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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, releases statement on passing of Sir Neville Marriner, its first music director (1969 to 1978)read more →
STATEMENT FROM SCOTT HARRISON,
LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
“It was an audacious idea in the late 1960s that brought the great Sir Neville Marriner to direct a brand-new chamber orchestra in Los Angeles, but he very quickly established an atmosphere of intimacy, transparency, vibrancy and energy that has defined Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and its commitment to the Southland ever since,” according to Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) Executive Director Scott Harrison. “He served as LACO’s first music director from 1969 to 1978. We will miss him deeply — the musician and the man — and we extend our condolences to Lady Marriner and his entire family.”
ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, “one of the world’s great chamber orchestras” by KUSC Classical FM and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and a conductor with “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its almost 50-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America, earning adulation from audiences and critics alike, and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, was founded in 1968 as an artistic outlet for the recording industry’s most gifted musicians. The Orchestra’s artistic founder, cellist James Arkatov, envisioned an ensemble that would allow these conservatory-trained players to balance studio work and teaching with pure artistic collaboration at the highest level. With the financial backing of philanthropist Richard Colburn and managerial expertise from attorney Joseph Troy, who also became the Orchestra’s first president, LACO presented its first performances in the fall of 1969. Kahane continues the standard of excellence set by the Orchestra’s first four music directors, Sir Neville Marriner, Gerard Schwarz, Iona Brown and Christof Perick.
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