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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA,
LED BY MUSIC DIRECTOR JEFFREY KAHANE, PRESENTS
PROKOFIEV’S VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 2,
WITH VIOLINIST JOSEPH SWENSEN,
AND MOZART’S FLUTE CONCERTO NO. 1,
WITH PRINCIPAL FLUTE DAVID SHOSTAC

Program also Includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 64 in A major, “Times Change,”
and LACO Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman’s
Gran Turismo, Named for Car Racing Video Game
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, March 15, 2015, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, presents Prokofiev’s virtuosic Violin Concerto No. 2, featuring special guest violinist Joseph Swensen, and Mozart’s resplendent Flute Concerto No. 1, highlighting LACO Principal Flute David Shostac, on Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, March 15, 2015, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Kahane also conducts Haydn’s Symphony No. 64 in A major, “Times Change,” and LACO Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo for eight solo violins, which the composer describes as a “creative joyride” named for “an addictive car racing video game.”

Swensen, a “gripping” violinist (Herald Scotland), is active as both a soloist and conductor. He is also a passionate chamber musician who performs in recital with pianist Jeffrey Kahane as well as in the recently formed KahaneSwensenBrey Trio with cellist Carter Brey, which has appeared at the Ravinia, La Jolla, Chamber Music Northwest, Music@Menlo and Orcas Island festivals, among many others.

“Extraordinary, dazzling, world class” and “a musician of the highest order” are words critics have used to describe Shostac’s artistry. This season, the “stalwart of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra” (Orange County Register), is celebrating his 40th anniversary as the Orchestra’s Principal Flute.

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 pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2014-15 season, the Orchestra’s 46th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 18th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets, starting at $26, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. 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.

DAVID SHOSTAC was appointed principal flute of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 1975. He has also served as principal flute of the St. Louis, Milwaukee and New Orleans symphony orchestras. Shostac has performed as a solo and orchestral player at the Hol¬lywood Bowl and has taken part in the Ojai, Mostly Mozart, Aspen and Oregon Bach festivals, and has appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has worked with such prominent conductors as Eugene Ormandy, Zubin Mehta, Leopold Stokowski, Seiji Ozawa, Karl Richter, Helmuth Rilling and Christopher Hogwood, among others. His solo recording, Chamber Music Classics for Flute, features the Grammy-winning Angeles String Quartet and Pacific Trio. Shostoc is active in the motion picture recording industry and can be heard on hundreds of motion picture soundtracks, among them Despicable Me, Avatar, Life of Pi, Godzilla and The Karate Kid. An alumnus of The Juilliard School and Tanglewood, he is the recipient of two Rockefeller performance grants. He is a faculty member of CSU Northridge and has also taught at USC, UCLA, California Institute of the Arts, the Aspen Music School and the Idyllwild Arts Academy.

Acclaimed violinist and conductor JOSEPH SWENSEN was born in Hoboken, New Jersey and raised in Harlem by a Japanese-American mother and Norwegian-American father, both of whom are musicians. He attended Juilliard as a student of the renowned pedagogue Dorothy Delay and studied chamber music with Robert Mann, Leonard Rose and Felix Galimir. His composition teachers include David Diamond and Vincent Persechetti, and he also studied privately with renowned violinist Isaac Stern over a ten-year period. A passionate chamber musician, Swensen performs in recital with pianist Jeffrey Kahane and with his newly formed trio also featuring Kahane and cellist Carter Brey, which has appeared at the Ravinia, La Jolla, Chamber Music Northwest, Music@Menlo and Orcas Island festivals. A conductor as well, he is principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, which has toured extensively in the US, UK, Europe and the Far East, appearing at such prestigious events as Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood and Ravinia festivals, the BBC Proms, the Barbican and the Concertgebouw. Swensen is featured as violin soloist and conductor on a highly-regarded series of CDs for Linn Records that he recorded with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He is a Visiting Professor of Violin at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual film event, featuring the Orchestra performing the score live, and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Mozart & Prokofiev”
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
David Shostac, flute
Joseph Swensen, violin

PROGRAM:
HAYDN Symphony No. 64 in A major, “Times Change”
MOZART Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major
ANDREW NORMAN Gran Turismo
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto N. 2 in G minor

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8 pm
Alex Theatre, Glendale
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 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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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Explores Mozart’s Incomparable Requiem
At Annual Discover Concert
With Music Director Jeffrey Kahane Serving As Musical “Tour Guide,”
Offering Insights Into The Celebrated Masterwork

Special Guests Include
Alison King, Soprano; Emily Fons, Alto;
Nicholas Phan, Tenor; Aubrey Allicock, Bass;
Los Angeles Master Chorale;
and Actors from The Antaeus Company
Thursday, February 19, 2015, 8 pm, at Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jeffrey 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 incomparable and deeply moving Requiem in D minor with special guests Alison King, soprano; Emily Fons, alto; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Aubrey Allicock, bass; and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, on Thursday, February 19, 2015, 8 pm, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. The evening is designed to lead patrons to a greater understanding of Mozart’s musical capstone and to appreciate the work with “new ears.” Kahane, lauded for his “eloquence” (The New York Times), explores a different work each year for LACO’s annual Discover concert. According to LA Opening Nights, “Some conductors are born educators, and Jeffrey Kahane is one of them.” Adding a special flourish to Kahane’s introduction to the work are Antaeus Company actors John Sloan (Mozart ) and JD Cullum (Salieri).

After Mozart left his final work—a Requiem mass—in a tantalizing state of incompleteness at his death, his widow, Constanze, desperate for the full commission fee, turned to Franz Süssmayr, the composer’s friend, who delivered a completed score. Noted fortepianist and Mozart scholar Robert Levin published a new edition of the Requiem in the 1990s, about which The New York Times proclaimed, “Where Süssmayr was timid, Mr. Levin is bold. [His] daring approach makes Mozart’s Requiem sound more convincing structurally and more vibrant musically.” Kahane explores the chilling legend and score of the masterpiece Mozart wrote on his deathbed. After intermission, Kahane conducts Levin’s innovative completion of this heart-wrenching work, followed by a question and answer segment with the audience.

Tickets (starting at $25) are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office the day of the concert.

ARTISTS BIOS

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.

AUBREY ALLICOCK, bass-baritone, made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the fall of 2014 as Mamoud in The Death of Klinghoffer. Recent activities include the young Emile in Terence Blanchard’s Champion with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, his debut with the Ojai Music Festival in Steven Stucky’s The Classical Style, the cover of Argante in Handel’s Rinaldo at Glyndebourne, and his Seattle Opera debut as Angelotti in Tosca. He returns next season to Seattle in the title role of The Marriage of Figaro and makes his Komische Oper Berlin debut in 2015 as Escamillo in Carmen. He holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Indiana University.

A highly regarded Southern California theater veteran, JD CULLUM has starred in plays at the Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Kirk Douglas Theater, South Coast Repertory and the Pasadena Playhouse. He is the recipient of multiple Garland Awards and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards for his work. His film and TV credits include, The Lone Ranger, Mad Men, The Newsroom, Bones, The Mentalist and Weeds. He is a longstanding member of the Antaeus Company.

In the 2014–15, season mezzo-soprano EMILY FONS returns to the Dallas Opera for her celebrated portrayal of Mozart’s Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro before joining the Alabama Symphony and Jory Vinikour for Handel’s Messiah. This season also includes notable debuts with the San Diego Opera as Zerlina in Don Giovanni and with the legendary Seiji Ozawa’s Ongaku-Juku in the title-role of Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. In addition, Fons returns to the Madison Opera for her first Rosina in The Barber of Seville and to Santa Fe Opera as Ruby in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s highly-anticipated Cold Mountain.

A graduate of the Yale Opera Studio, soprano ALISON KING made her role debut as Micaela in Carmen at the Music Academy of the West. In 2015, King is a featured soloist in the Marilyn Horne Song Celebration at Carnegie Hall alongside her mentor, Marilyn Horne. She performed in a master class with Kurt Moll at Carnegie Hall and debuted with Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Recital series in col¬laboration with Carrie-Ann Matheson as part of the Marilyn Horne Legacy. King was a soloist in Dvořák’s Stabat Mater with conductor Helmuth Rilling. Other recent roles include Anne Trulove (The Rake’s Progress), Giulietta (I Capuleti e I Montecchi) and Brigitta (Iolanta).

The Grammy-nominated LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE, proclaimed “the nation’s most pioneering major chorus” (Los Angeles Times), and hailed as “inspired” (The New York Times) and “a superb vocal ensemble” (The New York Observer), is led by artistic director Grant Gershon. Founded in 1964, it presents its own concert series at Walt Disney Concert Hall, has appeared at the Ojai Music Festival, the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center and the Ravinia Festival, and garnered three ASCAP/Chorus America Awards for Adventur¬ous Programming and Chorus America’s Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, it has given over 300 performances and toured to Europe and New York City. Its discography includes five commercial CDs and a digital recording under Gershon’s baton, and three CDs under its late music director emeritus Paul Salamunovich.

American NICHOLAS PHAN is one of the most compelling young tenors appearing on the world’s leading festival, concert and opera stages. He has worked with esteemed conductors Harry Bicket, Bernard Labadie, Zubin Meh¬ta, Helmuth Rilling and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Phan is a founder and the artistic director of Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, an organization devoted to promoting the art song and vocal chamber music repertoire. His growing opera repertoire includes Candide, Sweeney Todd, The Elixir of Love, The Magic Flute, Falstaff and Ariodante. The New York Times named his solo album, Still Fall the Rain (AVIE), one of the best classical recordings of 2012.

Actor JOHN SLOAN most recently appeared in Stop Kiss at The Pasadena Playhouse. Also in Los Angeles, he has performed at The Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, The Antaeus Company and Theatre@Boston Court. In New York and elsewhere, he has appeared at Soho Rep, American Jewish Theatre, LaMama etc., Mint Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Intiman Theatre in Seattle. His TV credits include Bones, Farmed and Dangerous, Private Practice, Liz & Dick, CSI:NY, Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, Happy Hour, The Triangle and many others. In addition to his acting work, Sloan is a co-artistic director of The Antaeus Theatre Company.

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual film event, featuring the Orchestra performing the score live, and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Discover Mozart’s Requiem
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor & musical “tour guide”
Alison King, soprano
Emily Fons, alto
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Aubrey Allicock, bass
Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, artistic director
Actors from The Antaeus Company – John Sloan (Mozart ); JD Cullum (Salieri)

PROGRAM:
Introduction
MOZART Requiem in D minor

WHEN:
Thursday, February 19, 2015, 8 pm

WHERE:
Ambassador Auditorium
131 S. Saint John Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91123

TICKET PRICES:
Tickets start at $25;
Student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office the day of the concert; also available for college students is LACO’s “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” for college students ($30) – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral Series concert, Discover Mozart’s Requiem and for all three Westside Connections concerts, subject to availability.

TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets available online at laco.org, by phone 213 622 7001 or by fax 213 626 2157;
Tickets also on sale at the theatre box office the night of the concert, if available.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
To Conduct Nationwide Search For
Executive Director Replacement
As Rachel Fine Assumes
New Post After Successful Tenure

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) Executive Director Rachel Fine will depart LACO to accept a new position as Senior Consultant at the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, it was announced by LACO Board President Dana Newman, who added that the Orchestra is conducting a nationwide search for a new executive director. Fine departs February 27, 2015.

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“While we are very sorry to bid Rachel farewell, we celebrate her many outstanding contributions in service of the Orchestra over the past four years,” says Newman. “She leaves in place a strong administrative team to support the artistic excellence that makes LACO ‘America’s finest chamber orchestra’ and to take it into the future.”

Fine is noted for forging a wide range of collaborations and partnerships for LACO, strengthening and diversifying the Board, substantially increasing the Orchestra’s subscriber and donor base, and helping to further elevate its considerable prominence through a number of high profile artistic endeavors. Highlights of her tenure include establishing LACO as orchestra-in-residence for the Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA); successfully shepherding LACO through the challenges of the great recession; and expanding the reach of the Orchestra with prestigious debuts in two significant new venues, Sonoma’s Donald and Maureen Green Music Center and at the Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) in Northridge. The Orchestra also made a critically acclaimed appearance on the International Series of the venerable Community Arts Music Association (CAMA) in Santa Barbara in 2011 and moved its Westside Connections series to the new Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School in 2014. In addition, Rachel spearheaded such high-profile community events as Play Me, I’m Yours, a three-week community project that placed 30 pianos in 30 locations around Los Angeles for the public to play, and the internationally acclaimed Strad Fest LA, an epic four-day celebration of Stradivarius violins that culminated in a gala featuring eight of the rare instruments from around the globe, the highest-grossing fundraiser in LACO history.

Rachel Fine will join as Senior Consultant the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, founded by Michael Kaiser, supporting the Institute’s capacity building, training, and consultative services in the Los Angeles area, the Bay Area, nationally, and internationally. She assumes her new post on March 16, 2015.

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual film event, featuring the Orchestra performing the score live, and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

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andrew norman’s world premiere

LACO’s composer-in-residence Andrew Norman chats about his musical upbringing, his new faculty position at USC and his world premiere for the first Westside Connections concert, inspired by Frank Gehry’s house.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Honors Philanthropists Julia S. Gouw And Judith Rosen
At “Under A Chinese Moon:
A Celebration Of Harmony, Happiness & Health”
In Observance Of Lunar New Year
Featuring Fusion Of Vibrant La Artistry
And Timeless Chinese Musical Traditions

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 5 pm
at The California Club, downtown Los Angeles

East meets West in elegant style at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s annual gala, UNDER A CHINESE MOON: a Celebration of Harmony, Happiness & Health, in observance of Lunar New Year, on Sunday, February 8, 2015, 5 pm, at The California Club in downtown Los Angeles. A unique fusion of vibrant Los Angeles artistry and timeless Chinese musical traditions, the gala fundraiser, which rings in the Year of the Ram, honors powerhouse philanthropists Julia S. Gouw (Pasadena) and Judith Rosen (Encino) for their dedication to the arts, LACO and the community. Guests will be treated to a compelling musical program led by LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane celebrating both the Classical Western and Chinese musical traditions. Performers include up-and-coming Taiwanese pianists Ching-Yun Hu and Steven Lin, as well as virtuosos Yangqin Zhao, yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer) and Gangqin Zhao, guzheng (Chinese plucked zither) of Melody of China, Inc.; and Shenshen Zhang, pipa (Chinese lute); in addition to LACO musicians. The black-tie optional gala, chaired by Pat and Sandy Gage (Century City) and Agnes Lew (San Marino), combines the performance with a sumptuous Asian-inspired dinner and an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind auction items for an unforgettable evening. Proceeds benefit LACO’s concert series, radio broadcasts and community engagement programs.

read more →Judith Rosen has made an indelible mark on the music world in Los Angeles and beyond, from researching and championing the work of women composers to supporting husband Ronald S. Rosen’s leadership on the LACO board of directors. East West Bank President & COO Julia Gouw has leveraged her remarkable success in the banking industry into an impressive career in philanthropy and non-profit board service. She has been named Philanthropist of the Year by several notable organizations and recognized as one of the 25 most powerful women in banking five times by American Banker magazine.

A silent auction and a live auction, led by KUSC’s Alan Chapman, offer special entertainment, wine, travel, jewelry and culinary packages, including one-of-a-kind diplomatic dining opportunities hosted by the Consuls General of Austria, China, Czech Republic, Finland and Turkey in their elegant private homes. For the live auction, Delta Air Lines has generously donated three pairs of business class tickets to create three fantastic international travel packages.

In addition to Lew and the Gages, gala committee members include LACO President Dana Newman (Altadena), Auction Chair Ann Mulally (Santa Monica), Clare Baren (Studio City), Ruth L. Eliel (Los Feliz), Joyce Feinberg (Brentwood), Wahideh Khaleeli (Palos Verdes Estates), Elsie Lin (Santa Monica), Shaheen Nanji (Pacific Palisades), Mahnaz Newman (Pacific Palisades), Catherine Ohr (Santa Monica), and Linda Rosen (Pacific Palisades).

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2014-15 season, the Orchestra’s 46th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from well 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 and tables to UNDER A CHINESE MOON, which start at $750 per person, are on sale now and may be purchased by calling LACO 213 622 7001 x 3. The California Club is located at 538 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual film event, featuring the Orchestra performing the score live, and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

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meet karina

Guest conductor and soloist Karina Canellakis chats with Brian Laurtizen in today’s podcast. The up and coming conductor discusses her musical upbringing and what it’s like to perform double duty at one concert — as both conductor and violinist.

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Violinist Karina Canellakis Makes Conducting And Performing Debut With Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Program Features Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto, “La Tempesta Di Mare” (“Storm”), Schubert’s Symphony No. 5, Pēteris Vasks’s Lonely Angel and John Adams’ Shaker Loops

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, January 25, 2015, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall

read more → Karina Canellakis, hailed as a “masterful” violinist and recognized as one of America’s most promising young conductors, makes her Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra debut showcasing her dual talents performing and leading Vivaldi’s vivid Violin Concerto, “La tempesta di mare” (“Storm”) and conducting Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 on Saturday, January 24, 2015, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, January 25, 2015, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. She also conducts John Adams’ early masterpiece Shaker Loops, and Finnish composer Pēteris Vasks’s powerfully meditative Lonely Angel, on which she also performs the violin solo.

Canellakis, recently appointed Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony, is the winner of the 2013 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, founded by Marin Alsop, and served as a Conducting Fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center last summer. She made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut on the American Soundscapes series. Praised as a violinist for her “lustrous tone…power and expressiveness” (Philadelphia Inquirer), she appears as soloist with orchestras across the country and has played on a regular basis with both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony.

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 pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2014-15 season, the Orchestra’s 46th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 18th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets, starting at $26, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. 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.

Recently appointed assistant conductor of the Dallas Symphony, KARINA CANELLAKIS is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the most promising and exciting young American conductors. She made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut in Zankel Hall and frequently appears as guest conductor of New York’s groundbreaking International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). In the 2014-15 season, she makes her debut with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Colorado and Toledo symphonies, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. She was invited to be a Conducting Fellow at the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Music Center for summer 2014. Canellakis was a selected conductor in the Lucerne Festival Masterclass with Bernard Haitink, and conducted the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra in Japan, as well as the Tonhalle Orchestra in Switzerland as part of international masterclasses. She is the winner of the 2013 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, founded by Marin Alsop. She has also led performances with the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center. Canellakis holds a Bachelor’s degree in violin from the Curtis Institute of Music and a Master’s degree in orchestral conducting from The Juilliard School. Her prominent mentors are Alan Gilbert, Fabio Luisi and Sir Simon Rattle. As a violinist, Canellakis appears as soloist with orchestras across the United States. For several years she played on a regular basis with both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony. She has also been on several occasions guest concertmaster of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway. As a chamber musician, she spent many summers at the Marlboro Music Festival. She plays a 1782 Mantegazza violin, generously loaned to her by a private person. Canellakis was born and raised in New York City, where she currently resides.

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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EVENT: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra “Vivaldi & Schubert” Karina Canellakis, conductor & violin

PROGRAM:
VIVALDI Violin Concerto in E-flat major, “La tempesta di mare” (“Storm”)
PĒTERIS VASKS Lonely Angel
JOHN ADAMS Shaker Loops
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, January 24, 2015, 8 pm Alex Theatre, Glendale 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203

Sunday, January 25, 2015, 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)

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Frank Gehry And World Premiere Of Frank’s House By Andrew Norman, Inspired By Celebrated Architect’s Home, Spotlighted On Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Westside Connections Series Exploring Connections Between Music And Architecture

Evening Hosted by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer Features Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne, The Juilliard School’s Ara Guzelimian, LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, LACO Principal Timpani/Percussion Wade Culbreath, Pianist Joanne Pearce Martin and Percussionist Ted Atkatz

Thursday, February 5, 2015, 7:30 pm
Moss Theater, Santa Monica

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Frank Gehry and the world premiere of Frank’s House by LACO Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman inspired by the celebrated architect’s extraordinary Santa Monica home are spotlighted at Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) Westside Connections concert on Thursday, February, 5, 2015, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater, Santa Monica. Gehry is joined by Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne, The Juilliard School’s Ara Guzelimian, LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer for an unprecedented evening exploring compelling connections between music and architecture. The Westside Connections series concert, curated and hosted by Batjer, includes conversations with the special guests as well as musical offerings connecting form, structure and line featuring Kahane, LACO Principal Timpani/Percussion Wade Culbreath, percussionist Ted Atkatz and pianist Joanne Pearce Martin. On the program are Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion (1937) and two works by Bach, transcribed by Kurtág for piano four hands, Chorale Prelude, “O Lamb of God most holy” (VIII), and Sonatina from Actus tragicus, “God’s time is the best time,” BWV 106, as well as the world premiere by Norman, whose music has been hailed by The New York Times for its “daring juxtapositions and dazzling colors.”

Gehry, one of the most acclaimed architects of our time, is renowned for his bold, iconic postmodern designs including architectural masterworks such as Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, Dancing House in Prague and the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris, which opened in late 2014 to great acclaim. Based in Los Angeles, he received the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 1986, was the subject of a documentary film by director Sydney Pollack, and has become a leading figure in mainstream culture, appearing in an Apple commercial and playing himself in an episode of the hit television show “The Simpsons.” He compares architecture to music, saying, “It’s like jazz. You improvise, you work together, you play off each other, you make something.”

Norman is considered among the most intriguing musical voices of his generation. As a lifelong enthusiast for all things architectural, he draws on an eclectic mix of instrumental sounds and notational practices and writes music that is often inspired by forms and textures he encounters in the visual world. He is the recipient of the ASCAP Nissim Prize, Rome Prize and Berlin Prize, and his The Companion Guide to Rome was named a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Norman teaches at the USC Thornton School of Music.

The three-part Westside Connections series, now in its seventh season, continues on March 19, 2015, with special guest award-winning architect Frederick Fisher, who approaches architecture as a collaborative process, and Brahms’s breathtaking String Quintet as well as Kevin Puts’s Arches for solo violin, featuring Batjer. It concludes April 30, 2015, with Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne as special guest and the West Coast premiere of Gabriel Kahane’s Bradbury Studies, inspired by downtown LA’s historic Bradbury Building.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2014-15 season, the Orchestra’s 46th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 18th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets (beginning at $60) are available online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Subscriptions to all three Westside Connections concerts are available for $135. Student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office one hour before the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for LACO’s three Westside Connections concerts at the Moss Theater, seven Orchestral Series concerts at either the Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall and Discover Mozart’s Requiem at Ambassador Auditorium. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for groups of 12 or more. The Moss Theater at New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

Former principal percussion of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, TED ATKATZ has performed with the Atlanta, Boston, Houston, Pacific, Seattle and Santa Barbara symphonies; Hong Kong and Los Angeles philharmonics; and the Boston Pops. Active as a studio musician, Atkatz also performs with his band, NYCO. He is on the faculty of the Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and the Texas Music Festival in Houston, and has given masterclasses and clinics worldwide. He holds a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance and music education, magna cum laude, from Boston University. His gradu¬ate studies were at the New England Conservatory of Music and at Temple University.

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.

WADE CULBREATH studied at the Eastman School of Music in Roches¬ter, New York. He is principal timpani and percussion with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, principal percussion with the Holly¬wood Bowl Orchestra and timpanist with the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra. He has freelanced with the Los Angeles Opera, Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theater and the National Ballet of Canada. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he participated in two Europe¬an tours and eight recordings on the Sony Classical and Deutsche Grammophon labels. Culbreath has played on nearly 400 soundtracks for the motion picture studios including the Academy Award-win¬ning scores for Aladdin, Pocahontas and Life of Pi.

Raised in Toronto, Canada, architect FRANK GEHRY moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1947. Gehry received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California in 1954, and studied City Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. In subsequent years, Gehry has built an architectural career that has spanned over five decades and produced public and pri¬vate buildings in America, Europe and Asia. His work has earned Gehry several of the most significant awards in the architectural field, including the Pritzker Prize.

ARA GUZELIMIAN is Provost and Dean of The Juilliard School in New York City, having been appointed to the post in August 2006. At Juilliard, he oversees the faculty, curriculum and artistic planning of all three of its divisions—dance, drama and music. He has previ¬ously held artistic planning positions at Carnegie Hall and the Aspen Music Festival. A Southern California native, he was artistic director of the Ojai Festival (1992–1997) and had a long association with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (1978–1993), first as producer of the orches¬tra’s national radio broadcasts and then as artistic administrator. He is editor of Parallels and Paradoxes (Pantheon Books, 2002), a col¬lection of dialogues between Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said.

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

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.

Keyboardist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, JOANNE PEARCE MARTIN has made numerous solo appearances on piano, harpsi¬chord and the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ. Described by the Los Angeles Times as playing with “unusual fervor and fluency,” she has been guest soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles and San Diego chamber orchestras and England’s Hud¬dersfield Philharmonic. Martin has also appeared on the major US television networks and at summer festivals and on concert series internationally, while Southern California audiences follow her per¬formances of new music and “standards.” She has recorded for the Yamaha Disklavier piano and Yarlung Records recently released a solo CD, Joanne Pearce Martin, Barefoot.

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
“Westside Connections”
Margaret Batjer, curator & host
Frank Gehry, architect
Ara Guzelimian, special guest
Christopher Hawthorne, special guest
Jeffrey Kahane, piano
Joanne Pearce Martin, piano
Wade Culbreath, timpani
Ted Atkatz, percussion

WHEN:
Thursday, February 5, 2015, 7:30 pm

PROGRAM:
BACH, arr. KURTÁG Chorale Prelude, “O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig” (VIII) (“O Lamb of God most holy”)
BACH, arr. KURTÁG Sonatina from Actus tragicus, “Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit” (“God’s time is
the best time”), BWV 106
ANDREW NORMAN Frank’s House LACO commission (world premiere)
BARTÓK Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion

WHERE:
Ann and Jerry Moss Theater
at New Roads School
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404

TICKET PRICES:
Beginning at $60; Subscription to all three Westside Connections concerts is $135

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

For further information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2013-14 season, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.

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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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