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Los Angeles Master Chorale

Los Angeles Master Chorale

A celebration of American choral and roots music – classic and new – wraps the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 49th season with the world premiere of Plath Songs, set the poetry of Sylvia Plath by Swan Family Composer in Residence Shawn Kirchner, as well as works by Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, Elliott Carter, Abbie Betinis, Eric Whitacre and celebrated spiritual composer/arrangers William Dawson, Jester Hairston, André Thomas and Moses Hogan on Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Disney Hall.

Music Director Grant Gershon conducts Eric Whitacre’s Three Songs of Faith, set to a trio of texts by e.e. cummings and written in 1999 for the 100th anniversary of Northern Arizona University’s School of Music. In addition, the Chorale performs Charles Ives’ General William Booth Enters Into Heaven, based on a Vachel Lindsay poem, Elliott Carter’s Tarantella, written for men’s chorus by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer for the Harvard Glee Club in 1936, and Abbie Betinis’ humorous and imaginative Songs of Smaller Creatures, which captures the sonic essence of buzzing bees, spindly spider legs and graceful butterflies. Two works by Samuel Barber are also featured – Sure on this Shining Night, with text from James Agee’s first published collection of poems, Permit Me Voyage, and Agnus Dei, a 1967 transcription for eight-part choir of his deeply emotional Adagio for Strings, which is conducted by LAMC Associate Conductor Lesley Leighton. The program concludes with a show-stopping finale of “blow the roof off” arrangements by four masters of the American spiritual – William Dawson, Jester Hairston, André Thomas and Moses Hogan.

Kirchner is currently in his first season as LAMC Composer in Residence and Plath Songs is the first of his works to be premiered during his tenure. The 25-minute suite for choir, piano and percussion, including vibraphone, bass drum, triangle, and tubular bells, is set to seven of Sylvia Plath’s most well known poems: Morning Song, Mirror, Lady Lazarus, Tulips, Poppies in October, Child and Blackberrying, chosen for their beauty, brilliance and sheer impact. States Kirchner, “I’m particularly excited about unveiling this project because it represents an aspect of my writing that will be new to the LAMC audience. While the piece retains a very vocal and melodic approach, its harmonic palette is multi-dimensional in keeping with the expressive breadth and complexity of Plath’s poetry.”

Kirchner, Gershon and KUSC’s Alan Chapman participate in ListenUp!, the pre-concert talk at 6 pm, sponsored by the Flora L. Thornton Foundation.

Tickets range from $29 – $134. Group rates are available. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit (Tickets cannot be purchased at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office except on concert days starting 2 hours prior to the performance.) The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.

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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

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 May 20 Le Salon de Musiques’ program, in the Fifth Floor Banquet room at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, will feature J.Brahms Cello Sonata In E Minor Opus 38 and Myaskovsky Cello Sonata N.2 In A Major Opus 81 with John Walz on Cello and Steven Vanhauwaert on Piano. The performance is accompanied by Champagne, food by Patina and informal conversation introduced by musicologist Julius Reder Carlson. Tickets are $65 and $45 for students (including concert and refreshments) and are available on line at or by calling (310) 498-0257.

By removing the stage, Le Salon de Musiques offers a more personal touch to listeners eager to familiarize themselves with Chamber Music. The goal is to bring together an audience of disparate backgrounds…music lovers who believe that this form of melodic artistry brings out the best in humanity.

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Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic return to the Music Guild for an exciting and varied program. Ariana Ghez, Principal Oboe of the LA Phil will be joined by members of the string section.  Come hear three centuries of beautiful chamber music by Haydn, Beethoven, Britten, Arthur Bliss and Ennio Morricone.

• Ennio Morricone’s “Gabriel’s Oboe” (title theme from “The Mission”)
• Benjamin Britten’s Opus 2 Phantasy Quartet
• Arthur Bliss’s Oboe Quintet
• Beethoven’s “Eyeglasses” Duo for Viola and Cello
• Haydn’s “Rider” Quartet

• Ariana Ghez, oboe
• Johnny Lee and Jin Shan-Dai, violin
• Dana Hansen, viola and piano
• Jason Lippman, cello

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Don’t miss the upcoming Los Angeles appearance of the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra, with special guests Guitar/Songwriting Legend Richard Thompson and the inimitable Sō Percussion. The program also features the World Premiere of a new commissioned work from Chen Yi. The performance will take place on April 29th at 4 p.m. at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater, 4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) continues its popular “Baroque Conversations” with a program featuring three Bach sonatas performed by LACO Music Director and keyboardist Jeffrey Kahane and three LACO principals on Thursday, April 19, 2012, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Kahane, who celebrates his 15th anniversary as LACO music director, performs the Viola da Gamba Sonata in G major, BWV 1027 with Principal Cello Andrew Shulman; the Oboe Sonata in G minor, BWV 1030b with Principal Oboe Allan Vogel; and the Violin Sonata in E major, BWV 1016 with Concertmaster Margaret Batjer. In signature LACO style, Kahane shares his insights into the music from the stage and invites questions from the audience. A complimentary pre-concert wine reception for ticket holders begins at 6 pm.

LACO’s “Baroque Conversations” series explores the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period.

Tickets ($50) are on sale now and may be purchased online at, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001 x 1, 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 prior to the concert with appropriate college ID.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Baroque Conversations”
Jeffrey Kahane, host & keyboard
Andrew Shulman, cello
Allan Vogel, oboe
Margaret Batjer, violin

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 7 pm

Zipper Concert Hall
The Colburn School
200 South Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

BACH Viola da Gamba Sonata in G major, BWV 1027
BACH Oboe Sonata in G minor, BWV 1030b
BACH Violin Sonata in E major, BWV 1016

LA Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jeffrey Kahane

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 8:00 PM
Zipper Hall, The Colburn School

Free Admission

EVENT: Critically acclaimed violinist, Radu Pieptea along with crossover pianist Bryan Pezzone, perform an impressive program featuring Strauss, Prokofiev, Chausson, Wieniawski, and Gershwin.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 8:00 PM
Reception immediately following the performance on the South Plaza


VENUE: Zipper Hall
The Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles 90012
Parking available at Disney Hall Garage for $9 or adjacent lots



Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953):
Sonata No.1 in F minor for Violin and Piano, Op.80
- Andante assai
- Allegro brusco
- Andante
- Allegrissimo

Ernest Chausson (1855-1899):
Poème, Opus 25

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Sonata in E-flat major for Violin and Piano, Op.18
- Allegro ma non troppo
- Improvisation – Andante cantabile
- Finale – Allegro

Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880)
Grande Polonaise No.1 in D, Op.4

George Gershwin (1898-1937), arranged by Jascha Heifetz (1901-1987)
Three Preludes for Piano
- Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
- Andante con moto e poco rubato
- Allegro ben ritmato

About Radu Pieptea
Since making his solo orchestral debut at 14 in Dallas’ Meyerson Symphony Hall, Radu’s musical talents have continued to garner critical acclaim and recognition. Das Orchester in Germany called his performance “brilliant” and “flawless” and described his interpretation as “daring and full of fiery temperament…with a strong sense of purpose.” Lauded by the Santa Barbara Independent, Radu is described as “astonishing,” and the Los Angeles Times commended him for his “firm tone” and “technical proficiency and musical resolve.”
Radu has appeared as a soloist with the American Youth Symphony, La Mirada Symphony, Pacific Palisades Symphony, Beverly Hills Symphony, Allen Philharmonic, Max Bruch Philharmonic, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and various other orchestras and ensembles. He served as concertmaster of the Sarasota Music Festival orchestra and has been a featured chamber musician on New York’s classical music radio station WQXR. Radu has performed in recital and as chamber and orchestral musician in countless concerts across the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has been heard live on radio in recital on the Sunday’s Live series broadcast from the LA County Museum of Art, performed solo at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as a winner of Los Angeles‘ Spotlight Awards, and performed as part of the New York String Orchestra in Carnegie Hall. After graduating from Juilliard in 2000, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and continued his studies with renowned violin pedagogue Zakhar Bron at the conservatory in Cologne, Germany while concertizing throughout Europe. After returning from Europe, Radu collaborated regularly with UCLA faculty on their Faculty Chamber Music Series and served as guest artist faculty of the Beverly Hills Chamber Music Festival.
Radu is currently active as a recording musician in the Los Angeles studios and has recorded on the soundtracks of major motion pictures too numerous to list. Although his background is rooted in classical music, he has also recorded or performed with artists as diverse as U2, Dr. Dre, Barry Manilow, Andrea Bocelli, Christina Aguilera, Beck, Jewel, 50 Cent, REM, Elvis Costello, Justin Timberlake, Whitney Houston, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble, David Foster, Kenny Loggins, Sarah Mclachlan, Counting Crows, and Earth Wind and Fire, to name a few. Over the past several years, Radu has been performing with the LA Opera, LA Philharmonic, and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and most recently won a position as first violinist with the New West Symphony.
Radu’s musical education includes a Bachelor of Music degree from Juilliard, a Diploma in Music Performance from the Cologne Music Conservatory, and a Master of Music degree from UCLA which he received while there on a full scholarship. Born in Romania he moved to the United States with his family when he was 2 and began his violin studies at the age of 6. His most notable teachers include Robert Mann, Alexander Treger, Zakhar Bron, Mark Kaplan, Ronald Neal, and Masao Kawasaki. Radu is also an active teacher and coach and has given master classes abroad.
About Bryan Pezzone
Bryan Pezzone is the consummate crossover pianist of his generation. He has excelled in classical, contemporary, jazz, and experimental genres and is known for both his versatility and virtuosity as a performing artist, improviser and composer. Bryan performs with composers and musicians as diverse as Pierre Boulez, John Williams, and John Adams, and records on countless film and television soundtracks. He is the pianist in the group Free Flight; a crossover classical/jazz quartet. These concerts feature many of his own compositions. In addition, Bryan has initiated a performing series that he calls “FREEDOM SERIES” which involves improvisations and verbal musings on life. Bryan has performed with many major symphony orchestra associations, and is known in the Los Angeles area as one of the primary freelance pianists for film and television soundtrack recording, contemporary music premieres, and chamber music accompany. As a soloist, Bryan has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pasadena Pops, Santa Monica Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra, United States International University Orchestra, U.C. Irvine Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Philharmonic and the Pacific Symphony.

Bryan has produced CDs of his own music which blends jazz and classical styles– including “Flying on Water” produced by Steve Wight and featuring M.B. Gordy on drums and Bart Samolis on bass. As well as solo piano CD’s featuring his more introspective music called Piano Prayers.

In addition, Bryan has been principal pianist in the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra from its inception in 1991-1999 as well as the former chair and founder of the Multi-focused keyboard department at the California Institute of the Arts from 1987-2000. He abandoned both those positions in order of discovering new paths and is passionate about continuously redefining himself and his role as an artist, musician, and person in today’s complex and eclectic culture.

Free Spring Recital features critically acclaimed violinist, Radu Pieptea and gifted pianist, Bryan Pezzone

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) trips the light fantastic at the season’s second “Baroque Conversations” concert, which explores the art of Baroque dance, its links to the court of Louis XIV and its intriguing social and political implications, on Thursday, February 16, 7 pm, at Zipper Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. LACO Principal Keyboard Patricia Mabee, who celebrates 35 years with LACO this season, hosts the evening, featuring renowned baroque guitar John Schneiderman and Baroque dancers/historians Linda Tomko and Jill Chardoff. Also featured are LACO principals Tereza Stanislav, assistant concertmaster; Sarah Thornblade, associate principal violin II; Roland Kato, principal viola; Victoria Miskolczy, associate principal viola; and Armen Ksajikian, associate principal cello. In signature LACO style, the artists share their insights into the music and dances from the stage and invite questions from the audience about the program, which includes Vivaldi’s Trio Sonata in D minor, RV 63, Op. 1, No. 12, “La folia” (“Madness”); Sanz’s Pavanas and Canarios from Instrucción de Musica Sobre la Guitarra Española; Ganspeck’s Overture in A major for Viola d’Amore and Violin; Soler’s Fandango in D minor, S. 146; and selections from Campra’s Les fêtes vénitiennes (“The Venetian Festivals”) and L’Europe galante (“Galant Europe”), as well as from Lully’s Atys and Rameau’s Dardanus. A pre-concert reception, beginning at 6 pm, is free to all ticket holders.

LACO’s “Baroque Conversations” series explores the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period.

Tickets ($50) are on sale now and may be purchased online at, 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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Kathleen Supové Concert at Zipper Hall

Anna Clyne – On Track (video by Joshue Ott)
Lainie Fefferman – Barnacles
Carolyn Yarnell – The Same Sky (video by Eric Wenger)
Michael Gatonska -A Shaking of the Pumpkin
Neil Rolnick – Digits (video by R. Luke DuBois)

All the works on this program are Los Angeles premieres.

Zipper Concert Hall
The Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Piano Spheres Website and Ticket Info
Phone: 323.692.8075

FB Event Page here.

Poster in .pdf format here.

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8pm January 14th, 2012 at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.

The Music of: Messiaen, Haydn, Charlie Parker, Brian Ferneyhough and Andrew Bird.

On Saturday, Jan. 14, the L.A.-based classical wunderkinds wild Up take over the intimate Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena with a one-of-a-kind show about birds and flight.
“We want to know how flight works and what it sounds like,” said the group’s artist director and conductor Christopher Rountree. “We want to figure out how to take off.” The audience need not prepare for a lecture about Newton’s laws and lift; the program gets off the ground with composer/ornithologist Olivier Messiaen’s magnum opus “Oiseaux Exotiques.” From there, the group takes on pieces by Brian Ferneyhough, Charlie Parker, Joseph Haydn, Chris Kallmyer and Andrew Bird.
Tickets: $20 at the door, $15 online pre-sale:

As always, there will be plenty of booze and no tuxedos.

Who: wild Up

What: “Ornithology” The music of Messiaen, Haydn, Charlie Parker, Brian Ferneyhough and Andrew Bird

Where: The Armory Center for the Arts, 145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103

When: Saturday 1/14/12  at  8 PM

About wild Up:

wild Up is a 24-member experimental classical/contemporary ensemble comprised of Los Angeles musicians committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings. The group, led by artistic director and conductor Christopher Rountree, unites around the belief that no music is off limits, and that a concert space should be as moving as the music heard in it: small, powerful and unlike anything else. wild Up projects bring people together, defy convention and address the need for heart-wrenching, mind-bending experiences. For free mp3 downloads:


Cost: $20 at the door, $15 online pre-sale – to purchase, go to

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