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Celebrated author Mona Simpson, whose 2011 novel My Hollywood features a classical composer as protagonist, joins members of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) on Monday, April 15, 2013, 7:30 pm, at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, for the final program in the Orchestra’s innovative “Westside Connections” chamber music series, which this season pairs LACO’s virtuosic musicians with top authors for a fascinating exploration of the relationship between “Music & Story.” Simpson offers her insights into the Beethoven Violin Sonata that inspired Tolstoy’s novella The Kreutzer Sonata, which in turn inspired Janáček’s String Quartet No. 1, both of which are performed by LACO artists as part of the evening. Janáček confided in a letter to his young muse Kamila Stösslová, “I was imagining a poor woman, tormented and run down, just like the one the Russian writer Tolstoy describes in his Kreutzer Sonata.”
LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, currently celebrating her 15th anniversary with the Orchestra, curates and hosts the series, which showcases the virtuoso talent of LACO musicians and illustrates the myriad ways music touches other artistic disciplines, society and our lives. Joining Batjer on piano for Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” Sonata is LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane. Principal Second Violin Josefina Vergara, Violin Carrie Kennedy, Associate Principal Viola Victoria Miskolczy, Associate and Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian are featured in Janáček’s String Quartet No. 1.
Simpson, whose other novels include Anywhere but Here, The Lost Father, A Regular Guy and Off Keck Road, is a professor of English at UCLA and of Languages and Literature at Bard College. She has received numerous accolades, including a Whiting Writer’s Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a Lila Wallace Readers Digest Writers award, a Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize and, most recently, an Arts and Letters Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the nation’s premier 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.
“Westside Connections” tickets ($50) are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001 x 1, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for groups of 12 or more. The Broad Stage is located at 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA, 90401.
Posted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement, tags: adda kridler, Cello, chamber music, composition, contemporary, contemporary music, Emilie-Anne Gendron, gordon beeferman, Michael Haas, Momenta Quartet, Music, new music, new york city, NYU, quartet, Stephanie Griffin, viola, violin, world premiere
On Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM, the critically acclaimed Momenta Quartet–recently praised by the New York Times for their diligence, curiosity and excellence” and the Washington Post for “an extraordinary musical experience”–will present five new pieces by NYU graduate composers at New York University’s Silver Center For Arts and Science, Room 220 (31 Washington Place, New York, NY 10003; between Greene Street and Washington Square East). Admission is free.
The concert features works by Gordon Beeferman, Adele Fournet, Moon Young Ha, Friedrich Heinrich Kern, and Jue Wang, all current Ph.D. students at NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. The pieces—four world premieres and one New York premiere, all written for Momenta—reflect each composer’s unique compositional interests, while exploring various unorthodox possibilities of staging, sonority, and collaboration.
The Momenta violinists will be highlighted in Friedrich Heinrich Kern’s duet “Les Adieux” (2013), and will be joined by their quartet colleagues in Moon Young Ha’s “…until that time I may…” (2013) and Jue Wang’s “Life in Stillness” (2013) for string quartet. Adele Fournet’s diptych “on death” (2013) will feature Momenta in collaboration with electric guitarist Felipe Wurst. Joined by guest dancer Stephanie Sleeper and composer Gordon Beeferman as pianist, Momenta will conclude with the New York premiere of “QUADRILLE” (2012) for string quartet, piano, and dancer: a theatrical work in which the musicians are fully integrated into Ms. Sleeper’s inventive choreography. This concert marks the continuation of Momenta and Beeferman’s longstanding collaboration, which originated in 2009 with the New York premiere of Beeferman’s String Quartet, followed by the world premiere of “QUADRILLE” at the Music at Gretna Festival in 2012.
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Posted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement, tags: Beethoven, Bion Tsang, Cello, chamber music, clarinet, Dvorak, Jon Manasse, Jon Nakamatsu, Music of the Spheres, piano, Poulenc, Stephanie Chase, violin
On February 15, Van Cliburn gold medalist Jon Nakamatsu - in his only NYC appearance this season – returns to perform chamber music with clarinetist Jon Manasse, cellist Bion Tsang and violinist/Artistic Director Stephanie Chase.
Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu
This program features music by Beethoven, Poulenc and Dvorak that reflects on life and its necessities, friendship, and nationalism. It will take place at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, located at 120 West 69th Street in New York City. The concert will start at 8:15 and is preceded by a talk at 7:30.
BEETHOVEN – Trio for piano, clarinet and cello, Op. 11
POULENC – Sonata for clarinet and piano, FP184
DVORAK – Piano Trio No. 4 “Dumky”
Beethoven’s delightful trio is partly inspired by a popular Viennese song containing the phrase “Before I go to work, I need something to eat.”
Dedicated to his friend Arthur Honegger, a fellow member of Les Six, Poulenc’s Sonata was commissioned by jazz great Benny Goodman, who premiered it (after Poulenc’s sudden death in 1963) with pianist Leonard Bernstein.
The word “Dumky” refers to the dumka, or an epic ballad of a somber nature containing contrasting cheerful sections. Dvorak’s “Dumky Trio” is among his most beloved chamber music compositions and dates from 1891.Admission at door: $30, $20 student/senior, cash or check only. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Advance tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.
For more information, visit the Music of the Spheres Society.
Posted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement, tags: ballet, Brighton, chamber music, classical, classical music, contemporary music, Experience, Juventas, new music, opera, Somerville, world premiere
From Juventas’ Project Fusion comes “Expérience”. A unique and unforgettable classical performance event that incorporates a ballet set in Cyberspace, a movement-based instrumental work, a chamber opera, and more!
Saturday, December 8 at 7pm, Museum of Modern Renaissance
115 College Ave, Somerville
Sunday, December 9 at 7pm, Center Makor
1845 Commonwealth Ave, Brighton
Tickets at www.juventasmusic.com
The first concert of Le Salon de Musiques’ 3rd season on October 14 will feature GLINKA’s Serenade for Piano Sextet on Theme from Bellini and LYAPUNOV’s Piano Sextet op 63, which is a US PREMIERE. The concert will be introduced by musicologist Julius Reder Carlson and performed by ROGER WILKIE and SARAH THORNBLADE on Violins, BRIAN DEMBOW on Viola, RON LEONARD on Cello, NICO ABONDOLO on Bass and GAVIN MARTIN on Piano. The performance will be followed by a one-hour informal conversation between the musicians and the audience where they can share ideas, concepts and impressions about the music performed while sipping French Champagne and enjoying a gourmet buffet prepared by Patina.
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – Fifth Floor
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
October 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm
GLINKA : Serenade for Piano Sextet on Theme from Bellini
LYAPUNOV: Piano Sextet op 63 USA PREMIERE
ROGER WILKIE (Violin), SARAH THORNBLADE (Violin),
BRIAN DEMBOW (Viola), RON LEONARD (Cello), NICO
ABONDOLO (Bass), GAVIN MARTIN (Piano)
Tickets: $65.00 per person $45.00 for students
There is a 10% discount if tickets are purchased for three or more concerts And a 20% discount for a full season subscription
Contact: www.leSalondeMusiques.com or (310) 498--0257
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) offers music lovers an opportunity to enjoy five intimate, elegant and entertaining “LACO à la carte” fundraising events pairing delectable international cuisine and exclusive musical performances in the spectacular private homes of the consuls general of the Czech Republic, Armenia and Austria as well as at Pacific Palisades’ historic Villa Aurora and a magnificent private estate in Pasadena.
Adding a special flourish to the season and illustrating that music truly knows no boundaries, each event features a different style of cuisine complimented by a salon performance by LACO musicians and guest artists. “LACO à la carte” is chaired by LACO board member Mahnaz Newman. This season celebrates the milestone LACO anniversaries of Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, in her 15th year with the Orchestra, and Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav, in her 10th year with the Orchestra.
Czech Republic à la carte
Thursday, October 11, 7 pm
in Westwood at the Official Residence of Consul General of the Czech Republic
Experience the flavorful cuisine and world famous beer of the Czech Republic at LACO’s season opening à la carte fête hosted by the Czech Republic’s Consul General, the Honorable Michal Sedlacek, and Mrs. Veronika Sedlackova at their beautiful Westwood residence. Musical highlights include a sneak peak of a new violin concerto written by Emmy®-nominated composer Benjamin Wallfisch for LACO’s Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav on the occasion of her 10th anniversary with the Orchestra. Stanislav’s colleague – and husband – LACO viola Robert Brophy is featured in Brahms’s inimitable Sonata for Viola and Piano, No.1 in F minor.
Germany à la carte
Saturday, October 13, 6 pm
at Pacific Palisades’ Villa Aurora, Artists’ Residence and Historic Landmark
The celebration continues when Concertmaster Margaret Batjer is spotlighted on the occasion of her 15th anniversary with LACO at a cosmopolitan evening showcasing the culinary riches of Germany hosted by Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades. This spectacular artists’ residence and historic landmark, set high on a hill overlooking the Santa Monica Bay, is described as a “true castle by the sea” by German novelist and 1929 Nobel Prize laureate Thomas Mann, who, along with playwright Bertolt Brecht and filmmaker Fritz Lang, is one of many famed émigrés to have socialized there with such icons as Charlie Chaplin. Batjer performs a selection of works tailored to the enchanted evening.
Armenia à la carte
Sunday, October 28, 6 pm
in Sherman Oaks at the Official Residence of Consul General of Armenia
The Honorable Grigor Hovhannissian, Consul General of Armenia, and Mrs. Victoria Hovhannissian host an à la carte event at their private home in Sherman Oaks. The evening offers the sumptuous cuisine and delicacies of this historically and culturally rich republic, located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe. Performing lively Armenian dances, LACO Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian adds an exotic flavor to the festivities.
Austria à la carte
Friday, November 16, 7 pm
in Brentwood at the Austrian Residence of Karin Proidl, Consul General of Austria
Karin Proidl, Consul General of Austria, hosts an evening at the stately Austrian residence in Brentwood that illuminates the dazzling cultural and musical vibrancy of Vienna with a lively performance by LACO Principals Josefina Vergara, violin II, and Nico Abondolo, bass, who are also husband and wife. Vienna, with its delightful sidewalk cafes, pastry shops, prized beers and white wines and compelling art, music and architecture, is also celebrated as a haven for gourmands with the emergence of a sophisticated culinary movement, embracing fresh, seasonal and local produce.
China à la carte
Saturday, November 17, 7 pm
at a Private Pasadena Estate
East West Bank generously hosts China à la carte, LACO’s final à la carte fundraiser of the season, at a gorgeous private Pasadena estate. The China-inspired evening features a moving musical program and a feast of the distinctive Chinese cuisine.
“LACO à la carte” is generously sponsored by LACO president K. Eugene Shutler and board members Ann Moore Mulally, Mahnaz and David Newman; and Ned and Dana Newman.
Tickets are $250 per person. Multiple-event packages include Chef’s Table Trio tickets at $600 per person for three events.
“LACO à la carte” events are on sale now and may be purchased by calling 213 622 7001 x 3. Details are available at www.laco.org/events.
LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 44-year history, the Orchestra has made 30 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered seven ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. LACO presents its Orchestral Series at both the Alex Theatre and Royce Hall, Baroque Conversations at Zipper Hall, Westside Connections chamber music series at The Broad Stage, and an annual Discover concert at Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO’s outreach programs Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program reach thousands of young people annually.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Posted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement, tags: chamber music, classical, classical music, Colorado, Conrad Kehn, Denver, emerging composers, Jeff Ashear, Music, new composers, new music, Nicholas ehlers, Young Person's Guide
New works by rising composers, including new Playground commissions and Conrad Kehn’s “Young Person’s Guide to Modern Music.”
Featuring: New Playground commissions by Jeff Ashear and Nicholas Ehlers, Conrad Kehn’s Young Person’s Guide to Modern Music, Greg Simon’s Piano Quintet No. 1 and Christopher Auerbach-Brown’s Pillars of Air.
Hamilton Recital Hall, Newman Center for the Performing Arts,
2344 E. Iliff ave.,
Denver CO, 80208
Tickets $18 adult, $16 seniors, free with Pioneer card or ANY student ID. Ticket prices include free parking at the Newman Center parking garage and a reception after the concert to greet the artists.
Lamont Concert Line (303) 871-6412
Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic return to the Music Guild for an exciting and varied program. Ariana Ghez, Principal Oboe of the LA Phil will be joined by members of the string section. Come hear three centuries of beautiful chamber music by Haydn, Beethoven, Britten, Arthur Bliss and Ennio Morricone.
• Ennio Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe” (title theme from “The Mission”)
• Benjamin Britten’s Opus 2 Phantasy Quartet
• Arthur Bliss’s Oboe Quintet
• Beethoven’s “Eyeglasses” Duo for Viola and Cello
• Haydn’s “Rider” Quartet
• Ariana Ghez, oboe
• Johnny Lee and Jin Shan-Dai, violin
• Dana Hansen, viola and piano
• Jason Lippman, cello
Posted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement, tags: chamber music, classical, classical music, Colorado, colorado new music, composition, Denver, k-12 composers, Metro State, Music, new composers, New composition, new music
Hosted by the Metro State Department of Music on the Auraria Campus, the Playground’s annual CoCoCo showcases chamber music written by residents of Colorado. Now in its 6th year CoCoCo has featured 49 works by 39 different Colorado-based composers including a number of K-12 composers. Each year one composer is selected to receive a commission to compose a new work specifically for the Playground. Watch our web site for the next deadline and be sure to alert any composers you know to this opportunity.
Auraria Campus King Center
855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Orchestral Series concludes with particular poignancy when Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducts a program featuring highly acclaimed composer/vocalist/pianist/guitarist Gabriel Kahane, his talented son, described as a “peerless musical polymath, invested equally in the worlds of concert, theater and popular music,” on Saturday, April 21, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and Sunday, April 22, 2012, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The concert, which marks their first Southern California father-son mainstage performance, spotlights the younger Kahane on piano, guitar and vocals with Jeffrey Kahane conducting the West Coast premiere of Gabriel’s Crane Palimpsest, a LACO co-commission with American Composers Orchestra, which premiered it at Carnegie Hall last month. The title, Crane Palimpsest, refers to a parchment that has been reused, or an object with multiple layers that lies beneath the surface. The work is set to Hart Crane’s Modernist poem To Brooklyn Bridge, which reflects the historical and spiritual essence of America, and includes song-like responses with Gabriel’s own text.
The evening opens with one of Charles Ives’ most popular works, Three Places in New England, which incorporates popular American tunes, and closes with Haydn’s masterwork, the exuberant Symphony No. 104 in D major, “London”.
The final concert set of LACO’s 2011-12 Orchestral Series, “Kahane²” takes place midway during the Orchestra’s three-week installation of Luke Jerram’s “Play Me, I’m Yours”, April 12 – May 3. This installation is the culmination of LACO’s season-long celebration of Music Director and pianist Jeffrey Kahane’s 15th anniversary with the Orchestra, and features 30 pianos, decorated by local artists and community organizations, placed in 30 locations across Los Angeles County for Angelenos to play 24-hours a day. The locations of the 30 pianos, and artists and community partners involved in the project are available at streetpianosLA.com.
“Kahane²” is made possible, in part, by a grant from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music. Gabriel Kahane’s appearance at the Alex Theatre is sponsored by Bill Cooney and at Royce Hall by J. Robert & Barbara Bragonier.
Concertgoers are invited to celebrate the new work with LACO musicians in the lobby after the concert. Complimentary refreshments are provided for all ticket holders.
Tickets ($24 – $105) 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 rush tickets one hour before curtain.
Gabriel Kahane to perform with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra