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Culture Clash's Richard Montoya

Culture Clash’s Richard Montoya


Culture Clash satirist/comedian Richard Montoya explores the controversial history of Chavez Ravine at Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS chamber music series on Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. The three-part series, with “LA Influential” as this year’s thematic twist, examines the impact our diverse city has had on arts and culture through the eyes of distinguished guest artists and speakers. LACO Concertmaster and series curator Margaret Batjer has programmed evenings that showcase the virtuosic artistry of LACO musicians in chamber masterpieces, reflecting the compelling LA connections and inspirations that have deeply influenced the series’ special guests.

Providing a thought-provoking musical context for Montoya’s penetrating political and cultural musings, LACO artists perform Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 12, “American”; String Quartet by mercurial Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas, and two works by Revueltas’s contemporary, Carlos Chávez, a cultural force who synthesized elements of Mexican, Indian and Spanish-Mexican influence in his Trio for Harp, Flute and Viola; and Sonatina for Violin and Piano.

Montoya, who calls himself a “Chicano” and draws on real-life experiences, has been addressing racial issues with humor and satire with the performance troupe Culture Class since 1984. Critics proclaim, “His thought-provoking performances…have cracked up audiences, and changed some minds” (National Public Radio) with their “deadly serious message” (The New York Times). Having lived in Los Angeles for more than two decades, Montoya says, “There’s a constant soundtrack, always in my head. Music has inspired me and comforted me (because) to be a political artist is kind of a lonely thing.”

Westside Connections, now in its sixth season, concludes on May 15 with John Rubinstein, the prolific film, stage and television artist who is the son of legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein. The series opener in February featured Arnold Steinhart, acclaimed first violin of the illustrious Guarneri Quartet.

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 (beginning at $50) 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 one hour before the concert. Also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for LACO’s three Westside Connections concerts at the Moss Theater, seven Orchestral Series concerts at either the Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall and Discover Beethoven’s Eroica at Ambassador Auditorium. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for groups of 12 or more. The Moss Theater at New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) presents an evening of baroque music on Thursday, March 27, 7 pm, at Zipper Concert Hall in downtown LA as part of its STRAD FEST LA, a remarkable gathering of instruments which transforms the Southland into “Strad Central.” Strad Fest LA is an unprecedented showcase for some of luthier Antonio Stradivari’s most celebrated and rare Stradivarius violins brought together for the first time ever and played over four days at one private and three public events in venues throughout the area. With approximately 650 surviving Stradivarius violins, violas, cellos, harps and guitars in the world, this feat is akin to assembling a musical instrument “dream team.”

The BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS evening spotlights four Strads in Georg Philipp Telemann’s Concerto for Four Violins in D major featuring the 1708 “Ruby,” named for its rich, extremely well preserved ruby-tinted varnish and owned by The Stradivari Society, which lends great instruments to leading emerging artists; the “TITIAN,” considered among the finest violins of the maker’s Golden Period and revered for its unusual power, scope and focus, which was named “Titian” by a French dealer who said its orange-red color reminded him of the paintings of the famed artist; the 1716 “MILSTEIN,” played for nearly 40 years by virtuoso Nathan Milstein and currently owned by Southern California philanthropists Jerry and Terri Kohl, who loan it frequently to LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer; and the c. 1720 “BEECHBACK,” whose simple understated dark exterior belies its rich tone and full sound. These remarkable violins are played by critically acclaimed artists Margaret Batjer, LACO’s Concertmaster, Chee-Yun, Cho-Liang Lin and Philippe Quint. The program also includes LACO Principal Oboe Allan Vogel, leader and host, soprano Elissa Johnston, bass Steve Pence and LACO musicians who perform three Bach cantatas – “Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke” (“I am content in my good fortune”), from Cantata No. 84; “Es ist vollbracht” (“It is accomplished”), from Cantata No.159; and “Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn” (“Walk in the way of faith”), from Cantata No. 152. Tickets begin at $65 and include a complimentary wine reception at 6 pm.

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.

The Autry Foundation is a sponsor of Strad Fest LA.

For STRAD FEST LA tickets and more information, please visit www.laco.org or call 213 622 7001.

LACO Principal Oboe Allan Vogel

LACO Principal Oboe Allan Vogel

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Celebrated violinists Jaime Laredo and Jennifer Koh join the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) and guest conductor James Feddeck for the West Coast premiere of Anna Clyne’s impressionistic Prince of Clouds on Saturday, March 22, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and Sunday, March 23, 2014, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Clyne’s work, heralded by the Washington Post as “captivating” and “exhilarating from beginning to end,” is a LACO co-commission with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra and the Curtis Institute of Music. Feddeck, winner of the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award in 2013 who is making his Los Angeles debut, also conducts Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043, Mendelssohn’s “The Fair Melusina” Overture, with its distinctive aquatic theme, and Schubert’s graceful Symphony No. 3 in D major.

Laredo, acclaimed for his “great ability” (The Guardian), and Jennifer Koh, who plays “with consummate skill and passion” (The New York Times) and who was Laredo’s student at the Curtis Institute of Music, perform Clyne’s work as well as the expressive Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043, considered one of the seminal works of Bach, whose birthday falls on March 23, the same day as the Royce Hall concert. Feddeck, “a major talent” (Huffington Post) who recently completed four seasons as assistant conductor at The Cleveland Orchestra, has conducted the orchestras of Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Memphis, Omaha, St. Louis, San Diego and Toledo, among others.

London-born Anna Clyne, Chicago Symphony’s Mead Composer-in-Residence, composes acoustic and electro-acoustic music, combining resonant soundscapes with propelling textures that weave, morph and collide in dramatic explosions. Her work, described as “dazzlingly inventive” by Time Out New York, often includes collaborations with cutting edge choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers and musicians worldwide. Clyne’s accolades include a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, eight consecutive ASCAP Plus Awards and a Clutterbuck award from the University of Edinburgh.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the music and artists. All ticket holders are also invited to celebrate Bach’s birthday with musicians at an after-party in the lobby, which includes complimentary appetizers and drinks.

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.

Jennifer Koh

Jennifer Koh

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Violinist Arnold Steinhardt

Violinist Arnold Steinhardt


Arnold Steinhardt, acclaimed first violin of the illustrious Guarneri Quartet, joins the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) for its WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS chamber music series launch on Thursday, February 13, 2014, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. The three-part series, with “LA Influential” as this year’s thematic twist, examines the impact our diverse city has had on arts and culture through the eyes of distinguished guest artists and speakers. LACO Concertmaster and series curator Margaret Batjer has programmed evenings that showcase the virtuosic artistry of LACO musicians in chamber masterpieces, reflecting the compelling LA connections and inspirations that have deeply influenced the special guests, who in addition to Steinhart, include Culture Clash satirist/comedian Richard Montoya and actor/director/composer John Rubinstein.

Steinhardt performs Korngold’s “Marietta’s Lied zur Laute” from Die tote Stadt with LACO’s Music Director Jeffrey Kahane (piano); and Batjer and principals Roland Kato (viola) and Andrew Shulman (cello) join Steinhardt and Kahane for Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat major. In addition, Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav, Cello Trevor Handy and Clarinet Joshua Ranz are featured on Dahl’s Concerto a tre for Violin, Cello and Clarinet.

Steinhardt, born in Los Angeles in the 1930s, served as first violin of the acclaimed Guarneri Quartet for its entire 45-year run. The quartet, founded in 1964, was hailed for its “uncanny unanimity of expression” (The New York Times) and described as “a 1964 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III…an ensemble with an ultra-plush, million-dollar tone…in perfect condition and utterly reliable even after 45 years on the road” (Los Angeles Times). As a youth, Steinhardt studied violin in Los Angeles with Toscha Seidel and Peter Meremblum, who were part of the émigré community that included musical giants Stravinsky, Korngold, Dahl, Rubinstein and Piatigorsky. He made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 14.

Westside Connections continues with Montoya, who explores the controversial history of Chavez Ravine, and Rubinstein, the prolific film, stage and television artist who is the son of legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein. Now in its sixth season, Westside Connections moves to a new location in Santa Monica, the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School.

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.

Subscriptions to all three “Westside Connections” concerts ($135) are available by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Tickets for individual concerts (beginning at $50) 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 one hour before the concert. Also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for LACO’s three Westside Connections concerts at the Moss Theater, seven Orchestral Series concerts at either the Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall and Discover Beethoven’s Eroica at Ambassador Auditorium. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for groups of 12 or more. The Moss Theater at New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

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Acclaimed harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell, founder and music director of Cleveland’s Apollo’s Fire makes her Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra debut when she conducts concertos by Vivaldi, Bach and Boccherini at LACO’s “Baroque Conversations” series on Thursday, February 6, 2014, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Sorrell, who “forges a vibrant, life-affirming approach to the re-making of early music,” according to BBC Music Magazine, leads Principal Cello Andrew Shulman, Cello Trevor Handy, Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara and Flute Sandy Hughes in Vivaldi’s Concerto grosso in B minor (arr. Sorrell) after Sonata in B minor, Op. 1, No. 12, RV 63 (“La Follia”), and Concerto in G minor for Two Cellos, RV 531; Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050; and Boccherini’s “Fandango” (arr. Sorrell) after Guitar Quintet No. 4 in D major, G. 448.

LACO’s highly regarded “Baroque Conversations,” now it its eighth year, explores the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. This year the series spotlights how Baroque composers transformed a simple theme or melody into grand, complex and intricate variations and great music. In signature LACO style, each concert host shares insights into the music and invites questions from the audience, providing an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a more personal level. A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm.

Three additional “Baroque Conversations” concerts take place on March 27, April 17 and May 1, 2014.

Tickets for individual concerts (beginning at $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 one hour before the concert.

Jeannette Sorrell

Jeannette Sorrell

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Mezzo-Soprano Laurie Rubin

Mezzo-Soprano Laurie Rubin


The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, presents the highly anticipated U.S. premiere of the orchestral version of Bruce Adolphe’s Do You Dream in Color?, a powerful work set to a poem about living without sight written by rising mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin. Born blind, Rubin, a 1997 Music Center Spotlight Awards winner, joins LACO for the premiere, marking her LACO debut, on Saturday, October 19, 8 pm, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium, and Sunday, October 20, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, who wowed audiences and critics alike at USC’s 2012 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, makes his LACO debut in Haydn’s exceptionally demanding Cello Concerto in C major, believed lost until discovered in Prague in 1961. Kahane also conducts Mozart’s light-hearted Serenata Notturna, K. 239, and opens the program with Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, the work that catapulted Britten into the international limelight. The concert is part of the noted citywide “Britten 100/LA: A Celebration” curated by LA Opera.

Adolphe, a great admirer of Rubin’s voice who approached her about a possible collaboration, explains the genesis of Do You Dream in Color?: “I asked Laurie to express in words what it feels like to live without sight so I could set it in music.” Rubin wove her singular experiences into the poem, ranging from how she applies make-up and makes jewelry to her joy at a young fan’s request that she sign a program. Rubin recorded Adolphe’s song with solo piano for Bridge Records.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the music and artists. In conjunction with the Britten centenary celebrations, Kahane discusses Benjamin Britten and his musical legacy. Additionally, composer Bruce Adolphe speaks about his composition for Rubin and a representative from Braille Institute, one of LACO’s community partners, talks about Braille music notation. Braille Institute is also providing a special display of collograms, a type of textural printmaking, inspired by Rubin’s poem and Adolphe’s work. The Royce Hall concert is sponsored, in part, by the Sidley Austin Foundation.

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), considered one of the nation’s premier orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, announces its 2013-14 season, its 45th, featuring 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 the Orchestra’s music director. Kahane – hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma” – leads four of seven “Orchestral Series” concerts from the podium and keyboard with a wide range of established and rising guest artists, most of whom are making their LACO debuts.

The first two concerts of LACO’s “Orchestral Series,” usually presented at the Alex Theatre in Glendale on Saturday evenings, temporarily shift location for the Saturday night programs to Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium while the historic Alex Theatre undergoes extensive $6 million backstage renovations, slated for completion in October 2013. All seven Sunday evening concerts continue to take place at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Kahane also continues to lead the popular “Discover” concert at Ambassador Auditorium and appears as both as conductor and pianist on the “Baroque Conversations” series at Zipper Hall, both of which offer audiences an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a more personal level. LACO’s “Westside Connections” series moves to the new 344-seat, state-of-the-art Ann and Jerry Moss Theater in the Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School in Santa Monica, providing a intimate setting for the fascinating and often surprising programs.

“There’s great sonic depth, emotional texture, richness and color in the repertoire LACO explores this season,” says Kahane. “I look forward to collaborating closely with my remarkable colleagues in the Orchestra as well as with the tremendously gifted guest artists who are joining us for the first time or making a long-awaited return.”

Among numerous season highlights across these four diverse series is a world premiere by emerging composer Hannah Lash, whose work has been hailed as “striking” by The New York Times, presented as part of the Orchestra’s unique “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated to engage LACO audiences in developing new works.

Two highly anticipated West Coast premieres include Anna Clyne’s impressionistic Prince of Clouds, a LACO co-commission with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra and the Curtis Institute of Music, heralded as “captivating” and “exhilarating from beginning to end” (Washington Post), and Bruce Adolphe’s Do You Dream in Color?, a powerful work set to a poem about living without sight by mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin, who was born blind and joins LACO for the West Coast premiere of the orchestral version.

In addition to Rubin, other guest artists making their LACO debuts are Natasha Paremski, proclaimed a “spectacular pianist” (American Record Guide), performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21; cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, praised for his striking originality and elegance, performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major; rising violinist and 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Benjamin Beilman, featured on Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, “Turkish,” K. 219; and young piano wonder Alessio Bax, whose artistry “quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity” (Gramophone), playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491. Highly regarded violinists and Curtis Institute of Music alumni Jennifer Koh (2002) and Jaime Laredo (1959), who was also Koh’s principal teacher at Curtis, team up for Clyne’s aforementioned work and Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043. Jeremy Denk, “a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs” (The New York Times), returns to LACO to take center stage in all three pieces on the closing concert, including Ligeti’s Piano Concerto and a pair of works for two pianos that he performs with Kahane.

Making their LACO debuts as well are guest conductors Hans Graf, Houston Symphony Music Director Laureate and acclaimed Mozart interpreter; James Feddeck, Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor; and Oregon Bach Festival Artistic Director-Designate Matthew Halls.

Reflecting LACO’s keen artistic sensibilities and technical acumen across musical genres, the repertoire runs the gamut from Aaron Jay Kernis’ Musica Celestis, Lutoslawski’s Chain 2 and Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, to such timeless masterworks as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F major, “Pastoral” and Symphony No. 1 in C major, Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 in D major and Haydn’s Symphony No. 102 in B-flat, major.

LACO’s popular annual “Discover” concert at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium features an in-depth examination by Kahane that sheds light on the creation and significance of Beethoven’s pivotal Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, “Eroica,” about which the composer stated, “I think heaven and earth must tremble beneath us when it is performed.”

Jeffrey Kahane, Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and Principal Oboe Allan Vogel are among the LACO artists featured in the “Baroque Conversations” series at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall. This enlightening five-concert series provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period.

Continuing to step outside the proverbial music “box,” LACO’s innovative “Westside Connections” series this season, moving to Santa Monica’s Ann and Jerry Moss Theater, features a thought-provoking exploration of connections between music and Los Angeles and with such featured guests as Fairfax High School Alumnus Arnold Steinhardt, who was First Violin of the illustrious Guarneri Quartet for all 45 years of its existence. The inter-disciplinary three-concert chamber music series, designed to illustrate the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives, is curated by Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who selects chamber works to complement the presentations of the special guests. The new 344-seat, state-of-the-art venue, with acoustics by Yasuhisa Toyota, acoustician for Walt Disney Concert Hall, opened in early 2013.

For a free season flyer, further information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2013-14 season or to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.

Jeffrey Kahane

Jeffrey Kahane

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras renowned for its wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissioning initiatives, has received a generous $1 million challenge gift, the largest gift in the Orchestra’s 44-year history, from dedicated LACO subscribers and supporters Terri and Jerry Kohl. The unprecedented challenge has attracted $1 million in additional support from two anonymous donors. The $2 million, raised as a result of the Kohls’ challenge gift and the other contributions, provides the foundation for LACO’s newly established Cornerstone Campaign, a major gifts and endowment initiative to further strengthen the Orchestra’s fiscal health, ensuring its continued artistic advancement and role as an indispensable community resource. Subsequently, two additional gifts totaling $200,000 have been donated to the Cornerstone Campaign.

The Kohls, generous arts patrons, became LACO subscribers in 2007 and have provided financial support to LACO in the past. Founders of Brighton, the successful Southern California-based women’s accessories company, they have taken their commitment to LACO to a new level.

“Terri and I are deeply upset that many orchestras around the country have been struggling due to difficult economic times,” Jerry says. “Although LACO has been fiscally responsible, it, like other orchestras, has had to make considerable sacrifices in recent years in order to maintain its fiscal standing. We chose to make this gift because we don’t want the Orchestra to ever compromise its artistic programming, even in difficult economic times. We want to make sure they don’t have to cut back any more. LACO has some of the best musicians in the world, and we want to see them continue to make the best music ever. We want to see the arts in Los Angeles thrive and challenge others to help make that a reality.”

States LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, “Jerry and Terri’s Kohl’s magnificent gift – and the gifts of the donors who quickly stepped up to match their challenge – are not only a powerful statement of their belief in LACO’s importance as one of the region’s cultural crown jewels, but they also have tremendous symbolic significance at a time when so many orchestras around the country are fighting for survival. All of us at LACO are convinced that these gifts have opened a new chapter in the distinguished history of this great orchestra and that they will inspire many others to follow suit in helping to assure an era of lasting stability and dynamic growth.”

Adds LACO Executive Director Rachel Fine, “Terri and Jerry have been passionate and committed supporters of LACO for many years, and their extraordinarily generous gift reflects their visionary efforts and deep desire to ensure LACO’s continued success in the future. We are very grateful to the Kohls and to those who met their challenge.”

The Kohls, who were high school sweethearts, launched Brighton in 1991 after running their own specialty store for many years, where they learned that people love being treated well and how important it is to have beautifully made products. Over the years, Brighton has grown from a single collection of belts to an accessory company with something for everyone, including handbags, shoes and eyewear. The company strives to touch people’s hearts, which is why the symbol adorning its products is a heart. Today, although the business has grown beyond the Kohls’ wildest dreams, one thing never changes – the people of Brighton put passion, inspiration, and their hearts, into each and every product. The company prides itself on the “Brighton Difference,” which is rooted in the philosophy that the difference is in the details. Brighton’s designers sketch each creation by hand and then follow the product from concept to completion. Brighton leather accessories are hand assembled and often require as many as 140 individual manufacturing steps using up to 40 different parts, resulting in timeless creations. Each piece in the Brighton collection is a unique original design. Brighton is a division of Leegin Creative Leather Products based in City of Industry, CA. For more than 30 years, Leegin has been manufacturing belts and other leather accessories at a California factory that has expanded from a shop with five employees to a technologically advanced plant employing more than 600 people.

To make a contribution in support of LACO or the Cornerstone Campaign, please call (213) 622-7001or visit www.laco.org.

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.

Terri and Jerry Kohl

Terri and Jerry Kohl

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The Boston New Music Initiative will present Are You Still There? music of voyage and remembrance as part of its third concert season on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Pickman Concert Hall, Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA.  Featuring a chamber orchestra with soloists performing new works by living composers, Are You Still There? will showcase Ted Hearne’s Cordavi and Fig, Timothy A. Davis’s In Memoriam, Garrett Byrnes’s Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra (featuring piano soloist Esther Ning Yau), Mary Kouyoumdjian’s Odaraganeen Sharagan (Stranger’s Song) (featuring mezzo-soprano Christina English), and the Boston premiere of Oliver Knussen’s Requiem: Songs For Sue (featuring soprano Erin M. Smith). Nathan Lofton, Music Director, will conduct all pieces, which, with the exception of the Knussen, were selected from BNMI’s international call for scores.

A pre-concert talk with the composers begins at 7:15.  Tickets are $15 general / $10 student / Free with Longy ID or under 18, available online until the day of the show or at the door.

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Music Director Jeffrey Kahane serves as musical “tour guide” for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s annual “Discover” concert on Saturday, February 25, 2012, 8 pm, at Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, which this season features a special one-night-only exploration of Bach’s Magnificat, a pinnacle of choral literature. Performing with the Orchestra are The University of Southern California Thornton Chamber Singers, the school’s premier choir, directed by Jo-Michael Scheibe, and five exceptional young soloists: Charlotte Dobbs, soprano, Zanaida Robles, soprano, Janelle DeStefano, mezzo soprano, Ben Bliss, tenor, and Daniel Armstrong, baritone. Providing the audience with a deeper understanding and appreciation of this seminal masterwork, Kahane begins the evening by illustrating the intricacies of Bach’s first oratorio and how the composition illuminates the text, which is taken directly from the Gospel of Luke. After intermission, the Orchestra, soloists and chorus perform the full work. The purpose of the discussion component for the annual “Discover” concert is to help audiences hear major works with new “ears.”

Bach’s Magnificat also holds special meaning for Kahane, who is currently celebrating his 15th annviersary with LACO, since it is one of the pieces that initially drew him to a conducting career. In addition, the concert highlights LACO’s ongoing commitment to collaborate with LA-based cultural institutions by featuring rising singers from LA Opera Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program as well as the talented chorus of the USC Thornton School of Music, both among the nation’s top training programs for musical artists.

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. Student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office the day of the concert.

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