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October 31, 2013

dun, dun, duuuuuun -- your halloween playlist

In honor of Halloween today, I have made a playlist featuring the most terrifying, ghoulish and spooky classical music known to mankind. Whether supernatural, mystic, devilish or frightening, this music should set the right mood for your Halloween festivities. Enjoy! And have some spooky treats — we sure did!

what does LACO bring to your life?
October 28, 2013

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” – Confucius

the encore that made me wince
October 20, 2013

Did you make it LACO’s Haydn: Cello Concerto over the weekend? It was definitely a crowd-pleaser – in fact, there were two encores! Before the intermission, guest cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras (more on him below) performed part of Bach’s Cello Suite #1, and at the end of the show, guest mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin (more on her later, too!), accompanied by Joshua Ranz on clarinet and the rest of the Orchestra, performed Mozart aria, “Parto, parto” from an opera called La clamenza di Tito. Before I go further, let me elaborate on this post’s title: Yes, the second encore made me wince, but not because of the performance. It was stellar. I winced later, when I got home, when I read of its connection to a now-illegal musical practice that makes me shiver every time I think about it.

the amazing laurie rubin
October 16, 2013

Laurie Rubin makes her debut with LACO at this weekend’s concerts. The mezzo-soprano, who grew up in Encino, gives the US premiere of Do You Dream in Color? by Bruce Adolphe set to a poem by Rubin.

happy (almost) birthday, bb!
October 13, 2013

Those of us who study music history have gotten into the habit of calling 1685 an annus mirabilis because both JS Bach and GF Handel (along with Domenico Scarlatti) joined the world in that year. As it turns out, however, there appear to be a couple of these “years of wonders,” and it seems that we are in the hundredth anniversary of one such year. The year 1913 saw the birth of both Witold Lutosławski (January 25) and Benjamin Britten (November 22). It also saw the riotous premiere of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring (May 29). Other notable 1913 babies were the bandleader Woody Herman, US presidents Nixon and Ford, athlete and Olympian Jesse Owens and writer Albert Camus. (And, as my mother recently reminded me, my own maternal grandfather would have turned 100 this September.)

personal music
October 11, 2013

Cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras (Kay-ras) plays Haydn Cello Concerto in C major with LACO in October. Queyras hails from the Provence region of southern France where he is an artistic director of the music festival, Rencontres Musicales de Haute Provence, founded by his family in 1983. The festival’s founding objective was to challenge the formality of classical concerts and to present high quality musical performances to local people in their backyards. These priorities remain in place today.

reading music with your hands
October 09, 2013

LACO has partnered with the Braille Institute in Los Angeles for Haydn: Cello Concertos on October 19 & 20. As part of our effort to raise awareness about how visually impaired artists are able to practice and perform music, we invited Monique Marianni, an instructor at the Braille Institute to share her insight on Braille music notation. We are excited to share this fascinating information with you!

#LACO205 october enter-to-win
October 07, 2013

Exciting news: as we reach the first milestone of the epic marathon that is #LACO205, it is time for our first enter-to-win event!

britten and me
October 03, 2013

Throughout 2013 music organizations across the world are performing works by British composer Benjamin Britten to celebrate his centenary. The Britten-Pears Foundation, which promotes Britten’s music and the musical output from his partnership with tenor Peter Pears, has masterminded the celebrations and created a fascinating website that is well worth a visit: britten100.org

an introduction
October 01, 2013

Hi Everyone,

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Justin Pressman and I am the new development assistant at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Here is a little bit about myself and my favorite things:


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