Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: making great music personal



mandolin

  • Nico Muhly By All Means
  • Copland Appalachian Spring Suite (original 1944 version) listen
  • Copland Music for the Theatre listen
  • Chris Thile Mandolin Concerto (Ad Astra per Alas Porci)(“To the stars on the wings of a pig”) – (LACO co-commission – California premiere)


Honor Copland and his legacy with two 28-year-old artists who carry the torch.

The youngest composer ever to be commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera, Nico Muhly is described by New York Magazine as “one of the next great hopes for the future of classical music.” Respected in both the classical and bluegrass worlds for his virtuosity and innovative fusion of musical genres, California-born Chris Thile, who made his name in the progressive acoustic band Nickel Creek, performs his mandolin concerto with LACO. “… my jaw dropped listening to and watching Thile play…The command he had of his instrument, from frenetically fast strumming to tasty quiet fills, it was just first-rate” (NPR).

“Why didn’t someone think about mixing bluegrass, jazz and classical music together sooner? Chris Thile…is doing it with his new outfit, Punch Brothers, and the result is totally mind-blowing.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“…a 20-something prodigy and Juilliard grad who may be one of the few surprises left to emerge from the classical milieu.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Versatile and inventive, Nico Muhly composes for ballet, theatre, folk music and movies, including 2008’s Oscar-nominated The Reader.

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special note

Calling all young-professionals! Mingle and network with other music enthusiasts at our post-concert Pulse mixer on Saturday, featuring FREE appetizers. RSVP required. Call 213 622 7001 for details.

Interested in Mandolin? Visit LACO’s online store on amazon.com to find CDs that relate to this concert, as well as instructional mandolin books by virtuoso guest artist Chris Thile.

read the Program Notes

pre-concert program

Concert Preludes are fun, informative and free to all ticket holders.

Join us one hour before each concert in the theatre. Some Preludes will feature LIVE performances of short chamber works. All will provide interesting insights into the music and the artists.

venue note

Looking for a good place to eat near your theatre?

When attending a concert at Royce Hall, try some of the great Westwood restaurants.

If your concert is at the Alex, dine at one of Glendale’s restaurants near the theatre.

The duration of the concert is approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes including a 20 minute intermission.

box office info

Call Jacquie, Marcella or Laura in the box office at 213 622 7001 × 215, Monday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm and on concert days from noon to 4 pm. The box office is closed on public holidays.

tickets

Flex series subscription prices: A – $95; B – $79; C – $47; C* – $39; D – $17 *Section C seats discounted to $39 for seniors 65+ and college students. One per valid ID. Please call.

Single tickets: A – $100; B – $85; C – $50; C* – 42; D – $18 *Section C seats discounted to $42 for seniors 65+ and college students. One per valid ID. Please call.

For information or to purchase tickets, call Jacquie, Marcella or Laura in the box office at 213 622 7001 × 215.

Program and artists subject to change.

  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • KCRW
  • Pasadena Weekly
  • Arroyo
  • Pro Pianos
  • Katsuya Glendale
  • Jeffrey Kahane Jeffrey Kahane

    photo Michael Burke

  • Chris Thile Chris Thile

    photo Cassandra Jenkins

These concerts are sponsored by the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation.

These concerts are supported, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

These concerts are also made possible by a grant from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

If you’d like to sponsor a LACO performance or artist, click here for information.