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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

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

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

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

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

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

TICKETS/INFORMATION:

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2016-17 SEASON DETAILED

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

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

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

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

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

• Beethoven Triple. To help celebrate Kahane’s final blockbuster season, world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who has introduced new generations to the vitality and timelessness of classical music and is a long-time colleague of Kahane’s with whom he toured internationally for nearly a decade, and Pamela Frank, a “great” violinist (Intelligencer), join Kahane, who conducts and plays piano, in a special LACO performance of Beethoven’s “Triple” Concerto. Frank, who made headlines for her triumphant return to the concert stage nearly a decade after suffering nerve damage to her arm in 2001, makes her first LACO appearance since her injury. The concert is a co-presentation of LACO and USC Thornton School of Music. (Sunday, October 16, 7:30 pm, USC’s Bovard Auditorium)


ORCHESTRAL SERIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS

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

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

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

LACO ANNUAL CONCERT GALA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
2016-17 SEASON

ORCHESTRAL SERIES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS

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

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

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

“LIFT EVERY VOICE”

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

WEILL Lost in the Stars

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

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

WHEN:
Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

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

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

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

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

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

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

TICKET PRICES:
Beginning at $65

TICKETS/INFORMATION:
213 622 7001 x 1
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CELLIST/CLASSICAL MUSIC INNOVATOR JOSHUA ROMAN HEADLINES LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS EVENING,
PERFORMING THREE BACH SUITES FOR UNACCOMPANIED CELLO

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

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

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

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

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

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

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

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

WHEN:
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steinway is the official piano of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

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

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

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

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

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

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

TICKET PRICES:
Start at $65

TICKETS/INFORMATION:
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PRINCIPAL OBOE ALLAN VOGEL,
RETIRING AT SEASON’S END AFTER 44 YEARS WITH ORCHESTRA,
HOSTS BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS EVENING
FEATURING BRANDENBURG CONCERTO NO. 2 AND WORKS BY TELEMANN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:

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

WHEN:
Thursday, March 24, 2016, 7 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PROGRAM, PRICES AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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