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April 30, 2010

your questions answered

At each of our Family Concerts and Meet the Music events we hold a Q and A session between the kids in attendence and LACO musicians. Sometimes the audience is so excited that there are more questions than we have time for! When that happens, we invite them to submit their questions to us after the concert, and we’ll answer them right here on the Kid’s Eye View page of the LACO Blog.

a review of denk’s "fleet-fingered" performance with LACO
April 20, 2010

Last weekend, LACO said goodbye to long-time principal bass Susan Ranney. The performances on April 17 & 18 will be Susan’s final as the principal bass of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra – and she will be missed!

velvet and jupiter
April 18, 2010

I’m going to start this blog by introducing everyone to my buddy, Writer’s Block. Maybe some of you are already familiar with Writer’s Block – and maybe some of you are already good friends and hang out all the time. I wouldn’t say Writer’s Block is a good friend; he only visits when you have a lot to do, and it’s very difficult to get rid of him. Lucky for me, Writer’s Block paid me a visit this evening, and presented me with a very interesting riddle: How am I, for the umpteenth time, going to describe the marvelous evening I had at tonight’s LACO concert? I really enjoyed all the pieces (which were by Mozart and Stravinsky); and I loved the drama and energy and tension and effervescence that filled the Alex Theater as a result. Fortunately, when Writer’s Block visits me, he often brings along a friend, Digression. And that’s why I’m going to start by talking about wardrobe – specifically, guest pianist Jeremy Denk’s t-shirt and black velvet jacket. It’s not a look (to use “Project Runway” vocabulary) I’ve seen before at a LACO concert, and I loved it – unique, updated, and indicative of his personal style.

friday double
April 16, 2010

We’ve got a double update for you this week. New pictures are now online from our College Preview Night, and you can check them out here. Students who hold our College All Access pass were invited to bring a friend to a rehearsal for this weekend’s Jupiter concert, get an inside perspective on the Orchestra and meet our friendly LACO musicians.

April 12, 2010

Ever wondered why a manager doesn’t book an artist to appear consecutively with all the Orchestras/Performing Arts presenters in an area like Southern California? Surely, that would save travel time for the performer and cut down on expenses for the presenters who could share the cost of one airfare. But, of course, the artist would be over-exposed and the presenters would feel keenly the competition of selling tickets to the same soloist. In fact, contracts sometimes include a clause prohibiting an artist from accepting bookings within the same area during a one-year period. Even when the contract doesn’t make that stipulation, managers are sensitive about the issue. Thus, giving presenters the opportunity for the oft-used promotional phrase, “Don’t miss GUEST ARTIST’s only appearance in the Southland this season.”

a look back, a look forward
April 10, 2010

As a person who specialized in twentieth century music, I can say with all sincerity that neoclassicism was a necessary breath of fresh air in the grand scheme of history. The nineteenth century had been rushing along, with music ever more expressive, ever more unpredictable. Beethoven’s dissonances in the Third Symphony from 1804 were like a loose thread in a sweater: Beethoven tugged, and little by little, the sweater started to unravel. The rubber band of tonality became stretched further and further until it finally snapped in the twentieth century, bringing the dissonance of atonality. And just when chaos appeared to reign supreme, neoclassicism was born, bringing with it come sort of order. Whew!

food drive totals are in
April 06, 2010

We just received the totals from our food drive as part of Orchestras Feeding America 2010, and the numbers are excellent! Our guests and friends donated over 180 pounds of food at our concerts in March, which has gone directly to the LA Regional Foodbank. On top of that, we raised enough in cash and online donations to buy 900 meals for families in need! We cannot thank you enough for your support.

it must be q and a season
April 05, 2010

...because the last two podcasts I’ve put up on our page are the Q and A sessions from our most recent Westside Connections and Baroque Conversations concerts. In the first, hear about David Rambo blowing a teenager’s mind with the music of Sibelius. And do you know what a claviorganum is? I sure didn’t until the Q and A after Baroque Conversations 3, and man, I have got to get my hands on one of those.

instruments have history: the story of a violin and a flute
April 01, 2010

Recently, I have been talking with musicians backstage, and learning more and more about the history of their instruments and their bows. It struck me that many of these instruments have great stories – some historical and amazing, some just fun and friendly. I wanted to share some of these stories with you, our readers. Here you go:


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