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May 25, 2011

mozart's prague

On January 19, 1787, the sweeping panoramic views and eclectic architecture of Prague set the backdrop for the highly-anticipated premiere of Mozart’s 38th Symphony. Pairing Mozart’s most dramatic Symphony with another world premiere, LACO recreated that excitement for the 10th anniversary of the Orchestra’s Sound Investment commissioning program. Derek Bermel’s featured the soulful vocals of Brazilian-born Luciana Souza’s in his genre-bending new work. Jeffrey Kahane and concertmaster Margaret Batjer started off the evening with Mendelssohn’s joyful Double Concerto, demonstrating the camaraderie intrinsic to the LACO experience.

Read the program notes and telling tales by Christine Gengaro, PhD.

After the concert, all ticket holders were invited to celebrate the final Orchestral Series concert of the 2010-11 season sponsored by the Los Angeles magazine.

Sound Investment composer Derek Bermel used an interesting instrument called the aquaphone. Check out the aquaphone Wade Culbreath played in Mar de Setembro (“September Sea”).

LACO newbie blogger David Garcia was excited because now he knows what an aquaphone is!

Music critic, Mark Swed, wrote a great review in the LA Times

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