music & writing

Author Mona Simpson shares her insights on music and writing with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen in LACO’s latest podcast for the final concert of the 2013-14 Westside Connections series.

Simpson discusses how she reflects on the musical aspects of her characters and how in such a specialized world it is fascinating to see where two unique disciplines intersect.

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musical inspiration

Margaret Batjer, founder and curator of LACO’s Westside Connections series, chats with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen in an intriguing podcast about this Thursday’s concert with special guest Jane Hamilton.

The evening includes works from Brahms and Golijov, both who encountered profound life experiences that inspired the composition of these pieces. Brahms dedicated his Sextet to his fiancée Agathe von Siebold, who later left the composer broken-hearted. Golijov’s “Tenebrae” express both beauty and pain through its depiction of violence and the beauty of our existence.

Listen in to hear more about the music and how our lives influence the creation of art.

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westside connections launches with author mark salzman

KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen sits down with author Mark Salzman, the featured guest at Thursday’s Westside Connections 2012-13 series launch.

He recounts to Lauritzen his time working through his writer’s block at the MacDowell Colony and recounts his experience of performing with Yo-Yo Ma and Emmanuel Ax.

For more information about Westside Connections: Music & Story, click here. Tickets are still available to buy online and at 213 622 7001 × 1.

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preview westside connections 2 with margaret batjer

LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer and food critic Jonathan Gold take you on a musical and culinary journey at Westside Connections 2 featuring a wide array of works from some of the art form’s greatest composers: Bach, Bernstein, Bolcom, Dohnányi and Andres. Margaret Batjer previews the evening with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen.

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preview westside connections 3 with susan feniger

Feniger discusses what inspires her with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen. From LA’s early food scene to her exposure to music at a young age, Feniger offers insight into her creative process. Listen in to the conversation for a preview of Westside Connections 3 and click here to purchase tickets

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a glimpse into westside connections 2012: music & the culinary arts

LACO concertmaster, and curator/host of Westside Connections, Margaret Batjer the upcoming series with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen.

More than your average chamber music series, Westside Connections examines how music connects with other mediums and how understanding that crossroad changes how a listener hears the music.

Listen in and learn more about how Batjer created this year’s theme and the unique classical works that surfaced as a result.

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can listening to music stimulate brain cell production?

In this podcast, LACO concertmaster and Westside Connections curator Margaret Batjer discusses the appearance of her brother, neurosurgeon Hunt Batjer on the Music and the Mind series finale, including exploring new scientific discoveries demonstrating that experiencing music may contribute to the production of new brain cells throughout life. Listen to Margaret’s insights on the subject, and join us for the concert on April 28.

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brain imaging and letters from beethoven

Margaret Batjer talks with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen about the brain images that will be used in the March 24 Westside Connections concert. She also discusses the inclusion of the Beethoven Septet in E-flat major for Strings and Woodwinds on the program and the addition of some special readings of letters from Beethoven.

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