August 22, 2012
photo AT Schaefer
As the summer winds down and the 2012-13 concert season approaches, we welcome our LACO musicians and colleagues back from a busy summer of concerts and music festivals.
Several of our returning colleagues took part this summer in the Oregon Bach Festival, including our good friend Steve Scharf (gifted violinist and long time LACO personnel manager). In a brief but vivid account, Steve shared some of his impressions of Helmuth Rilling, Oregon Bach Festival co-founder and Artistic Director, describing how the venerable 79 year old conductor commanded the passion and energy of someone half his age when on the podium.
Happily, Los Angeles audiences will have the opportunity to experience Maestro Rilling in concert this coming January when he will lead LACO in two performances of an all Mozart program including the Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major and the mighty Requiem in D minor. This program, part of LACO’s Orchestral Series, will feature four gifted vocal soloists as well as the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, a chorus especially requested by Maestro Rilling. This magical fusion of youthful talent and depth of experience (so apt in a work by a composer who so embodied both qualities in his music) will no doubt be a uniquely thrilling experience for these young and talented singers and should also be a ‘not to be missed’ experience for Los Angeles audiences in general.
We look forward to sharing this and many more exciting musical experiences with our audiences in the months ahead and we welcome all of our returning LACO family members (musicians, audience, supporters and friends alike) to the 2012-13 season.