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The American Youth Symphony (AYS), led by Music Director Alexander Treger and noted for its innovative programming and inspiring performances, celebrates its legacy of training exceptional musicians over the past 49 years, with “The Alumni Project,” honoring the orchestra’s numerous illustrious “graduates” on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The concert, which concludes the season, features the orchestra’s 106 current members and a host of alumni, including acclaimed former concertmaster Nigel Armstrong, finalist in the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition, performing Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64, one of his largest operatic works, which is scored for 125 players and depicts the spectacular climb up an Alpine mountain from twilight to dusk. Treger also conducts Debussy’s tone-poem An Afternoon of a Faun, Chausson’s Poème, Op. 25, and Saint-Saëns’s Introduction et rondo capriccioso, Op. 28.

Armstrong, hailed as “gifted” and “blazing” (Chicago Tribune), is a California native and recent graduate of The Colburn School Conservatory of Music. He trained with the American Youth Symphony from 2008 to 2011 while studying at the Colburn Conservatory and won Fourth Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011. He continues his ascent to international fame sharing his many talents in tango, bluegrass and classical music performances around the world.

““It is an honor to have Nigel and so many other estemmed American Youth Symphony alumni join the orchestra for this special concert,” says Treger. “It provides a great mentorship opportunity for our current players to have the opportunity to share their stands with these top professionals.”

AYS has trained more than 2,300 musicians since it was founded, and many of its alumni hold principal positions with the world’s top orchestras, the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, among them. Additionally, AYS’s free concert series, which has drawn more than a quarter of a million people to the Royce Hall since its inception, provides vital music outreach to the community.

Reservations are recommended but not required for the American Youth Symphony’s free concert at Royce Hall. Royce Hall is located on the campus of UCLA at 10745 Dickson Plaza in Westwood, CA, 90095. For more information, please call (310) 470-2332 or log on to www.AYSymphony.org.

Alex Treger, Music Director, American Youth Symphony

Alex Treger, Music Director, American Youth Symphony

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Lyris Quartet

Lyris Quartet


Jacaranda’s next concert, on March 8 at 8:00 p.m., will be held at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, which is waiving admission to honor Jacaranda’s 10th anniversary. Jacaranda’s inaugural season featured an adventurous young string quartet known as Denali, which played with the series until 2010. Denali was succeeded by Lyris as quartet in residence. This free “Continental Harmony” concert will be entirely devoted to the Lyris Quartet, playing 20th-century American string quartet repertoire spanning 80 years. For the occasion, Lyris will open with their debut performance of the String Quartet No. 2 by Charles Ives (1911-13), followed by a Jacaranda signature work from 1973, String Quartet No. 4, “Amazing Grace,” by Ben Johnston. String Quartet No. 5 by Philip Glass (1991), a Lyris specialty, will be followed with String Quartet No. 3 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

Composed in Los Angeles at the end of WWII, Korngold’s Quartet No. 3 was performed by Denali in its final season, and will also be performed by Lyris for the first time. The quartet was premiered at UCLA Royce Hall in 1946. Fearing that his film music would be forgotten, Korngold recycled themes from “Devotion” (1943) about the Bronte Sisters, the war themed “Between Two Worlds” (1944), and the classic “The Sea Wolf” (1941) with Edward G. Robinson, Ida Lupino and John Garfield.

Jacaranda is devoting “Continental Harmony” to the string quartet, for the first time, in recognition of its importance to Jacaranda’s programming.

The UCLA Music Library will host this free concert, underwritten by the UCLA Music Library’s Christine and Hugo Davise Fund for Contemporary Music, at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall, 445 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90024.

Reservations are strongly recommended. To RSVP and for more information, please visit www.JacarandaMusic.org or call (213) 483-0216.

About Jacaranda: Jacaranda, with the motto of “music at the edge,” is a series of intimate concert adventures into the realm of new and rarely heard classical music designed to awaken curiosity, passion and discovery in diverse audiences. Founded in 2003 by arts impresario Patrick Scott and conductor/organist Mark Alan Hilt, Jacaranda produces a series (eight concerts this season) that features current and rising stars in the world of classical music performance. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Jacaranda’s full 2013-14 season information is available at jacarandamusic.org. Most concerts are at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

About The Lyris Quartet: The Lyris Quartet, described as “radiant…excellent… and powerfully engaged” by Mark Swed of the LA Times, was founded in 2008. The founding of Lyris was the culmination of years of collaboration between its members in many different ensembles throughout the Los Angeles area. The individual members of the quartet have won top prizes at such competitions as the Tchaikovsky International Competition and Aspen Music Festival as well as collaborated with renowned artists Natalia Gutman, David Geringas, Martha Argerich, Alban Gerhardt, Boris Pergamenschikov, Guillame Sutre, Myung-Whun Chung, and Richard Stoltzman.

They have collaborated with composers Steve Reich, Krystof Penderecki, Oliver Knussen, Steven Mackey, John Adams, Paquito D’Rivera, Wadada Leo Smith, Gerard Schurmann, and Billy Childs.

Lyris has appeared throughout North America, Europe, and Asia in a diverse range of ensembles including Grammy-nominated groups Absolute Ensemble and Southwest Chamber Music, and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa as well as solo and chamber appearances in various festivals such as Ravinia, Brahms Festival in Madrid, Music Academy of the West, Banff Centre for the Arts, Czech SommerFest, and Oregon Festival of American Music among others.

In Los Angeles, Lyris has performed at the Bing Theater at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Broad Stage, Zipper Hall at The Colburn School, Royce Hall, and Disney Hall. They opened the Long Beach Opera’s production of Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen with a featured performance of the “Intimate Letters” quartet and performed the west coast premiere of David Lang’s “The Difficulty of Crossing a Field.” Other performances have included the South Bay Chamber Music Series, Los Angeles Music Guild, Annenberg Series, and Chamber Music Palisades. This year will mark their fourth season as the resident ensemble for the critically acclaimed series Jacaranda: Music at the Edge.

The Lyris Quartet also helps to curate the new music series “Hear Now” which helps to promote the music of Los Angeles composers. They have just completed their first album for Toccata Classics which will be released next month.

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Mezzo-Soprano Laurie Rubin

Mezzo-Soprano Laurie Rubin


The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, presents the highly anticipated U.S. premiere of the orchestral version of Bruce Adolphe’s Do You Dream in Color?, a powerful work set to a poem about living without sight written by rising mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin. Born blind, Rubin, a 1997 Music Center Spotlight Awards winner, joins LACO for the premiere, marking her LACO debut, on Saturday, October 19, 8 pm, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium, and Sunday, October 20, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, who wowed audiences and critics alike at USC’s 2012 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, makes his LACO debut in Haydn’s exceptionally demanding Cello Concerto in C major, believed lost until discovered in Prague in 1961. Kahane also conducts Mozart’s light-hearted Serenata Notturna, K. 239, and opens the program with Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, the work that catapulted Britten into the international limelight. The concert is part of the noted citywide “Britten 100/LA: A Celebration” curated by LA Opera.

Adolphe, a great admirer of Rubin’s voice who approached her about a possible collaboration, explains the genesis of Do You Dream in Color?: “I asked Laurie to express in words what it feels like to live without sight so I could set it in music.” Rubin wove her singular experiences into the poem, ranging from how she applies make-up and makes jewelry to her joy at a young fan’s request that she sign a program. Rubin recorded Adolphe’s song with solo piano for Bridge Records.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the music and artists. In conjunction with the Britten centenary celebrations, Kahane discusses Benjamin Britten and his musical legacy. Additionally, composer Bruce Adolphe speaks about his composition for Rubin and a representative from Braille Institute, one of LACO’s community partners, talks about Braille music notation. Braille Institute is also providing a special display of collograms, a type of textural printmaking, inspired by Rubin’s poem and Adolphe’s work. The Royce Hall concert is sponsored, in part, by the Sidley Austin Foundation.

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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