classical Composition, is named for anthracite, a much sought after, super-efficient, clean-burning coal that spurred the vast mining industry and fueled the American Industrial Revolution.  Chronicling the harsh working conditions and perseverance of coal miners during this era, the oratorio for chorus and sextet premiered in 2014 in Philadelphia and was reprised at the New York Philharmonic’s Biennial Celebration to great critical acclaim.

Wolfe draws inspiration from folk, classical, and rock genres, bringing a modern sensibility to each while simultaneously tearing down the walls between them.  Her music is distinguished by an intense physicality and a relentless power that pushes performers to extremes and demands attention from the audience.  Recent projects include her evening-length Steel Hammer for the Bang on a Can All-Stars and singers, currently touring in an expanded theatrical form with director Anne Bogart and her SITI Company.  In 2009 Wolfe joined the NYU Steinhardt School composition faculty. She is co-founder and co-artistic director of New York’s legendary music collective Bang on a Can.  Her music is published by Red Poppy Music (ASCAP) and distributed worldwide by G. Schirmer, Inc.


Bang on a Can All-Stars are recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music.  Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, the six-member amplified ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity, taking music into uncharted territories.  Performing each year throughout the U.S. and internationally, the All-Stars have worked in unprecedented close collaboration with such groundbreaking musicians as Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Tan Dun and many others.  The group’s celebrated projects include its landmark recordings of Brian Eno’s ambient classic Music for Airports and Terry Riley’s In C.


Sugg, New York-based artist, designer and technical advisor, has collaborated on numerous Broadway productions as well as with such leading theatre companies as the Goodman, The Public Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, BAM’s Harvey Theater, Vineyard Theatre and Soho Rep.  The award winning designer is also a co-founding member of the performance group Accinosco with Cynthia Hopkins and Jim Findlay.


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

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Horn Virtuoso Julian Zheng

Horn Virtuoso Julian Zheng

Young Artists Symphony Orchestra (YASO), celebrating its inaugural season and led by Artistic Director Alexander Treger, highlights 22-year-old Principal Horn Julian Zheng, an astonishing rising talent and finalist at the recent Berlin Philharmonic Academy of Music audition, in R. Strauss’s virtuosic Concerto for Horn No. 1 in E-flat major, and presents Sibelius’s expressive Symphony No. 2 in D major, the most popular of the composer’s seven symphonic works, in a free concert on Sunday, February 28, 2016, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall.  Treger also conducts Ginastera’s Concerto for Strings.  YASO, hailed as a “glorious” (Out West Arts) “musical force to be reckoned with” (LA Opus), champions, mentors and inspires the next generation of outstanding young musicians for careers in classical music.


“Julian Zheng is an extraordinarily gifted artist with tremendous skill and musical élan,” says Treger.  “We are very excited to showcase him as a soloist with Young Artists Symphony Orchestra.  He is a musician you definitely want to see early in his career.”


Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Zheng began playing the French Horn at the age of 10, winning several local solo brass competitions his first year of study.  He was awarded a full music scholarship to Melbourne Grammar, one of the most prestigious high schools in Australia, and soloed with the Melbourne Grammar Symphony and played with both the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Percy Grainger Orchestra.  Zheng moved to the United States in 2011 to attend The Colburn School of Music on full scholarship.  He has played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Maestro Gustavo Dudamel and has also participated in the New York String Orchestra Seminar, where he played Principal Horn for two concerts in Carnegie Hall under Maestro Jamie Laredo.  In 2014, Zheng attended the Boston Symphony’s prestigious Tanglewood Music Center.  As a soloist, he won First Place in the 45th International Solo Horn Competition and Second Place in the brass division of the 2014 Pasadena Showcase Competition, which also named him “Most Promising Talent.”  He is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma degree at The Colburn School under the guidance of Andrew Bain, Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Colburn School, where he studied with both Bain and David Krehbiel.  He regularly plays recitals and chamber music in Australia and the United States.


Treger, former concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is “an icon of the Los Angeles musical scene” (LA Opus) whose conducting has been described as “vivid” (The New York Times), “uplifting” (Musical America) and “expertly finessed” (Examiner).
YASO, 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 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 its final free concert of the season at Royce Hall on Sunday, May 1, 2016.


Admission to the concert is free.  Reservations can be made in advance at YASOLA.org or (310) 905-3496.  Tickets are also available at the door the night of the concert.


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Sarah Cahill, pianist: Photo by Marianne La Rochelle

Pianist Sarah Cahill. Photo by Marianne La Rochelle



February 24–28, 2016

Noguchi Museum | 9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard)
Long Island City, NY

For one week in February, the chill and grey skies of winter will dissipate for visitors to the Noguchi Museum’s ground-floor galleries, where internationally celebrated pianist Sarah Cahill will take up residence, performing Mamoru Fujieda’s stunning cycle of short pieces titled Patterns of Plants throughout the Museum’s opening hours.

Patterns of Plants represents an extraordinary fusion of nature and technology. To create the piece, Fujieda measured the electrical impulses on the leaves of plants, and converted the data he obtained into sound. He then identified musical patterns within the sound, and used them as the basis for these miniatures.

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Composer's Voice March 17

The Composer’s Voice Concert Series presents “Women, Words, and Music” on Thursday, March 17 at 7:30 pm at The Firehouse Space. The concert features music written by women and inspired by words. According to the curator, “Women are the storytellers, the observers, the sharers; these works – to me, at least – quite effectively use the words at their nucleus to transcend, in the purest sense of the word, into a deeper realm of communication that occurs at the “juxta-betwixtion” between sound, language, and perception.”

The concert is curated by Sara Bong and features works by Kaija Saariaho, Cindi Hsu, Bettina Sheppard, Veronika Krausas, Shelley Washington, Emanuela Ballio, Inna Buganina, Maggi Payne, Kezia Yap, Elizabeth Adams, Syrlane Albuquerque, and Jennifer Merkowitz performed by pianists Sara Bong and Markus Kaitila, flutists Angela Collier- Reynolds and Emily Voye, sopranos Carla Wesby and Melissa Wozniak, mezzo Bettina Sheppard, alto Shelley Washington, tenor Mario Gullo, and baritone Brendan Littleton.

The concert will also feature Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Piano Pinnacle. Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame is a project which features fifteen one-minute works by fifteen composers, written specifically for the performers. The purpose of the project is to promote a great variety of contemporary music to audiences hungry to hear what living composers are writing today. Piano Pinnacle is a leading new piano duo ensemble in Canada dedicated to rejuvenating the piano duo genre. The duo will perform one-minute works by composers Rodrigo Baggio, Miriam Berardi, David Bohn, Soo Jin Cho, Ruth Watson Henderson, Alison Ireland, Nathan R. Johnson, Adam Kennaugh, Shao Suan Low, Zack Merritt, William Murray, Giorgos Papamitrou, Farshid Samandari, Joaquín Mendoza Sebastián, and Christopher M. Wicks.

The Composer’s Voice Concert Series is an opportunity for contemporary composers to express their aesthetic and personal voice. Founded in 2001 by Robert Voisey, Composer’s Voice has presented hundreds of concerts in New York City. The series has premiered thousands of works from living composers from around the world. Works are chosen from a wide range of contemporary composers of different styles, aesthetics, and genre and performed by dedicated musicians devoted to new music.

For more information visit: www.composersvoice.com

Composer’s Voice Concert Series
Women, Words, and Music
Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm
The Firehouse Space
246 Frost St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
$10 admission
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February 17, 2016
7pm at National Sawdust in Brooklyn

Guest curator Miranda Cuckson presents a double-bill event to highlight the music of Luigi Nono and its relation to the human voice:

7pm vocal ensemble Ekmeles performs music by modern Italian and ancient Franco-Flemish composers Nono, Scelsi, Sciarrino, Josquin, Ockeghem
8pm Miranda Cuckson and Christopher Burns perform Luigi Nono’s hour-long work “La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura” for violin and 8-track electronics

Tickets $25 for the double-bill: http://nationalsawdust.org/event/miranda-cuckson-presents-an-evening-of-luigi-nono-feat-ekmeles

Violinist Miranda Cuckson and sound artist Christopher Burns have performed Luigi Nono’s piece “La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura” in venues around the US. Their album, on Urlicht Audiovisual, was named a Best Classical Recording of 2012 by the New York Times.

In “La lontananza” – “The nostalgic, utopian, future far-distance. Madrigal for a ‘wanderer” with Gidon Kremer, solo violin, 8 magnetic tapes and 8 to 10 music stands” – the electronics are molded by the sound artist in real time, and the violinist moves through a sonic and spatial landscape. Nono had a lifelong interest in the voice from his early studies of Renaissance polyphony, and he composed often for singers, chorus or narrator. In our performance of Nono’s “madrigal”, the violinist adds her singing voice to the polyphonic texture, as suggested in the composer’s markings.

On Feb 17, this will be preceded by the vocal ensemble Ekmeles performing:
Luigi Nono: Sara Dolce Tacere for 8 voices
Salvatore Sciarrino: Tre Canti senza Pietre for 7 voices
Giacinto Scelsi: Tre Canti Sacri for 8 voices
Josquin des Prez: Mille Regretz and Nymphes des Bois
Ockeghem: Missa “Fors seulement”


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JAB 1Highways Performance Space, Artistic Directors Leo Garcia and Patrick Kennelly, presents two entertaining and unclassifiable experimental music groups – The Obihiro Cowboys and JAB – in a shared evening of new work. Each group combines voices and instruments, virtuosity, humor, and improvisation, in sophisticated and unexpected ways.

The Obihiro Cowboys are Bobby Bradford (cornet), Michael Vlatkovich (trombone), William Roper (tuba), and Joseph Mitchell (percussion). They are the union of Roper’s most frequent collaborators from other duos, trios, and larger groups, each a brilliant instrumentalist and improviser.

JAB is vocalist/performance artist Anna Homler’s new ensemble with bassist Jeff Schwartz and soundscape percussionist Breeze Smith. Homler sings in an invented language and uses toys and other objects to make sound, while Smith plays his own wood and metal sculptures, as well as conventional instruments, and uses electronics to capture and transform his and the others’ sounds.

Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for members/students/seniors. Buy your tickets online @ www.highwaysperformance.org. Call 310-315-1459 for show information and to reserve.

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Bobby Bradford was born in Mississippi and grew up in Texas. He started taking piano lessons in Mississippi from an itinerant music teacher. When the family moved to Texas, he bartered with a neighbor for a cornet. Though his father thought he made a bum deal, Bobby has never regretted it. The list of players he has collaborated and sided with is long and impressive and includes the likes of Buster Smith, Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, John Carter, David Murray, Charlie Haden. As impressive is the long list of students he has taught and mentored. Bradford is a masterful composer and has led several iterations of his Mo’tet for decades. http://markweber.free-jazz.net/2013/01/28/bobby-bradford-timeline-work-in-progress/

Michael Vlatkovich is one of the most prolific composers of improvised music around. He is also relentless in his efforts to document and distribute his work. Michael hails from the Mid-west, but left in plenty of time. He used to ride bicycles for miles and miles. His often aggressive trombone solos add to the grand tradition of the instrument’s nobility of tone and heroic nature. That being said, some of his best work is with the small, intimate ensembles he assembles. That is because he is a nuanced thinker. How one thinks, shows up in the music. He is not to be trifled with. http://www.vlatkovich.com/

William Roper plays bottom brass instruments, along with bovine and mollusk body parts. He has tried to make an instrument out of Aves (which are highly advanced theropod dinosaurs) bones, like the Iranians do, but has yet to succeed. No worries, all those birds were honored with a tasty sauce. Roper is the only Los Angeles native in the group, but he has left many times and he for sure doesn’t want to die in the City of the Queen of Angels. Roper strongly believes that there is no business like show business. One day, walking around the city of Obihiro, in Hokkaido, he said to himself, “This is a cow town. These people understand about cows.” http://roperarts.com

Joseph Mitchell hits things. What is that about? It’s about time, it’s about space, it’s about being in a very strange place. He was born in Indiana, grew up in L.A., joined the Army, then came home. He is very disciplined. He wears bow ties because he plays with groups like the L.A. Philharmonic, Pasadena and Pacific symphonies, the L.A. Opera and L.A. Master Chorale. To balance that, he composes and improvises, most notably with Judicanti Responsura and Orange Peal Vibrations.

Anna Homler is a vocal, visual and performance artist based in Los Angeles. She has performed and exhibited her work in venues around the world. With a sensibility that is both ancient and post-modern, Homler sings in an improvised melodic language. Her work explores alternative means of communication and the poetics of ordinary things. She creates perceptual interventions by using language as music and objects as instruments. http://www.annahomler.com

Jeff Schwartz
is the principal bass of MESTO (the Multi-Ethnic STar Orchestra), a member of the Santa Monica Symphony, co-leader of The Decisive Instant large ensemble, and is very active in the Los Angeles creative music community. He has also performed with artists including Anthony Braxton, Glenn Branca, Andrea Centazzo, Dana Reason, Nicole Mitchell, and Adam Rudolph, and attended the Creative Music Studio and the Vancouver Creative Music Institute. The author of a popular online biography of Albert Ayler, his writing has also appeared in the journals American Music, Popular Music, and Postmodern Culture. His day job is as a reference librarian at a public library. http://jeffschwartzmusic.wordpress.com

Breeze Smith
is a drummer, percussionist, instrument maker/designer, educator, and improviser, working in solo and ensemble formats in Europe & the US with artists including Vinny Golia, Dwight Trible, Steuart Liebig, Billy Childs, John Beasley, David Ornette Cherry, Rod Poole, Hannibal Lakumbe, String Planet, Roberto Miranda, Justo Amario, Ralph “Buzzy” Jones, Yuval Ron, and Tadashi Namba. He also facilitates sound guided meditations with a myriad of gongs, singing bowls, eclectic and electronic percussion with live looping, and has accompanied dance performances by the Ohio State University Dance Dept, Cheryl Banks-Smith, and others.


Highways Performance Space is in its 27th year as Southern California’s boldest center for new performance, promoting the development of contemporary, socially involved artists and art forms from diverse local, national and international communities. Artistic Directors Leo Garcia and Patrick Kennelly continue to affirm Highways mission of developing and presenting innovative performance. For more information, photos or interviews, please contact Patrick Kennelly by email @ patrick@highwaysperformance.org or by phone @ 310-453-1755.

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Conductor Matthias Pintscher

Conductor Matthias Pintscher

Matthias Pintscher, music director of the acclaimed French contemporary music group Ensemble Intercontemporain, makes his highly anticipated Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) conducting debut, leading works by Beethoven, Schoenberg, Ravel and Fauré on Saturday, February 20, 2016, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre, Glendale, and Sunday, February 21, 2016, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall.  Pintscher, noted for conducting with “finesse and focus” (The Guardian), leads Beethoven’s less often-performed Symphony No. 8 in F major, a compact and upbeat work notable as the composer’s shortest symphony; Schoenberg’s lush Chamber Symphony No. 2, written over a 33-year period from 1906 to 1939; Fauré’s elegant and graceful Pavane; and Ravel’s complete Ma mère l’oye (“Mother Goose”), originally written for piano four-hands and later expanded for orchestra.


Equally accomplished as conductor and composer, Pintscher has been hailed “for making the creative process behind music come to life” (Ottawa Citizen).  He continues his partnership with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as its artist-in-association, and in 2014, began a three-year appointment as artist-in-residence with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.  Last season, he made several important debuts, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra and Bayerische Rundfunk.  This season he returns to the Atlanta and Danish National symphony orchestras, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, Hamburg and Helsinki philharmonics, as well as the symphony orchestras of Melbourne and Sydney.  Past conducting engagements have included the Staatskapelle Berlin, NDR Hamburg, Paris Opera and Mariinsky orchestras; Orchestre Philharmonique de France; BBC, Berlin Radio and Vienna Radio symphony orchestras; and the Utah and New World symphonies, among others.  A prolific composer, Pintscher, who makes his home in New York and Paris, joined the composition faculty at The Juilliard School in 2014.  He was the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Roche Commission.  The Cleveland Orchestra premiered his composition idyll in 2014.  His Chute d’Étoiles: Hommage à Anselm Kiefer was premiered at the Lucerne Festival in 2012 also by the Cleveland Orchestra, with subsequent performances in Cleveland and at Carnegie Hall.


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 2015-16 season, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 19th season as LACO’s music director.


Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.


Tickets, starting at $27, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001.  Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more.  College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert.  Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” and three Westside Connections concerts.

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BMOP in Concert: Child Alice

_DSC6668 copyWhen: Friday, March 25th at 8:00 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 7:00 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 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), the 2016 Musical America Ensemble of the Year, ends its 20th anniversary season with the Boston premiere of David Del Tredici’s complete Child Alice (1981) featuring the acclaimed soprano Courtenay Budd. Based on poems prefacing Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this 135-minute evening-length work changed the course of 20th century music.

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With a rare U.S. appearance by distinguished French cellist MICHEL STRAUSS

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2016 @ 3:30 P.M.
St Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery (Main Space), New York City

The New York-based new music ensemble ISC, under the direction of cellist Dan Barrett, joins forces with a roster of acclaimed performers to celebrate the Lucca International Music Festival (Accademia d’Estate Internazionale, Lucca, Italy) – a festival founded in 2013 by American flutist Linda DiMartino Wetherill to promote contemporary chamber music from around the world. This concert is presented as part of Composers Now Festival, taking place throughout New York City in February and celebrating the work of living composers.


Dominique Lemaître (Paris):
Stances, hommage à Henri Dutilleux, pour violoncelle et piano (à Dan Barrett) (2015) – PREMIERE
Dan Barrett, cello; Jed Distler, piano

Thierry Escaich (Paris):
Sopra La Folia (2014) – U.S. PREMIERE
Michel Strauss, cello; Max Pollak, tap/body percussion

Fernando Maglia (Buenos Aires):
El otro amanecer (2004) – U.S. PREMIERE
Linda DiMartino Wetherill, flute; Fernando Maglia, guitar

Christopher Lyndon-Gee (Vilnius/New York):
Poema per Gaspara Stampa (1981) – U.S. PREMIERE
Dan Barrett, cello; Christopher Lyndon-Gee, piano

Alastair Greig (London):
Even by Moonlight I have no Peace (2015) – PREMIERE
Linda DiMartino Wetherill, alto flute

Claude Debussy: Sonate pour violoncelle et piano (1915)
I. Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto
II. Sérénade: Modérément animé
III. Final: Animé, léger et nerveux
Michel Strauss, cello; Mary Jo Pagano, piano

Performed by Dan Barrett (cello), Linda DiMartino Wetherill (flute), Jed Distler (piano), Christopher Lyndon-Gee (piano), Fernando Maglia (guitar), Mary Jo Pagano (piano), Max Pollak (tap-/body-percussion), Michel Strauss (cello)

The International Street Cannibal’s concert will take place at the main space of St Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, on Sunday, February 7 at 3:30 pm. St Mark’s Church is located at 131 East 10th Street, New York City. Tickets are $20 General Admission/$15 for seniors, students & children at door. For more information, call 212-674-6377.