ML-SoundwavesLeBaron     The Santa Monica Public Library is proud to present composer Anne LeBaron on May 11 at 7:30PM in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
LeBaron’s music ranges from solo harp improvisations to multimedia operas. It has been performed internationally and widely recorded. She has received Fulbright and Guggenheim grants and the Alpert Award, among other honors, and holds the Roy E. Disney Family Chair in Musical Composition at CalArts.
At the library she will introduce performances of her work by some of Los Angeles’ most celebrated new music specialists: pianist Mark Robson, the Panic Duo (violinist Pasha Tseitlin and pianist Nic Gerpe), and the WasteLAnd ensemble, who The New Yorker’s Alex Ross recently called “one of the country’s most far-sighted” groups.
The concert will feature “A – Zythum,” a piece commissioned by the Los Angeles Public Library Foundation in honor of the Oxford English Dictonary, which premiered in March at the Hammer Museum.
This program is part of the new music concert series Soundwaves, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-arrival basis. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. For more information, visit or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.

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9463_cover copyCD Release Concert:
Performances by Donald Berman (piano) with Krista River (soprano)
Wednesday, June 15th at 7:00 p.m.
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $25. To purchase, contact National Sawdust at 646.779.8455 or
Acclaimed as “one of the freshest American voices” (Fanfare), award-winning composer/conductor Scott Wheeler presents a varied and imaginative gallery of piano works in his new album Portraits & Tributes featuring pianist Donald Berman. Mostly written in a gently atonal idiom, often Wheeler draws on his experience as a pianist to create a unique and personal set of explorations of the sounds, textures and melodies of the piano, heard in contemporary terms. Sometimes sharply etched, lyrical and tender, the recording’s 27 musical portraits and tributes create a musical autobiography, not only of Wheeler’s musical thought, but of his life, including teachers, family members, lovers, fellow artists, and others. Complementing the new album is a video documentary by filmmaker Fern Lopez, as well as a June 15th CD release concert at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust.

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The North/South Chamber Orchestra marks the Cinco de Holiday holiday with a free-admission event featuring works by four Mexican composers

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to sing on the San Francisco Opera Stage and establish a career as an opera singer? Join special guests General Director David Gockley and San Francisco Opera favorite Catherine Cook as we explore the trials and joys of the opera singer’s journey.



Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 2:00–4:00pm



Bryan Education Studio Veterans Building, Fourth Floor401 Van Ness AveSan Francisco, CA 94102



$25 plus $5 registration fee

More information at:

(415) 864-3330

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Violinist Miranda Cuckson and pianist Blair McMillen will perform at Le Poisson Rouge on May 10, 7pm to celebrate the release of their new duo album on ECM Records.

Album program: Bartók Sonata No. 2, Schnittke Sonata No. 2 “Quasi una sonata”, Lutoslawski Partita

ECM album page

Concert program: Bartók Sonata No. 2, Carter “Four Lauds”, Stucky “Album Leaves”, Schnittke Sonata No. 2

LPR concert page with ticket link



The New York Times has praised violinist Miranda Cuckson’s “undeniable musicality,” while Gramophone has declared her “an artist to be reckoned with.” Born in Australia to Austrian/English and Taiwanese musician parents, she makes her ECM New Series debut – alongside pianist Blair McMillen – with three 20th-century milestones: the Hungarian Béla Bartok’s Violin Sonata No. 2 (1922), the Russian Alfred Schnittke’s Violin Sonata No. 2 “Quasi una Sonata” (1968) and the Pole Witold Lutosławski’s Partita for Violin and Piano (1984). “Bringing these great Slavic composers together enables us to hear each dealing with the dichotomies of form and spontaneity, playfulness and seriousness, folk expression and abstraction,” Cuckson explains. “The colors and traits of Slavic ethnic music are vibrantly in the foreground in Bartók’s music, more subsumed into abstraction and flavor in the Schnittke and Lutoslawski. Humor is a tool of provocation and survival in Schnittke and to some extent Lutoslawski, a cheeky attitude anchored by deep purpose. In Bartók, the boisterousness and teasing charm of folk dances gives way to moods of profound melancholy.”

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Jenny Wong, Assistant Conductor, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Jenny Wong, Assistant Conductor, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Following a national search, the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) has appointed Hong Kong native Jenny Wong assistant conductor for a two-year period beginning in May 2016.  Wong, who has served as a conducting fellow for the Oregon Bach Festival, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Distinguished Concerts International New York and Hong Kong SingFest, is one of the youngest conductors to win two consecutive World Champion titles at the World Choir Games (China, 2010) and the International Johannes Brahms Choral Competition (Germany, 2011).  Currently a D.M.A. candidate in choral conducting at USC Thornton School of Music, where she also completed her M.M. and has taught choral conducting, she has served as Visiting Director of Choral Activities at University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music for the past year.


“Jenny Wong is an exceptionally gifted artist,” says LAMC Artistic Director Grant Gershon.  “The Los Angeles Master Chorale will benefit greatly from her tremendous skills and keen artistic sensibilities.  I look forward to working closely with her over the next two seasons.”


“It is my privilege to work with Grant and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, a visionary team built of formidable artists that has paved the way for how choral music today can be authentic, relevant and transformative,” says Wong.  “I look forward to creating lifelong memories and learning so much from them and with them, as they continue to uncover new grounds and inspire many, like they have always inspired me.”


Among other responsibilities, Wong will conduct on upcoming LA Master Chorale programs, assist with rehearsals, help facilitate LAMC’s 16-voice Chamber Singers and collaborate with Gershon on artistic matters.  She will also cover the Artistic Director for all LAMC rehearsals and main-stage performances and assist with auditions as well as take a leadership role in LAMC outreach projects, including the High School Choir Festival, one of the region’s longest running and most far-reaching music education programs.


Still in her twenties, Wong began her conducting career in 2009 as conductor and music teacher at Hong Kong’s Diocesan Girls’ School.  Since then, she has conducted and performed in Germany, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea, China and across the United States.  Her numerous accomplishments include assisting Matthew Halls in rehearsing Verdi’s Requiem, and conducting the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra.  She was assistant conductor of the Donald Brinegar Singers, and, at USC, she was conductor of the USC Apollo Men’s Choir and recipient of the USC Chamber Singers Award.  Wong has given lectures on Chinese choral music and Chinese Christian hymnody.  In Hong Kong, she founded and directs her own female youth chorus, Flow Women’s Voices.  She also enjoys performing as a vocal soloist, having earned her undergraduate degree in voice performance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with highest honors.  She sang back-up for Elton John at the 2013 Emmy Awards and for Barry Manilow.  In 2007 she won 3rd place at the 62nd Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod vocal solo competition in Wales, and studied abroad in Vienna, Austria on scholarship in 2008.  Her teachers include Chet Alwes, Donald Brinegar, Simon Carrington, Ronnie Cheng, Cristian Grases, Matthew Halls, Morten Lauridsen, Larry Livingston, Helmuth Rilling, Jo-Michael Scheibe and Nick Strimple.


Previous LAMC Assistant Conductors have included Lesley Leighton, who was subsequently named Associate Conductor, and Ariel Quintana.


Giving a voice to Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Master Chorale is led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon.  Proclaimed “the nation’s most pioneering major chorus” (Los Angeles Times), it has also been hailed as “inspired” (The New York Times), “magnificent” (Chicago Tribune) and “a superb vocal ensemble” (The New York Observer).  The LA Master Chorale was founded in 1964 as a resident company of The Music Center of Los Angeles County and is the resident chorus at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Presenting its own concert series each season, it performs choral music from the earliest writings to the most recent contemporary compositions.  To date, the choir has commissioned 50 and premiered 99 new works, of which 69 were world premieres, and has been awarded three ASCAP/Chorus America Awards for Adventurous Programming as well as Chorus America’s prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence.  The LA Master Chorale has performed in more than 500 concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at both Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, and has toured with the orchestra to Europe and New York City.  It has also appeared at the Ojai Music Festival, the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival and the Overture Center in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as in leading venues throughout the Southland.  Its discography includes six commercial CDs under Gershon’s baton, and in summer 2016, LAMC releases its seventh recording and its first album on Cantaloupe Music, featuring the national anthems by Pulitzer Prize- and Grammy Award-winning composer David Lang, which was commissioned and premiered by the LA Master Chorale in 2014.  LAMC previously released three CDs under former Music Director Paul Salamunovich on RCM, including the Grammy-nominated Lauridsen-Lux Aeterna.  The LA Master Chorale is also featured with Gershon on the soundtracks of such major motion pictures as Lady in the Water and License to Wed.  Serving more than 30,000 audience members of all ages annually, the Los Angeles Master Chorale also provides education outreach to some 9,000 students and adults each year.

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6/8/13 1:30:40 PM  Chicago Symphony Orchestra Riccardo Muti Music Director Solti Conducting Competition Winner Matthew Aucoin     © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2013

6/8/13 1:30:40 PM
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Riccardo Muti Music Director
Solti Conducting Competition Winner Matthew Aucoin
© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2013

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) presents the world premiere of Evidence by gifted composer/conductor/poet Matthew Aucoin, the Metropolitan Opera’s youngest-ever assistant conductor, who conducts his work on Saturday, May 14, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and Sunday, May 15, 2016, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall.  Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducts the remainder of the program, which showcases piano “avatar” Marc-André Hamelin, whose “legend will grow…there is no one like him” (The New Yorker), in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, among the composer’s “Golden Period” piano concertos.  The program ends on a glorious note with Schumann’s deeply-felt Symphony No. 2 in C major.  As the concluding program of LACO’s 2015-16 Orchestral Series, the concerts mark the final appearances of LACO’s illustrious Principal Oboe Allan Vogel and Principal Flute David Shostac, who are retiring after 85 years of combined service to the Orchestra.


Additionally, USC Thornton School of Music students Joanna Lee and Philip Marten join the violin sections for the concerts as part of the LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, now in its sixth year, playing alongside Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and other LACO veterans.  Lee and Marten won the opportunity in a mock orchestral audition last year for strings as part of the 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.  Lee and Marten competed against violists, cellists, double bass players and fellow violinists before an esteemed panel of judges, including LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and Principal Cello Andrew Shulman.


Regarding his new work, Aucoin says, “A piece of music is a world that the composer dreamed up.  To me, that’s exciting because it means she or he has revealed some hidden powers lurking within this world.  The image that kept returning to me as I worked on Evidence was that of a journey from shore to shore in some challenging element, maybe a sea journey, or a journey through space.  Whatever the element is, I wanted to see if I could get from one shore to the other.”


LACO commissioned Aucoin, “one of the most sought-after young voices in classical music” (Wall St. Journal), as part of its singular and highly successful “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated during Music Director Jeffrey Kahane’s tenure 15 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works.  It 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 $300 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.


Aucoin, a recent graduate of Harvard College, also studied composition at The Juilliard School with Robert Beaser and has demonstrated great skill and promise in the realm of opera.  In 2015 his third opera, Crossing, debuted at the American Repertory Theater and his fourth, Second Nature, premiered at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  The Metropolitan Opera has asked for yet another opera from him as part of its new commissioning program. In addition to composing, Aucoin is also a skilled conductor, appearing with the Met as an assistant conductor and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through its Solti Conducting Apprenticeship. This season, he is one of three Dudamel Conducting Fellows with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  He was recently named LA Opera’s Artist-in-Residence.


Hamelin’s original blend of musicianship and virtuosity has earned him legendary status as a pianist.  Long known for his exploration of unfamiliar pianistic terrain, he is recognized worldwide for the originality and technical brilliance of his performances of the classic repertoire.  His career has been replete with accolades, among them nine Grammy® nominations, the 2014 ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year and the German Record Critics’ Lifetime Achievement Award.  Writing in The New Yorker, Alex Ross praised his “monstrously brilliant technique and his questing, deep thinking approach” and called Hamelin’s hands “among the wonders of the musical world.”

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists.  Kahane discusses with Aucoin his role as LACO’s Sound Investment composer and his new work.  Following the performance, ticket holders are invited to mingle with LACO musicians, including Vogel and Shostac, in the lobby at an after-party, which includes complimentary drinks and appetizers.


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 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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Los Angeles Children's Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

The singular and angelic sound of the acclaimed Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) has been delighting audiences locally, abroad and on the airwaves for three decades. Highlighting its rich history, LACC presents a special 30th Anniversary edition of its popular Spring Concert that includes performances by five of LACC’s premier and training choirs as well as a guest appearance by LACC Founding Director Rebecca Thompson and a performance by an alumni ensemble comprised of former choristers from across the country, on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena.  The program features a vibrant mix of music both contemporary and traditional from LACC’s extensive musical archives.


Two beloved LACC standards bookend the program, which opens with Kirke Mechem’s Sing All Ye Joyful and concludes with the American fiddle tune Sail Away.  Also featured are Vivaldi’s Domine Deus, Ruth Bashkoff’s I Will Bring You Brooches, the Brazilian folk song Menina Me Da Sua Mão, the spiritual Every Time I Feel the Spirit and Javier Busto’s Salve Regina.  Additional works include Renaissance composer Thomas Morley’s Sing We and Chant It, Allistair MacGillivrary’s Away from the Roll of the Sea, Ko Matsushita’s Ave Maria.


LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson conducts the chorus’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.  Associate Artistic Director Mandy Brigham leads the Intermediate Choir; Diana Landis conducts the Apprentice Choir; and Dr. Steven Kronauer conducts the Young Men’s Ensemble. LACC alumna Holly Barber leads the alumni ensemble.  The choirs will perform separately and combined.
For tickets (starting at $30) and information, visit or call (626) 793-4231. First United Methodist Church is located at 500 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91101.

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Robert Thies

Robert Thies

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) spotlights creative centers of the brain with music by Schumann and Ravel, two great composers affected by depression, during the third and final program of Westside Connections, a chamber music series with a twist, on Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica.  Curated and hosted by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Westside Connections’ 2015-16 season features LACO musicians and cutting-edge neuroscientists exploring “Music and the Mind” through performance and conversation, followed by Q&A with audiences.  The May program spotlights the work of Dr. Linda Liau, Neurosurgeon and Professor and Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program, who developed a procedure to avoid damage to the musical portion of the brain during surgery using maps of the brain as well as patients’ active participation.  Liau sheds light on how the brain interprets musical notes and where music is conceived in the brain, a discussion set against performances of art songs by Schumann and Deux mélodies hébraïques and String Quartet in F major by Ravel, both composers who suffered from depression.  Featured artists include special guests Jessica Rivera, soprano, whose voice has been praised for its “luster” (San Francisco Chronicle), and sought-after pianist Robert Thies.  They are joined by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and artists Maia Jasper, violin; Roland Kato, viola; and Andrew Shulman, cello.


Dr. Liau received a BS in Biochemistry and a BA in Political Science from Brown University; an MD degree from Stanford University; and a PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA.  Her research interests include translational experimental therapeutics of cell-based immunotherapy and gene therapies for brain tumors and characterization of molecular targets involved in brain tumor pathogenesis and progression.  She has been voted by her peers as a one of the Best Doctors in America and ranked as one of the top neurosurgeons in the country by U.S. News Top Doctors.


Rivera’s 2015-16 season features performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Nashville Symphony, excerpts from Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, a pops concert with the Pacific Symphony, Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Joshua Roman’s song cycle “we do it to one another” with Town Hall Seattle, Strauss’ Orchesterlieder with the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5” with the Grand Rapids Symphony, excerpts from Paola Prestini’s The Hubble Cantata with John Adams and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  She will also join the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon as Kumudha in John Adams’ A Flowering Tree, a role she created, under the baton of Joana Carneiro.


Thies, renowned for his consummate musicianship and poetic temperament, first captured worldwide attention in 1995 when he won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Thies enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist.  He has performed 40 different con­certos with orchestras around the world, including Russia’s Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia and the Mexico City Philharmonic.  Thies is highly sought after as a recital partner and is also a prolific recording artist of concert and film music.


Each year, LACO’s trademark three-part Westside Connections, now in its eighth season, steps outside the proverbial “music “box” to illustrate with fascinating intellectual discourse and superb artistry the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives.  In previous seasons, Westside Connections has explored connections between music and such disparate topics as architecture, the culinary arts, poetry, stories and the influences of Los Angeles on creativity.


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.


Tickets (beginning at $65) 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.  Student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office one hour before the concert.  Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for LACO’s three Westside Connections concerts at the Moss Theater, seven Orchestral Series concerts at either the Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall and Discover Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” at Ambassador Auditorium.  The Moss Theater at New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

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Thursday and Friday, June 16 & 17, 2016 at 7:30

Christ & St. Stephen’s Church

120 West 69th Street (between Broadway and Columbus), New York, NY 10023

$35 preferred, $30 general admission and $20 students/seniors in advance

($45, $40 and $25 at the door)

active military w/ I.D. – free

tickets: 866-811-4111


info: 212-260-1796


Suor Angelica is forced into a nunnery having born a son out of wedlock. After 7 years, her aunt arrives and commands her to sign a document that transfers her inheritance to her younger sister, who is about to be married. Desperate to know about her son, her aunt coldly informs her that the child took ill and died. No longer interested in remaining in the corporal world, she drinks poison. Seized by remorse, she implores the Virgin to save her. Enveloped in celestial radiance, a child appears and cradles his dying mother, while a choir of nuns and angels sings “Thou Art Saved.”

The evening will include chamber works by Puccini:

String Quartet in D Major – Chelsea Opera String Quartet

Salve Regina for Soprano and Organ
Crisantemi for string quartet



Megan Nielson, Suor Angelica

Leonarda Priore, La Zia Principessa

Joanie Brittingham, Suor Genovieffa

Juliana Curcio, La Suora Zelatrice

Terina Westmeyer, La Badessa

Juli Borst, La Maestra delle Novizie

Jennifer Allenby and Rachel Weishoff – Le Cercatrice

Erin Brittain and Elizabeth Moulton, Le Converse

Alexandra Fees, La Novizia

Mary Katheryn Monday, La Suora Infermiera

Alexander Jorge Grossman, Il Figlio

Sorrelle: Samantha Geraci-Yee, Sandy MacDonald, Loren Silber, Evelyn Carr, Kimmy Norrell

Samantha Kantak, guest soloist

Daniel Ficarri, guest organist

accompanied by the Chelsea Opera Chamber Orchestra

Benjamin Grow, conductor

Carol Wilson, stage director

Brent Barkhaus, costume designer

Leonarda Priore, properties design

Alexander Bartenieff, lighting design

Andrea Calabrese, make up design

Kristen Kemp, rehearsal pianist

Michael Denney, stage manager

Simer Singh Bhatia, orchestral reduction

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