Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) presents an evening of baroque music on Thursday, March 27, 7 pm, at Zipper Concert Hall in downtown LA as part of its STRAD FEST LA, a remarkable gathering of instruments which transforms the Southland into “Strad Central.” Strad Fest LA is an unprecedented showcase for some of luthier Antonio Stradivari’s most celebrated and rare Stradivarius violins brought together for the first time ever and played over four days at one private and three public events in venues throughout the area. With approximately 650 surviving Stradivarius violins, violas, cellos, harps and guitars in the world, this feat is akin to assembling a musical instrument “dream team.”
The BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS evening spotlights four Strads in Georg Philipp Telemann’s Concerto for Four Violins in D major featuring the 1708 “Ruby,” named for its rich, extremely well preserved ruby-tinted varnish and owned by The Stradivari Society, which lends great instruments to leading emerging artists; the “TITIAN,” considered among the finest violins of the maker’s Golden Period and revered for its unusual power, scope and focus, which was named “Titian” by a French dealer who said its orange-red color reminded him of the paintings of the famed artist; the 1716 “MILSTEIN,” played for nearly 40 years by virtuoso Nathan Milstein and currently owned by Southern California philanthropists Jerry and Terri Kohl, who loan it frequently to LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer; and the c. 1720 “BEECHBACK,” whose simple understated dark exterior belies its rich tone and full sound. These remarkable violins are played by critically acclaimed artists Margaret Batjer, LACO’s Concertmaster, Chee-Yun, Cho-Liang Lin and Philippe Quint. The program also includes LACO Principal Oboe Allan Vogel, leader and host, soprano Elissa Johnston, bass Steve Pence and LACO musicians who perform three Bach cantatas – “Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke” (“I am content in my good fortune”), from Cantata No. 84; “Es ist vollbracht” (“It is accomplished”), from Cantata No.159; and “Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn” (“Walk in the way of faith”), from Cantata No. 152. Tickets begin at $65 and include a complimentary wine reception at 6 pm.
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.
The Autry Foundation is a sponsor of Strad Fest LA.
For STRAD FEST LA tickets and more information, please visit www.laco.org or call 213 622 7001.