four things that make this weekend’s concert GREAT!

1. “The Great”

Franz Schubert

Franz Schubert

Schubert’s acclaimed Ninth Symphony, “The Great,” is a complex, daring work completed just one year after Beethoven’s Ninth. Young Schubert’s ambitious composition has been called “one of the wildest rhythmical rides in symphonic literature” by The Guardian. Even so, the piece wasn’t performed until after his death!

 

2. The New

Christopher Cerrone

Christopher Cerrone

This weekend also includes the world premiere of Will There Be Singing, composed by 2014 Pulitzer Prize finalist Christopher Cerrone. Commissioned by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the piece explores the practice of remaining hopeful in dark times. The piece continues LACO’s commitment to commissioning new music, a process you can participate in by joining Sound Investment.

 

3. The Master

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Mozart’s skill as a classical composer goes without saying, but let’s go ahead and say it: he is a master. Whether it’s a symphony, an opera, a concerto or just a little night music, if it’s Mozart, it’s going to be brilliant. Piano Concerto No 27 is no exception. Completed the year Mozart died, it’s a fitting (if morbidly so) piece for the end of the season.

 

4. The End of an Era

Kahane photo Ken Hively
This is Jeffrey Kahane’s final concert as music director of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. With an illustrious 20-year tenure, he has been a transformative figure in the Los Angeles arts community and a talented conductor and pianist. Don’t miss this memorable farewell to the much-loved Jeffrey Kahane (or the free after-party celebrating him!

We hope you’ll join us for this final concert of our 2016-17 season! Learn more about the event and purchase tickets at laco.org/attend/kahane-plays-mozart!

5 reasons to be joyful about LACO’s april concert!

1. The Chorale

Los Angeles Master Chorale photo Steve Cohn

Los Angeles Master Chorale photo Steve Cohn

The Los Angeles Master Chorale has been providing quality performances in the area for over half a century. Under the leadership of Grant Gershon, the Grammy-nominated group has been praised around the world for setting the standard for choral music.

 

2. The Soloists

Mueller photo Nick Amonson; Appleby photo Frances Marshall; Guzman photo; Hopkins photo Paul Sirochman

Mueller photo Nick Amonson; Appleby photo Frances Marshall; Guzman photo; Hopkins photo Paul Sirochman

Kathryn Mueller is a Grammy nominee, giving acclaimed performances all over the country. Paul Appleby and Suzanna Guzman have both appeared on the Metropolitan Opera Stage. Justin Hopkins returns to LACO after his much-admired performance in Lost in the Stars. All four are world-class artists.

 

3. The Conductor

Kahane photo Ken Hively

Jeffrey Kahane, retiring from LACO after 20 years as music director, is unparalleled in the music world. For this concert, his final Discover concert in his tenure, he will take the audience on a musical journey through the historical and modern significance of the piece.

 

4. The Piece

Beethoven via creative commons

Beethoven via creative commons

Beethoven’s Ninth is the final symphony written by the classical master. It was revolutionary when it premiered and has only grown in reputation. What better way to spend a weekend in April?

 

5. The Orchestra

Kahane and Orchestra photo Ken Hively

Kahane and Orchestra photo Ken Hively

Declared “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, LACO has been hailed all over the world for its quality interpretations of new and classical pieces. Beethoven’s 9th marks the penultimate concert in the 2016-17 season, and of all the reasons to be joyful, the players are central to my smile.

 

We hope you’ll join us! Learn more about the event and purchase tickets at laco.org/attend/Beethoven-9!