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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) highlights the beauty and majesty of the harpsichord with an unusual program featuring four harpsichords and chamber orchestra in the first of its Baroque Conversations series on Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles, which repeats on Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:30 pm, when the Orchestra makes its debut at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge.  Led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, the performance honors LACO artistic founder/former cellist James Arkatov and also celebrates the connection between Vivaldi and Bach, who transcribed many of Vivaldi’s works during his career. The repertoire includes the original version of Vivaldi’s Concerto in B minor for Four Violins, Op. 3, No. 10, from “L’Estro Armonico,” and Bach’s transcription of the piece, the unprecedented and rarely performed Concerto in A minor for Four Harpsichords, BWV 1065. Kahane also conducts Albinoni’s Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op. 9, No. 2, and Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, “Christmas Concerto” in keeping with the season. Kahane, a noted keyboardist who is featured on harpsichord, leads a Baroque-size orchestra comprised of LACO musicians and eight featured soloists, including LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer; LACO principals Josefina Vergara, Sarah Thornblade, violins, Allan Vogel, oboe, and Patricia Mabee, harpsichord; LACO violinist Jacqueline Brand; and special guests Ian Pritchard and Gilbert Martinez, harpsichords.  This marks the first collaboration between LACO and the Valley Performing Arts Center.

 

LACO’s highly regarded five-concert “Baroque Conversations” series, now in its ninth year, explores the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. 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. For the December 11 performance at Zipper Hall, a complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm.

 

Subscriptions to all five “Baroque Conversations” concerts ($250) are available by calling LACO at 213 622 7001.  Tickets for individual concerts (beginning at $56) 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.  Discounted tickets are also available by phone for groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert.

Patricia Mabee, LACO principal keyboard

Patricia Mabee, LACO principal keyboard

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra


College students ages 17 to 30 will feel as though they’ve won the classical music lottery with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass,” providing admission to eleven concerts during LACO’s 2014-15 season for just $30. “All Access Pass” holders can attend all seven Orchestral Series concerts at either Glendale’s Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall; all three Westside Connections programs, which this year highlight the connections between music and architecture, at Santa Monica’s Moss Theater; and the Discover Mozart’s Requiem program at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. The pass also includes access to LACO after-parties where students can mingle with musicians; an invitation to a LACO rehearsal; advance reservation privileges; and the option to reserve up to three additional tickets at just $12 each for college friends (valid college ID required). This popular student pass, offered for the fourth year, is designed to inspire a love of classical music among younger audiences.

“LACO has a long history of educational outreach to the student community, but we are particularly focused on bringing students inside the concert hall to experience the Orchestra’s live performances,” says LACO Executive Director Rachel Fine. “There is nothing like hearing classical music performed live in a world-class venue. Our ‘Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass’ makes it affordable for students to attend multiple performances for about $2.80 per concert, much less than the cost of a movie or a latte. It’s a great bargain, and we encourage students to take advantage of it, whether it’s their first introduction to classical music or they are seasoned concertgoers. LACO also offers Student Rush tickets at $12, but the ‘All Access Pass’ is a much better deal and students can reserve tickets in advance.”

Nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music are integral to LACO’s mission. In addition to the “All Access Pass,” LACO presents several other vital outreach programs. Through “Meet the Music,” LACO hosts 3,200 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students of varied cultural and musical backgrounds each year at a series of eight live performances of classical works and often an upcoming program’s soloist at Zipper Hall. LACO also offers community service organizations most in need free concert tickets and transportation to LACO concerts through its “Community Partners” program. The intensive “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program,” launched in 2010, enhances the preparedness of strings students for a professional career with select Thornton students invited to participate in a mock audition that may lead to an opportunity to perform in the string section of the Orchestra for an upcoming LACO concert. Additionally, LACO offers Master Classes, including in-depth composition Master Classes for the AP music class at North Hollywood High School, providing vital mentoring to a new generation of musicians and composers, which is led by LACO Composer–in-Residence and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Andrew Norman. This season Norman also visits several fourth-, fifth, and sixth-grade LAUSD and charter school classrooms to introduce the joy of music and music composition to younger students through an engaging interactive presentation.

More information on the ‘Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass’ is available at laco.org/college,where students can purchase the ”All Access Pass” online.

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO 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, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

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Steven Isserlis

Steven Isserlis


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) showcases the virtuosic skills of Steven Isserlis, “one of the world’s leading cellists” (The Guardian), performing Haydn’s radiant Cello Concerto No. 2 under the baton of sought-after Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd, making his LACO debut, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, October 19, 2014, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Boyd also conducts Mozart’s stately “Haffner” Serenade and opens the program with At First Light by George Benjamin, considered among Britain’s greatest living composers.

According to Benjamin, the inspiration for the piece, which was commissioned and premiered by the London Sinfonietta in 1982, is an oil painting by Turner hanging in the Tate Gallery that stirred him to create a “melted…flowing, nebulous continuum of sound.”

Boyd, acclaimed for his vibrant conducting style, is principal conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur, Switzerland’s oldest orchestra, and principal guest conductor with the City of London Sinfonia. Chicago Tribune calls him “a superlative young conductor,” and The Sunday Telegraph (London, UK) proclaims, “He has the born conductor’s ability to make music sound fresh and to detect its inner life and pulse.”

Isserlis, heralded for his “precise, heartfelt performances” (New York Times), is one of only two living cellists to be inducted into Gramophone’s Hall of Fame. Gramophone Magazine states, “The music world – and music itself – is infinitely richer for the presence of Steven Isserlis.” During his illustrious career, the British cellist, a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, has given recitals around the globe and performed with such major orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra and Philharmonia Baroque, to name a few.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists. Following the performance, ticket holders are invited to mingle with LACO musicians at an after-party featuring complimentary appetizers and drinks in the lobby.

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 2014-15 season, the Orchestra’s 46th, 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 18th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets, starting at $26, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org or 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 ($12), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Mozart’s Requiem and three Westside Connections concerts.

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Josefina Vergara, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Josefina Vergara, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

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“LACO à la carte,” five intimate, elegant fundraising events presented by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, pair exclusive musical performances with delectable international cuisine in the spectacular private homes of the Consuls General of Australia, Austria, Finland, France and Germany. Providing a decidedly cosmopolitan flair to LACO’s wide ranging musical offerings, each unique evening features representative cuisine complemented by a salon performance spotlighting LACO musicians and guest artists. The LACO à la carte series, now in its sixth year, illustrates that music truly knows no boundaries. Proceeds help support the education outreach programs of LACO, proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International.

“LACO à la carte” is chaired by LACO board vice president Mahnaz Newman. Sponsors include Ann Mulally, Mahnaz and David Newman, Ned and Dana Newman, Gene Shutler, and East West Bank.

“Finland à la carte”
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7 pm
In Bel Air at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Finland

Experience the refined cuisine and culture of one of the world’s northernmost countries at the first “LACO à la carte” of the season hosted by The Honorable Juha Markkanen, Consul General of Finland, and Mrs. Tuula Markkanen in their spectacular Bel Air residence. As the featured guest artist, Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen offers an intimate recital of sublime solo piano works. Proclaimed an “exciting new talent” (The New York Times), he has been hailed for his “dazzling keyboard technique and broad and varied textural palette that allows him to shade his performances with great subtlety” (San Francisco Chronicle). Pohjonen is also featured at LACO’s season opening concerts on September 20 at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and September 21 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

“Australia à la carte”
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7 pm
At the Brentwood Residence of the Consul General of Australia

Warm and generous hospitality from “down under” highlights LACO’s “Australia à la carte,” hosted by Australia’s Consul General, The Honorable Karen Lanyon, and Mr. Craig Mills, at their striking Brentwood residence. Authentic Australian fare and wines provide tasty accompaniment to a riveting musical program led by LACO Principal Percussion Wade Culbreath on the marimba. Culbreath, who is also principal percussion with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, has played on nearly 400 motion picture soundtracks, including the Academy Award-winning scores for Aladdin, Pocahontas and Life of Pi. More recently, he was principal percussion for Frozen, Godzilla and Transformers, and timpanist for A Million Ways to Die in the West.

“France à la carte”
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7 pm
In Beverly Hills at the Official Residence of the Consul General of France

The Honorable Axel Cruau, Consul General of France, and Mrs. Dourène Cruau, host the season’s third “LACO à la carte” at their beautiful Beverly Hills residence. Illuminating the dazzling cultural and musical vibrancy of France, the evening features a program of Baroque works for string ensemble led by LACO Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara, who recently toured Europe and Asia with the Uri Caine Ensemble, a noted jazz group, and has also performed at numerous summer music festivals, including Mainly Mozart, Tanglewood, the Music Academy of the West Summer Festival and Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Superb French food and fine wine cap the soirée.

“Germany à la carte”
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 7 pm
In Hancock Park at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Germany

“LACO à la carte” commemorates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the momentous events that ushered in a new era for Europe and the world with a special program hosted by Dr. Bernd Fischer, The Honorable Consul General of Germany, and Mrs. Jutta Fischer, in their elegant Hancock Park home. With the culinary riches of Germany adding a delicious note to the festivities, LACO Principal Cello Andrew Shulman leads a performance of Richard Strauss’s rarely played epic masterpiece Metamorphosen, a profound musical elegy for seven virtuosic string players. Los Angeles Times declares Shulman’s playing is “always eloquent and passionate,” Salt Lake Tribune calls him “fabulously nuanced” and The Times of London praises him for his “fastidious poetry of phrase and technique.” This is a premium “LACO à la carte” event.

Austria à la carte
Friday, November 7, 2014, 7 pm
in Brentwood at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Austria

“Austria à la carte,” hosted by Ulrike Ritzinger, The Honorable Consul General of Austria, at her stately residence in Brentwood, concludes the 2014 “LACO à la carte” series with an evening that illuminates the country’s unique and vibrant cultural and culinary traditions. LACO Principal Horn Richard Todd, who marks his 35th anniversary with the Orchestra this season and is an internationally renowned concert, jazz and recording artist, pays homage to Austria’s rich musical heritage, leading an unparalleled program that exemplifies the Viennese classical style and beyond with the music of Mozart, Haydn, Hans Eisler and Ernst Toch. Todd has earned acclaim as one of the world’s finest horn soloists for performances spanning Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, and the Jazz Bakery to Birdland. This is also a premium “LACO à la carte” event.

“LACO à la carte” tickets for September 18 and 27 and October 9 are $275 per person. Tickets for the premium “Germany à la carte” and “Austria à la carte” are $300 per person. Multiple-event packages include Chef’s Table Trio tickets at $750 per person for any three events.

“LACO à la carte” events 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 and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO 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, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

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Oboist Claire Brazeau Appointed to Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Oboist Claire Brazeau Appointed to Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra


Music Director Jeffrey Kahane has named Claire Brazeau to second oboe of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO). The 2014-15 season will mark her first full LACO season with LACO, one of the nation’s leading orchestras renowned for its wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissioning initiatives, which begins its 46th season in September 2014.

“All of us at LACO are absolutely delighted to welcome Claire to the orchestra,” says Kahane. “She is a superb musician, has a wonderful command of her instrument, and is a strong presence in the woodwind section.”

Among numerous credits, Brazeau, an oboist and English horn player, participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, an intensive three-week long orchestral and chamber music festival devoted to the performance of contemporary music led by Pierre Boulez and Ensemble Intercontemporain. In the 2012-13 season, she served as principal oboe in Victor Ullmann’s opera Der Kaiser Von Atlantis in New York City with new music chamber group Le Train Bleu, in collaboration with Opera Moderne. During the 2011-12 season, Brazeau served as a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. During her residency in Rome, her engagements included a self-curated concert sponsored by the US Embassy and Roma Tre University, a solo concert for the Pontifical Academy of Science’s Stem Cell Research Conference at the historic Villa Aurora and the collaboration and premiere of Rome Prize-winning composer Sean Friar’s Etudes for English Horn and Piano. Brazeau has performed with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra; Santa Barbara, Pasadena and Los Angeles Jewish symphonies; Long Beach Opera; Los Angeles Bach Festival; American Youth Orchestra; and was the principal oboe of the Young Musicians Federation Debut Symphony in 2010-11. She has been a guest artist with orchestras and ensembles including the American Symphony Orchestra, Da Capo Chamber Players, Berkshire Bach Society and Commonwealth Opera Company. Brazeau graduated from Bard College and Conservatory in New York where she earned BAs in East-Asian Studies and Piano Performance and a BM in Oboe Performance. She received an Artist Diploma from The Colburn School in May 2014.

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 the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO 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, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), considered one of the nation’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, announces its 2014-15 music season, which Music Director Jeffrey Kahane’s 18th and LACO’s 46th. Kahane has programmed a mix of seminal masterpieces and enthralling premieres designed to showcase LACO’s exceptional artistry and a dynamic roster of guest artists both celebrated and rising, with the maestro conducting four of seven orchestral concerts from the podium or keyboard on Saturdays at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Kahane also continues to lead the popular “Discover” concert at Ambassador Auditorium and appears as both conductor and harpsichordist on the “Baroque Conversations” series at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles, both of which offer audiences an in-depth look at the music as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a more personal level. LACO’s “Westside Connections” continues at the 344-seat, state-of-the-art Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica, providing an intimate setting for the fascinating and often surprising programs, which link music to disparate aspects of our culture.

Among numerous season highlights across these four diverse series are two world premieres that bookend the season, which opens with a world premiere by Australian composer Cameron Patrick paired with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 on September 20 and 21, 2014, and concludes on May 16 and 17, 2015, with a world premiere by composer Ted Hearne, who assumes in the position of Assistant Professor of Composition at USC in the fall. Hearne’s new work is presented in conjunction with the Orchestra’s unique and highly successful “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated during Kahane’s tenure 14 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works.

Additionally, the Orchestra presents the West Coast premiere of Philadelphia-based composer Joseph Hallman’s Imagined Landscapes on April 18 and 19, 2015, and the Los Angeles premiere of the Viola Concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, written for and performed by acclaimed violist Paul Neubauer, on November 15 and 16, 2014, a program which also features Kahane performing and conducting from the keyboard Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

LACO showcases Steven Isserlis, “one of the world’s leading cellists” (The Guardian), performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 under the baton of “superb,” and much sought-after Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd on October 18 and 19, 2014, with Boyd, who makes his LACO debut, also conducting Mozart’s “Haffner” Serenade and At First Light I by George Benjamin.

Dallas Symphony Assistant Conductor and “masterful” violinist Karina Canellakis, also making her LACO debut, does double duty conducting Finnish composer Pēteris Vasks’s powerfully meditative Lonely Angel, John Adams’ early masterpiece Shaker Loops and Schubert’s lighthearted Symphony No. 5, and performing Vivaldi’s vivid Violin Concerto, “La tempesta di mare” (“Storm”) on January 24 and 25, 2015.

Another multi-talented artist and LACO favorite, violinist Joseph Swensen, a renowned conductor who has twice led LACO from the podium and has recently refocused on his career as a violinist, joins the Orchestra as soloist to perform Prokofiev’s athletic Violin Concerto No. 2, on March 14 and 15, 2015. Led by Kahane, the concert also spotlights LACO Principal Flute David Shostac, on the occasion of his 40th anniversary with the Orchestra, in its first performance of Mozart’s beautiful Flute Concerto No. 1, and features LACO Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo for eight solo violins, which the composer describes as a “creative joyride” named after “an addictive car racing video game.”

Both making their LACO debuts, “exhilarating” New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein leads cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, winner of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition, in Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 on April 18 and 19, 2015. In addition, the rising conductor helms Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter.”

To conclude the season, Jonathan Biss, “one of the most thoughtful and technically accomplished pianists of the younger generation” (BBC Music Magazine), performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, led by Kahane, who also conducts the Hearne world premiere and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, “Italian.”

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 Mozart’s magnificent Requiem in D minor, a crowning musical statement left unfinished at the time of the composer’s untimely death.

Oregon Bach Festival Music Director/harpsichordist Matthew Halls, Jeffrey Kahane and Principal Cello Andrew Shulman are among the artists featured in the “Baroque Conversations” series at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall. This enlightening five-concert series, which provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period, opens with a program that celebrates LACO artistic founder/former cellist James Arkatov. LACO repeats the concert at the Valley Performing Arts Center, in its first appearance at the Northridge Center.

Continuing to step outside the proverbial music “box,” LACO’s innovative “Westside Connections” series at Santa Monica’s Moss Theater at New Roads School, features a thought-provoking exploration this season of connections between music and architecture with such featured guests as Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. 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.

Experimental classical music ensemble wild Up begins a three-year residency as LACO Education-Artists-in-Residence, participating in the Orchestra’s “Meet the Music” performances for 2,600 LAUSD Elementary school students annually. These performances reach younger students on a fundamental level through four live programs at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall, funded by LACO, often including student transportation, with venue costs generously waived by The Colburn School.

The Orchestra also hosts several musical fundraisers, including LACO’s annual “Concert Gala” and five “LACO à la carte” salons pairing delectable international cuisine and exclusive musical performances by LACO artists in spectacular international residences.

For a free season flyer, further information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2014-15 season or to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

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Jeffrey Kahane

Jeffrey Kahane


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) Music Director and celebrated pianist Jeffrey Kahane performs Bach’s timeless Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, one of the most important and well-known works of the variation form ever composed, in LACO’s Baroque Conversations series on Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times described a previous performance of this work by Kahane as a “luminous rendering [that] created an open window into the music’s inner majesty, illuminating the complexities of Bach’s compositional thinking while cruising impressively across its often stormy technical demands.” A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm.

LACO’s highly regarded “Baroque Conversations,” now in its eighth year, explores the genesis of orchestral, chamber and solo 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, ultimately, 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.

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.

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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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