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Benjamin Beilman, the violin soloist for this weekend’s Mozart: Turkish Violin Concerto, chats with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen in LACO’s latest podcast.

Beilman maintains a hectic performances schedule and spoke with Lauritzen via Skype from Berlin, where he toured with our friends the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Interestingly, Beilman references a recent concert in Berlin by Anne Sophie Mutter and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Mutter performed Lutosławski’s Chain 2 (originally composed for her)with the orchestra and Beilman has carefully watched the video for technical inspiration. The piece was commissioned by Paul Sacher for the Basler Kammerorchester in Switzerland, where Mutter gave the world premiere.

And now it travels to Los Angeles with Jeffrey Kahane conducting the work for the first time with LACO. This is also Beilman’s first performance of the work and he gives his perspective on the fun differences between the Lutosławski and the Mozart “Turkish” Violin Concerto — his other solo feature for the weekend.

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youthful memories

Soloist Ralph Kirshbaum recalls his experience as a young cellist at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and his early exposure to the composer’s Rococo Variations. Now the Gregor Piatigorsky Chair in Violoncello at USC’s Thorton School of Music, Kirshbaum makes his LACO debut this weekend with the same piece, which he calls a lesson in stylistic balance. His performance with the Orchestra also previews the inaugural Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, which Kirshbaum created with the USC Thornton School of Music and the LA Phil in partnership with The Colburn School and LACO to bring together masters of the cello and young cellists from around the world for a unique celebration of the cello, its music, and its musicians.

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david shostac on bach, brandenburgs, and laco’s golden age

David Shostac chats with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen about Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. Shostac has performed with LACO for 36 years and has played the concertos beyond count, each time creating what he calls a “festival of sound”. Listen in to the conversation and learn more about LACO’s burgeoning golden age, personified by this weekend’s concerts.

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illuminating thoughts

Festive 15 continues with Illumination on October 15 and 16. Jeffrey Kahane discusses highlights of this weekend’s concerts, including Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony and the performance’s connection to Daniel Pearl World Music Days.

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a talk with ignat

Loved the concert, but missed concert preludes? Here is your chance to hear conductor and pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn talk about the program he performed at the January 23 Haydn’s Drum Roll concert at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

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george tsontakis and composer-in-residence derek bermel at great romantics

From Great Romantics on May 16, LACO composer-in-residence Derek Bermel talks shop with Sound Investment composer George Tsontakis, whose new piece Laconika was premiered to critical acclaim at the concert.

Each year our Sound Investment program allows a group of music lovers to commission a new piece of music and gain insights into the composition process by attending salons with the composer throughout the year, hearing early readings of the piece, seeing sketches and even attending a full rehearsal. For more information, visit laco.org/soundinvest.

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mandolin

At the Concert Preludes before the performances on January 23 and 24, mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile sat down with LACO music director Jeffrey Kahane to talk about the California premiere of his Mandolin Concerto.

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bel canto: part II

In the second half of the Concert Preludes before LACO’s Bel Canto concert, Jeffrey Kahane continues his conversation with composer-in-residence Derek Bermel. Jeffrey plays musical examples to illustrate the intricacies and meter of Mr. Bermel’s A shout, a whisper, and a trace. An accomplished clarinetist, Derek Bermel performs excerpts from his works.

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bel canto: part I

At the Concert Preludes before LACO’s Bel Canto concert on December 12 and 13, Jeffrey Kahane introduced LACO’s new composer-in-residence, Derek Bermel. Listen to this podcast to learn about Derek’s eclectic background and the inspirations behind his piece A shout, a whisper, and a trace.

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