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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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Sunday, April 28, Brooklyn Museum
Wednesday, May 1, 2013, Morgan Library & Museum
Friday, May 3, 2013, Morgan Library & Museum

St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble traces the evolution and diversity of the trio reimagined over a period of 125 years with key works by Schubert, Brahms, and Bartók.

PROGRAM:
SCHUBERT Piano Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 148, D. 897 (“Notturno”)
SCHUBERT Piano Trio in B-flat Major, D. 28 (“Sonatensatz”)
BARTÓK Contrasts for clarinet, violin, and piano
BRAHMS Trio for clarinet, cello, and piano in A minor, Op. 114

For more information and tickets: http://www.oslmusic.org/concerts/calendar

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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.

Mona Simpson

Mona Simpson

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Momenta Quartet

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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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

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.

 

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