Annual Gala Concert, featuring Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D Major, Robert Sirota’s A Sinner’s Diary & Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence.
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Apr 13 2015
Annual Gala Concert, featuring Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D Major, Robert Sirota’s A Sinner’s Diary & Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence.
Mar 12 2015
The Music of the Spheres Society welcomes back the acclaimed pianist Sara Davis Buechner for a program of music by and associated with famed violinist Efrem Zimbalist and his son, actor Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.The concert will take place at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church near Lincoln Center. The Society’s artistic director, violinist Stephanie Chase, is also featured. The esteemed musical instrument expert Stewart Pollens will give a pre-concert talk at 7:30 PM, included in concert admission, on “The Violin and Bad Science.”
Efrem Zimbalist (1890-1985) was among the premiere violinists of the early 20th century. At 12 he became a student of the world renowned teacher Leopold Auer, and made successful debuts with major orchestras – including the Berlin Philharmonic and London Symphony – before his early 20′s. His first wife was a world-famous soprano, Alma Gluck, with whom he made a number of recordings. An avid music arranger, Zimbalist added violin parts to a number of songs and was a champion of “early” music, often using his own arrangements of works in his recitals, in addition to composing original music for violin and piano. In 1928 he began teaching violin at the esteemed Curtis Institute and was its director between 1941 and 1968.
Although remembered today for his acting roles, especially in television’s “77 Sunset Strip” and “The F.B.I.,” his son Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (1918-2014) also studied music seriously as a youth. He had already encountered success as an actor and producer on Broadway when the death of his first wife , from cancer at only 30, led him to retreat from acting. His father was then director of the Curtis Institute and encouraged Efrem Jr. to join him at Curtis in Philadelphia, where for a few years Efrem Jr. took on duties that at one point included Dean of Students. It was during this period of recovery that he composed his violin sonata – a work that his father featured on his own retirement recital in 1964.
This concert features rarely heard music either composed or arranged by both Efrems – including the virtuosic Fantasy on music by Rimsky-Korsakov - plus a favorite concert work for Efrem Sr., the Violin Sonata in D Minor by Johannes Brahms.
DATE: Friday, March 20, 2015; 8:15 PM
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
“One of the violin greats of our era” (Newhouse News), Stephanie Chase enjoys an international career with concert performances in twenty-five countries. As soloist, Ms. Chase has appeared with over 170 orchestras worldwide, among them the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, American Classical Orchestra, National Symphony (Mexico), Hanover Band, San Francisco Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic.
“The Violin and Bad Science” by Stewart Pollens
In recent years, scientists have attempted to discover the “secrets” of Stradivari and other important musical instruments makers. In a number of studies, faulty scientific methods and dubious experimental techniques have been employed; in others, legitimate double-blind evaluations of tonal qualities, acoustical measurements and dendrochronology have yielded results that have been misrepresented or fancifully interpreted.
Stewart Pollens is the former conservator of musical instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1974-2006) and the author of books including “The Early Pianoforte,” “Stradivari,” and the forthcoming “The Manual of Musical Instrument Conservation,” all published by Cambridge University Press.
The Music of the Spheres Society is now in its 14th year of “exploring the links between music, philosophy and the sciences” (New Yorker). Inspired by the Neo-Platonic academies of 16th and 17th-century Italy, which combined discourse with musical presentations, it was co-founded by Artistic Director Stephanie Chase with the mission of promoting classical music through innovative chamber music concerts and pre-concert lectures which illuminate music’s historical, philosophical and scientific foundations, in order to give greater context for music to the average audience member. For more information about the Society, visit www.musicofthespheres.org.
Jan 16 2015
From Ragtime to Romantic Riches
Friday, February 6 at 8:15 pm
Among the most celebrated musicians of our day, pianist Jon Nakamatsu and clarinetist Jon Manasse join violinist Stephanie Chase in a concert program inspired by Bartok’s chamber work for an unusual combination of instruments.
Don’t miss this exploration of diverse musical styles- including jazz, popular, contemporary, Romantic, gypsy, and ragtime – with these “outstanding” (New York Times) musicians!
Leonard Bernstein – Sonata for clarinet and piano (1941-42)
Tickets: Advance tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com. Admission also at the door: $30 adult, $20 senior/student, cash or check only. Doors open at 7:15 pm.
Stephanie Chase is recognized as “one of the violin greats of our era” (Newhouse Newspapers) through appearances with eminent orchestras that have included the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Dallas Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Hanover Band, and London Symphony. Her performances are acclaimed for their “elegance, dexterity, rhythmic vitality and great imagination” (Boston Globe) as well as “stunning power” (Louisville Courier-Journal) and “matchless technique” (BBC Music Magazine).
American pianist Jon Nakamatsu continues to draw unanimous praise as a true aristocrat of the keyboard, whose playing combines elegance, clarity, and electrifying power. A native of California, Mr. Nakamatsu came to international attention in 1997 when he was named Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the only American to have achieved this distinction since 1981. Mr. Nakamatsu has performed widely in North and South America, Europe, and the Far East, collaborating with such conductors as James Conlon, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Osmo Vänskä and Hans Vonk. He also performed at a White House concert hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton.
Clarinetist Jon Manasse is internationally acclaimed for his inspiring artistry, uniquely glorious sound and charismatic performing style. His solo appearances include performances at the major venues of New York City and fourteen tours of Japan and Southeast Asia with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, concerts in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Osaka, and acclaimed concerto performances with Gerard Schwarz and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra in New York and Tokyo.
Pre-concert talk at 7:30, included in concert admission: “Music and Early Childhood” by Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma.
Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma is a Developmental Pediatrician and a musician. A graduate of Radcliffe College and Harvard Medical School, she works with children with developmental disorders in the Bronx and Queens. A former child prodigy who at age five became a pupil of violinist Arthur Grumiaux, she is the Executive Director of The Children’s Orchestra Society – which was founded by her father – and performs as a chamber musician in addition to teaching violin, viola, and chamber music for COS. Informally known as the “Music Doctor,” Dr. Ma’s recent interests include optimizing communication in all children, exploring the relationship of music to young children’s temperament, and using music as a means to find the “inner language” of children who have difficulties in verbal communication.
Inspired by the Neo-Platonic academies of 16th and 17th-century Italy, which combined discourse with musical presentations, the Music of the Spheres Society was founded in 2001 by its artistic director, Stephanie Chase, and Ann Ellsworth. Its mission is to promote classical music through innovative chamber music concerts and pre-concert lectures which illuminate music’s historical, philosophical and scientific foundations, in order to give greater context for music to the average audience member.
For more information, visit the Music of the Spheres Society website or call (212) 877-4402.
Jan 07 2015
Karina Canellakis, hailed as a “masterful” violinist and recognized as one of America’s most promising young conductors, makes her Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra debut showcasing her dual talents performing and leading Vivaldi’s vivid Violin Concerto, “La tempesta di mare” (“Storm”) and conducting Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 on Saturday, January 24, 2015, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, January 25, 2015, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. She also conducts John Adams’ early masterpiece Shaker Loops, and Finnish composer Pēteris Vasks’s powerfully meditative Lonely Angel, on which she also performs the violin solo.
Canellakis, recently appointed Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony, is the winner of the 2013 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, founded by Marin Alsop, and served as a Conducting Fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center last summer. She made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut on the American Soundscapes series. Praised as a violinist for her “lustrous tone…power and expressiveness” (Philadelphia Inquirer), she appears as soloist with orchestras across the country and has played on a regular basis with both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony.
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 2014-15 season, the Orchestra’s 46th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 18th season as LACO’s music director.
Tickets, starting at $26, 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 Mozart’s Requiem and three Westside Connections concerts.
Sep 05 2014
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, launches its 2014-15 season with the world premiere of a work for strings and percussion by young Australian-born composer Cameron Patrick, Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 5, and Saint-Saëns’ seldom-performed Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian,” on Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Saint-Saëns’ concerto features the LACO debut of Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen, proclaimed an “exciting new talent” (The New York Times), who has been hailed for his “dazzling keyboard technique and broad and varied textural palette” (San Francisco Chronicle).
According to Patrick, his piece, Lines of the Southern Cross, explores the mystery, wonder, joy and, even pain that the Australian landscape holds. The work draws upon a musical tradition called the songline, an oral map that describes geographical features and also celebrates the inseparable connection between the continent’s indigenous people and the land itself.
After graduating from the University of Queensland, Patrick played violin professionally in Brisbane before moving to the US to further his studies at USC and has since carved out a career in Los Angeles as a composer, violinist and violist. His classical works range from Impressions of Erin, a concert commission from the Camerata of St. John’s Chamber Orchestra, to a solo viola work premiered in Los Angeles in 2008. His notable credits as a motion picture orchestrator and arranger include Super 8, Star Trek Into Darkness, Cars 2, Up and Hunchback Of Notre Dame.
Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists. Music Director Jeffery Kahane discusses Lines of the Southern Cross with composer Cameron Patrick. After the performance, ticket holders are invited to celebrate the season’s opening concert with musicians at an after-party in the lobby with complimentary appetizers and drinks.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2014-15 season, the Orchestra’s 46th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 18th season as LACO’s music director.
Tickets, starting at $26, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, 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 Mozart’s Requiem and three Westside Connections concerts.
Jul 11 2014
On Friday, August 8, 2014, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) will present Cuatro Corridos, a chamber opera addressing one of the most critical human rights issues of our time: human trafficking. Based on true events, the one-hour production tells the stories of women trapped in a cycle of prostitution and slavery in and around the San Diego/Tijuana border region and represents an unprecedented collaboration between internationally acclaimed Mexican and US-based creative artists.
The benefit event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at The Colburn School’s Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Ticket price for the benefit is $100 and includes general admission to the performance and to the post performance reception. $75 of the ticket price is a tax-deductible contribution to LAFLA and will help support its services to victims of human trafficking who are forced to work in the sex trade, sweatshops, fields and even private homes under exploitative and abusive conditions and for meager or non-existent wages.
Celebrating its 85th anniversary as Los Angeles’ frontline law firm for poor and low-income people and communities, LAFLA’s services include a range of specialized legal services to aid and empower human trafficking victims to escape exploitation and pursue their legal rights. LAFLA’s Executive Director Silvia R. Argueta says of the event, “We feel that Cuatro Corridos is a beautiful, engaging, and innovative way for LAFLA to draw attention to this critical issue and rally support to help fight against this form of modern-day slavery and a humanitarian crisis that affects those most vulnerable among us.”
Led by Grammy Award winning soprano Susan Narucki and noted Mexican author Jorge Volpi, Cuatro Corridos features original music by composers Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang and Hebert Vázquez. Three distinguished performers of new music, percussionist Ayano Kataoka, pianist Aleck Karis, and guitarist Pablo Gomez, accompany Narucki in sharing the compelling stories of four women whose lives are scarred by human trafficking.
Cuatro Corridos had its first performance at the Conrad Prebys Music Center at the University of California, San Diego in May, 2013, with subsequent performances in Tijuana, Dallas, and Albuquerque. The innovative project seeks to heighten public awareness about human trafficking by offering public forums in conjunction with performances. Cuatro Corridos has been the recipient of support from the MAP Fund for the Performing Arts/Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, UC MEXUS, and most recently, by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets are available through Eventbrite.com
Apr 05 2014
Now in its 13th concert season, on its April 24th program the Music of the Spheres Society will feature music by several iconoclasts of the early 20th century: Sergei Prokofiev, Bela Bartok, Charles Ives and Camille Saint-Saens – and if you are wondering why we are including Saint-Saens, it is because he was among the first composers to write music for film, in his case “The Assassination of the Duke of Guise” in 1908. He is also close to our hearts because of his interest and expertise in geology, archaeology, botany, lepidoptery, mathematics, acoustics, occult sciences, Roman theatre decoration, and ancient instruments. Last but not least, as a member of the Astronomical Society of France; Saint-Saens lectured on mirages, designed a telescope and planned concerts to correspond with astronomical events such as solar eclipses!
The concert features the Sonata for violin solo, op. 115 (1947) by Sergei Prokofiev; the Sonata no. 1 for violin and piano (1923) by Bela Bartok; the Largo for clarinet, violin and piano (1901, rev. 1934) by Charles Ives; and the Sonata for clarinet and piano (1921) by Camille Saint-Saens.
Violinist and Artistic Director Stephanie Chase will be joined by pianist Brian Connelly and clarinetist Jon Manasse. The concert will start at approximately 8:15 pm at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, located at 120 West 69th Street in Manhattan. Tickets are available at the door at $30, $20 student/senior, cash or check only. Doors open at 7:15 pm. Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.
At 7:30 pm, Joseph Sherman will give what promises to be a fascinating talk on “Music Education in New York City Public Schools – 1950 to Now,” which is included in concert admission. Mr. Sherman is the founding principal of the High School for Violin and Dance in the Bronx and an avid saxophonist and violinist. For more information, please visit www.musicofthespheres.org or call (646) 678-0391.
“All the basic virtuoso qualities — intonation, rhythmic accuracy, flawless phrasing, and the like — are to be heard in Jon Manasse’s playing, yet what sets him apart is his exceptionally beautiful sound. Hearing his warmth of tone in all registers is like listening to a top-class vocalist or violist. It’s radiantly gripping.” – San Francisco Classical Voice “ “(Stephanie Chase is) a supreme musical performer whose complete virtuosity enables her to ennoble everything she plays.” – Byron Belt, Newhouse Newspapers
“Brian Connelly is…a technically masterful and naturally gifted musician (whose) playing contained many moments of beauty and refinement.” - Peninsula Reviews
STEPHANIE CHASE is acclaimed as “one of the violin greats of our era” (Newhouse News) and excels in the virtuoso soloist’s repertoire, period instrument practice, contemporary music, chamber music, and music education. As violin soloist she has appeared with the world’s most illustrious orchestras, among them the Chicago Symphony, London Symphony and New York Philharmonic, and her playing is widely acclaimed for its “elegance, dexterity, rhythmic vitality and great imagination” (Boston Globe). Her recording of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Romances, the first ever on period instruments, has been declared “one of the twenty most outstanding performances in the work’s recording history” (Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Cambridge University Press) and honored with the highest possible ratings by BBC Music Magazine and Classic CD. Among Ms. Chase’s many awards are a top medal at the Tchaikovsky Competition and the Avery Fisher Career Grant. She co-founded the Music of the Spheres Society in 2001.
Among the most distinguished classical artists of his generation, clarinetist JON MANASSE is internationally recognized for his inspiring artistry, uniquely glorious sound and charismatic performing style. His solo appearances include New York City performances at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts´ Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Hunter College´s Sylvia & Danny Kaye Playhouse, Columbia University, Rockefeller University and The Town Hall, fourteen tours of Japan and Southeast Asia – all with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, debuts in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Osaka and acclaimed concerto performances with Gerard Schwarz and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, both at Lincoln Center´s Avery Fisher Hall and at the prestigious Tokyu Bunkamura Festival in Tokyo. Among the orchestras with which he has appeared as soloist are the Academy of St. Martin’s in the Fields, the Augsburg, Alabama, Dayton, Evansville, Indianapolis Symphonies, the National Philharmonic, and Canada´s Symphony Nova Scotia.
Jon Manasse appears frequently in highly praised duo concerts with pianist Jon Nakamatsu, and together they have released several recordings. Their acclaimed recording for Harmonia Mundi of the Brahms quintets for clarinet and piano, in collaboration with the Tokyo String Quartet, was released in 2012.
Pianist BRIAN CONNELLY’s performances span an unusually broad range of historical and modern repertoires. Born in Detroit, he attended the University of Michigan, where he studied with pianists Gyorgy Sandor and Theodore Lettvin. Mr. Connelly has premiered works by a host of contemporary composers such as William Albright, Karim Al-Zand, Derek Bermel, William Bolcom, Paul Cooper, David Diamond, Ross Lee Finney, and many others. He is a frequent guest with new-music groups such as the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and the Chicago Contemporary Players, and he was recently featured in the Carnegie Hall series Making Music in a tribute to composer William Bolcom.
Known for his affinity for the works of Olivier Messiaen, Connelly’s recent performances include Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus and Catalogue d’Oiseaux for piano, the complete songs cycles with soprano Carmen Pelton and mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer, all of the chamber music, the Oiseaux exotiques with chamber orchestra, and the Trois petites liturgies de la Présence Divine with conductor Donald Runnicles at the Grand Teton Music Festival. Mr. Connelly is also widely respected as a scholar and performer of historical instruments, appearing in the U.S. and Europe on 18th- and 19th-century pianos by Walther, Rosenberger, Graf, Pleyel, Bösendorfer, and Streicher. He has for 13 years been a member of the renowned ensemble Context; and his recent recordings with that group—of music by Robert Schumann and Prince Louis Ferdinand—have received exuberant praise.
Apr 02 2014
Concertos by Vivaldi, Telemann and Handel are illuminated as part of LACO’s “Baroque Conversations” series featuring widely admired Baroque violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock, concertmaster and leader of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, on Thursday, April 17, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The program includes Vivaldi’s Concerto in F minor for Strings, RV 143; Concerto in E minor for Violin, Strings and Continuo, “Il Favorito”, Op. 11, No. 2; and Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, Two Flutes, Two Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Continuo, RV 566; Telemann’s Concerto in G major for Four Violins, TWV 40:201; and Handel’s Concerto Grosso in C major, “Alexander’s Feast”, HWV 318. Blumenstock is joined by members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
LACO’s highly regarded “Baroque Conversations,” now it its eighth year, explores the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. This year the series spotlights how Baroque composers transformed a simple theme or melody into grand, complex and intricate variations and great music. In signature LACO style, each concert host shares insights into the music and invites questions from the audience, providing an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a more personal level. A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm.
The “Baroque Conversations” series concludes on May 1, 2014 when LACO Music Director and esteemed pianist Jeffrey Kahane performs Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
Tickets for individual concerts (beginning at $55) are available online at laco.org, 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 ($10), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office one hour before the concert.
Jan 03 2014
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), continuing a long-established relationship with the Oregon Bach Festival, welcomes the Festival’s new Artistic Director Matthew Halls as guest conductor in his California debut, leading a program that spans the centuries and spotlights LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Principal Cello Andrew Shulman, Principal Oboe Allan Vogel and Principal Bassoon Kenneth Munday, on Saturday, January 25, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and Sunday, January 26, 2014, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Halls, “a fresh and forceful talent” whose “music-making is strongly and clearly sculpted” (The Times, London), leads Mozart’s Ballet Music from Idomeneo, K. 367, Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante in B-flat major, and Beethoven’s playful Symphony No. 1 in C major, which was instantly hailed as a masterpiece. Providing a dramatic counterpoint to the program is Aaron Jay Kernis’ solemn Musica Celestis, a string-orchestra transcription of one of his string quartets that has been likened to Barber’s famous Adagio.
Halls, known for his dynamic work with both major symphony orchestras and opera companies and for his probing and vibrant interpretations of music of all periods, has been lauded by the Irish Times for his “discerning energy.” Based on the tremendous impact of his performances when he appeared for the first time at the Oregon Bach Festival in 2011, he was asked to succeed Helmuth Rilling as artistic director. He has since returned annually and assumed the post in July at the conclusion of the 2013 festival.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2013-14 season, the Orchestra’s 45th, 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 17th season as LACO’s music director.
Tickets, starting at $25, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, 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 ($10), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Beethoven’s Eroica and three Westside Connections concerts.
Sep 25 2013
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) presents five intimate, elegant and entertaining “LACO à la carte” fundraising events pairing delectable international cuisine with exclusive musical performances in the spectacular private homes of the Consuls General of Italy, France, Germany and Australia as well as one event at a magnificent private estate in Brentwood. Providing a decidedly cosmopolitan flair to LACO’s wide ranging musical offerings and illustrating that music truly knows no boundaries, each unique event features a different type of cuisine complemented by a salon performance by LACO musicians and guest artists. The series, now in its fifth year, also celebrates milestone LACO anniversaries of Principal Harp JoAnn Turovsky, in her 25th year with the Orchestra, and the 15th anniversaries of Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara and Associate Principal Violin II Sarah Thornblade. Proceeds help support education outreach programs of LACO, proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International.
“LACO à la carte” is chaired by LACO board member Mahnaz Newman. Sponsors include Ahmad and Haleh Gramian, Ann Mulally, Mahnaz and David Newman, Ned and Dana Newman, Michael and Linda Rosen and Gene Shutler.
“Italy à la carte”
Experience mouthwatering cuisine and celebrated wines of Italy at the first “LACO à la carte” of the season hosted by the Honorable Giuseppe Perrone, Consul General of Italy, and Mr. John Brooks in their beautiful Hollywood Hills residence. Musical highlights, paying homage to the violin’s Italian roots include dazzling duets performed by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and Violin Julie Gigante.
“Iran à la carte” – Premium Event Celebrating LACO’s 45th Anniversary
LACO pulls out the stops to celebrate the 45th anniversary of its inaugural concert when dedicated LACO Board member Ahmad Gramian and his wife, Haleh, host the second “LACO à la carte” in their gorgeous Brentwood home. Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav and LACO principals Roland Kato, viola, and Andrew Shulman, cello, explore works by Mozart and others, as well as musical themes of freedom, tolerance and justice in honor of the Cyrus Cylinder, the 2,600-year-old Persian human rights artifact on view at the Getty Villa in October. Exquisite Persian delicacies, beautifully presented in three lavish buffet courses, add a flavorful note to the anniversary celebration.
“France à la carte”
The Honorable Axel Cruau, Consul General of France, and Mrs. Dourène Cruau, host the season’s third “LACO à la carte” at their stately French residence in Beverly Hills in an evening illuminating the dazzling cultural and musical vibrancy of France with a recital of unaccompanied cello works performed by noted guest artist Jean-Guihen Queyras, who is also featured in the LACO’s Orchestral Series concerts on October 19 and 20. Superb French food and fine wine cap the party.
“Germany à la carte”
“LACO à la carte” continues when Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara and Associate Principal Violin II Sarah Thornblade are spotlighted on the occasion of their 15th anniversaries with LACO at a cosmopolitan evening showcasing the culinary riches of Germany hosted by the Honorable Consul General of Germany, Dr. Bernd Fischer, and Mrs. Jutta Fischer, in their elegant Hancock Park home. LACO Principal Keyboard Patricia Mabee and cello Trevor Handy join Vergara and Thornblade to perform the music of JS Bach and his contemporaries, providing flair to a delicious German dinner complete with wine and Kölsch beer.
“Australia à la carte”
Concluding the 2013 “LACO à la carte” series in grand style is an evening that invites guests to travel “down under” for a taste of Australia’s flourishing wine industry and inventive cuisine while celebrating the beauty and mystery of the harp. The event, hosted by Australia’s Consul General, the Honorable Karen Lanyon, and Mr. Craig Mills, at their beautiful Brentwood residence, features an intimate concert of Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp performed by Principal Harp JoAnn Turovsky, marking her 25th anniversary with LACO, Australian-born Victoria Miskolczy, associate principal viola, and David Shostac, principal flute.
“LACO à la carte” tickets are $275 per person. Tickets for the premium “Iran à la carte” are $325 per person. Multiple-event packages include Chef’s Table Trio tickets at $700 per person for three events. Premium Chef’s Table Trio tickets for three events including the premium event are $750 per person.
“LACO à la carte” events may be purchased by calling 213 622 7001 x 3. Details are available at www.laco.org/events.