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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS CONCERT,
CROWNING FEATURE OF
USC’S PIATIGORSKY INTERNATIONAL CELLO FESITIVAL,
SHOWCASES INTERNATIONAL CELLISTS
COLIN CARR, THOMAS DEMENGA,
JEAN-GUIHEN QUEYRAS AND GIOVANNI SOLLIMA
LEADING LACO IN WORKS BY
CPE BACH, VIVALDI, BOCCHERINI, PLATTI AND LEO

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8 pm
Bovard Auditorium at USC
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Internationally acclaimed virtuosos Colin Carr, Thomas Demenga, Jean-Guihen Queyras and Giovanni Sollima lead Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) in a concert of cello concertos as a crowning feature of the USC Thornton School of Music’s Piatigorsky International Cello Festival and the season finale of LACO’s engaging Baroque Conversations series on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8 pm, at USC’s Bovard Auditorium. On the program are CPE Bach’s Cello Concerto in A major; Boccherini’s Cello Concerto in G major; Leo’s Cello Concerto No. 3 in D minor; Platti’s Cello Concerto in D minor; and Vivaldi’s Cello Concerto in C minor. The Festival is a 10-day cello extravaganza presented by USC’s Thornton School of Music and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in partnership with LACO showcasing 26 international artists representing 15 countries and four continents. Named for the great cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, who lived most of his adult life in Los Angeles and taught cello for many years at USC, the Festival focuses on the art of the cello, its music and musicians.

KUSC’s Gail Eichenthal moderates a free pre-concert panel discussion, featuring former students of Piatigorsky in USC Thornton School of Music’s Newman Recital Hall (adjacent to Bovard Auditorium), at 6:30 pm.

Colin Carr, praised for his “rich tone” (Calgary Herald) and in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher, has played with such leading conductors as Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit and founding LACO music director, Sir Neville Marriner. As a member of the Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio, he recorded and toured extensively for 20 years, and has also made guest appearances with the Guarneri and Emerson String quartets and with New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Carr has garnered numerous awards, including the Naumburg Competition (First Prize), the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Award and the Rostropo¬vich International Cello Competition (Second Prize). Carr studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Maurice Gendron and William Pleeth. A professor at Stony Brook University in New York, he plays a 1730 Matteo Gofriller cello.

Swiss-born Thomas Demenga, who plays with a “fascinating mixture of abandon and cool precision” (The Telegraph), has performed around the globe with such artists as Heinz Hol¬liger, Gidon Kremer, Thomas Larcher and Paul Meyer. He has also appeared with the Berliner Sinfonie-Orches¬ter, Boston Symphony Orchestra and L’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, to name a few. A champion of new music, Demenga is noted for his compelling interpretations of 20th and 21st century works and for adding his unique sensibilities to his historically-informed performances of Baroque, classical and romantic repertoire. In 2000, he was composer-in-residence at the Davos Festival Young Artists in Con¬cert and served as artistic director until 2006. He also served as an “artiste étoile” at the Lucerne Festival and is presently the artistic director of Camerata Zürich. He records for ECM Records, Munich, and plays the 1669 Andrea Guarneri ex-Soyer cello.

Jean-Guihen Queyras, hailed for performances that are “fresh, alert and original” (Los Angeles Times), enjoys an enviable reputation as a soloist with leading orchestra, a chamber musician and solo performer of exceptional versatility and integrity. He has performed under such conductors as Ivan Fischer, Jiří Bĕlohlávek, Oliver Knussen and Sir Roger Norrington, among others. A member of the Arcanto Quartet and an enthusiastic exponent of contemporary music, Queyras is committed to expanding cello repertoire and has collaborated with numerous composers, including Thomas Larcher from whom he commissioned a work for solo cello and string orchestra that he premieres in 2016. Queyras, who plays a 1696 Gioffredo Cappa cello, on loan from Mécénat Musical Société Générale, is a professor at the Musikhochschule Freiburg.

Giovanni Sollima, “a classical player with a rock star status” (Sydney Morning Herald), studied cello with Giovanni Perriera and Antonio Janigro, and composition with his father, Eliodoro Sollima, and Milko Keleman. He has worked with such renowned artists as Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, Yuri Bashmet, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Viktoria Mullova, Patti Smith, Philip Glass and Yo-Yo Ma. In demand as a soloist around the world and with musical interests ranging from Baroque to heavy metal, he has collaborated with artists in the fields of dance, theatre and cinema, including Karole Armitage, Carolyn Carlson, Bob Wilson, Peter Stein, Peter Greenaway and John Turturro. As composer, he contributes significantly to new repertoire for the cello. Sollima teaches at the Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Fondazione Romanini of Brescia.

LACO’s enlightening five-concert Baroque Conversations series provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period with the host(s) of the evening introducing the music from the stage and engaging the audience in Q&A to conclude the concert.

Baroque Conversations is generously sponsored by Carol & Warner Henry, a Friend of LACO and the Ronus Foundation. The Piatigorsky Festival’s participation in this concert is underwritten by J&A Beare, London.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2015-16 season features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 19th season as LACO’s music director.

Ticket prices are $80 for adults and seniors, and $40 for students. They are available online at laco.org, or by calling 213-740-4672. Single tickets can also be purchased at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain.

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

WHAT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Baroque Conversations
Colin Carr, leader & cello
Thomas Demenga, leader & cello
Jean-Guihen Queyras, leader & cello
Giovanni Sollima, leader & cello

WHEN:
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8 pm

WHERE:
USC Bovard Auditorium
3551 Trousdale Pkwy
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Parking is available for $12 in Parking Structure X at USC Entrance 3 (Figueroa Street, south of Jefferson)

PROGRAM:
PLATTI Cello Concerto in D minor, D-WD 657 (Queyras)
VIVALDI Cello Concerto in C minor, RV 401(Carr)
BOCCHERINI Cello Concerto in G major, G. 480 (Demenga)
LEO Cello Concerto No. 3 in D minor, L. 60 (Sollima)
CPE BACH Cello Concerto in A major, H. 439 (Queyras)

TICKETS/INFO:
Tickets are $80 ($40 for students).
For information or to order tickets, please visit www.laco.org or call 213-740-4672

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE OF MATTHEW AUCOIN’S EVIDENCE LED BY COMPOSER;
AND MUSIC DIRECTOR JEFFERY KAHANE CONDUCTS
MOZART PIANO CONCERTO NO. 17 WITH PIANIST MARC-ANDRÉ HAMELIN
AND SCHUMANN’S SYMPHONY NO. 2

Program Marks Final Appearances of
LACO Principal Oboe Allan Vogel and Principal Flute David Shostac,
Who Retire after 85 Years of Combined Service to Orchestra
Season Finale also Features USC Thornton School of Music Students Joanna Lee and Philip Marten, Who Join Violin Sections as Co-Winners of
LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program Mock Audition
Saturday, May 14, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, May 15, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) presents the world premiere of Evidence by gifted composer/conductor/poet Matthew Aucoin, the Metropolitan Opera’s youngest-ever assistant conductor, who conducts his work on Saturday, May 14, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and Sunday, May 15, 2016, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducts the remainder of the program, which showcases piano “avatar” Marc-André Hamelin, whose “legend will grow…there is no one like him” (The New Yorker), in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major, among the composer’s “Golden Period” piano concertos. The program ends on a glorious note with Schumann’s deeply-felt Symphony No. 2 in C major. As the concluding program of LACO’s 2015-16 Orchestral Series, the concerts mark the final appearances of LACO’s illustrious Principal Oboe Allan Vogel and Principal Flute David Shostac, who are retiring after 85 years of combined service to the Orchestra.

Additionally, USC Thornton School of Music students Joanna Lee and Philip Marten join the violin sections for the concerts as part of the LACO-Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, now in its sixth year, playing alongside Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and other LACO veterans. Lee and Marten won the opportunity in a mock orchestral audition last year for strings as part of the mentorship program, a unique collaboration between USC’s Thornton School of Music and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra that strives to enhance the preparedness of strings students for a professional career. Lee and Marten competed against violists, cellists, double bass players and fellow violinists before an esteemed panel of judges, including LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and Principal Cello Andrew Shulman.

Regarding his new work, Aucoin says, “A piece of music is a world that the composer dreamed up. To me, that’s exciting because it means she or he has revealed some hidden powers lurking within this world. The image that kept returning to me as I worked on Evidence was that of a journey from shore to shore in some challenging element, maybe a sea journey, or a journey through space. Whatever the element is, I wanted to see if I could get from one shore to the other.”

LACO commissioned Aucoin, “one of the most sought-after young voices in classical music” (Wall St. Journal), as part of its singular and highly successful “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated during Music Director Jeffrey Kahane’s tenure 15 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works. It gives members the rare opportunity to create a legacy in music and observe first-hand the development of a new work from the composer’s earliest ideas to the finished composition. Participants invest $300 or more for a membership, which includes intimate salons throughout the season featuring in-depth discussion with the composer about the creative process and previews of the final work.

Aucoin, a recent graduate of Harvard College, also studied composition at The Juilliard School with Robert Beaser and has demonstrated great skill and promise in the realm of opera. In 2015 his third opera, Crossing, debuted at the American Repertory Theater and his fourth, Second Nature, premiered at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The Metropolitan Opera has asked for yet another opera from him as part of its new commissioning program. In addition to composing, Aucoin is also a skilled conductor, appearing with the Met as an assistant conductor and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra through its Solti Conducting Apprenticeship. This season, he is one of three Dudamel Conducting Fellows with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He was recently named LA Opera’s Artist-in-Residence.

Hamelin’s original blend of musicianship and virtuosity has earned him legendary status as a pianist. Long known for his exploration of unfamiliar pianistic terrain, he is recognized worldwide for the originality and technical brilliance of his performances of the classic repertoire. His career has been replete with accolades, among them nine Grammy® nominations, the 2014 ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year and the German Record Critics’ Lifetime Achievement Award. Writing in The New Yorker, Alex Ross praised his “monstrously brilliant technique and his questing, deep thinking approach” and called Hamelin’s hands “among the wonders of the musical world.”
Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists. Kahane discusses with Aucoin his role as LACO’s Sound Investment composer and his new work. Following the performance, ticket holders are invited to mingle with LACO musicians, including Vogel and Shostac, in the lobby at an after-party, which includes complimentary drinks and appetizers.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2015-16 season, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 19th season as LACO’s music director.

Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets, starting at $27, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert.

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Matthew Aucoin, Mozart, Schumann”
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Matthew Aucoin, guest conductor
Marc-André Hamelin, piano

PROGRAM:
MATTHEW AUCOIN Evidence, Sound Investment commission (world premiere)
MOZART Piano Concerto No.17 in G major, K. 453
SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2 in C major, Op. 61

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 8 pm
Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203
and
Sunday, May 15, 2016, 7 pm
Royce Hall
340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

TICKETS/INFO:
Tickets start at $27.
To order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org
(Discounts for groups of 12 or more, seniors 65+ and college students, if available)

CONCERT PRELUDES:
7 pm (Alex Theatre)
6 pm (Royce Hall)
One hour before curtain, pre-concert talks provide insights into the music and artists. Free for ticket holders. Kahane discusses with Aucoin his role as LACO’s Sound Investment composer and his new work.

After the performance, ticket holders are invited to mingle with friends and musicians at an after-party in the lobby with complimentary drinks and appetizers.

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WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS,
LACO’S CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES WITH A TWIST,
SPOTLIGHTS MUSIC AND THE MIND WITH LEADING NEUROSCIENTISTS;
THIRD AND FINAL PROGRAM EXPLORES CREATIVE CENTERS OF THE BRAIN SET AGAINST MUSIC OF RAVEL AND SCHUMANN,
BOTH OF WHOM SUFFERED FROM DEPRESSION

Evening Hosted by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer
Features Dr. Linda Liau,
Neurosurgeon and Professor and Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program;
Guest Artists Heidi Grant Murphy, Soprano, and Robert Thies, Piano;
and LACO Artists Margaret Batjer, Maia Jasper, Roland Kato and Andrew Shulman
Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7:30 pm
Moss Theater, Santa Monica
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) spotlights creative centers of the brain with music by Schumann and Ravel, two great composers affected by depression, during the third and final program of Westside Connections, a chamber music series with a twist, on Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Curated and hosted by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Westside Connections’ 2015-16 season features LACO musicians and cutting-edge neuroscientists exploring “Music and the Mind” through performance and conversation, followed by Q&A with audiences. The May program spotlights the work of Dr. Linda Liau, Neurosurgeon and Professor and Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program, who developed a procedure to avoid damage to the musical portion of the brain during surgery using maps of the brain as well as patients’ active participation. Liau sheds light on how the brain interprets musical notes and where music is conceived in the brain, a discussion set against performances of art songs by Schumann and Deux mélodies hébraïques and String Quartet in F major by Ravel, both composers who suffered from depression. Featured artists include special guests Jessica Rivera, soprano, whose voice has been praised for its “luster” (San Francisco Chronicle), and sought-after pianist Robert Thies. They are joined by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and artists Maia Jasper, violin; Roland Kato, viola; and Andrew Shulman, cello.

Dr. Liau received a BS in Biochemistry and a BA in Political Science from Brown University; an MD degree from Stanford University; and a PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA. Her research interests include translational experimental therapeutics of cell-based immunotherapy and gene therapies for brain tumors and characterization of molecular targets involved in brain tumor pathogenesis and progression. She has been voted by her peers as a one of the Best Doctors in America and ranked as one of the top neurosurgeons in the country by U.S. News Top Doctors.

Rivera’s 2015-16 season features performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Nashville Symphony, excerpts from Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, a pops concert with the Pacific Symphony, Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Joshua Roman’s song cycle “we do it to one another” with Town Hall Seattle, Strauss’ Orchesterlieder with the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5” with the Grand Rapids Symphony, excerpts from Paola Prestini’s The Hubble Cantata with John Adams and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She will also join the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon as Kumudha in John Adams’ A Flowering Tree, a role she created, under the baton of Joana Carneiro.

Thies, renowned for his consummate musicianship and poetic temperament, first captured worldwide attention in 1995 when he won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. Thies enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist. He has performed 40 different con¬certos with orchestras around the world, including Russia’s Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia and the Mexico City Philharmonic. Thies is highly sought after as a recital partner and is also a prolific recording artist of concert and film music.

Each year, LACO’s trademark three-part Westside Connections, now in its eighth season, steps outside the proverbial “music “box” to illustrate with fascinating intellectual discourse and superb artistry the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives. In previous seasons, Westside Connections has explored connections between music and such disparate topics as architecture, the culinary arts, poetry, stories and the influences of Los Angeles on creativity.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2015-16 season, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 19th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets (beginning at $65) are available online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office one hour before the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for LACO’s three Westside Connections concerts at the Moss Theater, seven Orchestral Series concerts at either the Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall and Discover Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” at Ambassador Auditorium. The Moss Theater at New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Westside Connections
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Westside Connections
Margaret Batjer, curator/host, violin
Dr. Linda Liau, neurosurgeon and Professor and Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program
Robert Thies, piano
Maia Jasper, violin
Roland Kato, viola
Andrew Shulman, cello

WHEN:
Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7:30 pm

PROGRAM:
SCHUMANN “Kennst du das Land?” Op. 98, No. 1
“Schneedglöckchen,” Op. 79, No. 26
“Meine Rose,” Op. 90, No. 24
“Er ist’s,” Op. 79, No. 24
RAVEL Deux mélodies hébraïques
RAVEL String Quartet in F major

WHERE:
Ann and Jerry Moss Theater
at New Roads School
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404

TICKET PRICES:
Beginning at $65

TICKETS/INFORMATION:
213 622 7001 x 1
laco.org

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CELLIST/CLASSICAL MUSIC INNOVATOR JOSHUA ROMAN HEADLINES LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS EVENING,
PERFORMING THREE BACH SUITES FOR UNACCOMPANIED CELLO

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7 pm
Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles
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Noted cellist and classical music innovator Joshua Roman hosts Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s engaging Baroque Conversations and solos on three of Bach’s six landmark suites for unaccompanied cello on Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Bach’s Suite No. 3 in C major, Suite No. 2 in D minor, and Suite No. 6 in D major, performed by Roman, and the three other suites, are widely considered among the composer’s greatest works. Composed around 1720 and originally thought to be studies, the suites were largely unknown until famed cellist Pablo Casals became the first person to record all six, elevating their status so that they are now among the most popular and widely performed cello works ever written.

The concert is part of a two-week guest artist residency for the cellist that encompasses engagement with live and virtual audiences through pre-concert talks and personal introduction of the music from the stage; a guest appearance on LACO’s Orchestral Series on April 16, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and April 17, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall; a cello masterclass at North Hollywood High on April 19; a special in-school program at Hoover Street Elementary School in Los Angeles on April 20; a free performance at Amoeba Music in Hollywood on April 20, 7 pm; an appearance with Orchestra members at the 6th Annual Hear Now Music Festival on April 23, 8 pm, at First Lutheran Church of Venice; a preview podcast and recording, including posting a short video from an iconic Southland location as part of Roman’s Everyday Bach series (www.youtube.com/user/JoshuaRomanCello). Roman’s Guest Artist Residency with LACO is made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Roman, “a cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts” (San Francisco Chronicle), is recognized as an accomplished composer, curator and programmer, particularly in his work as artistic director of Seattle Town Hall’s TownMusic series, with a vision to expand the classical music audience. For his ongoing creative initiatives on behalf of classical music, Roman was named a 2011 TED Fellow, joining a select group of next generation innovators of unusual accomplishments who show potential to positively affect the world. Before embarking on a solo career, Roman spent two seasons as principal cello of the Seattle Symphony, a position he won in 2006 at the age of 22. This performance marks Roman’s second program with LACO in two weeks; he also joins LACO for the LA premiere of Mason Bates’s Cello Concerto April 16 and 17, 2016.

The enlightening five-concert Baroque Conversations series provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. As host of the evening, Roman introduces the music from the stage and engages the audience in Q&A to conclude the concert. A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm. Baroque Conversations concludes on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8 pm, at USC’s Bovard Auditorium in partnership with the 2016 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. Baroque Conversations is generously sponsored by Carol & Warner Henry, a Friend of LACO and the Ronus Foundation.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2015-16 season, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 19th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets, starting at $57, are available online at laco.org, or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Single tickets can also be purchased at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Discounted tickets are available by phone for groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office an hour before the concert.

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

WHAT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Baroque Conversations
Joshua Roman, host & cello

WHEN:
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7 pm

WHERE:
Zipper Concert Hall
The Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

PROGRAM:
BACH Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
BACH Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
BACH Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012

TICKETS/INFO:
Tickets start at $57. For information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2015-16 season or to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.

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GUEST CONDUCTOR MATTHEW HALLS
LEADS LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
IN LA PREMIERE OF MASON BATES’ FIRST CELLO CONCERTO,
WRITTEN FOR AND PERFORMED BY CELLIST JOSHUA ROMAN

Program also Includes Prokofiev’s “Classical” Symphony and Haydn’s “Clock” Symphony
Saturday, April 16, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, April 17, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
Concert Launches Roman’s Two-Week Guest Artist Residency,
which also Includes Cello Masterclass at North Hollywood High (April 19),
In-School Program at Hoover Street Elementary School (April 20),
Free Community Performance at Amoeba Music (April 20, 7 pm),
Solo Cello Recital as part of LACO’s Baroque Conversations (April 21 at 7 pm);
Recording for his Everyday Bach Series, and
Appearance at Hear Now Festival (April 23, 8 pm)
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Oregon Bach Festival Music Director Matthew Halls conducts the Los Angeles premiere of San Francisco-based composer Mason Bates’s first Cello Concerto, written for and performed by Joshua Roman, with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) on Saturday, April 16, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and Sunday, April 17, 2016, 7 pm at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Bates’s piece, which highlights his sensibilities as composer-in-residence of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as a DJ, has been lauded as a tapestry of “classical lyricism and melody combining fluidly with blues, jazz elements, and techno rhythms that come straight from the 21st-century electronic club scene” (Classical Voice North America). Halls also conducts Haydn’s popular Symphony No. 101 in D major, “The Clock,” and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 in D major, “Classical,” both signature works of LACO’s repertoire. Making his third LACO guest appearance, Halls has been heralded for his “ironclad command of the smallest details in the score” (Toronto Star). Roman, making his LACO debut, was chosen a TED Fellow for his ongoing creative initiatives on behalf of classical music and is recognized as an accomplished composer, curator and programmer with a vision to expand the classical music audience. He has been hailed as an “ascendant rock star of the cello world” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). Bates’ Cello Concerto was commissioned by Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

The concert launches a two-week guest artist residency for the cellist that encompasses engagement with live and virtual audiences through pre-concert talks; a cello masterclass at North Hollywood High on April 19; a special in-school program at Hoover Street Elementary School in Los Angeles on April 20; a free performance at Amoeba Music in Hollywood on April 20, 7 pm; a solo cello recital on LACO’s Baroque Conversations series on April 21, at 7 pm, at Zipper Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles; an appearance with Orchestra members at the 6th Annual Hear Now Music Festival on April 23, 8 pm, at First Lutheran Church of Venice; a preview podcast and recording, including posting a short video from an iconic Southland location as part of Roman’s Everyday Bach series (www.youtube.com/user/JoshuaRomanCello). Roman’s Guest Artist Residency with LACO is made possible, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Roman is recognized as an accomplished composer, curator and programmer, particularly in his work as artistic director of Seattle Town Hall’s TownMusic series, with a vision to engage and expand the classical music audience. Before embarking on a solo career, Roman spent two seasons as principal cello of the Seattle Symphony, a position he won in 2006 at the age of 22. Since that time he has appeared as a soloist with the San Francisco, Seattle and New World symphonies; the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the BBC Scottish and Alabama symphony orchestras; the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Ecuador.

Halls first came to prominence as a keyboard player and early music conductor but has become equally known for his dynamic and intelligent work with major symphony orchestras and opera companies, and for his probing and vibrant interpretations of music of all periods. His many international engagements include the Cleveland and Salzburg Mozarteum orchestras, BBC Scottish and Frankfurt Radio symphonies, and the Seattle and Melbourne symphony orchestras. The 2014 season marked his first as artistic director of the Oregon Bach Festival. Halls’s recordings include a set of four Bach Harpsichord Con¬certos (Linn Records) and Bach’s Easter and Ascension oratorios, as well as award-winning discs of Handel’s Parnasso in Festa (Hyperion) and Purcell’s Sonatas in Three and Four Parts. Educated at Oxford University, Halls taught at the University for five years, and has held positions as artistic director of the King’s Consort and the Retrospect Ensemble, which he founded in 2009. He is also passionately committed to education and working with young musicians.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists. Cellist Joshua Roman will be a featured speaker.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2015-16 season, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 19th season as LACO’s music director.

Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets, starting at $27, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” and three Westside Connections concerts.

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Prokofiev, Mason Bates, Haydn”
Matthew Halls, conductor
Joshua Roman, cello

PROGRAM:
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25, “Classical”
MASON BATES Cello Concerto (Los Angeles premiere)
HAYDN Symphony No. 101 in D major, Hob.1: 101, “The Clock”

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 8 pm
Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203
and
Sunday, April 17, 2016, 7 pm
Royce Hall
340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

TICKETS/INFO:
Tickets start at $27.
To order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org
(Discounts for groups of 12 or more, seniors 65+ and college students, if available)

CONCERT PRELUDES:
7 pm (Alex Theatre)
6 pm (Royce Hall)
One hour before curtain, pre-concert talks provide insights into the music and artists. Free for ticket holders.

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WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS,
LACO’S CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES WITH A TWIST,
SPOTLIGHTS MUSIC AND THE MIND
WITH LEADING NEUROSCIENTISTS
IN PROGRAM EXPLORING INNATE VS. LEARNED CREATIVITY
TIED TO EXCEPTIONALLY GIFTED CHILDREN AND
CREATIVE PEOPLE IN THE ARTS AND SCIENCES

Evening Hosted by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer
Features UCLA’s Dr. Robert Bilder, Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology, and Dr. Susan Bookheimer, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience;
Guest Artist Cho-Liang Lin, Violin; LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, piano;
and LACO Artists Allan Vogel, Kenneth Munday, Joshua Ranz,
Andrew Shulman and Kristy McArthur Morrell
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:30 pm
Moss Theater, Santa Monica
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) explores innate vs. learned creativity tied to masterworks by Mozart and Mendelssohn, whose extraordinary talent was evident in their earliest compositions, during the second program of Westside Connections, a chamber music series with a twist, on Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Curated and hosted by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Westside Connections’ 2015-16 season features LACO musicians and cutting-edge neuroscientists exploring “Music and the Mind” through performance and conversation, followed by Q&A with audiences. Among ideas probed during the three-concert series are how music moves us (and why), the possibility of pinpointing the location of creativity in the brain, and where the next wave in brain management research may to take us.

During the evening, special guest Dr. Susan Bookheimer, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCLA, discusses her study of remarkably gifted children, and she is joined by special guest Dr. Robert Bilder, Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology, UCLA, to reveal findings from the “Big C Project,” their fascinating joint research collaboration exploring exceptionally creative people in the arts and sciences. The conversation is set against a performance of Mozart’s Quintet in E-flat major for Piano and Winds, which the composer himself called “the best thing I have so far written in my life,” featuring LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, piano; LACO Principals Allan Vogel, oboe, Kenneth Munday, bassoon, Joshua Ranz, clarinet, and Andrew Shulman, cello; and LACO horn Kristy McArthur Morrell. Guest violinist Cho-Liang Lin joins Kahane and Shulman for Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in D minor, considered his most beloved and popular chamber work. After hearing it, Schumann declared Mendelssohn “the Mozart of the 19th century.”

Dr. Bilder holds the Michael Tennenbaum Family Chair in Creativity Research in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavior¬al Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. In addition to his NIH-sponsored research on brain and behavior, he directs the Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity, and is now studying the brains of “Big C” (exceptionally creative) artists and scientists, with support from the John Templeton Foundation. Bilder also directs the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative’s Mind Well program, which aims to help promote well-being and creative achievement throughout the UCLA campus community.

Dr. Bookheimer, holds the Joaquin Fuster Endowed Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and is a Professor in the Deptartment of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Department of Psychology. She is a pioneer in brain mapping research using functional mag¬netic resonance imaging (fMRI), which examines human brain activity in real time. Her research focuses on language, memory and social cognition in health and in neurologic and psychiatric disorders from early development to aging. Her clinical practice includes mapping brain function prior to surgery with fMRI, and mapping critical functions including language and music during awake neurosurgery using direct electrical stimulation of the brain. Bookheimer’s recent work studies how the brain works dynami¬cally to solve problems and integrate information in highly gifted and creative individuals. This work aims to understand the unique¬ness of each brain and the many different cognitive styles used by exceptional children and adults.

With a 30-year career spanning the globe, Lin has appeared as a soloist with an array of ensembles including the Detroit, Toronto and Dallas symphony orchestras; the Houston, Nashville and Singapore symphonies; the Bergen, Munich and Hong Kong philharmonics; and the Los Angeles and English cham¬ber orchestras. An avid chamber musician, he is music director of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest. Lin has commissioned works from Tan Dun, John Harbison and Esa-Pekka Salonen. In 2000, Musical America named him Instrumentalist of the Year. Currently, Lin, who began his studies at five in Taiwan, is a professor of violin at Juilliard and Rice University. He plays the 1715 ”Titian“ Stradivarius.

Each year, LACO’s trademark three-part Westside Connections, now in its eight season, steps outside the proverbial “music “box” to illustrate with fascinating intellectual discourse and superb artistry the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives. The 2015-16 Westside Connections series concludes May 5 when the evening centers on breathtaking songs by Schumann and Ravel, each of whom suffered severe mental collapse, with LACO musicians joined by special guest Dr. Linda Liau, Neurosurgeon, Professor and Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program, and guest artists Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano, and Robert Thies, piano. In previous seasons, Westside Connections has explored connections between music and such disparate topics as architecture, the culinary arts, poetry, stories and the influences of Los Angeles on creativity.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2015-16 season, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 19th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets (beginning at $65) are available online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office one hour before the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for LACO’s three Westside Connections concerts at the Moss Theater, seven Orchestral Series concerts at either the Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall and Discover Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” at Ambassador Auditorium. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for groups of 12 or more. The Moss Theater at New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Westside Connections
Margaret Batjer, curator and host
Dr. Robert Bilder, Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology, UCLA
Dr. Susan Bookheimer, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCLA
Jeffery Kahane, piano
Allan Vogel, oboe
Kenneth Munday, bassoon
Kristy McArthur Morrell, horn
Joshua Ranz, clarinet
Cho-Liang Lin, violin
Andrew Shulman, cello

WHEN:
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:30 pm

PROGRAM:
MOZART Quintet in E-flat major for Piano and Winds, K. 452
MENDELSSOHN Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 49

WHERE:
Ann and Jerry Moss Theater
at New Roads School
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404

TICKET PRICES:
Start at $65

TICKETS/INFORMATION:
213 622 7001 x 1
laco.org

For further information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2015-16 season, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRAl
PRINCIPAL OBOE ALLAN VOGEL,
RETIRING AT SEASON’S END AFTER 44 YEARS WITH ORCHESTRA,
HOSTS BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS EVENING
FEATURING BRANDENBURG CONCERTO NO. 2 AND WORKS BY TELEMANN

Principal Trumpet David Washburn,
LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and
Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, on Harpsichord,
Join Vogel to Celebrate His Impending Retirement
Thursday, March 24, 2016, 7 pm
Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles
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The third concert in Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) engaging Baroque Conversations series highlights esteemed LACO Principal Oboe Allan Vogel, who is retiring at season’s end after 44 years with the Orchestra, on Bach’s beloved Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, on Thursday, March 24, 2016, 7 pm at Zipper Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Vogel has soloed on the piece a record 19 times during his tenure with the Orchestra. Featured with him are Principal Trumpet David Washburn, LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and Principal Flute David Shostac, who is also retiring at season’s end after 41 years with the Orchestra and who has been featured 18 times previously with LACO on this Concerto.

In celebration of Vogel’s remarkable artistry and as a tribute to his enduring legacy with LACO, the evening also showcases him with Batjer on Bach’s Concerto in C minor for Violin and Oboe, on which Vogel has soloed with LACO 14 times previously and also recorded with violinist Hilary Hahn and LACO for Deutsche Grammophone.

Completing the program are two chamber works by Telemann – both of which spotlight Vogel – Essercizii musici: Trio No. 12 in E-flat major, for oboe and two harpsichords; and Quartetto in D major, for two oboes, trumpet, cello and harpsichord continuo, with LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, harpsichord; Principal Keyboard Patricia Mabee, harpsichord; Principal Cello Andrew Shulman; Claire Brazeau, oboe; and Washburn.

Vogel, “an aristocrat of his instrument, an oboe virtuoso with few equals” (Los Angeles Times) and “undoubtedly one of the few world masters” (San Diego Union), joined LACO in 1972 and became principal oboe in 1974. He has performed as guest principal oboe with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and appeared with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Berlin and Los Angeles philharmonics. He has been featured at the Marlboro, Santa Fe, Aspen and Mostly Mozart festivals, among others, and performed at the White House during the last state dinner of the Clinton presidency. Vogel is on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts, the University of Southern California and the Colburn School Conservatory of Music.

The enlightening five-concert Baroque Conversations series provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. As host of the evening, Vogel introduces the music from the stage and engages the audience in Q&A to conclude the concert. A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm. Additional Baroque Conversations performances take place on Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles; and Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8 pm, at USC’s Bovard Auditorium in partnership with the 2016 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival. Baroque Conversations is generously sponsored by Carol & Warner Henry, a Friend of LACO and the Ronus Foundation.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2015-16 season, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 19th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets, starting at $65, are available online at laco.org, or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Single tickets can also be purchased at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Discounted tickets are available by phone for groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office an hour before the concert.

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

WHAT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Baroque Conversations
Allan Vogel, host & oboe
Jeffrey Kahane, harpsichord
Patricia Mabee, harpsichord
Claire Brazeau, oboe
David Washburn, trumpet
Andrew Shulman, cello
Margaret Batjer, violin
David Shostac, flute

WHEN:
Thursday, March 24, 2016, 7 pm

WHERE:
Zipper Concert Hall
The Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

PROGRAM:
TELEMANN Essercizii musici: Trio No. 12 in E-flat major, TWV 42:Es 3
TELEMANN Quartetto in D major, TWV 43:D7
BACH Concerto in C minor for Violin and Oboe, BWV 1060
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047

TICKETS/INFO:
Tickets start at $65. For information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2015-16 season or to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.

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WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS,
LACO’S CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES WITH A TWIST,
SPOTLIGHTS MUSIC AND THE MIND WITH LEADING NEUROSCIENTISTS;
FIRST PROGRAM EXPLORES HOW THE BRAIN WORKS
DURING IMPROVISATION AND
AUDITORY LOSS TIED TO MASTERWORKS BY BEETHOVEN AND SMETANA
COMPOSED WHEN NEITHER COULD HEAR

Evening Hosted by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer
Features Charles Limb, Professor and Chief of Otology/Neurotology
and Skull Base Surgery at UCSF,
LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane,
and LACO Artists Tereza Stanislav, Susan Rishik, Robert Brophy and Trevor Handy
Thursday, March 17, 2016, 7:30 pm
Moss Theater, Santa Monica
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) explores how the brain works when a musician improvises as well as the impact of auditory loss on music by Beethoven and Smetana composed when they could no longer hear during the first program of Westside Connections, a chamber music series with a twist, on Thursday, March 17, 2016, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Curated and hosted by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Westside Connections’ 2015-16 season features LACO musicians and cutting-edge neuroscientists exploring “Music and the Mind” through performance and conversation, followed by Q&A with audiences. Among ideas probed during the three-concert series are how music moves us (and why), the possibility of pinpointing the location of creativity in the brain, and where the next wave in brain management research may to take us.

During Westside Connections’ March program, Dr. Charles Limb, Professor and Chief of Otology/Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at UCSF, a self-described “music addict,” shares his findings on hearing loss against performances of Smetana’s tone poem “From My Life” and two works by Beethoven: Cavatina from String Quartet in B-major and a selection from his Bagatelles for Solo Piano featuring LACO music director Jeffrey Kahane. Also featured during the performance are LACO Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav and artists Susan Rishik, violin; Robert Brophy, viola; and Trevor Handy, cello. In a collaborative demonstration with Kahane at the keyboard, Limb reveals what happens in the brain during improvisation.

Limb, whose expertise covers the full scope of otology and neurotology with a focus on the treatment of hearing loss and auditory disorders, is also the Director of the Douglas Grant Cochlear Implant Center at UCSF and holds a joint appointment in the Department of Neurosurgery. He received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University and his medical training at Yale University School of Medicine, followed by surgical residency and fellowship in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. His postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center for Hearing Sciences at Johns Hopkins studied the development of the auditory brainstem, and a second postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health studied neural mechanisms of musical improvisation and perception using functional neuroimaging methods. He was at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1996 to 2015, where he was Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and a Faculty Member at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. He specializes in all surgery of the temporal bone, with particular expertise in acoustic neuroma surgery, cochlear implant surgery, implantable hearing aids, stapes surgery, cholesteatoma surgery, and cancers of the ear. His current areas of research focus on the study of the neural basis of musical creativity as well as the study of music perception in deaf individuals with cochlear implants. He is the past Editor-in-Chief of Trends in Amplification, the only journal explicitly focused on auditory amplification devices and hearing aids, and an Editorial Board member of the journals Otology and Neurotology and Music and Medicine.

Each year, LACO’s trademark three-part Westside Connections, now in its eight season, steps outside the proverbial “music “box” to illustrate with fascinating intellectual discourse and superb artistry the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives. The 2015-16 Westside Connections series continues with a performance on April 7 of youthful works by child prodigies Mozart and Mendelssohn, with LACO musicians joined by special guests Dr. Robert Bilder, Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Professor of Psychology, UCLA, and Dr. Susan Bookheimer, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCLA. It concludes May 5 when the evening centers on breathtaking songs by Schumann and Ravel, each of whom suffered severe mental collapse, with LACO musicians joined by special guest Dr. Linda Liau, Neurosurgeon, Professor and Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program, and guest artists Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano, and Robert Thies, piano. In previous seasons, Westside Connections has explored connections between music and such disparate topics as architecture, the culinary arts, poetry, stories and the influences of Los Angeles on creativity.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2015-16 season, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 19th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets (beginning at $65) are available online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Subscriptions to all three Westside Connections concerts are available for $150. Student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office one hour before the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for LACO’s three Westside Connections concerts at the Moss Theater, seven Orchestral Series concerts at either the Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall and Discover Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” at Ambassador Auditorium. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for groups of 12 or more. The Moss Theater at New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Westside Connections
Margaret Batjer, curator and host
Charles Limb, Professor and Chief of Otology/Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery, UCSF
Jeffrey Kahane, piano
Tereza Stanislav, violin
Susan Rishik, violin
Robert Brophy, viola
Trevor Handy, cello

WHEN:
Thursday, March 17, 2016, 7:30 pm

PROGRAM:
BEETHOVEN Cavatina from String Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 130
BEETHOVEN Selections from Bagatelles for Solo Piano, Op. 126
IMPROVISATION Jeffrey Kahane, piano; Dr. Charles Limb
SMETANA String Quartet No. 1 in E minor, “From My Life”

WHERE:
Ann and Jerry Moss Theater
at New Roads School
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404

TICKET PRICES:
Beginning at $65; Subscription to all three Westside Connections concerts is $150

TICKETS/INFORMATION:
213 622 7001 x 1
laco.org

For further information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2015-16 season, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA,
LED BY MUSIC DIRECTOR JEFFREY KAHANE,
PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE
BY GERNOT WOLFGANG
SPOTLIGHTING ORCHESTRA’S LONGEST-SERVING WIND PLAYERS, INCLUDING PRINCIPAL OBOE ALLAN VOGEL
AND PRINCIPAL FLUTE DAVID SHOSTAC,
BOTH SET TO RETIRE AT SEASON’S END
AFTER 85 COMBINED YEARS OF SERVICE

Kahane Featured Soloist on Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20
Principal Clarinet Joshua Ranz Featured Soloist on Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto
Saturday, March 19, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, March 20, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jeffrey Kahane continues the 2015-16 season with the world premiere of Los Angeles-based composer Gernot Wolfgang’s Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds – “The D.A.R.K. Knights” on Saturday, March 19, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale, and Sunday, March 20, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall. The program also features LACO Principal Clarinet Joshua Ranz on Mozart’s autumnal Clarinet Concerto, written shortly before the composer’s death, and Kahane as both conductor and soloist in Mozart’s turbulent Piano Concerto No. 20 – a compelling feat that is one of the hallmarks of Kahane’s LACO tenure. Wolfgang’s new work, which features four solo instrument – flute, oboe, horn and bassoon – was written to honor and showcase the exceptional talents of long-serving LACO principal wind players David Shostac, flute, and Allan Vogel, oboe, both of whom are set to retire at season’s end after 85 combined years with the Orchestra; Kenneth Munday, bassoon, who is celebrating his 40th season with LACO; and former Principal Horn Richard Todd, who played with LACO for 35 years through the 2014-15 season.

Wolfgang says, “The composition is in one movement, with the Sinfonia Concertante portions occupying the energetic outer sections. The lyrical middle part of the piece consists of the succession of mini-concertos. The soloistic parts for each of the featured wind players were inspired by their individual, very specific instrumental sounds, which have become very familiar to me over the years. I also took into account the special musical abilities of some of these musicians – both David Shostac and Richard Todd, noted jazz artists, too, will get a chance to improvise in selected passages.”

Vogel, “an aristocrat of his instrument, an oboe virtuoso with few equals” (Los Angeles Times) and “undoubtedly one of the few world masters” (San Diego Union), joined LACO in 1972 and became principal oboe in 1974. He has performed as guest principal oboe with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and appeared with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Berlin and Los Angeles philharmonics. He has been featured at the Marlboro, Santa Fe, Aspen and Mostly Mozart festivals, among others, and performed at the White House during the last state dinner of the Clinton presidency. Vogel is on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts, the University of Southern California and the Colburn School Conservatory of Music.

Shostac, a “world class musician” (Review Plays) and “stalwart of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra” (Orange County Register), was appointed principal flute of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 1975. He has also served as principal flute of the St. Louis, Milwaukee and New Orleans symphony orchestras. Shostac has performed as a solo and orchestral player at the Hol-lywood Bowl and has taken part in the Ojai, Mostly Mozart, Aspen and Oregon Bach festivals, and has appeared with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has taught at USC, UCLA, California Institute of the Arts, the Aspen Music School and the Idyllwild Arts Academy and is a faculty member of CSU Northridge.

Ranz won the audition for principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 2008 after having served as second clarinet since 1999. He recently performed the Copland Clarinet Concerto with LACO. Ranz is also principal clarinet of the New West Symphony and has filled in as principal for the LA Opera and Hollywood Bowl orchestras, as well as the Santa Barbara and Santa Monica symphonies. He is a member of the Pacific Symphony, performs regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is active in the television and motion picture industry. He earned a Bachelor’s degree at Harvard College and received a Master of Music at the Yale School of Music.

Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, Kahane has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized around the world for his mastery of diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin, Golijov and John Adams. Now in his 19th season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, he previously served as music director of the Colorado and Santa Rosa symphonies. He has garnered tremendous critical acclaim for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement and received multiple ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for his work in both Los Angeles and Denver. He is also a visiting Professor of Keyboard Studies at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

Wolfgang, a composer with a “winning sonic arsenal” (Gramophone), was born in Bad Gastein, Austria, but currently lives in Los Angeles. In addition to LACO’s commission, Wolfgang has written compositions for orchestras, ensembles and individuals around the world. He is the guitarist for the Austrian jazz ensemble, The QuARTet, with which he has performed throughout Europe. Wolfgang is a graduate of the film and scoring program at USC and works in film and television as an orchestrator. He also is associate artistic director of HEAR NOW – A Festival of New Music by Contemporary Los Angeles Composers.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists. Director of Artistic Administration Daren Fuster interviews the soloists and discusses with Wolfgang the inspiration and creation of his work. Following the performance, ticket holders are invited to toast Vogel and Shostac in the lobby at an after-party, which includes complimentary drinks and appetizers.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2015-16 season, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 19th season as LACO’s music director.

Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets, starting at $27, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” and three Westside Connections concerts.

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Gernot Wolfgang & Mozart”
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor & piano
David Shostac, flute
Allan Vogel, oboe
Richard Todd, horn
Kenneth Munday, bassoon
Joshua Ranz, clarinet

PROGRAM:
GERNOT WOLFGANG Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds – “The D.A.R.K. Knights” (world premiere)
MOZART Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, March 19, 2016, 8 pm
Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203
and
Sunday, March 20, 2016, 7pm
Royce Hall
340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

TICKETS/INFO:
Tickets start at $27.
To order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org
(Discounts for groups of 12 or more, seniors 65+ and college students, if available)

CONCERT PRELUDES:
7 pm (Alex Theatre)
6 pm (Royce Hall)
One hour before curtain, pre-concert talks provide insights into the music and artists. Free for ticket holders.

After the performance, ticket holders are invited to mingle with friends and musicians at an after-party in the lobby with complimentary drinks and appetizers.

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PROGRAM, PRICES AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GUEST CONDUCTOR MATTHIAS PINTSCHER
MAKES LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA DEBUT
LEADING BEETHOVEN’S SYMPHONY NO. 8
SCHOENBERG’S SYMPHONY NO. 2,
AND WORKS BY RAVEL AND FAURÉ

Saturday, February 20, 2016, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, February 21, 2016, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
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Matthias Pintscher, music director of the acclaimed French contemporary music group Ensemble Intercontemporain, makes his highly anticipated Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) conducting debut, leading works by Beethoven, Schoenberg, Ravel and Fauré on Saturday, February 20, 2016, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre, Glendale, and Sunday, February 21, 2016, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Pintscher, noted for conducting with “finesse and focus” (The Guardian), leads Beethoven’s less often-performed Symphony No. 8 in F major, a compact and upbeat work notable as the composer’s shortest symphony; Schoenberg’s lush Chamber Symphony No. 2, written over a 33-year period from 1906 to 1939; Fauré’s elegant and graceful Pavane; and Ravel’s complete Ma mère l’oye (“Mother Goose”), originally written for piano four-hands and later expanded for orchestra.

Equally accomplished as conductor and composer, Pintscher has been hailed “for making the creative process behind music come to life” (Ottawa Citizen). He continues his partnership with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as its artist-in-association, and in 2014, began a three-year appointment as artist-in-residence with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Last season, he made several important debuts, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra and Bayerische Rundfunk. This season he returns to the Atlanta and Danish National symphony orchestras, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Sinfonie-Orchester Berlin, Hamburg and Helsinki philharmonics, as well as the symphony orchestras of Melbourne and Sydney. Past conducting engagements have included the Staatskapelle Berlin, NDR Hamburg, Paris Opera and Mariinsky orchestras; Orchestre Philharmonique de France; BBC, Berlin Radio and Vienna Radio symphony orchestras; and the Utah and New World symphonies, among others. A prolific composer, Pintscher, who makes his home in New York and Paris, joined the composition faculty at The Juilliard School in 2014. He was the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Roche Commission. The Cleveland Orchestra premiered his composition idyll in 2014. His Chute d’Étoiles: Hommage à Anselm Kiefer was premiered at the Lucerne Festival in 2012 also by the Cleveland Orchestra, with subsequent performances in Cleveland and at Carnegie Hall.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2015-16 season, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 19th season as LACO’s music director.

Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Tickets, starting at $27, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” and three Westside Connections concerts.

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

WHAT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Fauré, Schoenberg, Ravel, Beethoven”
Matthias Pintscher, conductor

PROGRAM:
FAURÉ Pavane, Op. 50
SCHOENBERG Chamber Symphony No. 2, Op. 38
RAVEL Ma mère l’oye (“Mother Goose”)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8 in F major, Op. 93

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, February 20, 2016, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Alex Theatre, Glendale
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203

Sunday, February 21, 2016, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Royce Hall, UCLA
340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

TICKETS/INFO
Tickets start at $27.
To order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org
(Discounts for groups of 12 or more, seniors 65+ and college students, if available)

CONCERT PRELUDES:
7 pm (Alex Theatre)
6 pm (Royce Hall)
One hour before curtain, pre-concert talks provide insights into the music and artists. Free for ticket holders.

PROGRAM, PRICES AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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