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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.

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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

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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
303-556-2296
Tickets: http://www.ahec.edu/kingcenter/main/box_office.html

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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 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

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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 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. Student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office one hour prior to the concert with appropriate college ID.

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

WHEN:
Thursday, April 19, 2012, 7 pm

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

PROGRAM:
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 www.LeSalondeMusiques.com 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: www.lesalondemusiques.com 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
303.402.6400
Tickets: http://bouldersymphony.org/tickets

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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 laco.org 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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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA,
CONDUCTED BY JEFFREY KAHANE,
PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE OF OLD KEYS,
COMMISSIONED FROM SOUND INVESTMENT COMPOSER/PIANO VIRTUOSO
TIMOTHY ANDRES, WHO ALSO PERFORMS AS FEATURED SOLOIST

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 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.

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Refracted”
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Timothy Andres, piano

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

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

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

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets available online at laco.org, 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

CONCERT PRELUDES:
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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