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#LACO205 musician picks

You earned it! For every week we receive five consecutive days of giving, we publish a LACO musician’s musical pick of the week – an artist, work or CD that excites them. Help the list grow and give today!

day 205 bonus pick

Jeffrey Kahane music director
Gabriel Kahane The Ambassador

giving streak day 205

Jeffrey Kahane music director
Jeremy Denk’s recordings of Ives “Concord” Sonata

giving streak day 200

Rick Todd principal horn
Queen Bohemian Rhapsody

giving streak day 195

Robert Dolan librarian/stage manager
Stravinsky Rite of Spring

giving streak day 190

Andrew Shulman principal cello
Meshuggah Paralyzing Ignorance

giving streak day 185

Darren Mulder trumpet
Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2

giving streak day 180

Joel Pargman violin II
Electro Swing

giving streak day 175

Katia Popov violin II
Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, “Death and the Maiden”

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Chris Stoutenborough clarinet
Turtle Island String Quartet Art of the Groove

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Roland Kato principal viola
Oscar Peterson & Joe Pass Porgy and Bess

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Trevor Handy cello
Dave Brubeck One Alone

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Carole Castillo viola
Brahms Symphony No. 3

day 150 bonus pick

Hannah Lash Sound Investment composer
Steely Dan Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story 1972-1980

giving streak day 150

Kristy McArthur Morrell horn
Chelsea Moon “The Hymn Project, Volume 1”

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Victoria Miskolczy associate principal viola
David Oistrakh playing Tchaikovsky

giving streak day 140

Claire Brazeau oboe

One of Claire’s favorite songs to drive to is by Parra for Cuva

“[This] artist [is] within the chilled-out, ambient electronic music genre, which happens to treat and prevent my symptoms of road rage. It’s beautifully simple stuff which helps me relax especially after a day of emotional classical music-making.”

giving streak day 135

Carrie Kennedy violin II
Daft Punk Random Access Memories

“I don’t usually listen to dance pop music, but Joel Pargman and I both played on the album, so we bought a copy and now we can’t stop listening to it! Daft Punk uses a very interesting mix of electronic sounds, acoustic instruments and even a choir. It’s like nothing I’ve ever heard before!”

giving streak day 130

Julie Gigante violin I
Tommi Williams Lucky

giving streak day 125

Maia Jasper violin I
Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1
performed by David Oistrakh

giving streak day 120

Susan Rishik violin I
Susan’s musician pick actually comes from her daughter. Both are hooked on Otis Redding

giving streak day 115

Josefina Vergara principal violin II
The Cleveland Quartet
Beethoven Quartet In E-flat Major, Op. 74 “The Harp”

giving streak day 110

Cheryl Norman-Brick violin II
Augustin Hadelich Flying Solo

Cheryl says, “It’s incredible!”

giving streak day 105

Jeannette Sorrell leader & harpsichord
from baroque conversations 2
early Sephardic music

day 100 bonus pick

Andrew Norman composer-in-residence
Troy Herion Baroque Suite

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David Shostac principal flute
The Budapest Quartet
Ravel & Debussy String Quartets

giving streak day 95

Connie Kupka violin
Berg Lyric Suite

“What I just happened to be listening to, of all things, is the Berg Lyric Suite. Years ago my husband and I had a string quartet that spent the summer at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. We studied intensively, learned and performed that piece, and it made a lasting and profound impression on us. Now these many years later, two of our sons have spent their summer festival doing the same thing, and likewise fell in love with it. I was just listening to one of those recordings. It was wonderful, and brought back so many wonderful memories and stories.”

giving streak day 90

Sandy Hughes flute

Sandy enjoys cooking and winding down to James Taylor’s Greatest Hits Volume 1 and Volume 2

giving streak day 85

Kenneth Munday principal bassoon
Bach The Art of Fugue

giving streak day 80

Robert Brophy viola
Dutch classical violin concert and recording artist Janine Jansen

day 75 bonus pick

Allan Vogel principal oboe
and performing during LACO’s January Orchestral Series program
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra recording of Water Music by Handel

giving streak day 75

Tamara Hatwan violin

giving streak day 70

Patricia Mabee principal keyboard
Bonnie McKee “American Girl”

giving streak day 65

Nico Abondolo principal bass
JAY Z “Empire State of Mind”

giving streak day 60

Baroque Converstations 1 guest artist
John Schneiderman lute & baroque guitar
The Allman Brothers Band

giving streak day 55

Armen Ksajikian associate principal cello
Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade

day 50 bonus pick

Rachel Fine executive director
Duncan Sheik

giving streak day 50

Jacqueline Brand violin
Tim McGraw “Live Like You Were Dying”

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Richard Todd principal horn

giving streak day 40

JoAnn Turovsky harp
Da Vinci’s Demons soundtrack

giving streak day 35

Damian Montano bassoon
Maurizio Pollini’s performance of Debussy’s Twelve Etudes

giving streak day 30

Damian Montano bassoon
John Adam’s A Flowering Tree
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by John Adams

giving streak day 25

Tereza Stanislav assistant concertmaster
The Hollywood String Quartet recording of “Verklärte Nacht” by Schönberg

giving streak day 20

Margaret Batjer concertmaster
Revueltas’ String Quartet No. 4 (Música de Feria)
Listen now

giving streak day 15

Andrew Shulman principal cello
Britten’s War Requiem, “Libera Me, Domine”
Conducted by Benjamin Britten, 1963 digitally remastered Decca recording

Andrew says, “Britten’s masterpiece the War Requiem, in his own digitally remastered recording from 1963 is one of the most powerful audio experiences one can have. Listen on a massive system with huge speakers. The ‘Libera Me’ is one of his most enormous constructions, so be patient as he builds this ominous opening to a terrifying climax.”

giving streak day 10

Joshua Ranz principal clarinet
Béla Fleck and Oumou Sangaré‘s single “Djorolen” from the album Throw Down Your Heart

giving streak day 5

Giovanna M. Clayton cello
Geoffrey Keezer’s album Heart of the Piano

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