May 18, 2012
Before we officially close the book on “Festive 15,”(Jeffrey Kahane’s 15th anniversary season), I wanted to take a little time to reflect on LACO’s amazing collaborations from this past season. As a celebration of Jeffrey Kahane and his commitment to making music available to everyone, “Festive 15” included an unprecedented number of partnerships between individuals and organizations in the community. And to top it all off, LACO presented Play Me, I’m Yours, the single largest community-engagement project in our organization’s history.
In addition to the musicians, staff, volunteers and audience of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, we had a lot of help making this season extra special, from the community organizations that offered pre-concert activities at Family Concerts (American Contemporary Ballet, Autry National Center of the American West, California Science Center, Kidspace Children’s Museum, Pasadena Conservatory of Music, YMCA Glendale), to the schools and mentorships that shaped LACO soloists (The Colburn School, LA Opera Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, USC Thornton School of Music Mentorship), we couldn’t have done it without a little help from our friends.
This list is only the tip of the iceberg, as I haven’t even mentioned the LA Phil, Pasadena Master Chorale, or the hundreds of community organizations and individuals that were a part of Play Me, I’m Yours. And this extensive list of Play Me, I’m Yours partners doesn’t even include all of the wonderful pianists that played at the Lunch Launch, the incredible media sponsors that spread the word like wildfire, and the amazing donors that made this program possible. And Play Me, I’m Yours wouldn’t have been a huge success without members of the community sharing their photos and videos with the world at streetpianosla.com!
And did you know that in addition to these programs, LACO underwrote transportation costs and concert tickets for dozens of school groups and social-service organizations, and brought more than 2,500 LAUSD students downtown to Zipper Hall to experience our Meet the Music educational programs?
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra strives to create musical experiences that connect and enrich our community, and we are so proud of the collaborations that helped celebrate great classical music in Los Angeles this year. So please join us in thanking all of the people and organizations that helped make Jeffrey Kahane’s 15th anniversary as LACO music director extra special.