March 05, 2008
Classical KUSC’s Gail Eichenthal joined the Orchestra this week in Vienna and is reporting back through Spotlight on the Arts on KUSC 91.5 fm, via 60-second features at the top of the hour this week at 8am, 1pm and 5pm.
Gail is also blogging on the KUSC website. She writes, “The LA Chamber Orchestra waltzed away with the audience tonight! Led by music director, Jeffrey Kahane, LACO sounded perfectly at home in the “Great Hall” of the nearly 100-old Konzerthaus, a five-minute walk from our hotel… In the Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite, solo violinist (and concertmaster) Margaret Batjer and the solo winds and brass were particularly thrilling.
The concert appeared to be just about a sell-out…...and, again, an encore was the only way to appease them, even after a long program of the Stravinsky; Uri Caine’s virtuosic and improvisational-flavored Piano Concerto entitled, “Mosaics”, with the composer as the dazzling soloist; Haydn’s Symphony No. 99 and Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony. Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, in German, announced they’d play Rossini’s Overture to “The Italian Girl in Algiers,” borrowed from the other tour program.”
You can see pictures and listen to the audio postcards in the LACO Gallery: