2014-15 season preview

Before the 2014-15 season kicks off this weekend, take a moment and listen to Music Director Jeffrey Kahane discuss the upcoming season with Brian Lauritzen. From longtime friendships to rising new stars, this season has a lot in store for our patrons!

meet cameron patrick

Australian composer Cameron Patrick chats with Brian Lauritzen about his growing up with a musical family and his approach to creating this world premiere piece influenced by the Australian landscape. Come to LACO’s season opening concerts on September 20 & 21 to hear the premiere of Lines of the Southern Cross.

Guest Conductor Douglas Boyd Leads Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

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Guest Conductor Douglas Boyd Leads Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra And Renowned Cellist Steven Isserlis In Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2

Boyd Also Conducts Mozart’s “Haffner” Serenade and George Benjamin’s At First Light

Saturday, October 18, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, October 19, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall

read more →Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) showcases the virtuosic skills of Steven Isserlis, “one of the world’s leading cellists” (The Guardian), performing Haydn’s radiant Cello Concerto No. 2 under the baton of sought-after Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd, making his LACO debut, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, October 19, 2014, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Boyd also conducts Mozart’s stately “Haffner” Serenade and opens the program with At First Light by George Benjamin, considered among Britain’s greatest living composers.

According to Benjamin, the inspiration for the piece, which was commissioned and premiered by the London Sinfonietta in 1982, is an oil painting by Turner hanging in the Tate Gallery that stirred him to create a “melted…flowing, nebulous continuum of sound.”

Boyd, acclaimed for his vibrant conducting style, is principal conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur, Switzerland’s oldest orchestra, and principal guest conductor with the City of London Sinfonia. Chicago Tribune calls him “a superlative young conductor,” and The Sunday Telegraph (London, UK) proclaims, “He has the born conductor’s ability to make music sound fresh and to detect its inner life and pulse.”

Isserlis, heralded for his “precise, heartfelt performances” (New York Times), is one of only two living cellists to be inducted into Gramophone’s Hall of Fame. Gramophone Magazine states, “The music world – and music itself – is infinitely richer for the presence of Steven Isserlis.” During his illustrious career, the British cellist, a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, has given recitals around the globe and performed with such major orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra and Philharmonia Baroque, to name a few.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists. Following the performance, ticket holders are invited to mingle with LACO musicians at an after-party featuring complimentary appetizers and drinks in the lobby.

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, 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. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Mozart’s Requiem and three Westside Connections concerts.

DOUGLAS BOYD’s international reputation as a conductor is on the rise. During his tenure as music director, he has transformed the Manchester Camerata into one of England’s finest, with concerts praised for clarity, vibrancy and musicality. He serves as principal conductor of Switzerland’s Musikkollegium Winterthur, and principal guest conductor with the City of London Sinfonia. He formerly held a similar post with the Colorado Symphony and was artistic partner of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Conducting highlights include the Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Toronto and Utah symphonies in North America; and the BBC, Bournemouth, Budapest Festival orchestras; Salzburg Mozarteum; Hong Kong Philharmonic and Sydney and Melbourne symphony orchestras.

STEVEN ISSERLIS enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator and author. He appears regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors and gives recitals each season in major musical centers with such pianists as Stephen Hough and Jeremy Denk. A strong proponent of both period instrument performance and contemporary music, Isserlis also has keen interest in music education, having presented masterclasses around the world and written children’s books about great composers. He generally performs on the Marquis de Corberon (Nelsova) Stradivarius (1726), loaned to him by the Royal Academy of Music.

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 Silent Film screening 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 Serenade”
Douglas Boyd, conductor
Steven Isserlis, cello

PROGRAM:
GEORGE BENJAMIN At First Light
HAYDN Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major
MOZART Serenade in D major No. 7, K. 250, “Haffner”

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

Sunday, October 19, 7 pm
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. Free for ticket holders.

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8/13/14
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Presents Five “Laco À La Carte” Fundraising Evenings

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

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Presents Five “Laco À La Carte” Fundraising Evenings, Pairing International Cuisine With Intimate Salon Performances At Private Homes Of Consuls General Of Finland, Australia, France, Germany And Austria

Exclusive Evenings from September to November in Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Hancock Park and Brentwood Feature Musical Artistry of LACO Musicians and Guest Artists

read more →“Finland à la carte” – September 18, Bel Air;
“Australia à la carte” – September 27, Brentwood;
“France à la carte” – October 9, Beverly Hills;
“Germany à la carte” – October 25, Hancock Park;
“Austria à la carte” – November 7, Brentwood

“LACO à la carte,” five intimate, elegant fundraising events presented by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, pair exclusive musical performances with delectable international cuisine in the spectacular private homes of the Consuls General of Australia, Austria, Finland, France and Germany. Providing a decidedly cosmopolitan flair to LACO’s wide ranging musical offerings, each unique evening features representative cuisine complemented by a salon performance spotlighting LACO musicians and guest artists. The LACO à la carte series, now in its sixth year, illustrates that music truly knows no boundaries. Proceeds help support the education outreach programs of LACO, proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International.

“LACO à la carte” is chaired by LACO board vice president Mahnaz Newman. Sponsors include Ann Mulally, Mahnaz and David Newman, Ned and Dana Newman, Gene Shutler, and East West Bank.

“Finland à la carte”
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7 pm
In Bel Air at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Finland

Experience the refined cuisine and culture of one of the world’s northernmost countries at the first “LACO à la carte” of the season hosted by The Honorable Juha Markkanen, Consul General of Finland, and Mrs. Tuula Markkanen in their spectacular Bel Air residence. As the featured guest artist, Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen offers an intimate recital of sublime solo piano works. Proclaimed an “exciting new talent” (The New York Times), he has been hailed for his “dazzling keyboard technique and broad and varied textural palette that allows him to shade his performances with great subtlety” (San Francisco Chronicle). Pohjonen is also featured at LACO’s season opening concerts on September 20 at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and September 21 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

“Australia à la carte”
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7 pm
At the Brentwood Residence of the Consul General of Australia

Warm and generous hospitality from “down under” highlights LACO’s “Australia à la carte,” hosted by Australia’s Consul General, The Honorable Karen Lanyon, and Mr. Craig Mills, at their striking Brentwood residence. Authentic Australian fare and wines provide tasty accompaniment to a riveting musical program led by LACO Principal Percussion Wade Culbreath on the marimba. Culbreath, who is also principal percussion with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, has played on nearly 400 motion picture soundtracks, including the Academy Award-winning scores for Aladdin, Pocahontas and Life of Pi. More recently, he was principal percussion for Frozen, Godzilla and Transformers, and timpanist for A Million Ways to Die in the West.

“France à la carte”
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7 pm
In Beverly Hills at the Official Residence of the Consul General of France

The Honorable Axel Cruau, Consul General of France, and Mrs. Dourène Cruau, host the season’s third “LACO à la carte” at their beautiful Beverly Hills residence. Illuminating the dazzling cultural and musical vibrancy of France, the evening features a program of Baroque works for string ensemble led by LACO Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara, who recently toured Europe and Asia with the Uri Caine Ensemble, a noted jazz group, and has also performed at numerous summer music festivals, including Mainly Mozart, Tanglewood, the Music Academy of the West Summer Festival and Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Superb French food and fine wine cap the soirée.

“Germany à la carte”
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 7 pm
In Hancock Park at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Germany

“LACO à la carte” commemorates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the momentous events that ushered in a new era for Europe and the world with a special program hosted by Dr. Bernd Fischer, The Honorable Consul General of Germany, and Mrs. Jutta Fischer, in their elegant Hancock Park home. With the culinary riches of Germany adding a delicious note to the festivities, LACO Principal Cello Andrew Shulman leads a performance of Richard Strauss’s rarely played epic masterpiece Metamorphosen, a profound musical elegy for seven virtuosic string players. Los Angeles Times declares Shulman’s playing is “always eloquent and passionate,” Salt Lake Tribune calls him “fabulously nuanced” and The Times of London praises him for his “fastidious poetry of phrase and technique.” This is a premium “LACO à la carte” event.

Austria à la carte
Friday, November 7, 2014, 7 pm
in Brentwood at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Austria

“Austria à la carte,” hosted by Ulrike Ritzinger, The Honorable Consul General of Austria, at her stately residence in Brentwood, concludes the 2014 “LACO à la carte” series with an evening that illuminates the country’s unique and vibrant cultural and culinary traditions. LACO Principal Horn Richard Todd, who marks his 35th anniversary with the Orchestra this season and is an internationally renowned concert, jazz and recording artist, pays homage to Austria’s rich musical heritage, leading an unparalleled program that exemplifies the Viennese classical style and beyond with the music of Mozart, Haydn, Hans Eisler and Ernst Toch. Todd has earned acclaim as one of the world’s finest horn soloists for performances spanning Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, and the Jazz Bakery to Birdland. This is also a premium “LACO à la carte” event.

“LACO à la carte” tickets for September 18 and 27 and October 9 are $275 per person. Tickets for the premium “Germany à la carte” and “Austria à la carte” are $300 per person. Multiple-event packages include Chef’s Table Trio tickets at $750 per person for any three events.

“LACO à la carte” events may be purchased by calling 213 622 7001 x 3. Details are available at www.laco.org/events.

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 Silent Film screening 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.

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8/12/14
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Led By Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, Opens 2014-15 Season With World Premiere By Australian Composer Cameron Patrick

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

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Led By Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, Opens 2014-15 Season With World Premiere By Australian Composer Cameron Patrick, Beethoven’s Iconic Symphony No. 5 And Finnish Pianist Juho Pohjonen Performing Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall

read more →Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, launches its 2014-15 season with the world premiere of a work for strings and percussion by young Australian-born composer Cameron Patrick, Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 5, and Saint-Saëns’ seldom-performed Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian,” on Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Saint-Saëns’ concerto features the LACO debut of Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen, proclaimed an “exciting new talent” (The New York Times), who has been hailed for his “dazzling keyboard technique and broad and varied textural palette” (San Francisco Chronicle).

According to Patrick, his piece, Lines of the Southern Cross, explores the mystery, wonder, joy and, even pain that the Australian landscape holds. The work draws upon a musical tradition called the songline, an oral map that describes geographical features and also celebrates the inseparable connection between the continent’s indigenous people and the land itself.

After graduating from the University of Queensland, Patrick played violin professionally in Brisbane before moving to the US to further his studies at USC and has since carved out a career in Los Angeles as a composer, violinist and violist. His classical works range from Impressions of Erin, a concert commission from the Camerata of St. John’s Chamber Orchestra, to a solo viola work premiered in Los Angeles in 2008. His notable credits as a motion picture orchestrator and arranger include Super 8, Star Trek Into Darkness, Cars 2, Up and Hunchback Of Notre Dame.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists. Music Director Jeffery Kahane discusses Lines of the Southern Cross with composer Cameron Patrick. After the performance, ticket holders are invited to celebrate the season’s opening concert with musicians at an after-party in the lobby with complimentary appetizers and drinks.

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, starting at $26, 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 ($12), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Mozart’s Requiem and three Westside Connections concerts.

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.

JUHO POHJONEN has attracted great attention as one of Finland’s most intriguing and talented pianists. He has given recitals and performed with orchestras around the world and been widely praised for his broad range of repertoire, spanning Bach to Salonen. His interpretations are acclaimed for their intensity, thoughtfulness and fearless musical conviction. Pohjonen studied with Meri Louhos and Hui-Ying Liu at the Sibelius Academy, where he completed his Master’s Degree in 2008. In 2009, he was selected by András Schiff as winner of the Klavier Festival Ruhr Scholarship. Pohjonen’s debut recording, Plateaux, features a performance of Scandinavian composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s piano concerto Plateaux pour Piano et Orchestre with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the solo piano piece For Piano.

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 Silent Film screening 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
“Opening: Cameron Patrick, Saint-Saëns, Beethoven”
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Juho Pohjonen, piano

PROGRAM:
CAMERON PATRICK Lines of the Southern Cross LACO commission (world premiere)
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian”
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8 pm
Alex Theatre, Glendale
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7 pm
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. Free for ticket holders.

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08/12/14
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Oboist Claire Brazeau Appointed to Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

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Libby Huebner, 562 799 6055
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Oboist Claire Brazeau Appointed to Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

read more →Music Director Jeffrey Kahane has named Claire Brazeau to second oboe of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO). The 2014-15 season will mark her first full LACOseason with LACO, one of the nation’s leading orchestras renowned for its wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissioning initiatives, which begins its 46th season in September 2014.

“All of us at LACO are absolutely delighted to welcome Claire to the orchestra,” says Kahane. “She is a superb musician, has a wonderful command of her instrument, and is a strong presence in the woodwind section.”

Among numerous credits, Brazeau, an oboist and English horn player, participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, an intensive three-week long orchestral and chamber music festival devoted to the performance of contemporary music led by Pierre Boulez and Ensemble Intercontemporain. In the 2012-13 season, she served as principal oboe in Victor Ullmann’s opera Der Kaiser Von Atlantis in New York City with new music chamber group Le Train Bleu, in collaboration with Opera Moderne. During the 2011-12 season, Brazeau served as a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. During her residency in Rome, her engagements included a self-curated concert sponsored by the US Embassy and Roma Tre University, a solo concert for the Pontifical Academy of Science’s Stem Cell Research Conference at the historic Villa Aurora and the collaboration and premiere of Rome Prize-winning composer Sean Friar’s Etudes for English Horn and Piano. Brazeau has performed with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra; Santa Barbara, Pasadena and Los Angeles Jewish symphonies; Long Beach Opera; Los Angeles Bach Festival; American Youth Orchestra; and was the principal oboe of the Young Musicians Federation Debut Symphony in 2010-11. She has been a guest artist with orchestras and ensembles including the American Symphony Orchestra, Da Capo Chamber Players, Berkshire Bach Society and Commonwealth Opera Company. Brazeau graduated from Bard College and Conservatory in New York where she earned BAs in East-Asian Studies and Piano Performance and a BM in Oboe Performance. She received an Artist Diploma from The Colburn School in May 2014.

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, 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.” 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 at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and 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. LACOalso presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening 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.

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06/26/14

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Announces 2014-15 Season

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

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Announces 2014-15 Season Together With News That Music Director Jeffrey Kahane Will Be Named Music Director Laureate At Conclusion Of 2016-17 Season After Unprecedented 20-Year Tenure, Longest In Orchestra’s History

Kahane, One of World’s Foremost Conductors and Pianists, Earned Accolades for Key Role in Elevating Orchestra’s Profile, Expanding Chamber Orchestra Repertoire and Championing Emerging Composers and Artists

LACO to Undertake International Search for New Music Director

Programming for 2014-15 Season, LACO’s 46th, Reflects Kahane’s Continued Focus on Adventurous Commissioning and Wide-Ranging Repertoire with Seminal Masterpieces and Enthralling Premieres Plus Dynamic Roster of Celebrated and Rising Guest Artists

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Season Highlights Include:

  • World Premieres by Australian Composer Cameron Patrick and Ted Hearne, whose New Work Is Presented in Conjunction with Orchestra’s Unique “Sound Investment” Commissioning Program, Initiated During Kahane’s Tenure 14 Years Ago to Engage LACO Audiences in Developing New Works;
  • West Coast Premiere of Philadelphia-Based Composer Joseph Hallman’s Imagined Landscapes; and Los Angeles Premiere of Viola Concerto by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Aaron Jay Kernis, Written for and Performed by Acclaimed Violist Paul Neubauer;
  • Kahane Conducts Four of Seven “Orchestral Series” Concerts from Podium and Keyboard at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and UCLA’s Royce Hall, as LACO Marks Third Year as Orchestra-in-Residence of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA;
  • Three Guest Conductors – “Exhilarating” New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein Leading Cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, International Tchaikovsky Competition Winner, in Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1; Dallas Symphony Assistant Conductor/Violinist Karina Canellakis Conducting and Performing Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto, “La tempesta di mare” (“Storm”); and Scottish Conductor Douglas Boyd Conducting Celebrated Cellist Steven Isserlis Performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2;
  • Guest Soloists Joseph Swensen, Renowned Conductor Who Twice Led LACO from Podium and Recently Returned to Violin Solo Career, Performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2; Jonathan Biss, Pianist of “Unerring Sophistication,” Performing Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21; Finnish Pianist Juho Pohjonen Performing Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian”; and LACO Principal Flute David Shostac performing Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1;
  • Kahane Offers Insights on Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, Featured at Annual “Discover” Concert at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium;
  • Among Artists Headlining “Baroque Conversations” Series at Zipper Hall in Downtown LA Are Oregon Bach Festival Artistic Director Matthew Halls and LACO Principal Cello Andrew Shulman, in addition to Kahane;
  • Innovative “Westside Connections” Series Features Thought-Provoking Exploration of Connections Between Music and Architecture with such Featured Guests as Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne;
  • Experimental Classical Music Ensemble wild Up Begins Three-Year Residency as LACO Education-Artists-in-Residence, Participating in Orchestra’s “Meet the Music” Performances for 2,600 LAUSD Elementary School Students Annually;
  • LACO Continues Building on Other Vital Community Partnerships with “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program” and In-Depth Composition Master Classes for North Hollywood High School AP Music Class Led for Third Year by LACO Composer-In-Residence Andrew Norman
  • Other Special Events Include Five “LACO à la carte” Fundraising Salons Pairing Delectable International Cuisine and Exclusive Musical Performances in Spectacular International Residences; and Annual Concert Gala;
  • Major Tenure Milestones Marked by Principal Flute David Shostac (40 years); Principal Horn Richard Todd (35 years); Violin I Jacqueline Brand (30 years) and Violin I Jennifer Munday (35 years); Violin I Tamara Hatwan (20 years); Violin II Cheryl Norman-Brick (10 years); Violin II Connie Kupka and Violin II Katia Popov (both 25 years); and Bassoon Damian Montano (10 years).

Esteemed and much beloved Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jeffrey Kahane will be named Music Director Laureate at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season when he steps down from the Orchestra’s artistic helm in three years following an unprecedented 20-year tenure, announced LACO President K. Eugene Shutler. Kahane will become the first Music Director Laureate in the Orchestra’s history when he assumes the newly established post in recognition of his great contributions to the Orchestra. The news about Kahane’s impending transition was made in conjunction with the announcement of the 2014-15 music season for LACO, considered one of the nation’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Shutler added that LACO’s Board of Directors will commence an intensive search for Kahane’s successor.

Hailed as one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, Kahane has earned accolades for his key role in elevating the Orchestra’s stature, expanding the chamber orchestra repertoire, championing and collaborating with emerging composers and artists, collaborating closely with the Orchestra’s musicians, and leading a vibrant and financially healthy orchestra. He has been praised by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma.”

“It is momentous news for all of us who have enjoyed Jeffrey’s stellar music-making over the years that he will step down as Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at the end of the 2016-17 season,” says Shutler. “But it is equally important that Jeffrey will continue his long and successful leadership of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for the next three seasons and has enthusiastically accepted the Board’s invitation to become Music Director Laureate thereafter. His incomparable artistry, forward-thinking programming, committed leadership and genuine collegiality have been key to LACO’s tremendous success during his long and productive tenure. He is admired by the entire LACO community, and his contributions have positively impacted every aspect of the Orchestra, from its artistic excellence to its fiscal vigor.”

“I am truly happy to be able to continue making music and developing new and exciting creative projects at the highest level with my extraordinary colleagues of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for the coming three years,” says Kahane. “And I am deeply honored that LACO has established the Music Director Laureate position on my behalf. It goes without saying that I am also immensely grateful for the opportunity to continue collaborating with these phenomenal musicians after my tenure as Music Director concludes, even as I pursue other musical endeavors.”

LACO’s Board of Directors will form a search committee to “find the visionary who will assume artistic leadership as the 6th music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,” according to Shutler. In addition to Kahane, Sir Neville Marriner is among the august list of music directors who have served LACO since it was founded in 1968.

Looking ahead to the 2014-15 season, Kahane’s 18th as Music Director and LACO’s 46th, he has programmed a mix of seminal masterpieces and enthralling premieres designed to showcase LACO’s exceptional artistry and a dynamic roster of guest artists both celebrated and rising, with the maestro conducting four of seven orchestral concerts from the podium or keyboard on Saturdays at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Kahane also continues to lead the popular “Discover” concert at Ambassador Auditorium and appears as both conductor and harpsichordist on the “Baroque Conversations” series at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles, both of which offer audiences an in-depth look at the music as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a more personal level. LACO’s “Westside Connections” continues at the 344-seat, state-of-the-art Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica, providing an intimate setting for the fascinating and often surprising programs, which link music to disparate aspects of our culture.

Among numerous season highlights across these four diverse series are two world premieres that bookend the season, which opens with a world premiere by Australian composer Cameron Patrick paired with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 on September 20 and 21, 2014, and concludes on May 16 and 17, 2015, with a world premiere by composer Ted Hearne, who assumes in the position of Assistant Professor of Composition at USC in the fall. Hearne’s new work is presented in conjunction with the Orchestra’s unique and highly successful “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated during Kahane’s tenure 14 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works.

Additionally, the Orchestra presents the West Coast premiere of Philadelphia-based composer Joseph Hallman’s Imagined Landscapes on April 18 and 19, 2015, and the Los Angeles premiere of the Viola Concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, written for and performed by acclaimed violist Paul Neubauer, on November 15 and 16, 2014, a program which also features Kahane performing and conducting from the keyboard Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

LACO showcases Steven Isserlis, “one of the world’s leading cellists” (The Guardian), performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 under the baton of “superb,” and much sought-after Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd on October 18 and 19, 2014, with Boyd, who makes his LACO debut, also conducting Mozart’s “Haffner” Serenade and At First Light I by George Benjamin.

Dallas Symphony Assistant Conductor and “masterful” violinist Karina Canellakis, also making her LACO debut, does double duty conducting Finnish composer Pēteris Vasks’s powerfully meditative Lonely Angel, John Adams’ early masterpiece Shaker Loops and Schubert’s lighthearted Symphony No. 5, and performing Vivaldi’s vivid Violin Concerto, “La tempesta di mare” (“Storm”) on January 24 and 25, 2015.

Another multi-talented artist and LACO favorite, violinist Joseph Swensen, a renowned conductor who has twice led LACO from the podium and has recently refocused on his career as a violinist, joins the Orchestra as soloist to perform Prokofiev’s athletic Violin Concerto No. 2, on March 14 and 15, 2015. Led by Kahane, the concert also spotlights LACO Principal Flute David Shostac, on the occasion of his 40th anniversary with the Orchestra, in its first performance of Mozart’s beautiful Flute Concerto No. 1, and features LACO Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo for eight solo violins, which the composer describes as a “creative joyride” named after “an addictive car racing video game.”

Both making their LACO debuts, “exhilarating” New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein leads cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, winner of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition, in Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 on April 18 and 19, 2015. In addition, the rising conductor helms Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter.”

To conclude the season, Jonathan Biss, “one of the most thoughtful and technically accomplished pianists of the younger generation” (BBC Music Magazine), performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, led by Kahane, who also conducts the Hearne world premiere and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, “Italian.”

LACO’s popular annual “Discover” concert at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium features an in-depth examination by Kahane that sheds light on the creation and significance of Mozart’s magnificent Requiem in D minor, a crowning musical statement left unfinished at the time of the composer’s untimely death.

Oregon Bach Festival Music Director/harpsichordist Matthew Halls, Jeffrey Kahane and Principal Cello Andrew Shulman are among the artists featured in the “Baroque Conversations” series at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall. This enlightening five-concert series, which provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period, opens with a program that celebrates LACO artistic founder/former cellist James Arkatov. LACO repeats the concert at the Valley Performing Arts Center, in its first appearance at the Northridge Center.

Continuing to step outside the proverbial music “box,” LACO’s innovative “Westside Connections” series at Santa Monica’s Moss Theater at New Roads School, features a thought-provoking exploration this season of connections between music and architecture with such featured guests as Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. The inter-disciplinary, three-concert, chamber music series, designed to illustrate the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives, is curated by Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who selects chamber works to complement the presentations of the special guests.

LACO embarks on its third season as the Orchestra-in-Residence of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (formerly UCLA Live). Other community partnerships include the “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program,” in which, for the fifth consecutive year, selected Thornton students participate in a mock audition with the possibility of winning a guest musician slot in the string section on a LACO concert.

Experimental classical music ensemble wild Up begins a three-year residency as LACO Education-Artists-in-Residence, participating in the Orchestra’s “Meet the Music” performances for 2,600 LAUSD Elementary school students annually. These performances reach younger students on a fundamental level through four live programs at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall, funded by LACO, often including student transportation, with venue costs generously waived by The Colburn School.

The Orchestra also hosts several musical fundraisers, including LACO’s annual “Concert Gala” and five “LACO à la carte” salons pairing delectable international cuisine and exclusive musical performances by LACO artists in spectacular international residences.

A number of LACO musicians mark major tenure milestones this season, including Principal Flute David Shostac (40 years); Principal Horn Richard Todd (35 years); Violin I Jacqueline Brand (30 years) and Violin I Jennifer Munday (35 years); Violin I Tamara Hatwan (20 years); Violin II Cheryl Norman-Brick (10 years); Violin II Connie Kupka and Violin II Katia Popov (both 25 years); and Bassoon Damian Montano (10 years).

Guggenheim Partners, LLC is an official sponsor of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. LACO also recognizes the generous support of Jerry and Terri Kohl and two anonymous donors for their support of LACO’s “Cornerstone Campaign” to further strengthen the Orchestra’s fiscal standing and ensure its continued artistic advancement and key role in the community, Carol and Warner Henry for “Baroque Conversations,” and The Colburn Foundation. The Orchestra also receives public funding via grants from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

2014-15 SEASON DETAILED ORCHESTRAL SERIES LACO presents seven programs in its core “Orchestral Series,” each with back-to-back performances on Saturday nights at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and Sunday nights at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The series showcases LACO’s remarkable artistry and trademark mix of orchestral masterpieces and daring new works from today’s leading composers, as well as the much-admired collaborative style between LACO artists and Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, who conducts four of the seven “Orchestral Series” programs. Passionate, joyous and engaging, the series this season features a range of exceptional guest artists.

  • Opening: Cameron Patrick, Saint-Saëns, Beethoven. LACO’s 2014-15 season launches with Jeffrey Kahane conducting a program of works iconic and new anchored by Beethoven’s crowning Symphony No. 5, and also featuring the world premiere of a piece written for strings and percussion that reflects experiences with the Australian landscape by Australian composer Cameron Patrick, which was commissioned by LACO. Additionally, Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen, an “exciting new talent” (The New York Times) hailed for his technical excellence and lyrical playing, adds sonic flourish with a performance of Saint-Saëns exotic and seldom performed Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian” in his LACO debut. (Saturday, September 20, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, September 21, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • George Benjamin, Haydn, Mozart. LACO showcases the virtuosic skills of Steven Isserlis, “one of the world’s leading cellists” (The Guardian) and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, performing Haydn’s sparkling Cello Concerto No. 2, under the baton of sought-after Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd. Making his LACO debut, Boyd also conducts Mozart’s stately “Haffner” Serenade, premiered when the composer was just 21 years old. The program opens with At First Light I by George Benjamin, considered among Britian’s greatest living composers. According to Benjamin, the inspiration for the piece, which was commissioned and premiered by the London Sinfonietta in 1982, is an oil painting by Turner hanging in the Tate Gallery that stirred him to create a “melted…flowing, nebulous continuum of sound.” Boyd, who was a founding member and principal oboe of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for 21 years before turning to conducting in 2002, has served as Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and is acclaimed for his vibrant conducting style. (Saturday, October 18, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, October 19, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • Rameau, Aaron Jay Kernis, Beethoven. Kahane performs and leads from the piano, in the compelling trademark style that has become one of the hallmarks of his tenure with LACO, Beethoven’s luminous Piano Concerto No. 3. He also conducts the Los Angeles premiere of the virtuosic Viola Concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, written for and performed by acclaimed Grammy Award-nominated violist Paul Neubauer on a co-commission by LACO. Kernis, recognized for his “fearless originality” (The New York Times), is “the most consistently exhilarating of the American postmodernists” (New York Observer). Neubauer, who was appointed Principal Viola of the New York Philharmonic at age 21 and has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras around the globe, is heralded for exceptional musicality and effortless playing that distinguish him as one of his generation’s quintessential artists. Also featured are three Baroque selections by Rameau, the Overture to Zaïs and dances from Les Boreades and Dardanus. (Saturday, November 15, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, November 16, 7pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall).
  • Vivaldi, Pēteris Vasks, John Adams, Schubert. Dallas Symphony Assistant Conductor and “masterful” violinist Karina Canellakis makes her LACO debut doing double duty conducting Finnish composer Pēteris Vasks’s powerfully meditative Lonely Angel, John Adams’ early masterpiece Shaker Loops and Schubert’s lighthearted Symphony No. 5, and performing Vivaldi’s vivid Violin Concerto, “La tempesta di mare” (“Storm”). A double talent, Canellakis is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the most promising and exciting young American conductors. She made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut on the American Soundscapes series in Zankel Hall, is the winner of the 2013 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, founded by Marin Alsop, and serves as a Conducting Fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center this summer. As a violinist, Canellakis has been praised for her “big, lustrous tone…power and expressiveness” (Philadelphia Inquirer). She appears as soloist with orchestras across the country and for several years has played on a regular basis with both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony. (Saturday, January 24, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, January 25, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • Haydn, Mozart, Andrew Norman, Prokofiev. Another multi-talent, violinist Joseph Swensen, a renowned conductor who has twice led LACO from the podium and recently refocused on his solo violin career, joins the Orchestra as a soloist to perform Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Led by Kahane, the concert also spotlights LACO Principal Flute David Shostac in the Orchestra’s first performance of Mozart’s beautiful Flute Concerto No. 1, and features LACO Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo for eight solo violins, which the composer describes as a “creative joyride” named after “an addictive car racing video game” that “comes to a screeching halt.” In addition to his wide-ranging guest appearances, Swensen, a passionate chamber musician, plays in a piano trio with Kahane and cellist Carter Brey that has previously been featured at the Ravinia, La Jolla, Chamber Music Northwest, Music@ Menlo and Orcas Island festivals, among others. (Saturday, March 14, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, March 15, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • Joseph Hallman, Saint-Saëns, Mozart. “Exhilarating” New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein makes his LACO debut, conducting the highly anticipated West Coast premiere of Imagined Landscapes by Philadelphia-based composer Joseph Hallman, named one of the top composers under 40 by National Public Radio. The work is comprised of six atmospheric miniatures inspired by the horror fiction of H. P. Lovecraft. Weilerstein, who won the prestigious 2009 Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen, Denmark at age 21, also conducts Mozart’s thrilling Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter,” as well as Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 featuring Narek Hakhnazaryan, winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, the most prestigious prize given to a cellist. The Washington Post calls him a “phenomenal cellist (who) produces a powerful and colorful sound in all registers, nails every big shift and flashes all the virtuoso tricks with insolent ease.” (Saturday, April 18, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, April 19, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • Ted Hearne, Mozart, Mendelssohn. LACO’s 46th season concludes with Kahane conducting a world premiere by composer Ted Hearne, whose new work is presented in conjunction with Orchestra’s unique and highly successful “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated during Kahane’s tenure 14 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works. The program also features Jonathan Biss, “one of the most thoughtful and technically accomplished pianists of the younger generation” (BBC Music Magazine), who performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, and ends on a buoyant note with Mendelssohn’s exuberant Symphony No. 4, “Italian.” “Sound Investment” gives members the rare opportunity to create a legacy in music and to 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. (Saturday, May 16, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, May 17, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

DISCOVER MOZART’S REQUIEM Kahane serves as musical “tour guide” for LACO’s annual “Discover” program, which this season features a special one-night-only exploration of Mozart’s Requiem in D minor. Kahane sheds light on Mozart’s unfinished musical capstone at Pasadena’s illustrious Ambassador Auditorium. (Thursday, February 19, 8 pm, Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena)

BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS Oregon Bach Festival Music Director/harpsichordist Matthew Halls, Jeffrey Kahane and Principal Cello Andrew Shulman, are among the artists featured in LACO’s enlightening five-concert “Baroque Conversations” series at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall. This series, which provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period, opens with a program led by Kahane that celebrates LACO artistic founder/former cellist James Arkatov. In signature LACO style, the artists share their insights into the music and invite questions from the audience, which gives them 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. Each program begins with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. (Thursdays, December 11, 2014; February 12, March 26, April 23 and May 7, 2015, 7 pm, Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles)

WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS Designed to illustrate the connections between music and other artistic disciplines, LACO’s trademark “Westside Connections” series this season steps outside the proverbial music “box” for a thought-provoking exploration of connections between music and architecture with such featured guests as Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. The inter-disciplinary three-concert chamber music series, designed to illustrate the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives, is curated by Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who selects chamber works to complement the presentations of the special guests. “Westside Connections” concerts take place at the state-of-the-art 344-seat Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica, providing an intimate setting for the fascinating and often surprising programs. (Thursdays, February 5, March 19, April 30, 2015, 7:30 pm, Moss Theater at New Roads School, Santa Monica; programs to be announced)

LACO À LA CARTE Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra offers music lovers an opportunity to enjoy five intimate, elegant and entertaining “LACO à la carte” fundraising events, which illustrate that music truly knows no boundaries by pairing delectable international cuisine and exclusive salon musical performances by LACO musicians and guest artists in spectacular international residences. “LACO à la carte” is chaired by LACO board member Mahnaz Newman. (dates, location and programs to be announced)

LACO’S COMMUNITY PROGRAMS REACH THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE Nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music are integral to LACO’s mission. Through its “Meet the Music,” “Community Partners,” intensive “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program” and master classes with LACO Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman, the Orchestra reaches thousands of young people annually.

  • Meet the Music. Each school year, LACO, through its acclaimed “Meet the Music” program, hosts 2,600 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students of varied cultural and musical backgrounds at a series of four live programs of classical works and often an upcoming program’s soloist at Zipper Hall. Offered in cooperation with the Los Angeles and Pasadena unified school districts, “Meet the Music” fosters listening skills, encourages involvement in music making and provides personal contact with musicians and composers. Prior to attending the concert, students learn about the music on the program in their classrooms through a dedicated volunteer corps of educators and graduate students specially trained by LACO, which underwrites production and, often, transportation costs. For many students, “Meet the Music” marks their first time seeing a live orchestral performance. Joining the Orchestra for at least one program is experimental classical music ensemble wild Up, which begins a three-year residency as LACO Education-Artists-in-Residence. (at Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles; dates and programs to be announced)
  • Community Partners. Through its “Community Partners” program, LACO continues to provide community service organizations that most need them with free tickets and transportation to LACO concerts. Organizations that have benefited from the program include the Braille Institute Los Angeles; CalArts Community Arts Partnership; Calabash Charter Academy; Constitutional Rights Foundation; Elemental Strings and Band; Pasadena Unified School District; Glendale Youth Symphony; Institute of Art, Music and Science; Harmony Project; Junior Chamber of Commerce Junior Division; Long Beach Central Area Association; Neighborhood Music School; and Verdugo Young Musicians Association.
  • LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program. The “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program,” launched in 2010, enhances the preparedness of strings students for a professional career. Selected Thornton students participate in a mock audition that may lead to an opportunity to perform in the string section of the Orchestra for an upcoming LACO concert. Previous judges have included LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and LA Philharmonic Principal Cello Peter Stumpf, both members of the USC Thornton School faculty, and LACO Principal Viola Roland Kato. The next mock audition is slated for fall 2014.
  • Master Classes. For the third consecutive year, LACO Composer–in-Residence and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Andrew Norman presents in-depth composition Master Classes for the AP music class at North Hollywood High School, providing vital mentoring to a new generation of musicians and composers. Additionally Norman visits several fourth-, fifth, and sixth-grade LAUSD and charter school classrooms to introduce the joy of music and music composition to younger students through an engaging interactive presentation.

TICKETS/INFORMATION

For a free season flyer, further information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2014-15 season or to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 2014-15 SEASON ORCHESTRAL SERIES

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Juho Pohjonen, piano

CAMERON PATRICK LACO commission (world premiere)
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian”
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Douglas Boyd, conductor
Steven Isserlis, cello

GEORGE BENJAMIN At First Light I
HAYDN Cello Concerto No. 2
MOZART “Haffner” Serenade

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, November 16, 2014, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor & piano
Paul Neubauer, viola

RAMEAU Overture to Zaïs, Dances from Les Boreades and Dardanus
AARON JAY KERNIS Viola Concerto (Los Angeles premiere)
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, January 25, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Karina Canellakis, conductor & violin

VIVALDI Violin Concerto, “La tempesta di mare” (“Storm”)
PĒTERIS VASKS Lonely Angel
JOHN ADAMS Shaker Loops
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, March 15, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
David Shostac, flute
Joseph Swensen violin

HAYDN Symphony No. 64, “Times Change”
MOZART Flute Concerto No. 1
ANDREW NORMAN Gran Turismo
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Joshua Weilerstein, conductor
Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello

JOSEPH HALLMAN Imagined Landscapes (West Coast premiere)
SAINT-SAËNS Cello Concerto No. 1
MOZART Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, May 17, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor Jonathan Biss, piano

TED HEARNE Sound Investment commission (world premiere)
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4, “Italian”

DISCOVER MOZART’S REQUIEM Thursday, February 19, 8 pm, Ambassador Auditorium

BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS Thursdays, December 11, 2014; February 12, March 26, April 23 and May 7, 2015, 7 pm, Zipper Hall

WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS Thursdays, February 5, March 19, April 30, 2015, 7:30 pm, Moss Theater at New Roads School, Santa Monica

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Thursday May 1, 2014
Jeffrey Kahane, keyboard

BACH Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
orchestration: solo keyboard

As we have seen in some of the other Baroque Conversations this season, variations provided an opportunity for a composer to show off great skill and virtuosity. It is a form still beloved by audiences because it is lively, inventive and usually grows in intensity and complexity throughout a work. Bach, in contrast to his contemporaries, did not favor the form, finding it rather tedious. There are a few notable exceptions to this, however, and arguably the most important of these are the Goldberg Variations.

The story surrounding the piece is almost as famous as the work itself, and it appeared in a very early biography of the composer. Bach, who died in 1750, was still mostly unknown to the general public, when, in 1802, musician and the founder of modern musicology Johann Nikolaus Forkel decided to undertake the writing of the Baroque master’s biography. The story of the Goldberg Variations, according to Forkel, begins with Count Hermann Karl von Keyserlingk, the Russian ambassador to Saxony. On his frequent travels through Leipzig, the Count brought Johann Gottleib Goldberg, a young composer and performer who worked for him, to Bach for music lessons. On one of these visits, Keyserlingk mentioned his frequent insomnia, and said he’d like to have some keyboard works for Goldberg to play on such nights when sleep eluded him. Bach took it upon himself to write a set of variations in the hopes that Goldberg would play them during the Count’s sleepless nights. Keyserlingk loved the works and reportedly called them his variations, rewarding Bach with a goblet full of money. The story has come into doubt since there is no dedication to either Keyserlingk or Goldberg on the title page, although Bach does refer to himself as the “composer for the Royal Court of Poland and the Electoral Court of Saxony,” a title Keyserlingk helped him acquire.

If the story is true, Keyserlingk’s commission for Bach was not intended to create a piece to lull the Count to sleep, but instead to cheer him on sleepless nights. Bach did not disappoint; the Goldberg Variations are anything but boring, and Bach once again demonstrated his ability to produce a new trick, creating 30 imaginative variations on an “aria.” One of the first clever touches was this: Bach did not, as is typical in a set of variations, vary the melody of the aria. He instead made novel variations on the bass line and supporting harmonies.

Bach’s approach to this set is systematic. Every third piece is a canon, which is a strict exercise in imitation. (Imitation refers to the repetition of a musical phrase—with slight variations—within a piece.) The final, and 30th, variation is called “Quodlibet,” or “What Pleases,” and it is based on German folk songs. In addition to using canons for every third variation, Bach also referred to other genres. Variations 4, 7 and 19, for example, are based on Baroque dances.

The Goldberg Variations are extraordinary and masterful, and a great deal of study and analysis has been dedicated to exploring why they are so successful. Not only does the work require skillful playing and considerable stamina, it is a piece that draws upon a wealth of traditions. It is as if Bach left us a musical catalogue or encyclopedia of the styles and techniques of the period, and this unique understanding is evident in each variation.

An edition of the Goldberg Variations was published in Bach’s lifetime, an important detail when one realizes that most of Bach’s works remained unpublished until almost a century after his death. Bach’s friend Balthasar Schmid published an engraved copy of the Variations in 1741. It contains no dedication to either Keyserlingk or Goldberg (providing evidence that Forkel’s story may be just a legend). Although Schmid simply called it a “Keyboard Exercise,” he must have realized its importance. The GoldbergVariations’ surge in popularity in the 20th century (thanks largely to Glenn Gould’s recordings) has continued on into the 21st, with new arrangements and transcriptions emerging every couple of years. Now in its third century of existence, the GoldbergVariations prove again and again that they are still relevant, still fascinating and still thrilling to audiences.

— Christine Lee Gengaro, PhD