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Unusual Program Featuring Four Harpsichords And Chamber Orchestra Kicks Off Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Baroque Conversations Series

LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane Play/Conducts Works by Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli and Albinoni
Featured Harpsichordists Include Kahane, Patricia Mabee, Ian Pritchard and Gilbert Martinez

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7 pm, Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles;
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:30 pm, Valley Performing Arts Center, Northridge (LACO Debut)

read more →Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) highlights the beauty and majesty of the harpsichord with an unusual program featuring four harpsichords and chamber orchestra in the first of its Baroque Conversations series on Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles, which repeats on Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:30 pm, when the Orchestra makes its debut at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge. Led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, the performance honors LACO artistic founder/former cellist James Arkatov and also celebrates the connection between Vivaldi and Bach, who transcribed many of Vivaldi’s works during his career. The repertoire includes the original version of Vivaldi’s Concerto in B minor for Four Violins, Op. 3, No. 10, from “L’Estro Armonico,” and Bach’s transcription of the piece, the unprecedented and rarely performed Concerto in A minor for Four Harpsichords, BWV 1065. Kahane also conducts Albinoni’s Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op. 9, No. 2, and Corelli’s Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, “Christmas Concerto” in keeping with the season. Kahane, a noted keyboardist who is featured on harpsichord, leads a Baroque-size orchestra comprised of LACO musicians and eight featured soloists, including LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer; LACO principals Josefina Vergara, Sarah Thornblade, violins, Allan Vogel, oboe, and Patricia Mabee, harpsichord; LACO violinist Jacqueline Brand; and special guests Ian Pritchard and Gilbert Martinez, harpsichords. This marks the first collaboration between LACO and the Valley Performing Arts Center.

LACO’s highly regarded five-concert “Baroque Conversations” series, now in its ninth year, explores the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. In signature LACO style, each concert host shares insights into the music and invites questions from the audience, providing an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a more personal level. For the December 11 performance at Zipper Hall, a complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm.

Subscriptions to all five “Baroque Conversations” concerts ($250) are available by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Tickets for individual concerts (beginning at $56) are available online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for 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.

Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, JEFFREY KAHANE has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized around the world for his mastery of diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin, Golijov and John Adams. Now in his 18th season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, he previously served as music director of the Colorado and Santa Rosa symphonies. He has garnered tremendous critical acclaim for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement and received multiple ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for his work in both Los Angeles and Denver.

MARGARET BATJER, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orches¬tra 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 sympho¬ny 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 Thorn¬ton School of Music and the Colburn Music Academy.

JACQUELINE BRAND, violin, is a recipient of the Young Musicians Founda¬tion Award and has been honored at prestigious competitions such as the Midland-Odessa and Ima Hogg national competitions. As a member of the Arpa Trio, she received first place in the Cole¬man Chamber Ensemble Competition. Since joining LACO in 1985, Brand has appeared as a frequent soloist with the Orchestra. She has also made solo appearances with the San Francisco, Houston, Chicago and Redlands symphonies, among others, and in concerts with Helmuth Rilling in Germany. She has participated in numerous festivals, including the Mainly Mozart, Ojai, Oregon Bach, Mozart in Monterey, Banff, Shawnigan and Flagstaff festivals.

PATRICIA MABEE, harpsichord, has been principal keyboard with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1976, and has appeared in more than 20 works from the concerto repertoire under the batons of Sir Neville Marriner, Christopher Hogwood, Helmuth Rilling, Nicholas McGegan and Iona Brown. Mabee performs with the Bach’s Circle, which focuses on the music of JS Bach, his sons and contemporaries. She 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.

GILBERT MARTINEZ, harpsichord, is the artistic director of MusicSources, a Bay Area-arts institution cultivating interest in early music. He has curated its important collection of early keyboard instruments and expand¬ed its concert series to feature international performers, scholars, teachers and students. He conducted a successful production of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea for Berkeley/West Edge Opera, and returns in 2015 to lead The Return of Ulysses. His recent solo performances have featured the complete harpsichord works of Jean-Philippe Rameau. Martinez has been a featured soloist for European Early Music Day, The Copenhagen Renaissance Music Festival, Midsommerbarok Festival and Tidlig Musik i Danmark.

IAN PRITCHARD, harpsichord, has performed with the Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orquesta Nacionales de España, Irish Baroque Orchestra, Florilegium, Monica Huggett, Ra¬chel Podger and Peter Holtslag, among others, and has appeared frequently on BBC Radio 3 and BBC 2’s Vivaldi Unmasked. Pritchard won First Prize in the prestigious 2001 Broadwood Harpsichord Competition and was awarded a US Fulbright Scholarship to Italy to research early Italian keyboards. He is pursuing his PhD in Historical Musicol¬ogy at USC and is currently on faculty at Mount Saint Mary’s and the Colburn School. Pritchard is a founding member of the new early mu¬sic group Tesserae and is also involved with Les Surprises Baroques.

SARAH THORNBLADE, violin, joined LACO in 1999 and is now the Orchestra’s associate principal second violin. She is a member of the Eclipse Quartet, an ensemble dedicated to playing 20th-century and con-temporary music, a recent recipient of an Aaron Copland Fund recording grant. A former member of the Denali and Arianna string quartets, Thornblade has performed with Camerata Pacifica, Jaca¬randa Music and the Auros Group for New Music (Boston), and at major festivals around the world. She has collaborated with artists such as Gilbert Kalish, Jeffrey Kahane, Andres Cardenes, Randall Hodgkinson and Warren Jones. She is on the faculty of Pomona College and an active recording musician.

JOSEFINA VERGARA, violin, joined LACO in 1999 as principal second violin. She has been a prizewinner at the Pasadena Showcase House Instru¬mental Competition, the Osaka International, Fischoff National and Coleman chamber music competitions. Vergara has appeared as soloist with LACO, the Peninsula Symphony and the Indiana Cham¬ber Orchestra. She has toured Europe and Asia as the violinist of the Uri Caine Ensemble and has performed in summer music festi¬vals including Mainly Mozart and Tanglewood, the Music Academy Summer Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. She is active in many film, TV and recording projects.

ALLAN VOGEL, oboe, joined LACO in 1972 and became principal oboe in 1974. Vogel has performed as guest principal oboe with the Bos¬ton Symphony Orchestra, appeared with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Berlin and Los Angeles philharmonics. He has been featured at the Marlboro, Santa Fe, Aspen and Mostly Mozart festivals, among others, and performed at the White House during the last state dinner of the Clinton presidency. Vogel is on the faculty of the California Institute of the Arts, the University of Southern California and the Colburn School Conservatory of Music.

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, 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 of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “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. During its 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Baroque Conversations
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor & harpsichord
Margaret Batjer, violin
Jacqueline Brand, violin
Josefina Vergara, violin
Sarah Thornblade, violin
Allan Vogel, oboe
Patricia Mabee, harpsichord
Ian Pritchard, harpsichord
Gilbert Martinez, harpsichord

WHEN/WHERE/COST:
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 7 pm
A pre-concert reception, beginning at 6 pm, is free to all ticket holders.
Zipper Hall
The Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tickets start at $56

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:30 pm
Valley Performing Arts Center
Cal State Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
Tickets start at $45

PROGRAM:
VIVALDI Concerto in B minor for Four Violins, Op. 3, No. 10, from “L’Estro Armonico”
ALBINONI Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op. 9, No. 2
CORELLI Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8, “Christmas Concerto”
BACH Concerto in A minor for Four Harpsichords, BWV 1065

INFORMATION:
For information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2014-15 season or to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Names Dana Newman President And Adds Four To Board Of Directors

read more →The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, one of the nation’s leading orchestras renowned for its wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissioning initiatives, has named attorney Dana Newman President of the Board of Directors, announced LACO Executive Director Rachel Fine. The Altadena resident succeeds Gene Shutler, who assumes the role of Chairman of the Board after completing a three-year term as President. Fine also announced the appointment of four new board members to three-year terms: Ahsan Aijaz (Los Angeles), vice president, Fortress Investment Group; Leslie Lassiter (Beverly Hills), Los Angeles market manager, J.P. Morgan Private Bank; Raulee Marcus (Long Beach), president, Pinnacle Management; and attorney Shaheen Nanji (Pacific Palisades), principal, Integrated Technologies Group and community leader.

“Dana Newman’s visionary and inspiring leadership, commitment to LACO, exceptional business skills and proven accomplishments as a community builder and immense passion for music and the arts will help propel the Orchestra forward as we look to its 50th anniversary and beyond,” says Fine. “We are also most grateful to Gene Shutler for his outstanding guidance. During his tenure as President, he helped LACO successfully navigate our country’s challenging economic times while ensuring the Orchestra thrived financially as well as artistically. We deeply appreciate that he will remain on the Board as Chairman. Additionally, we welcome Ahsan Aijaz, Leslie Lassiter, Raulee Marcus and Shaheen Nanji to the Board. With their forward-thinking leadership and keen business acumen, they will be wonderful ambassadors for LACO.”

Newman is a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, based in Pillsbury’s downtown Los Angeles office. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she earned her undergraduate degree at Yale University, a Masters in Tax from the University of New Haven, and a J.D. from UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall). She practices tax, partnership, real estate and tax-exempt finance law, with an emphasis on advising domestic and foreign clients on tax aspects of US partnership, corporate and real property transactions. She represents clients in a broad array of industries and activities, including projects qualifying for various federal and state tax credit programs, real estate investment and development, manufacturing, food services, aviation and development funds. During her long career with Pillsbury, Newman has served in a variety of management positions with the firm. A long-time supporter and advocate of pro bono work, Newman has recently been named as the Chair of Pillsbury’s Pro Bono Committee. Newman’s personal pro bono efforts have involved providing significant pro bono legal services to a number of nonprofit corporations developing affordable housing in Los Angeles, including representation of Ward Economic Development Corporation as one of the developers of the Rosa Parks Villas Project, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance as one of the developers of the New Hampshire Family Housing Project, and Pacific Housing Alliance as the developer of the Euclid Villa Project in Pasadena. Over the years, she has also provided pro bono assistance for a variety of other nonprofits, including Five Acres, Union Station, Southern California Presbyterian Homes, Westminster Gardens and the Pasadena Presbyterian Church Foundation. Newman has received recognition and awards for her efforts from the California State Bar, Public Counsel and many of her pro bono clients. Newman and her husband, Ned, are one of the sponsors of the Pasadena Presbyterian Church’s Friends of Music concerts. Long-time LACO subscribers, they are devoted fans of Baroque Conversations, enthusiastic First Chair Society members and gala patrons, and supporters of Sound Investment since 2005.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2014-15 season, the Orchestra’s 46th, 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 18th season as LACO’s music director.

AHSAN AIJAZ is a Vice President of the Credit Funds at Fortress Investment Group. As a former investment banker, Aijaz provided strategic advisory services and structured multimillion-dollar bond financings for companies such as ABB Inc, Baker Hughes Inc., Borders Group Inc., Eli Lilly Inc., General Electric, Hy-Vee Inc., Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, Tyco International, V.F. Corporation and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Prior to joining Fortress, Aijaz ran the Structured Finance Group at a private equity firm in Los Angeles. Prior to that he started and ran the Corporate Finance Investment Banking practice for Butler, Wick & Co., Inc., now a division of Stifel Nicolaus & Co. Aijaz began his career at McDonald Investment Inc., a division of Key Bank, as an investment banker. He holds a BS in Finance from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University, where he served as a research assistant on a paper titled “The Determinants of Credit Spread Changes,” published in the Journal of Finance, Vol. 56, No. 6. He is a member of the Corporate Treasurer’s Council of the Association for Financial Professionals and ICSC, the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Aijaz has also served on the Advisory Board of Real Medicine Foundation, a humanitarian relief organization founded in response to the December 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. He is an accomplished pilot and member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

LESLIE LASSITER is a managing director and market manager for J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank business in Southern California. A veteran banker, Lassiter joined Chase Manhattan Bank in 1979. During her more than 30 years with the firm, she has held a number of senior leadership positions in both the Investment Bank and the Private Bank. She joined the Private Banking business in 2000. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Lassiter managed a significant portion of the Private Bank’s New York City business as the market manager for the New York metro area. Previously, she led the strategic planning office for Chase Manhattan’s wholesale business and prior to that, she managed corporate finance efforts for the Investment Bank’s Latin American region. Lassiter earned a bachelor’s degree in quantitative economics from Scripps College and a MBA from the University of Chicago. She has served on the Board of Trustees of Scripps College since 2000 and currently chairs the Institutional Advancement Committee of the Board. In 2013, she joined the board of the United Way of Los Angeles. An avid arts lover, she is a former board member of Jacaranda Music and jointly sponsored the appearances of Jennifer Koh and Jeremy Denk on LACO’s 2013-14 concert season.

Named “one of ten women entrepreneurs changing the game in LA” by Forbes magazine, president of marketing consultancy Pinnacle Management RAULEE MARCUS is a specialist in driving companies to significant growth in revenue and profit in highly competitive industries. Her professional experience ranges from senior operating positions in major corporations such as Neutrogena and Colgate-Palmolive to consulting for cutting-edge startups and advising the governments of India and China. She has served as the chair of the consumer products panel of Tech Coast Angels, the nation’s largest angel investor organization. A native of Frankfort, KY, Marcus is an alumna of Bryn Mawr College and the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy. While at Neutrogena, she also completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. An avid ceramics hobbyist, Marcus serves on the board and executive committee of the American Museum of Ceramic Arts. Other involvement in the nonprofit arts community includes past and present membership on the boards of the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Jacaranda Music and Long Beach Opera. She is also a member of the board of overseers of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the board of governors of the Ojai Music Festival.

With degrees in law and business from the University of British Columbia, SHAHEEN NANJI has practiced civil litigation, worked as corporate counsel and marketing director for Magnet Sales & Manufacturing and, since 2000, has served as principal for Integrated Technologies Group where she heads up human resources. In addition, as a community leader, Nanji has served on the boards of Artwallah, a multi-disciplinary festival of arts of the South Asian diaspora, and the UCLA Academy for Judaic, Christian and Islamic Studies. For more than a decade, she has also been deeply involved with the Aga Khan Foundation and Aga Khan Development Network, which address environmental, economic, health, educational, humanitarian and cultural challenges in Asia and Africa. Nanji has served as an AKDN communications coordinator and spokesperson in the Western Region; directed public relations for the Aga Khan Foundation Partnership Walk; and raised funds for AKF early childhood development programs. Fluent in seven languages, Nanji has a range of passions that include creative writing and promoting multiculturalism and interfaith dialogue through community outreach and events. She and husband, Anil, hosted LACO’s March 2014 First Chair musicale at their home in Pacific Palisades.

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, 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 of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “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. During its 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.  ↑ less ↑

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Names Daren Fuster Director Of Operations & Artistic Administration

read more →Daren Fuster has been appointed Director of Operations and Artistic Administration for the acclaimed Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), announced Executive Director Rachel Fine, who added that Fuster will oversee artistic administration, production, general operations, as well as education and community programs. Fuster replaces long-time LACO administrator Andrea Laguni, who is stepping down after 19 years at LACO to serve as an arts consultant.

“We are pleased to welcome Daren to the Orchestra’s administrative staff,” says Fine.  “His broad expertise in production, operations and artistic administration of the classical music field will serve LACO well as he steps into this key position with the Orchestra.  It is also with deep gratitude that we thank Andrea Laguni for his dedicated service, astute leadership and invaluable contributions to LACO during his long and fruitful tenure.  We wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Fuster’s impressive career in the music industry includes arts administration, violin and viola performance and entrepreneurial ventures.  He joined the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as orchestra personnel manager and sold performance manager in 2012, managing full-time and per-service orchestra personnel and programming, producing and managing performances.  Prior, he served as production manager, donor records manager and artistic and orchestra operations manager at Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.  As an entrepreneur, Fuster is the founder and managing partner of the entertainment agency Pro Art Music LLC.  Under his leadership, the business accumulated numerous awards and provided music and musicians for thousands of private events and large productions.  Pro Art served as the orchestral tour contractor for Princeton Entertainment’s concert production of Legend of Zelda in Columbus and Cincinnati and orchestra contractor for performing artist and composer A.R. Rahman’s (Slumdog Millionaire) Unity of Light tour in Dallas, Houston, San Francisco and Vancouver.  With his string quartet in Cincinnati, Fuster performed and recorded with k.d. lang on her 49th Parallel tour for NPR’s Mountain Stage.  His artist management agency has managed solo engagements for violinists Nicolas Kendall and Alexandre DaCosta, and cellist Joseph Johnson.  A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester (Bachelor of Music) and the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (Master of Music and doctoral studies), Fuster has performed as auxiliary violist for Cincinnati Symphony and Pops, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Chamber orchestras; an auxiliary member of Columbus Symphony Orchestra (violin and viola); and a member of Fundación Sinfonía, Dominican Republic.  Fuster has also appeared at the Heidelberg (Germany), Lancaster Music (Ohio) and Grand Teton Music festivals; and as a concerto soloist with the 18th Century Music Ensemble in Italy.

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, 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 of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “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.  During its 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium.  LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening and several fundraising salons each year.  Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2014-15 “Campus To Concert Hall” Season Pass Offers Students Eleven Concerts For Just $30

read more →College students ages 17 to 30 will feel as though they’ve won the classical music lottery with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass,” providing admission to eleven concerts during LACO’s 2014-15 season for just $30. “All Access Pass” holders can attend all seven Orchestral Series concerts at either Glendale’s Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall; all three Westside Connections programs, which this year highlight the connections between music and architecture, at Santa Monica’s Moss Theater; and the Discover Mozart’s Requiem program at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. The pass also includes access to LACO after-parties where students can mingle with musicians; an invitation to a LACO rehearsal; 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 fourth year, is designed to inspire a love of classical music among younger audiences.

“LACO has a long history of educational outreach to the student community, but we are particularly focused on bringing students inside the concert hall to experience the Orchestra’s live performances,” says LACO Executive Director Rachel Fine. “There is nothing like hearing classical music performed live in a world-class venue. Our ‘Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass’ makes it affordable for students to attend multiple performances for about $2.80 per concert, much less than the cost of a movie or a latte. It’s a great bargain, and we encourage students to take advantage of it, whether it’s their first introduction to classical music or they are seasoned concertgoers. LACO also offers Student Rush tickets at $12, but the ‘All Access Pass’ is a much better deal and students can reserve tickets in advance.”

Nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music are integral to LACO’s mission. In addition to the “All Access Pass,” LACO presents several other vital outreach programs. Through “Meet the Music,” LACO hosts 3,200 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students of varied cultural and musical backgrounds each year at a series of eight live performances of classical works and often an upcoming program’s soloist at Zipper Hall. LACO also offers community service organizations most in need free concert tickets and transportation to LACO concerts through its “Community Partners” program. The intensive “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program,” launched in 2010, enhances the preparedness of strings students for a professional career with select Thornton students invited to participate in a mock audition that may lead to an opportunity to perform in the string section of the Orchestra for an upcoming LACO concert. Additionally, LACO offers Master Classes, including in-depth composition Master Classes for the AP music class at North Hollywood High School, providing vital mentoring to a new generation of musicians and composers, which is led by LACO Composer–in-Residence and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Andrew Norman. This season Norman also 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.

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

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, 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 of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “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. During its 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Led By Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, Presents Los Angeles Premiere Of Aaron Jay Kernis’ Virtuosic Viola Concerto Written For And Featuring Acclaimed Violist Paul Neubauer

Kahane Also Leads Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 from Piano and Conducts Works by Rameau

Saturday, November 15, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, November 16, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall

read more →The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), an ardent champion of new music, presents the highly anticipated Los Angeles premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis’ gripping and virtuosic Viola Concerto written for and featuring Paul Neubauer, considered one of the greatest violists of his generation, in two performances led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane on Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, November 16, 2014, 7pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Kernis’ three-movement work, filled with “passages of intense lyricism (that) approach a kind of ecstasy” (Star Tribune), is a co-commission by LACO, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, which premiered it in April, the Chautauqua Symphony and the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Kahane, showcasing LACO’s remarkable artistic versatility, also leads Beethoven’s luminous Piano Concerto No. 3 from the piano and opens the program with Rameau’s Overture to Zaïs and dances from Les Boréades and Dardanus.

Kernis, recognized for his “fearless originality” (The New York Times) and music that is “consistently exhilarating” (New York Observer), is one of the country’s most celebrated composers. The recipient of the coveted 2002 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition and the 1998 Pulitzer Prize, he was also inducted into the Classical Music Hall of Fame and is member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among other prestigious honors.

Neubauer, who was appointed Principal Viola of the New York Philharmonic at age 21 and has appeared as soloist with orchestras around the globe, is acclaimed for his “virtuosic performances” (Washington Post), and his “seamless control of the bow, his intonation, his rich and varied tonal palette (that) mark him as a member of the elite” (The New York Times).

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

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2014-15 season, the Orchestra’s 46th, 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 18th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets, starting at $26, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Mozart’s Requiem and three Westside Connections concerts.

Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, JEFFREY KAHANE has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized around the world for his mastery of diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin, Golijov and John Adams. Now in his 18th season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, he previously served as music director of the Colorado and Santa Rosa symphonies. He has garnered tremendous critical acclaim for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement and received multiple ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for his work in both Los Angeles and Denver.

Violist PAUL NEUBAUER’s exceptional musicality and effortless playing distinguish him as one of his generation’s quintessential artists. In 2014-15, he premieres the Viola Concerto that Aaron Jay Kernis wrote for him with four orchestras, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, followed by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony and Idyllwild Arts Orchestra. He also appears in recital with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott and performs a wide ranging repertoire in a trio with McDermott and soprano Susanna Phillips. Dark Side, a film starring Edoardo Ballerini and Ali Ahn, features Neubauer performing salon music. Appointed principal viola of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, he has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Helsinki philharmonics; National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco and Bournemouth symphonies; and the Santa Cecilia, Beethovenhalle and English Chamber orchestras. Neubauer has performed the world premieres of concertos by Tower, Penderecki, Picker, Jacob, Lazarof, Suter, Müller-Siemens, Ott and Friedman, as well as of the revised Bartók Viola Concerto. A two-time Grammy nominee, he has recorded works by Schumann with McDermott as well as numerous pieces composed for him: Joan Tower’s Purple Rhapsody for viola and orchestra and Wild Purple for solo viola; Viola Rhapsody by Henri Lazarof; and Soul Garden for viola and chamber ensemble by Derek Bermel. He has collaborated with Andre Watts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; with Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis at London’s Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth hall’s; and with Pinchas Zukerman, James Galway, Vladimir Spivakov and Alicia de Larrocha at the Mostly Mozart Festival. He has also appeared with the Emerson, Shanghai, Juilliard, Cleveland, Fine Arts, Orion, Borromeo, Miami and Brentano quartets. Neubauer is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Mannes College and performs regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He is the artistic director of Chamber Music Extravaganza in Curaçao.

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, 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 of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “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. During its 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Beethoven Concerto No. 3”
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Paul Neubauer, viola

PROGRAM:
RAMEAU Overture to Zaïs and Dances from Les Boréades and Dardanus
AARON JAY KERNIS Viola Concerto (Los Angeles premiere)
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, November 15, 8 pm
Alex Theatre, Glendale
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203

Sunday, November 16, 7 pm
Royce Hall, UCLA
340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

TICKETS/INFORMATION:
Tickets start at $26.
To order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org

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Guest Conductor Douglas Boyd Leads Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra And Renowned Cellist Steven Isserlis In Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2

Boyd Also Conducts Mozart’s “Haffner” Serenade and George Benjamin’s At First Light

Saturday, October 18, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, October 19, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall

read more →Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) showcases the virtuosic skills of Steven Isserlis, “one of the world’s leading cellists” (The Guardian), performing Haydn’s radiant Cello Concerto No. 2 under the baton of sought-after Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd, making his LACO debut, on Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, October 19, 2014, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Boyd also conducts Mozart’s stately “Haffner” Serenade and opens the program with At First Light by George Benjamin, considered among Britain’s greatest living composers.

According to Benjamin, the inspiration for the piece, which was commissioned and premiered by the London Sinfonietta in 1982, is an oil painting by Turner hanging in the Tate Gallery that stirred him to create a “melted…flowing, nebulous continuum of sound.”

Boyd, acclaimed for his vibrant conducting style, is principal conductor of the Musikkollegium Winterthur, Switzerland’s oldest orchestra, and principal guest conductor with the City of London Sinfonia. Chicago Tribune calls him “a superlative young conductor,” and The Sunday Telegraph (London, UK) proclaims, “He has the born conductor’s ability to make music sound fresh and to detect its inner life and pulse.”

Isserlis, heralded for his “precise, heartfelt performances” (New York Times), is one of only two living cellists to be inducted into Gramophone’s Hall of Fame. Gramophone Magazine states, “The music world – and music itself – is infinitely richer for the presence of Steven Isserlis.” During his illustrious career, the British cellist, a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, has given recitals around the globe and performed with such major orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra and Philharmonia Baroque, to name a few.

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 at an after-party featuring complimentary appetizers and drinks in the lobby. The concert is part of the 13th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days, an international network of concerts that uses the power of music to promote cross-cultural understanding.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2014-15 season, the Orchestra’s 46th, 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 18th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets, starting at $26, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Mozart’s Requiem and three Westside Connections concerts.

DOUGLAS BOYD’s international reputation as a conductor is on the rise. During his tenure as music director, he has transformed the Manchester Camerata into one of England’s finest, with concerts praised for clarity, vibrancy and musicality. He serves as principal conductor of Switzerland’s Musikkollegium Winterthur, and principal guest conductor with the City of London Sinfonia. He formerly held a similar post with the Colorado Symphony and was artistic partner of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Conducting highlights include the Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Toronto and Utah symphonies in North America; and the BBC, Bournemouth, Budapest Festival orchestras; Salzburg Mozarteum; Hong Kong Philharmonic and Sydney and Melbourne symphony orchestras.

STEVEN ISSERLIS enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator and author. He appears regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors and gives recitals each season in major musical centers with such pianists as Stephen Hough and Jeremy Denk. A strong proponent of both period instrument performance and contemporary music, Isserlis also has keen interest in music education, having presented masterclasses around the world and written children’s books about great composers. He generally performs on the Marquis de Corberon (Nelsova) Stradivarius (1726), loaned to him by the Royal Academy of Music.

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, 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 of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “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. During its 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Mozart Serenade”
Douglas Boyd, conductor
Steven Isserlis, cello

PROGRAM:
GEORGE BENJAMIN At First Light
HAYDN Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major
MOZART Serenade in D major No. 7, K. 250, “Haffner”

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, October 18, 8 pm
Alex Theatre, Glendale
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203

Sunday, October 19, 7 pm
Royce Hall, UCLA
340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

TICKETS/INFORMATION:
Tickets start at $26.
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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pr@laco.org

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 Finland, Australia, France, Germany And Austria

Exclusive Evenings from September to November in Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Hancock Park and Brentwood Feature Musical Artistry of LACO Musicians and Guest Artists
read more →“Finland à la carte” – September 18, Bel Air;
“Australia à la carte” – September 27, Brentwood;
“France à la carte” – October 9, Beverly Hills;
“Germany à la carte” – October 25, Hancock Park;
“Austria à la carte” – November 7, Brentwood

“LACO à la carte,” five intimate, elegant fundraising events presented by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, pair exclusive musical performances with delectable international cuisine in the spectacular private homes of the Consuls General of Australia, Austria, Finland, France and Germany. Providing a decidedly cosmopolitan flair to LACO’s wide ranging musical offerings, each unique evening features representative cuisine complemented by a salon performance spotlighting LACO musicians and guest artists. The LACO à la carte series, now in its sixth year, illustrates that music truly knows no boundaries. Proceeds help support the education outreach 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 Ann Mulally, Mahnaz and David Newman, Ned and Dana Newman, Gene Shutler, and East West Bank.

“Finland à la carte”
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 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 the first “LACO à la carte” of the season hosted by The Honorable Juha Markkanen, Consul General of Finland, and Mrs. Tuula Markkanen in their spectacular Bel Air residence. As the featured guest artist, Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen offers an intimate recital of sublime solo piano works. Proclaimed an “exciting new talent” (The New York Times), he has been hailed for his “dazzling keyboard technique and broad and varied textural palette that allows him to shade his performances with great subtlety” (San Francisco Chronicle). Pohjonen is also featured at LACO’s season opening concerts on September 20 at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and September 21 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

“Australia à la carte”
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 7 pm
At the Brentwood Residence of the Consul General of Australia

Warm and generous hospitality from “down under” highlights LACO’s “Australia à la carte,” hosted by Australia’s Consul General, The Honorable Karen Lanyon, and Mr. Craig Mills, at their striking Brentwood residence. Authentic Australian fare and wines provide tasty accompaniment to a riveting musical program led by LACO Principal Percussion Wade Culbreath on the marimba. Culbreath, who is also principal percussion with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, has played on nearly 400 motion picture soundtracks, including the Academy Award-winning scores for Aladdin, Pocahontas and Life of Pi. More recently, he was principal percussion for Frozen, Godzilla and Transformers, and timpanist for A Million Ways to Die in the West.

“France à la carte”
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7 pm
In Beverly Hills at the Official Residence of the Consul General of France

The Honorable Axel Cruau, Consul General of France, and Mrs. Dourène Cruau, host the season’s third “LACO à la carte” at their beautiful Beverly Hills residence. Illuminating the dazzling cultural and musical vibrancy of France, the evening features a program of Baroque works for string ensemble led by LACO Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara, who recently toured Europe and Asia with the Uri Caine Ensemble, a noted jazz group, and has also performed at numerous summer music festivals, including Mainly Mozart, Tanglewood, the Music Academy of the West Summer Festival and Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Superb French food and fine wine cap the soirée.

“Germany à la carte”
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 7 pm
In Hancock Park at the Official Residence of the Consul General of Germany

“LACO à la carte” commemorates the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the momentous events that ushered in a new era for Europe and the world with a special program hosted by Dr. Bernd Fischer, The Honorable Consul General of Germany, and Mrs. Jutta Fischer, in their elegant Hancock Park home. With the culinary riches of Germany adding a delicious note to the festivities, LACO Principal Cello Andrew Shulman leads a performance of Richard Strauss’s rarely played epic masterpiece Metamorphosen, a profound musical elegy for seven virtuosic string players. Los Angeles Times declares Shulman’s playing is “always eloquent and passionate,” Salt Lake Tribune calls him “fabulously nuanced” and The Times of London praises him for his “fastidious poetry of phrase and technique.” This is a premium “LACO à la carte” event.

Austria à la carte
Friday, November 7, 2014, 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, concludes the 2014 “LACO à la carte” series with an evening that illuminates the country’s unique and vibrant cultural and culinary traditions. LACO Principal Horn Richard Todd, who marks his 35th anniversary with the Orchestra this season and is an internationally renowned concert, jazz and recording artist, pays homage to Austria’s rich musical heritage, leading an unparalleled program that exemplifies the Viennese classical style and beyond with the music of Mozart, Haydn, Hans Eisler and Ernst Toch. Todd has earned acclaim as one of the world’s finest horn soloists for performances spanning Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, and the Jazz Bakery to Birdland. This is also a premium “LACO à la carte” event.

“LACO à la carte” tickets for September 18 and 27 and October 9 are $275 per person. Tickets for the premium “Germany à la carte” and “Austria à la carte” are $300 per person. Multiple-event packages include Chef’s Table Trio tickets at $750 per person for any three events.

“LACO à la carte” events may be purchased by calling 213 622 7001 x 3. Details are available at www.laco.org/events.

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, 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 of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “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. During its 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Led By Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, Opens 2014-15 Season With World Premiere By Australian Composer Cameron Patrick, Beethoven’s Iconic Symphony No. 5 And Finnish Pianist Juho Pohjonen Performing Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall

read more →Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, launches its 2014-15 season with the world premiere of a work for strings and percussion by young Australian-born composer Cameron Patrick, Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No. 5, and Saint-Saëns’ seldom-performed Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian,” on Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Saint-Saëns’ concerto features the LACO debut of Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen, proclaimed an “exciting new talent” (The New York Times), who has been hailed for his “dazzling keyboard technique and broad and varied textural palette” (San Francisco Chronicle).

According to Patrick, his piece, Lines of the Southern Cross, explores the mystery, wonder, joy and, even pain that the Australian landscape holds. The work draws upon a musical tradition called the songline, an oral map that describes geographical features and also celebrates the inseparable connection between the continent’s indigenous people and the land itself.

After graduating from the University of Queensland, Patrick played violin professionally in Brisbane before moving to the US to further his studies at USC and has since carved out a career in Los Angeles as a composer, violinist and violist. His classical works range from Impressions of Erin, a concert commission from the Camerata of St. John’s Chamber Orchestra, to a solo viola work premiered in Los Angeles in 2008. His notable credits as a motion picture orchestrator and arranger include Super 8, Star Trek Into Darkness, Cars 2, Up and Hunchback Of Notre Dame.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists. Music Director Jeffery Kahane discusses Lines of the Southern Cross with composer Cameron Patrick. After the performance, ticket holders are invited to celebrate the season’s opening concert with musicians at an after-party in the lobby with complimentary appetizers and drinks.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2014-15 season, the Orchestra’s 46th, 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 18th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets, starting at $26, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Mozart’s Requiem and three Westside Connections concerts.

Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, JEFFREY KAHANE has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized around the world for his mastery of diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin, Golijov and John Adams. Now in his 18th season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, he previously served as music director of the Colorado and Santa Rosa symphonies. He has garnered tremendous critical acclaim for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement and received multiple ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for his work in both Los Angeles and Denver.

JUHO POHJONEN has attracted great attention as one of Finland’s most intriguing and talented pianists. He has given recitals and performed with orchestras around the world and been widely praised for his broad range of repertoire, spanning Bach to Salonen. His interpretations are acclaimed for their intensity, thoughtfulness and fearless musical conviction. Pohjonen studied with Meri Louhos and Hui-Ying Liu at the Sibelius Academy, where he completed his Master’s Degree in 2008. In 2009, he was selected by András Schiff as winner of the Klavier Festival Ruhr Scholarship. Pohjonen’s debut recording, Plateaux, features a performance of Scandinavian composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen’s piano concerto Plateaux pour Piano et Orchestre with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the solo piano piece For Piano.

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, 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 of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “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. During its 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Opening: Cameron Patrick, Saint-Saëns, Beethoven”
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Juho Pohjonen, piano

PROGRAM:
CAMERON PATRICK Lines of the Southern Cross LACO commission (world premiere)
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian”
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8 pm
Alex Theatre, Glendale
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7 pm
Royce Hall, UCLA
340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

TICKETS/INFORMATION:
Tickets start at $26.
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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Oboist Claire Brazeau Appointed to Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

read more →Music Director Jeffrey Kahane has named Claire Brazeau to second oboe of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO). The 2014-15 season will mark her first full LACOseason with LACO, one of the nation’s leading orchestras renowned for its wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissioning initiatives, which begins its 46th season in September 2014.

“All of us at LACO are absolutely delighted to welcome Claire to the orchestra,” says Kahane. “She is a superb musician, has a wonderful command of her instrument, and is a strong presence in the woodwind section.”

Among numerous credits, Brazeau, an oboist and English horn player, participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, an intensive three-week long orchestral and chamber music festival devoted to the performance of contemporary music led by Pierre Boulez and Ensemble Intercontemporain. In the 2012-13 season, she served as principal oboe in Victor Ullmann’s opera Der Kaiser Von Atlantis in New York City with new music chamber group Le Train Bleu, in collaboration with Opera Moderne. During the 2011-12 season, Brazeau served as a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome. During her residency in Rome, her engagements included a self-curated concert sponsored by the US Embassy and Roma Tre University, a solo concert for the Pontifical Academy of Science’s Stem Cell Research Conference at the historic Villa Aurora and the collaboration and premiere of Rome Prize-winning composer Sean Friar’s Etudes for English Horn and Piano. Brazeau has performed with the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra; Santa Barbara, Pasadena and Los Angeles Jewish symphonies; Long Beach Opera; Los Angeles Bach Festival; American Youth Orchestra; and was the principal oboe of the Young Musicians Federation Debut Symphony in 2010-11. She has been a guest artist with orchestras and ensembles including the American Symphony Orchestra, Da Capo Chamber Players, Berkshire Bach Society and Commonwealth Opera Company. Brazeau graduated from Bard College and Conservatory in New York where she earned BAs in East-Asian Studies and Piano Performance and a BM in Oboe Performance. She received an Artist Diploma from The Colburn School in May 2014.

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 of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 46-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACOalso presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

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06/26/14

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Announces 2014-15 Season Together With News That Music Director Jeffrey Kahane Will Be Named Music Director Laureate At Conclusion Of 2016-17 Season After Unprecedented 20-Year Tenure, Longest In Orchestra’s History

Kahane, One of World’s Foremost Conductors and Pianists, Earned Accolades for Key Role in Elevating Orchestra’s Profile, Expanding Chamber Orchestra Repertoire and Championing Emerging Composers and Artists
LACO to Undertake International Search for New Music Director
Programming for 2014-15 Season, LACO’s 46th, Reflects Kahane’s Continued Focus on Adventurous Commissioning and Wide-Ranging Repertoire with Seminal Masterpieces and Enthralling Premieres Plus Dynamic Roster of Celebrated and Rising Guest Artists
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Season Highlights Include:

  • World Premieres by Australian Composer Cameron Patrick and Ted Hearne, whose New Work Is Presented in Conjunction with Orchestra’s Unique “Sound Investment” Commissioning Program, Initiated During Kahane’s Tenure 14 Years Ago to Engage LACO Audiences in Developing New Works;
  • West Coast Premiere of Philadelphia-Based Composer Joseph Hallman’s Imagined Landscapes; and Los Angeles Premiere of Viola Concerto by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Aaron Jay Kernis, Written for and Performed by Acclaimed Violist Paul Neubauer;
  • Kahane Conducts Four of Seven “Orchestral Series” Concerts from Podium and Keyboard at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and UCLA’s Royce Hall, as LACO Marks Third Year as Orchestra-in-Residence of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA;
  • Three Guest Conductors – “Exhilarating” New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein Leading Cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, International Tchaikovsky Competition Winner, in Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1; Dallas Symphony Assistant Conductor/Violinist Karina Canellakis Conducting and Performing Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto, “La tempesta di mare” (“Storm”); and Scottish Conductor Douglas Boyd Conducting Celebrated Cellist Steven Isserlis Performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2;
  • Guest Soloists Joseph Swensen, Renowned Conductor Who Twice Led LACO from Podium and Recently Returned to Violin Solo Career, Performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2; Jonathan Biss, Pianist of “Unerring Sophistication,” Performing Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21; Finnish Pianist Juho Pohjonen Performing Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian”; and LACO Principal Flute David Shostac performing Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1;
  • Kahane Offers Insights on Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, Featured at Annual “Discover” Concert at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium;
  • Among Artists Headlining “Baroque Conversations” Series at Zipper Hall in Downtown LA Are Oregon Bach Festival Artistic Director Matthew Halls and LACO Principal Cello Andrew Shulman, in addition to Kahane;
  • Innovative “Westside Connections” Series Features Thought-Provoking Exploration of Connections Between Music and Architecture with such Featured Guests as Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne;
  • Experimental Classical Music Ensemble wild Up Begins Three-Year Residency as LACO Education-Artists-in-Residence, Participating in Orchestra’s “Meet the Music” Performances for 2,600 LAUSD Elementary School Students Annually;
  • LACO Continues Building on Other Vital Community Partnerships with “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program” and In-Depth Composition Master Classes for North Hollywood High School AP Music Class Led for Third Year by LACO Composer-In-Residence Andrew Norman
  • Other Special Events Include Five “LACO à la carte” Fundraising Salons Pairing Delectable International Cuisine and Exclusive Musical Performances in Spectacular International Residences; and Annual Concert Gala;
  • Major Tenure Milestones Marked by Principal Flute David Shostac (40 years); Principal Horn Richard Todd (35 years); Violin I Jacqueline Brand (30 years) and Violin I Jennifer Munday (35 years); Violin I Tamara Hatwan (20 years); Violin II Cheryl Norman-Brick (10 years); Violin II Connie Kupka and Violin II Katia Popov (both 25 years); and Bassoon Damian Montano (10 years).

Esteemed and much beloved Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jeffrey Kahane will be named Music Director Laureate at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season when he steps down from the Orchestra’s artistic helm in three years following an unprecedented 20-year tenure, announced LACO President K. Eugene Shutler. Kahane will become the first Music Director Laureate in the Orchestra’s history when he assumes the newly established post in recognition of his great contributions to the Orchestra. The news about Kahane’s impending transition was made in conjunction with the announcement of the 2014-15 music season for LACO, considered one of the nation’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Shutler added that LACO’s Board of Directors will commence an intensive search for Kahane’s successor.

Hailed as one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, Kahane has earned accolades for his key role in elevating the Orchestra’s stature, expanding the chamber orchestra repertoire, championing and collaborating with emerging composers and artists, collaborating closely with the Orchestra’s musicians, and leading a vibrant and financially healthy orchestra. He has been praised by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma.”

“It is momentous news for all of us who have enjoyed Jeffrey’s stellar music-making over the years that he will step down as Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at the end of the 2016-17 season,” says Shutler. “But it is equally important that Jeffrey will continue his long and successful leadership of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for the next three seasons and has enthusiastically accepted the Board’s invitation to become Music Director Laureate thereafter. His incomparable artistry, forward-thinking programming, committed leadership and genuine collegiality have been key to LACO’s tremendous success during his long and productive tenure. He is admired by the entire LACO community, and his contributions have positively impacted every aspect of the Orchestra, from its artistic excellence to its fiscal vigor.”

“I am truly happy to be able to continue making music and developing new and exciting creative projects at the highest level with my extraordinary colleagues of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for the coming three years,” says Kahane. “And I am deeply honored that LACO has established the Music Director Laureate position on my behalf. It goes without saying that I am also immensely grateful for the opportunity to continue collaborating with these phenomenal musicians after my tenure as Music Director concludes, even as I pursue other musical endeavors.”

LACO’s Board of Directors will form a search committee to “find the visionary who will assume artistic leadership as the 6th music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,” according to Shutler. In addition to Kahane, Sir Neville Marriner is among the august list of music directors who have served LACO since it was founded in 1968.

Looking ahead to the 2014-15 season, Kahane’s 18th as Music Director and LACO’s 46th, he has programmed a mix of seminal masterpieces and enthralling premieres designed to showcase LACO’s exceptional artistry and a dynamic roster of guest artists both celebrated and rising, with the maestro conducting four of seven orchestral concerts from the podium or keyboard on Saturdays at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Kahane also continues to lead the popular “Discover” concert at Ambassador Auditorium and appears as both conductor and harpsichordist on the “Baroque Conversations” series at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles, both of which offer audiences an in-depth look at the music as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a more personal level. LACO’s “Westside Connections” continues at the 344-seat, state-of-the-art Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica, providing an intimate setting for the fascinating and often surprising programs, which link music to disparate aspects of our culture.

Among numerous season highlights across these four diverse series are two world premieres that bookend the season, which opens with a world premiere by Australian composer Cameron Patrick paired with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 on September 20 and 21, 2014, and concludes on May 16 and 17, 2015, with a world premiere by composer Ted Hearne, who assumes in the position of Assistant Professor of Composition at USC in the fall. Hearne’s new work is presented in conjunction with the Orchestra’s unique and highly successful “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated during Kahane’s tenure 14 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works.

Additionally, the Orchestra presents the West Coast premiere of Philadelphia-based composer Joseph Hallman’s Imagined Landscapes on April 18 and 19, 2015, and the Los Angeles premiere of the Viola Concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, written for and performed by acclaimed violist Paul Neubauer, on November 15 and 16, 2014, a program which also features Kahane performing and conducting from the keyboard Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

LACO showcases Steven Isserlis, “one of the world’s leading cellists” (The Guardian), performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 under the baton of “superb,” and much sought-after Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd on October 18 and 19, 2014, with Boyd, who makes his LACO debut, also conducting Mozart’s “Haffner” Serenade and At First Light I by George Benjamin.

Dallas Symphony Assistant Conductor and “masterful” violinist Karina Canellakis, also making her LACO debut, does double duty conducting Finnish composer Pēteris Vasks’s powerfully meditative Lonely Angel, John Adams’ early masterpiece Shaker Loops and Schubert’s lighthearted Symphony No. 5, and performing Vivaldi’s vivid Violin Concerto, “La tempesta di mare” (“Storm”) on January 24 and 25, 2015.

Another multi-talented artist and LACO favorite, violinist Joseph Swensen, a renowned conductor who has twice led LACO from the podium and has recently refocused on his career as a violinist, joins the Orchestra as soloist to perform Prokofiev’s athletic Violin Concerto No. 2, on March 14 and 15, 2015. Led by Kahane, the concert also spotlights LACO Principal Flute David Shostac, on the occasion of his 40th anniversary with the Orchestra, in its first performance of Mozart’s beautiful Flute Concerto No. 1, and features LACO Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo for eight solo violins, which the composer describes as a “creative joyride” named after “an addictive car racing video game.”

Both making their LACO debuts, “exhilarating” New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein leads cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, winner of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition, in Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 on April 18 and 19, 2015. In addition, the rising conductor helms Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter.”

To conclude the season, Jonathan Biss, “one of the most thoughtful and technically accomplished pianists of the younger generation” (BBC Music Magazine), performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, led by Kahane, who also conducts the Hearne world premiere and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, “Italian.”

LACO’s popular annual “Discover” concert at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium features an in-depth examination by Kahane that sheds light on the creation and significance of Mozart’s magnificent Requiem in D minor, a crowning musical statement left unfinished at the time of the composer’s untimely death.

Oregon Bach Festival Music Director/harpsichordist Matthew Halls, Jeffrey Kahane and Principal Cello Andrew Shulman are among the artists featured in the “Baroque Conversations” series at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall. This enlightening five-concert series, which provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period, opens with a program that celebrates LACO artistic founder/former cellist James Arkatov. LACO repeats the concert at the Valley Performing Arts Center, in its first appearance at the Northridge Center.

Continuing to step outside the proverbial music “box,” LACO’s innovative “Westside Connections” series at Santa Monica’s Moss Theater at New Roads School, features a thought-provoking exploration this season of connections between music and architecture with such featured guests as Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. The inter-disciplinary, three-concert, chamber music 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.

LACO embarks on its third season as the Orchestra-in-Residence of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (formerly UCLA Live). Other community partnerships include the “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program,” in which, for the fifth consecutive year, selected Thornton students participate in a mock audition with the possibility of winning a guest musician slot in the string section on a LACO concert.

Experimental classical music ensemble wild Up begins a three-year residency as LACO Education-Artists-in-Residence, participating in the Orchestra’s “Meet the Music” performances for 2,600 LAUSD Elementary school students annually. These performances reach younger students on a fundamental level through four live programs at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall, funded by LACO, often including student transportation, with venue costs generously waived by The Colburn School.

The Orchestra also hosts several musical fundraisers, including LACO’s annual “Concert Gala” and five “LACO à la carte” salons pairing delectable international cuisine and exclusive musical performances by LACO artists in spectacular international residences.

A number of LACO musicians mark major tenure milestones this season, including Principal Flute David Shostac (40 years); Principal Horn Richard Todd (35 years); Violin I Jacqueline Brand (30 years) and Violin I Jennifer Munday (35 years); Violin I Tamara Hatwan (20 years); Violin II Cheryl Norman-Brick (10 years); Violin II Connie Kupka and Violin II Katia Popov (both 25 years); and Bassoon Damian Montano (10 years).

Guggenheim Partners, LLC is an official sponsor of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. LACO also recognizes the generous support of Jerry and Terri Kohl and two anonymous donors for their support of LACO’s “Cornerstone Campaign” to further strengthen the Orchestra’s fiscal standing and ensure its continued artistic advancement and key role in the community, Carol and Warner Henry for “Baroque Conversations,” and The Colburn Foundation. 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.

2014-15 SEASON DETAILED ORCHESTRAL SERIES LACO presents seven programs in its core “Orchestral Series,” 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 four of the seven “Orchestral Series” programs. Passionate, joyous and engaging, the series this season features a range of exceptional guest artists.

  • Opening: Cameron Patrick, Saint-Saëns, Beethoven. LACO’s 2014-15 season launches with Jeffrey Kahane conducting a program of works iconic and new anchored by Beethoven’s crowning Symphony No. 5, and also featuring the world premiere of a piece written for strings and percussion that reflects experiences with the Australian landscape by Australian composer Cameron Patrick, which was commissioned by LACO. Additionally, Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen, an “exciting new talent” (The New York Times) hailed for his technical excellence and lyrical playing, adds sonic flourish with a performance of Saint-Saëns exotic and seldom performed Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian” in his LACO debut. (Saturday, September 20, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, September 21, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • George Benjamin, Haydn, Mozart. LACO showcases the virtuosic skills of Steven Isserlis, “one of the world’s leading cellists” (The Guardian) and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, performing Haydn’s sparkling Cello Concerto No. 2, under the baton of sought-after Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd. Making his LACO debut, Boyd also conducts Mozart’s stately “Haffner” Serenade, premiered when the composer was just 21 years old. The program opens with At First Light I by George Benjamin, considered among Britian’s greatest living composers. According to Benjamin, the inspiration for the piece, which was commissioned and premiered by the London Sinfonietta in 1982, is an oil painting by Turner hanging in the Tate Gallery that stirred him to create a “melted…flowing, nebulous continuum of sound.” Boyd, who was a founding member and principal oboe of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for 21 years before turning to conducting in 2002, has served as Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and is acclaimed for his vibrant conducting style. (Saturday, October 18, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, October 19, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • Rameau, Aaron Jay Kernis, Beethoven. Kahane performs and leads from the piano, in the compelling trademark style that has become one of the hallmarks of his tenure with LACO, Beethoven’s luminous Piano Concerto No. 3. He also conducts the Los Angeles premiere of the virtuosic Viola Concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, written for and performed by acclaimed Grammy Award-nominated violist Paul Neubauer on a co-commission by LACO. Kernis, recognized for his “fearless originality” (The New York Times), is “the most consistently exhilarating of the American postmodernists” (New York Observer). Neubauer, who was appointed Principal Viola of the New York Philharmonic at age 21 and has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras around the globe, is heralded for exceptional musicality and effortless playing that distinguish him as one of his generation’s quintessential artists. Also featured are three Baroque selections by Rameau, the Overture to Zaïs and dances from Les Boreades and Dardanus. (Saturday, November 15, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, November 16, 7pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall).
  • Vivaldi, Pēteris Vasks, John Adams, Schubert. Dallas Symphony Assistant Conductor and “masterful” violinist Karina Canellakis makes her LACO debut doing double duty conducting Finnish composer Pēteris Vasks’s powerfully meditative Lonely Angel, John Adams’ early masterpiece Shaker Loops and Schubert’s lighthearted Symphony No. 5, and performing Vivaldi’s vivid Violin Concerto, “La tempesta di mare” (“Storm”). A double talent, Canellakis is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the most promising and exciting young American conductors. She made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut on the American Soundscapes series in Zankel Hall, is the winner of the 2013 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, founded by Marin Alsop, and serves as a Conducting Fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center this summer. As a violinist, Canellakis has been praised for her “big, lustrous tone…power and expressiveness” (Philadelphia Inquirer). She appears as soloist with orchestras across the country and for several years has played on a regular basis with both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony. (Saturday, January 24, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, January 25, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • Haydn, Mozart, Andrew Norman, Prokofiev. Another multi-talent, violinist Joseph Swensen, a renowned conductor who has twice led LACO from the podium and recently refocused on his solo violin career, joins the Orchestra as a soloist to perform Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Led by Kahane, the concert also spotlights LACO Principal Flute David Shostac in the Orchestra’s first performance of Mozart’s beautiful Flute Concerto No. 1, and features LACO Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo for eight solo violins, which the composer describes as a “creative joyride” named after “an addictive car racing video game” that “comes to a screeching halt.” In addition to his wide-ranging guest appearances, Swensen, a passionate chamber musician, plays in a piano trio with Kahane and cellist Carter Brey that has previously been featured at the Ravinia, La Jolla, Chamber Music Northwest, Music@ Menlo and Orcas Island festivals, among others. (Saturday, March 14, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, March 15, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • Joseph Hallman, Saint-Saëns, Mozart. “Exhilarating” New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein makes his LACO debut, conducting the highly anticipated West Coast premiere of Imagined Landscapes by Philadelphia-based composer Joseph Hallman, named one of the top composers under 40 by National Public Radio. The work is comprised of six atmospheric miniatures inspired by the horror fiction of H. P. Lovecraft. Weilerstein, who won the prestigious 2009 Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen, Denmark at age 21, also conducts Mozart’s thrilling Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter,” as well as Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 featuring Narek Hakhnazaryan, winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, the most prestigious prize given to a cellist. The Washington Post calls him a “phenomenal cellist (who) produces a powerful and colorful sound in all registers, nails every big shift and flashes all the virtuoso tricks with insolent ease.” (Saturday, April 18, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, April 19, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • Ted Hearne, Mozart, Mendelssohn. LACO’s 46th season concludes with Kahane conducting a world premiere by composer Ted Hearne, whose new work is presented in conjunction with Orchestra’s unique and highly successful “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated during Kahane’s tenure 14 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works. The program also features Jonathan Biss, “one of the most thoughtful and technically accomplished pianists of the younger generation” (BBC Music Magazine), who performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, and ends on a buoyant note with Mendelssohn’s exuberant Symphony No. 4, “Italian.” “Sound Investment” gives members the rare opportunity to create a legacy in music and to observe first-hand the development of a new work from the composer’s earliest ideas to the finished composition. Participants invest $150 or more for a membership, which includes intimate salons throughout the season featuring in-depth discussion with the composer about the creative process and previews of the final work. (Saturday, May 16, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, May 17, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

DISCOVER MOZART’S REQUIEM Kahane serves as musical “tour guide” for LACO’s annual “Discover” program, which this season features a special one-night-only exploration of Mozart’s Requiem in D minor. Kahane sheds light on Mozart’s unfinished musical capstone at Pasadena’s illustrious Ambassador Auditorium. (Thursday, February 19, 8 pm, Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena)

BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS Oregon Bach Festival Music Director/harpsichordist Matthew Halls, Jeffrey Kahane and Principal Cello Andrew Shulman, are among the artists featured in LACO’s enlightening five-concert “Baroque Conversations” series at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall. This series, which provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period, opens with a program led by Kahane that celebrates LACO artistic founder/former cellist James Arkatov. In signature LACO style, the artists share their insights into the music and invite questions from the audience, which gives them an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a more personal level. Each program begins with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. (Thursdays, December 11, 2014; February 12, March 26, April 23 and May 7, 2015, 7 pm, Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles)

WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS Designed to illustrate the connections between music and other artistic disciplines, LACO’s trademark “Westside Connections” series this season steps outside the proverbial music “box” for a thought-provoking exploration of connections between music and architecture with such featured guests as Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. The inter-disciplinary three-concert chamber music 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. “Westside Connections” concerts take place at the state-of-the-art 344-seat Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica, providing an intimate setting for the fascinating and often surprising programs. (Thursdays, February 5, March 19, April 30, 2015, 7:30 pm, Moss Theater 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. “LACO à la carte” is chaired by LACO board member Mahnaz Newman. (dates, location and programs 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,” intensive “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 2,600 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 Zipper Hall. Offered in cooperation with the Los Angeles and Pasadena 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 experimental classical music ensemble wild Up, which begins a three-year residency as LACO Education-Artists-in-Residence. (at Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles; dates and programs to be announced)
  • Community Partners. Through its “Community Partners” program, LACO continues to provide community service organizations that most need them with free tickets and transportation to LACO concerts. Organizations that have benefited from the program include the Braille Institute Los Angeles; CalArts Community Arts Partnership; Calabash Charter Academy; Constitutional Rights Foundation; Elemental Strings and Band; Pasadena Unified School District; Glendale Youth Symphony; Institute of Art, Music and Science; Harmony Project; Junior Chamber of Commerce Junior Division; Long Beach Central Area Association; Neighborhood Music School; 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 students participate in a mock audition that may lead to an opportunity to perform in the string section of the Orchestra for an upcoming LACO concert. Previous judges have included LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and LA Philharmonic Principal Cello Peter Stumpf, both members of the USC Thornton School faculty, and LACO Principal Viola Roland Kato. The next mock audition is slated for fall 2014.
  • Master Classes. For the third consecutive year, LACO Composer–in-Residence and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Andrew Norman presents in-depth composition Master Classes for the AP music class 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.

TICKETS/INFORMATION

For a free season flyer, further information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2014-15 season or to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 2014-15 SEASON ORCHESTRAL SERIES

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Juho Pohjonen, piano

CAMERON PATRICK LACO commission (world premiere)
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian”
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Douglas Boyd, conductor
Steven Isserlis, cello

GEORGE BENJAMIN At First Light I
HAYDN Cello Concerto No. 2
MOZART “Haffner” Serenade

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, November 16, 2014, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor & piano
Paul Neubauer, viola

RAMEAU Overture to Zaïs, Dances from Les Boreades and Dardanus
AARON JAY KERNIS Viola Concerto (Los Angeles premiere)
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, January 25, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Karina Canellakis, conductor & violin

VIVALDI Violin Concerto, “La tempesta di mare” (“Storm”)
PĒTERIS VASKS Lonely Angel
JOHN ADAMS Shaker Loops
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, March 15, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
David Shostac, flute
Joseph Swensen violin

HAYDN Symphony No. 64, “Times Change”
MOZART Flute Concerto No. 1
ANDREW NORMAN Gran Turismo
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Joshua Weilerstein, conductor
Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello

JOSEPH HALLMAN Imagined Landscapes (West Coast premiere)
SAINT-SAËNS Cello Concerto No. 1
MOZART Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, May 17, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor Jonathan Biss, piano

TED HEARNE Sound Investment commission (world premiere)
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4, “Italian”

DISCOVER MOZART’S REQUIEM Thursday, February 19, 8 pm, Ambassador Auditorium

BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS Thursdays, December 11, 2014; February 12, March 26, April 23 and May 7, 2015, 7 pm, Zipper Hall

WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS Thursdays, February 5, March 19, April 30, 2015, 7:30 pm, Moss Theater at New Roads School, Santa Monica

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