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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO)
NAMES ACCOMPLISHED ARTS EXECUTIVE SCOTT HARRISON
NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Harrison, Who Assumes Post on October 6, 2015,
Joins LACO From Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Where He Served as
Vice President for Advancement & External Relations
and Worked Previously with Major American Orchestras Including
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,
Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra
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Accomplished arts executive Scott Harrison has been appointed Executive Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), announces LACO Board President Dana Newman. Harrison, who assumes his post on October 6, 2015, handles responsibility for providing the vision, strategic direction and oversight of the organization. Led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, LACO is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras. Harrison comes to LACO from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) where he served as Vice President for Advancement and External Relations. Having joined DSO in 2010 as Senior Director of Patron Engagement and Loyalty Programs, he was promoted to Executive Director of Board Engagement and Strategy in 2013 and to the Vice President role in 2014. Harrison’s extensive background with major orchestras also includes work with the symphony orchestras of Indianapolis, New Jersey, Dallas and Boston. A bassoonist earlier in his career, Harrison performed with the Indianapolis Symphony, Shreveport Symphony and Dallas Wind Symphony, among others, in addition to performing on tour in the United Kingdom, Europe and Latin America. He has taught bassoon in the US, Haiti, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

“Scott Harrison brings an enormous wealth of experience in the orchestra world to this position with LACO,” says Newman. “His remarkable leadership of Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s fundraising and communications arm through a very challenging period in that organization’s history gave all of us on the executive search committee great confidence in his potential to take LACO to the next level in its evolution. We were especially excited by his ability to inspire and invigorate board leadership and to foster collaboration among board members, staff and musicians. Scott’s successes promoting audience development, digital media initiatives and educational programs singled him out as a strategic, forward-looking thinker, essential qualities for orchestra management in the 21st century. As one of Southern California’s musical treasures, LACO strives to distinguish itself on an international scale, and Scott certainly has the background, energy and vision to make that a reality.”

“I am absolutely delighted to welcome Scott Harrison to his new role with LACO,” says Kahane. “I am extremely eager to begin working in partnership with him as I begin my final two seasons as Music Director. I have been immensely impressed by Scott’s passion, dedication and keen intelligence, and I believe that the combination of his extensive musical training and professional experience as both an orchestral and chamber musician with his exceptional track record in management with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and elsewhere make him an ideal leader for LACO as it heads into its second half-century.”

“I’m thrilled to join the LACO family at such an exciting time in the organization’s history,” says Harrison. “With the 50th anniversary around the corner, this is a time to celebrate a distinguished legacy while finding new ways to share our music with more and broader audiences. I was first attracted to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra because of the artistry of the LACO musicians, the joy they bring to the stage and the superb guest artists that perform with the ensemble. But as I learned more about the flexibility, diversity, intimacy and personality at the heart of LACO’s music making and community efforts, I knew I belonged at this Orchestra. After the warmth shown us by multiple board members, patrons, orchestra members and staff, and in particular Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and Board President Dana Newman, my wife Angela and I are eagerly anticipating our move to LA and the start of LACO’s season.”

SCOTT HARRISON comes to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra after five years at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, where he most recently served as Vice President of Advancement and External Relations. As the DSO’s chief fundraising and communications officer, he was charged with meeting multi-million dollar contributed revenue goals while developing strategies to build the DSO’s local and global reputation. In 2011, while serving as Executive Producer of Digital Media, Harrison led the launch of the groundbreaking Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. With performances by artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Joshua Bell, Terence Blanchard and Hilary Hahn, and music from living composers including Mason Bates, John Corigliano, Gabriela Lena Frank, Missy Mazzoli and Krzysztof Penderecki, Live from Orchestra Hall has been viewed in over 100 countries by 750,000 viewers and has received accolades from The New York Times, Gramophone Magazine, Bloomberg TV, Guardian and more. Over 100,000 students to date have tuned into Live from Orchestra Hall’s Classroom Edition webcasts produced specifically for youth audiences. Harrison’s accomplishments at the DSO include partnering with artistic leadership, funders and civic organizations to launch the record-selling Beethoven and Tchaikovsky festivals; outdoor concert projections during the Dlectricity festival; the city-wide, crowd-sourced composition Symphony in D; and the @ the Max alternative performance series featuring a new generation of alt-classical artists. He also led a governance transformation that culminated in a new board structure and heightened levels of engagement across volunteers, musicians and staff; worked with the Recapitalization Task Force to develop the institution’s ten-year financial framework balancing resource capacity with mission-driven investment; served on the team that established the framework for the DSO’s regularly sold-out chamber orchestra series; supported the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force in developing the DSO’s first diversity vision statement, and led the patron engagement team in rebuilding subscription and donor levels, as well as patron confidence, to pre-recession levels. Originally from Long Island, Harrison fell in love with music thanks to the dedicated teachers and strong music program of his local public school district. With degrees in bassoon and political science from Northwestern University and Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, he began his career at the Dallas and Boston symphony orchestras before becoming Manager of Community Programs at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, where he planned and presented chamber music performances and educational activities throughout the state. He then joined the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) as Associate Director of Marketing and New Media, overseeing four seasons of consecutive sales growth and launching the ISO’s online listening library and mobile app. Harrison has presented at conferences for the League of American Orchestras, the Spanish Association of Symphony Orchestras, the Tessitura Network and Arts Midwest, and has served as a grant panelist for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Deeply committed to music education for all and the power of cultural diplomacy, Harrison serves as a founding board member of BLUME Haiti. He has traveled regularly to Haiti to engage in capacity building for music programs throughout the country, and has taught and performed in the Dominican Republic and Honduras, as well as back home in the US. He serves on the advisory boards of the Fifth House Ensemble, a Chicago-based chamber music ensemble, and Detroit Passport to the Arts, a program focused on introducing new audiences to the arts. Harrison and his wife Angela, an arts fundraising and direct mail consultant, will make their home in downtown Los Angeles.

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 almost 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, 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.

LACO launches its 2015-16 season when celebrated Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducts a program featuring the world premiere of Prisms, Cycles, Leaps, a joyous percussive work by rising Los Angeles-based composer Derrick Spiva, and the highly anticipated West Coast debut of violinist Michael Barenboim, son of legendary conductor Daniel Barenboim, on Saturday, September 19, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, September 20, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. For more information, visit laco.org

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AND
MUSIC DIRECTOR JEFFREY KAHANE
OPEN 2015-16 SEASON FEATURING
WEST COAST DEBUT OF VIOLINIST MICHAEL BARENBOIM PERFORMING BEETHOVEN’S VIOLIN CONCERTO IN D MAJOR, OP. 61, WORLD PREMIERE BY RISING COMPOSER DERRICK SPIVA INFLUENCED BY TRADITIONAL WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING, AND SCHUBERT’S “UNFINISHED” SYMPHONY

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) launches its 2015-16 season with celebrated Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducting a program of works seminal and new, featuring the world premiere of Prisms, Cycles, Leaps, a joyous percussive work by rising Los Angeles-based composer Derrick Spiva, and the highly anticipated West Coast debut of violinist Michael Barenboim, son of legendary conductor Daniel Barenboim, on Saturday, September 19, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, September 20, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Barenboim, a “superb” violinist (Chicago Tribune) hailed for his “technical precision and a breezy sweetness” (The Guardian), performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, considered one of the supreme achievements in classical music. Spiva, whose work is influenced by Ghanaian polyrhythms and traditional West African drumming, is Music Alive: New Partnerships Composer-in-Residence. Rounding out the program is Schubert’s iconic Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, “Unfinished.”

Barenboim, among the most versatile and exciting artists of his generation, has earned accolades from critics and audiences around the globe for his commanding performances. He has performed with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and conductors, including the Wiener Philharmoniker, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Pierre Boulez and Münchner Philharmoniker conducted by the late Lorin Maazel.

Spiva’s conducting, composing and teaching style reflect the multicultural atmosphere of Los Angeles, where he lives and works. While earning a B.A. and M.F.A at UCLA and California Institute of the Arts, respectively, he began integrating world music across many cultures into his musical vocabulary. His musical compositions aim to break down the boundaries between musical genres, using integrative composition techniques that seek common ground between different musical traditions. Spiva is a teaching artist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, instructor for the Community Arts Partnership program at CalArts and conductor for the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra.

The residency of Derrick Spiva is made possible through Music Alive: New Partnerships, a residency program of New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. This national program is designed to establish new relationships between composers and orchestras, and to help orchestras present new music to the public and build support for new music within their institutions. Leadership funding for Music Alive is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists. Kahane discusses with Spiva the inspiration and creation of Spiva’s Prisms, Cycles, Leaps and features a short demonstration by the Zadonu African Music & Dance Company. 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 as well as entertainment by the Zadonu African Music & Dance Company.

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 $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.

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 19th 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. He is also a visiting Professor of Keyboard Studies at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

Violinist MICHAEL BARENBOIM is one of the leading artists of his generation and made a number of international debuts in 2014-15, including performances with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and hr-Sinfonieorchester. He was born in Paris in 1985 and began violin lessons at age seven. He studied at the High School for Music and Theatre, Rostock, under Prof. Axel Wilczok, and regularly attended masterclasses given by Guy Braunstein. He has been concertmaster of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra since 2003 and is first violinist of the Erlenbusch Quartet, which he founded in 2005.

Zadonu African Music & Dance Company is a non-profit African culture company dedicated to teaching, restaging and preserving authentic African Music and Dance in the United States and abroad. It was formed in 1986 by Kobla Ladzekpo, a native of Anyako, located in the Volta region of Ghana, West Africa. The mission of Zadonu is to bridge the complex ethnic boundaries inherent in the diverse and unique cultural melting pot of greater Los Angeles County. The group’s repertoire includes music and dances from the Ga-Adangme, Dagomba, Dagarti and Ewe people of Ghana, as well as the Ewe’s in Togo and Benin. Zadonu resident dancers and drummers are drawn from the greater Los Angeles area.

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, 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
“Schubert Unfinished”
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Michael Barenboim, violin

PROGRAM:
DERRICK SPIVA Prisms, Cycles, Leaps (world premiere)
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, “Unfinished”
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, September 19, 2015, 8 pm
Alex Theatre, Glendale
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203

Sunday, September 20, 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. Concert Preludes features Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and composer Derrick Spiva in discussion about Spiva’s inspiration for and creation of Prisms, Cycles, Leaps, including a short demonstration by the Zadonu African Music & Dance Company.

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 and entertainment by the Zadonu African Music & Dance Company.

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PRESENTS FIVE
“LACO À LA CARTE” FUNDRAISING EVENINGS,
PAIRING INTERNATIONAL CUISINE WITH
INTIMATE SALON PERFORMANCES AT
PRIVATE HOMES OF CONSULS GENERAL
OF AUSTRALIA, MEXICO, FINLAND AND TURKEY
AND LUXURIOUS BRENTWOOD VILLA

Exclusive Evenings in Bel Air, Hancock Park and Brentwood
Feature Musical Artistry of LACO Musicians and Guest Artists
“Australia à la carte” – September 17, Brentwood
“Mexico à la carte” – September 26, Hancock Park
“Finland à la carte” – October 8, Bel Air
“Turkey à la carte” – November 7, Hancock Park
“Iran à la carte” – November 14, Brentwood
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The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra pairs exclusive musical performances with delectable international cuisine at “LACO à la carte,” five intimate, elegant fundraising evenings celebrating Australia, Mexico, Finland, Turkey and Iran in the spectacular private homes of members of the region’s international community. The unique events, each highlighting a single country, include “Australia à la carte” at the Brentwood residence of the Consul General of Australia on September 17, 7 pm; “Mexico à la carte” at the Hancock Park residence of the Consul General of Mexico on September 26, 7 pm; “Finland à la carte” at the Bel Air residence of the Consul General of Finland on October 8, 7 pm; “Turkey à la carte” at the Hancock Park residence of the Consul General of Turkey on November 7, 7 pm; and “Iran à la carte” at the private Brentwood villa of LACO board member Ahmad Gramian and his wife, Haleh, on November 14, 2015, 7 pm. Providing a decidedly cosmopolitan flair to LACO’s wide ranging musical offerings, each program includes a reception and dinner featuring an array of gourmet specialties and beverages of the host country complemented by a salon performance spotlighting LACO musicians and guest artists. The LACO à la carte series, now in its seventh year, illustrates that music truly knows no boundaries. Proceeds help support the education and community engagement programs of LACO, proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International.

“LACO à la carte” is chaired by LACO board vice president Mahnaz Newman. Sponsors include Ann Mulally; Mahnaz and David Newman; Ned and Dana Newman; Gene Shutler; Anne-Marie and Alex Spataru; Pat and Sandy Gage; Raulee Marcus and Stephen Block; and East West Bank.

“Australia à la carte”
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 7 pm
In Brentwood at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Australia

Warm and generous hospitality from “down under” highlights LACO’s “Australia à la carte,” hosted by Australia’s Consul General, The Honorable Karen Lanyon, and her husband, Mr. Craig Mills, at their chic Brentwood residence. An al fresco dinner, featuring authentic Australian fare and wines, provide savory accompaniment to an intimate solo violin recital featuring guest artist Michael Barenboim, a “superb” violinist (Chicago Tribune) hailed for his “technical precision and a breezy sweetness” (The Guardian) and son of legendary conductor Daniel Barenboim. Barenboim is also featured at LACO’s season opening concerts on September 19 at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and September 20 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

“Mexico à la carte”
Saturday, September 26, 2015, 7 pm
In Hancock Park at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Mexico

¡Viva México! Authentic Mexican cuisine and libations set a festive mood for LACO’s “Mexico à la carte,” hosted by Mexico’s Consul General, The Honorable Carlos M. Sada, and his wife, Mrs. Maria Elena Sada, at their elegant Hancock Park residence. Quattrosound, 2014 Latin Grammy Nominee for Best New Artist, adds musical spice with a dynamic crossover of Latin pop, jazz and classical music. The innovative and energetic ensemble spotlights the instrumental and vocal talents of LACO cello Giovanna Moraga Clayton with Jorge Villanueva on percussion.

“Finland à la carte”
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 7 pm
In Bel Air at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Finland

Experience the refined cuisine and culture of one of the world’s northernmost countries at LACO’s “Finland à la carte” evening hosted by The Honorable Juha Markkanen, Consul General of Finland, and his wife, Mrs. Tuula Markkanen in their spectacular Bel Air residence. LACO associate principal cello Armen Ksajikian, who marks his 15th anniversary with the Orchestra, leads a LACO string quartet celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Delicious Scandinavian cuisine and specialty cocktails by chef Sirpa Welch cap this Nordic fête.

“Turkey à la carte”
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 7 pm
In Hancock Park at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Turkey

The Honorable R. Gülru Gezer, Consul General of Turkey offers a warm Turkish welcome for LACO’s “Turkey à la carte” hosted in his classic Hancock Park consular residence and featuring delectable Turkish cuisine prepared by its resident chef. LACO Violin Julie Gigante, celebrating her 30th anniversary with LACO, is joined by Principal Oboe Allan Vogel in leading a vivacious musical program featuring unique Turkish influences sure to evoke colorful images of this stunning country.

Iran à la carte
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 7 pm
in Brentwood at Residence of Ahmad Gramian & Haleh Emrani

Dedicated LACO Board member Ahmad Gramian and his wife, Haleh, host LACO’s “Iran à la carte,” the grand finale in this season’s à la carte series, in their gorgeous Brentwood villa. Iranian-born harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani teams with LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Principal Cello Andrew Shulman and Flute Sandy Hughes to present a dazzling Baroque program. Refined Iranian hospitality and exquisite Persian cuisine add a special dimension to this extraordinary evening.

“LACO à la carte” tickets are $350 per person. Multiple-event packages include Chef’s Table Trio tickets at $950 per person for any combination of three events.

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

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

Ruth L. Eliel, a leading Southland arts administrator, has been appointed to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) Board of Directors for a three-year term, announces LACO President Dana Newman. Eliel, executive director of the prestigious Colburn Foundation since 2008, is committed to building and sustaining a strong infrastructure for the arts in Southern California, spending significant time coaching leaders of young organizations and Colburn grantees. A long-time LACO supporter, Eliel served as executive director of the Orchestra from 1997 to 2006 before assuming the title of associate executive director for two years to focus solely on fundraising.

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Prior to working with LACO, she was managing director of the Lewitzky Dance Company, then Los Angeles’ premier modern dance ensemble, and she also spent 14 years in the private sector as a management consultant with both Deloitte & Touche and McKinsey & Company. Previously she was an independent consultant for the World Bank, drawing on her nine years as a commercial banker for the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and Hong Kong, and later started up and ran MG Finance in Hong Kong. Eliel has mentored cultural leaders through the League of American Orchestras and the Kennedy Center’s Arts in Crisis program. A guest lecturer on arts management at numerous Southland universities, she has also served as a grant panelist for the California Community Foundation, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is on the board of councilors of the USC Thornton School of Music and was a founding member of the board of Arts for LA.

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, 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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my summer at LACO

Having played the violin for 15 years, music has always been front and center in my life. Starting out with the keyboard, I personally decided at five years old that it simply wasn’t for me. Instead, I chose the violin and switched to a life of standing and finger calluses. And now, as a rising senior at Scripps College, I’m happy to say that I now sit down in secret while practicing in the music rooms. But in all sincerity, music truly has been a great part of my life and a part that I can’t imagine living without. It has taught me patience, understanding and diligence — traits that I have certainly needed and called upon both as a student and an intern. While I have decided not to pursue a career in music, I always hope to continue playing the violin and joining music ensembles that give back to the music-making community.

read more →As LACO’s new marketing intern for the 2015 summer, I’ve been given a behind-the-scenes tour of the music-making process. While many only see the stage and performers, I’m able to experience how concerts come to being. From assembling program books to organizing tickets for will-call, I look forward to being a part of an organization that really does bring great music to the Los Angeles arts community. In the future, I hope I will be able to continue participating in the arts, whether it be with my violin or with an incredible music organization like LACO. ↑ less ↑

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THREE WORLD PREMIERES AND TIMELESS MASTERPIECES HIGHLIGHT LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA’S 2015-16 SEASON

Led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane,
One of World’s Foremost Conductors and Pianists,
LACO Features Celebrated and Rising Guest Artists During Season
Season Highlights Include:
• World Premieres by Derrick Spiva, Gernot Wolfgang and Matthew Aucoin;
• West Coast Premiere of Brooklyn-Based Composer Timo Andres’ Word of Mouth; and Los Angeles Premiere of Mason Bates’s Cello Concerto;
• Guest Conductors Peter Oundjian (Music Director, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra), Matthias Pintscher (Music Director, France’s Ensemble Intercontemporain), Matthew Halls (Artistic Director, Oregon Bach Festival); and Matthew Aucoin;
• Guest Artists Michael Barenboim, Violin, in West Coast Debut; Stefan Jackiw, Violin, in Los Angeles Debut; Richard Goode, Piano; Marc-André Hamelin, Piano; Joshua Roman, Cello; Teresa Wakim, Soprano; Colin Ainsworth, Tenor; Andrew Craig Brown, Bass; USC-Thornton Chamber Singers; Los Angeles Children’s Chorus;
• Star Turns by LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and Virtuosic LACO Principals Wade Culbreath, Timpani/Percussion, Joshua Ranz, Clarinet, David Shostac, Flute, Allan Vogel, Oboe, Kenneth Munday, Bassoon, and Recently Retired LACO Principal Horn Richard Todd;
• Five-Concert “Baroque Conversations” Series, with Series Finale Featured as Part of Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, 10-Day Cello Extravaganza Showcasing 25 International Artists;
• Innovative “Westside Connections” Series Exploring Relationship Between Music and the Mind.
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s premier orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, announces its 2015-16 season, led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, featuring a mix of timeless masterpieces and genre-defying world premieres by Music Alive: New Partnerships Composer-in-Residence Derrick Spiva, Gernot Wolfgang, and LACO 2016 Sound Investment Composer Matthew Aucoin; a West Coast premiere by Timo Andres; and a Los Angeles premiere by Mason Bates. LACO also presents a range of internationally acclaimed and rising guest artists and virtuosic LACO principals who appear on seven “Orchestral Series” programs, a “Discover” concert, five “Baroque Conversations” concerts and three “Westside Connections” evenings. Other season highlights include five “LACO à la carte” fundraising salons pairing international cuisine with exclusive musical performances in spectacular international residences and LACO’s annual concert gala as well as partnerships with the contemporary classical music ensemble and LACO Education-Artists-in-Residence wild Up, and LACO Composer-In-Residence Andrew Norman. Among the featured artists, many in their LACO debuts, are guest conductors Peter Oundjian, music director, Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Matthias Pintscher, music director, France’s Ensemble Intercontemporain; and Matthew Halls, artistic director, Oregon Bach Festival; and guest artists Michael Barenboim, violin, in his West Coast debut; Richard Goode, piano; Joshua Roman, cello; Marc-André Hamelin, piano; Stefan Jackiw, violin, in his Los Angeles debut; Teresa Wakim, soprano; Colin Ainsworth, tenor; Andrew Craig Brown, bass; USC Thornton Chamber Singers; and Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. LACO Principals Wade Culbreath, timpani/percussion; Joshua Ranz, clarinet; David Shostac, flute; Allan Vogel, oboe; Kenneth Munday, bassoon; and recently retired LACO Principal Horn Richard Todd, are also spotlighted. LACO performs its “Orchestral Series” on Saturdays at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; its “Discover” concert at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium; “Baroque Conversations,” which spotlights repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period, with four concerts at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles and the final performance at USC’s Bovard Auditorium; and “Westside Connections,” designed to illustrate the connections between music and other aspects of our lives, at the state-of-the-art Moss Theater in Santa Monica.

Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, marks his 19th season as the Orchestra’s music director. Hailed by critics, Kahane, who continues his artistic leadership through the 2016-17 season, conducts four of seven “Orchestral Series” concerts from the podium or keyboard, serves as conductor and musical tour guide of the popular “Discover” concert at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium and appears on the “Baroque Conversations” and “Westside Connections” series.

He conducts the world premieres of Spiva’s Prisms, Cycles, Leaps, a joyous percussive work influenced by traditional West African drumming that opens the season; Wolfgang’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds, showcasing LACO Principals Shostac, flute, Vogel, oboe, Munday, bassoon and Todd, horn; and a new work by Matthew Aucoin, a gifted composer, poet and the Metropolitan Opera’s youngest-ever assistant conductor who is “one of the most sought-after young voices in classical music” (The Wall St. Journal). Aucoin’s piece, which he is conducting himself, is presented in conjunction with the Orchestra’s unique and highly successful “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated during Kahane’s tenure 15 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works. “Sound Investment” gives members not only the rare opportunity to create a legacy in music but also to observe first-hand the development of a new work from the composer’s earliest ideas to the finished composition. Participants invest $300 or more for a membership, which includes intimate salons throughout the season featuring in-depth discussion with the composer about the creative process and previews of the final work.

Additionally, Kahane leads the West Coast premiere of Brooklyn-based composer Timo Andres’s Word of Mouth on a program that also features LACO Principal Timpani/Percussion Wade Culbreath performing Emmanuel Séjourné’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings. He conducts from the keyboard Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, one of three of Mozart’s “Golden Period” piano concertos being presented this season, and leads LACO’s popular annual “Discover” concert, providing an in-depth examination of the creation and significance of Bach’s popular Cantata No. 140, “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” (“Sleepers Awake”).

Guest conductors making their LACO debuts include German conductor Matthias Pintscher, heralded “for making the creative process behind music come to life” (Ottawa Citizen), presenting a program of Beethoven, Ravel and Schoenberg, and “consistently illuminating” (Gramophone) conductor Peter Oundjian, who leads Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, featuring the Los Angeles debut of Stefan Jackiw, a “heart-stopping” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) violinist, YouTube sensation and “legend in the making” (Chicago Tribune). Guest conductor Matthew Halls, heralded for his “ironclad command” (Toronto Star), makes his third LACO appearance, leading the Los Angeles premiere of Mason Bates’s Cello Concerto, written for and performed by Joshua Roman, “a cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts” (San Francisco Chronicle), in his LACO debut.

Among other featured artists presented this season, Michael Barenboim, a “superb” violinist (Chicago Tribune) hailed for his “technical precision and a breezy sweetness” (The Guardian) and son of legendary conductor Daniel Barenboim, makes his highly anticipated West Coast debut performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, considered one of the supreme achievements in classical music. Also making their LACO debuts are Richard Goode, an “unforgettable” pianist with “keen imagination, intelligence and sensitivity” (Washington Post), featured on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat major, K. 456; and piano “avatar” Marc-André Hamelin, whose “legend will grow…there is no one like him” (The New Yorker), showcased on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453.

Kahane, Roman, Munday and Iranian-born harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani curate and host performances of LACO’s enlightening five-concert “Baroque Conversations” series, of which the first four programs are at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall. The series finale, a program of cello concertos at USC’s Bovard Auditorium, is a featured event in the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, a 10-day cello extravaganza co-hosted by LACO, USC and the LA Phil featuring 25 international artists representing 15 countries and four continents. “Baroque Conversations” concerts spotlight repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. In signature LACO style, the artists share their insights into the music and invite questions from the audience, which provides audiences with an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a deeper level.

LACO’s innovative “Westside Connections” series at the state-of-the-art Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica continues to step outside the proverbial “music box” with a thought-provoking exploration of connections between music and the mind, revisiting a fascinating topic the Orchestra examined five years ago to further examine and also shed light on rapid advancements in neuroscience. The inter-disciplinary, three-concert chamber music series, designed to illustrate the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives, is curated by Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who selects chamber works to complement the presentations of the special guests. In previous seasons, Westside Connections has explored the connections between music and such disparate topics as architecture, poetry, the culinary arts, stories and the influences of Los Angeles on creativity.

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

Three LACO musicians mark major tenure milestones this season, including Principal Bassoon Kenneth Munday (40 years), Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian (15 years), and Violin I Julie Gigante (30 years).

LACO embarks on its fourth season as the Orchestra-in-Residence of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, and continues as a partner in the “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program” for the sixth consecutive year, in which selected Thornton students participate in a mock audition with the possibility of winning a guest musician slot for a LACO concert, enhancing preparedness of strings students for a professional career.

Contemporary classical music ensemble wild Up marks the second of a three-year residency as LACO Education-Artists-in-Residence, participating in the Orchestra’s “Meet the Music” performances for 3,200 LAUSD Elementary school students annually. These performances reach younger students on a fundamental level through four live programs at professional concert halls, funded by LACO, often including student transportation.

LACO recognizes the generous support of Jerry and Terri Kohl and two anonymous donors for major contributions that further strengthen the Orchestra’s fiscal standing, and ensure its continued artistic advancement and key role in the community; Carol and Warner Henry for “Baroque Conversations”; The Colburn Foundation; and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Orchestra also receives public funding via grants from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

The residency of Derrick Spiva is made possible through Music Alive: New Partnerships, a residency program of New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. This national program is designed to establish new relationships between composers and orchestras, and to help orchestras present new music to the public and build support for new music within their institutions. Leadership funding for Music Alive is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.

2015-16 SEASON DETAILED

ORCHESTRAL SERIES

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

• Opening: Derrick Spiva, Schubert, Beethoven. LACO’s 2015-16 season launches with celebrated Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducting a program of works seminal and new, featuring Schubert’s iconic Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, “Unfinished,” and the world premiere of Prisms, Cycles, Leaps, a joyous percussive work influenced by traditional West African drumming by rising Los Angeles-based composer and Music Alive: New Partnerships Composer-in-Residence Derrick Spiva. In addition, Michael Barenboim, a “superb” violinist (Chicago Tribune) hailed for his “technical precision and a breezy sweetness” (The Guardian) and son of legendary conductor Daniel Barenboim, makes his highly anticipated West Coast debut performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, considered one of the supreme achievements in classical music. Among the most versatile and exciting artists of his generation, Barenboim has earned accolades from critics and audiences around the globe for his commanding performances. (Saturday, September 19, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, September 20, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

• Timo Andres, Mozart, Emmanuel Séjourné, Haydn. LACO, under the baton of Jeffrey Kahane, presents the West Coast premiere of Brooklyn-based composer Timo Andres’s Word of Mouth, “an exhilarating chamber symphony suffused with optimism” (The New York Times). Kahane also conducts the first of three of Mozart’s “Golden Period” piano concertos being presented this season, Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat major, K. 456, considered unusual in its richness, complexity and scope, featuring Richard Goode, an “unforgettable” pianist with “keen imagination, intelligence and sensitivity” (Washington Post). LACO Principal Timpani/Percussion Wade Culbreath is showcased on French composer Emmanuel Séjourné’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings, a two-movement work “gorgeously composed (and) rhythmically reminiscent of classic, mid-20th century French films” (The Villager). Haydn’s joyous and beloved Symphony No. 88 in G major concludes the program. (Saturday, October 17, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, October 18, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

• Bartók, Mendelssohn, Beethoven. Guest conductor Peter Oundjian, the “consistently illuminating” (Gramophone) music director of both the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Royal National Orchestra in Scotland, makes his LACO debut leading Bartók’s brilliant Divertimento, Beethoven’s sunny Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 60, and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, among the greatest violin concertos ever written, featuring Stefan Jackiw, a “heart-stopping” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) violinist, YouTube sensation and “legend in the making” (Chicago Tribune), in his Los Angeles debut. (Saturday, December 12, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, December 13, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall).

• Fauré, Schoenberg, Ravel, Beethoven. German conductor Matthias Pintscher, music director of the French contemporary music group Ensemble Intercontemporain, who is noted “for making the creative process behind music come to life” (Ottawa Citizen), marks his LACO conducting debut, helming four works, including Fauré’s elegant and graceful Pavane, Op. 50; Schoenberg’s lush Chamber Symphony No. 2, Op. 38, which the composer wrote over a 33-year period from 1906 to 1939; and Ravel’s complete Ma mère l’oye (“Mother Goose”), originally written for piano four-hands and later expanded for orchestra. Capping the program is Beethoven’s less often-performed Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93, a compact and upbeat work notable as the composer’s shortest symphony. (Saturday, February 20, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, February 21, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall).

• Gernot Wolfgang, Mozart. Kahane conducts the world premiere of Los Angeles-based composer Gernot Wolfgang’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds, which features LACO Principals David Shostac, flute, Allan Vogel, oboe, Kenneth Munday, bassoon, and recently retired Principal Horn Richard Todd, the Orchestra’s four longest-serving wind players. LACO Principal Clarinet Joshua Ranz is highlighted as well on Mozart’s autumnal Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622, which was written shortly before the composer’s death. The program concludes with Kahane, as both conductor and soloist – a compelling feat that is one of the hallmarks of his LACO tenure – in Mozart’s turbulent Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466, the only one of the composer’s six “Golden Period” piano concertos written in a minor key. (Saturday, March 19, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, March 20, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall).

• Prokofiev, Mason Bates, Haydn. Oregon Bach Festival Music Director Matthew Halls, heralded for his “ironclad command of the smallest details in the score” (Toronto Star), makes his third LACO appearance, conducting the Los Angeles premiere of San Francisco-based composer Mason Bates’s first Cello Concerto, written for and performed by Joshua Roman, “a cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts” (San Francisco Chronicle), in his LACO debut. Lauded as a tapestry of “classical lyricism and melody combining fluidly with blues, jazz elements, and techno rhythms that come straight from the 21st-century electronic club scene” (Classical Voice North America), the piece highlights Bates’s sensibilities as both composer-in-residence of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and a DJ. Other featured works include Haydn’s popular Symphony No. 101 in D major, “The Clock,” and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25, “Classical,” both signature works of the Orchestra’s repertoire. (Saturday, April 16, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, April 17, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

• Matthew Aucoin, Mozart, Schumann. LACO’s 2015-16 season concludes with a world premiere by gifted composer/conductor/poet Matthew Aucoin, the Metropolitan Opera’s youngest-ever assistant conductor and “one of the most sought-after young voices in classical music” (Wall St. Journal). His work, conducted by Aucoin himself, is presented in conjunction with LACO’s singular and highly successful “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated during Kahane’s tenure 15 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works. Kahane conducts the remainder of the program, which showcases piano “avatar” Marc-André Hamelin, whose “legend will grow…there is no one like him” (The New Yorker), on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, K. 453, also among the composer’s “Golden Period” piano concertos. The program and the season end on a glorious note with Schumann’s deeply-felt Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61. (Saturday, May 14, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, May 15, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

DISCOVER BACH’S CANTATA, “SLEEPERS AWAKE”
Kahane serves as musical “tour guide” for LACO’s annual “Discover” program, which features a special one-night-only exploration of Bach’s popular Cantata No. 140, “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” (“Sleepers Awake”), featuring soprano Teresa Wakim, tenor Colin Ainsworth, bass Andrew Craig Brown, the venerated USC-Thornton Chamber Singers and acclaimed Los Angeles Children’s Chorus. The evening is designed to lead patrons to a greater understanding and appreciation of the historical and cultural significance of this and other cantatas composed by Bach. (Saturday, January 23, 8 pm, Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena)

BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS
Jeffrey Kahane, cellist Joshua Roman, Iranian-born harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani and LACO Principal Bassoon Kenneth Munday curate and host performances of LACO’s enlightening five-concert “Baroque Conversations” series, of which the first four programs are being held at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall. The series finale at USC’s Bovard’s Auditorium, a program of cello concertos with cellists Colin Carr, Thomas Demenga, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Giovanni Sollima leading the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, is a crowning feature of the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, a 10-day cello extravaganza co-hosted by LACO, USC and the LA Phil showcasing 25 international artists representing 15 countries and four continents. The series spotlights repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. In signature LACO style, the artists share their insights into the music and invite questions from the audience, which provides audiences with 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. (Thursdays, November 12, 2015; February 4, March 24, April 21, 2016, 7 pm, Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles; and Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8 pm, USC’s Bovard Auditorium)

WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS
Designed to illustrate the connections between music and other artistic disciplines, LACO’s trademark “Westside Connections” series continues to step outside the proverbial “music “box” with this season’s theme, Music and the Mind, a thought-provoking re-exploration of a topic first visited by the Orchestra five years ago to shed light on connections between music and the mind and rapid advancements in neuroscience. The inter-disciplinary three-concert chamber music series, designed to illustrate the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives, is curated by Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who selects chamber works to complement the presentations of the special guests. In previous seasons, Westside Connections has explored the connections between music and such disparate topics as architecture, the culinary arts, poetry, stories and the influences of Los Angeles on creativity. “Westside Connections” concerts take place at the state-of-the-art 344-seat Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica, providing an intimate setting for the fascinating and often surprising programs. (Thursdays, March 10, April 7, May 5, 2016, Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at The Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School, Santa Monica; time/programs to be announced)

LACO À LA CARTE
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra offers music lovers an opportunity to enjoy five intimate, elegant and entertaining “LACO à la carte” fundraising events, which illustrate that music truly knows no boundaries by pairing delectable international cuisine and exclusive salon musical performances by LACO musicians and guest artists in spectacular international residences. Included this season are salons at the residences of the consuls general of Finland, Mexico and Turkey, among others. “LACO à la carte” is chaired by LACO board member Mahnaz Newman. (dates, locations and programs to be announced)

LACO ANNUAL CONCERT GALA
LACO’s annual concert gala, highlighted by a special performance featuring LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and members of the Orchestra, includes silent and live auctions and a sumptuous dinner. The elegant fundraiser takes place on Saturday, February 13, 2016; Pat and Sandy Gage, who co-chaired LACO’s two most lucrative galas ever, head the event for a third time. (location and program to be announced)

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

• Meet the Music. Each school year, LACO, through its acclaimed “Meet the Music” program, hosts 3,200 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students of varied cultural and musical backgrounds at a series of four live programs of classical works and often an upcoming program’s soloist at a professional concert hall. Offered in cooperation with the Los Angeles, Pasadena and Burbank unified school districts, “Meet the Music” fosters listening skills, encourages involvement in music making and provides personal contact with musicians and composers. Prior to attending the concert, students learn about the music on the program in their classrooms through a dedicated volunteer corps of educators and graduate students specially trained by LACO, which underwrites production and, often, transportation costs. For many students, “Meet the Music” marks their first time seeing a live orchestral performance. Joining the Orchestra for at least one program is contemporary classical music ensemble wild Up, which embarks on the second of a three-year residency as LACO Education-Artists-in-Residence. (location, dates and programs to be announced)

• Community Partners. Through its “Community Partners” program, LACO continues to provide community service organizations with free tickets and transportation to LACO concerts. Organizations benefitting from the program include Homeboy Industries; CalArts Community Arts Partnership; Calabash Charter Academy; Constitutional Rights Foundation; Elemental Strings and Band; Institute of Art, Music and Science; Harmony Project; Long Beach Central Area Association; Neighborhood Music School; Plaza de la Raza; Salvation Army Youth Group; and Verdugo Young Musicians Association.

• LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program. The “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program,” launched in 2010, enhances the preparedness of strings students for a professional career. Selected Thornton strings students participate in a mock audition that may lead to an opportunity to perform in the string section of the Orchestra for an upcoming LACO concert. Previous judges have included LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, both USC Thornton faculty members, and LACO Principal Viola Roland Kato and LACO Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian. The next mock audition is slated for November 2, 2015.

• Master Classes. For the third consecutive year, LACO Composer-in-Residence and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Andrew Norman presents in-depth composition Master Classes for AP music classes at North Hollywood High School, providing vital mentoring to a new generation of musicians and composers. Additionally Norman visits several fourth-, fifth, and sixth-grade LAUSD and charter school classrooms to introduce the joy of music and music composition to younger students through an engaging interactive presentation.

TICKETS/INFORMATION
For a free season flyer, additional 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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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
2015-16 SEASON

ORCHESTRAL SERIES

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Michael Barenboim, violin

DERRICK SPIVA Prisms, Cycles, Leaps (world premiere)
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, “Unfinished”
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, October 18, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Richard Goode, piano
Wade Culbreath, marimba

TIMO ANDRES Word of Mouth (West Coast premiere)
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat major, K. 456
EMMANUEL SÉJOURNÉ Concerto for Marimba and Strings
HAYDN Symphony No. 88 in G major

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, December 13, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Peter Oundjian, conductor
Stefan Jackiw, violin

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

Saturday, February 20, 2016, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, February 21, 2016, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Matthias Pintscher, conductor

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

Saturday, March 19, 2016, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, March 20, 2016, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor/piano
David Shostac, flute
Allen Vogel, oboe
Richard Todd, horn
Kenneth Munday, bassoon
Joshua Ranz, clarinet

GERNOT WOLFGANG Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds (world premiere)
MOZART Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, April 17, 2016, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Matthew Halls, conductor
Joshua Roman, cello

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25, “Classical”
MASON BATES Cello Concerto (Los Angeles premiere)
HAYDN Symphony No. 101 in D major, “The Clock”

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, May 15, 2016, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Matthew Aucoin, guest conductor
Marc-André Hamelin, piano

MATTHEW AUCOIN Sound Investment commission (world premiere)
Matthew Aucoin, guest conductor
MOZART Piano Concerto No.17 in G major, K. 453
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61

DISCOVER Bach’s Cantata No. 140, “Sleepers Awake”
Thursday, January, 23, 2016, 8 pm, Ambassador Auditorium

BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS
Thursdays, November 12, 2015; February 4, March 24, April 21, 2016, 7 pm, Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles; and Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8 pm, USC’s Bovard Auditorium

WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS
Thursdays, March 10, April 7, May 5, 2016, time to be announced, Ann and Jerry Moss Theater
at The Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School, Santa Monica

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respirator

When I was young, I had severe asthma. Attacks flared up often and my parents struggled to control them: one minute I’d be playing outside and the next I’d be headed to the hospital, wheezing, my breathing heavy and labored.

My asthma began to ease up when I was four or five years old, and most of my memories are hazy. I do remember, however, how it felt to be strapped to the face mask that helped me inhale medication and return to normal breathing. The sound of my lungs felt amplified, with all its noisy drips and hisses, clinging to the determined hum of my breath. This struggle could be scary to listen to, so I would often focus on the pulse of my heartbeat, which sounded huge. As the medication kicked in, my heart-rate would accelerate, but I still used it as a regulating force.

Respirator is an attempt to turn those memories into music.

The pitched material of the piece — the “notes” — is sometimes heard only as a distant hum beneath a weight of instrumental grit and noise, and at other times is focused and clear. The “noise” is created by asking every musician to make sounds that obscure a single pure and discernible pitch (for example, wind players are asked to sing and play at the same time, the timpanist plays with cymbals on top of his drums, and the celli play with a wine cork wedged between two of their strings). Pitches come into focus along with the complexities of harmony, with all their implications and ambiguities. An enduring pulse regulates these sonic transformations from beginning to end.

meet jonathan biss

Our final Orchestral Series concert features acclaimed virtuoso Jonathan Biss, who reveals which Mozart piece made him fall in love with the composer.

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WORLD PREMIERE BY COMPOSER TED HEARNE
HEADLINES LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PROGRAM, CONDUCTED BY JEFFREY KAHANE,
ALSO FEATURING ACCLAIMED PIANIST JONATHAN BISS
ON MOZART’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 21 IN C MAJOR,
MUSIC FROM MENDELSSOHN’S
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, AND
MENDELSSOHN’S SYMPHONY NO. 4 IN A MAJOR, “ITALIAN”

Season Finale also Features USC Thornton School Student Coleman Itzkoff,
who Joins Cello Section as Winner of Mock Audition
of LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, May 17, 2015, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, concludes its 46th season with a world premiere by Ted Hearne, a composer hailed for his “off beat imagination” (New Music Box) whose new work, Respirator, culminates the Orchestra’s unique “Sound Investment” commissioning program on Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, May 17, 2015, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The concert also features Jonathan Biss, “one of the most accomplished pianists of the younger generation” (BBC Music Magazine), who performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major. In addition, Kahane conducts Mendelssohn’s Nocturne & Scherzo, evocative incidental music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream; as well as Mendelssohn’s exuberant Symphony No. 4 in A major, “Italian.” 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 Kahane in conversation with Hearne. 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.

“Sound Investment,” initiated during Kahane’s tenure 14 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works, gives members the rare opportunity to create a legacy in music and observe first-hand the development of a new work from the composer’s earliest ideas to the finished composition. Participants invest $150 or more for a membership, which includes intimate salons throughout the season featuring in-depth discussion with the composer about the creative process and previews of the final work.

Additionally, USC Thornton School student Coleman Itzkoff joins the cello section for these concerts as part of the LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, now in its fifth year, playing alongside Principal Cello Andrew Shulman and other LACO veterans. Itzkoff won the opportunity in a mock orchestral audition last year for strings as part of the LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, a unique collaboration between USC’s Thornton School of Music and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra that strives to enhance the preparedness of strings students for a professional career. Itzkoff competed against violinists, violists, double bass players and fellow cellists before an esteemed panel of judges including LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, LACO Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara and Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian.

Hearne, a multitalented musician who is both an innovative composer who mixes wide ranging musical styles and an accomplished singer, is noted for his “topical, politically sharp-edged works” that are “nuanced, elliptical and elusive” (The New York Times). His body of works includes Katrina Ballads, a portrait of media coverage of Hurricane Katrina that won the 2009 Gaudeamus Prize for composition, and The Source, set to text from Iraq and Afghanistan war logs. He has received commissions from the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic, among LACO and others.

Biss is widely regarded for his artistry, musical intelligence and deeply felt interpretations, winning international recognition for his orchestral, recital, and chamber music performances as well as for his award-winning recordings. The third generation in a family of professional musicians, Biss also serves on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music. In conjunction with Curtis and Coursera, the leading provider of “massive online open courses,” he offered a free, online course on Beethoven’s piano sonatas in 2013 for which more than 30,000 people enrolled.

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.

These concerts are made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation and Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts.

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.

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.

JONATHAN BISS has appeared with the world’s foremost orchestras as well as on top chamber music and recital series. He performs a diverse repertoire and has commissioned composers György Kurtág, Leon Kirchner, Lewis Spratlan and Bernard Rands, among others. In January 2015, Biss released the fourth volume of his nine-year, nine-disc recording cycle of Beethoven’s complete piano sonatas. Biss joined the piano faculty of his alma mater, the Curtis Institute of Music, in 2011. Through Curtis, he taught the first massive open online course (MOOC) offered by a classical music conservatory to over 55,000 online students. Biss’s bestselling eBook, Beethoven’s Shadow, was the first Kindle Single written by a classical musician. For more information, visit www.jonathanbiss.com.

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
“Mendelssohn Italian”
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Jonathan Biss, piano

PROGRAM:
TED HEARNE Respirator, Sound Investment commission (world premiere)
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467
MENDELSSOHN Nocturne & Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, “Italian”

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8 pm
Alex Theatre, Glendale
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203

Sunday, May 17, 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 Kahane and Hearne. Free for ticket holders.

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