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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

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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

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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

“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, 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

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) continues its popular “Baroque Conversations” with a program featuring three Bach sonatas performed by LACO Music Director and keyboardist Jeffrey Kahane and three LACO principals on Thursday, April 19, 2012, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Kahane, who celebrates his 15th anniversary as LACO music director, performs the Viola da Gamba Sonata in G major, BWV 1027 with Principal Cello Andrew Shulman; the Oboe Sonata in G minor, BWV 1030b with Principal Oboe Allan Vogel; and the Violin Sonata in E major, BWV 1016 with Concertmaster Margaret Batjer. In signature LACO style, Kahane shares his insights into the music from the stage and invites questions from the audience. A complimentary pre-concert wine reception for ticket holders begins at 6 pm.

LACO’s “Baroque Conversations” series explores the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period.

Tickets ($50) are on sale now and may be purchased online at, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001 x 1, 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 prior to the concert with appropriate college ID.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Baroque Conversations”
Jeffrey Kahane, host & keyboard
Andrew Shulman, cello
Allan Vogel, oboe
Margaret Batjer, violin

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 7 pm

Zipper Concert Hall
The Colburn School
200 South Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

BACH Viola da Gamba Sonata in G major, BWV 1027
BACH Oboe Sonata in G minor, BWV 1030b
BACH Violin Sonata in E major, BWV 1016

LA Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jeffrey Kahane

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The April 22 Le Salon de Musiques program will feature Arensky: Variations On A Theme By Tchaikovsky Opus 35 For Violin, Viola And Two Cellos and Tchaikovsky String Sextet “ Souvenir De Florence“ with Julie Gigante and Roberto Cani on Violins, Andrew Duckles & Alma Lisa Fernandez on Violas, Timothy Landauer & David Low on Cellos. The performance is accompanied by Champagne, food by Patina and informal conversation introduced by musicologist Julius Reder Carlson. Tickets are $65 and $45 for students (including concert and refreshments) and are available on line at or by calling (310) 498-0257.

By removing the stage, Le Salon de Musiques offers a more personal touch to listeners eager to familiarize themselves with Chamber Music. The goal is to bring together an audience of disparate backgrounds…music lovers who believe that this form of melodic artistry brings out the best in humanity.
Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – Fifth Floor
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Tickets: $65.00
$45.00 Students
There is a 10% discount if tickets are purchased for three or more concerts

Contact: or (310) 498-0257

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Come see the premier of Conrad Kehn’s Playgrosso, a concerto for Playground and Orchestra. World Premier!!
First Presbyterian Church
1820 15th Street
Boulder, CO 80302

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Long before hip-hop and line dancing became popular crazes, Baroque court dances were all the rage, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) along with members of the acclaimed American Contemporary Ballet brings to life this fascinating 18th-century art form at the second of the Orchestra’s popular Family Concerts, “Fool for Dance,” on April Fool’s Day, Sunday, April 1, 2012, 2 pm. LACO musicians, led by guest conductor Lucinda Carver, who is also a prominent pianist and harpsichordist, present selections from Ravel’s delightful Le tombeau de Couperin and Respighi’s evocative Gli uccelli (The Birds), both of which, though written in 1919 and 1927 respectively, took their cues from Baroque court dances. Carver has enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with LACO over the years having previously led concerts on the Orchestra’s Family Concerts and Baroque Conversations series.

LACO Family Concerts, recommended for ages 5 to 105, are designed for children with little or no previous musical experience and include a performance prefaced by creative activities to amuse, enrich and engage them. Beginning at 1 pm, these include crafts with California Science Center, physics-related activities offered by Kidspace Children’s Museum as well as an “Instrument Petting Zoo,” where youngsters handle and play brass, woodwind and string instruments with the assistance of students from the Pasadena Conservatory of Music.

The final LACO Family Concert this season takes place on Sunday, May 6 (“Mozart & Me”).

Tickets are priced at $12 and $20 and may be purchased online at or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Tickets to individual concerts will also be available at the venue box office on the day of the concert, if tickets remain. Discounted tickets are available by phone for groups of 12 or more. Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

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Other Works Include West Coast Premiere
of Mozart/Andres Mozart “Coronation” Concerto re-composition,
and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV. 550

Saturday, March 24, 2012, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, March 25, 2012, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) Music Director Jeffrey Kahane weaves together works old, new and somewhere in between in a fascinating orchestral program that opens with the world premiere of Old Keys, a new concerto by young composer and piano virtuoso Timothy Andres, winner of the prestigious 2011 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer award, on Saturday, March 24, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and Sunday, March 25, 2012, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Old Keys, an abstract piano concerto about form and gesture, was composed as part of LACO’s innovative “Sound Investment” commissioning program, now in its second decade. Andres is also the featured pianist for the concert’s West Coast premiere of one of his other pieces, the Mozart/Andres Mozart “Coronation” Concerto re-composition, an intriguing classical “mash-up” in which Andres has replaced entirely Mozart’s incomplete sketches for the left hand, thereby adding his own decidedly 21st-century stamp to Mozart’s work. Of Andres’ considerable talent, The Boston Globe proclaims, “New music cannot be intimidating when played with this degree of skill.” Kahane wraps up the concert with Mozart’s beloved Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550. The concert is sponsored by the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation with the appearance of Timothy Andres sponsored by Ernst & Young, LLC.

Old Keys’ intriguing title comes from a work Andres set to Hart Crane’s My Grandmother’s Love Letters for solo bass and voice. He says, “The themes, rooted in my obsession with Ligeti’s music, are quite simple in themselves but are constantly overlaid with copies of themselves, often at different tempi and in different keys, gradually accruing tension and momentum.”

Concert goers 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, 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.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Timothy Andres, piano

Saturday, March 24, 2012, 8 pm
Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Boulevard, Glendale, 91203
Sunday, March 25, 2012, 7 pm
Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

TIMOTHY ANDRES Old Keys (Sound Investment commission- world premiere)
MOZART/ANDRES Mozart “Coronation” Concerto re-composition (West Coast
MOZART Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV. 550

$24, 52, 88, 105
(Discounts for groups of 12 or more, seniors 65+ and college students, if available)

Tickets available online at, by phone 213 622 7001 or by fax 213 626 2157
Tickets also on sale at the theatre box office the night of the concert, if available

7 pm (Alex Theatre)
6 pm (Royce Hall)
One hour before curtain, pre-concert talks provide insights into the music and artists. Free for all ticket holders

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

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Chamber Music by Composers from New York & California


N. LINCOLN HANKS Three Movements

MAX LIFCHITZ Yellow Ribbons No. 2


ELIZABETH BELL Piano Sonata No. 2

The North/South Consonance Ensemble

Claudia Schaer, violin
Richard Goldsmith, clarinet
Bruce Wang, cello
Max Lifchitz, piano

Sunday, March 11 at 3 PM

Christ & St Stephen’s Church

120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), NYC

Free Admission. No tickets required.

North/South Consonance, Inc. continues its 32nd consecutive season of free-admission concerts on Sunday afternoon March 11 as four members of the acclaimed North/South Consonance Ensemble present an afternoon chamber music recital featuring recent works by composers from New York and California.

Elizabeth Bell

The concert will start at 3 PM and will take place at the ensemble’s home base, the auditorium of Christ & St. Stephen’s Church ( 120 West 69th St – between Broadway and Columbus ) in New York City. Admission is free – no tickets needed.

While the featured composers represent three different generations their works evince a post-modern outlook combining freely contemporary innovations with elements drawn from older musical traditions. I’lana Sandra Cotton and N. Lincoln Hanks hail from California while Elizabeth Bell, Max Lifchitz and Robert Martin are based in New York.

Cotton’s The Return for violin, cello and piano was inspired by the phrase having gone far, it returns” from Lao Tzu’s Tao De Ching. Hanks Three Movements for clarinet, cello and piano is about “evolving relationships.” Bell’s Second Piano Sonata effectively employs a neo-classical mold while Martin’s Piano Trio recalls Arshile Gorky’s abstract paintings. Lifchitz’s Yellow Ribbons No. 2 for clarinet, violin and piano belongs to a series of works honoring the former American hostages in Iran.

I'lana Cotton

Performers will include violinist Claudia Schaer, a Juilliard graduate who has concertized in Europe and China; cellist Bruce Wang, a much-sought-after studio musician who has performed in the US and Asia; clarinetist Richard Goldsmith acclaimed by the New York Time for his “technical mastery, breath-taking playing and virtuosic fair,” and pianist Max Lifchitz who the American Record Guide described as “one of America’s finest exponents of contemporary piano music.”

The featured composers will be in attendance and will meet with the public during intermission and after the performance.

North/South Consonance’s 2011-12 season is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; grants from Columbia University’s Alice M. Ditson Fund, the Zethus Fund for Contemporary Music, the Music Performance Funds from the American Federation of Musicians, and contributions by many generous individuals.

Lincoln Hanks

For further information about North/South Consonance’s activities, including concerts and recordings, please visit

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LACO Sets Table for Foodies and Classical Music Lovers
As Concertmaster/Curator Margaret Batjer Serves Up Three-Concert Series
at Santa Monica’s The Broad Stage

Michael Ruhlman and Music of Rossini, Puccini, Falla and Schoenfield
Thursday March 1, 2012, 7:30 pm

Jonathan Gold and
Music of Bach, Bernstein, William Bolcom, Timothy Andres and Dohnányi
Thursday, March 22, 2012, 7:30 pm

Susan Feniger and Music of Saint-Saëns, Martinů and Ravel
Thursday, April 5, 2012, 7:30 pm

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) steps outside the proverbial music “box” to dish up a feast for foodies and classical music lovers alike at its innovative “Westside Connections” chamber music series with a menu that pairs LACO’s virtuosic musicians with iconic food writer JONATHAN GOLD, multi-talented chef/restaurateur SUSAN FENIGER and leading culinary writer, chef and food philosopher MICHAEL RUHLMAN for an always tantalizing and frequently amusing exploration of the relationship between music and culinary arts at Santa Monica’s Broad Stage. Showcased on the menu for the three-concert Thursday-night series, curated by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, are the virtuoso talent of LACO’s musicians and conversations with Gold, Feniger and Ruhlman, who discuss the food-themed music as well as the talent, techniques and artistic expression involved in gastronomy. Each evening includes an opportunity for audience questions.

“Good food and good music are a natural pairing,” says Batjer. “LACO is delighted to present these stellar culinary celebrities as we explore in these whimsical and informative programs the many ways music influences and enriches society and our lives.”

“Westside Connections” begins Thursday, March 1, 2012, 7:30 p.m., with noted culinary authority Michael Ruhlman (Soul of a Chef, Ruhlman’s Twenty) and music of Rossini, Puccini, Falla and Paul Schoenfield. On Thursday, March 22, 2012, 7:30 p.m, iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning LA Weekly food critic Jonathan Gold joins a program with music by Bach, Bernstein, William Bolcom, Timothy Andres and Dohnányi. “Westside Connections’” final “course” on Thursday, April 5, 2012, 7:30 pm, features celebrated chef, cookbook author and restaurateur Susan Feniger (Border Grill restaurants, Border Grill Truck and Susan Feniger’s STREET) and the music of Saint-Saëns, Martinů and Ravel. Now in its 4th season, the “Westside Connections” series has previously explored the effects of music on the mind, poetry and the creative process.

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 7:30 pm
Michael Ruhlman, special guest

ROSSINI String Sonata No. 1 in G major
PUCCINI Crisantemi (“Chrysanthemums”)
FALLA Suite Populaire Espagnole (arr. for Violin and Piano from “Popular
Spanish Songs” by Kochanski)

“Westside Connections” launches on Thursday, March 1, 2012, 7:30 pm, moderated by leading culinary authority and food writer Michael Ruhlman. The program tempts with a variety of musical tastes and textures: Spanish spice from Falla, a confectionary delight from Rossini and Puccini’s dark-hued elegy featuring two melodies the composer later incorporated into his opera Manon Lescaut. Concluding the evening is Schoenfield’s Café Music, inspired by the contemporary composer’s one-time employment as house pianist at a steakhouse. According to music writer John Windh, the work is “a tongue-in-cheek musical goulash with a little of everything thrown in…kneejerk surprises, witty musical jokes, burlesque, sly twists, some Charles Ives, counterpoint, dazzling string writing, Gershwin, Broadway melody, Gypsy scales and bouncy rhythms…at times languid and sentimental, other times madcap.” Ruhlman, whose recently released book Ruhlman’s Twenty: The Ideas and Techniques that Will Make You a Better Cook was praised by the Los Angeles Times as “masterful,” has authored the popular culinary Chef series The Making of a Chef, The Soul of a Chef, and The Reach of a Chef. More recent books include The Elements of Cooking, a handy food glossary, and Ratio. He has also co-authored with top US chefs cookbooks such as The French Laundry, Bouchon and Ad Hoc with Thomas Keller, A Return to Cooking with Eric Ripert, Charcuterie with Brian Polcyn, and Symon Says: Live to Cook with Michael Symon. Ruhlman has appeared on Travel Channel’s popular show No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain and PBS’ Cooking Under Fire, and has also served as a judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and The Next Iron Chef.

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 7:30 pm
Jonathan Gold, special guest
Elissa Johnston, soprano

BACH “Ich esse mit Freuden” (“I eat with joy”), from Cantata No. 84
BERNSTEIN La Bonne Cuisine – Four Recipes for Voice and Piano
WILLIAM BOLCOM Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise
DOHNÁNYI Sextet in C major for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Clarinet and Horn, Op. 37

Iconic LA Weekly food critic Jonathan Gold, the first to win a Pulitzer Prize in food criticism, joins LACO’s second “Westside Connections” evening, which also features soprano Elissa Johnston, on Thursday, March 22, 2012, 7:30 pm. The artfully designed musical feast spotlights Bernstein’s La Bonne Cuisine, which includes recipes for Plum Pudding and Oxtail from Madame Saint-Ange’s famous 1927 cookbook, complete with the composer’s instruction in the fine art of preparing French delicacies, and Bolcom’s hilarious Surprise, with some rather unique ingredients. Timothy Andres’ Sorbet cleanses the palate before the main course: the virtuosic Sextet written by Dohnányi in the tradition of Brahms and showcasing the unusual instrumentation of piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet and horn. Gold’s signature reviews of ethnic restaurants throughout Southland neighborhoods, as well as his coverage of all types of cuisine in Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles magazine and Gourmet, among many other high-profile publications, have earned him widespread acclaim and a vast following. A collection of his articles is featured in his book, Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles. The program also features LACO music director Jeffrey Kahane on piano.

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 7:30 pm,
Susan Feniger, special guest

SAINT-SAËNS Fantaisie for Violin and Harp, Op. 124
MARTINU La Revue de Cuisine, Jazz suite for Clarinet, Bassoon, Trumpet, Violin, Cello and Piano, H. 161
RAVEL String Quartet in F major

“Westside Connections” concludes Thursday, April 5, 2012, 7:30 pm, with special guest Susan Feniger, who adds her unique stamp to a program featuring Saint-Saëns’ 1907 Fantasie, a delicious aperitif to Martinů’s 1927 La Revue de Cuisine, which portrays a witty pop, Charleston and ragtime-cum-tango farce about cooking utensils, pots and lids. The entrée is Ravel’s 1903 masterpiece, String Quartet in F major. Feniger’s passion for food and genuine love for the authentic flavors of street and home cooking have propelled her wildly successful career as chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, and radio/TV personality. She is co-chef/owner of the Border Grill restaurants and Border Grill Truck (with business partner, chef Mary Sue Milliken), owner of Susan Feniger’s STREET and veteran of Food Network’s Too Hot Tamales. Feniger has also co-authored five cookbooks including City Cuisine, Mesa Mexicana and Cooking with Too Hot Tamales. After a recent stint on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, she was a featured chef at the US Open and cooked for the Real Housewives of Orange County.

Westside Connections is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation. These concerts are also sponsored by the Faucett Family Foundation, Ann Moore Mulally, A Friend of LACO and K. Eugene Shutler.

“Westside Connections” tickets ($45 per concert or $120 for a 3-concert subscription) are on sale now and may be purchased online at, 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.

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