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Matthew Halls, New Oregon Bach Festival Artistic Director

Matthew Halls, New Oregon Bach Festival Artistic Director


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.
Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the music and artists. LACO General Manager Andrea Laguni interviews Halls.

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.

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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”
Saturday, September 28, 2013, 6 pm
In the Hollywood Hills at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Italy

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
Saturday, October 5, 2013, 7 pm
At the Brentwood Residence of Ahmad and Haleh Gramian

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”
Thursday, October 17, 2013, 7 pm
in Beverly Hills at the Official Residence of the Consul General of France

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”
Saturday, November 2, 2013, 7 pm
In Hancock Park at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Germany

“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”
Friday, November 8, 2013, 7 pm
In Brentwood at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Australia

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.

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Free Seminar:  December 3, 2013, 3-5pm Eastern

Maximizing Your Concert Appearance

With Peter Gordon, Marty Ashby and Myles Weinstein

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Attend: in person at Saint Peter’s Church in midtown Manhattan or via live-stream

A performance can be so much more than showing up at a gig and playing your heart out. Today’s successful concert is part of a living, breathing ecosystem—connecting artist, presenter, social/print media, radio/television, and fans. In the first hour, the panel will outline strategies, techniques and innovative approaches to making the most of your live appearances. In the second hour, they’ll review specific projects spotlighting real-world successes within the CMA community.

Peter Gordon is the founder of Jazz Forward Coalition and Thirsty Ear Recordings, a 36 year-old indie record label that has released over 300 records. Gordon is a founding board member of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) . He was the lead negotiator in the landmark FCC radio accord and was a founding VP of the World Independent Network—WIN, representing 20 international music trade organizations. Gordon recently co-founded the Jazz Forward Coalition, a leadership group advocating sustainability and cultural growth for the Jazz community. www.thirstyear.com

Marty Ashby is the Executive Producer and founder of MCG Jazz, a program of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) in Pittsburgh, PA. He has produced over 2,000 concerts and 45 recordings on the MCG Jazz label, including three GRAMMY® Award and two Latin GRAMMY® Award winners and has raised over $25 million to support the MCG Jazz program.  He was recently awarded a EPP Goldman-Sachs fellowship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Myles Weinstein’s Unlimited Myles, Inc. exclusively represents such leading artists Regina Carter, Kenny Barron, Stefon Harris, Luciana Souza and Vijay Iyer.  From 1993-2001, Myles was the founding director of the jazz division at Herbert Barrett Management. He has played percussion, timpani and drums with Stefon Harris, Steve Turre, the Long Island Philharmonic and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra.   In the 90’s, he co-led with Chris Potter the ensemble, The Jazz Mentality.

First Tuesdays is a free professional development seminar series presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Commons. Workshops are live-streamed and archived on the CMA website.

 

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Free Seminar: The Affordable Care Act Primer

With Renata Maninaro, Eastern Region Director of Health Services for the Actors Fund

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Eastern

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Learn how the Affordable Care Act will affect musicians and small music companies. Health insurance options for people working in the performing arts should increase greatly in the coming year, as competitive insurance exchanges are implemented, along with subsidies for low- to middle-income subscribers, and small business tax credits.

Renata Marinaro, Eastern Region Director of Health Services for the Actors Fund,  will be your guide to the new health-insurance opportunities, which become effective as of   January 1, 2014.

First Tuesdays is a professional development workshop series that offers free monthly seminars for the small ensemble field from October through June. The program is presented by Chamber Music America in partnership with Saint Peter’s Church and Midtown Arts Common.

Funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional support for this seminar is provided by New York Community Trust, the Community Service Society and the Actors Fund.

 

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Benjamin Beilman

Benjamin Beilman


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra launches its 2013-14 season with “Beethoven, Mozart, Lutosławski & Kodály,” a dynamic program brimming with youth conducted by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and featuring 24-year-old violinist Benjamin Beilman, lauded by The New York Times for his “handsome technique,” on Saturday, September 21, 8 pm, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium, and Sunday, September 22, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Beilman, making his LACO debut, performs Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219, “Turkish,” written when the composer was just 19 years old. Kahane also conducts Beethoven’s Twelve Contredanses for Orchestra, Wo0 14, composed after Beethoven studied the art of dance music with Haydn and which contains fragments that appear in some of the composer’s later great masterworks. The program concludes with two works rooted firmly in the 20th Century – Kodály’s masterful and deeply personal Dances of Galánta, rich in folk melodies that reflect the composer’s idyllic childhood in the Hungarian countryside in Galánta, and Lutosławski’s Chain 2, the title of which is based on a musical form invented by the preeminent Polish composer and consists of two structurally independent strands linked together like chains. Beilman is also the featured soloist on Chain 2.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the music and artists.

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 and 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, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. 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 at either Ambassador Auditorium, Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall, LACO’s Discover Beethoven’s Eroica at Ambassador Auditorium, and all three Westside Connections concerts at the Moss Theater.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 44th season concludes with a flourish as Alisa Weilerstein, lauded by The New York Times as a “brilliant young American cellist,” performs Shostakovich’s thrilling Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 107, originally composed for legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, on Saturday, May 18, 2013, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and Sunday, May 19, 2013, 7 pm, at Royce Hall, UCLA. Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, who conducts the program and has long been committed to championing artists early in their careers, also presents the US premiere of up-and-coming French composer Hugo Gonzalez-Pioli’s The Love of Zero, an intriguing bassoon concerto, featuring LACO Principal Bassoon Kenneth Munday and played with Robert Florey’s avant-garde 1927 short silent film of the same title. Gonzalez-Pioli, whose work adds a touch of Hollywood to the program, is a 2012 graduate of USC’s prestigious Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program. The program opens with Beethoven’s dramatic Coriolan Overture, Op. 62, and also includes Within Her Arms, “a fragile elegy for fifteen strings” (The New York Times) by Anna Clyne, described as “dazzlingly inventive” (Time Out New York).

Weilerstein, who has attracted attention worldwide for playing that combines a natural virtuosic command and technical precision with impassioned musicianship, was named a MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient in 2011. The Los Angeles Times praised her “rich lyrical tone,” and the Washington Post applauded a previous performance of the Shostakovich concerto as “magisterial.”

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the music and artists. Composer Hugo Gonzalez-Pioli joins Jeffrey Kahane to discuss The Love of Zero.

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 2012-13 season, the Orchestra’s 44th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established and notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 16th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets ($25 – $110) are on sale now and may be purchased 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. 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.
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) enlightening “Baroque Conversations” series showcasing exceptional Baroque gems concludes with a program of works by Bach and two of his sons on Thursday, May 9, 2013, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer leads the Orchestra from the first chair in all four works on the program and doubles as the violin soloist for the concluding work, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042. A second JS Bach concerto, Oboe d’amore Concerto in A major (orig. Harpsichord Concerto No. 4), BWV 1055, features LACO Principal Oboe Allan Vogel. Also highlighted are the Sinfonia in D major, Op. 3, No. 1, by Bach’s 11th and youngest son, Johann Christian Bach, and the Sinfonia in D minor, “Adagio and Fugue,” FK 65, by his second son, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach.

Critics have called Batjer an “impressive,” “world class” violinist who plays with “panache…spirit and mastery.” Vogel has been hailed as “an aristocrat of his instrument” and “undoubtedly one of a few world masters.”

In addition to the performance, the event includes an engaging discussion by the artists of the program and audience questions. A complimentary wine reception for ticket holders begins at 6 pm.
LACO’s “Baroque Conversations” explores the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period, this season spotlighting the musical legacy of JS Bach and his sons.

Tickets ($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 the day of the concert.

MARGARET BATJER has served as concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1998. Throughout her successful career as soloist, chamber musician, teacher and concertmaster, she has established herself as a versatile and respected artist worldwide. Batjer made her first solo appearance at the age of 15 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO). She has since returned to the CSO and soloed with a succession of major orchestras, including The Philadelphia Orchestra and the St. Louis, Seattle and Dallas symphony orchestras. Batjer has performed with such European ensembles as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Prague Chamber Orchestra and Berlin Symphony Orchestra. As an esteemed chamber musician, she appears regularly at the Marlboro Music Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, Salzburg Festival, and Italy’s Naples and Cremona festivals. In 2008, she developed LACO’s acclaimed chamber music series, Westside Connections. Among her many noteworthy recordings, Batjer has twice recorded Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins: for the Philips label with Salvatore Accardo and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and in 2003, paired as soloist with Hilary Hahn for Deutsche Grammophon with Jeffrey Kahane conducting the LA Chamber Orchestra. Batjer is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Ivan Galamian and David Cerone. She joined the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in 2005.

Margaret Batjer Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster

Margaret Batjer Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster

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Members of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble and WQXR’s Terrance McKnight will host a live-streamed open rehearsal featuring music from the Three Part Inventions Chamber Music Series program, followed by a Q&A for both a live and online audience.

Reservations Required: http://www.oslmusic.org/concerts/free-concerts/osldmc

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The Pit Stop Players, a thirteen-member instrumental ensemble composed of veteran Broadway pit musicians, will conclude their fourth season with special guest Cynthia Nixon narrating a new work, plus a newly commissioned chamber arrangement of Igor Stravinsky’s towering masterpiece, “The Rite of Spring.” The concert will take place on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm at Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York City. Tickets range from $20-$35 and can be purchased online at Symphony Space Events or (212) 864-5400.

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On Monday, April 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM, the critically acclaimed Momenta Quartet (Emilie-Anne Gendron and Adda Kridler, violins; Stephanie Griffin, viola; Michael Haas, cello) will join pianist Molly Morkoski in a concert celebrating a diverse array of works by Jewish composers at the Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011; www.cjh.org).

Tickets: $15 general, $10 for seniors, students, and CJH/AJHS/YUM members with ID. Available at the door or online through http://www.cjh.org/event/2216.

The program, which features Momenta members in a range of collaborative capacities, underlines the quartet’s core tradition of championing living composers. “Sirius” (2012), a new piano quartet by Yeshiva faculty member David Glaser, will receive its New York premiere. Momenta members will be joined by pianist Molly Morkoski, whose playing has been critically hailed as “outstanding” by The Boston Globe and “exhilarating” by the American Record Guide. Momenta violist Stephanie Griffin will take the stage in “Malekhamoves” (2009), a solo work by the ClevelaMomenta Quartetnd-based composer Timothy Beyer.

The program also highlights an eclectic assortment of underrepresented 20th-century works. Momenta will draw from its unique personal repertoire for the evening’s featured string quartet selection, Stefan Wolpe’s aphoristic “Twelve Pieces for String Quartet” (1950). Seldom performed today, this ephemeral collection of character pieces totals less than 7 minutes. In contrast, Morkoski and Momenta violinist Emilie-Anne Gendron will present Aaron Copland’s lush and expansive Violin Sonata (1944), composed as a wartime memorial piece. Rounding out the program is Darius Milhaud’s jazz-infused piano-quintet suite “La création du monde,” op.81b (1922-23), a musical souvenir of the French composer’s trip to New York at the height of the Jazz Age.

This concert marks Momenta’s 5th concert appearance at the Center for Jewish History and its 4th year as the Bernice Diener Ensemble-in-Residence at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women.

For more information, contact Emilie-Anne Gendron at emilie@momentaquartet.com.

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