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WORLD PREMIERE BY COMPOSER TED HEARNE
HEADLINES LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PROGRAM, CONDUCTED BY JEFFREY KAHANE,
ALSO FEATURING ACCLAIMED PIANIST JONATHAN BISS
ON MOZART’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 21 IN C MAJOR,
MUSIC FROM MENDELSSOHN’S
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, AND
MENDELSSOHN’S SYMPHONY NO. 4 IN A MAJOR, “ITALIAN”

Season Finale also Features USC Thornton School Student Coleman Itzkoff,
who Joins Cello Section as Winner of Mock Audition
of LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, May 17, 2015, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, concludes its 46th season with a world premiere by Ted Hearne, a composer hailed for his “off beat imagination” (New Music Box) whose new work, Respirator, culminates the Orchestra’s unique “Sound Investment” commissioning program on Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, May 17, 2015, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The concert also features Jonathan Biss, “one of the most accomplished pianists of the younger generation” (BBC Music Magazine), who performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major. In addition, Kahane conducts Mendelssohn’s Nocturne & Scherzo, evocative incidental music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream; as well as Mendelssohn’s exuberant Symphony No. 4 in A major, “Italian.” Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks providing insights into the program’s music and artists held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, feature Kahane in conversation with Hearne. After the performance, ticket holders are invited to mingle with friends and musicians at an after-party in the lobby with complimentary drinks and appetizers.

“Sound Investment,” initiated during Kahane’s tenure 14 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works, gives members the rare opportunity to create a legacy in music and observe first-hand the development of a new work from the composer’s earliest ideas to the finished composition. Participants invest $150 or more for a membership, which includes intimate salons throughout the season featuring in-depth discussion with the composer about the creative process and previews of the final work.

Additionally, USC Thornton School student Coleman Itzkoff joins the cello section for these concerts as part of the LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, now in its fifth year, playing alongside Principal Cello Andrew Shulman and other LACO veterans. Itzkoff won the opportunity in a mock orchestral audition last year for strings as part of the LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, a unique collaboration between USC’s Thornton School of Music and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra that strives to enhance the preparedness of strings students for a professional career. Itzkoff competed against violinists, violists, double bass players and fellow cellists before an esteemed panel of judges including LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, LACO Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara and Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian.

Hearne, a multitalented musician who is both an innovative composer who mixes wide ranging musical styles and an accomplished singer, is noted for his “topical, politically sharp-edged works” that are “nuanced, elliptical and elusive” (The New York Times). His body of works includes Katrina Ballads, a portrait of media coverage of Hurricane Katrina that won the 2009 Gaudeamus Prize for composition, and The Source, set to text from Iraq and Afghanistan war logs. He has received commissions from the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic, among LACO and others.

Biss is widely regarded for his artistry, musical intelligence and deeply felt interpretations, winning international recognition for his orchestral, recital, and chamber music performances as well as for his award-winning recordings. The third generation in a family of professional musicians, Biss also serves on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music. In conjunction with Curtis and Coursera, the leading provider of “massive online open courses,” he offered a free, online course on Beethoven’s piano sonatas in 2013 for which more than 30,000 people enrolled.

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.

These concerts are made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation and Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.

Tickets, starting at $26, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org 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.

Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, JEFFREY KAHANE has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized around the world for his mastery of diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin, Golijov and John Adams. Now in his 18th season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, he previously served as music director of the Colorado and Santa Rosa symphonies. He has garnered tremendous critical acclaim for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement and received multiple ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for his work in both Los Angeles and Denver.

JONATHAN BISS has appeared with the world’s foremost orchestras as well as on top chamber music and recital series. He performs a diverse repertoire and has commissioned composers György Kurtág, Leon Kirchner, Lewis Spratlan and Bernard Rands, among others. In January 2015, Biss released the fourth volume of his nine-year, nine-disc recording cycle of Beethoven’s complete piano sonatas. Biss joined the piano faculty of his alma mater, the Curtis Institute of Music, in 2011. Through Curtis, he taught the first massive open online course (MOOC) offered by a classical music conservatory to over 55,000 online students. Biss’s bestselling eBook, Beethoven’s Shadow, was the first Kindle Single written by a classical musician. For more information, visit www.jonathanbiss.com.

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International 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 of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “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 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual film event, featuring the Orchestra performing the score live, and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Mendelssohn Italian”
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Jonathan Biss, piano

PROGRAM:
TED HEARNE Respirator, Sound Investment commission (world premiere)
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467
MENDELSSOHN Nocturne & Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, “Italian”

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8 pm
Alex Theatre, Glendale
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 7pm
Royce Hall, UCLA
340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

TICKETS/INFORMATION:
Tickets start at $26.
To order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org

(Discounts for groups of 12 or more, seniors 65+ and college students, if available)

CONCERT PRELUDES:
7 pm (Alex Theatre)
6 pm (Royce Hall)
One hour before curtain, pre-concert talks provide insights into the music and artists. Features Kahane and Hearne. Free for ticket holders.

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF STEPHEN A. BLOCK TO BOARD

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Venture capitalist Stephen A. Block has been appointed to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) Board of Directors, announces LACO President Dana Newman. Block is a partner of Orange County-based K5 Ventures and managing director of its accelerator, K5 Launch. He is also a member of Tech Coast Angels, Southern California’s largest angel investing group, serving on the Executive Committee of the Orange County network. Block, who has been appointed to LACO’s board for a three-year term, has more than 40 years of broad legal, management and executive experience, having served on the boards of both private and public companies and several industry trade associations; drafted legislation; lobbied at the state and federal levels; and testified before Congressional and state legislative committees.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International 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 of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “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 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual film event, featuring the Orchestra performing the score live, and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

A venture capitalist involved with numerous firms and entrepreneurial activities, STEPHEN A. BLOCK is a Partner of Orange County-based K5 Ventures and Managing Director of its accelerator, K5 Launch. He is also a member of Tech Coast Angels, Southern California’s largest angel investing group, serving on the Executive Committee of the Orange County network. Block retired as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) in December 2003. With over 40 years of broad legal, management and executive experience, he has served on the boards of both private and public companies and several industry trade associations; drafted legislation; lobbied at the state and federal levels; and testified before Congressional and state legislative committees. Block is a member of the board of directors of two publicly traded tech companies, San Diego-based Senomyx and Irvine’s Chromadex. He formerly served on the board of Jacaranda Music and now sits on the Long Beach Opera board and the Advisory Board of Chapman University’s Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship. His work on both for-profit and nonprofit boards has included experience in governance, finance and audit committees. Mentoring entrepreneurs for many years, Block has taught Securities Regulation at Pace University Law School, speaks on angel and VC investing and entrepreneurship at universities and business conferences, and judges/coaches business plan competitions at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, Chapman University and Pepperdine University. An alumnus of Yale University and Harvard Law School, Block is a voracious reader, avid tennis player, enthusiastic fan of both traditional and contemporary music, and a referee for Beach Cities Roller Derby. He and his wife Evelyn, a psychologist, have two grown sons and make their home in Manhattan Beach.

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LUTE AND BAROQUE GUITAR VIRTUOSO JOHN SCHNEIDERMAN JOINS LOS ANGLES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
FOR BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS SERIES
WITH CONCERTMASTER MARGARET BATJER, VIOLIN JULIE GIGANTE, ASSOCIATE PRINCIPAL CELLO ARMEN KSAJIKIAN
AND PRINCIPAL FLUTE DAVID SHOSTAC
PERFORMING CONCERTOS BY
VIVALDI, HAYDN, KOHAUT AND FALCKENHAGEN

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 7 pm
Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles
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Critically acclaimed lute and Baroque guitar virtuoso John Schneiderman showcases his remarkable artistry on Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) “Baroque Conversations” series with a program of concertos by Vivaldi, Haydn, Kohaut and Falckenhagen on Thursday, May 7, 2015, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. To open the program, Schneiderman, LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian perform Haydn’s Cassation in C major for Lute, Violin and Cello (Brussels Manuscript), a version of Hob.III:6. Violin Julie Gigante joins them for Kohaut’s Concerto in D major for Lute, Two Violins and Cello (Berlin Manuscript), considered an exceptional example of this rare genre, and Vivaldi’s Concerto in D major for Lute, Two Violins and Basso Continuo, RV 93, among nearly 600 concertos by the Italian master that helped define the style of the late Baroque era concerto. Principal Flute David Shostac teams up with Schneiderman and Ksajikian for Falckenhagen’s Concerto No. 3 in D major for Lute, Flute and Cello (Opera Nuova). Schneiderman, hailed for his “dazzling” and “expressive” artistry and noted for turning “delicate textures into sparkling jewels,” hosts the evening. A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm.

LACO’s highly regarded five-concert “Baroque Conversations” series, now in its ninth year, explores the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. In signature LACO style, each concert host shares insights into the music and invites questions from the audience, providing an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a more personal level.

Tickets (beginning at $56) are available online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for 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.

Critically acclaimed virtuoso of plucked instruments since age nine, JOHN SCHNEIDERMAN specializes in the performance practice and repertoire of 18th century lutes and 19th century guitars. Schneiderman is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician and has performed with the LA Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, among many others. Schneiderman is currently on the faculties of the UC Irvine, Irvine Valley College, Claremont Graduate University and has been on the faculties of Orange Coast College, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and California State University, Long Beach.

MARGARET BATJER, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orches¬tra since 1998, made her first solo appearance at age 15 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has since soloed with leading orchestras from around the world including the Philadelphia, St. Louis and Dallas symphonies; the Prague, Halle and Berlin sympho¬ny orchestras; and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. An esteemed chamber musician, she appears regularly at the Marlboro Music Festival, as well as many other festivals in the US and Europe. Batjer has recorded extensively for Philips, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon and BMG. In 2008, Batjer developed LACO’s Westside Connections chamber music series. She serves on the faculty of the USC Thorn¬ton School of Music and the Colburn Music Academy.

JULIE GIGANTE has been a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1986. Her solo appearances include performances with the Opus and Los Angeles chamber orchestras; the New York String Orchestra; the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra; the National, Alexandria and Fairfax symphony orchestras; and the Phoenix and Arlington symphonies. She has held the position of assistant concertmaster of the Phoenix Symphony and served as concertmaster with both the Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra in Santa Barbara and the Opus Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles. Gigante is also a founding member of both the Capitol Ensemble and the Angeli Duo.

ARMEN KSAJIKIAN has performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Chamber and Hollywood Bowl orchestras and Nacional Orchestre du Brazil. He has appeared at the Colorado, Banff, Venice Film and Oregon Bach music festivals and is a member of the adventurous Armadillo String Quartet. He takes great pride in appearing in “less conventional” venues such as on 16-day whitewater tours down the Colorado River, “concerts for grizzles” inside the clarifier tank of an old pulp in Sitka, and with the Hiland Mountain Women’s String Orchestra at the Hiland Mountain Correctional Center. Ksajikian has worked with such notables as Cage, Williams, Corea, Newman, Incubus and the Eagles.

DAVID SHOSTAC was appointed principal flute of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 1975. He has also served as principal flute of the St. Louis, Milwaukee and New Orleans symphony orchestras. Shostac has performed as a solo and orchestral player at the Hollywood Bowl and has taken part in the Ojai, Mostly Mozart, Aspen and Oregon Bach festivals, and has appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has taught at USC, UCLA, California Institute of the Arts, the Aspen Music School and the Idyllwild Arts Academy. He is a faculty member of CSU Northridge.

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International 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 of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “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 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual film event, featuring the Orchestra performing the score live, and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Baroque Conversations
John Schneiderman, leader, lute & Baroque guitar
Margaret Batjer, violin
Julie Gigante, violin
Armen Ksajikian, cello
David Shostac, flute

WHEN/WHERE/COST:
Thursday, May 7, 2015, 7 pm
A pre-concert reception, beginning at 6 pm, is free to all ticket holders.
Zipper Hall
The Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tickets start at $56

PROGRAM:
HAYDN Cassation in C major for Lute, Violin and Cello (Brussels Manuscript), a version of Hob.III:6
KOHAUT Concerto in D major for Lute, Two Violins and Cello (Berlin Manuscript)
FALCKENHAGEN Concerto No. 3 in D major for Lute, Flute and Cello (Opera Nuova)
VIVALDI Concerto in D major for Lute, Two Violins and Basso Continuo, RV 93

INFORMATION:
For information or to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.

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meet joshua weilerstein

27-year-old conductor Joshua Weilerstein discusses what inspired him to follow in his family’s footsteps to pursue music as a career and what performance “changed his life”.

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WEST COAST PREMIERE OF GABRIEL KAHANE’S BRADBURY STUDIES, INSPIRED BY ICONIC LA LANDMARK,
AND SCHUBERT OCTET
PRESENTED AT LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA’S
WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS SERIES

Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne
Provides Commentary on Connection Between Music and Architecture
Featured LACO Artists Include Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav,
Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara, Violin Jacqueline Brand,
Violin Carrie Kennedy, Principal Viola Roland Kato,
Viola Robert Brophy, Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian,
Cello Giovanna M. Clayton, Principal Bass Nico Abondolo,
Principal Clarinet Joshua Ranz, Principal Bassoon Kenneth Munday
and Horn Kristy McArthur Morrell
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:30 pm
Moss Theater, Santa Monica

 

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The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) acclaimed Westside Connections series, which has paired LACO’s virtuosic musicians with leading artists to explore connections between music and architecture this season, presents the West Coast premiere of Gabriel Kahane’s Bradbury Studies and Schubert’s Octet in F major, D. 803, with insights from special guest Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times architecture critic, on Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Kahane’s work for string quartet is performed by LACO artists Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara, Violin Carrie Kennedy, Principal Viola Roland Kato and Cello Giovanna M. Clayton. Inspired by downtown Los Angeles’ iconic Bradbury Building, Bradbury Studies is an extended one-movement piece that takes its musical spirit from Schubert and Mahler, according to Kahane. To open the program and introduce the work, Kahane performs from the piano his song, “Bradbury (304 Broadway),” upon which he based the string quartet. Schubert’s magnificent Octet, a work in six movements, features Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav, Violin Jacqueline Brand, Viola Robert Brophy, Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian, Principal Bass Nico Abondolo, Principal Clarinet Joshua Ranz, Principal Bassoon Kenneth Munday and Horn Kristy McArthur Morrell.

LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who curates and hosts the series, concludes the evening with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions of Hawthorne, Kahane and musicians. The Moss Theater is located at The Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School.

Hawthorne, who joined the Los Angeles Times in 2004, was previously the architecture critic for Slate and a frequent contributor to The New York Times. He is the author, with Alanna Stang, of The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture. Hawthorne also wrote liner notes for Kahane’s 2014 album, The Ambassador (Sony Music Masterworks), which was hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the year’s very best albums, and features Kahane’s “Bradbury (304 Broadway).”

Gabriel Kahane, son of LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and a highly accomplished artist in his own right, notes that Bradbury Studies and the song it is based on were inspired by the Bradbury Building, which is among LA’s oldest architectural landmarks and has been used as a backdrop for countless films, television shows and works of fiction, including the motion picture Blade Runner.

The three-part Westside Connections series, which concludes its seventh season with this performance, includes conversations with special guests as well as musical offerings connecting form, structure and line. Previous programs this season featured architects Frank Gehry and Frederick Fisher as special guests.

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 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 (beginning at $60) are available online at laco.org, 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 one hour before the concert. The Moss Theater at New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

MARGARET BATJER, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orches¬tra since 1998, made her first solo appearance at age 15 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has since soloed with leading orchestras from around the world including the Philadelphia, St. Louis and Dallas symphonies; the Prague, Halle and Berlin sympho¬ny orchestras; and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. An esteemed chamber musician, she appears regularly at the Marlboro Music Festival, as well as many other festivals in the US and Europe. Batjer has recorded extensively for Philips, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon and BMG. In 2008, Batjer developed LACO’s Westside Connections chamber music series. She serves on the faculty of the USC Thorn¬ton School of Music and the Colburn Music Academy.

CHRISTOPHER HAWTHORNE has been the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times since 2004. Previously, he was archi¬tecture critic for Slate and a frequent contributor to The New York Times. He is the author, with Alanna Stang, of The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture. Hawthorne grew up in Berke¬ley and has a bachelor’s from Yale, where he readied himself for a career in criticism by obsessing over the design flaws in his dormi¬tory, designed by Eero Saarinen.

GABRIEL KAHANE‘s recent album The Ambassador has been hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the year’s very best albums.” In December 2014, Kahane and his band appeared at the BAM Harvey Theater in the critically-acclaimed New York premiere of the staged version of The Ambassador directed by Tony-winner John Tiffany and designed by Tony-winner Christine Jones. Dividing his time between the club and the concert hall, Kahane has been commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Kahane’s musical February House received world premiere productions at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven and New York’s Public Theater in 2012. Upcoming theater projects include commissions from the Public Theater and Signature Theater, as well as a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker.

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International 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 of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “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 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual film event, featuring the Orchestra performing the score live, and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Westside Connections”
Margaret Batjer, host & curator
Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times architecture critic
Gabriel Kahane, composer, piano & singer
Josefina Vergara, violin
Carrie Kennedy, violin
Roland Kato, viola
Giovanna M. Clayton, cello
Tereza Stanislav, violin
Jacqueline Brand, violin
Robert Brophy, viola
Armen Ksajikian, cello
Nico Abondolo, bass
Joshua Ranz, clarinet
Kenneth Munday, bassoon
Kristy McArthur Morrell, horn

WHEN:
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:30 pm

PROGRAM:
GABRIEL KAHANE “Bradbury (304 Broadway)” (from The Ambassador album)
GABRIEL KAHANE Bradbury Studies (West Coast premiere)
SCHUBERT Octet in F major, D. 803

WHERE:
Ann and Jerry Moss Theater
at The Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404

TICKET PRICES:
Beginning at $60

TICKETS/INFORMATION:
213 622 7001 x 1
laco.org

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Press Contacts
Laura Stegman, 310 470 6321
Libby Huebner, 562 799 6055
pr@laco.org

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR
JOSHUA WEILERSTEIN AND CELLIST NAREK HAKHNAZARYAN,
BOTH PROFOUNDLY GIFTED 27-YEAR-OLD CLASSICAL MUSIC ARTISTS,
MAKE LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA DEBUTS

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
Program Features West Coast Premiere of Joseph Hallman’s Imagined Landscapes, Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No. 1, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”
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Two profoundly gifted 27-year-old classical music artists make their highly anticipated Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra debuts when New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein, “one of the most promising podium presences of his generation” (Los Angeles Times), conducts Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 featuring International Tchaikovsky Competition winner Narek Hakhnazaryan, a “phenomenal cellist (who) produces a powerful and colorful sound… and flashes virtuoso tricks with insolent ease” (The Washington Post), on Saturday, April 18, 2015, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, April 19, 2015, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Weilerstein, who won the prestigious 2009 Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen, Denmark, at age 21, also conducts Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter,” and the West Coast premiere of imagined landscapes: six Lovecraftian elsewheres, inspired by the horror fiction of H. P. Lovecraft, by composer Joseph Hallman, named one of the top composers under 40 by National Public Radio.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks providing insights into the program’s music and artists held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, feature Weilerstein and Hakhnazaryan in conversation with LACO director of artistic administration Daren Fuster.

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 laco.org 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.

JOSHUA WEILERSTEIN is the assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic, where he made his subscription concert debut in the 2013-14 season. In 2009, at 21, Weilerstein was unanimously named the winner of the 2009 Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen, Denmark. He made his professional conducting debut with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra later that year. Weilerstein became the first non-Venezuelan guest member of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra when he was invited to join the violin section for the orchestra’s 2007 American tour with music director Gustavo Dudamel. Since then, he has rapidly become one of the most sought-after young conductors in the world. Recent engagements include the Los Angeles, Royal Stockholm and Brussels philharmonics; Toronto and BBC symphonies; and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. He studied at the New England Conservatory, from which he received dual Master of Music degrees in orchestral conducting with Hugh Wolff and in violin with Lucy Chapman in 2011. He studied with David Zinman and Robert Spano at the Aspen Music Festival in the summers of 2009 and 2010, where he was awarded the Robert J. Harth and Aspen Conducting Prizes, its most distinguished honors.

NAREK HAKHNAZARYAN was born in 1988 in Yerevan, Armenia, into a family of musicians: his father is a violinist and his mother is a pianist. Mentored by Mstislav Rostropovich, Hakhnazaryan was the only cellist invited to travel on behalf of Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation. As First Prize winner in the 2008 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, Hakhnazaryan debuted in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He was awarded the Gold Medal at the 2011 XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition, the most prestigious prize given to a cellist. Already hailed a “seasoned phenom” (Washington Post), and praised for his “intense focus and expressive artistry” (The New York Times), Hakhnazaryan is emerging as one of the most significant young artists on the world stage.

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International 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 of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “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 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual film event, featuring the Orchestra performing the score live, and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Mozart Jupiter”
Joshua Weilerstein, conductor
Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello

PROGRAM:
JOSEPH HALLMAN imagined landscapes: six Lovecraftian elsewheres
SAINT-SAËNS Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor
MOZART Symphony No. 41 in C major, “Jupiter”

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 8 pm
Alex Theatre, Glendale
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 7pm
Royce Hall, UCLA
340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

TICKETS/INFORMATION:
Tickets start at $26.
To order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org

(Discounts for groups of 12 or more, seniors 65+ and college students, if available)

CONCERT PRELUDES:
7 pm (Alex Theatre)
6 pm (Royce Hall)
One hour before curtain, pre-concert talks provide insights into the music and artists. Features Joshua Weilerstein and Narek Hakhnazaryan. Free for ticket holders.

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Press Contacts
Laura Stegman, 310 470 6321
Libby Huebner, 562 799 6055
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“LACO @ THE MOVIES CELEBRATES WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS,”
AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENING OF WORLD PREMIERES AND EYE-POPPING ANIMATION WITH ORCHESTRAL SCORES PERFORMED LIVE BY
LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA,
LED BY EMMY AWARD®-WINNING COMPOSER MARK WATTERS

Dustin Hoffman Is Honorary Chair of LACO @ the Movies, which Includes Re-Premieres of Two Previously Lost Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Cartoons, as well as Shorts Featuring Mickey Mouse, a Silly Symphony, and Special Tribute in Honor of 75th Anniversary of Fantasia

Saturday, June 13, 2015, 7 pm
The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA

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The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) presents “LACO @ The Movies Celebrates Walt Disney Animation Studios,” an extraordinary evening of musical world premieres and eye-popping animation spanning more than 80 years with orchestral scores performed live by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by six-time Emmy Award®-winning composer Mark Watters, on Saturday, June 13, 2015, 7 pm, at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, an historic movie palace in Downtown LA. Filled with firsts from beginning to end, the magical event, for adults and children six and older, includes re-premieres of newly restored versions of two long lost 1920’s-era “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit” shorts, Poor Papa (1927) and Africa Before Dark (1928), shown for first time in more than 50 years along with world premieres of music by Watters for both films, neither of which previously had musical scores. Also featured is a screening of a newly restored print of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from Fantasia (1940) on the occasion of this timeless classic’s 75th Anniversary including the world premiere of a compelling new adaptation of the score by Watters. Other highlights include the 2014 Academy Award®-nominated Get A Horse! (2013), a contemporary homage to early Mickey Mouse cartoons, shown with live music for the first time ever; the 80th anniversary of the “Silly Symphony” short Music Land (1935) highlighted by the first live musical performance to the film in its 80-year history featuring the brilliant and virtuosic score that pits the Land of Symphony against the Isle of Jazz for a unique Disney “take” on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet; the iconic Plane Crazy (1929), the first Mickey Mouse cartoon created by Walt Disney and inspired by Charles Lindbergh’s fist solo-flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927; the 80th anniversary of The Band Concert (1935), the first color Mickey Mouse cartoon to use the Technicolor process; and the delightful “Have a Laugh” versions of Lonesome Ghosts (1937), in which Mickey, Donald and Goofy run a ghost exterminating agency, and Mickey’s Trailer (1938), a “road picture” with Mickey, Donald and Goofy involving a car separated from its trailer traveling down a mountain incline.

Dustin Hoffman is honorary chair of the event, which benefits LACO, considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Film tickets and exclusive sponsorship packages, including a post-film cocktail party, are available.

“Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is honored to team up with Walt Disney Animation Studios for this evening of incredible artistry and entertainment,” says LACO Interim Managing Director Lacey Huszcza.

Even the event’s landmark venue, The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA, located at the heart of downtown’s revitalized Broadway Theatre district, adds a special flourish to the festivities. Built in 1927, around the time Walt Disney was revolutionizing animation, the 1,600-seat, Spanish Gothic, movie palace was designed by C. Howard Crane for Maverick Film Studio, founded by Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, D.W Griffith and Charles Chaplin. The interior, which has been delicately restored, was inspired by the 16th century Cathedral at Segovia and features a three-story, 2,300-square-foot grand lobby, an ornate open balcony and mezzanine and a spectacular vaulted ceiling with thousands of tiny glimmering mirrors.

Film tickets for “LACO @ The Movies Celebrates Walt Disney Animation Studios” start at $35 and exclusive sponsorship packages begin at $2,500. The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA is located at 929 South Broadway Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015. For tickets and information, please visit laco.org or call LACO at 213 622 7001.

MARK WATTERS returns to the LACO podium after premiering his score to Disney’s Hungry Hobos starring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit as part of the Orchestra’s 2013 Silent Film event at Royce Hall. He is a six-time Emmy Award®-winning composer and conductor whose diverse composing credits include Pixar’s Time Travel Mater, Disney’s Doug’s First Movie, Kronk’s New Groove, Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas, The Return Of Jafar and Aladdin and the King of Thieves. Other credits include The Pebble And The Penguin and All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 for MGM, as well as numerous television movies, DVD’s, video games, documentaries and over 350 episodes of various television series, including The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Tiny Toon Adventures, Goof Troop, The New Pink Panther, All Dogs Go To Heaven, 101 Dalmatians, Winnie the Pooh and NBC’s A Very Merry Muppet Christmas. Watters holds the distinct honor of having served as music director and featured composer for two Olympics – in 1996 for the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, and in 2002 for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. For the ’96 games, he composed the Emmy®-nominated song, “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” Performed by opera legend Jessye Norman and featuring lyrics by Grammy Award®-nominated lyricist, Lorraine Feather, the song was the triumphant finale to the Opening Ceremonies. He has served as guest conductor for such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the New York Pops, the Baltimore Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony. His most recent credits include his original score for Disney’s Oscar-nominated animated theatrical short, Get A Horse!, which appeared in theaters with the blockbuster, Frozen. He is also featured in the soon-to-be-released award-winning documentary, The Tunes Behind the Toons. Produced for Disney Animation Studios by David Bossert, the film focuses on the unique history, styles and techniques of music for animation.

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International 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 of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “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 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual film event, featuring the Orchestra performing the score live, and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE

:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“LACO @ The Movies Celebrates Walt Disney Animation Studios”
Mark Watters, conductor

FEATURED ANIMATED SHORTS:
Poor Papa (1927)
Africa Before Dark (1928)
Plane Crazy (1929)
Silly Symphony Music Land (1935)
The Band Concert (1935)
Lonesome Ghosts (1937; Have-A-Laugh version)
Mickey’s Trailer (1938; Have-A-Laugh version)
“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (Fantasia, 1940)
Get A Horse! (2013)

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, June 13, 2015, 7 pm
The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA
929 South Broadway Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

TICKETS/INFORMATION:
Film tickets start at $35;
Sponsorship packages (including post-concert dinner) start at $2,500;
To order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org

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