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Acclaimed Pianist and Conductor Jeffrey Kahane Named a Professor at the USC Thornton School of Music

Jeffrey Kahane, the acclaimed pianist and music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), will join the USC Thornton School of Music faculty part time in fall 2015 during his final two years with LACO, becoming a full-time professor after he steps down from his LACO post in 2017. He will be transitioning to music director laureate at LACO after a 20-year run, the longest of any music director in the ensemble’s history. This appointment ensures he will remain a musical force in Los Angeles for years to come.

read more → Officials from USC Thornton and LACO made the joint announcement today that Kahane will join the keyboard studies department to teach piano as well as other classes.

“Jeffrey is an important addition to the USC Thornton faculty as we continue to assemble what we believe to be the strongest music faculty in the world,” said Robert Cutietta, dean of USC Thornton. “He has such a strong humanities background that he will be a diverse and strong addition to our school. The sky is the limit on what might evolve.”

Kahane said he was “deeply honored to join the immensely distinguished faculty” of USC Thornton and said he is “profoundly grateful for their warm and enthusiastic welcome and support.”

Kahane said that a commitment to education has been a central part of his musical life for more than two decades. “I am thrilled to have an opportunity to expand and deepen that commitment at this great institution with its extraordinarily rich history,” he said. “I look forward especially to being able to share with young musicians as well as students from other disciplines my passion for the pursuit of the study of music in the broadest possible intellectual, ethical and spiritual context.”

LACO executive director Rachel Fine, who also serves as an adjunct instructor in USC’s Arts Leadership program, said: “The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is delighted that Jeffrey has been appointed to the USC Thornton School of Music faculty and is pleased that his appointment will further expand the orchestra’s partnerships with this great music school.”

Kahane’s appointment grew out of the increasingly active partnership between LACO and USC Thornton. Many LACO musicians, including concertmaster Margaret Batjer, principal cellist Andrew Shulman and principal oboe Allan Vogel, among others, are professors at USC Thornton. The school’s premier choral ensemble, the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, regularly partners with LACO to perform works for the orchestra’s regular subscription series.

LACO is also a close collaborator in producing the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival every four years and together with USC Thornton has created The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra – Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, a mock orchestral audition that provides the hands-on experience of a professional orchestra audition. The program has provided USC Thornton students the opportunity to perform in the string section of the orchestra for a LACO concert set.

Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, Los Angeles native 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.

The 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 and notable up-and-coming composers programmed by music director Kahane.

For more than 125 years, the USC Thornton School of Music has prepared students to excel as performers, composers, industry leaders and educators on stages and in studios around the world. Founded in 1884 and today the oldest continually operating cultural institution in Los Angeles, USC Thornton is internationally recognized as one of the finest conservatories and music schools in the U.S. By blending the rigors of a traditional conservatory-style education with the benefits of a leading research university, USC Thornton offers a curriculum designed to prepare students for successful careers in the 21st century.

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Unusual Program Featuring Four Harpsichords And Chamber Orchestra Kicks Off Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Baroque Conversations Series

LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane Play/Conducts Works by Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli and Albinoni
Featured Harpsichordists Include Kahane, Patricia Mabee, Ian Pritchard and Gilbert Martinez

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7 pm, Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles;
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:30 pm, Valley Performing Arts Center, Northridge (LACO Debut)

read more →Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) highlights the beauty and majesty of the harpsichord with an unusual program featuring four harpsichords and chamber orchestra in the first of its Baroque Conversations series on Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles, which repeats on Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:30 pm, when the Orchestra makes its debut at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge. Led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, the performance honors LACO artistic founder/former cellist James Arkatov and also celebrates the connection between Vivaldi and Bach, who transcribed many of Vivaldi’s works during his career. The repertoire includes the original version of Vivaldi’s Concerto in B minor for Four Violins, Op. 3, No. 10, from “L’Estro Armonico,” and Bach’s transcription of the piece, the unprecedented and rarely performed Concerto in A minor for Four Harpsichords, BWV 1065. Kahane also conducts Albinoni’s Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op. 9, No. 2, and Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, “Christmas Concerto” in keeping with the season. Kahane, a noted keyboardist who is featured on harpsichord, leads a Baroque-size orchestra comprised of LACO musicians and eight featured soloists, including LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer; LACO principals Josefina Vergara, Sarah Thornblade, violins, Allan Vogel, oboe, and Patricia Mabee, harpsichord; LACO violinist Jacqueline Brand; and special guests Ian Pritchard and Gilbert Martinez, harpsichords. This marks the first collaboration between LACO and the Valley Performing Arts Center.

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. For the December 11 performance at Zipper Hall, a complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm.

Subscriptions to all five “Baroque Conversations” concerts ($250) are available by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Tickets for individual concerts (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.

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.

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.

JACQUELINE BRAND, violin, is a recipient of the Young Musicians Founda¬tion Award and has been honored at prestigious competitions such as the Midland-Odessa and Ima Hogg national competitions. As a member of the Arpa Trio, she received first place in the Cole¬man Chamber Ensemble Competition. Since joining LACO in 1985, Brand has appeared as a frequent soloist with the Orchestra. She has also made solo appearances with the San Francisco, Houston, Chicago and Redlands symphonies, among others, and in concerts with Helmuth Rilling in Germany. She has participated in numerous festivals, including the Mainly Mozart, Ojai, Oregon Bach, Mozart in Monterey, Banff, Shawnigan and Flagstaff festivals.

PATRICIA MABEE, harpsichord, has been principal keyboard with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1976, and has appeared in more than 20 works from the concerto repertoire under the batons of Sir Neville Marriner, Christopher Hogwood, Helmuth Rilling, Nicholas McGegan and Iona Brown. Mabee performs with the Bach’s Circle, which focuses on the music of JS Bach, his sons and contemporaries. She is the music director of Ritornello, a period instrument ensemble that presents educational programs for schools, museums and community groups. She has also been featured on piano for world premieres by John Adams, Bruce Broughton, Donald Crockett and Libby Larsen.

GILBERT MARTINEZ, harpsichord, is the artistic director of MusicSources, a Bay Area-arts institution cultivating interest in early music. He has curated its important collection of early keyboard instruments and expand¬ed its concert series to feature international performers, scholars, teachers and students. He conducted a successful production of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea for Berkeley/West Edge Opera, and returns in 2015 to lead The Return of Ulysses. His recent solo performances have featured the complete harpsichord works of Jean-Philippe Rameau. Martinez has been a featured soloist for European Early Music Day, The Copenhagen Renaissance Music Festival, Midsommerbarok Festival and Tidlig Musik i Danmark.

IAN PRITCHARD, harpsichord, has performed with the Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orquesta Nacionales de España, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Florilegium, Monica Huggett, Ra¬chel Podger and Peter Holtslag, among others, and has appeared frequently on BBC Radio 3 and BBC 2’s Vivaldi Unmasked. Pritchard won First Prize in the prestigious 2001 Broadwood Harpsichord Competition and was awarded a US Fulbright Scholarship to Italy to research early Italian keyboards. He is pursuing his PhD in Historical Musicol¬ogy at USC and is currently on faculty at Mount Saint Mary’s and the Colburn School. Pritchard is a founding member of the new early mu¬sic group Tesserae and is also involved with Les Surprises Baroques.

SARAH THORNBLADE, violin, joined LACO in 1999 and is now the Orchestra’s associate principal second violin. She is a member of the Eclipse Quartet, an ensemble dedicated to playing 20th-century and con-temporary music, a recent recipient of an Aaron Copland Fund recording grant. A former member of the Denali and Arianna string quartets, Thornblade has performed with Camerata Pacifica, Jaca¬randa Music and the Auros Group for New Music (Boston), and at major festivals around the world. She has collaborated with artists such as Gilbert Kalish, Jeffrey Kahane, Andres Cardenes, Randall Hodgkinson and Warren Jones. She is on the faculty of Pomona College and an active recording musician.

JOSEFINA VERGARA, violin, joined LACO in 1999 as principal second violin. She has been a prizewinner at the Pasadena Showcase House Instru¬mental Competition, the Osaka International, Fischoff National and Coleman chamber music competitions. Vergara has appeared as soloist with LACO, the Peninsula Symphony and the Indiana Cham¬ber Orchestra. She has toured Europe and Asia as the violinist of the Uri Caine Ensemble and has performed in summer music festi¬vals including Mainly Mozart and Tanglewood, the Music Academy Summer Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. She is active in many film, TV and recording projects.

ALLAN VOGEL, oboe, joined LACO in 1972 and became principal oboe in 1974. Vogel has performed as guest principal oboe with the Bos¬ton Symphony Orchestra, appeared with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Berlin and Los Angeles philharmonics. He has been featured at the Marlboro, Santa Fe, Aspen and Mostly Mozart festivals, among others, and performed at the White House during the last state dinner of the Clinton presidency. Vogel is on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts, the University of Southern California and the Colburn School Conservatory 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
Baroque Conversations
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor & harpsichord
Margaret Batjer, violin
Jacqueline Brand, violin
Josefina Vergara, violin
Sarah Thornblade, violin
Allan Vogel, oboe
Patricia Mabee, harpsichord
Ian Pritchard, harpsichord
Gilbert Martinez, harpsichord

WHEN/WHERE/COST:
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 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

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:30 pm
Valley Performing Arts Center
Cal State Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
Tickets start at $45

PROGRAM:
VIVALDI Concerto in B minor for Four Violins, Op. 3, No. 10, from “L’Estro Armonico”
ALBINONI Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op. 9, No. 2
CORELLI Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, “Christmas Concerto”
BACH Concerto in A minor for Four Harpsichords, BWV 1065

INFORMATION:
For 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 Names Dana Newman President And Adds Four To Board Of Directors

read more →The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, one of the nation’s leading orchestras renowned for its wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissioning initiatives, has named attorney Dana Newman President of the Board of Directors, announced LACO Executive Director Rachel Fine. The Altadena resident succeeds Gene Shutler, who assumes the role of Chairman of the Board after completing a three-year term as President. Fine also announced the appointment of four new board members to three-year terms: Ahsan Aijaz (Los Angeles), vice president, Fortress Investment Group; Leslie Lassiter (Beverly Hills), Los Angeles market manager, J.P. Morgan Private Bank; Raulee Marcus (Long Beach), president, Pinnacle Management; and attorney Shaheen Nanji (Pacific Palisades), principal, Integrated Technologies Group and community leader.

“Dana Newman’s visionary and inspiring leadership, commitment to LACO, exceptional business skills and proven accomplishments as a community builder and immense passion for music and the arts will help propel the Orchestra forward as we look to its 50th anniversary and beyond,” says Fine. “We are also most grateful to Gene Shutler for his outstanding guidance. During his tenure as President, he helped LACO successfully navigate our country’s challenging economic times while ensuring the Orchestra thrived financially as well as artistically. We deeply appreciate that he will remain on the Board as Chairman. Additionally, we welcome Ahsan Aijaz, Leslie Lassiter, Raulee Marcus and Shaheen Nanji to the Board. With their forward-thinking leadership and keen business acumen, they will be wonderful ambassadors for LACO.”

Newman is a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, based in Pillsbury’s downtown Los Angeles office. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she earned her undergraduate degree at Yale University, a Masters in Tax from the University of New Haven, and a J.D. from UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall). She practices tax, partnership, real estate and tax-exempt finance law, with an emphasis on advising domestic and foreign clients on tax aspects of US partnership, corporate and real property transactions. She represents clients in a broad array of industries and activities, including projects qualifying for various federal and state tax credit programs, real estate investment and development, manufacturing, food services, aviation and development funds. During her long career with Pillsbury, Newman has served in a variety of management positions with the firm. A long-time supporter and advocate of pro bono work, Newman has recently been named as the Chair of Pillsbury’s Pro Bono Committee. Newman’s personal pro bono efforts have involved providing significant pro bono legal services to a number of nonprofit corporations developing affordable housing in Los Angeles, including representation of Ward Economic Development Corporation as one of the developers of the Rosa Parks Villas Project, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance as one of the developers of the New Hampshire Family Housing Project, and Pacific Housing Alliance as the developer of the Euclid Villa Project in Pasadena. Over the years, she has also provided pro bono assistance for a variety of other nonprofits, including Five Acres, Union Station, Southern California Presbyterian Homes, Westminster Gardens and the Pasadena Presbyterian Church Foundation. Newman has received recognition and awards for her efforts from the California State Bar, Public Counsel and many of her pro bono clients. Newman and her husband, Ned, are one of the sponsors of the Pasadena Presbyterian Church’s Friends of Music concerts. Long-time LACO subscribers, they are devoted fans of Baroque Conversations, enthusiastic First Chair Society members and gala patrons, and supporters of Sound Investment since 2005.

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.

AHSAN AIJAZ is a Vice President of the Credit Funds at Fortress Investment Group. As a former investment banker, Aijaz provided strategic advisory services and structured multimillion-dollar bond financings for companies such as ABB Inc, Baker Hughes Inc., Borders Group Inc., Eli Lilly Inc., General Electric, Hy-Vee Inc., Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, Tyco International, V.F. Corporation and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Prior to joining Fortress, Aijaz ran the Structured Finance Group at a private equity firm in Los Angeles. Prior to that he started and ran the Corporate Finance Investment Banking practice for Butler, Wick & Co., Inc., now a division of Stifel Nicolaus & Co. Aijaz began his career at McDonald Investment Inc., a division of Key Bank, as an investment banker. He holds a BS in Finance from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, where he served as a research assistant on a paper titled “The Determinants of Credit Spread Changes,” published in the Journal of Finance, Vol. 56, No. 6. He is a member of the Corporate Treasurer’s Council of the Association for Financial Professionals and ICSC, the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Aijaz has also served on the Advisory Board of Real Medicine Foundation, a humanitarian relief organization founded in response to the December 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. He is an accomplished pilot and member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

LESLIE LASSITER is a managing director and market manager for J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank business in Southern California. A veteran banker, Lassiter joined Chase Manhattan Bank in 1979. During her more than 30 years with the firm, she has held a number of senior leadership positions in both the Investment Bank and the Private Bank. She joined the Private Banking business in 2000. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Lassiter managed a significant portion of the Private Bank’s New York City business as the market manager for the New York metro area. Previously, she led the strategic planning office for Chase Manhattan’s wholesale business and prior to that, she managed corporate finance efforts for the Investment Bank’s Latin American region. Lassiter earned a bachelor’s degree in quantitative economics from Scripps College and a MBA from the University of Chicago. She has served on the Board of Trustees of Scripps College since 2000 and currently chairs the Institutional Advancement Committee of the Board. In 2013, she joined the board of the United Way of Los Angeles. An avid arts lover, she is a former board member of Jacaranda Music and jointly sponsored the appearances of Jennifer Koh and Jeremy Denk on LACO’s 2013-14 concert season.

Named “one of ten women entrepreneurs changing the game in LA” by Forbes magazine, president of marketing consultancy Pinnacle Management RAULEE MARCUS is a specialist in driving companies to significant growth in revenue and profit in highly competitive industries. Her professional experience ranges from senior operating positions in major corporations such as Neutrogena and Colgate-Palmolive to consulting for cutting-edge startups and advising the governments of India and China. She has served as the chair of the consumer products panel of Tech Coast Angels, the nation’s largest angel investor organization. A native of Frankfort, KY, Marcus is an alumna of Bryn Mawr College and the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy. While at Neutrogena, she also completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. An avid ceramics hobbyist, Marcus serves on the board and executive committee of the American Museum of Ceramic Arts. Other involvement in the nonprofit arts community includes past and present membership on the boards of the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Jacaranda Music and Long Beach Opera. She is also a member of the board of overseers of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the board of governors of the Ojai Music Festival.

With degrees in law and business from the University of British Columbia, SHAHEEN NANJI has practiced civil litigation, worked as corporate counsel and marketing director for Magnet Sales & Manufacturing and, since 2000, has served as principal for Integrated Technologies Group where she heads up human resources. In addition, as a community leader, Nanji has served on the boards of Artwallah, a multi-disciplinary festival of arts of the South Asian diaspora, and the UCLA Academy for Judaic, Christian and Islamic Studies. For more than a decade, she has also been deeply involved with the Aga Khan Foundation and Aga Khan Development Network, which address environmental, economic, health, educational, humanitarian and cultural challenges in Asia and Africa. Nanji has served as an AKDN communications coordinator and spokesperson in the Western Region; directed public relations for the Aga Khan Foundation Partnership Walk; and raised funds for AKF early childhood development programs. Fluent in seven languages, Nanji has a range of passions that include creative writing and promoting multiculturalism and interfaith dialogue through community outreach and events. She and husband, Anil, hosted LACO’s March 2014 First Chair musicale at their home in Pacific Palisades.

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 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.  ↑ less ↑

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Names Daren Fuster Director Of Operations & Artistic Administration

read more →Daren Fuster has been appointed Director of Operations and Artistic Administration for the acclaimed Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), announced Executive Director Rachel Fine, who added that Fuster will oversee artistic administration, production, general operations, as well as education and community programs. Fuster replaces long-time LACO administrator Andrea Laguni, who is stepping down after 19 years at LACO to serve as an arts consultant.

“We are pleased to welcome Daren to the Orchestra’s administrative staff,” says Fine.  “His broad expertise in production, operations and artistic administration of the classical music field will serve LACO well as he steps into this key position with the Orchestra.  It is also with deep gratitude that we thank Andrea Laguni for his dedicated service, astute leadership and invaluable contributions to LACO during his long and fruitful tenure.  We wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Fuster’s impressive career in the music industry includes arts administration, violin and viola performance and entrepreneurial ventures.  He joined the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as orchestra personnel manager and sold performance manager in 2012, managing full-time and per-service orchestra personnel and programming, producing and managing performances.  Prior, he served as production manager, donor records manager and artistic and orchestra operations manager at Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.  As an entrepreneur, Fuster is the founder and managing partner of the entertainment agency Pro Art Music LLC.  Under his leadership, the business accumulated numerous awards and provided music and musicians for thousands of private events and large productions.  Pro Art served as the orchestral tour contractor for Princeton Entertainment’s concert production of Legend of Zelda in Columbus and Cincinnati and orchestra contractor for performing artist and composer A.R. Rahman’s (Slumdog Millionaire) Unity of Light tour in Dallas, Houston, San Francisco and Vancouver.  With his string quartet in Cincinnati, Fuster performed and recorded with k.d. lang on her 49th Parallel tour for NPR’s Mountain Stage.  His artist management agency has managed solo engagements for violinists Nicolas Kendall and Alexandre DaCosta, and cellist Joseph Johnson.  A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester (Bachelor of Music) and the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (Master of Music and doctoral studies), Fuster has performed as auxiliary violist for Cincinnati Symphony and Pops, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Chamber orchestras; an auxiliary member of Columbus Symphony Orchestra (violin and viola); and a member of Fundación Sinfonía, Dominican Republic.  Fuster has also appeared at the Heidelberg (Germany), Lancaster Music (Ohio) and Grand Teton Music festivals; and as a concerto soloist with the 18th Century Music Ensemble in Italy.

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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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2014-15 “Campus To Concert Hall” Season Pass Offers Students Eleven Concerts For Just $30

read more →College students ages 17 to 30 will feel as though they’ve won the classical music lottery with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass,” providing admission to eleven concerts during LACO’s 2014-15 season for just $30. “All Access Pass” holders can attend all seven Orchestral Series concerts at either Glendale’s Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall; all three Westside Connections programs, which this year highlight the connections between music and architecture, at Santa Monica’s Moss Theater; and the Discover Mozart’s Requiem program at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. The pass also includes access to LACO after-parties where students can mingle with musicians; an invitation to a LACO rehearsal; advance reservation privileges; and the option to reserve up to three additional tickets at just $12 each for college friends (valid college ID required). This popular student pass, offered for the fourth year, is designed to inspire a love of classical music among younger audiences.

“LACO has a long history of educational outreach to the student community, but we are particularly focused on bringing students inside the concert hall to experience the Orchestra’s live performances,” says LACO Executive Director Rachel Fine. “There is nothing like hearing classical music performed live in a world-class venue. Our ‘Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass’ makes it affordable for students to attend multiple performances for about $2.80 per concert, much less than the cost of a movie or a latte. It’s a great bargain, and we encourage students to take advantage of it, whether it’s their first introduction to classical music or they are seasoned concertgoers. LACO also offers Student Rush tickets at $12, but the ‘All Access Pass’ is a much better deal and students can reserve tickets in advance.”

Nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music are integral to LACO’s mission. In addition to the “All Access Pass,” LACO presents several other vital outreach programs. Through “Meet the Music,” LACO hosts 3,200 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students of varied cultural and musical backgrounds each year at a series of eight live performances of classical works and often an upcoming program’s soloist at Zipper Hall. LACO also offers community service organizations most in need free concert tickets and transportation to LACO concerts through its “Community Partners” program. The intensive “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program,” launched in 2010, enhances the preparedness of strings students for a professional career with select Thornton students invited to 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. Additionally, LACO offers Master Classes, including 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, which is led by LACO Composer–in-Residence and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Andrew Norman. This season Norman also 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.

More information on the ‘Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass’ is available at laco.org/college,where students can purchase the ”All Access Pass” online.

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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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Led By Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, Presents Los Angeles Premiere Of Aaron Jay Kernis’ Virtuosic Viola Concerto Written For And Featuring Acclaimed Violist Paul Neubauer

Kahane Also Leads Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 from Piano and Conducts Works by Rameau

Saturday, November 15, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, November 16, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall

read more →The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), an ardent champion of new music, presents the highly anticipated Los Angeles premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis’ gripping and virtuosic Viola Concerto written for and featuring Paul Neubauer, considered one of the greatest violists of his generation, in two performances led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane on Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, November 16, 2014, 7pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Kernis’ three-movement work, filled with “passages of intense lyricism (that) approach a kind of ecstasy” (Star Tribune), is a co-commission by LACO, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, which premiered it in April, the Chautauqua Symphony and the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Kahane, showcasing LACO’s remarkable artistic versatility, also leads Beethoven’s luminous Piano Concerto No. 3 from the piano and opens the program with Rameau’s Overture to Zaïs and dances from Les Boréades and Dardanus.

Kernis, recognized for his “fearless originality” (The New York Times) and music that is “consistently exhilarating” (New York Observer), is one of the country’s most celebrated composers. The recipient of the coveted 2002 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition and the 1998 Pulitzer Prize, he was also inducted into the Classical Music Hall of Fame and is member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among other prestigious honors.

Neubauer, who was appointed Principal Viola of the New York Philharmonic at age 21 and has appeared as soloist with orchestras around the globe, is acclaimed for his “virtuosic performances” (Washington Post), and his “seamless control of the bow, his intonation, his rich and varied tonal palette (that) mark him as a member of the elite” (The New York Times).

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists.

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.

Violist PAUL NEUBAUER’s exceptional musicality and effortless playing distinguish him as one of his generation’s quintessential artists. In 2014-15, he premieres the Viola Concerto that Aaron Jay Kernis wrote for him with four orchestras, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, followed by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony and Idyllwild Arts Orchestra. He also appears in recital with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott and performs a wide ranging repertoire in a trio with McDermott and soprano Susanna Phillips. Dark Side, a film starring Edoardo Ballerini and Ali Ahn, features Neubauer performing salon music. Appointed principal viola of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, he has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Helsinki philharmonics; National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco and Bournemouth symphonies; and the Santa Cecilia, Beethovenhalle and English Chamber orchestras. Neubauer has performed the world premieres of concertos by Tower, Penderecki, Picker, Jacob, Lazarof, Suter, Müller-Siemens, Ott and Friedman, as well as of the revised Bartók Viola Concerto. A two-time Grammy nominee, he has recorded works by Schumann with McDermott as well as numerous pieces composed for him: Joan Tower’s Purple Rhapsody for viola and orchestra and Wild Purple for solo viola; Viola Rhapsody by Henri Lazarof; and Soul Garden for viola and chamber ensemble by Derek Bermel. He has collaborated with Andre Watts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; with Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis at London’s Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth hall’s; and with Pinchas Zukerman, James Galway, Vladimir Spivakov and Alicia de Larrocha at the Mostly Mozart Festival. He has also appeared with the Emerson, Shanghai, Juilliard, Cleveland, Fine Arts, Orion, Borromeo, Miami and Brentano quartets. Neubauer is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Mannes College and performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is the artistic director of Chamber Music Extravaganza in Curaçao.

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
“Beethoven Concerto No. 3”
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Paul Neubauer, viola

PROGRAM:
RAMEAU Overture to Zaïs and Dances from Les Boréades and Dardanus
AARON JAY KERNIS Viola Concerto (Los Angeles premiere)
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, November 15, 8 pm
Alex Theatre, Glendale
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203

Sunday, November 16, 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

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2014-15 season preview

Take a moment and listen to Music Director Jeffrey Kahane discuss the 2014-15 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.