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December 21, 2010

LACO in december

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performed two programs in December – one on LACO’s Orchestral Series at the Alex Theatre and Royce Hall and the other kicking off 2010-11’s Baroque Conversations at Zipper Concert Hall.

hear it directly from the soloists
December 10, 2010

This weekend, Spotlight on LACO is going to be a great concert. I think that this program provides an incredible wealth of musical experiences and a great variety of different styles and sounds. Each piece has a personality of its own, and I know that the LACO musicians will bring it together beautifully and treat us to a wonderful evening.

wild wolf
December 06, 2010

A composer is a person, not just a collection of music. When we think of composers as actual people who cried, laughed, slept, and ate, our picture of them tends to widen and deepen. A lot of program notes, at least the notes that I write, tie whatever particular piece is on the program with a time in the composer’s life. As in, “While Beethoven was composing this, he was spending time in Heiligenstadt, resting and coming to terms with his worsening deafness.” Or, “It was while Tchaikovsky was writing this work that his sham marriage fell apart.” One can’t rely too strongly on these connections, of course. They are merely for context. We can’t know how Beethoven felt when writing; we can’t calculate how much Tchaikovsky’s suffering affected his work. No matter how emotional a work is, it is simply impossible to know how or why such emotion became infused into it.

tweet with concertmaster margaret batjer this wednesday between 3-5 pm
December 06, 2010

This Wednesday, LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer will be participating in #askaconductor day on Twitter. Ask your questions via Twitter on the @LACOtweets account December 9 from 3-5 pm PST, and Margaret will reply personally! Remember to use the hashtag #askaconductor when posing your questions!

it's the most musical time of the year
December 03, 2010

Always on Christmas night there was music. An uncle played the fiddle, a cousin sang “Cherry Ripe,” and another uncle sang “Drake’s Drum.” It was very warm in the little house. Auntie Hannah, who had got on to the parsnip wine, sang a song about Bleeding Hearts and Death, and then another in which she said her heart was like a Bird’s Nest; and then everybody laughed again; and then I went to bed. Looking through my bedroom window, out into the moonlight and the unending smoke-colored snow, I could see the lights in the windows of all the other houses on our hill and hear the music rising from them up the long, steady falling night. I turned the gas down, I got into bed. I said some words to the close and holy darkness, and then I slept.

michael stern steps in to conduct spotlight on LACO; anne-marie mcdermott replaces jeffrey kahane for baroque conversations 1
December 01, 2010

Next Thursday, December 9, LACO’s 2010-11 Baroque Conversations series opens with Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Unfortunately, Jeffrey Kahane is still recovering from an extended illness and will not be able to perform at this concert. In his stead, the extremely talented pianist Anne-Marie McDermott will perform the challenging Bach program and will facilitate an illuminating discussion.


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