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GUEST CONDUCTOR MATTHIAS PINTSCHER
MAKES LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA DEBUT
LEADING BEETHOVEN’S SYMPHONY NO. 8
SCHOENBERG’S SYMPHONY NO. 2,
AND WORKS BY RAVEL AND FAURÉ

Saturday, February 20, 2016, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, February 21, 2016, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
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Matthias Pintscher, music director of the acclaimed French contemporary music group Ensemble Intercontemporain, makes his highly anticipated Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) conducting debut, leading works by Beethoven, Schoenberg, Ravel and Fauré on Saturday, February 20, 2016, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre, Glendale, and Sunday, February 21, 2016, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Pintscher, noted for conducting with “finesse and focus” (The Guardian), leads Beethoven’s less often-performed Symphony No. 8 in F major, a compact and upbeat work notable as the composer’s shortest symphony; Schoenberg’s lush Chamber Symphony No. 2, written over a 33-year period from 1906 to 1939; Fauré’s elegant and graceful Pavane; and Ravel’s complete Ma mère l’oye (“Mother Goose”), originally written for piano four-hands and later expanded for orchestra.

Equally accomplished as conductor and composer, Pintscher has been hailed “for making the creative process behind music come to life” (Ottawa Citizen). He continues his partnership with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as its artist-in-association, and in 2014, began a three-year appointment as artist-in-residence with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Last season, he made several important debuts, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra and Bayerische Rundfunk. This season he returns to the Atlanta and Danish National symphony orchestras, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, Hamburg and Helsinki philharmonics, as well as the symphony orchestras of Melbourne and Sydney. Past conducting engagements have included the Staatskapelle Berlin, NDR Hamburg, Paris Opera and Mariinsky orchestras; Orchestre Philharmonique de France; BBC, Berlin Radio and Vienna Radio symphony orchestras; and the Utah and New World symphonies, among others. A prolific composer, Pintscher, who makes his home in New York and Paris, joined the composition faculty at The Juilliard School in 2014. He was the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Roche Commission. The Cleveland Orchestra premiered his composition idyll in 2014. His Chute d’Étoiles: Hommage à Anselm Kiefer was premiered at the Lucerne Festival in 2012 also by the Cleveland Orchestra, with subsequent performances in Cleveland and at Carnegie Hall.

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 2015-16 season, 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 19th season as LACO’s music director.

Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets, starting at $27, 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 Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” and three Westside Connections concerts.

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

WHAT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Fauré, Schoenberg, Ravel, Beethoven”
Matthias Pintscher, conductor

PROGRAM:
FAURÉ Pavane, Op. 50
SCHOENBERG Chamber Symphony No. 2, Op. 38
RAVEL Ma mère l’oye (“Mother Goose”)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, February 20, 2016, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Alex Theatre, Glendale
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203

Sunday, February 21, 2016, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Royce Hall, UCLA
340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

TICKETS/INFO
Tickets start at $27.
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.

PROGRAM, PRICES AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
PRESENTS
“LA VIE EN ROSE: AN EVENING IN PARIS,”
A MUSIC-FILLED GALA FEATURING CONCERT,
AUCTIONS AND ELEGANT DINING
HONORING PHILANTHROPIST AND
LACO BOARD CHAIRMAN K. EUGENE SHUTLER

Saturday, February 13, 2016, 6 pm
at Millennium Biltmore Hotel, downtown Los Angeles
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) transports guests to the City of Lights for a music-filled gala with concert, auctions and dining at “LA VIE EN ROSE: AN EVENING IN PARIS,” honoring philanthropist and LACO Board Chairman K. Eugene Shutler for his dedication to the arts and civic engagement on Saturday, February 13, 2016, 6 pm, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Chaired by Pat and Sandy Gage, this year’s LACO fundraiser celebrates the remarkable music, culture and cuisine of France. Leading a vibrant program, Music Director and renowned pianist Jeffrey Kahane brings to life works by great French classical composers with LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and principal musicians Roland Kato, viola, Kenneth Munday, bassoon, and Andrew Shulman, cello. In addition, Anne Carrere, star of the international touring revue PIAF!, and her band perform legendary songs of the country’s most beloved chanteuse, Édith Piaf. “La Vie en Rose” includes live and silent auctions featuring fine wares, travel and exclusive cultural experiences. Chic elegant cocktail attire, with black-tie optional, is suggested. Proceeds from what promises to be an unforgettable evening benefit LACO’s artistic and education activities.

The musical program features Elgar’s Salut d’amour; Saint-Saëns’ Le Cyne (“The Swan”) from Le carnaval des animaux (“The Carnival of the Animals”) as well as a movement from his Bassoon Sonata; Debussy’s Clair de lune from the Suite bergamasque; and the Allegro molto movement from Fauré’s Piano Quartet No. 1. Special guest Anne Carrere channels “The Little Sparrow” with emotional and authentic interpretations of classic songs of love, loss and ultimately perseverance that made Piaf a star the world over and secured her a place forever in French hearts.

LACO Board Chairman K. Eugene Shutler’s long-time, generous support of the Orchestra began in 1982. Serving continuously on the LACO board of directors since 2002, he also has been active in philanthropy and community affairs, serving as a director of the Constitutional Rights Foundation for nearly 20 years, and an involved member of the Penn Southern California Regional Advisory Board.

In addition to the Gages, gala committee members include Mary Blodgett, Ruth Eliel, Anne Grausam, Wahideh Khaleeli, Agnes Lew, Ann Mulally, Shaheen Nanji, Dana Newman, Catherine Ohr, Ann Petersen, Linda Rosen, Erin Rouse and Lauren Wing.

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 2015-16 season 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 19th season as LACO’s music director.

Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets for LA VIE EN ROSE start at $750. Premium table and ticket buyers are also invited to a special, intimate evening of music and dinner on Friday, February 12 at a private residence in Hancock Park. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call Monica Miklas at 213 622 7001 x 3, or visit laco.org.

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
EXPLORES BACH’S CANTATA NO. 140
AT ANNUAL DISCOVER CONCERT
WITH MUSIC DIRECTOR JEFFREY KAHANE SERVING AS MUSICAL “TOUR GUIDE,”
OFFERING INSIGHTS INTO THE POPULAR MASTERWORK

Special Guests Include Soprano Kathryn Mueller,
Tenor Colin Ainsworth, Bass Andrew Craig Brown,
USC-Thornton Chamber Singers and Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 8 pm, at Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) Music Director Jeffrey Kahane serves as musical “tour guide” for LACO’s annual “Discover” performance, a special one-night-only exploration of Bach’s popular Cantata No. 140 featuring soprano Kathryn Mueller, tenor Colin Ainsworth, bass Andrew Craig Brown, USC-Thornton Chamber Singers and Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, on Saturday, January 23, 2016, 8 pm, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. This “Discover” program is designed to lead patrons to a greater understanding and appreciation of the historical and cultural significance of cantatas composed by Bach and to hear the piece with “new ears.” One of Bach’s approximately 200 surviving sacred cantatas, it is noted for a remarkable range of expression and musical styles. Kahane, who explores a different work each year at LACO’s “Discover” concert, is lauded for his “eloquence” (The New York Times). Following the performance of the complete Cantata, Kahane will invite audience members to join in singing the final chorale with the combined forces on stage. The evening concludes with a Q&A between Kahane and the audience.

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 2015-16 season 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 19th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets (starting at $30) 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. 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 Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” and three Westside Connections concerts.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Discover Bach’s Cantata No. 140, “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” (“Sleepers Awake”)
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor & musical “tour guide”
Kathryn Mueller, soprano
Colin Ainsworth, tenor
Andrew Craig Brown, bass
The USC-Thornton Chamber Singers, Jo-Michael Scheibe, director
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Anne Tomlinson, artistic director

PROGRAM:
Introduction
BACH Cantata No. 140, “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” (“Sleepers Awake”)

WHEN:
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 8 pm

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

TICKET PRICES:
Tickets start at $30;
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 Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” and three Westside Connections concerts.

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.

PROGRAM, PRICES AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA’S
BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS SERIES
SPOTLIGHTS PRINCIPAL BASSOON KENNETH MUNDAY,
CELEBRATING 40th ANNIVERSARY WITH ORCHESTRA,
LEADING WORKS
BY HANDEL, TELEMANN, RAMEAU AND OTHERS

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 7 pm
Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s popular Baroque Conversations spotlights esteemed LACO Principal Bassoon Kenneth Munday, celebrating his 40th anniversary season with the Orchestra, as host and featured performer in a diverse program centered on the bassoon and oboe on Thursday, February 4, 2016, 7 pm, at Zipper Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The program includes Boismortier’s Rondeau from Suite de Pièces qu’on peut jouer seule; Les Sauvages from Les Gentils Airs by Rameau; and Sonatina in A minor by Telemann. Also presented are Handel’s Trio Sonata in E-flat major; Zachow’s Trio Sonata in F major; and Fasch’s Sonata in D minor. Joining Munday are LACO principals Patricia Mabee, harpsichord, and Allan Vogel, oboe; Claire Brazeau, oboe; and guest artist Edward Meares, bass. A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm.

Munday, appointed to LACO by Sir Neville Marriner in 1976, has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra on numerous occasions. On March 19 and 20, he is featured in the world premiere of Gernot Wolfgang’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds – “The D.A.R.K Knights,” celebrating the Orchestra’s four longest-serving wind principals. Active in chamber music circles and in LA’s recording studios, Munday has performed at the Marlboro, Santa Fe and Chamber Music Northwest music festivals, among others, and can be heard on John Williams’ Star Wars VII soundtrack. For Naxos, he recorded Luciano Berio’s Sequenza XII for solo bassoon, a technically demanding work that requires the performer to circular-breathe for 19 minutes. Impressively, Munday recorded it in two complete takes.

LACO’s highly regarded Baroque Conversations series spotlights repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. In signature LACO style, artists share their insights into the music and invite questions from the audience, which provides an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a deeper level. Each Zipper Hall program begins with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. Additional Baroque Conversations performances take place on Thursdays, March 24 and April 21, 2016, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles; and on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8 pm, at USC’s Bovard Auditorium in partnership with the 2016 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. Baroque Conversations is generously sponsored by Carol & Warner Henry, a Friend of LACO and the Ronus Foundation.

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 2015-16 season, 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 19th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets, starting at $57, are available online at laco.org, or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Single tickets can also be purchased at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Discounted tickets are available by phone for groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office an hour before the concert.

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

WHAT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra “Baroque Conversations”
Kenneth Munday, host & bassoon
Allan Vogel, oboe
Claire Brazeau, oboe
Edward Meares, bass
Patricia Mabee, harpsichord

WHEN:
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 7 pm

WHERE:
Zipper Concert Hall
The Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

PROGRAM:
BOISMORTIER Rondeau from Suite de Pièces qu’on peut jouer seule
RAMEAU Les Sauvages from Les Gentils Airs
TELEMANN Sonatina in A minor, TWV 41:a4
HANDEL Trio Sonata in E-flat major, HWV 382
ZACHOW Trio Sonata in F major
FASCH Sonata in D minor, FaWV N:d1

TICKETS/INFO:
Tickets start at $57. For information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2015-16 season or to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.

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5 fun facts you didn’t know: stefan jackiw & peter oundjian

school/music balance

“The 21-year-old American violinist’s weeping tone and spot-on intonation made you wonder whether this was what it was like to hear a Perlman or a Stern in his early years. Jackiw’s playing was by turns passionate, precise, and unflagging.” Washington Post

Clearly Stefan dedicates a lot of time and effort to achieve his quality sound. But when you’re in college practicing six hours a day, and playing over 30 concerts a year, sometimes you miss an assignment or two… or in Stefan’s case, an entire midterm. As countless university music students will tell you, some professors are not as accommodating when it comes to their students’ performance career. But despite getting a zero on a psychology midterm, Stefan graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor of Arts degree and an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory in 2007. While touring, he would bring his books with him and fax and email assignments on the road – talk about multitasking to the max!

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health insurance for your fingers?

When Stefan is not practicing his violin, he can be seen running through the streets of New York City. No, he is not late to his next world tour. Actually, Stefan’s favorite pastime is running, but sometimes it’s more than just a sweat he’s breaking. In 2013, Stefan fell while running and severely injured his arm and neck. Recounting it as one of his scariest moments, Stefan was forced to stop playing violin for six months and cancel his Australian tour and it wasn’t clear whether he would play again. But being the optimist he is (When asked if the glass is half empty of half full, he replies “overflowing.”) Stefan reflects that “all of a sudden I saw the bigger picture of where the violin is in relation to music, art even the world. I am not saying I discovered all of that just in two months but it gave me a little bit of perspective.” Given how devastating hand injuries can be for violinists, maybe a $3,500 monthly premium for insurance doesn’t seem so crazy after all.

from violinist chair to conductor’s podium

Before becoming an accomplished conductor, Peter Oundjian was a performing violinist who studied under Ivan Galamian, Itzhak Perlman and Dorothy DeLay. Like Stefan, Oundjian suffered injuries. But unlike him, Oundjian had to end his violin career permanently when he developed musician’s dystonia. If you’re a string player, the words “musician’s dystonia” probably sends shivers down your spine. The condition causes involuntary movements in the hands, and makes it difficult for string players to play with precision. Usually this means the end of musician’s career, but for Oundjian, it meant leaving the violinist chair for the conductor’s podium. With encouragement from his teacher Hubert Von Karajan, Oundjian created a career in conducting. Perhaps conducting was his true calling all along!

miracle worker

Although you won’t see Oundjian walking on water anytime soon, he performed a miraculous feat when he resurrected the declining Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Prior to Oundjian’s arrival, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra was swimming in an $11 million debt. While many people thought the Toronto Symphony Orchestra would be become extinct, it turns out they were dead wrong. Since Oundjian took over as music director and conductor, the TSO is seeing record-breaking attendances and filling their concert halls with paying customers. This amazing comeback piqued the interest of film director Barbara Willis Sweete, and served as the inspiration for the Documentary 5 Days of December.

tickling your funny bone

Peter Oundjian isn’t Ellen Degeneres, but he is by far one of the funniest conductors you’ll ever meet. In fact, comedy runs in the family (his cousin is the British comedian Eric Idle of Monty Python fame). It’s not surprising, then, that Oundjian performed a Toronto Symphony Orchestra Program collaborating with the comedy ground Second City Chicago. You can watch the teaser here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFjkS08df5g. While Oundjian won’t be pulling out stuffed unicorns or wearing a gorilla suit when he’s conducting the LA Chamber Orchestra this season on December 12/13, after watching this performance, you can’t help but smile. Buy your tickets today!

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,
Led By Guest Conductor Peter Oundjian,
Presents Bartók’s Divertimento And Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4
As Well As Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto
Featuring LA Debut Of Stefan Jackiw

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, December 13, 2015, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
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Peter Oundjian, music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Scotland’s Royal National Orchestra, and celebrated violinist Stefan Jackiw make their debuts with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) for two performances on Saturday, December 12, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre, Glendale, and Sunday, December 13, 2015, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Oundjian, described as “consistently illuminating” (Gramophone), conducts Bartók’s brilliant Divertimento, Sz 113; Beethoven’s sunny Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60; and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64. The latter work, among the most beloved violin concertos ever written, features Jackiw, also making his Los Angeles debut, who has been hailed for “talent that’s off the scale” (Washington Post) and as a “legend in the making” (Chicago Tribune).

Oundjian is noted for his probing musicality, collaborative spirit and engaging personality. He has conducted on the world’s leading stages, from Berlin, Amsterdam and Tel Aviv, to New York, Chicago and Sydney. Among numerous engagements, he has appeared at the London Proms, Prague Spring Festival, Edinburgh Festival and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Mozart Festival, where he was artistic director from 2003 to 2005. Oundjian was principal guest conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2010 and played a major role at the Caramoor International Music Festival in New York between 1997 and 2007.

Jackiw’s 2011 solo performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra at Australia’s Sydney Opera House was seen live on YouTube by more than 30 million people worldwide. He has appeared as soloist with the Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras, Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, San Francisco Symphony and the New York Philharmonic, among others, and in 2002, he was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

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 in the lobby at an after-party, which includes complimentary drinks and appetizers.

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 2015-16 season, 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 19th season as LACO’s music director.

Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets, starting at $27, 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 Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” and three Westside Connections concerts.

Violinist STEFAN JACKIW has appeared as soloist with the Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras, San Francisco Symphony, Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras and the New York Philharmonic, among others. He has collaborated with such renowned conductors as Marin Alsop, Sir Andrew Davis, Giancarlo Guerrero, Hannu Lintu, Ludovic Morlot, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Mikhail Pletnev, Arild Remmereit, Gerard Schwarz and Yuri Temirkanov. His solo performance of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the YouTube Symphony Orchestra at Australia’s Sydney Opera House was seen live on YouTube by more than 30 million people worldwide. He has performed in numerous leading festivals and concert series, including the Celebrity Series of Boston, New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Washington Performing Arts Society and the Louvre Recital Series in Paris.

Toronto-born conductor PETER OUNDJIAN, has been an instrumental figure in the rebirth of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) since his appointment as music director in 2004. In addition to conducting the Orchestra in dynamic performances that have achieved outstanding artistic acclaim, he has been greatly involved in a variety of new initiatives, which have strength¬ened the ensemble’s presence in the community and attracted a young and diverse audience. During his tenure, Oundjian has released eight recordings on the Orchestra’s self-produced record label TSO Live and signed a multi-disc recording contract with Chandos Records. He recently led the TSO on a tour of Europe, which included a sold-out perfor¬mance at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the first performance of a North American orchestra at Reykjavik’s Harpa Hall. Oundjian has appeared at the London Proms, Prague Spring Festival, Edinburgh Festival and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Mozart Festival, where he was artistic director from 2003 to 2005. He was appointed music director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in 2012. From 2006 to 2010, he was principal guest conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and between 1997 and 2007, played a major role at the Caramoor International Music Festival in New York. Since 1981, he has served as a visiting professor at the Yale School of Music where he was awarded the University’s Sanford Medal in 2013. In 2009, Oundjian received an honorary doctorate from the San Francisco Conservatory.

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 nearly 50-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 and USC’s Bovard Auditorium; 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; LACO @ the Movies, 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:

WHAT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Beethoven & Mendelssohn”
Peter Oundjian, conductor
Stefan Jackiw, violin

PROGRAM:
BARTÓK Divertimento, Sz. 113
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, December 12, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Alex Theatre, Glendale
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203

Sunday, December 13, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Royce Hall, UCLA
340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

TICKETS/INFO
Tickets start at $27.
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.

After the performance, ticket holders are invited to mingle with friends and musicians at an after-party in the lobby with complimentary drinks and appetizers.

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five (baroque) conversations about mahan esfahani

first things first
In 2008, for the first time in BBC history, a harpsichordist was named a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist. That harpsichordist is Mahan Esfahani, who appears with LACO for one night only on November 12 at Zipper Concert Hall. In 2011, Mahan made history again as the first-ever harpsichordist chosen to give a solo harpsichord recital in the history of the BBC Proms.

In 2014, Mahan broke new ground as the first harpsichordist to be nominated for both the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year and Gramophone Artist of the Year. To add to his long list of musical accomplishments, Mahan received the BBC Music Magazine ‘Newcomer of the Year’ award in 2015, and was nominated for Best Baroque Instrument, Best Instrumental, and Artist of the Year for the Gramophone Awards. Just recently, his album Rameau: Pièces de clavecin was nominated for Limelight’s Recording of the Year. Not bad, not bad at all.

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how to annoy your father…
Mahan, who studied piano with his father growing up in Washington DC, reports, “I thought, ‘How can I annoy Dad? I’ll play the harpsichord.’ So you know, it was a bit of teenage rebellion..But the harpsichord I just always had a love for.”

Mahan Esfahani makes his case for his chosen instrument in this NPR interview with Robert Siegel. As Peter Lynan writes in the International Record Review, “[his playing] holds the attention with ease and is a pleasure to hear…the harpsichord may never quite be mainstream material, but you sense that, if it were ever to get there, Esfahani might just be the man to make it happen.”

Decide for yourself at Baroque Conversations on November 12.

go cardinal!
“…a brilliant player…dashingly eloquent, dizzyingly skilled, Esfahani makes the harpsichord seem an instrument reborn.”(The Times, London)

And in the world of academia, he is no slouch either. He pursued a double degree in musicology and history at Stanford, where he was mentored by George Houle before studying intensively with Peter Watchorn in Boston and the celebrated Zuzana Růžičková in Prague. Mahan was also the Artist-in-Residence at New College, Oxford from 2008 to 2010. Just this year, Mahan— became professor of harpsichord at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

an oboist (allan vogel) and a harpsichordist (mahan esfahani) walk into a bar…
… and talk about goose feathers. Yes, goose feathers. Turns out that goose feathers are essential to both instruments. For oboes, goose feathers are used to distribute the moisture inside the instrument, and for harpsichords, the plectra (the hook that plucks the strings) is actually made from the quill of the feather. If you have more questions about goose feathers, the oboe or the harpsichord, come hear LACO principal oboe Allan Vogel perform Bach’s Sonata in G minor for Oboe and Harpsichord with Mahan Esfahani on November 12. Both Vogel and Esfahani will take questions after the performance. FYI, Esfahani, reputedly quite the raconteur, will also share his thoughts about the music to introduce the works on the program in LACO’s popular Baroque Conversations format. And, btw, all ticket holders are invited to a free wine reception before the concert. What’s not to like?

cello or harpsichord? here’s one good reason to choose the latter.
Cellists spend a fortune on flying their instruments to gigs. Will Mahan Esfahani buy a plane ticket for a harpsichord when he travels to Los Angeles? Luckily, no. He’ll get to choose the harpsichord he wishes to play from the collection housed in the basement studio of Curtis Berak in the warehouse district. You can read the back story of this premier supplier of harpsichords up and down the California coast here. And to hear Berak’s explanation of the saying often painted on Flemish harpsichords, “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi” (“Thus passes the glory of the world”), watch this video. Hint, it’s a double entendre which refers both to the harpsichord’s inability to sustain a note and the ephemeral brevity of life.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s
Baroque Conversations Series
Features Program Led By Iranian-Born
Harpsichord Virtuoso Mahan Esfahani
Performing Works By Bach, Telemann And Erlebach

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 7 pm
Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) opens its five-concert Baroque Conversations series with an evening led by Iranian-born harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani featuring works by Bach, Telemann and Erlebach on Thursday, November 12, 2015, 7 pm, at Zipper Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Esfahani, lauded by The New York Times for his “soulful flair,” is joined by LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer; assistant concertmaster Tereza Stanislav; Victoria Miskolczy, associate principal viola; Robert Brophy, viola; Armen Ksajikian, associate principal cello; Peter Lloyd, acting principal bass; Sandy Hughes, flute; and Allan Vogel, principal oboe; and guest musician John Schneiderman, theorbo. The program includes Erlebach’s Ouvertüre IV; Telemann’s Paris Quartet No. 7 in D major; and Bach’s Sonata in G minor for Oboe and Harpsichord and Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor. A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm.

Esfahani, in demand around the globe, has been hailed as “one of today’s most thrilling harpsichordists” (Gramophone) and proclaimed a “superstar whose musicianship, imagination, virtuosity, cultural breadth and charisma far transcends the ivory tower in which the harpsichord has traditionally been placed” (The Times). Since making his London debut in 2009, he has worked tirelessly to establish the harpsichord in the mainstream of concert instruments in classical and contemporary repertoire, including giving the first harpsichord recital in the history of the BBC Proms in 2011.

LACO’s highly regarded Baroque Conversations series spotlights repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. In signature LACO style, artists share their insights into the music and invite questions from the audience, which provides an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a deeper level. Each Zipper Hall program begins with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception.

Additional Baroque Conversations performances take place on February 4, March 24 and April 21, 2016, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles; and on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8 pm, at USC’s Bovard Auditorium in partnership with the 2016 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. Baroque Conversations is generously sponsored by Carol & Warner Henry, a Friend of LACO and the Ronus Foundation.

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.

Single tickets for the concert on November 12 (beginning at $57) and subscriptions to all five “Baroque Conversations” concerts ($260) are available online at laco.org, or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Single tickets can also be purchased at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Discounted tickets are available by phone for groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office an hour before the concert.

Born in Tehran in 1984, MAHAN ESFAHANI received his first guidance on the piano from his father before exploring the harpsichord as a teenager. Mentored by George Houle, he studied musicology and history at Stanford University, before studying intensively with Peter Watchorn (Boston) and Zuzana Růžičková (Prague). He was a BBC New Generation Artist and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust prizewinner. In 2014, he was on the shortlist for the Royal Philharmonic Society Instrumentalist of the Year and Gramophone Artist of the Year, firsts for the harpsichord. After his 2009 London debut, Esfahani’s mission to establish the harpsichord in mainstream classical and contemporary reper¬toire came to significant public attention when he played the first harpsichord recital in the history of the BBC in 2011. Esfahani is an exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon.

MARGARET BATJER, who has served as concertmaster of the Los Ange¬les Chamber Orchestra since 1998, made her first solo appearance at the age of 15 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has since soloed with a succession of major orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the St. Louis, Seattle and Dallas symphony orchestras. Batjer has performed with such European ensembles as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Prague Chamber Orchestra and Berlin Symphony Orchestra. As an esteemed cham¬ber musician, she appears regularly at the Marlboro Music Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, Salzburg Festival, and Italy’s Naples and Cre¬mona festivals. In 2008, she developed LACO’s acclaimed chamber music series, Westside Connections.

ROBERT BROPHY can be heard playing with the Los Angeles Philhar¬monic, LA Opera and many West Coast chamber music series. He is featured with Nigel Kennedy in a quartet for Kennedy’s release Greatest Hits on the EMI label and has performed alongside Martha Argerich, Mischa Maisky, Michel Dalberto and Dmitri Sitkovetsky. An advocate for new music and former member of the Ensō Quar¬tet, Brophy has worked with many leading composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, including Joan Tower, William Bolcom, Tan Dun and Bernard Rands. The Ensō Quartet earned multiple honors at the 2004 Banff International String Quartet Competition. Brophy joined LACO in 2011.

SANDY HUGHES became a member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in the 2012–13 season. In addition to LACO, she is a member of the Bateira Trio and the new-music group, Ensemble LPR. Hughes also performs regularly with the New York Philhar¬monic. A Fulbright Grant recipient, and twice a fellow of both the Tanglewood and Aspen festivals, Hughes attended both the Man¬hattan and Hartt schools of music. Hughes’ major teachers include Robert Langevin, Cindy Meyers and John Wion.

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

A native of Philadelphia, PETER LLOYD is the former principal bass of the Minnesota Orchestra. Throughout his career Lloyd has worked with many of the world’s greatest conductors, including Riccardo Muti, Leonard Bernstein, Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur, Eugene Ormandy and James Levine. He has dedicated much of his career to performing chamber music and has appeared with members of the Budapest, Guarneri, Emerson, Juilliard and Orion string quartets. In addition to his concert schedule, Lloyd maintains an active teach¬ing career. He is currently a faculty member at The Colburn School. Lloyd performs on a world-renowned bass violin made by Daniel Hachez, graciously provided by Robertson Violins of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Australian-born VICTORIA MISKOLCZY has been LACO’s associate prin¬cipal viola since 1989. Her many other concert appearances include performances with the Oregon Bach, Ojai and Mostly Mozart festi¬vals; the Sydney, Pacific and Pasadena symphonies and the Long Beach Orchestra. Her local chamber music credits include perfor¬mances with the Capitol Ensemble, the South Bay Chamber Music Society, Pacific Serenades, Camerata Pacifica, Jacaranda Series, Concert Guild and LACO at musicales and on its Baroque Con-versations and Westside Connections series. Miskolczy has also performed solo recitals throughout the US, Canada and Australia, where two were aired on national radio, Australian Broadcasting Commission FM. A former part-time faculty member at the Univer¬sity of Southern California, Miskolczy now teaches privately.

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

Hailed for the “expressive beauty and wonderful intensity” (Robert Mann) of her playing, TEREZA STANISLAV is an active and versatile per¬former. A highly sought after chamber musician, she has appeared in venues such as the Library of Congress, Wigmore Hall and at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and with artists such as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the Miró Quartet and Jon Kimura Parker. An advocate for new music, Stanislav has worked with many composers and performed several world premieres including Gun¬ther Schuller’s Horn Quintet and Louis Andriessen’s The City of Dis. Stanislav was awarded the highest grant from the Canada Council for the Arts in the category for Professional Musicians (Individuals) in Classical Music.

ALAN VOGEL joined LACO in 1972 and became principal oboe in 1974. Vogel has performed as guest principal oboe with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and appeared with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Berlin and Los Angeles philharmonics. He has been featured at the Marlboro, Santa Fe, Aspen and Mostly Mozart festivals, among others, and performed at the White House during the last state dinner of the Clinton presidency. Vogel is on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts, the University of Southern California and the Colburn School Conservatory of Music.

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 47-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 and USC’s Bovard Auditorium; 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; LACO @ the Movies, 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:

WHAT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra “Baroque Conversations”
Mahan Esfahani, host & harpsichord
Margaret Batjer, violin
Tereza Stanislav, violin
Victoria Miskolczy, viola
Robert Brophy, viola
Armen Ksajikian, cello
Peter Lloyd, bass
Sandy Hughes, flute
Allan Vogel, oboe
John Schneiderman, theorbo

WHEN/WHERE:
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 7 pm,
Zipper Concert Hall, 200 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles

PROGRAM:
ERLEBACH Ouvertüre IV
BACH Sonata in G minor for Oboe and Harpsichord
TELEMANN Paris Quartet No. 7 in D major
BACH Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor

TICKETS/INFO:
Tickets start at $57. For information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2015-16 season or to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.

PROGRAM, PRICES AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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