December 11, 2013
As the house lights dimmed in Zipper Hall, a tide of applause and excited voices rose, even before a single musician set foot on stage. But when LACO education artists-in-residence PROJECT Trio, members of the LA Chamber Orchestra and guest conductor Chris Rountree emerged, the audience, as they say, went wild. This group of LAUSD fourth and fifth-graders, filling all 400 seats and then some, are mostly first-time concert-goers, but they quieted down immediately when the players launched today’s Meet the Music concert with an inventive arrangement of the William Tell Overture. On their first pass at the familiar theme, the ensemble played it straight, but the second time, PROJECT flautist Greg Pattillo improvised playfully. Heads nodded in recognition. In the weeks before getting on the bus to downtown LA, students learned about the idea of re-invention in art by their teachers and visiting LACO docents. Then just like that, the live music sparked a connection – these kids get it.More
“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” – ConfuciusMore
Making great music personal.
That’s the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s tagline. It appears on our brochures, our website and on every ticket to every performance. But LACO’s commitment to making great music personal is more than a slogan; it’s a way of life for us.More
Everyone has their personal memory of a major event. In order to enter adult hood in the contemporary world, everyone needs an “I remember where I was when” story. With modern media it is impossible to avoid tragedy, although before September 11, the violence that permeated the world seemed far from American shores to my young eyes. Of course looking to the past, we were attacked through war and political division, as well as created our own violence, but each generation relegates the problems of the previous generation to history, their imaginations incapable of creating upheaval in their own world.More
Tonight is one of my favorite nights of summer. Tonight in Kansas City, the best of the best in Major League Baseball will face off in the midsummer classic – The 2012 All-Star Game. Why do I love it so much? From the storied history of teams that have existed for over 140 years, to the finesse of a curve ball, to the smells of the baseball stadium (the grass, the hotdogs, the hot summer sun), it’s safe to say I love just about everything about this game.More
Lately I have listened to Adele on repeat. Of course she is a “pop” star and some would wonder why her name is even mentioned on a classical music blog. I do not expect many converts, although I would hope one listen to her sultry tone and sharp emotion would persuade any discerning listener to take interest. Rather, I want to illustrate the power of the voice and how great vocal artists inspire me.
Ever wanted to dance in the mall or burst into song at the airport?
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has launched an initiative that might inspire millions around the US to do just that! The program, Random Acts of Culture, has been created to transport the classical arts out of concert halls and opera houses and into our communities to enrich our everyday lives. For instance, the Opera Company of Philadelphia brought together over 650 choristers from 28 participating organizations and on October 30 throngs of singers from the community infiltrated Macy’s as shoppers. At 12 noon, they burst into a pop-up rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah to the delight of surprised shoppers. You can experience that event for yourself here.More
Daniel Hope is an inspiration himself. Not only a virtuoso violinist, Hope is also an author, a blogger, a musical activist, a humanitarian and a producer. He has performed with renowned Orchestras all over the world and artists from a multitude of genres. He has demonstrated a steadfast determination to commemorate the music banned by the Nazi regime and organized a commemorative concert on the 70th anniversary of Kristallnacht at Berlin’s Tempelhof airport.More
Gernot Wolfgang is a prolific film, tv, jazz and concert music composer in Los Angeles. A 2006 LACO commission recipient, Gernot is a dear friend and devoted patron of the Orchestra. About the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s performance of his work Desert Wind, the Los Angeles Times’ Richard Ginell wrote:More
Los Angeles native Zev Yaroslavsky is the LA County Supervisor, 3rd district. He recently shared his love for the power of escapism through music.More
In a blog entry posted last week, we read about Laura Claycomb’s passion for music and live orchestral performance. In part II of her musical musings, Claycomb shares the specific pieces and experiences which have inspired her throughout the years. Enjoy her eloquent words, and hear her perform with LACO on December 12 and 13!More
Soprano Laura Claycomb, who joins LACO on December 12 and 13 for its Bel Canto concert, articulates her passion for music and the joy of experiencing live orchestral concerts. She also recounts a heartwarming holiday story – a must read! Enjoy, and look out for part II next week.More
Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken.
~Ludwig van Beethoven