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January 22, 2012

mozart (mostly). entertaining (completely).

I’ve been going to LACO concerts for a few years now, and they deliver every single time. Sometimes the program isn’t necessarily my favorite cup of tea, but even then I can still appreciate their passion, their precision, and the pure artistry of what’s happening onstage. Last night, at the Mozart (Mostly) concert at the Alex Theatre, I added a new level of appreciation to the list, because something new dawned on me for the first time. It’s an idea that has probably percolated, to some extent, throughout my brain at previous concerts, but last night, it hit me like a ton of perfectly synchronized bricks: The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is an outrageously attractive collection of people. And I mean that in the shallowest way possible – everyone on that stage is drop-dead beautiful. Every single one. It’s mind-boggling how much beauty is on that stage… and that’s before they pick up their instruments. Once they start playing the music… well, it’s enough to make one buckle over in a mix of awe and jealousy.

a room in the attic
January 13, 2012

In the Classical period, composers sought out positions in the courts of kings and dukes, who would pay these composers to write and perform music, and possibly conduct their musical ensembles. In return, a composer would receive food, lodging, and a salary. Haydn, for example, not only lived with the Esterhazy family for whom he worked, but also went with them on vacation. Remember that musical recordings didn’t exist, so if you wanted music, you needed live musicians around. It must have costs these patrons a lot of money to keep full orchestras at their disposal, but they were willing to pay the price, and their resources allowed composers to write some of the most lasting music from that time period.

new year, new talent
January 09, 2012

To kick off a new and promising year, LACO is continuing its long tradition of bringing new and promising talent to our audiences when 21-year-old violinist Nigel Armstrong appears with the Orchestra on January 21 & 22 in Mozart. Armstrong is a native of Sonoma County, but his journey to the LACO Orchestral Series has hardly been just a trip down the 101. No stranger to LA, Armstrong studied at the Colburn Conservatory and held the post of concertmaster with American Youth Symphony. Currently attending the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, Armstrong’s burgeoning career has taken him from California to Buenos Aires to Moscow and back again. Below, a sampling of highlights from his musical life so far.


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