Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: making great music personal

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April 30, 2013

meet kaitlyn -- the newest LACO team member

meet kaitlyn -- the newest LACO team member

This spring, we are delighted to welcome Kaitlyn Sunabe to the LACO family as our marketing intern. Over the next two months, Kaitlyn will assist the marketing team with preparations for the 2013-14 season, as well as the final concerts of the 2012-13 season. Read on below to learn more about Kaitlyn and how she came to LACO:

making great music personal
April 29, 2013

Making great music personal.

That’s the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s tagline. It appears on our brochures, our website and on every ticket to every performance. But LACO’s commitment to making great music personal is more than a slogan; it’s a way of life for us.

crossing 'commission a piece of music' off my bucket list
April 22, 2013

Omigosh, omigosh, omigosh, guess what? I commissioned a piece of music! And you can too! If you’re new around these parts, allow me to introduce you to LACO’s Sound Investment program. It’s a simple, brilliant idea. Pony up some cash, and in exchange, a talented composer writes a piece of music. Anyone can do it. All you do is go to the Sound Investment page – all the information is there. Although the Sound Investment program has been around for over a decade, this was my first time participating as a member. I signed up as a “first-timer,” or Sound Sample member, made a $150 contribution to the fund and a few nights ago, I got to hear my piece of music being performed for the very first time. A wold premiere! The piece I helped commission is called Music in Circles III, written by Andrew Norman, who was there in person to introduce his work. And he had some interesting things to say!

music is who we are
April 13, 2013

Composers have never been able to separate their art from who they are as people, and music has been all the richer because of it. In the nineteenth century especially, art music began to take on national perspectives as composers drew upon the folk songs and dance tunes of their youth to write new music. This continued into the twentieth century. Gustav Mahler, for example, was said to have absorbed the many types of music he heard as a child, finding ways to use these styles in his compositions. He grew up near a military base and heard the marches and trumpet calls there. Mahler also heard traditional klezmer music and explored that in his Symphony No. 1. In the town where Mahler grew up, Iglau, his family owned a tavern, and we must imagine that Mahler heard lots of dance and folk tunes coming from this establishment. Mahler’s music would be very different without these influences.

mostly misshapen pearl
April 04, 2013

As a classical music rookie I think it’s fair to say the term Baroque is an intimidating term if you have no idea what it means. Frankly it sounds complicated and severe. So when I saw “Mostly Baroque” in my calendar I frowned a little. Not knowing what Baroque meant, I imagined it might be the Latin phrase for the drawn out and very technical mourning process for the death of a royal. Turns out it’s just a period of music and actually means “misshapen pearl” in Portuguese. I like weird jewels as much as the next guy and after the concert I decided I also liked Baroque. Mostly.


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