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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“LACO @ THE MOVIES CELEBRATES WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS,”
AN EXTRAORDINARY EVENING OF WORLD PREMIERES AND EYE-POPPING ANIMATION WITH ORCHESTRAL SCORES PERFORMED LIVE BY
LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA,
LED BY EMMY AWARD®-WINNING COMPOSER MARK WATTERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE

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

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

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

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

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meet frederick fisher

Architect Frederick Fisher discusses Los Angeles as a shifting community, starting as a “Frontiertown,” where its unique geography has made room for experimental architecture, and the role of music as it resonates in his work.

David Shostac celebrates 40 seasons

Principal flute David Shostac chats with Brian Laurtizen in today’s podcast. Shostac, who joined the Orchestra in 1975, traces the legacy of LACO and why he loves the Mozart flute concerto.

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

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA,
LED BY MUSIC DIRECTOR JEFFREY KAHANE, 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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