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May 18, 2012

with a little help from our friends

with a little help from our friends

Festive 15

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.

looking back at 2011
December 23, 2011

Over the past year, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has experienced two seasons of outstanding music-making, celebratory returns and major organizational milestones. The Orchestra started the year with Mozart and Haydn under the direction of pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn. Following the weekend concerts, LACO traveled to Santa Barbara performing a unique run-out at The Granada. Called “one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world” (Scene), LACO’s concert was a “rare pleasure.” (Santa Barbara News-Press) Moving into February, the 2010-11 season picked up speed with PROJECT Trio making their LACO debut at the popular Family Concerts series. Performing Hip-Hop Peter and the Wolf, the ensemble wowed audiences with their mix of classical and cool, laying the ground work for an exciting new three-year Family Concerts residency that starts in 2012.

the war to end all wars
November 11, 2011

November 11, 2011 is largely remembered in the United States as Veteran’s Day, but elsewhere in the world it is known as Armistice Day. For some, this day marks the conclusion of the “War to End All Wars,” World War I, and the armistice that was signed at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month that brought the horrible conflict to its end. It symbolizes a time of tremulous hope and enormous despair and marks a turning point in modern history with repercussions still felt today. What followed the war and the ensuing Treaty of Versailles was a time of tremendous artistic creation with the likes of Stravinsky, Hemingway, Picasso and Ives. Those who experienced the Great War entered with bravado and left empty, searching for meaning in the void.

finding hope through music in WWII
March 18, 2010

During World War II, the Nazis deemed countless works of art and music “degenerate.”

a LACO decade to remember
December 31, 2009

Happy New Year, LACO blog readers! Since this is the last day of 2009 (as well as the last day of the “naughts,” or whatever it is people are calling this first decade of the new millennium), how about a trip back in time? How about a trip through the last 10 years of LACO history? Here are some momentous events we have experienced since 2000…

dickinson: musical muse
December 09, 2009

“I dwell in possibility.”
-Emily Dickinson

This weekend, LACO pays tribute to the works of a famous poetess through song and music. Soprano Laura Claycomb joins the Orchestra to perform, among the other exciting works programmed for Bel Canto, Copland’s Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson. According to our program notes beautifully written by Christine Lee Gengaro, PhD, Copland “set Dickinson’s poetry with extraordinary sensitivity. Her unusual punctuation and sometimes halting lines are observed with great care in the music. Some of the hallmarks of Copland’s style, the angular lines and occasional wide leaps, along with virtuosic flourishes in the accompaniment, are much in evidence here and help produce very effective settings of Dickinson’s words.”

thank you for the music
November 24, 2009

“Thank you for the music, the songs I’m singing. Thanks for all the joy they’re bringing. Who can live without it? I ask in all honesty. What would life be? Without a song or dance, what are we? So I say, thank you for the music. For giving it to me.”-ABBA

give me five: a retrospective of the number 5
November 03, 2009

High five. Take five. Give me five. In celebration of LACO’s Discover Beethoven 5 concert on Saturday, this blog post celebrates the number five in the past and the present with a few examples of its appearance in music, art, science and more.

an ode to four seasons past and present
October 09, 2009

As we bid farewell to the sunny days of yet another LA summer, we welcome cool weather, pumpkin lattes and girls who pair short skirts with massive sheepskin boots  the signs of an “LA winter.”

40 years ago this week: rock stars and rallies
March 25, 2009

In the last few months of our milestone 40th anniversary season, we continue to look back 40 years ago to the colorful historical events taking place this week 40 years ago. In the week of March 21 through March 28, 1969, prominent American music icons brought a new level of creativity to their ideological protests and stage performances.

40 years ago this week: presidential politics and parallels
January 23, 2009

In honor of the excitement of this week’s political events, let’s look back at American politics this week 40 years ago.

40 years ago this week: politics and presley
December 04, 2008

In the week of November 30 through December 6, 1968, an important political appointment and a career-comeback for the King of Rock filled the news.

a memory of appreciation
November 25, 2008

It seemed odd, that night at the Alex. The musicians were on stage, in their various concert blacks…but at 8:12 or so, festivities still had not begun. Well, I’m always just plain happy to be attending a LACO concert, so it wasn’t disturbing for me to wait; the music would start when all was ready. My companion and I continued chatting. Still, after a while, it was strange. LACO rarely starts more than a minute or so late. Glancing at the stage, I began to worry: Allan still wasn’t there!

40 years ago this week: football flubs and interracial love
November 20, 2008

The week of November 15 through 22, 1968 was an eventful one for television and the arts.

remembering LACO on tour
November 07, 2008

A recent memory is being in Paris in March 2008 with the Orchestra in the Théâtre des Champs Elysées. We were all on tenterhooks during the first half of the concert, when the audience in the sold-out and completely packed house seemed ready to be critical. We knew that many were there to hear Vesselina Kasarova, the mezzo-soprano with whom we were touring, and we sensed some skepticism about LACO. By the end of the concert, there were standing ovations, not only for Vesselina, but for the Orchestra, and the audience demanded (and got) two encores!

40 years ago this week: news, nobel prizes and north vietnam
October 30, 2008

October 25 through November 2, 1968 was a week of significant events—pregnancy announcements, celebrations of human intelligence and a monumental political declaration.


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