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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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The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) continues its epic 50th Anniversary Season with a heartfelt two-part tribute to National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen, the choir’s Composer In Residence from 1995 to 2001, the composer most closely associated with the renowned chorus and the most frequently performed American choral composer in modern history. The tribute begins with an exclusive screening of the award-winning documentary film “Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen” and post-screening conversation with Lauridsen, film director Michael Stillwater and LAMC Music Director Grant Gershon on Friday, March 14, 2014, 8 pm, at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale. The tribute concludes with the Chorale’s highly anticipated all-Lauridsen concert featuring some of his most well known works conducted by Gershon with one work accompanied by composer himself on piano on Sunday, March 16, 2014, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Lauridsen has been hailed for composing “radiantly beautiful music,” (Wall St. Journal) with “freshness and an affecting emotional pull to it that explains its popularity with singers and audiences across the pond” (Daily Telegraph).

The concert repertoire reflects the extremely fruitful relationship between the composer and the Chorale, which produced such sublime Lauridsen “hits” as O Magnum Mysterium and Lux Aeterna, resulting in the Chorale’s Grammy®-nominated best-selling recording Lux Aeterna (RCM 1998). The Chorale performs O Magnum Mysterium as well as such Lauridsen gems as Mid-Winter Songs, Ave Dulcissima Maria, Canticle/O Vos Omnes, Nocturnes, Madrigali and Les Chansons des Roses.

“Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen” documents this LA-based living legend who spends summers composing on the remote Waldron Island in the Pacific Northwest, and features intimate interviews with him in California, Scotland and Washington, interwoven with performances of his masterworks and commentaries by music contemporaries. Revealed through the lens of his passion for nature and music, Lauridsen expresses a presence of fierce compassion and unwavering dedication to the craft of composition. Winner of two Best Documentary awards and an Audience Choice Award, the film was praised as ‘a heartening rarity’ by Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal.

Concert tickets ($29-$129) and film tickets ($15) are available at www.lamc.org or (213) 972-7282. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The Alex Theatre is located at 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91203.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 44th season concludes with a flourish as Alisa Weilerstein, lauded by The New York Times as a “brilliant young American cellist,” performs Shostakovich’s thrilling Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 107, originally composed for legendary cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, on Saturday, May 18, 2013, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and Sunday, May 19, 2013, 7 pm, at Royce Hall, UCLA. Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, who conducts the program and has long been committed to championing artists early in their careers, also presents the US premiere of up-and-coming French composer Hugo Gonzalez-Pioli’s The Love of Zero, an intriguing bassoon concerto, featuring LACO Principal Bassoon Kenneth Munday and played with Robert Florey’s avant-garde 1927 short silent film of the same title. Gonzalez-Pioli, whose work adds a touch of Hollywood to the program, is a 2012 graduate of USC’s prestigious Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television program. The program opens with Beethoven’s dramatic Coriolan Overture, Op. 62, and also includes Within Her Arms, “a fragile elegy for fifteen strings” (The New York Times) by Anna Clyne, described as “dazzlingly inventive” (Time Out New York).

Weilerstein, who has attracted attention worldwide for playing that combines a natural virtuosic command and technical precision with impassioned musicianship, was named a MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient in 2011. The Los Angeles Times praised her “rich lyrical tone,” and the Washington Post applauded a previous performance of the Shostakovich concerto as “magisterial.”

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the music and artists. Composer Hugo Gonzalez-Pioli joins Jeffrey Kahane to discuss The Love of Zero.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2012-13 season, the Orchestra’s 44th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established and notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 16th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets ($25 – $110) are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert.
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 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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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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