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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OPENS 2016-17 SEASON
AND MUSIC DIRECTOR JEFFREY KAHANE’S FINAL SEASON WITH ORCHESTRA
WITH A PROGRAM OF MUSICAL CONTRASTS
FEATURING WORKS BY BEETHOVEN, MOZART, BACH AND TIGRAN MANSURIAN,
CONSIDERED WORLD’S GREATEST LIVING ARMENIAN COMPOSER

Soloists Include Violinist Movses Pogossian, Soprano Joélle Harvey and
LACO Principal Trumpet David Washburn

Concert also Marks Final Performance of Principal Viola Roland Kato,
Who Is Retiring after 40 Years with Orchestra

Saturday, September 24, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, September 25, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s premier orchestras and a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, presents a program of musical contrasts to open its 2016-17 season, its final under the leadership of esteemed Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, who steps down at the end of the season. On Saturday, September 24, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale, and Sunday, September 25, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall, Kahane conducts Beethoven’s ecstatic Symphony No. 7, Mozart’s radiant Exsultate, jubilate: “Alleluia” with soprano Joélle Harvey and Bach’s joyous Cantata No. 51, “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen,” featuring Harvey and LACO Principal Trumpet David Washburn. These masterpieces are juxtaposed with the somber but transcendent Violin Concerto No. 2, “Four Serious Songs,” by Tigran Mansurian, widely considered the world’s greatest living Armenian composer, featuring Armenian-born violinist Movses Pogossian, winner of the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition, who regularly collaborates with Mansurian.

The concert also marks LACO Principal Viola Roland Kato’s final performance with the Orchestra. He is retiring 40 years after making his first appearance with the Orchestra under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner. Appointed Principal Viola in 1987, the internationally acclaimed viola recitalist and soloist is described as “a brilliant virtuoso, playing with the perfect combination of energy and eloquence” (Los Angeles Times). Kato has also held the principal position in the LA Opera Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony, the California Chamber Symphony and the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra. A sought-after chamber musician as well, he has been featured in numerous chamber series in Los Angeles and has appeared as a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has performed with the New York New Music Ensemble. Kato produced the first-ever recording of Telemann’s Quatrième livre de quatuors, a collection of chamber pieces performed on period instruments, which earned a Grammy nomination. In addition, his arrangements and transcriptions have been performed worldwide.

Pogossian, heralded for his “enormous skill and conviction” (Boston Globe), is the youngest-ever first-prize winner of the USSR National Violin Competition and artistic director of the critically acclaimed Dilijan Chamber Music Series. After making his American debut in 1990 with the Boston Pops, he has performed around the globe with members of the Tokyo, Kronos and Brentano string quartets and such artists as Kim Kashkashian, Jeremy Denk and Lynn Harrell. Passionately committed to new music, Pogossian has premiered more than 50 works, and his recent release of Complete Works for Violin by Stefan Wolpe was named one of the top ten contemporary records of 2015 by The Sunday Times (UK). He is Professor of Violin at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and participates in the Music for Food project, which uses music to raise awareness about global hunger. Pogossian also serves as LACO guest artist-in-residence this fall. Activities of his residence include a masterclass with members of the Glendale Youth Orchestra and Verdugo Young Musicians Association, and other special community concerts and events planned in conjunction with Glendale Arts. Pogossian’s residency with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Harvey, “a soprano of uncommon talent” (San Jose Mercury News) whose voice has been hailed as “crystalline” (The Boston Globe) and “lovely” (Washington Post), is recognized as one of the most promising young talents of her generation. She has appeared with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Killkenny Festival; Handel & Haydn; San Francisco and Dallas symphonies; Utah Opera; New York and Los Angeles philharmonics; and Cleveland Orchestra, among others.
Washburn, praised for “impeccable trumpet playing” (San Francisco Classical Voice) that is “agile and precise” (The New York Times), in addition to serving as LACO principal trumpet, is associate principal trumpet of the LA Opera Orchestra and principal trumpet with the California Philharmonic. Active in the recording industry, he has numerous motion picture soundtracks to his credit, including Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, Windtalkers, A Perfect Storm, Titanic and Deep Impact. Washburn has been a featured soloist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and the Santa Fe, La Jolla and Music@Menlo chamber music festivals. Washburn is a Yamaha Performing Artist.
Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists. Following the performance, ticket holders are invited to mingle with LACO musicians in the lobby at an after-party, which includes complimentary drinks and appetizers.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and a conductor with “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers.

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 eight of LACO’s Orchestral Series concerts, five Baroque Conversations and three Westside Connections series concerts.

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Bach & Beethoven 7”
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Joélle Harvey, soprano
David Washburn, trumpet
Movses Pogossian violin

PROGRAM:
BACH Cantata No. 51, “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen”
MOZART Exsultate, jubilate: “Alleluia”
TIGRAN MANSURIAN Violin Concerto No. 2, “Four Serious Songs”
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 8 pm
Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203
and
Sunday, September 25, 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.

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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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
ANNOUNCES 2016-17 SEASON,
ACCLAIMED MUSIC DIRECTOR JEFFREY KAHANE’S 20th AND
FINAL SEASON WITH ORCHESTRA

Sweeping and Deeply Personal Season for Kahane Features
“Lift Every Voice,” Three-Week Festival Inspired by Lives of
Kurt Weill and Rabbi Joachim Prinz,
Including First Los Angeles Performance Since 1950s of
Weill’s Profound Musical Lost in the Stars Directed by Anne Bogart;
Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with Pop Star Storm Large;
Two World, One US and Three West Coast Premieres;
Performance with His Long-Time Musical Colleague/International Star Yo-Yo Ma;
Performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony;
and Range of Works Cherished by Kahane

Season Highlights Include:

• “Lift Every Voice,” Three-Week Celebration of Concerts, Conversations and Community Engagement Exploring Themes of Tolerance, Compassion, Cooperation and the Power of Music to Encourage Understanding and Promote Peace, Inspired by Lives of Rabbi Joachim Prinz and Composer Kurt Weill;

• LACO-Commissioned World Premieres by Julia Adolphe and Christopher Cerrone; US Premiere of Weill’s Song-Suite for Violin and Orchestra Arranged by Paul Bateman; West Coast Premieres of Albert Schnelzer’s A Freak in Burbank, Adam Schoenberg’s Scatter and Bruce Adolphe’s Violin Concerto “I Will Not Remain Silent”;

• Beethoven “Triple” Concerto Featuring Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Violinist Pamela Frank and Kahane on Piano;

• LACO’s Performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Featuring Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Two Other Beethoven Symphonies – Symphony No. 7; Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”;

• Range of Works Cherished by Kahane, among them Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27; and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, “The Great C-major”;

• Guest Conductors Alexandre Bloch, Thomas Dausgaard, Carlos Kalmar and Stephen Stubbs;

• Guest Artists Daniel Hope, Henning Kraggerud, Movses Pogossian, Violins; Lucie Horsch, Recorder; Jon Kimura Parker, Piano; LACO Principal Trumpet David Washburn; Joélle Harvey, Soprano; Sasha Cooke, Mezzo-Soprano; Brian Mulligan, Baritone; Los Angeles Master Chorale; Ensemble Project Trio; Plus Pop Star Storm Large of Pink Martini, and Vocal Quartet Hudson Shad featured on Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins;

• New and Expanded Guest Artist Residencies with Mahan Esfahani Appointed LACO’s First-Ever Baroque Conversations Artistic Partner for Three Years, through 2018-19 Season; Pogossian Guest Artist-in-Residence in Fall; Justin Hopkins, Bass, Guest Artist-in-Residence in Spring; and wild Up in Third and Final Season as LACO Education Artists-in-Residence;

• Innovative “Westside Connections” Chamber Music and Discussion Series Themed “Music: The Mirror of Time,” Curated by Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Exploring Masterworks from Times of Tragedy and Triumph.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s premier orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, announces its 2016-17 season, its final under the leadership of esteemed Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, who steps down at the end of the season, concluding an unprecedented and extraordinary 20-year tenure at the Orchestra’s artistic helm, the longest in LACO history. The sweeping and deeply personal season commemorates Kahane’s remarkable legacy, spotlights his exceptional rapport with the Orchestra and features some of the world’s leading musicians.

“LACO is deeply indebted to Jeffery Kahane, a truly visionary talent who, for the past two decades, has propelled the Orchestra forward on an amazing and successful trajectory,” says LACO Board President Dana Newman. “He has expanded our musical and artistic horizons in ways we never could have imagined while providing inspired and thoughtful leadership every step of the way, and he’s genuinely beloved by LACO audiences and the Orchestra. We look forward to celebrating and enjoying the incredible music, events and tributes planned to honor him.”

“It is with a bittersweet mixture of joy, excitement, pride and sadness that I look forward to my final season as music director of one of the world’s finest and most versatile chamber orchestras,” says Kahane. “It is the hope of every music director to leave an orchestra in better shape than it was when he inherited it, and I believe that anyone who has known and loved LACO over the last few decades would resoundingly agree that this hope has come to fruition. I also know that the Orchestra’s distinguished history of nearly half a century is a prelude to still more wonderful things to come. I will cherish every moment of every rehearsal and concert with my beloved and extraordinary colleagues, and I feel confident that each concert this season will be memorable.”

Kahane leads five of LACO’s eight orchestral programs as well as several special musical events that reflect his far-reaching impact, broad musical sensibilities, distinctive philosophical interests and tremendous artistic passion. A key highlight is “Lift Every Voice,” a three-week celebration of concerts, conversations and community engagement curated by Kahane to explore themes of tolerance, compassion, cooperation and creativity and the power of music to encourage understanding and promote peace. Inspired by the lives of human and civil rights champions Rabbi Joachim Prinz and composer Kurt Weill, the project features the first Los Angeles performance since the 1950s of Weill’s profound musical Lost in the Stars, co-presented with Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA), as well as his satirical Seven Deadly Sins, both provocative works addressing weighty moral issues. In addition to two LACO-commissioned world premieres by Julia Adolphe and Christopher Cerrone, LACO presents the US premiere of Weill’s Song-Suite for Violin and Orchestra arranged by Paul Bateman, as well as three West Coast premieres – Albert Schnelzer’s A Freak in Burbank, Adam Schoenberg’s Scatter and Bruce Adolph’s Violin Concerto “I Will Not Remain Silent.” This season Kahane shares the stage with such headliners as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinists Daniel Hope and Pamela Frank, pop star Storm Large of Pink Martini and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and welcomes guest conductors Alexandre Bloch, Thomas Dausgaard, Carlos Kalmar and Stephen Stubbs.

LACO also points toward the future with new and expanded Guest Artist Residencies with harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani appointed the first-ever Baroque Conversations Artistic Partner for the series for a three-year period, through the 2018-19 season; violinist Movses Pogossian named Guest Artist-in-Residence for the fall; bass Justin Hopkins named Guest Artist-in-Residence for the spring; and wild Up continuing in its third season as LACO Education Artists-in-Residence. Guest Artists-in-Residence participate in school visits, masterclasses, community engagement and free public performances, among other endeavors.

LACO is the Orchestra-in-Residence at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and embarks on its fifth season as the Orchestra-in-Residence of Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA). Zipper Concert Hall at The Colburn School is the home of LACO’s Baroque Conversations series. LACO also continues as a partner in the “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program,” in which selected Thornton students participate in a mock audition with the possibility of winning a guest musician slot in a strings section for a LACO concert, enhancing preparedness of strings students for a professional career.

One of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, Kahane has vastly elevated LACO’s profile, greatly expanded the chamber music repertoire and championed numerous composers – emerging and established – over the past two decades, creating an indelible stamp on the classical music world. He has been praised by critics as “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma.”

2016-17 SEASON DETAILED

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS
This season, LACO honors Kahane in myriad ways, including the presentation of several extraordinary special events that showcase not only his own musical virtuosity and that of the Orchestra, but also the profound power of music to unite people across boundaries, foster understanding and promote community engagement.

• “Lift Every Voice.” The season’s crowning special event is “Lift Every Voice,” a three-week festival in January 2017 of concerts, conversations and community engagement curated by Kahane to explore themes of tolerance, compassion, cooperation and creativity and the power of music to encourage understanding and promote peace inspired by the lives of human and civil rights champions Rabbi Joachim Prinz and composer Kurt Weill. The project highlights the unique ability of music to spark dialogue about challenging moral issues and bring together people from different walks of life to promote cross-cultural interaction and understanding.

Of particular note, Kahane conducts LACO in the first Los Angeles performance since the 1950s of the gripping musical Lost in the Stars, Weill’s final stage work featuring lyrics by Maxwell Anderson and based on Alan Paton’s classic novel Cry, the Beloved Country, a powerful social indictment of racism and apartheid South Africa. This momentous and impactful production, a co-presentation of LACO and CAP UCLA, is directed by Anne Bogart, co-founder of the New York-based theater ensemble SITI Company, which is a CAP UCLA Fellow. Along with LACO, SITI Company, guest soloists and chorus are featured in the production. (Saturday, January 28, 8 pm, and Sunday, January 29, 7 pm, UCLA’S Royce Hall)

Further exploring these substantive themes, Kahane conducts the US premiere of Weill’s Song-Suite for Violin and Orchestra, arranged by Paul Bateman, and the West Coast premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s Violin Concerto “I Will Not Remain Silent,” which the composer dedicated to Prinz and his friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Both works feature guest soloist Daniel Hope, “among the best (violinists) in the world” (The Observer, London) who is also known for his humanitarian efforts espousing tolerance as well as building bridges between different musical worlds. Additionally, Kahane leads Weill’s compelling Seven Deadly Sins, originally composed in 1933 as a ballet with text by Bertolt Brecht that features virtuosic pop singer Storm Large of Pink Martini and the all-male vocal quartet Hudson Shad. (Saturday, January 21, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, January 22, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

LACO’s “Lift Every Voice” project includes other compelling chamber music programs, as well as thought-provoking symposiums and community engagement events, with additional details to be announced. In planning the festival, Kahane benefitted from the expertise of Kim Kowalke, President and CEO of Kurt Weill Foundation for Music.

• Beethoven Triple. To help celebrate Kahane’s final blockbuster season, world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who has introduced new generations to the vitality and timelessness of classical music and is a long-time colleague of Kahane’s with whom he toured internationally for nearly a decade, and Pamela Frank, a “great” violinist (Intelligencer), join Kahane, who conducts and plays piano, in a special LACO performance of Beethoven’s “Triple” Concerto. The concert, which marks Frank’s LACO debut, is a co-presentation of LACO and USC Thornton School of Music. (Sunday, October 16, 7:30 pm, USC’s Bovard Auditorium)

ORCHESTRAL SERIES

LACO’s core “Orchestral Series” expands this season from seven to eight concerts, each with back-to-back performances on Saturday nights at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and Sunday nights at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The series showcases LACO’s remarkable artistry and trademark mix of orchestral masterpieces and daring new works from today’s leading composers, as well as the much-admired collaborative style between LACO artists and Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, who conducts five of the eight “Orchestral Series” programs. Passionate, joyous and engaging, the series features a range of exceptional guest artists.

• Opening: Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Tigran Mansurian. LACO’s 2016-17 season-opening program is a study in musical contrasts with Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducting several favorites, including Beethoven’s ecstatic Symphony No. 7, Mozart’s radiant Exsultate, jubilate: “Alleluia” with soprano Joélle Harvey and Bach’s joyous Cantata No. 51, “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen,” featuring Harvey with LACO Principal Trumpet David Washburn. They are juxtaposed by the somber but transcendent Violin Concerto No. 2, “Four Serious Songs,” by Tigran Mansurian, widely considered the world’s greatest living Armenian composer. It features Armenian-born violinist Movses Pogossian, winner of the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition and heralded for his “enormous skill and conviction” (Boston Globe), who regularly collaborates with Mansurian. (Saturday, September 24, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, September 25, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

• Beethoven, Sibelius, Albert Schnelzer. Guest Conductor Thomas Dausgaard – Principal Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Chief Conductor Designate of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Seattle Symphony – makes his LACO debut leading the West Coast premiere of A Freak in Burbank, a romping homage to filmmaker Tim Burton by Swedish composer Albert Schnelzer. Dausgaard also conducts six of Sibelius’s Humoresques for violin and orchestra, featuring Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud, praised for his “utter brilliance” (The Strad), who makes his first LACO appearance in 12 years; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” (Saturday, October 29, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, October 30, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

• Mozart, Mendelssohn, Adam Schoenberg. Rising French conductor Alexandre Bloch, Principal Guest Conductor of Düsseldorf Symphoniker noted for his “passion and precision” (The Arts Desk), makes his LACO debut, conducting the West Coast premiere of Adam Schoenberg’s Scatter, a triple concerto written for and featuring genre-defying Project Trio, (Peter Seymour, double bass, Greg Patillo, flute, and Eric Stephenson, cello), “a cross between chamber musicians and rock stars” (Iowa Public Radio). Additionally, the program includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, “Prague,” a work that helped expand the symphonic genre with its structure and contrapuntal complexity, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, “Scottish,” inspired by a visit the composer made to Scotland in 1829. (Saturday, November 12, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, November 13, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

• Weill, Bruce Adolphe. LACO’s season continues with Kahane conducting a captivating semi-staged program that is part of “Lift Every Voice,” LACO’s three-week exploration of tolerance, compassion, cooperation and creativity to shine light on the power of music to encourage understanding and promote peace inspired by the lives of human and civil rights champions Rabbi Joachim Prinz and composer Kurt Weill. Kahane leads the US premiere of Weill’s Song-Suite for Violin and Orchestra, arranged by Paul Bateman, and the West Coast premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s Violin Concerto “I Will Not Remain Silent,” which the composer dedicated to Prinz and his friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Both works feature guest soloist Daniel Hope, “among the best (violinists) in the world” (The Observer, London) who is known for his humanitarian efforts espousing tolerance as well as building bridges between different musical worlds. The program also includes Weill’s compelling Seven Deadly Sins, a work originally composed in 1933 as a ballet with text by Bertolt Brecht that features virtuosic pop singer Storm Large of Pink Martini and the all-male vocal quartet Hudson Shad. (Saturday, January 21, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, January 22, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

• Lutosławski, John Adams, Haydn, Rossini. LACO takes part in the world-wide celebration honoring John Adams on the occasion his 70th birthday when Uruguayan-born guest conductor Carlos Kalmar leads a performance of Adams’ The Wound-Dresser, composed for baritone singer and orchestra and based on war poems penned by Walt Whitman during the Civil War. The moving work, a tribute to the tolls of war, features Brian Mulligan, applauded for his “commanding and clear-voiced” baritone (San Francisco Examiner). Kalmar – currently in his 13th season as Music Director of the Oregon Symphony, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Spanish Radio/Television Orchestra and Choir in Madrid, and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago – also conducts Lutosławski’s Musique funèbre, Haydn’s Symphony No. 98, and Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers Overture. Kahane cites Kalmar as one of his favorite conductors. (Saturday, February 25, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, February 26, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

• Mozart, Mahler, Julia Adolphe, Handel, Brahms. Kahane showcases some of his top musical picks in this deeply personal program that includes a world premiere by Julia Adolphe as part of LACO’s singular and highly successful “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated during Kahane’s tenure 16 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works. (Adolphe, who has also written for the New York Philharmonic, is the niece of Bruce Adolphe, whose Violin Concerto is featured on LACO’s January program.) Her piece is scored for 18-piece orchestra, a configuration Kahane particularly favors, describing it as “a big chamber ensemble.” In addition, Kahane conducts Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2, which he says is the piece that changed his life when he first heard it at age 14, cementing his love for music and desire to play professionally. Written for extended chamber orchestra, it features acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker, with whom Kahane shares a special rapport. World-renowned mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, a “luminous standout” (New York Times), also returns to LACO to perform selections from Mahler’s tender and intimate Rückert Lieder, as well as the arias “Deh, per questo istante solo” from Mozart’s opera Le clemenza di Tito, and “As with rosy steps the morn” from Handel’s oratorio Theodora. (Saturday, March 18, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, March 19, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

• Beethoven. While the music of Beethoven has been a mainstay of LACO’s repertoire since its inception, the Orchestra has performed his Symphony No. 9, “Choral,” only once previously for a program at the Hollywood Bowl. Long on his LACO “bucket-list” for the Orchestral Series, Kahane conducts this monumental work about protest and the human spirit with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and guest soloists Kathryn Mueller, soprano; Suzanna Guzman, mezzo-soprano; Paul Appleby, tenor; and Justin Hopkins, bass. Traditionally performed by massive forces, Kahane points out that LACO’s presentation includes a smaller contingent of singers and instrumentalists, which “allows for different sonorities and a different light to be shed on the work.” (Saturday, April 22, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, April 23, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

• Mozart, Christopher Cerrone, Schubert. Music Director Jeffrey Kahane concludes his remarkable 20-year tenure with LACO in grand fashion with a quintessential “Kahane” program that includes something new, something personal and something profound. The concert opens with Kahane conducting the world premiere of a LACO commission by 2014 Pulitzer-Prize finalist Christopher Cerrone, “a rising star” (The New Yorker) whose compositional voice is characterized by expressive lyricism, ringing clarity and a deep literary fluency. Kahane, a world renowned pianist, then takes on dual roles as soloist and conductor, in his trademark style, as he leads the Orchestra from the keyboard to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27, which he describes as a “bittersweet valedictory piece about being at the end of winter and longing for spring.” For his final flourish as LACO music director, Kahane takes the podium to conduct Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, “The Great C-major,” which embodies Schubert’s great love of Beethoven. Summing up both the piece and his time with LACO, Kahane concludes, “It’s a great way to end.” (Saturday, May 20, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, May 21, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS
LACO announces that harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani has been appointed Baroque Conversations Artistic Partner for a three-year period, through the 2018-19 season. Artists curating and hosting performances for LACO’s enlightening five-concert Baroque Conversations series, held at The Colburn School’s Zipper Hall in downtown LA, are Esfahani (October 6, 2016); Principal Harpsichord Patricia Mabee, celebrating her 40th year with the Orchestra (November 3, 2016); guest viola d’amore/violin Rachel Barton Pine, (February 9, 2017); guest conductor Stephen Stubbs whose program features the 16-year-old Dutch phenom, recorder player Lucie Horsch (March 2, 2017); and LACO Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav, who is joined by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane (April 13, 2017). The series spotlights repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. In signature LACO style, the artists share their insights into the music and invite questions from the audience, which provides patrons with an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a deeper level. Each program begins with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. (Thursdays, October 6 & November 3, 2016, and February 9, March 2 & April 13, 2017, 7:30 pm, Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles) (programs to be announced)

WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS – Music: The Mirror of Time
Designed to illustrate the connections between music and other human and artistic endeavors, LACO’s trademark “Westside Connections” inter-disciplinary three-concert chamber music and discussion series continues to step outside the proverbial “music “box” with this season’s theme, Music: The Mirror of Time, a thought-provoking exploration of masterworks from times of tragedy and triumph. The series, designed to illustrate the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives, is curated by Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who selects chamber works to complement the presentations of the special guests. In previous seasons, Westside Connections has explored the connections between music and such disparate topics as the mind, architecture, the culinary arts and poetry. “Westside Connections” concerts take place at the state-of-the-art 335-seat Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica, providing an intimate setting for the fascinating and often surprising programs. (Thursdays, February 23, April 6, May 4, 2017, 7:30 pm, Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at The Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School, Santa Monica) (programs to be announced)

LACO À LA CARTE
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra offers music lovers an opportunity to enjoy five intimate, elegant and entertaining “LACO à la carte” fundraising events, which illustrate that music truly knows no boundaries by pairing delectable international cuisine and exclusive salon musical performances by LACO musicians and guest artists in spectacular international residences. Included this season are salons at the residences of the consuls general of Austria, Turkey and Australia, among others. “LACO à la carte” is chaired by LACO board member Mahnaz Newman. (dates, locations and programs to be announced)

LACO ANNUAL CONCERT GALA
LACO’s annual concert gala celebrates Music Director Jeffrey Kahane. The elegant fundraiser features a special concert, silent and live auctions and a sumptuous dinner, and takes place on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at The Biltmore Hotel. Pat and Sandy Gage, who co-chaired LACO’s three most lucrative galas ever, head the event for a fourth time.

LACO @ THE MOVIES
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra continues to honor its rich “Hollywood” heritage with “LACO @ The Movies,” an extraordinary evening of music and film in one of LA’s movie palaces. LACO was founded by studio musicians eager to play in a concert setting as well as in recording studios with many of LACO’s artists continuing to be involved in the film and television recording industry. (Saturday, June 3, 2017, location and program to be announced)

LACO’S COMMUNITY PROGRAMS REACH THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE
Nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music are integral to LACO’s mission. Through its “Meet the Music,” “Community Partners,” “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program” and master classes with LACO Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman, the Orchestra reaches thousands of young people annually.

• Meet the Music. Each school year, LACO, through its acclaimed “Meet the Music” program, hosts 3,200 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students of varied cultural and musical backgrounds at a series of four live programs of classical works and often an upcoming program’s soloist at a professional concert hall. Offered in cooperation with the Los Angeles, Pasadena and Burbank unified school districts, “Meet the Music” fosters listening skills, encourages involvement in music making and provides personal contact with musicians and composers. Prior to attending the concert, students learn about the music on the program in their classrooms through a dedicated volunteer corps of educators and graduate students specially trained by LACO, which underwrites production and, often, transportation costs. For many students, “Meet the Music” marks their first time seeing a live orchestral performance. Joining the Orchestra for at least one program is contemporary classical music ensemble wild Up, which embarks on the final year of a three-year residency as LACO Education Artists-in-Residence. LACO recognizes The Colburn School for its continued support of the Orchestra’s “Meet the Music” education outreach program. (Fridays, October 21 & 28, 2016, and February 24, 2017, Zipper Concert Hall; Thursday, November 10, 2016, Alex Theatre; programs to be announced)

• Community Partners. Through its “Community Partners” program, LACO continues to provide community groups and service organizations with free tickets and transportation to LACO concerts. Organizations benefitting from the program include Boyle Heights Strings; Calabash Charter Academy; Constitutional Rights Foundation; Crenshaw High School; Elemental Strings and Band; Huntington Park Elementary; Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA); Neighborhood Music School; North Hollywood High; Renaissance Arts Academy; Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra; Union Project Dance Co.; and Verdugo Young Musicians Association.

• LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program. The “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program,” launched in 2010, enhances the preparedness of strings students for a professional career. Selected Thornton strings students participate in a mock audition that may lead to an opportunity to perform in the strings section of the Orchestra for an upcoming LACO concert. Previous judges have included LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and Principal Cello Andrew Shulman, all three USC Thornton School of Music faculty members; and LACO Principal Viola Roland Kato. The next mock audition is slated for Monday, October 31, 7 pm in USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall.

• Master Classes. For the fifth consecutive year, LACO Composer-in-Residence and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Andrew Norman presents in-depth composition Master Classes for AP music classes at North Hollywood High School, providing vital mentoring to a new generation of musicians and composers. Additionally Norman visits several fourth-, fifth, and sixth-grade LAUSD and charter school classrooms to introduce the joy of music and music composition to younger students through an engaging interactive presentation.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
LACO recognizes the generous support of Carol and Warner Henry for “Baroque Conversations”; The Colburn Foundation; and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. The Orchestra also receives public funding via grants from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

TICKETS/INFORMATION
For a free season flyer, additional information about Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2016-17 season or to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
2016-17 SEASON

ORCHESTRAL SERIES

Saturday, September 24, 2016, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, September 25, 2016, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Joélle Harvey, soprano
David Washburn, trumpet
Movses Pogossian violin
BACH Cantata No. 51, “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen”
MOZART Exsultate, jubilate: “Alleluia”
TIGRAN MANSURIAN Violin Concerto No. 2, “Four Serious Songs”
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, October 30, 2016, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Henning Kraggerud, violin
ALBERT SCHNELZER A Freak in Burbank (West Coast premiere)
SIBELIUS six Humoresques
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, November 13, 2016, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Alexandre Bloch, conductor
Project Trio, ensemble
MOZART Symphony No. 38, “Prague”
ADAM SCHOENBERG Scatter (West Coast premiere)
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3, “Scottish

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 7 pm, Royce Hall
This concert is also a feature of LACO’s Lift Every Voice project
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Daniel Hope violin
Storm Large vocalist
Hudson Shad vocal quartet
WEILL (arr. Paul Bateman) Song-Suite for Violin and Orchestra (US premiere)
BRUCE ADOLPHE Violin Concerto “I Will Not Remain Silent” (West Coast premiere)
WEILL The Seven Deadly Sins

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, February 26, 2017, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Carlos Kalmar, conductor
Brian Mulligan, baritone

LUTOSLAWSKI Musique funèbre
JOHN ADAMS The Wound-Dresser
HAYDN Symphony No. 98
ROSSINI The Italian Girl in Algiers Overture

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
Jon Kimura Parker, piano
JULIA ADOLPHE Sound Investment commission (world premiere)
MAHLER Selections from Rückert Lieder
MOZART “Deh, per questo istante solo” from La clemenza di Tito
HANDEL “As with rosy steps the morn” from Theodora
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Kathryn Mueller, soprano
Suzanna Guzman, mezzo-soprano
Paul Appleby, tenor
Justin Hopkins, bass
Los Angeles Master Chorale
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9, “Choral”

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, May 21, 2017, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor & piano

CHRISTOPHER CERRONE LACO commission (world premiere)
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 27
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9, “The Great C-major”

BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS
Thursdays, October 6 & November 3, 2016; February 9, March 2, April 13, 2017, 7:30 pm, Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles

WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS
Thursdays, February 23, April 6, May 4, 2017, 7:30 pm, Ann and Jerry Moss Theater
at The Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School, Santa Monica

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

“BEETHOVEN TRIPLE”
Sunday, October 16, 2016, 7:30 pm, USC’s Bovard Auditorium
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor & piano
Pamela Frank, violin
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Margaret Batjer, violin
Andrew Shulman, cello
Co-presentation of LACO and USC Thornton School of Music

HAYDN Piano Trio in G major, “Gypsy”
BRAHMS Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major
BEETHOVEN “Triple” Concerto

“LIFT EVERY VOICE”
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 8 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
Sunday, January 29, 2017, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
“Lost in the Stars”
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Anne Bogart, director
co-presentation of LACO and CAP UCLA

WEILL Lost in the Stars

Additional chamber music programs, symposiums and community engagement events of Lift EveryVoice to be announced.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PRESENTS FIVE

“LACO À LA CARTE” FUNDRAISING EVENINGS,

PAIRING INTERNATIONAL CUISINE WITH

INTIMATE SALON PERFORMANCES AT 

PRIVATE HOMES OF CONSULS GENERAL

OF AUSTRIA, FINLAND, MEXICO AND TURKEY

AND A LUXURIOUS PRIVATE HOME IN SANTA MONICA 

 

Exclusive Evenings in Bel Air, Brentwood, Hancock Park and Santa Monica

Salute Jeffrey Kahane in His Final Season as LACO Music Director,
and Feature Musical Artistry of Kahane, LACO Musicians and Guest Artists

 

“Austria à la carte” – September 10, 7 pm, Brentwood

“Brazil à la carte” – September 17, 7 pm, Santa Monica

“Mexico à la carte” – September 30, 7 pm, Hancock Park

“Turkey à la carte” – October 8, 7 pm, Hancock Park

“Finland à la carte” – October 13, 7 pm, Bel Air

 

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra pairs exclusive musical performances with delectable international cuisine at “LACO à la carte,” five intimate, elegant fundraising evenings celebrating Austria, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey and Finland in the spectacular private homes of members of the region’s international community.  The unique events, each highlighting a single country, include “Austria à la carte” at the Brentwood residence of the Consul General of Austria on September 10, 7 pm; “Brazil à la carte” at the private Santa Monica villa of LACO Emeritus Board Member Roberto Apelfeld and his wife, Claudia, on September 17, 7 pm; “Mexico à la carte” at the Hancock Park residence of the Consul General of Mexico on September 30, 7 pm; “Turkey à la carte” at the Hancock Park residence of the Consul General of Turkey on October 8, 7 pm; and “Finland à la carte” at the Bel Air residence of the Consul General of Finland on October 13, 7 pm.  This year’s à la carte fundraisers salute Jeffrey Kahane, who steps down as LACO Music Director at the end of the 2016-17 season after leading the Orchestra for two decades.  Providing a decidedly cosmopolitan flair to LACO’s wide ranging musical offerings, each program includes a reception and dinner featuring an array of gourmet specialties and beverages of the host country complemented by a salon performance spotlighting LACO musicians and guest artists.  The LACO à la carte series, now in its eighth year, illustrates that music truly knows no boundaries.  Proceeds help support the education and community engagement programs of LACO, proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International.

 

“LACO à la carte” is chaired by LACO Board Vice President Mahnaz Newman.  Sponsors include Leslie Lassiter and Raulee Marcus; Mahnaz and David Newman; Ned and Dana Newman; Gene Shutler; and Anne-Marie & Alex Spataru.

 

 

“AUSTRIA À LA CARTE”

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 7 pm

In Brentwood at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Austria

“Austria à la carte,” hosted by Ulrike Ritzinger, The Honorable Consul General of Austria, at her stately residence in Brentwood, opens the 2016 “LACO à la carte” series with an evening that illuminates the country’s unique and vibrant cultural and culinary traditions.  LACO Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav leads a musical salon, inspired by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane’s legacy of adventurous programming, of Austrian classical music and the rich contemporary music that is its heir.

 

“BRAZIL À LA CARTE”

Saturday, September 17, 2016, 7 pm

In Santa Monica at the Private Residence of Claudia and Roberto Apelfeld

Following on the heels of the Summer Olympics in Rio, LACO’s “Brazil à la carte,” generously hosted by Claudia and Roberto Apelfeld at their elegant Santa Monica residence, sets a festive mood with authentic Brazilian cuisine and libations, including Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha, prepared by chef Maria Fonseca.  LACO Flute Sandy Hughes leads an eclectic program of Brazilian music.

 

“MEXICO À LA CARTE” (premium event)

Friday, September 30, 2016, 7 pm

In Hancock Park at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Mexico

Warm and generous hospitality from the United States’ genial neighbor to the south highlights LACO’s “Mexico à la carte,” hosted by Mexico’s Consul General, The Honorable Carlos Garcia de Albaat, in his elegant Hancock Park residence.  A fiesta featuring authentic Mexican cuisine, tequila, mezcal and aguas frescas sets a festive mood and provides savory accompaniment for an intimate recital by LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane on piano and LACO Principal Cello Andrew Shulman and a guest performance by Mexican flautist Horacio Franco.

 

“TURKEY À LA CARTE”

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 7 pm

In Hancock Park at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Turkey

The Honorable R. Gülru Gezer, Consul General of Turkey extends a warm Turkish welcome for LACO’s “Turkey à la carte,” hosted in her classic Hancock Park consular residence and featuring delectable Turkish cuisine prepared by the resident chef.  LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, joined by other LACO artists, is featured in a varied program inspired by this fascinating country at the crossroads of East and West.

 

“FINLAND À LA CARTE”

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7 pm

In Bel Air at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Finland

Experience the refined cuisine and culture of one of the world’s northernmost countries at LACO’s “Finland à la carte” evening hosted by The Honorable Juha Markkanen, Consul General of Finland in his spectacular Bel Air residence.  The evening features a fond farewell to LACO Principal Viola Roland Kato, who retires this fall, with LACO principal bassoon Kenneth Munday joining him for a program of Finnish favorites and more.  Delicious Scandinavian cuisine and specialty cocktails cap this Nordic fête.

 

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles.  Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and a conductor with “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.”  Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers.

 

Tickets for each “LACO à la carte” event are $400 per person, except for “Mexico à la carte,” a premium event, for which tickets are $500 per person.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 213 622 7001 x 3.  Details are available at www.laco.org/events.

 

 

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HURDY-GURDYIST CURTIS BERAK AND
MUSETTE PLAYER BRUCE TETER
SPOTLIGHTED IN
LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS PROGRAM LED BY
PRINCIPAL KEYBOARD PATRICIA MABEE


Thursday, November 3, 2016, 7:30 pm

Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles

 

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) Baroque Conversations spotlights the harpsichord, hurdy-gurdy and musette in an evening led by LACO Principal Keyboard Patricia Mabee and featuring Curtis Berak, one of the world’s leading hurdy-gurdyists, and musette player Bruce Teter on Thursday, November 3, 2016, 7 pm, at Zipper Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.  The program includes Rameau’s 5th Concert, from Pièces de clavecin en concerts; Bach’s French Suite No. 5 in G major; and Telemann’s Suite No. 6 in E minor, from Nouveaux quatours en six suites.  The three final works on the program, Lully’s “Turkish March” from Le bourgeois gentilhomme; a selection of Vaudevilles by Chédeville and Corrette’s Concerto No. 7 in C minor, “La Servante au Bon Tabac” from Concertos Comiques, showcase the hurdy gurdy and the musette.  Mabee, who curated the program and introduces the works from the stage, is celebrating her 40th anniversary with the Orchestra.  Berak, “a mad musical scientist” (LA Downtown News) who restores and collects antique hurdy-gurdys and has amassed the largest collection in America, has been featured on the film soundtracks for Polar Express, The Three Musketeers, The Craft, The Tie That Binds and Newsies, among others.  Teter, who in addition to his busy performance schedule is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at UCLA, where he studies Alzheimer’s disease, was introduced to the musette de cour bagpipe by Berak and taught himself to play using the Hotteterre treatise of 1737.  Joining Mabee, Berak and Teter for the evening of Baroque chamber music are LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian and flute Sandy Hughes.   The concert concludes with an audience Q&A with Mabee and the musicians.  A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6:30 pm.

 

The hurdy-gurdy, an intriguing stringed instrument also known as vielle à roue (wheel fiddle) that today is rarely used in concert halls, was common throughout Europe from the 12th to 19th centuries and brought back to public awareness during the 1960s due in part to pop singer Donovan’s hit Hurdy Gurdy Man.  The instrument, which looks like a hybrid of a lute or guitar and a keyboard, has a crank-turned rosined wheel that rolls against strings to produce a sound similar to that of a violin bow rubbing against a string.  The musette, resembling a bagpipe, is played by pumping the instrument’s bellows to blow air through both a chanter and a drone to produce sound.  These folk instruments entered aristocratic musical circles as composers began to incorporate folk music into court life.

Teter, largely self-taught, has played the recorder for over 30 years and the bagpipe for 25 years.  In addition to playing the musette de cour bagpipe, he plays such other instruments as the rauschpfeife, pennywhistle and crumhorn.  He co-directs the Wessex Consort, Distorted Pearl and The Piccadillys; plays in the Los Angeles Recorder Orchestra as soprano principal; sings with the Sacred Harp and Georgian choirs; and is a harmonic overtone singer.

Mabee has been principal keyboard with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1976, and has been featured on more than 20 works from the concerto repertoire under the batons of Sir Neville Marriner, Christopher Hogwood, Helmuth Rilling, Nicholas McGegan and Iona Brown.  She performs with the Bach’s Circle, which focuses on the music of JS Bach, his sons and contemporaries.  Mabee is the music director of Ritornello, a period instrument ensemble that presents educational programs for schools, museums and community groups.  She has also been featured on piano for world premieres by John Adams, Bruce Broughton, Donald Crockett and Libby Larsen.

 

The enlightening five-concert Baroque Conversations series provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period.   The third Baroque Conversations program, on February 9, 2017 features Rachel Barton Pine on violin and viola d’amore leading the Orchestra in works by Vivaldi, Pisendel and Locatelli.  Baroque Conversations is generously sponsored by Carol & Warner Henry, a Friend of LACO and the Ronus Foundation.

 

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles.  Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and a conductor with “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.”  Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers.

 

Tickets, starting at $58, 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.  Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all eight of LACO’s Orchestral concerts, five Baroque Conversations and three Westside Connections series concerts.

 

 

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

 

WHAT:

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Baroque Conversations

Patricia Mabee, host & harpsichord

Curtis Berak, hurdy-gurdy

Bruce Teter, musette

Margaret Batjer, violin

Armen Ksajikian, cello

Sandy Hughes, flute

 

WHEN:

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 7:30 pm

 

WHERE:

Zipper Concert Hall

The Colburn School

200 South Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

PROGRAM:

RAMEAU          5th Concert, from Pièces de clavecin en concerts

BACH               French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816

TELEMANN      Suite No. 6 in E minor, TWV 43:e4, from Nouveaux quatours en six suites

LULLY              “Turkish March” from Le bourgeois gentilhomme

CHÉDEVILLE    Selection of Vaudevilles

CORRETTE      Concerto No. 7 in C minor, “La Servante au Bon Tabac” from Concertos Comiques

 

TICKETS/INFO:

Tickets start at $58.  For information about Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2016-17 season or to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.

 

 

PROGRAM, PRICES AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

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08/05/16

 

 

 

 

 

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INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED CELLIST YO-YO MA AND
VIOLINIST PAMELA FRANK FEAUTURED IN SPECIAL PERFORMANCE WITH

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
AND MUSIC DIRECTOR/PIANIST JEFFREY KAHANE

ON BEETHOVEN TRIPLE CONCERTO

 

Program also Includes Haydn’s “Gypsy” Trio and
Brahms’ Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major

 

Saturday, October 16, 7:30 pm, USC’s Bovard Auditorium;

 

World renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who has introduced new generations to the vitality and timelessness of classical music, and Pamela Frank, a “great” violinist (Intelligencer), join Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) and Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, who conducts and plays piano, in a special performance of Beethoven’s “Triple” Concerto to celebrate Kahane’s final season with the Orchestra, on Sunday, October 16, 2016, 7:30 pm, at USC’s Bovard Auditorium.  Ma is a long-time colleague of Kahane with whom he toured internationally for nearly a decade.  The concert, which marks Frank’s LACO debut and is a co-presentation of LACO and USC Thornton School of Music, begins with two chamber works, Haydn’s “Gypsy” Trio featuring Kahane, LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and Principal Cello Andrew Shulman, and Brahms’s Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major with Ma and Kahane.

 

Ma, a “megastar” whose “name has become virtually synonymous with classical music,” (San Diego Union-Tribune), has produced more than 75 albums and won more than 15 Grammy Awards.  Whether performing a new concerto, revisiting a familiar work from the cello repertoire, coming together with colleagues for chamber music or exploring cultures and musical forms outside of the Western classical tradition, the acclaimed musician strives to find connections that stimulate the imagination.  In 2001, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.  In 2010, he was named a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  Currently serving as a UN Messenger of Peace, he was appointed Artistic Advisor At Large for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the 2016-17 season.  He also served as artistic director of the Silk Road Project, an organization dedicated to promoting the various traditions along the ancient Silk Road trade route.

 

Frank has established an outstanding international reputation across an unusually varied range of performing activity.  In addition to her extensive schedule of engagements with prestigious orchestras throughout the world and her recitals on the leading concert stages, she is regularly sought after as a chamber music partner by today’s most distinguished soloists and ensembles.  The breadth of this accomplishment and her consistent high level of musicianship were recognized in 1999 with the Avery Fisher Prize, one of the highest honors given to American instrumentalists.

Kahane, equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, 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 20th season as LACO music director, 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 a Professor of Keyboard Studies at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.
Batjer, concertmaster of Los Angeles Chamber Orches­tra since 1998, made her first solo appearance at age 15 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  She has since soloed with leading orchestras from around the world including the Philadelphia, St. Louis and Dallas symphonies; the Prague, Halle and Berlin sympho­ny orchestras; and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.  An esteemed chamber musician, she appears regularly at the Marlboro Music Festival, as well as many other festivals in the US and Europe.  Batjer has recorded extensively for Philips, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon and BMG.  In 2008, Batjer developed LACO’s Westside Connections chamber music series.  She serves on the faculty of the USC Thorn­ton School of Music and the Colburn Music Academy.

 

Shulman was appointed principal cello of LACO in 2008 and is a professor of violoncello at the University of Southern California.  He was the first British winner of the Piatigorsky Artist Award and was bestowed with an Honorary RCM by The Queen Mother in 1986.  Shulman was solo cello of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, first chair with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and principal cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  He has given recitals in the Royal Palace in Stockholm; in London at Wigmore Hall, Buckingham Palace and Royal Festival Hall; and locally at the Hollywood Bowl.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles.  Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and a conductor with “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.”  Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers.

Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

 

Tickets, starting at $90, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001.

 

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

 

EVENT:

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

“Beethoven Triple”

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor & piano
Pamela Frank, violin

Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Margaret Batjer, violin
Andrew Shulman, cello
Co-presentation of LACO and USC Thornton School of Music
PROGRAM:

HAYDN                 Trio No. 39 in G major, “Gypsy”

BRAHMS              Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99

BEETHOVEN       Concerto in C major for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 56, “Triple Concerto”

 

WHEN:

Saturday, October 16, 7:30 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)

           

TICKETS/INFO

Tickets start at $90.

To order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org

 

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PROGRAM, PRICES AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

08/04/16

 

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA,
LED BY GUEST CONDUCTOR ALEXANDRE BLOCH,
PRESENTS WEST COAST PREMIERE OF
ADAM SCHOENBERG’S SCATTER, FEATURING PROJECT TRIO,
MOZART’S “PRAGUE” SYMPHONY AND
MENDELSSOHN’S “SCOTTISH” SYMPHONY

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall

 

Rising French conductor Alexandre Bloch, principal guest conductor of Düsseldorf Symphoniker, makes his Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra debut conducting the West Coast premiere of Adam Schoenberg’s Scatter, a triple concerto written for and featuring genre-defying PROJECT Trio, on Saturday, November 12, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, and Sunday, November 13, 2016, 7 pm, Royce Hall.  Bloch has been hailed for his “passion and precision” (The Arts Desk).  Project Trio is comprised of Peter Seymour, double bass, Greg Patillo, flute, and Eric Stephenson, cello, who have been described as “a cross between chamber musicians and rock stars” (Iowa Public Radio).  The program also includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, “Prague,” a work that helped expand the symphonic genre with its structure and contrapuntal complexity, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, “Scottish,” inspired by a visit the composer made to Scotland in 1829.

 

Project Trio’s Stephenson describes Scatter as “a unique triple concerto for the entire trio, melding cycles of chamber music and orchestra that are held together by electronic elements.”   He adds that ethereal sounds make it a “celebration of sound.”

 

The LA-based Schoenberg, born in Northampton, MA, in 1980, has received awards and grants from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, International Brass Chamber Music Festival, Southern Arts Federation and Society for New Music, as well as the prestigious Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006.  He was Guest Composer at the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2010 and 2011, and 2012 BMI Composer-in-Residence at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University; he has also held residencies with the Kansas City Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony and Lexington Philharmonic.  In 2012, Schoenberg became the first American classical composer to sign with Universal Music Publishing Classical Group and Ricordi London.  Also an accomplished film composer, Schoenberg has scored two feature-length movies and several shorts.  Schoenberg is on the faculty at UCLA, where he teaches composition and orchestration.  He received his baccalaureate in music composition from Oberlin (2002) and his master’s degree (2005) and doctorate (2010) from Juilliard, where he was a C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow.

 

Bloch, in addition to his role with the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, was appointed music director of Orchestre National de Lille beginning in the 2016-17 season.  Widely admired for his enthusiasm and energy, the French conductor came to international attention as winner of Donatella Flick’s LSO Conducting Competition in 2012, after which he was appointed assistant conductor at the London Symphony Orchestra.  He has guest conducted the Oslo Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Concertgebouw Orkest, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBCNOW, Poznan Philharmonic, NWD Philharmonie and Australian Youth Orchestra, among others.

 

PROJECT Trio, combining world-class artist virtuosity with rock star energy, has been singled out by Gramophone Magazine “an ensemble willing and able to touch on the gamut of musical bases ranging from Baroque to nu-Metal and taking in pretty much every stylism in between,” and hailed by The Wall Street Journal for their “wide appeal, subversive humor and first-rate playing.”  Performing more than 70 concerts a year, Project Trio made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2010.  Two recordings, When Will Then Be Now and Random Roads Collection, debuted at the top of both the Billboard Canadian and US classical and jazz charts.

 

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 (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles.  Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and a conductor with “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.”  Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers.

 

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 eight of LACO’s Orchestral concerts, five Baroque Conversations and three Westside Connections series concerts.

 

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

 

EVENT:

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

“Mozart & Mendelssohn”
Alexandre Bloch, conductor
PROJECT Trio, ensemble
PROGRAM:

MOZART                                              Symphony No. 38, “Prague”

ADAM SCHOENBERG                        Scatter (West Coast premiere)

MENDELSSOHN                                 Symphony No. 3, “Scottish

 

WHEN/WHERE:

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 8 pm

Alex Theatre

216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203

and

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 7 pm, Royce Hall

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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PROGRAM, PRICES AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

08/04/16

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA,
LED BY GUEST CONDUCTOR THOMAS DAUSGAARD,
PRESENTS BEETHOVEN’S SYMPHONY NO. 3, “EROICA,” AND
WEST COAST PREMIERE OF ALBERT SCHNELZER’S
A FREAK IN BURBANK, AN HOMAGE TO FILMMAKER TIM BURTON

 

Program also Features Violinist Henning Kraggerud on
Six of Sibelius’s Humoresques for violin and orchestra

 Saturday, October 29, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;

Sunday, October 30, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall

Thomas Dausgaard, principal conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, chief conductor designate of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Seattle Symphony, makes his Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra debut guest conducting the West Coast premiere of A Freak in Burbank, a romping homage to filmmaker Tim Burton by Swedish composer Albert Schnelzer, on Saturday, October 29, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and Sunday, October 30, 2016, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall.  Dausgaard also conducts Beethoven’s inventive and heroic Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” and six of Sibelius’s Humoresques for violin and orchestra, featuring Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud, praised for his “utter brilliance” (The Strad).

Dausgaard, a conductor hailed for his “clarity, energy and momentum” (Classical Source) who “draws a spectrum of colors from the orchestra” (The New York Times), is renowned for his creativity and innovation in programming, the excitement of his live performances, and his extensive catalogue of critically-acclaimed recordings.  Regularly appearing with many of the world’s leading orchestras, he began his North American career assisting Seiji Ozawa.  In addition to his other orchestral positions, Dausgaard is honorary conductor of the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, having previously served as its principal conductor from 2004 to 2011.

Kraggerud, co-artistic director of the Risør Festival of Chamber Music, artistic director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and one of Scandinavia’s most versatile violinists, makes his first LACO appearance in 12 years.  He is noted for performances that are “beautifully clean, superbly articulated…full of character and wit” (The Strad).  Also an innovative improviser and composer, Henning’s recent recording, Last Spring, is a unique collaboration with Norwegian jazz pianist Bugge Wesseltoft exploring improvisations on Norwegian folk music with classical and jazz elements.

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 (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles.  Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and a conductor with “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.”  Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers.

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 eight of LACO’s Orchestral concerts, five Baroque Conversations and three Westside Connections series concerts.

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

 

EVENT:

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

“Beethoven Eroica”
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Henning Kraggerud, violin

PROGRAM:

ALBERT SCHNELZER             A Freak in Burbank (West Coast premiere)
SIBELIUS                                  six Humoresques
BEETHOVEN               Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”

WHEN/WHERE:

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 8 pm

Alex Theatre

216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203

and

Sunday, October 30, 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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PROGRAM, PRICES AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 

07/28/16

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PRESS CONTACTS: Libby Huebner, 562 799 6055, pr@laco.org

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA’S
2016-17 “CAMPUS TO CONCERT HALL” ALL ACCESS SEASON PASS,
ONE OF THE BEST BARGAINS IN THE CITY,
OFFERS STUDENTS
TWENTY-FOUR CONCERTS FOR JUST $30

 

Opportunity knocks for savvy college students ages 17 to 30 who take advantage of one of the best bargains in the city, known as Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass,” which provides admission to twenty-four LACO concerts during its 2016-17 season for just $30.  For just $1.25 per ticket, fortunate pass-holders attend performances at some of Southern California’s leading venues, including all eight of LACO’s Orchestral Series concerts at either Glendale’s Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall; three Westside Connections programs, offering an exploration of masterworks through the prism of “Music: The Mirror of Time,” at Santa Monica’s Moss Theater; and five Baroque Conversations programs, with repertoire from early Baroque through the pre-classical period, at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall.  As an added bonus, the All Access Pass includes access to performance after-parties to mingle with musicians; advance reservation privileges; and the option to reserve up to three additional tickets at just $12 each for college friends (valid college ID required).  This popular student pass, offered for the sixth year, has served to build appreciation for classical music among younger audiences.

“Our ‘Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass’ makes it affordable for students to attend multiple performances for substantially less than the cost of a movie, or even a latte,” says LACO Senior Director of Advancement & Strategic Engagement Lacey Huszcza.  “Although LACO offers Student Rush tickets at $12, the ‘All Access Pass’ makes tickets even more affordable and easy to reserve in advance.”

LACO’s long history of educational outreach encompasses programs integral to its mission of nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music, and it places particular focus on bringing students inside the concert hall to experience the Orchestra’s live performances in world-class venues.

More information on the “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” is available at laco.org/college, where students can purchase it online.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles.  Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and a conductor with “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.”  Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers.

 

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“LACO @ THE MOVIES: AN EVENING OF DISNEY SILLY SYMPHONIES” BRINGS DAZZLING ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNING DISNEY ANIMATION TO THE BIG SCREEN WITH ORCHESTRAL SCORES PERFORMED LIVE BY LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, LED BY EMMY® AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER MARK WATTERS

Dustin Hoffman Serves as Honorary Chair
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 7 pm
The Orpheum Theatre Downtown LA
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) showcases the interplay of music and film with “LACO @ the Movies: An Evening of Disney Silly Symphonies,” a program of dazzling and delightful Academy Award®-winning animation created by Walt Disney Studios between 1929 and 1939, with orchestral scores performed live by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra led by six-time Emmy® award-winning composer Mark Watters, on Saturday, June 4, 2016, 7 pm, at the historic Orpheum Theatre movie palace in downtown Los Angeles. Based on timeless fairy tales and fantastical scenarios, the seven classic animated Silly Symphony shorts include five Academy Award®-winners, the first Silly Symphony short produced and directed by Walt Disney, the first commercial color short and the first to utilize a multiplane camera to create depth of field. With animation by a number of Disney legends, these films are set against a backdrop of lively music. From symphonic to jazz, and featuring the Orpheum’s 1927 Wurlitzer, one of only three remaining original theatre organ installations in theatres in Southern California, the music by such luminaries as Leigh Harline and Carl Stalling is arranged for live orchestra by Watters and Alex Rannie. The magical event for adults and children six and older benefits education and concert programs of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Academy Award®-winning actor Dustin Hoffman serves as Honorary Chair. Film tickets and exclusive sponsorship packages, including a post-film cocktail party, are available.

“When LACO was founded, it was envisioned as an ensemble allowing gifted, conservatory-trained players to balance studio work and teaching with pure artistic collaboration at the highest level,” says LACO Executive Director Scott Harrison. “We are proud to embrace these deep film industry roots as we partner once again with Disney and Disney Music Group for a wonderful evening of big screen artistry and entertainment.”

Disney produced 75 Silly Symphony shorts during a ten-year period from 1929 through 1939, many used to experiment with special effects and camera techniques. The concept, conceived by Walt Disney and Stalling, his first musical director, was simple: complete a musical composition first, followed by a story and animation around that score.

“LACO @ the Movies: An Evening of Disney Silly Symphonies” opens with The Skeleton Dance (1929), the first Silly Symphony short produced and directed by Walt Disney, starring four music-making and dancing skeletons in a macabre graveyard with a score by Carl Stalling based on the foxtrot, a popular dance beat of the era, set in a minor key. Also shown are Flowers and Trees (1932), the first commercial short produced in color using the then-new Technicolor three-strip process and featuring a pastoral symphonic score by Bert Lewis and Frank Churchill, which became a critical success and won the first Academy Award® for Animated Short Subject; Three Little Pigs (1933), a musical sensation scored by Stalling that won a 1934 Academy Award® for Best Animated Short Film and was named to the National Film Registry in 2007 for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”; and the Academy Award®-winning The Old Mill (1937), the first short to experiment with animation and camera techniques utilizing the multiplane camera, which added a dimensionality not previously seen in animated film and was later used in the iconic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Other featured Silly Symphony shorts include The Country Cousin (1936), performed with live music for the first time since it was produced 80 years ago. Winner of the Best Animated Short Academy Award® in 1937, this film is based on the Aesop Fable “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse” with a sophisticated musical score by Harline. Also shown is the 1939 color version of The Ugly Duckling, based on the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, which was the last Silly Symphony produced by the studio and garnered an Academy Award® for Best Short Subject (a black and white version was produced in 1931). The evening concludes with Music Land (1935), featuring a brilliant and virtuosic score that pits the Land of Symphony against the Isle of Jazz for a unique Disney “take” on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

The event’s landmark venue, The Orpheum Theatre, located at the heart of downtown’s revitalized Broadway Theatre District, adds a particularly special flourish to the festivities. Opened in 1926, around the time Walt Disney was revolutionizing the field of animation, the 2,000-seat theatre features a stunning Beaux Arts façade designed by architect G. Albert Lansburgh.

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.

Film tickets for “LACO @ The Movies: An Evening of Disney Silly Symphonies” start at $38 and are available at laco.org or by calling 800 745 3000. For in-person sales, The Orpheum box office is open on Wednesdays only, 1 to 7 pm. Exclusive sponsorship packages, including film tickets and a post-film cocktail party and other benefits, begin at $2,500 and can be purchased by calling LACO at 213 622 7001 x 3. The Orpheum Theatre is located at 842 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014.

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“LACO @ The Movies: An Evening of Disney Silly Symphonies”
Mark Watters, conductor

FEATURED SILLY SYMPHONIES:
The Skeleton Dance (1929)
Flowers and Trees (1932)
Three Little Pigs (1933)
The Country Cousin (1936)
The Old Mill (1937)
The Ugly Duckling (1939)
Music Land (1935)

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, June 4, 2016, 7 pm
The Orpheum Theatre
842 South Broadway Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014

TICKETS/INFORMATION:

Film tickets start at $38;
Film tickets for “LACO @ The Movies: An Evening of Disney Silly Symphonies” start at $38 and are available at laco.org or by calling 800 745 3000. For in-person sales, The Orpheum box office is open on Wednesdays only, 1 to 7 pm. Exclusive sponsorship packages, including film tickets and a post-film cocktail party and other benefits, begin at $2,500 and can be purchased by calling LACO at 213 622 7001 x 3.

PROGRAM, PRICES AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
ANNOUNCES 2016-17 SEASON,
ACCLAIMED MUSIC DIRECTOR JEFFREY KAHANE’S 20th AND
FINAL SEASON WITH ORCHESTRA

 

Sweeping and Deeply Personal Season for Kahane Features
“Lift Every Voice,” Three-Week Festival Inspired by Lives of
Kurt Weill and Rabbi Joachim Prinz,
Including First Los Angeles Performance Since 1950s of
Weill’s Profound Musical Lost in the Stars Directed by Anne Bogart;
Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with Pop Star Storm Large;
Two World, One US and Three West Coast Premieres;
Performance with His Long-Time Musical Colleague/International Star Yo-Yo Ma;
Performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony;
and Range of Works Cherished by Kahane 

Season Highlights Include:

  • “Lift Every Voice,” Three-Week Celebration of Concerts, Conversations and Community Engagement Exploring Themes of Tolerance, Compassion, Cooperation and the Power of Music to Encourage Understanding and Promote Peace, Inspired by Lives of Rabbi Joachim Prinz and Composer Kurt Weill;
  • LACO-Commissioned World Premieres by Julia Adolphe and Christopher Cerrone; US Premiere of Weill’s Song-Suite for Violin and Orchestra Arranged by Paul Bateman; West Coast Premieres of Albert Schnelzer’s A Freak in Burbank, Adam Schoenberg’s Scatter and Bruce Adolphe’s Violin Concerto “I Will Not Remain Silent”;
  • Beethoven “Triple” Concerto Featuring Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Violinist Pamela Frank and Kahane on Piano;
  • LACO’s Performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Featuring Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Two Other Beethoven Symphonies – Symphony No. 7; Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”;
  • Range of Works Cherished by Kahane, among them Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2; Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27; and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, “The Great C-major”;
  • Guest Conductors Alexandre Bloch, Thomas Dausgaard, Carlos Kalmar and Stephen Stubbs;
  •  Guest Artists Daniel Hope, Henning Kraggerud, Movses Pogossian, Violins; Lucie Horsch, Recorder; Jon Kimura Parker, Piano; LACO Principal Trumpet David Washburn; Joélle Harvey, Soprano; Sasha Cooke, Mezzo-Soprano; Brian Mulligan, Baritone; Los Angeles Master Chorale; Ensemble Project Trio; Plus Pop Star Storm Large of Pink Martini, and Vocal Quartet Hudson Shad featured on Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins;
  • New and Expanded Guest Artist Residencies with Mahan Esfahani Appointed LACO’s First-Ever Baroque Conversations Artistic Partner for Three Years, through 2018-19 Season; Pogossian Guest Artist-in-Residence in Fall; Justin Hopkins, Bass, Guest Artist-in-Residence in Spring; and wild Up in Third and Final Season as LACO Education Artists-in-Residence; 
  • Innovative “Westside Connections” Chamber Music and Discussion Series Themed “Music: The Mirror of Time,” Curated by Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Exploring Masterworks from Times of Tragedy and Triumph.

 

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s premier orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, announces its 2016-17 season, its final under the leadership of esteemed Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, who steps down at the end of the season, concluding an unprecedented and extraordinary 20-year tenure at the Orchestra’s artistic helm, the longest in LACO history.  The sweeping and deeply personal season commemorates Kahane’s remarkable legacy, spotlights his exceptional rapport with the Orchestra and features some of the world’s leading musicians.

“LACO is deeply indebted to Jeffery Kahane, a truly visionary talent who, for the past two decades, has propelled the Orchestra forward on an amazing and successful trajectory,” says LACO Board President Dana Newman.  “He has expanded our musical and artistic horizons in ways we never could have imagined while providing inspired and thoughtful leadership every step of the way, and he’s genuinely beloved by LACO audiences and the Orchestra.  We look forward to celebrating and enjoying the incredible music, events and tributes planned to honor him.”

“It is with a bittersweet mixture of joy, excitement, pride and sadness that I look forward to my final season as music director of one of the world’s finest and most versatile chamber orchestras,” says Kahane.  “It is the hope of every music director to leave an orchestra in better shape than it was when he inherited it, and I believe that anyone who has known and loved LACO over the last few decades would resoundingly agree that this hope has come to fruition. I also know that the Orchestra’s distinguished history of nearly half a century is a prelude to still more wonderful things to come.  I will cherish every moment of every rehearsal and concert with my beloved and extraordinary colleagues, and I feel confident that each concert this season will be memorable.”

Kahane leads five of LACO’s eight orchestral programs as well as several special musical events that reflect his far-reaching impact, broad musical sensibilities, distinctive philosophical interests and tremendous artistic passion.  A key highlight is “Lift Every Voice,” a three-week celebration of concerts, conversations and community engagement curated by Kahane to explore themes of tolerance, compassion, cooperation and creativity and the power of music to encourage understanding and promote peace.  Inspired by the lives of human and civil rights champions Rabbi Joachim Prinz and composer Kurt Weill, the project features the first Los Angeles performance since the 1950s of Weill’s profound musical Lost in the Stars, co-presented with Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA), as well as his satirical Seven Deadly Sins, both provocative works addressing weighty moral issues. In addition to two LACO-commissioned world premieres by Julia Adolphe and Christopher Cerrone, LACO presents the US premiere of Weill’s Song-Suite for Violin and Orchestra arranged by Paul Bateman, as well as three West Coast premieres – Albert Schnelzer’s A Freak in Burbank, Adam Schoenberg’s Scatter and Bruce Adolph’s Violin Concerto “I Will Not Remain Silent.”  This season Kahane shares the stage with such headliners as cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinists Daniel Hope and Pamela Frank, pop star Storm Large of Pink Martini and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and welcomes guest conductors Alexandre Bloch, Thomas Dausgaard, Carlos Kalmar and Stephen Stubbs.

LACO also points toward the future with new and expanded Guest Artist Residencies with harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani appointed the first-ever Baroque Conversations Artistic Partner for the series for a three-year period, through the 2018-19 season; violinist Movses Pogossian named Guest Artist-in-Residence for the fall; bass Justin Hopkins named Guest Artist-in-Residence for the spring; and wild Up continuing in its third season as LACO Education Artists-in-Residence. Guest Artists-in-Residence participate in school visits, masterclasses, community engagement and free public performances, among other endeavors.

LACO is the Orchestra-in-Residence at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and embarks on its fifth season as the Orchestra-in-Residence of Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA). Zipper Concert Hall at The Colburn School is the home of LACO’s Baroque Conversations series.  LACO also continues as a partner in the “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program,” in which selected Thornton students participate in a mock audition with the possibility of winning a guest musician slot in a strings section for a LACO concert, enhancing preparedness of strings students for a professional career.

One of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, Kahane has vastly elevated LACO’s profile, greatly expanded the chamber music repertoire and championed numerous composers – emerging and established – over the past two decades, creating an indelible stamp on the classical music world.  He has been praised by critics as “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma.”

   

2016-17 SEASON DETAILED

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

This season, LACO honors Kahane in myriad ways, including the presentation of several extraordinary special events that showcase not only his own musical virtuosity and that of the Orchestra, but also the profound power of music to unite people across boundaries, foster understanding and promote community engagement.

  • “Lift Every Voice.”  The season’s crowning special event is “Lift Every Voice,” a three-week festival in January 2017 of concerts, conversations and community engagement curated by Kahane to explore themes of tolerance, compassion, cooperation and creativity and the power of music to encourage understanding and promote peace inspired by the lives of human and civil rights champions Rabbi Joachim Prinz and composer Kurt Weill.  The project highlights the unique ability of music to spark dialogue about challenging moral issues and bring together people from different walks of life to promote cross-cultural interaction and understanding.

Of particular note, Kahane conducts LACO in the first Los Angeles performance since the 1950s of the gripping musical Lost in the Stars, Weill’s final stage work featuring lyrics by Maxwell Anderson and based on Alan Paton’s classic novel Cry, the Beloved Country, a powerful social indictment of racism and apartheid South Africa.  This momentous and impactful production, a co-presentation of LACO and CAP UCLA, is directed by Anne Bogart, co-founder of the New York-based theater ensemble SITI Company, which is a CAP UCLA Fellow. Along with LACO, SITI Company, guest soloists and chorus are featured in the production.  (Saturday, January 28, 8 pm, and Sunday, January 29, 7 pm, UCLA’S Royce Hall)

Further exploring these substantive themes, Kahane conducts the US premiere of Weill’s Song-Suite for Violin and Orchestra, arranged by Paul Bateman, and the West Coast premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s Violin Concerto “I Will Not Remain Silent,” which the composer dedicated to Prinz and his friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Both works feature guest soloist Daniel Hope, “among the best (violinists) in the world” (The Observer, London) who is also known for his humanitarian efforts espousing tolerance as well as building bridges between different musical worlds.  Additionally, Kahane leads Weill’s compelling Seven Deadly Sins, originally composed in 1933 as a ballet with text by Bertolt Brecht that features virtuosic pop singer Storm Large of Pink Martini and the all-male vocal quartet Hudson Shad. (Saturday, January 21, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, January 22, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

LACO’s “Lift Every Voice” project includes other compelling chamber music programs, as well as thought-provoking symposiums and community engagement events, with additional details to be announced. In planning the festival, Kahane benefitted from the expertise of Kim Kowalke, President and CEO of Kurt Weill Foundation for Music.

  • Beethoven Triple.  To help celebrate Kahane’s final blockbuster season, world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who has introduced new generations to the vitality and timelessness of classical music and is a long-time colleague of Kahane’s with whom he toured internationally for nearly a decade, and Pamela Frank, a “great” violinist (Intelligencer), join Kahane, who conducts and plays piano, in a special LACO performance of Beethoven’s “Triple” Concerto. The concert, which marks Frank’s LACO debut, is a co-presentation of LACO and USC Thornton School of Music. (Sunday, October 16, 7:30 pm, USC’s Bovard Auditorium)

ORCHESTRAL SERIES

LACO’s core “Orchestral Series” expands this season from seven to eight concerts, each with back-to-back performances on Saturday nights at the Alex Theatre in Glendale or the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena and Sunday nights at UCLA’s Royce Hall.  The series showcases LACO’s remarkable artistry and trademark mix of orchestral masterpieces and daring new works from today’s leading composers, as well as the much-admired collaborative style between LACO artists and Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, who conducts five of the eight “Orchestral Series” programs.  Passionate, joyous and engaging, the series features a range of exceptional guest artists.

  • Opening: Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Tigran Mansurian.  LACO’s 2016-17 season-opening program is a study in musical contrasts with Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducting several favorites, including Beethoven’s ecstatic Symphony No. 7, Mozart’s radiant Exsultate, jubilate: “Alleluia” with soprano Joélle Harvey and Bach’s joyous Cantata No. 51, “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen,” featuring Harvey with LACO Principal Trumpet David Washburn.  They are juxtaposed by the somber but transcendent Violin Concerto No. 2, “Four Serious Songs,” by Tigran Mansurian, widely considered the world’s greatest living Armenian composer.  It features Armenian-born violinist Movses Pogossian, winner of the 1986 Tchaikovsky Competition and heralded for his “enormous skill and conviction” (Boston Globe), who regularly collaborates with Mansurian. (Saturday, September 24, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, September 25, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • Beethoven, Sibelius, Albert Schnelzer.  Guest Conductor Thomas Dausgaard – Principal Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Chief Conductor Designate of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Seattle Symphony – makes his LACO debut leading the West Coast premiere of A Freak in Burbank, a romping homage to filmmaker Tim Burton by Swedish composer Albert Schnelzer.  Dausgaard also conducts six of Sibelius’s Humoresques for violin and orchestra, featuring Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud, praised for his “utter brilliance” (The Strad), who makes his first LACO appearance in 12 years; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” (Saturday, October 29, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, October 30, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • Mozart, Mendelssohn, Adam Schoenberg.  Rising French conductor Alexandre Bloch, Principal Guest Conductor of Düsseldorf Symphoniker noted for his “passion and precision” (The Arts Desk), makes his LACO debut, conducting the West Coast premiere of Adam Schoenberg’s Scatter, a triple concerto written for and featuring genre-defying Project Trio, (Peter Seymour, double bass, Greg Patillo, flute, and Eric Stephenson, cello), “a cross between chamber musicians and rock stars” (Iowa Public Radio). Additionally, the program includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 38, “Prague,” a work that helped expand the symphonic genre with its structure and contrapuntal complexity, and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3, “Scottish,” inspired by a visit the composer made to Scotland in 1829. (Saturday, November 12, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, November 13, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • Weill, Bruce Adolphe.  LACO’s season continues with Kahane conducting a captivating semi-staged program that is part of “Lift Every Voice,” LACO’s three-week exploration of tolerance, compassion, cooperation and creativity to shine light on the power of music to encourage understanding and promote peace inspired by the lives of human and civil rights champions Rabbi Joachim Prinz and composer Kurt Weill.  Kahane leads the US premiere of Weill’s Song-Suite for Violin and Orchestra, arranged by Paul Bateman, and the West Coast premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s Violin Concerto “I Will Not Remain Silent,” which the composer dedicated to Prinz and his friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Both works feature guest soloist Daniel Hope, “among the best (violinists) in the world” (The Observer, London) who is known for his humanitarian efforts espousing tolerance as well as building bridges between different musical worlds. The program also includes Weill’s compelling Seven Deadly Sins, a work originally composed in 1933 as a ballet with text by Bertolt Brecht that features virtuosic pop singer Storm Large of Pink Martini and the all-male vocal quartet Hudson Shad. (Saturday, January 21, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, January 22, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • Lutosławski, John Adams, Haydn, Rossini.  LACO takes part in the world-wide celebration honoring John Adams on the occasion his 70th birthday when Uruguayan-born guest conductor Carlos Kalmar leads a performance of Adams’ The Wound-Dresser, composed for baritone singer and orchestra and based on war poems penned by Walt Whitman during the Civil War.  The moving work, a tribute to the tolls of war, features Brian Mulligan, applauded for his “commanding and clear-voiced” baritone (San Francisco Examiner).  Kalmar – currently in his 13th season as Music Director of the Oregon Symphony, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Spanish Radio/Television Orchestra and Choir in Madrid, and Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago – also conducts Lutosławski’s Musique funèbre, Haydn’s Symphony No. 98, and Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers Overture.  Kahane cites Kalmar as one of his favorite conductors.  (Saturday, February 25, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, February 26, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • Mozart, Mahler, Julia Adolphe, Handel, Brahms.  Kahane showcases some of his top musical picks in this deeply personal program that includes a world premiere by Julia Adolphe as part of LACO’s singular and highly successful “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated during Kahane’s tenure 16 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works.  (Adolphe, who has also written for the New York Philharmonic, is the niece of Bruce Adolphe, whose Violin Concerto is featured on LACO’s January program.)  Her piece is scored for 18-piece orchestra, a configuration Kahane particularly favors, describing it as “a big chamber ensemble.”  In addition, Kahane conducts Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2, which he says is the piece that changed his life when he first heard it at age 14, cementing his love for music and desire to play professionally.  Written for extended chamber orchestra, it features acclaimed pianist Jon Kimura Parker, with whom Kahane shares a special rapport.  World-renowned mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, a “luminous standout” (New York Times), also returns to LACO to perform selections from Mahler’s tender and intimate Rückert Lieder, as well as the arias “Deh, per questo istante solo” from Mozart’s opera Le clemenza di Tito, and “As with rosy steps the morn” from Handel’s oratorio Theodora.  (Saturday, March 18, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, March 19, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • Beethoven.  While the music of Beethoven has been a mainstay of LACO’s repertoire since its inception, the Orchestra has performed his Symphony No. 9, “Choral,” only once previously for a program at the Hollywood Bowl.  Long on his LACO “bucket-list” for the Orchestral Series, Kahane conducts this monumental work about protest and the human spirit with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and guest soloists Kathryn Mueller, soprano; Suzanna Guzman, mezzo-soprano; Paul Appleby, tenor; and Justin Hopkins, bass.  Traditionally performed by massive forces, Kahane points out that LACO’s presentation includes a smaller contingent of singers and instrumentalists, which “allows for different sonorities and a different light to be shed on the work.”  (Saturday, April 22, 8 pm, Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena; Sunday, April 23, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • Mozart, Christopher Cerrone, Schubert.  Music Director Jeffrey Kahane concludes his remarkable 20-year tenure with LACO in grand fashion with a quintessential “Kahane” program that includes something new, something personal and something profound.  The concert opens with Kahane conducting the world premiere of a LACO commission by 2014 Pulitzer-Prize finalist Christopher Cerrone, “a rising star” (The New Yorker) whose compositional voice is characterized by expressive lyricism, ringing clarity and a deep literary fluency. Kahane, a world renowned pianist, then takes on dual roles as soloist and conductor, in his trademark style, as he leads the Orchestra from the keyboard to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27, which he describes as a “bittersweet valedictory piece about being at the end of winter and longing for spring.”  For his final flourish as LACO music director, Kahane takes the podium to conduct Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, “The Great C-major,” which embodies Schubert’s great love of Beethoven.  Summing up both the piece and his time with LACO, Kahane concludes, “It’s a great way to end.”  (Saturday, May 20, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, May 21, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

 

BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS

LACO announces that harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani has been appointed Baroque Conversations Artistic Partner for a three-year period, through the 2018-19 season.  Artists curating and hosting performances for LACO’s enlightening five-concert Baroque Conversations series, held at The Colburn School’s Zipper Hall in downtown LA, are Esfahani (October 6, 2016); Principal Harpsichord Patricia Mabee, celebrating her 40th year with the Orchestra (November 3, 2016); guest viola d’amore/violin Rachel Barton Pine, (February 9, 2017); guest conductor Stephen Stubbs whose program features the 16-year-old Dutch phenom, recorder player Lucie Horsch  (March 2, 2017); and LACO Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav, who is joined by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane (April 13, 2017).  The series spotlights repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period.  In signature LACO style, the artists share their insights into the music and invite questions from the audience, which provides patrons with an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a deeper level.  Each program begins with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. (Thursdays, October 6 & November 3, 2016, and February 9, March 2 & April 13, 2017, 7:30 pm, Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles) (programs to be announced)

 

WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS – Music: The Mirror of Time

Designed to illustrate the connections between music and other human and artistic endeavors, LACO’s trademark “Westside Connections” inter-disciplinary three-concert chamber music and discussion series continues to step outside the proverbial “music “box” with this season’s theme, Music: The Mirror of Time, a thought-provoking exploration of masterworks from times of tragedy and triumph.  The series, designed to illustrate the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives, is curated by Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who selects chamber works to complement the presentations of the special guests. In previous seasons, Westside Connections has explored the connections between music and such disparate topics as the mind, architecture, the culinary arts and poetry.  “Westside Connections” concerts take place at the state-of-the-art 335-seat Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica, providing an intimate setting for the fascinating and often surprising programs.  (Thursdays, February 23, April 6, May 4, 2017, 7:30 pm, Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at The Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School, Santa Monica) (programs to be announced)

 

LACO À LA CARTE  

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra offers music lovers an opportunity to enjoy five intimate, elegant and entertaining “LACO à la carte” fundraising events, which illustrate that music truly knows no boundaries by pairing delectable international cuisine and exclusive salon musical performances by LACO musicians and guest artists in spectacular international residences. Included this season are salons at the residences of the consuls general of Austria, Turkey and Australia, among others. “LACO à la carte” is chaired by LACO board member Mahnaz Newman. (dates, locations and programs to be announced)

 

LACO ANNUAL CONCERT GALA

LACO’s annual concert gala celebrates Music Director Jeffrey Kahane.  The elegant fundraiser features a special concert, silent and live auctions and a sumptuous dinner, and takes place on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at The Biltmore Hotel.  Pat and Sandy Gage, who co-chaired LACO’s three most lucrative galas ever, head the event for a fourth time.

 

LACO @ THE MOVIES

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra continues to honor its rich “Hollywood” heritage with “LACO @ The Movies,” an extraordinary evening of music and film in one of LA’s movie palaces. LACO was founded by studio musicians eager to play in a concert setting as well as in recording studios with many of LACO’s artists continuing to be involved in the film and television recording industry. (Saturday, June 3, 2017, location and program to be announced)

 

LACO’S COMMUNITY PROGRAMS REACH THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE

Nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music are integral to LACO’s mission.  Through its “Meet the Music,” “Community Partners,” “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program” and master classes with LACO Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman, the Orchestra reaches thousands of young people annually.

  • Meet the Music.  Each school year, LACO, through its acclaimed “Meet the Music” program, hosts 3,200 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students of varied cultural and musical backgrounds at a series of four live programs of classical works and often an upcoming program’s soloist at a professional concert hall.  Offered in cooperation with the Los Angeles, Pasadena and Burbank unified school districts, “Meet the Music” fosters listening skills, encourages involvement in music making and provides personal contact with musicians and composers.  Prior to attending the concert, students learn about the music on the program in their classrooms through a dedicated volunteer corps of educators and graduate students specially trained by LACO, which underwrites production and, often, transportation costs.  For many students, “Meet the Music” marks their first time seeing a live orchestral performance.  Joining the Orchestra for at least one program is contemporary classical music ensemble wild Up, which embarks on the final year of a three-year residency as LACO Education Artists-in-Residence. LACO recognizes The Colburn School for its continued support of the Orchestra’s “Meet the Music” education outreach program.  (Fridays, October 21 & 28, 2016, and February 24, 2017, Zipper Concert Hall; Thursday, November 10, 2016, Alex Theatre; programs to be announced)
  • Community Partners.  Through its “Community Partners” program, LACO continues to provide community groups and service organizations with free tickets and transportation to LACO concerts. Organizations benefitting from the program include Boyle Heights Strings; Calabash Charter Academy; Constitutional Rights Foundation; Crenshaw High School; Elemental Strings and Band; Huntington Park Elementary; Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA); Neighborhood Music School; North Hollywood High; Renaissance Arts Academy; Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra; Union Project Dance Co.; and Verdugo Young Musicians Association.
  • LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program.  The “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program,” launched in 2010, enhances the preparedness of strings students for a professional career.  Selected Thornton strings students participate in a mock audition that may lead to an opportunity to perform in the strings section of the Orchestra for an upcoming LACO concert. Previous judges have included LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and Principal Cello Andrew Shulman, all three USC Thornton School of Music faculty members; and LACO Principal Viola Roland Kato.  The next mock audition is slated for Monday, October 31, 7 pm in USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall.
  • Master Classes.  For the fifth consecutive year, LACO Composer-in-Residence and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Andrew Norman presents in-depth composition Master Classes for AP music classes at North Hollywood High School, providing vital mentoring to a new generation of musicians and composers.  Additionally Norman visits several fourth-, fifth, and sixth-grade LAUSD and charter school classrooms to introduce the joy of music and music composition to younger students through an engaging interactive presentation.

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

LACO recognizes the generous support of Carol and Warner Henry for “Baroque Conversations”; The Colburn Foundation; and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.  The Orchestra also receives public funding via grants from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

 

TICKETS/INFORMATION

For a free season flyer, additional information about Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2016-17 season or to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.

 

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

2016-17 SEASON

 

ORCHESTRAL SERIES

 

Saturday, September 24, 2016, 8 pm, Alex Theatre

Sunday, September 25, 2016, 7 pm, Royce Hall

            Jeffrey Kahane, conductor

Joélle Harvey, soprano

David Washburn, trumpet

Movses Pogossian violin

BACH                                                     Cantata No. 51, “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen”

MOZART                                                Exsultate, jubilate: “Alleluia”

TIGRAN MANSURIAN                          Violin Concerto No. 2, “Four Serious Songs”

BEETHOVEN                                          Symphony No. 7

 

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 8 pm, Alex Theatre

Sunday, October 30, 2016, 7 pm, Royce Hall

Thomas Dausgaard, conductor

Henning Kraggerud, violin

ALBERT SCHNELZER                           A Freak in Burbank (West Coast premiere)

SIBELIUS                                                six Humoresques

BEETHOVEN                                          Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”

 

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 8 pm, Alex Theatre

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 7 pm, Royce Hall

            Alexandre Bloch, conductor

Project Trio, ensemble

MOZART                                                Symphony No. 38, “Prague”

ADAM SCHOENBERG                         Scatter (West Coast premiere)

MENDELSSOHN                   Symphony No. 3, “Scottish

 

Saturday, January 21, 2017, 8 pm, Alex Theatre

Sunday, January 22, 2017, 7 pm, Royce Hall

This concert is also a feature of LACO’s Lift Every Voice project

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor

Daniel Hope violin

Storm Large vocalist

Hudson Shad vocal quartet

WEILL (arr. Paul Bateman)             Song-Suite for Violin and Orchestra (US premiere)

BRUCE ADOLPHE                                Violin Concerto “I Will Not Remain Silent” (West Coast premiere)

WEILL                                                     The Seven Deadly Sins

 

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 8 pm, Alex Theatre

Sunday, February 26, 2017, 7 pm, Royce Hall

            Carlos Kalmar, conductor

Brian Mulligan, baritone

 

LUTOSLAWSKI                     Musique funèbre

JOHN ADAMS                                      The Wound-Dresser

HAYDN                                  Symphony No. 98

ROSSINI                                 The Italian Girl in Algiers Overture

 

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 8 pm, Alex Theatre

Sunday, March 19, 2017, 7 pm, Royce Hall

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor

Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano

Jon Kimura Parker, piano

JULIA ADOLPHE                   Sound Investment commission (world premiere)

MAHLER                                                Selections from Rückert Lieder

MOZART                                                “Deh, per questo istante solo” from La clemenza di Tito

HANDEL                                                “As with rosy steps the morn” from Theodora

BRAHMS                                                Piano Concerto No. 2

 

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 8 pm, Ambassador Auditorium

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 7 pm, Royce Hall

            Jeffrey Kahane, conductor

Kathryn Mueller, soprano

Suzanna Guzman, mezzo-soprano

Paul Appleby, tenor

Justin Hopkins, bass

Los Angeles Master Chorale

BEETHOVEN                                          Symphony No. 9, “Choral”

 

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 8 pm, Alex Theatre

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 7 pm, Royce Hall

            Jeffrey Kahane, conductor & piano

 

CHRISTOPHER CERRONE                   LACO commission (world premiere)

MOZART                                                                Piano Concerto No. 27

SCHUBERT                                                            Symphony No. 9, “The Great C-major”

 

 

BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS

Thursdays, October 6 & November 3, 2016; February 9, March 2, April 13, 2017, 7:30 pm, Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles

 

WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS

Thursdays, February 23, April 6, May 4, 2017, 7:30 pm, Ann and Jerry Moss Theater

at The Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School, Santa Monica

 

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

 

“BEETHOVEN TRIPLE”

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 7:30 pm, USC’s Bovard Auditorium

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor & piano

Pamela Frank, violin

Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Margaret Batjer, violin

Andrew Shulman, cello

Co-presentation of LACO and USC Thornton School of Music

 

HAYDN                                                Piano Trio in G major, “Gypsy”

BRAHMS                                              Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major

BEETHOVEN                                       “Triple” Concerto

 

“LIFT EVERY VOICE”

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 8 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall

Sunday, January 29, 2017, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall

“Lost in the Stars”

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor

Anne Bogart, director

co-presentation of LACO and CAP UCLA

 

WEILL                                                  Lost in the Stars

 

Additional chamber music programs, symposiums and community engagement events of Lift EveryVoice to be announced.

 

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08/04/16

http://www.laco.org/los-angeles-chamber-orchestra-announces-2016-17-season/