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kahanes in concert

December 05, 2011

kahanes in concert

photo Jen Snow

The Kahane family has been making waves lately. Both Jeffrey Kahane and Gabriel Kahane have been much in the news, and we are so excited to have them both with us in one concert this April!

Music lovers in New York City over the Thanksgiving holiday were able to see LACO music director Jeffrey Kahane make history with the New York Philharmonic. The New York Times reports:

Jeffrey Kahane, the pianist and conductor who is making a guest appearance at the orchestra, used an iPad on Tuesday instead of a score to lead the orchestra in a Mozart symphony.

“I just thought, why not,” Mr. Kahane said in a telephone interview. “I have it there. It’s easy. I don’t have to deal with turning the pages. It’s easy to read. I thought it would be a fun thing to try, and it worked perfectly.”

…“I’m convinced,” he added, “if Mozart could have used an iPad, he would have done it.”

Read the full story on nytimes.com as well as the wonderful review of the performance.

Jeffrey’s son, Gabriel Kahane appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert on November 27, showing his skill at song writing and blending his indie rock style to the world of classical. NPR bills the Tiny Desk series as “intimate video performances, recorded live at the desk of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen in the NPR Music office” and indeed one feels as if Kahane is singing directly to you. Each song is carefully crafted and demonstrates Kahane’s facility with blending opposing styles.

Listen to Gabriel discuss his work with Weekend Edition host Weekend Edition Sunday Audie Cornish and learn more about this bourgeoning young composer.

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