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Gabriel Kahane

Gabriel Kahane


The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) acclaimed Westside Connections series, which has paired LACO’s virtuosic musicians with leading artists to explore connections between music and architecture this season, presents the West Coast premiere of Gabriel Kahane’s Bradbury Studies and Schubert’s Octet in F major, D. 803, with insights from special guest Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times architecture critic, on Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Kahane’s work for string quartet is performed by LACO artists Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara, Violin Carrie Kennedy, Principal Viola Roland Kato and Cello Giovanna M. Clayton. Inspired by downtown Los Angeles’ iconic Bradbury Building, Bradbury Studies is an extended one-movement piece that takes its musical spirit from Schubert and Mahler, according to Kahane. To open the program and introduce the work, Kahane performs from the piano his song, “Bradbury (304 Broadway),” upon which he based the string quartet. Schubert’s magnificent Octet, a work in six movements, features Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav, Violin Jacqueline Brand, Viola Robert Brophy, Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian, Principal Bass Nico Abondolo, Principal Clarinet Joshua Ranz, Principal Bassoon Kenneth Munday and Horn Kristy McArthur Morrell.

LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who curates and hosts the series, concludes the evening with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions of Hawthorne, Kahane and musicians. The Moss Theater is located at The Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School.

Hawthorne, who joined the Los Angeles Times in 2004, was previously the architecture critic for Slate and a frequent contributor to The New York Times. He is the author, with Alanna Stang, of The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture. Hawthorne also wrote liner notes for Kahane’s 2014 album, The Ambassador (Sony Music Masterworks), which was hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the year’s very best albums, and features Kahane’s “Bradbury (304 Broadway).”

Gabriel Kahane, son of LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and a highly accomplished artist in his own right, notes that Bradbury Studies and the song it is based on were inspired by the Bradbury Building, which is among LA’s oldest architectural landmarks and has been used as a backdrop for countless films, television shows and works of fiction, including the motion picture Blade Runner.

The three-part Westside Connections series, which concludes its seventh season with this performance, includes conversations with special guests as well as musical offerings connecting form, structure and line. Previous programs this season featured architects Frank Gehry and Frederick Fisher as special guests.

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 (beginning at $60) 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 ($12), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office one hour before the concert. The Moss Theater at New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

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Natasha Paremski

Natasha Paremski


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducts the world premiere of This Ease by composer Hannah Lash as well as the LACO debut of Natasha Paremski, proclaimed a “spectacular pianist” (American Record Guide), performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, on Saturday, April 26, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, April 27, 2014, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Also on the program is Haydn’s buoyant Symphony No. 102 in B-flat major. USC Thornton School of Music violin performance major Kenneth Liao, winner of the annual LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Audition, joins LACO’s violin section for these concerts.

Lash, whose work is hailed as “striking” and “handsomely brooding” (The New York Times), says, “This Ease is meant to suggest the feeling of familiarity with what we are hearing, yet invoke the underlying unease that allows for the piece’s forward motion and unique fingerprint. The musical material at its most elemental is comprised of major and minor thirds chained and stacked together in various ways, which gradually mutate to highlight different harmonic colors and create the piece’s dramatic formal shape.”

This Ease is presented as part of the LACO’s unique “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated 13 years ago to engage audiences in developing new works. The program gives members the rare opportunity to create a legacy in music and to observe first-hand the development of a new work from the composer’s earliest ideas to the finished composition. Participants invest $150 or more for a membership, which includes intimate salons throughout the season featuring in-depth discussions with the composer about his or her creative process and previews of the final work.

Paremski, praised for her “beautifully atmospheric interpretations” (The New York Times) is a 26-year-old Russian-born virtuoso who made her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut at age 15. Critics have hailed dynamic performances and flawless technique.

As part of the LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program in a 2013 mock orchestral audition for strings, Thornton School strings undergraduate Kenneth Liao, a violinist, won the opportunity to play alongside LACO veterans at LACO’s April concerts. He will perform as part of LACO’s first violin section and is being mentored for this opportunity by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer. The program, a unique collaboration now in its fourth year between USC’s Thornton School of Music and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, underscores the importance of preparedness of strings students for professional auditions. Liao competed against violists, cellists, double bass players and fellow violinists before an esteemed panel of judges including LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, LACO Principal Viola Roland Kato and LACO Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the music and artists with Kahane interviewing Lash about her new piece.

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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