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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS CONCERT,
CROWNING FEATURE OF
USC’S PIATIGORSKY INTERNATIONAL CELLO FESITIVAL,
SHOWCASES INTERNATIONAL CELLISTS
COLIN CARR, THOMAS DEMENGA,
JEAN-GUIHEN QUEYRAS AND GIOVANNI SOLLIMA
LEADING LACO IN WORKS BY
CPE BACH, VIVALDI, BOCCHERINI, PLATTI AND LEO

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8 pm
Bovard Auditorium at USC
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Internationally acclaimed virtuosos Colin Carr, Thomas Demenga, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Giovanni Sollima lead Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) in a concert of cello concertos as a crowning feature of the USC Thornton School of Music’s Piatigorsky International Cello Festival and the season finale of LACO’s engaging Baroque Conversations series on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8 pm, at USC’s Bovard Auditorium. On the program are CPE Bach’s Cello Concerto in A major; Boccherini’s Cello Concerto in G major; Leo’s Cello Concerto No. 3 in D minor; Platti’s Cello Concerto in D minor; and Vivaldi’s Cello Concerto in C minor. The Festival is a 10-day cello extravaganza presented by USC’s Thornton School of Music and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in partnership with LACO showcasing 26 international artists representing 15 countries and four continents. Named for the great cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, who lived most of his adult life in Los Angeles and taught cello for many years at USC, the Festival focuses on the art of the cello, its music and musicians.

KUSC’s Gail Eichenthal moderates a free pre-concert panel discussion, featuring former students of Piatigorsky in USC Thornton School of Music’s Newman Recital Hall (adjacent to Bovard Auditorium), at 6:30 pm.

Colin Carr, praised for his “rich tone” (Calgary Herald) and in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher, has played with such leading conductors as Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit and founding LACO music director, Sir Neville Marriner. As a member of the Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio, he recorded and toured extensively for 20 years, and has also made guest appearances with the Guarneri and Emerson String quartets and with New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Carr has garnered numerous awards, including the Naumburg Competition (First Prize), the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Award and the Rostropo¬vich International Cello Competition (Second Prize). Carr studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Maurice Gendron and William Pleeth. A professor at Stony Brook University in New York, he plays a 1730 Matteo Gofriller cello.

Swiss-born Thomas Demenga, who plays with a “fascinating mixture of abandon and cool precision” (The Telegraph), has performed around the globe with such artists as Heinz Hol¬liger, Gidon Kremer, Thomas Larcher and Paul Meyer. He has also appeared with the Berliner Sinfonie-Orches¬ter, Boston Symphony Orchestra and L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, to name a few. A champion of new music, Demenga is noted for his compelling interpretations of 20th and 21st century works and for adding his unique sensibilities to his historically-informed performances of Baroque, classical and romantic repertoire. In 2000, he was composer-in-residence at the Davos Festival Young Artists in Con¬cert and served as artistic director until 2006. He also served as an “artiste étoile” at the Lucerne Festival and is presently the artistic director of Camerata Zürich. He records for ECM Records, Munich, and plays the 1669 Andrea Guarneri ex-Soyer cello.

Jean-Guihen Queyras, hailed for performances that are “fresh, alert and original” (Los Angeles Times), enjoys an enviable reputation as a soloist with leading orchestra, a chamber musician and solo performer of exceptional versatility and integrity. He has performed under such conductors as Ivan Fischer, Jiří Bĕlohlávek, Oliver Knussen and Sir Roger Norrington, among others. A member of the Arcanto Quartet and an enthusiastic exponent of contemporary music, Queyras is committed to expanding cello repertoire and has collaborated with numerous composers, including Thomas Larcher from whom he commissioned a work for solo cello and string orchestra that he premieres in 2016. Queyras, who plays a 1696 Gioffredo Cappa cello, on loan from Mécénat Musical Société Générale, is a professor at the Musikhochschule Freiburg.

Giovanni Sollima, “a classical player with a rock star status” (Sydney Morning Herald), studied cello with Giovanni Perriera and Antonio Janigro, and composition with his father, Eliodoro Sollima, and Milko Keleman. He has worked with such renowned artists as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Yuri Bashmet, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Viktoria Mullova, Patti Smith, Philip Glass and Yo-Yo Ma. In demand as a soloist around the world and with musical interests ranging from Baroque to heavy metal, he has collaborated with artists in the fields of dance, theatre and cinema, including Karole Armitage, Carolyn Carlson, Bob Wilson, Peter Stein, Peter Greenaway and John Turturro. As composer, he contributes significantly to new repertoire for the cello. Sollima teaches at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Fondazione Romanini of Brescia.

LACO’s enlightening five-concert Baroque Conversations series provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period with the host(s) of the evening introducing the music from the stage and engaging the audience in Q&A to conclude the concert.

Baroque Conversations is generously sponsored by Carol & Warner Henry, a Friend of LACO and the Ronus Foundation. The Piatigorsky Festival’s participation in this concert is underwritten by J&A Beare, London.

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.

Ticket prices are $80 for adults and seniors, and $40 for students. They are available online at laco.org, or by calling 213-740-4672. Single tickets can also be purchased at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain.

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

WHAT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Baroque Conversations
Colin Carr, leader & cello
Thomas Demenga, leader & cello
Jean-Guihen Queyras, leader & cello
Giovanni Sollima, leader & cello

WHEN:
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8 pm

WHERE:
USC Bovard Auditorium
3551 Trousdale Pkwy
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Parking is available for $12 in Parking Structure X at USC Entrance 3 (Figueroa Street, south of Jefferson)

PROGRAM:
PLATTI Cello Concerto in D minor, D-WD 657 (Queyras)
VIVALDI Cello Concerto in C minor, RV 401(Carr)
BOCCHERINI Cello Concerto in G major, G. 480 (Demenga)
LEO Cello Concerto No. 3 in D minor, L. 60 (Sollima)
CPE BACH Cello Concerto in A major, H. 439 (Queyras)

TICKETS/INFO:
Tickets are $80 ($40 for students).
For information or to order tickets, please visit www.laco.org or call 213-740-4672

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE OF MATTHEW AUCOIN’S EVIDENCE LED BY COMPOSER;
AND MUSIC DIRECTOR JEFFERY KAHANE CONDUCTS
MOZART PIANO CONCERTO NO. 17 WITH PIANIST MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN
AND SCHUMANN’S SYMPHONY NO. 2

Program Marks Final Appearances of
LACO Principal Oboe Allan Vogel and Principal Flute David Shostac,
Who Retire after 85 Years of Combined Service to Orchestra
Season Finale also Features USC Thornton School of Music Students Joanna Lee and Philip Marten, Who Join Violin Sections as Co-Winners of
LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program Mock Audition
Saturday, May 14, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, May 15, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) presents the world premiere of Evidence by gifted composer/conductor/poet Matthew Aucoin, the Metropolitan Opera’s youngest-ever assistant conductor, who conducts his work on Saturday, May 14, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and Sunday, May 15, 2016, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Music Director Jeffrey 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), in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, among the composer’s “Golden Period” piano concertos. The program ends on a glorious note with Schumann’s deeply-felt Symphony No. 2 in C major. As the concluding program of LACO’s 2015-16 Orchestral Series, the concerts mark the final appearances of LACO’s illustrious Principal Oboe Allan Vogel and Principal Flute David Shostac, who are retiring after 85 years of combined service to the Orchestra.

Additionally, USC Thornton School of Music students Joanna Lee and Philip Marten join the violin sections for the concerts as part of the LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, now in its sixth year, playing alongside Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and other LACO veterans. Lee and Marten won the opportunity in a mock orchestral audition last year for strings as part of the 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. Lee and Marten competed against violists, cellists, double bass players and fellow violinists before an esteemed panel of judges, including LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and Principal Cello Andrew Shulman.

Regarding his new work, Aucoin says, “A piece of music is a world that the composer dreamed up. To me, that’s exciting because it means she or he has revealed some hidden powers lurking within this world. The image that kept returning to me as I worked on Evidence was that of a journey from shore to shore in some challenging element, maybe a sea journey, or a journey through space. Whatever the element is, I wanted to see if I could get from one shore to the other.”

LACO commissioned Aucoin, “one of the most sought-after young voices in classical music” (Wall St. Journal), as part of its singular and highly successful “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated during Music Director Jeffrey Kahane’s tenure 15 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works. It 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 $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.

Aucoin, a recent graduate of Harvard College, also studied composition at The Juilliard School with Robert Beaser and has demonstrated great skill and promise in the realm of opera. In 2015 his third opera, Crossing, debuted at the American Repertory Theater and his fourth, Second Nature, premiered at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The Metropolitan Opera has asked for yet another opera from him as part of its new commissioning program. In addition to composing, Aucoin is also a skilled conductor, appearing with the Met as an assistant conductor and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through its Solti Conducting Apprenticeship. This season, he is one of three Dudamel Conducting Fellows with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He was recently named LA Opera’s Artist-in-Residence.

Hamelin’s original blend of musicianship and virtuosity has earned him legendary status as a pianist. Long known for his exploration of unfamiliar pianistic terrain, he is recognized worldwide for the originality and technical brilliance of his performances of the classic repertoire. His career has been replete with accolades, among them nine Grammy® nominations, the 2014 ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year and the German Record Critics’ Lifetime Achievement Award. Writing in The New Yorker, Alex Ross praised his “monstrously brilliant technique and his questing, deep thinking approach” and called Hamelin’s hands “among the wonders of the musical world.”
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 Aucoin his role as LACO’s Sound Investment composer and his new work. Following the performance, ticket holders are invited to mingle with LACO musicians, including Vogel and Shostac, 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.

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Matthew Aucoin, Mozart, Schumann”
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Matthew Aucoin, guest conductor
Marc-André Hamelin, piano

PROGRAM:
MATTHEW AUCOIN Evidence, Sound Investment commission (world premiere)
MOZART Piano Concerto No.17 in G major, K. 453
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 8 pm
Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203
and
Sunday, May 15, 2016, 7 pm
Royce Hall
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. Kahane discusses with Aucoin his role as LACO’s Sound Investment composer and his new work.

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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WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS,
LACO’S CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES WITH A TWIST,
SPOTLIGHTS MUSIC AND THE MIND WITH LEADING NEUROSCIENTISTS;
THIRD AND FINAL PROGRAM EXPLORES CREATIVE CENTERS OF THE BRAIN SET AGAINST MUSIC OF RAVEL AND SCHUMANN,
BOTH OF WHOM SUFFERED FROM DEPRESSION

Evening Hosted by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer
Features Dr. Linda Liau,
Neurosurgeon and Professor and Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program;
Guest Artists Heidi Grant Murphy, Soprano, and Robert Thies, Piano;
and LACO Artists Margaret Batjer, Maia Jasper, Roland Kato and Andrew Shulman
Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7:30 pm
Moss Theater, Santa Monica
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) spotlights creative centers of the brain with music by Schumann and Ravel, two great composers affected by depression, during the third and final program of Westside Connections, a chamber music series with a twist, on Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Curated and hosted by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Westside Connections’ 2015-16 season features LACO musicians and cutting-edge neuroscientists exploring “Music and the Mind” through performance and conversation, followed by Q&A with audiences. The May program spotlights the work of Dr. Linda Liau, Neurosurgeon and Professor and Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program, who developed a procedure to avoid damage to the musical portion of the brain during surgery using maps of the brain as well as patients’ active participation. Liau sheds light on how the brain interprets musical notes and where music is conceived in the brain, a discussion set against performances of art songs by Schumann and Deux mélodies hébraïques and String Quartet in F major by Ravel, both composers who suffered from depression. Featured artists include special guests Jessica Rivera, soprano, whose voice has been praised for its “luster” (San Francisco Chronicle), and sought-after pianist Robert Thies. They are joined by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and artists Maia Jasper, violin; Roland Kato, viola; and Andrew Shulman, cello.

Dr. Liau received a BS in Biochemistry and a BA in Political Science from Brown University; an MD degree from Stanford University; and a PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA. Her research interests include translational experimental therapeutics of cell-based immunotherapy and gene therapies for brain tumors and characterization of molecular targets involved in brain tumor pathogenesis and progression. She has been voted by her peers as a one of the Best Doctors in America and ranked as one of the top neurosurgeons in the country by U.S. News Top Doctors.

Rivera’s 2015-16 season features performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Nashville Symphony, excerpts from Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, a pops concert with the Pacific Symphony, Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Joshua Roman’s song cycle “we do it to one another” with Town Hall Seattle, Strauss’ Orchesterlieder with the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5” with the Grand Rapids Symphony, excerpts from Paola Prestini’s The Hubble Cantata with John Adams and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She will also join the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon as Kumudha in John Adams’ A Flowering Tree, a role she created, under the baton of Joana Carneiro.

Thies, renowned for his consummate musicianship and poetic temperament, first captured worldwide attention in 1995 when he won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. Thies enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist. He has performed 40 different con¬certos with orchestras around the world, including Russia’s Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia and the Mexico City Philharmonic. Thies is highly sought after as a recital partner and is also a prolific recording artist of concert and film music.

Each year, LACO’s trademark three-part Westside Connections, now in its eighth season, steps outside the proverbial “music “box” to illustrate with fascinating intellectual discourse and superb artistry the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives. In previous seasons, Westside Connections has explored connections between music and such disparate topics as architecture, the culinary arts, poetry, stories and the influences of Los Angeles on creativity.

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 (beginning at $65) are available online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office one hour before the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for LACO’s three Westside Connections concerts at the Moss Theater, seven Orchestral Series concerts at either the Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall and Discover Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” at Ambassador Auditorium. The Moss Theater at New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Westside Connections
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Westside Connections
Margaret Batjer, curator/host, violin
Dr. Linda Liau, neurosurgeon and Professor and Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program
Robert Thies, piano
Maia Jasper, violin
Roland Kato, viola
Andrew Shulman, cello

WHEN:
Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7:30 pm

PROGRAM:
SCHUMANN “Kennst du das Land?” Op. 98, No. 1
“Schneedglöckchen,” Op. 79, No. 26
“Meine Rose,” Op. 90, No. 24
“Er ist’s,” Op. 79, No. 24
RAVEL Deux mélodies hébraïques
RAVEL String Quartet in F major

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

TICKET PRICES:
Beginning at $65

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

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CELLIST/CLASSICAL MUSIC INNOVATOR JOSHUA ROMAN HEADLINES LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS EVENING,
PERFORMING THREE BACH SUITES FOR UNACCOMPANIED CELLO

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7 pm
Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles
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Noted cellist and classical music innovator Joshua Roman hosts Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s engaging Baroque Conversations and solos on three of Bach’s six landmark suites for unaccompanied cello on Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Bach’s Suite No. 3 in C major, Suite No. 2 in D minor, and Suite No. 6 in D major, performed by Roman, and the three other suites, are widely considered among the composer’s greatest works. Composed around 1720 and originally thought to be studies, the suites were largely unknown until famed cellist Pablo Casals became the first person to record all six, elevating their status so that they are now among the most popular and widely performed cello works ever written.

The concert is part of a two-week guest artist residency for the cellist that encompasses engagement with live and virtual audiences through pre-concert talks and personal introduction of the music from the stage; a guest appearance on LACO’s Orchestral Series on April 16, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and April 17, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall; a cello masterclass at North Hollywood High on April 19; a special in-school program at Hoover Street Elementary School in Los Angeles on April 20; a free performance at Amoeba Music in Hollywood on April 20, 7 pm; an appearance with Orchestra members at the 6th Annual Hear Now Music Festival on April 23, 8 pm, at First Lutheran Church of Venice; a preview podcast and recording, including posting a short video from an iconic Southland location as part of Roman’s Everyday Bach series (www.youtube.com/user/JoshuaRomanCello). Roman’s Guest Artist Residency with LACO is made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Roman, “a cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts” (San Francisco Chronicle), is recognized as an accomplished composer, curator and programmer, particularly in his work as artistic director of Seattle Town Hall’s TownMusic series, with a vision to expand the classical music audience. For his ongoing creative initiatives on behalf of classical music, Roman was named a 2011 TED Fellow, joining a select group of next generation innovators of unusual accomplishments who show potential to positively affect the world. Before embarking on a solo career, Roman spent two seasons as principal cello of the Seattle Symphony, a position he won in 2006 at the age of 22. This performance marks Roman’s second program with LACO in two weeks; he also joins LACO for the LA premiere of Mason Bates’s Cello Concerto April 16 and 17, 2016.

The enlightening five-concert Baroque Conversations series provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. As host of the evening, Roman introduces the music from the stage and engages the audience in Q&A to conclude the concert. A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm. Baroque Conversations concludes 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
Joshua Roman, host & cello

WHEN:
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7 pm

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

PROGRAM:
BACH Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
BACH Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
BACH Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012

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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GUEST CONDUCTOR MATTHEW HALLS
LEADS LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
IN LA PREMIERE OF MASON BATES’ FIRST CELLO CONCERTO,
WRITTEN FOR AND PERFORMED BY CELLIST JOSHUA ROMAN

Program also Includes Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony and Haydn’s “Clock” Symphony
Saturday, April 16, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, April 17, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
Concert Launches Roman’s Two-Week Guest Artist Residency,
which also Includes Cello Masterclass at North Hollywood High (April 19),
In-School Program at Hoover Street Elementary School (April 20),
Free Community Performance at Amoeba Music (April 20, 7 pm),
Solo Cello Recital as part of LACO’s Baroque Conversations (April 21 at 7 pm);
Recording for his Everyday Bach Series, and
Appearance at Hear Now Festival (April 23, 8 pm)
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Oregon Bach Festival Music Director Matthew Halls conducts the Los Angeles premiere of San Francisco-based composer Mason Bates’s first Cello Concerto, written for and performed by Joshua Roman, with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) on Saturday, April 16, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and Sunday, April 17, 2016, 7 pm at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Bates’s piece, which highlights his sensibilities as composer-in-residence of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as a DJ, has been 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). Halls also conducts Haydn’s popular Symphony No. 101 in D major, “The Clock,” and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 in D major, “Classical,” both signature works of LACO’s repertoire. Making his third LACO guest appearance, Halls has been heralded for his “ironclad command of the smallest details in the score” (Toronto Star). Roman, making his LACO debut, was chosen a TED Fellow for his ongoing creative initiatives on behalf of classical music and is recognized as an accomplished composer, curator and programmer with a vision to expand the classical music audience. He has been hailed as an “ascendant rock star of the cello world” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). Bates’ Cello Concerto was commissioned by Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

The concert launches a two-week guest artist residency for the cellist that encompasses engagement with live and virtual audiences through pre-concert talks; a cello masterclass at North Hollywood High on April 19; a special in-school program at Hoover Street Elementary School in Los Angeles on April 20; a free performance at Amoeba Music in Hollywood on April 20, 7 pm; a solo cello recital on LACO’s Baroque Conversations series on April 21, at 7 pm, at Zipper Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles; an appearance with Orchestra members at the 6th Annual Hear Now Music Festival on April 23, 8 pm, at First Lutheran Church of Venice; a preview podcast and recording, including posting a short video from an iconic Southland location as part of Roman’s Everyday Bach series (www.youtube.com/user/JoshuaRomanCello). Roman’s Guest Artist Residency with LACO is made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Roman is recognized as an accomplished composer, curator and programmer, particularly in his work as artistic director of Seattle Town Hall’s TownMusic series, with a vision to engage and expand the classical music audience. Before embarking on a solo career, Roman spent two seasons as principal cello of the Seattle Symphony, a position he won in 2006 at the age of 22. Since that time he has appeared as a soloist with the San Francisco, Seattle and New World symphonies; the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the BBC Scottish and Alabama symphony orchestras; the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador.

Halls first came to prominence as a keyboard player and early music conductor but has become equally known for his dynamic and intelligent work with major symphony orchestras and opera companies, and for his probing and vibrant interpretations of music of all periods. His many international engagements include the Cleveland and Salzburg Mozarteum orchestras, BBC Scottish and Frankfurt Radio symphonies, and the Seattle and Melbourne symphony orchestras. The 2014 season marked his first as artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival. Halls’s recordings include a set of four Bach Harpsichord Con¬certos (Linn Records) and Bach’s Easter and Ascension oratorios, as well as award-winning discs of Handel’s Parnasso in Festa (Hyperion) and Purcell’s Sonatas in Three and Four Parts. Educated at Oxford University, Halls taught at the University for five years, and has held positions as artistic director of the King’s Consort and the Retrospect Ensemble, which he founded in 2009. He is also passionately committed to education and working with young musicians.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists. Cellist Joshua Roman will be a featured speaker.

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:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Prokofiev, Mason Bates, Haydn”
Matthew Halls, conductor
Joshua Roman, cello

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

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 8 pm
Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203
and
Sunday, April 17, 2016, 7 pm
Royce Hall
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.

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WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS,
LACO’S CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES WITH A TWIST,
SPOTLIGHTS MUSIC AND THE MIND
WITH LEADING NEUROSCIENTISTS
IN PROGRAM EXPLORING INNATE VS. LEARNED CREATIVITY
TIED TO EXCEPTIONALLY GIFTED CHILDREN AND
CREATIVE PEOPLE IN THE ARTS AND SCIENCES

Evening Hosted by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer
Features UCLA’s Dr. Robert Bilder, Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology, and Dr. Susan Bookheimer, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience;
Guest Artist Cho-Liang Lin, Violin; LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, piano;
and LACO Artists Allan Vogel, Kenneth Munday, Joshua Ranz,
Andrew Shulman and Kristy McArthur Morrell
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:30 pm
Moss Theater, Santa Monica
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) explores innate vs. learned creativity tied to masterworks by Mozart and Mendelssohn, whose extraordinary talent was evident in their earliest compositions, during the second program of Westside Connections, a chamber music series with a twist, on Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Curated and hosted by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Westside Connections’ 2015-16 season features LACO musicians and cutting-edge neuroscientists exploring “Music and the Mind” through performance and conversation, followed by Q&A with audiences. Among ideas probed during the three-concert series are how music moves us (and why), the possibility of pinpointing the location of creativity in the brain, and where the next wave in brain management research may to take us.

During the evening, special guest Dr. Susan Bookheimer, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCLA, discusses her study of remarkably gifted children, and she is joined by special guest Dr. Robert Bilder, Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology, UCLA, to reveal findings from the “Big C Project,” their fascinating joint research collaboration exploring exceptionally creative people in the arts and sciences. The conversation is set against a performance of Mozart’s Quintet in E-flat major for Piano and Winds, which the composer himself called “the best thing I have so far written in my life,” featuring LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, piano; LACO Principals Allan Vogel, oboe, Kenneth Munday, bassoon, Joshua Ranz, clarinet, and Andrew Shulman, cello; and LACO horn Kristy McArthur Morrell. Guest violinist Cho-Liang Lin joins Kahane and Shulman for Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor, considered his most beloved and popular chamber work. After hearing it, Schumann declared Mendelssohn “the Mozart of the 19th century.”

Dr. Bilder holds the Michael Tennenbaum Family Chair in Creativity Research in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavior¬al Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In addition to his NIH-sponsored research on brain and behavior, he directs the Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity, and is now studying the brains of “Big C” (exceptionally creative) artists and scientists, with support from the John Templeton Foundation. Bilder also directs the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative’s Mind Well program, which aims to help promote well-being and creative achievement throughout the UCLA campus community.

Dr. Bookheimer, holds the Joaquin Fuster Endowed Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and is a Professor in the Deptartment of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Department of Psychology. She is a pioneer in brain mapping research using functional mag¬netic resonance imaging (fMRI), which examines human brain activity in real time. Her research focuses on language, memory and social cognition in health and in neurologic and psychiatric disorders from early development to aging. Her clinical practice includes mapping brain function prior to surgery with fMRI, and mapping critical functions including language and music during awake neurosurgery using direct electrical stimulation of the brain. Bookheimer’s recent work studies how the brain works dynami¬cally to solve problems and integrate information in highly gifted and creative individuals. This work aims to understand the unique¬ness of each brain and the many different cognitive styles used by exceptional children and adults.

With a 30-year career spanning the globe, Lin has appeared as a soloist with an array of ensembles including the Detroit, Toronto and Dallas symphony orchestras; the Houston, Nashville and Singapore symphonies; the Bergen, Munich and Hong Kong philharmonics; and the Los Angeles and English cham¬ber orchestras. An avid chamber musician, he is music director of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest. Lin has commissioned works from Tan Dun, John Harbison and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In 2000, Musical America named him Instrumentalist of the Year. Currently, Lin, who began his studies at five in Taiwan, is a professor of violin at Juilliard and Rice University. He plays the 1715 ”Titian“ Stradivarius.

Each year, LACO’s trademark three-part Westside Connections, now in its eight season, steps outside the proverbial “music “box” to illustrate with fascinating intellectual discourse and superb artistry the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives. The 2015-16 Westside Connections series concludes May 5 when the evening centers on breathtaking songs by Schumann and Ravel, each of whom suffered severe mental collapse, with LACO musicians joined by special guest Dr. Linda Liau, Neurosurgeon, Professor and Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program, and guest artists Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano, and Robert Thies, piano. In previous seasons, Westside Connections has explored connections between music and such disparate topics as architecture, the culinary arts, poetry, stories and the influences of Los Angeles on creativity.

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 (beginning at $65) are available online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office one hour before the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for LACO’s three Westside Connections concerts at the Moss Theater, seven Orchestral Series concerts at either the Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall and Discover Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” at Ambassador Auditorium. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for groups of 12 or more. The Moss Theater at New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Westside Connections
Margaret Batjer, curator and host
Dr. Robert Bilder, Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology, UCLA
Dr. Susan Bookheimer, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCLA
Jeffery Kahane, piano
Allan Vogel, oboe
Kenneth Munday, bassoon
Kristy McArthur Morrell, horn
Joshua Ranz, clarinet
Cho-Liang Lin, violin
Andrew Shulman, cello

WHEN:
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:30 pm

PROGRAM:
MOZART Quintet in E-flat major for Piano and Winds, K. 452
MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49

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

TICKET PRICES:
Start at $65

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

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRAl
PRINCIPAL OBOE ALLAN VOGEL,
RETIRING AT SEASON’S END AFTER 44 YEARS WITH ORCHESTRA,
HOSTS BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS EVENING
FEATURING BRANDENBURG CONCERTO NO. 2 AND WORKS BY TELEMANN

Principal Trumpet David Washburn,
LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and
Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, on Harpsichord,
Join Vogel to Celebrate His Impending Retirement
Thursday, March 24, 2016, 7 pm
Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles
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The third concert in Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) engaging Baroque Conversations series highlights esteemed LACO Principal Oboe Allan Vogel, who is retiring at season’s end after 44 years with the Orchestra, on Bach’s beloved Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, on Thursday, March 24, 2016, 7 pm at Zipper Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Vogel has soloed on the piece a record 19 times during his tenure with the Orchestra. Featured with him are Principal Trumpet David Washburn, LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and Principal Flute David Shostac, who is also retiring at season’s end after 41 years with the Orchestra and who has been featured 18 times previously with LACO on this Concerto.

In celebration of Vogel’s remarkable artistry and as a tribute to his enduring legacy with LACO, the evening also showcases him with Batjer on Bach’s Concerto in C minor for Violin and Oboe, on which Vogel has soloed with LACO 14 times previously and also recorded with violinist Hilary Hahn and LACO for Deutsche Grammophone.

Completing the program are two chamber works by Telemann – both of which spotlight Vogel – Essercizii musici: Trio No. 12 in E-flat major, for oboe and two harpsichords; and Quartetto in D major, for two oboes, trumpet, cello and harpsichord continuo, with LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, harpsichord; Principal Keyboard Patricia Mabee, harpsichord; Principal Cello Andrew Shulman; Claire Brazeau, oboe; and Washburn.

Vogel, “an aristocrat of his instrument, an oboe virtuoso with few equals” (Los Angeles Times) and “undoubtedly one of the few world masters” (San Diego Union), joined LACO in 1972 and became principal oboe in 1974. He 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.

The enlightening five-concert Baroque Conversations series provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. As host of the evening, Vogel introduces the music from the stage and engages the audience in Q&A to conclude the concert. A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm. Additional Baroque Conversations performances take place on Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles; and 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 $65, 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
Allan Vogel, host & oboe
Jeffrey Kahane, harpsichord
Patricia Mabee, harpsichord
Claire Brazeau, oboe
David Washburn, trumpet
Andrew Shulman, cello
Margaret Batjer, violin
David Shostac, flute

WHEN:
Thursday, March 24, 2016, 7 pm

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

PROGRAM:
TELEMANN Essercizii musici: Trio No. 12 in E-flat major, TWV 42:Es 3
TELEMANN Quartetto in D major, TWV 43:D7
BACH Concerto in C minor for Violin and Oboe, BWV 1060
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047

TICKETS/INFO:
Tickets start at $65. 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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