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Annual Gala Concert, featuring Mozart’s Flute Quartet in D Major, Robert Sirota’s A Sinner’s Diary & Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence.

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Violinist Joseph Swensen

Violinist Joseph Swensen

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, presents Prokofiev’s virtuosic Violin Concerto No. 2, featuring special guest violinist Joseph Swensen, and Mozart’s resplendent Flute Concerto No. 1, highlighting LACO Principal Flute David Shostac, on Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, March 15, 2015, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Kahane also conducts Haydn’s Symphony No. 64 in A major, “Times Change,” and LACO Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo for eight solo violins, which the composer describes as a “creative joyride” named for “an addictive car racing video game.”

Swensen, a “gripping” violinist (Herald Scotland), is active as both a soloist and conductor. He is also a passionate chamber musician who performs in recital with pianist Jeffrey Kahane as well as in the recently formed KahaneSwensenBrey Trio with cellist Carter Brey, which has appeared at the Ravinia, La Jolla, Chamber Music Northwest, Music@Menlo and Orcas Island festivals, among many others.

“Extraordinary, dazzling, world class” and “a musician of the highest order” are words critics have used to describe Shostac’s artistry. This season, the “stalwart of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra” (Orange County Register), is celebrating his 40th anniversary as the Orchestra’s Principal Flute.

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 pacesetter 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 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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Jeffrey Kahane

Jeffrey Kahane

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jeffrey Kahane serves as musical “tour guide” for LACO’s annual “Discover” program, which this season features a special one-night-only exploration of Mozart’s incomparable and deeply moving Requiem in D minor with special guests Alison King, soprano; Emily Fons, alto; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Aubrey Allicock, bass; and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, on Thursday, February 19, 2015, 8 pm, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. The evening is designed to lead patrons to a greater understanding of Mozart’s musical capstone and to appreciate the work with “new ears.” Kahane, lauded for his “eloquence” (The New York Times), explores a different work each year for LACO’s annual Discover concert. According to LA Opening Nights, “Some conductors are born educators, and Jeffrey Kahane is one of them.” Adding a special flourish to Kahane’s introduction to the work are Antaeus Company actors John Sloan (Mozart) and JD Cullum (Salieri).

After Mozart left his final work—a Requiem mass—in a tantalizing state of incompleteness at his death, his widow, Constanze, desperate for the full commission fee, turned to Franz Süssmayr, the composer’s friend, who delivered a completed score. Noted fortepianist and Mozart scholar Robert Levin published a new edition of the Requiem in the 1990s, about which The New York Times proclaimed, “Where Süssmayr was timid, Mr. Levin is bold. [His] daring approach makes Mozart’s Requiem sound more convincing structurally and more vibrant musically.” Kahane explores the chilling legend and score of the masterpiece Mozart wrote on his deathbed. After intermission, Kahane conducts Levin’s innovative completion of this heart-wrenching work, followed by a question and answer segment with the audience.

Tickets (starting at $25) 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 ($12), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office the day of the concert.

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Le Salon de Musiques’ December 11 concert will feature Mozart Violin Sonata KV 304 In E Minor and C. Franck Violin Sonata with Phillip Levy on Violin and Francois Chouchan on Piano. All concerts are held from 4 – 6 pm one Sunday of every month beginning October 16, 2011 through May 20, 2012. The performance is accompanied by Cava (Spanish sparkling wine,) food by Patina and informal conversation introduced by musicologist Julius Reder Carlson. Spanish Consul General Enrique Ruiz Molero Scheduled is scheduled to attend this performance. 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.

Tickets are $65 and $45 for students (including concert and refreshments) and are available on line at or by calling (310) 498-0257.

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