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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra blog

December 23, 2011

looking back at 2011

looking back at 2011

photo Ken Hively

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.

tell me a tale
December 16, 2011

One of my favorite things in the whole world is stories. Stories are what draw us all in to almost everything in life, and help us find meaning. Whether it be the literal forms like movies, books and operas, or the ones that take a little more work like visual art or antique objects, everything has a story.

what's in a name?
December 13, 2011

I’m pleased to share with you the first blog from LACO’s Sound Investment composer Timothy Andres. Enjoy as Timo takes us through the compositional process on his way to the March 24, 2012 debut of his piece:

reflection upon reflection
December 11, 2011

If there’s one thing I learned from coming to LACO’s concerts over the past few years, it’s that most orchestral music tells a story. Program notes and pre-concert preludes help explain the stories by providing context, like when the piece was written, what was going on in the composer’s life at the time, and so on, but as an audience member, it’s my own ears that fill in most of the gaps. I love nothing more than to be carried away by a piece of music at the Alex Theater or Royce Hall – pulled along by intertwining melodies, entranced by graceful arcs, jolted by powerful chords. The program of Reflection, the LACO concert I attended on Saturday, was rife with stories, but I was faced with an added challenge – none of the context and history meant anything to me. As I walked into the theater, I wondered… would this be the concert that I just didn’t understand? Luckily for me, the answer was a resounding NO.

who is that girl?
December 08, 2011

It’s Julie Gigante! Her beautiful portrait and those of many LACO musicians past and present overlook the 110N on Kent Twitchell’s homage to great music.

kahanes in concert
December 05, 2011

The Kahane family has been making waves lately. Both Jeffrey Kahane and Gabriel Kahane have been much in the news, and we are so excited to have them both with us in one concert this April!

when tweets belonged to birds
December 02, 2011

When human beings first started making music—tens of thousands of years ago—think about what exemplars of music there were in their environment. The first naturally occurring music that springs to mind is birdsong. Some birds tweet or chirp, while some sing little tunes. It stands to reason that one of early human’s first musical influences must have been birdsong. It is possible to imagine that some of the very first instruments we have found, like a flute more than 35,000 years old, might have imitated the songs of birds. But even when people started notating complex counterpoint, the simple songs of the birds never quite left the imagination. Birdsong can represent the coming of spring and renewal, the beauty and peacefulness of natural settings, or even the blossoming of love.


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