Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: making great music personal

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra blog

February 29, 2012

preview westside connections 1

preview westside connections 1

photo Donna Turner Ruhlman

Margaret Batjer discusses Westside Connections 1 with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen in the latest LACO podcast. The series launches on Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 pm at The Broad Stage with special guest, food writer and cook, Michael Ruhlman.

listen in: westside connections podcast
February 28, 2012

KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen interviews LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer about the 2012 Westside Connections series, which she curates and hosts. Batjer discusses the personal impetus behind this year’s theme, Music & the Culinary Arts, as well as the interesting music that surfaced while programming the series. Additionally, Batjer elaborates on what makes Westside Connections more than your average chamber music series.

a magnificent magnificat
February 27, 2012

I’ve now been to two LACO Discover concerts, and I’m going to make it official: They’re now the event I most look forward to in the LACO season. This is what classical music is all about: beautiful music, performed by extraordinary artists, with the added benefit of a fascinating introduction that provides context and insight into the evening’s program. During Discover Bach’s Magnificat, on Saturday night at the ridiculously beautiful Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, Bach’s renowned piece for choir, orchestra, and soloists was dissected, then performed, and the experience was like none other. If orchestral music is a scoop of ice cream, than Discover Bach’s Magnificat was a whole freakin’ banana split!

discovering bach
February 17, 2012

I know that for many people, if classical music was not a part of their childhood or their adolescence, it can seem totally inaccessible as an adult. And even if we do love classical music, a completely foreign new piece of music may be off putting if we don’t know what to listen for. At least personally speaking, there seems to be a wall between myself and that which is new to me, and I have to actively try to knock down that wall around a new piece of music.

taking a stand
February 10, 2012

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how we approach both education and work in our current culture. Though these are large, wide-ranging subjects that obviously exceed the scope of a short blog post, I would nonetheless like to offer a couple of related observations.

piece in transition
February 08, 2012

I’m happy to present the second installation of Composer’s Corner, as Sound Investment composer Timothy Andres discusses the evolution of his work, Old Keys that will debut on March 24 and March 25.

call to action: LAUSD to eliminate elementary arts education
February 06, 2012

Budget cuts are nothing new to us in this economy, and cutbacks in arts education have been an issue for decades now. It’s been great to see that the Los Angeles Unified School District has been making a concerted effort to provide a “nationally recognized Elementary Arts Program” and a curriculum that “fundamentally improve[s] student achievement in literacy and numeracy.” Their Arts Education Plan even includes the following phrase: “Based on research that demonstrates that the arts are fundamental to a child’s cognitive growth and academic career, Pre-K through Grade 12, every child deserves access to a quality arts education.”


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