LA Chamber Orchestra Presents West Coast Premiere of Gabriel Kahane Work Inspired by LA’s Bradbury BuildingPosted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement, tags: "Gabriel Kahane", concert, LA Chamber Orchestra, Santa Monica
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.