September 28, 2011
No one would dispute Beethoven’s genius today, but his contemporaries thought differently. Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major – which forever changed the concerto form – was ignored for 30 years before being embraced as one of the masterpieces of classical music. Jeffrey Kahane brings his “uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” (Denver Post) to what he calls “one of the most beloved and astonishingly innovative works in the piano literature.”
Revel, too, in 21st century creativity with two West Coast premieres. Inspired by Galileo’s controversial observations of the moon, Osvaldo Golijov’s richly orchestrated Sidereus recalls the wonder of the scientist’s discoveries while virtuoso electric guitarist Wiek Hijmans astounds in Ritornello, Derek Bermel’s concerto featuring the unusual pairing of electric guitar with orchestra! The concert opens with Mozart’s mystic Overture from The Magic Flute. This sparkling program sets the tone for Festive 15 – a celebration of Jeffrey Kahane’s “crystal” anniversary as music director of “America’s finest chamber orchestra.” (Jim Svejda, PRI)
All ticket holders were invited to an afterparty sponsored by Pisco Porton.
Music Critic Mark Swed, of the Los Angeles Times, reviewed the concert beautifully in Music review: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra opens season.