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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES
MILESTONE 50TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON,
SPOTLIGHTING ORCHESTRA’S VIRTUOSIC ARTISTS,
SHOWCASING WORLD RENOWNED GUEST ARTISTS
AND CELEBRATING FIVE DECADES OF
INTIMATE AND TRANSFORMATIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES

2017-18 Season Features
Significant New Artistic Leadership Role by
Andrew Norman, who Becomes LACO’s First Creative Advisor
and Extends Role as Composer-in-Residence Through 2018-19 Season

Season Highlights Also Include:

• Guest Conductors Harry Bickett, Douglas Boyd, Karina Canellakis, Thomas Dausgaard, Jaime Martíin, Ricardo Minasi and Peter Oundjian and Jeffrey Kahane in First Appearance as LACO Conductor Laureate;

• Guest Artists Joshua Bell and Jennifer Koh, Violin; Menahem Pressler and David Fray, Piano: Teenage Cello Virtuoso Sheku Kanneh-Mason in US Orchestral Debut, and Tenor Toby Spence;

• LACO-Commissioned World Premieres by Andrew Norman and Sound Investment Composer Ellen Reid; and West Coast Premiere of Pierre Jalbert’s Violin Concerto;

• “Mozart in Focus” featuring Composer’s Final Three Symphonies, Continuation of Multi-Year Exploration of Haydn’s 12 London Symphonies, and Bach’s Brandenberg Concertos;

• Guest Artist Residencies with Koh, Kanneh-Mason and LACO’s Baroque Artistic Partner/Harpsichord Mahan Esfahani;

• Innovative “Music +” Chamber Music and Discussion Series (formerly “Westside Connections”), Curated by Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Explores Relationship between Dance and Music, and Expands from Santa Monica to Huntington Library in San Marino, Doubling Number of Performances in Series and Considerably Increasing LACO’s Reach.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s premier orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, announces programming for its milestone 50th Anniversary season in 2017-18, which spotlights its virtuosic artists and builds upon the Orchestra’s five decades of intimate and transformative musical programs. Heralding the landmark occasion as an extended opportunity to broaden the Orchestra’s collaborations and inventive programming, LACO names Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman its first Creative Advisor and extends his contract through the 2018-19 season. Returning to LACO’s stage are violinists Joshua Bell and Jennifer Koh, appointed LACO’s Guest Artist-in-Residence for the fall, and guest conductors Douglas Boyd, Karina Canellakis, Thomas Dausgaard and Peter Oundjian. Jeffrey Kahane, who steps down as Music Director in June 2017 after a 20-year tenure, makes his first appearance in his new role as LACO Conductor Laureate. The season features the world premiere of Norman’s Violin Concerto, written for and featuring Koh, among other highlights.

”As a gifted composer with a flourishing career and an imaginative voice, Andrew Norman has had a tremendous impact on the classical music field and on LACO, in particular,” says LACO Executive Director Scott Harrison. “We are pleased to significantly expand our relationship and welcome his innovative perspectives in his new capacity as Creative Advisor. As LACO celebrates 50 years of intimate and transformative music-making, Andrew will be joined by a distinctive group of new and returning guest conductors, soloists and composers who will push the orchestra to greater artistic heights while helping us connect more deeply with the many audiences we serve across the county.”

Norman was named LACO’s Composer-in-Residence five years ago. Recently recognized with the prestigious 2017 Grawemeyer Award in Music Composition, he was also named Musical America 2016 Composer of the Year.

“I am thrilled to be serving the LACO family in my expanded role,” says Norman. “As we work together to explore opportunities to engage with our community and serve new audiences, I can’t wait to see where we can go.”

LACO’s Orchestral Series includes eight programs, featuring four LACO-co-commissions, among them Norman’s world premiere, another world premiere by LACO Sound Investment composer Ellen Reid and the West Coast premiere of Pierre Jalbert’s Violin Concerto, with Concertmaster Margaret Batjer. A range of works from LACO’s signature repertoire includes Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso in D Minor, the first work ever performed by LACO 50 years ago. LACO also presents Beethoven Symphony No. 2 in D Major, “Mozart in Focus,” featuring Mozart’s final three symphonies, and continues a multi-year exploration of Haydn’s 12 London Symphonies, considered a cornerstone of the chamber music repertoire. Underscoring the virtuosity of the Orchestra itself, a conductor-less program caps the season.

The Orchestra presents a number of other eminent guest artists and conductors on its Orchestral Series, including LACO debuts of Spanish conductor Jaime Martín, pianist Menahem Pressler who last year at the age of 92 dazzled audiences with the Berlin Philharmonic, French pianist David Fray, English tenor Toby Spence and teenage cello virtuoso Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who has also been named LACO’s Guest Artist-in-Residence for the spring and is making his US orchestral debut. The residencies of Kanneh-Mason and Koh include masterclasses, community engagement opportunities and free public performances, along with their concert appearances, providing more accessible musical opportunities to the broader Los Angeles community.

Additionally, LACO expands its relationship with Baroque Artistic Partner Mahan Esfahani, a harpsichordist who appears on the Baroque Conversations series and makes his debut on LACO’s Orchestral Series in a program featuring all six Brandenburg Concertos led by Batjer. Other guest artists making guest appearances on the Baroque Conversations series are conductors Harry Bickett and Ricardo Minasi.

LACO also expands its “Music +” chamber music and discussion series (formerly “Westside Connections”) curated by Batjer at Santa Monica’s Moss Theatre. For the first time, concerts will be repeated at the Huntington Library in San Marino, a brand new venue for the Orchestra. This season, the “Music +” series explores the relationship between music and dance.

In addition to presenting its “Music +” series at the Moss Theatre and Huntington Library, LACO performs across the Southland as Orchestra-in-Residence at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and Orchestra-in-Residence at Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (CAP UCLA). Zipper Concert Hall at The Colburn School is the home of LACO’s Baroque Conversations series.

LACO continues as a partner in the “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program,” in which selected Thornton students participate in a mock audition with the possibility of winning a guest musician slot in a strings section for a LACO concert. The program is designed to enhance preparedness of strings students for a professional career. LACO musicians also perform side-by-side with Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA), deepening the Orchestra’s commitment with that training organization, which seeks to introduce inner-city youth to the life-affirming power of music.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Over the past five decades, the Orchestra, noted as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers, has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America, Japan and North America, earning adulation from audiences and critics alike, and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. With the establishment of LACO in 1968 as an artistic outlet for the recording industry’s most gifted musicians, Los Angeles’ music and culture scene took a major step forward. Since then, the Orchestra’s five illustrious music directors – Sir Neville Marriner, Gerard Schwarz, Iona Brown, Christof Perick and Jeffrey Kahane – have set a standard of musical excellence for the orchestra that continues today. LACO’s artistic founder, cellist James Arkatov, envisioned an ensemble that would allow the Orchestra’s conservatory-trained players to balance studio work and teaching with pure artistic collaboration at the highest level. Financial backing for the Orchestra came from philanthropist Richard Colburn and managerial expertise from attorney Joseph Troy, who also became LACO’s first president.

2017-18 SEASON DETAILED

ORCHESTRAL SERIES

LACO’s core “Orchestral Series” features eight programs, each with back-to-back performances at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and UCLA’s Royce Hall. The series showcases LACO’s remarkable artistry and trademark mix of orchestral masterpieces and new works from today’s leading composers, as well as the much-admired collaborative style between LACO artists. Passionate, joyous and engaging, the series features a range of exceptional guest artists and conductors.

• Joshua Bell Plays Bernstein. LACO’s 2017-18 season-opening program launches the Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary season and helps kick off Leonard Bernstein’s centennial with acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell performing Bernstein’s lyrical Serenade (after Plato’s Symposium) for violin and orchestra inspired by Plato’s text on love, led by guest conductor Jaime Martín in his LACO debut. Martín also conducts Brahms’ Serenade No. 1 in D Major, noted for its prominent horn section and remarkable symphonic quality, and Mozart’s Overture to the opera, The Abduction from the Seraglio. Bell, one of the most celebrated violinists of his era and recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize, has recorded more than 40 CDs, garnering Grammy, Mercury, Gramophone and Echo Klassik awards. Named music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields in 2011, he is the only person to hold the post since Sir Neville Marriner formed the orchestra in 1958. Bell last appeared with LACO in 2000. Martín, a prominent flautist turned conductor, is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Chief Conductor of the Orquestra de Cadaqués and Artistic Director of the Santander International Festival. (Saturday, September 30, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, October 1, 2017, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

• Mozart in Focus: Symphony No. 40. Guest Conductor Peter Oundjian, in his second LACO appearance, leads the world premiere of Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman’s Violin Concerto, a LACO commission written for and featuring Jennifer Koh, recognized for her commanding performances and technical virtuosity. The program opens with the Suite from Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella, highlighting LACO Principal Trumpet David Washburn, and includes Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, one of the three final Mozart symphonies LACO is performing this season as part of “Mozart in Focus.” Oundjian the “consistently illuminating” (Gramophone) music director of both the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Royal National Orchestra in Scotland, made his LACO debut in 2015. Norman’s work, he says, “is inspired directly by Jenny Koh and the relationship I have with her as a friend and collaborator.” Koh is LACO’s Guest Artist-in-Residence for the fall, participating in masterclasses, community engagement and free public performances, along with her concert appearances. Named Musical America’s 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year and winner of the 1994 International Tchaikovsky Competition, Koh has premiered more than 60 works written for her and is “one of our most thoughtful and intense musicians” (The New York Times). (Saturday, October 14, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, October 15, 2017, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

• Bach’s Brandenburgs! Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra performs the complete cycle of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos led from the first chair by esteemed LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and featuring special guest Mahan Esfahani on harpsichord in his Orchestral Series debut. The Brandenburg Concertos remain evergreen and present an opportunity to showcase the immense talents of many of LACO’s virtuoso principals, notably newly appointed principal flute Joachim Becerra Thomsen and newly appointed principal oboe Claire Brazeau. This LACO-signature repertoire has previously been performed by the Orchestra an astonishing 52 times, more often than any other work in its repertoire. (Saturday, December 9, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, December 10, 2017, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

• Midweek Mozart (Mozart in Focus: Symphony No. 41). LACO’s 50th Anniversary season continues with eminent 93-year-old pianist Menahem Pressler, “a national treasure” (Los Angeles Times), performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major under the baton of guest conductor Thomas Dausgaard in his second LACO appearance in two seasons. Dausgaard, Principal Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Chief Conductor Designate of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, also conducts Brahms’ Selected Dances and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C Major, “Jupiter,” the composer’s final and longest symphony. The latter is the second of LACO’s three “Mozart in Focus” performances this season. Pressler, founding member and pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio, has established himself among the world’s most distinguished and honored musicians with a career that spans almost six decades. Now, in his ninth decade, he continues to captivate audiences throughout the world as performer and pedagogue, performing to great critical acclaim while maintaining a dedicated and robust teaching career. This is his LACO solo debut. (Tuesday, January 30, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

• Regal Classics. Highlighting works from across the pond, LACO presents a London-themed program with “superb,” and much sought-after Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd leading British tenor Toby Spence in Britten’s exquisite Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, a song cycle set to poems on the subject of night. The evenings include a world premiere by LACO Sound Investment composer Ellen Reid, hailed for “radiant” work (The New Yorker) that “brims with canny invention” (LA Weekly). As LACO continues its multi-year exploration of Haydn’s 12 London Symphonies, the program also features his last one, Symphony No. 104, “London.” Composed between 1791 and 1795, these works are among the cornerstones of the chamber music repertoire. Boyd, acclaimed for his vibrant conducting style, was a founding member and principal oboe of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for 21 years before turning to conducting in 2002. He served as Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and made his LACO conducting debut in 2014. Spence, one of the finest lyric tenors of his generation and recipient of the 2011 Royal Philharmonic Society’s “Singer of the Year” award, has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, the English National Opera and the Paris Opera, among others, and appeared with the Berlin, Vienna, Rotterdam and Los Angeles Philharmonics and well as the Cleveland Orchestra. LACO commissioned Reid as part of its singular and highly successful “Sound Investment” commissioning program that engages LACO audiences in developing new works. It gives members the rare opportunity to create a legacy in music and observe first-hand the development of a new work from the composer’s earliest ideas to the finished composition. Participants invest $300 or more for a membership, which includes intimate salons throughout the season featuring in-depth discussion with the composer about the creative process and previews of the final work. (Saturday, February 24, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, February 25, 2018, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

• Kahane Returns! Jeffrey Kahane, who steps down as LACO Music Director in June 2017 after a 20-year tenure, makes his first appearance in his new role as the Orchestra’s Conductor Laureate with the West Coast premiere of Pierre Jalbert’s Violin Concerto, featuring LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer. A co-commission by LACO, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra, Jalbert’s work was written specifically for the three orchestras’ concertmasters. Kahane also conducts Respighi’s Three Botticelli Pictures, a vivid aural impression of three of the Renaissance master’s famous paintings, and continues LACOs multi-year exploration of Haydn’s famed 12 London symphonies with Symphony No. 99 in E-Flat Major, the seventh in the sequence. (Saturday, March 17, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, March 18, 2018, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

• Beethoven! Guest conductor Karina Canellakis, winner of the 2016 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, makes her third LACO appearance since 2015 in a program featuring Dai Fujikura’s Secret Forest, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major, and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor performed by David Fray, a “gifted pianist” (Chicago Tribune). Fujikura’s work has been described as “a riot of imaginative bird and insect noise – a private utopia well worth exploring” (The Guardian). Canellakis received glowing critical praise for her performances since first making headlines in 2014 filling in last-minute for Jaap van Zweden with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich’s 8th symphony. She made her European conducting debut last June with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Styriarte Festival in Graz, Austria, replacing the late Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and served for two seasons through 2015-16 as Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony, during which time she conducted over 60 performances with the orchestra. Fray, heralded for his “exquisite, imaginative, and virtuosic” performances (Epoch Times), was BBC Music Magazine’s 2008 “Newcomer of the Year” and is the subject of the documentary Swing, Sing and Think. (Saturday, April 21, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, April 22, 2018, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

• Season Finale! (Mozart in Focus: Symphony No. 39). LACO’s 50th Anniversary season concludes poignantly with a conductor-less program spotlighting the Orchestra itself that includes Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso in D Minor, the first work ever performed by LACO 50 years ago. “LACO has a rich history of presenting conductor-less programs,” says Harrison, “which is a testament to the leadership displayed by our 40 virtuoso resident musicians and the depth of their artistic interaction.” The Orchestra also performs Derrick Spiva’s From Here A Path, the second part of a trilogy for chamber orchestra inspired by LACO, and Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, featuring the US orchestral debut of teenage British cello virtuoso Sheku Kanneh-Mason, named BBC’s 2016 Young Musician of the Year. The first black musician to win the award since its inception, he has been compared to a young Jacqueline du Pre and recently signed a recording contract with Decca. The final work on the program is Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 in E-Flat Major, which also wraps “Mozart in Focus,” LACO’s exploration this season of the composer’s final three symphonies. (Saturday, May 19, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, May 20, 2018, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS
Harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani continues as LACO’s Baroque Artistic Partner through the 2018-19 season. Artists curating and hosting performances for the enlightening five-concert Baroque Conversations series, held at The Colburn School’s Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles, are LACO Principal Cello Andrew Shulman (November 2, 2017); Principal Trumpet David Washburn, leading a brass and organ program (January 16, 2018); guest conductor Riccardo Minasi, who conducts the music of Pergolesi (March 1, 2018); Esfahani (March 22, 2018); and guest conductor Harry Bicket (April 26, 2018). The series spotlights repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. In signature LACO style, the artists share their insights into the music and invite questions from the audience to provide patrons with an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a deeper level. Each program begins with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. (Thursdays, November 2, 2017, and January 18, March 1 and 22, and April 26, 2018, 7:30 pm, Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles)

MUSIC + DANCE
LACO’s trademark “Music +” (formerly “Westside Connections”), curated by Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, is designed to illustrate the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives. During the 2017-18 season, the three-concert chamber music and discussion series continues to step outside the proverbial “music box” by focusing this season on a thought-provoking exploration of the relationship between dance and music, featuring chamber works to complement presentations of special guests. For the first time, concerts will be repeated at LACO’s newest venue, the Huntington Library in San Marino, considerably expanding the Orchestra’s reach, in addition to taking place at the intimate state-of-the-art 335-seat Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica. In previous seasons, “Music +” has explored associations between music and such disparate topics as the mind, architecture, the culinary arts and poetry. (dates and programs to be announced, Huntington Library, San Marino, and Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at The Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School, Santa Monica)

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 private residences of the consul general corps. “LACO à la carte” is chaired by LACO board member Mahnaz Newman. (dates, locations and programs to be announced)

LACO ANNUAL CONCERT GALA
LACO’s annual concert gala celebrates the Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary season with a special concert, silent and live auctions and a sumptuous dinner. (date, location to be announced)

LACO COMMUNITY PROGRAMS REACH THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE
Nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music are integral to LACO’s mission. Through its “Meet the Music,” “Community Partners,” “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program” and master classes and school visits with LACO Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman and guest artists-in-residence Jennifer Koh, Mahan Esfahani and Sheku Kanneh-Mason, the Orchestra reaches thousands of young people annually. LACO musicians also perform side-by-side with Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA), deepening the Orchestra’s commitment with that training organization, which seeks to introduce inner-city youth to the life-affirming power of music. Additionally, the season kicks off with a free concert at Grand Performances with LACO led by conductor Carlos Izcaray and featuring two soloists from Colburn School on Friday, September 22, 2017.

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

TICKETS/INFORMATION
For a free season flyer, additional information about Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2017-18 season or to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
2017-18 SEASON

ORCHESTRAL SERIES

Joshua Bell Plays Bernstein
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, October 1, 2017, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jaime Martín, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin

MOZART Overture to the opera, The Abduction from the Seraglio
BERNSTEIN Serenade (after Plato’s “Symposium) for Violin and Orchestra
BRAHMS Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11

Mozart in Focus: Symphony No. 40
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, October 15, 2017, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Peter Oundjian, conductor
Jennifer Koh, violin

STRAVINSKY Suite from the ballet, Pulcinella
ANDREW NORMAN Violin Concerto (LACO Commission, World Premiere)
MOZART Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550

Bach’s Brandenburgs!
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Margaret Batjer, violin and leader
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord

BACH The Six Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051

Midweek Mozart (Mozart in Focus: Symphony No. 41)
Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Thomas Dausgaard, conductor
Menahem Pressler, piano

BRAHMS Selected Dances
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
MOZART Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 550, “Jupiter”

Regal Classics
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, February 25, 2018, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Douglas Boyd, conductor
Toby Spence, tenor

ELLEN REID TBA (LACO Commission, World Premiere)
BRITTEN Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31
HAYDN Symphony No. 104 in D Major, Hob.1:104, “London”

Kahane Returns!
Saturday, March 17, 2018, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Margaret Batjer, violin

RESPIGHI Three Botticelli Pictures
PIERRE JALBERT Violin Concerto (LACO Co-Commission, West Coast Premiere)
HAYDN Symphony No. 99 in E-Flat Major, Hob.1:99

Beethoven!
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Karina Canellakis, conductor
David Fray, piano

DAI FUJIKURA Secret Forest
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36

Season Finale! (Mozart in Focus: Symphony No. 39)
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, May 20, 2018, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello

VIVALDI Concerto Grosso in D Minor, Op. 3 #11
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 107
DERRICK SPIVA From Here A Path
MOZART Symphony No. 39 in E-Flat Major, K. 543

BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS
Thursdays, November 2, 2017, and January 18, (LACEY/JUSTUS pls let me know if JAN. DATE is confirmed] March 1 and 22, and April 26, 2018, 7:30 pm, Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles

MUSIC + DANCE (“Formerly “Westside Connections”)
Dates, programs to be announced; Huntington Library, San Marino and Ann and Jerry Moss Theater
at The Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School, Santa Monica;

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PRESENTS “LIFT EVERY VOICE,” A THREE-WEEK, CITY-WIDE SERIES OF CONCERTS, CONVERSATIONS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EXPLORING THEMES OF TOLERANCE, COMPASSION, COOPERATION, CREATIVITY AND THE POWER OF MUSIC TO ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AND PROMOTE PEACE

January 14 – 29, 2017
Various Venues

Highlights Include:

• First L.A. Performance Since 1950s of Kurt Weill’s Profound Musical Lost in the Stars, directed by Anne Bogart with SITI Company;
• Weill/Brecht’s Satirical The Seven Deadly Sins with Chanteuse Storm Large;
• US Premiere of Weill’s Song-Suite For Violin and Orchestra Arranged by Paul Bateman and West Coast Premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s Violin Concerto “I Will Not Remain Silent,” Both Featuring Violinist Daniel Hope;
• Joint Performance with the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles;
• Symposiums, Chamber Music Program and Film Screenings

Celebrating the unique ability of music and the arts to address challenging social and moral issues, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) presents LIFT EVERY VOICE, a three-week, city-wide series of free and ticketed concerts, conversations and community engagement curated by LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane from January 14 to 29, 2017, at venues across the Southland.  LIFT EVERY VOICE, conceived and curated by Kahane to explore themes of tolerance, compassion, cooperation and creativity along with the power of music to encourage understanding and promote peace, was inspired by the lives of human and civil rights champions Rabbi Joachim Prinz, composer Kurt Weill and Martin Luther King, Jr.  The series is a signature part of Kahane’s 20th and final LACO season, which features programming that reflects his far-reaching impact, broad musical sensibilities, distinctive philosophical interests and tremendous artistic passion.  Among LIFT EVERY VOICE’s highlights are the first Los Angeles performance since the 1950s of Weill’s profound anti- apartheid musical Lost in the Stars, directed by Anne Bogart, and Weill/Brecht’s satirical The Seven Deadly Sins with chanteuse Storm Large, both provocative works addressing weighty moral issues; violinist Daniel Hope featured on the U.S. premiere of Weill’s Song-Suite For Violin and Orchestra arranged by Paul Bateman; the West Coast premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s Violin Concerto “I Will Not Remain Silent”; a joint performance with the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA); and symposiums, a chamber music program and film screenings.

“LACO’s LIFT EVERY VOICE is the fulfillment of a long-cherished dream of mine and represents the result of many years of thought,” says Kahane.  “I have always believed that for an orchestra to fulfill its highest potential, it must be an ‘instrument of community,’ both musically representing the community at the highest artistic level as well as engaging and enriching that community.  All of us at LACO, along with the many wonderful and diverse partners who have committed to participating in LIFT EVERY VOICE, believe passionately that this project has the potential to be a profoundly transformational force, and that it represents an artistic and social expression and exploration of matters both deeply personal and absolutely universal.”

LIFT EVERY VOICE launches with a free community program celebrating the spirit of diversity and inclusion as Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra musicians join the INNER CITY YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF LOS ANGELES (ICYOLA) and ICOYLA Chorus, under the direction of Charles Dickerson III, and the Leo Baeck Temple Chorus, USC Chamber Singers and New Horizons School Choir for ICYOLA’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday concert on Saturday, January 14, 2017, 7 pm, at West Angeles Church in Los Angeles.  The program, co-presented by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, features Kahane guest conducting Four Spirituals from Sir Michael Tippett’s “A Child of Our Time,” and Lift Every Voice and Sing, arranged by Roland Carter.  Dickerson conducts his own setting of Dr. King’s epic “I Have a Dream” speech and his arrangement of the spiritual We Shall Overcome.  Tickets are free.

LIFT EVERY VOICE continues with Kahane conducting the US PREMIERE of Weill’s Song-Suite for Violin and Orchestra, arranged by Paul Bateman, and the WEST COAST PREMIERE of Bruce Adolphe’s Violin Concerto “I Will Not Remain Silent,” which the composer dedicated to Rabbi Joachim Prinz and his friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Saturday, January 21, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and Sunday, January 22, 2017, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall.   Both works feature guest soloist Daniel Hope, “among the best (violinists) in the world” (The Observer, London), who is also known for his humanitarian efforts espousing tolerance as well as building bridges between different musical worlds.  Additionally, Kahane leads Weill’s compelling satirical sung ballet THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS, originally composed in 1933 with text by Bertolt Brecht, featuring virtuosic chanteuse Storm Large (Pink Martini) and New York’s all-male vocal quartet Hudson Shad.  Tickets start at $29.

A cornerstone of LIFT EVERY VOICE is the first Los Angeles performance since the 1950s of Weill’s gripping musical LOST IN THE STARS, a powerful, uncompromising social indictment of apartheid-era South Africa, on Saturday, January 28, 8 pm, and Sunday, January 29, 2017, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall.  Presented by LACO in partnership with CAP UCLA, the all-new staged production is directed by Anne Bogart, conducted by Kahane and features New York City’s famed theatre ensemble SITI Company, soprano Lauren Michelle, tenor Issachah Savage, bass-baritone Justin Hopkins, the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers and Los Robles Master Chorale.  With musical influences ranging from Broadway and gospel to African American spirituals and blues, Lost in the Stars follows the troubled son of a black minister in apartheid-era South Africa who accidentally kills the son of a white neighbor and the reverend who fights to keep his family together, lead his alarmed congregation and reconcile his own shaken notions of mercy and hope.  Weill’s final stage work is based on the 1949 adaptation by the composer and librettist Maxwell Anderson of Alan Paton’s great novel Cry, the Beloved Country.  Widely acknowledged as one of the most important works of that Broadway season and a landmark in the history of American musical theater, the production ran for more than 300 performances.  Few places in America have ever had the opportunity to see and hear a live performance of the work because the first national tour was cancelled in protest when the producers learned that black cast members would be denied the right to stay in the same hotels as white cast members.  Tickets start at $25.

More intimate in scope but equally illuminating, LACO Violin Maia Jasper leads a chamber music program by SALASTINA MUSIC SOCIETY, of which she is co-founder and artistic director, featuring Weill’s String Quartet No. 1, Britten’s String Quartet No. 2 in C Major and Persian composer Behzad Ranjbaran’s Caprices for Two Violins on Sunday, January 15, 2017, 3 pm, at Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades.  The concert is presented by LACO in collaboration with Salastina Music Society and Villa Aurora, an artists’ residence and place for international cultural encounters, which stands as a memorial to artists and intellectuals who found refuge from Nazi persecution and made a tremendous impact on the cultural life of the United States’ West Coast.  Tickets start at $42.

Delving more deeply into how social forces can shape an artist’s work, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, in partnership with USC Thornton School of Music, presents “FORGING ‘THE KNIFE’ – KURT WEILL BEFORE BROADWAY,” exploring composer Kurt Weill’s musical roots in the 1920s through a free performance and discussion with Kahane and acclaimed violinist Daniel Hope, on Thursday, January 19, 2017, 8 pm, at USC’s Alfred Newman Hall.  Kahane and Hope share insights on Weill’s music, life and career as a young composer in 1920s Berlin before he fled Nazi Germany and became one of Broadway’s most enduring songwriters.  Additionally, USC faculty and students join Hope and Kahane to perform some of Weill’s early songs and major chamber works.  The program is part of the USC Visions and Voices initiative.  Tickets are free.

In collaboration with UCLA, LACO also presents “CHAMPIONING CIVIL RIGHTS AND RESISTING INJUSTICE: RABBI JOACHIM PRINZ AND KURT WEILL,” a free thought-provoking symposium featuring Prinz’s son, Jonathan Prinz, scholars and musicians that explores Berlin and the German-Jewish cultural milieu that informed Rabbi Prinz’s and Weill’s work and galvanized their activism, on Sunday, January 22, 2017, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Royce Hall Room 314.  Tickets are free.

LIFT EVERY VOICE also includes an educational FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION of Terezin – Refuge in Music, featuring interviews with musician-survivors of the Terezin concentration camp, followed by a discussion with Kahane and Hope on the triumph of the human spirit, on Friday, January 20, 2017, 10 am, at the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study.  Presented in partnership with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Education Department, the free event is open to Academy Education Program participants only.

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

TICKET PRICES for LIFT EVERY VOICE events vary, with several free events featured.  Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

Calendar Listing of LACO’s LIFT EVERY VOICE Events in Chronological Order:

1) Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra – Performance – “Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles Annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Concert”
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 7 pm, West Angeles Church

Charles Dickerson, III, conductor
Jeffrey Kahane, guest conductor
Members of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA), Charles Dickerson, founder/music director
ICYOLA Chorus
Leo Baeck Temple Chorus
USC Chamber Singers
New Horizons School Choir

PROGRAM:
SIR MICHAEL TIPPETT                     Four Spirituals from ”A Child of Our Time”
Jeffrey Kahane, guest conductor
hymn, arr. Roland Carter                    Lift Every Voice and Sing
Jeffrey Kahane, guest conductor
CHARLES DICKERSON                    I Have a Dream
Charles Dickerson, conductor
hymn arr. Charles Dickerson III          We Shall Overcome
Charles Dickerson, conductor
+ other works to be announced

WHERE:
West Angeles Church
3045 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016

TICKETS:
free
for ticket information, call 213 622 7001 × 1
or visit www.laco.org

2) Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra – Performance – “Salastina Chamber Music Concert”
 Sunday, January 15, 2017, 3 pm, Villa Aurora

Maia Jasper, violin/host
Salastina Music Society

PROGRAM:
WEILL                                     String Quartet No. 1
BEHZAD RANJBARAN            Caprices for Two Violins
BRITTEN                       String Quartet No. 2 in C Major

WHERE:
Villa Aurora
520 Paseo Miramar
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

TICKETS:
Tickets start at $42
213 622 7001 × 1
or visit www.laco.org

3) Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra – Performance/Discussion – “Forging ‘The Knife’ – Kurt Weill Before Broadway”

Thursday, January 19, 2017, 8 pm, USC’s Newman Hall

Jeffrey Kahane, host/piano
Daniel Hope, violin
USC faculty
USC students

PROGRAM:
This event includes a discussion about Kurt Weill’s music, life and career as a young composer in 1920s Berlin before he fled Nazi Germany and became one of Broadway’s most enduring songwriters and a performance of some of Weill’s early songs and major chamber works

WHERE:
USC’s Newman Hall
3616 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089

TICKETS:
free; reservations, available beginning December 6, required
213 622 7001 × 1
or visit www.laco.org

4) Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra – Film Screening/Discussion – Terezin – Refuge in Music

Friday, January 20, 2017, 10 am, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Science’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study

Jeffrey Kahane, host/piano
Daniel Hope, violin
Musician-survivors of the Terezin concentration camp

PROGRAM:
A screening of Terezin – Refuge in Music, presented in partnership with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Education Department, also features interviews with musician-­survivors of the Terezin concentration camp, followed by a discussion with Kahane and Hope on the triumph of the human spirit.  (Open to Academy Education Program participants only)

WHERE:
Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Science’s Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study

1313 Vine St.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

TICKETS:
open to Academy Education Program participants only

5) Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra – Performance – “Storm Large Sings 7 Deadly Sins”
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 7 pm, Royce Hall

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Daniel Hope, violin
Storm Large, vocalist
Hudson Shad, vocal quartet
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

PROGRAM:
WEILL (arr. Paul Bateman)       “Song-Suite for Violin and Orchestra” (US premiere)
BRUCE ADOLPHE                   Violin Concerto “I Will Not Remain Silent” (West Coast premiere)
WEILL/BRECHT                      The Seven Deadly Sins

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, January 21, 2017, 8 pm
Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203
and
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 7 pm
Royce Hall
340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

TICKETS:
Tickets start at $27;

Discounted tickets 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.
213 622 7001 × 1
or visit www.laco.org

6) Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra – Symposium – “Championing Civil Rights and Resisting Injustice: Rabbi Joachim Prinz and Kurt Weill”
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Royce Hall, Room 314

Jonathan Prinz (son of Rabbi Joachim Prinz)
Distinguished Scholars TBA
Musicians TBA

PROGRAM:
This symposium explores Berlin and the German-Jewish cultural milieu that informed Rabbi Prinz and Weill’s work and galvanized their activism

WHERE:
Royce Hall, Room 314
340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095

TICKETS:
free
213 622 7001 × 1
or visit www.laco.org

7) Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra – Performance – “Lost in the Stars”
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 8 pm, Royce Hall
Sunday, January 29, 2017, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Anne Bogart, director
Jonathon Heyward, assistant conductor & Julius Rudel/Kurt Weill Conducting Fellow
Brian H Scott, scenic and lighting designer
Nephelie Andonyadis, costume designer
David Rousseve, choreographer
Darlene Miyakawa, production stage manager
J. Ed Araiza, dramaturg
Lauren Michelle, soprano
Issachah Savage, tenor
Justin Hopkins, bass-baritone

Meloney Collins, “Linda”
SITI Company actors Will Bond and Stephen Duff Webber with guest actors Zuri Adele, Larry Powell, Samuel Stricklen
Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers

Los Robles Master Chorale

PROGRAM:
WEILL              Lost in the Stars

WHERE:
Royce Hall – UCLA
340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095

TICKETS:

Tickets start at $25;

Discounted tickets 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.
213 622 7001 × 1
or visit www.laco.org
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Program, artists and ticket prices subject to change.

 

12/07/16

http://www.laco.org/6968-2/

PRESS CONTACTS:
Libby Huebner, 562 799 6055, pr@laco.org
Laura Stegman, 310 470 6321, pr@laco.org

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CAPTION: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jeffrey Kahane
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CAPTION: Soprano Lauren Michelle
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CAPTION: Jonathon Heyward, assistant conductor for Lost in the Stars
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CAP UCLA, PRESENTS FIRST L.A. PERFORMANCE SINCE 1950s OF KURT WEILL’S PROFOUND ANTI-APARTHEID MUSICAL LOST IN THE STARS, CONDUCTED BY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JEFFREY KAHANE AND DIRECTED BY ANNE BOGART WITH SITI COMPANY

Staged Production Features
Soprano Lauren Michelle, Tenor Issachah Savage, Bass-Baritone Justin Hopkins,
SITI Company Actors, Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers and Los Robles Master Chorale

Event Is Cornerstone of LACO’s “Lift Every Voice,”
Three-Week, City-Wide Series of Concerts, Conversations and Community Engagement Exploring Themes of Tolerance, Compassion, Cooperation, Creativity and the Power of Music to Encourage Understanding and Promote Peace

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 8 pm, and
Sunday, January 29, 2017, 7 pm
at UCLA’s Royce Hall

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, in partnership with CAP UCLA, presents the first Los Angeles performance since the 1950s of LOST IN THE STARS Kurt Weill’s powerful, uncompromising social indictment of apartheid-era South Africa, on Saturday, January 28, 8 pm, and Sunday, January 29, 2017, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The all-new staged production of the gripping musical is directed by Anne Bogart, co-artistic director of New York City’s famed theatre ensemble SITI Company, and conducted by LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane. The cast features soprano Lauren Michelle, tenor Issachah Savage and bass-baritone Justin Hopkins as well as the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers, Los Robles Master Chorale and members of SITI Company. Jonathon Heyward, assistant conductor of the Hallé Orchestra and a Julius Rudel/Kurt Weill Conducting Fellow, serves as the production’s assistant conductor. With musical influences ranging from Broadway and gospel to African American spirituals and blues, Lost in the Stars follows the troubled son of a black minister in apartheid-era South Africa, who accidentally kills the son of a white neighbor, and the reverend who fights to keep his family together, lead his alarmed congregation and reconcile his own shaken notions of mercy and hope.

“It has been a dream of mine for years to bring Lost in the Stars, Kurt Weill’s final work for the stage, to Los Angeles, where this searing and deeply moving piece of musical theater has not been performed professionally since the 1950s,” says Kahane. “It is an immense privilege for all of us at LACO to collaborate with renowned director Anne Bogart, members of SITI Company and CAP-UCLA, and a superb cast of singers and actors in this endeavor, which may well be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for lovers of musical theater in Los Angeles. I know that we are all keenly aware that the courageous message that Weill and his collaborator Maxwell Anderson wanted to communicate to American audiences in 1949 speaks just as directly and powerfully to the audiences of our time.”

Weill’s final stage work is based on the 1949 adaptation by the composer and librettist Maxwell Anderson of Alan Paton’s great novel Cry, the Beloved Country. Widely acknowledged as one of the most important works of that Broadway season and a landmark in the history of American musical theater, the production ran for more than 300 performances. Few places in America have ever had the opportunity to see and hear a live performance of the work because the first national tour was cancelled in protest when the producers learned that black cast members would be denied the right to stay in the same hotels as white cast members.

Lost in the Stars is a cornerstone of LACO’s LIFT EVERY VOICE, a three-week, city-wide series of free and ticketed concerts, conversations and community engagement celebrating the unique ability of music and the arts to address challenging social and moral issues, from January 14 to 29, 2017, at venues across the Southland. LIFT EVERY VOICE, conceived and curated by Kahane to explore themes of tolerance, compassion, cooperation and creativity along with the power of music to encourage understanding and promote peace, was inspired by the lives of human and civil rights champions Rabbi Joachim Prinz, composer Kurt Weill and Martin Luther King, Jr. The series is a signature part of Kahane’s 20th and final LACO season, which features programming that reflects his far-reaching impact, broad musical sensibilities, distinctive philosophical interests and tremendous artistic passion. In addition to Lost in the Stars, LIFT EVERY VOICE’s highlights include Weill/Brecht’s satirical The Seven Deadly Sins with chanteuse Storm Large, a provocative work addressing weighty moral issues; violinist Daniel Hope featured on the U.S. premiere of Weill’s Song-Suite For Violin and Orchestra arranged by Paul Bateman; the West Coast premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s Violin Concerto “I Will Not Remain Silent”; a joint performance with the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA); and symposiums, a chamber music program and film screenings. People can follow the series on social media at #LACOLEV.

Tickets for Lost in the Stars, starting at $25, are on sale through CAP UCLA at cap.ucla.edu or through the box office at 310 825 2101, Monday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm. On the day of the show, the box office at Royce Hall opens one hour prior to the event start time. Discounted tickets available by phone for groups of 10 or more. High school and college students may purchase student rush tickets ($18), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert.

Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, JEFFREY KAHANE (conductor) has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized around the world for his mastery of diverse repertoire ranging from Bach and Mozart to Gershwin and John Adams. Now in his 20th season as music director of LACO, he previously served as music director of the Colorado and Santa Rosa symphonies. He has garnered tremendous critical acclaim for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement and received multiple ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for his work in both Los Angeles and Denver. He is a Professor of Keyboard Studies at USC Thornton School of Music, artistic director of the Green Music Center Chamber Fest in Sonoma, CA, and music director of the Sarasota Music Festival, FL.

ANNE BOGART (director) is co-artistic director of the NY-based ensemble SITI Company, head of the MFA Directing program at Columbia University and author of five books: A Director Prepares, The Viewpoints Book, And Then You Act, Conversations with Anne and What’s the Story. Bogart has directed more than 30 works with SITI Company in venues around the world, including Steel Hammer, the theater is a blank page, Persians, A Rite, Café Variations, Radio Macbeth, American Document, bobrauschenbergamerica and Hotel Cassiopeia. Recent opera works she has directed include Verdi’s Macbeth, Bellini’s Norma and Bizet’s Carmen.

JONATHON HEYWARD (assistant conductor) serves as assistant conductor of the Hallé Orchestra. His two-year appointment, which began in 2016-17, involves assisting music director Sir Mark Elder and other visiting artists, acting as music director of the Hallé Youth Orchestra and conducting concerts with the Hallé. In 2013, he became the youngest ever semi-finalist at the Blue Danube International Opera Conducting Competition and, two years later, won the 54th International Competition for Young Conductors in Besançon. In upcoming seasons, he conducts the Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine; the St. Petersburg, Basel and Prague symphony orchestras; the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Rouen and the Philharmonie Zuidnederland.

JUSTIN HOPKINS (bass-baritone) is a young performer increasing in demand both nationally and internationally. He has been featured in such venues as Carnegie and Queen Elizabeth halls and Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie. A versatile artist, Hopkins has performed operatic roles ranging from Mozart to Philip Glass, as well as concert repertoire including Britten’s War Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. He has performed under the batons of such distinguished conductors as Keith Lockhart, Charles Dutoit and Valery Gergiev with the Philadelphia, BBC Concert and Verbier Festival orchestras, as well as the Boston Pops. He took 2nd place in the 2012 Lotte Lenya Competition.

LAUREN MICHELLE (soprano) is a prize winner of The 2015 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Originally from Los Angeles, she has appeared internationally as Musetta in La Bohème in Tel Aviv, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Banff Center and Papagena in The Magic Flute at Teatro Malibran in Italy. She made her US debut to critical acclaim in the role of Irina with Washington National Opera’s Lost in the Stars and recently performed with The Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the Baton of Bobby McFerrin at The Ravinia Festival. This season, she returns to Carnegie Hall as a soloist, and will make her debut with Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Welsh National Opera and Royal Opera House.

ISSACHAH SAVAGE (tenor) is garnering acclaim as a “heldentenor par excellence” with “trumpet-like, clear, open-throated, powerful” singing (San Francisco Examiner). He is the winner of the 2014 Seattle International Wagner Competition, earning the main prize, audience favorite prize, orchestra favorite prize among other accolades. Savage made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Don Riccardo in Verdi’s Ernani under James Levine and sang the title role of Rienzi with the National Philharmonic at Strathmore Hall. He has performed at Austin Lyric Opera and with the San Antonio Symphony, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Boston Philharmonic and Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine and at the Aspen Music Festival.

The ALBERT MCNEIL JUBILEE SINGERS have garnered international acclaim and focused worldwide attention on the vast body of folk music termed “African-American.” Since it was founded in 1968, they have performed in more than 70 countries, participating in 18 sold-out European tours, 12 tours of the United States and Canada, tours of the Middle and Far East, Africa and South America. They are among the most honored singing ensembles in the world. The chorus, led by Founder-Director Albert McNeil, was selected three times to serve the U.S. State Department and USIS Cultural Exchange Program; has sung for Pope John Paul II; headlined the First Choral Festival in Jaffe, Israel; performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in a national broadcast on CBS Radio and Television; appeared with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Dale Warland Singers, Chanticleer, the Vancouver Chamber Choir; and featured on the NPR series “Beverly Sills Presents,” and The Smithsonian’s series “Wade in the Water,” among its extensive credits.

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

LOS ROBLES MASTER CHORALE (LRMC), lauded for its “robust choral tapestry” (Artillery), celebrating a rich legacy and is hailed for its remarkable sound, striking versatility and commitment to commissioning new choral works. The Ventura County-based chorus harnesses the power of music to enrich the lives of people of all ages with repertoire ranging from early music and great choral masterworks to folk, contemporary and world music. LRMC presents its own concert series each season and performs with such leading organizations as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New West Symphony and Ventura Symphony at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood Bowl and Royce Hall, among other venues.

SITI COMPANY was founded in 1992 by Anne Bogart, Tadashi Suzuki and a group of likeminded artists. SITI began as an agreement to redefine and revitalize contemporary theater in the United States through an emphasis on international cultural exchange, training and collaboration. Originally envisioned as a summer institute in Saratoga Springs, New York, SITI expanded to encompass a year-round season inclusive of touring, the creation of new work and running a Conservatory program for nine months of the year to cultivate the next generation of independent theater artists. Based in New York City, SITI continues to operate its international training program during its summer season in Saratoga. The Company is known nationally and internationally as a top-level artistic ensemble that generates groundbreaking theater and is dedicated to establishing long lasting relationships with theater presenters and their communities around the world.

CENTER FOR THE ART OF PERFORMANCE AT UCLA (CAP UCLA) is dedicated to the advancement of the contemporary performing arts in all disciplines – dance, music, spoken word and theater, as well as emerging digital, collaborative and cross-platforms created by today’s leading artists. More at cap.ucla.edu/ab.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra – Performance – “Lost in the Stars”
Saturday, January 28, 2017, 8 pm, Royce Hall
Sunday, January 29, 2017, 7 pm, Royce Hall

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Anne Bogart, director
Jonathon Heyward, assistant conductor & Julius Rudel/Kurt Weill Conducting Fellow
Brian H Scott, scenic and lighting designer
Nephelie Andonyadis, costume designer
David Rousseve, choreographer
Darlene Miyakawa, production stage manager
J. Ed Araiza, dramaturg
Lauren Michelle, soprano
Issachah Savage, tenor
Justin Hopkins, bass-baritone
Meloney Collins, “Linda”
SITI Company actors Will Bond and Stephen Duff Webber with guest actors Zuri Adele, Larry Powell, Samuel Stricklen
Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers
Los Robles Master Chorale

PROGRAM:
WEILL Lost in the Stars

WHERE:
Royce Hall – UCLA
340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095

TICKETS:
Tickets start at $25;
Discounted tickets available by phone for groups of 10 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($18), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert.
310 825 2101 (Monday – Friday 10 am to 4 pm)
or visit cap.ucla.edu
On the day of the show, the box office at Royce Hall opens one hour prior to the event start time.

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Program, artists and ticket prices subject to change.

12/6/16

http://www.laco.org/6965-2/

PRESS CONTACTS:
Libby Huebner, 562 799 6055, pr@laco.org
Laura Stegman, 310 470 6321, pr@laco.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CLAIRE BRAZEAU APPOINTED
LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA’S
PRINCIPAL OBOE

Brazeau, Second Oboe Since 2014, Succeeds Allan Vogel

Music Director Jeffrey Kahane has named Claire Brazeau principal oboe of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s leading orchestras renowned for its wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissioning initiatives. Brazeau succeeds Allan Vogel, her mentor and professor at the Colburn School, who retired as LACO principal oboe in May after 44 years with the Orchestra. The Glendale resident joined LACO in 2014 as second oboe.

“Claire first came to Los Angeles to study with our great former principal oboe Allan Vogel, and it is especially touching that after having won the position of second oboe and spending several seasons playing next to her beloved mentor, she won an extraordinarily arduous and highly competitive final round,” says LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane. “Claire is both a superb artist and a treasured colleague, and LACO audiences can look forward to many seasons of her artistry in the years to come. All of us at LACO are thrilled to welcome her as our new principal oboe.”

“I’m so grateful to my LACO colleagues, who consistently bring me into higher and higher levels of musical maturity and artistry,” says Brazeau. “LACO’s future is bright, and I am so honored and thrilled to be a part of it!”

Brazeau, praised as a “superb” oboist (Financial Times), makes her concerto debuts this season with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra, Culver City Symphony and the West Coast premiere of Ken Ueno’s “Sawdust,” a pocket concerto for oboe and ensemble, with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, led by Steve Schick. An advocate of both new and old music, Brazeau also enjoys performing on baroque and classical period oboes and has played with such period instrument ensembles as Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra and Ensemble Musica Humana. As a member of new music ensemble, Le Train Bleu, Brazeau has been a featured soloist in concerts at Bravo! Vail Music Festival in Colorado and in New York City. In 2015, she joined the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra. Brazeau is a co-founding member of cLAw, a new music woodwind quintet, as well as the newly-formed conductorless Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra. An active freelancer, she substitutes with the Pacific Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Pasadena Symphony and Los Angeles Bach Festival. On the East Coast, Brazeau has performed with the American Symphony Orchestra, Da Capo Chamber Players and the Berkshire Bach Society. Her festival appearances include the Lucerne Festival Academy, Yale School of Music Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Aspen, the New York String Orchestra Seminar and the Pierre Monteux School. She previously served as a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, where she furthered her passion for chamber music and imaginative programming. In Rome, Brazeau’s 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, the collaboration and premiere of Rome Prize-winning composer Sean Friar’s Etudes for English Horn and Piano, as well as baroque chamber music concerts and educational programs for children. In addition to receiving an Artist Diploma from The Colburn School, she was a triple major at Bard College and Conservatory, earning a Bachelor of Arts in East-Asian studies and piano performance, and a Bachelor of Music in oboe performance.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, “one of the world’s great chamber orchestras” by KUSC Classical FM 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 with “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its almost 50-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America, earning adulation from audiences and critics alike, and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.
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11/1/16

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JOACHIM BECERRA THOMSEN APPOINTED PRINCIPAL FLUTE
OF LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Danish Flutist, 21, is Youngest Musician Ever Appointed to a LACO Principal Chair

Music Director Jeffrey Kahane has named Joachim Becerra Thomsen principal flute of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s leading orchestras renowned for its wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissioning initiatives. A native of Denmark, Thomsen, 21, who begins his tenure Jan. 21, 2017, is the youngest musician ever appointed to a LACO principal chair. He comes to Los Angeles after holding the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra’s principal flute position in Helsinki, Finland, where he performed under the baton of such conductors as James Gaffigan, Manfred Honeck, Louis Langrée, Hannu Lintu, Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Tugan Sokhiev. Thomsen succeeds David Shostac, who retired as LACO principal flute in May after 41 years with the Orchestra.

“LACO Principal Flute Joachim Thomsen, who has a distinctive and ravishingly beautiful sound, superb musicianship and a wonderful presence, is an extraordinary and critically important new member of the Orchestra,” states Kahane. “In the crucial final chamber music round of the audition process, he also proved himself to be a first-rate chamber musician as well as a charismatic solo artist. I know that he will bring an electricity and special energy to the orchestra, which, I have no doubt, our audiences will feel immediately.”

“This opportunity to play in Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is a dream come true,” says Thomsen. “I am honored and can’t wait to start making music with its amazing musicians.”

Praised for his “golden sound” and “heartfelt musicianship,” Thomsen is the recipient of many of Denmark’s most prestigious music awards, including the Sonning Talent Prize; the Jacob Gade Honorary Award and Talent Prize; and the Rødovre Music Award. In addition to serving as principal flute of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Thomsen has also performed throughout Denmark as a soloist and chamber musician, collaborating with such highly regarded Baroque specialists as Aureliusz Golinski, Jakob Lorentzen and Bolette Roed. Additionally, Thomsen performed with the Odense Symphony Orchestra as a result of being named a semi-finalist in the Carl Nielsen International Flute Competition. He also performed regularly with such esteemed Scandinavian ensembles as the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, The Royal Danish Orchestra, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Odense Symphony Orchestra and Malmö Symphony Orchestra, for which he won the audition for co-principal flute. Thomsen graduated with honors from the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he studied with Ulla Miilmann, earning Bachelor and Master degrees in Flute Performance with special studies in Early Music. He is currently pursuing a Professional Studies Certificate with Jim Walker at the Colburn School.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, “one of the world’s great chamber orchestras” by KUSC Classical FM 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 with “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its almost 50-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America, earning adulation from audiences and critics alike, and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.
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10/11/16

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA,
RELEASES STATEMENT ON PASSING OF
SIR NEVILLE MARRINER,
ITS FIRST MUSIC DIRECTOR (1969 to 1978)

STATEMENT FROM SCOTT HARRISON,
LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
“It was an audacious idea in the late 1960s that brought the great Sir Neville Marriner to direct a brand-new chamber orchestra in Los Angeles, but he very quickly established an atmosphere of intimacy, transparency, vibrancy and energy that has defined Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and its commitment to the Southland ever since,” according to Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) Executive Director Scott Harrison. “He served as LACO’s first music director from 1969 to 1978. We will miss him deeply — the musician and the man — and we extend our condolences to Lady Marriner and his entire family.”

ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, “one of the world’s great chamber orchestras” by KUSC Classical FM 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 with “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its almost 50-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America, earning adulation from audiences and critics alike, and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, was founded in 1968 as an artistic outlet for the recording industry’s most gifted musicians. The Orchestra’s artistic founder, cellist James Arkatov, envisioned an ensemble that would allow these conservatory-trained players to balance studio work and teaching with pure artistic collaboration at the highest level. With the financial backing of philanthropist Richard Colburn and managerial expertise from attorney Joseph Troy, who also became the Orchestra’s first president, LACO presented its first performances in the fall of 1969. Kahane continues the standard of excellence set by the Orchestra’s first four music directors, Sir Neville Marriner, Gerard Schwarz, Iona Brown and Christof Perick.

10/2/16

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SCOTT HARRISON
IS ONE OF 50 INTERNATIONAL ARTS LEADERS
SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN NATIONAL ARTS SOCIETY’S YEAR-LONG
“THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE PROGRAM: COMMUNITY & CULTURE”

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) Executive Director Scott Harrison is one of an international cohort of 50 CEOs selected to participate in National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program. Over the next year, he will travel to Harvard Business School and University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business to work with fellow participants united by deep community roots.

Program Director Sunny Widmann says, “We were overwhelmed by both the quality and quantity of applications to the Chief Executive Program. Together with our partners at Harvard Business School and University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, we’re thrilled to share knowledge with and learn from this incredible group of change agents in the cultural sector.”

“It is an honor to be selected for the National Arts Society’s Chief Executive Program and represent our institution, particularly because LACO was the only orchestra chosen to participate,” says Harrison. “It is an affirmation of our deepening commitment to working with the community and to forging new and diverse partnerships throughout Los Angeles.”

Support for the program comes from The Kresge Foundation, The Educational Foundation of America and The Chief Executive Fellowship Fund Honoring Ken Fischer. The partnerships of Harvard Business School and the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business make this work possible. Additional information about The Chief Executive Program: Community & Culture is available at www.artstrategies.org.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and a conductor with “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers.
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09/13/16

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HARPSICHORD VIRTUOSO MAHAN ESFAHANI,
RECENTLY NAMED LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA’S
BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS ARTISTIC PARTNER,
LEADS PROGRAM FEATURING WORKS FOR SOLO HARPSICHORD
AND HARPSICHORD AND STRINGS

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 7:30 pm
Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) opens its five-concert Baroque Conversations series with an evening led by harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani, recently named LACO’s first-ever Baroque Conversations Artistic Partner, on Thursday, October 6, 2016, 7:30 pm, at Zipper Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Featuring works for solo harpsichord as well as harpsichord and strings, the program explores the music of Berlin in the 1740s and 1750s and includes Janitsch’s Quadro in G minor for Harpsichord and Strings, “O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden:”; WF Bach’s Sonata in D major for Solo Harpsichord; and Benda’s Concerto in G minor for Harpsichord and Strings; and CPE Bach’s Sonata in B minor for Violin and Harpsichord. Joining Esfahani, lauded for his “soulful flair,” (The New York Times), are Jason Yoshida, theorbo, and LACO musicians Margaret Batjer, concertmaster; Tereza Stanislav, assistant concertmaster; Rolan Kato, viola; and Andrew Shulman, principal cello. To conclude the concert, Esfahani engages the audience in a Q&A. A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6:30 pm.

Esfahani, who made his LACO debut last season and is in demand around the globe, has been hailed as “one of today’s most thrilling harpsichordists” (Gramophone) and proclaimed a “superstar whose musicianship, imagination, virtuosity, cultural breadth and charisma far transcends the ivory tower in which the harpsichord has traditionally been placed” (The Times). Since making his London debut in 2009, he has worked tirelessly to establish the harpsichord in the mainstream of concert instruments in classical and contemporary repertoire, including giving the first harpsichord recital in the history of the BBC Proms in 2011. This concert marks Esfahani’s first appearance in his new role as LACO’s first Baroque Conversations Artistic Partner, which covers a three-year period through the 2018-19 season. He plans to explore the Baroque music of London and Venice in subsequent seasons. During the residency, Esfahani will also be featured in recitals and discussions offered free to the community outside the traditional concert hall. Esfahani’s LACO residency is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

The enlightening five-concert Baroque Conversations series provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. The second Baroque Conversations program, on November 3, features LACO Principal Keyboard Patricia Mabee on harpsichord, and special guest Curtis Berak on hurdy gurdy performing works by Rameau, Bach, Telemann, Chèdeville, Lully and Corrette. Baroque Conversations is generously sponsored by Carol & Warner Henry, a Friend of LACO and the Ronus Foundation.

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

Single tickets for the concert on October 6 (beginning at $57) and subscriptions to all five Baroque Conversations concerts ($265) are available online at laco.org, or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Single tickets can also be purchased at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Baroque Conversations five-concert subscriptions are available for $265. Discounted tickets are available by phone for groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office an hour before the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all eight of LACO’s Orchestral concerts, five Baroque Conversations and three Westside Connections series concerts.

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

WHAT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Baroque Conversations
Mahan Esfahani, host & harpsichord
Jason Yoshida, theorbo
Margaret Batjer, violin
Tereza Stanislav, violin
Roland Kato, viola
Andrew Shulman, cello
TBA, oboe

WHEN:
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 7:30 pm

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

PROGRAM:
JANITSCH Quadro in G minor for Harpsichord and Strings, “O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden”
WF BACH Sonata in D major for Solo Harpsichord
CPE BACH Sonata in B minor for Violin and Harpsichord
BENDA Concerto in G minor for Harpsichord and Strings

TICKETS/INFO:
Single tickets for the concert on October 6 (beginning at $57) and subscriptions to all five Baroque Conversations concerts ($265) are available online at laco.org, or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. For information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2016-17 season or to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.

PROGRAM, PRICES AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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09/09/16

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INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED CELLIST YO-YO MA
FEAUTURED IN SPECIAL PERFORMANCE WITH
LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
ON HAYDN’S CELLO CONCERTO IN C AS WELL AS
BRAHMS’ CELLO SONATA NO. 2, FEATURING
MUSIC DIRECTOR JEFFREY KAHANE ON PIANO

Program also Includes Haydn’s “Gypsy” Trio and
Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Haydn

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

World renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who has introduced new generations to the vitality and timelessness of classical music, joins Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) on Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C, a tour de force showcasing the instrument’s full range of color, to celebrate Music Director Jeffrey Kahane’s final season with the Orchestra on Sunday, October 16, 2016, 7:30 pm, at USC’s Bovard Auditorium. Ma, a long-time colleague of Kahane with whom he toured internationally for nearly a decade, also performs Brahms lyrical Cello Sonata No. 2, for cello and piano, with Kahane on piano. The concert, a co-presentation of LACO and USC Thornton School of Music, includes two chamber works as well, Haydn’s “Gypsy” Trio featuring Kahane, LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and Principal Cello Andrew Shulman, and Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Haydn.

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

Kahane, equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized around the world for his mastery of diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin, Golijov and John Adams. Now in his 20th season as LACO music director, he previously served as music director of the Colorado and Santa Rosa symphonies. He has garnered tremendous critical acclaim for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement and received multiple ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for his work in both Los Angeles and Denver. He is a Professor of Keyboard Studies at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

Batjer, concertmaster of Los Angeles Chamber 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.

Shulman was appointed principal cello of LACO in 2008 and is a professor of violoncello at the University of Southern California. He was the first British winner of the Piatigorsky Artist Award and was bestowed with an Honorary RCM by The Queen Mother in 1986. Shulman was solo cello of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, first chair with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra and principal cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has given recitals in the Royal Palace in Stockholm; in London at Wigmore Hall, Buckingham Palace and Royal Festival Hall; and locally at the Hollywood Bowl.

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

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

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor & piano
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Margaret Batjer, violin
Andrew Shulman, cello
Co-presentation of LACO and USC Thornton School of Music

PROGRAM:
HAYDN Trio No. 39 in G major, “Gypsy”
BRAHMS Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99
BRAHMS Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56
HAYDN Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major

WHEN:
Sunday, October 16, 7:30 pm

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

TICKETS/INFO
Tickets start at $90.
To order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org

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PROGRAM, PRICES AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

09/01/16

http://www.laco.org/6415-2/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

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

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

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

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

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 8 pm
Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203
and
Sunday, September 25, 2016, 7 pm
Royce Hall
340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

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

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

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

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PROGRAM, PRICES AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

08/19/16

http://www.laco.org/6334-2/