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great romantics

  • George Tsontakis Laconika Sound Investment commission (world premiere)
  • Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37 listen
  • Georges Bizet Symphony in C major listen

Due to a death in the family, Jeffrey Kahane was not able to perform with LACO this weekend.

For the first time, a Sound Investment premiere will be led by the composer, with George Tsontakis conducting his new work, Laconika. Concertmaster Margaret Batjer leads Bizet’s Symphony No. 1 from the first chair.

Stepping in as piano soloist is the young, dynamic artist Shai Wosner in his LACO debut. Wosner will lead Beethoven’s pivotal Third Piano Concerto from the keyboard. A 2005 winner of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Wosner attracts international recognition for his exceptional artistry, musical integrity and creative insight. Hailed by The New York Times as “a superb pianist” and the Financial Times as “an artist to follow keenly,” Wosner’s virtuosity and perceptiveness have increasingly made him a favorite among audiences and critics alike.

Join us for Tsontakis’ exciting new work, the debut of a terrific young pianist and the sweeping melodies and emotional power of the great Romantics, Bizet and Beethoven!

The fourth recipient of the prestigious Charles Ives Living Award, esteemed American composer George Tsontakis was selected for LACO’s ninth Sound Investment commission. He’ll talk with members of the Orchestra’s commissioning club at three intimate gatherings leading up to the world premiere of his new work. To learn more about his “finely crafted and emotionally gripping… deliberately beautiful… compositional style” (www.recordsinternational.com) first hand, become a Sound Investor. Call Michelle Weger at 213 622 7001 × 203 for more information.

part of the orchestral series

special note

Interested in Great Romantics? Visit LACO’s online store on amazon.com to find CDs and books that relate to this romantic concert.

podcast with tsontakis
2009-10 Sound Investment commission recipient George Tsontakis talks to KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen about the world premiere of his new LACO-commissioned work Laconika. Listen to the podcast now.

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.

At the Concert Preludes for Great Romantics, composer-in-residence Derek Bermel will interview composer George Tsontakis, whose 2010 Sound Investment commission receives it world premiere.

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 Sunset Bridge Demolition and Reconstruction project may affect patrons traveling on the 405 freeway and Sepulveda Blvd. For updated information about freeway closures and detours, visit metro.net.

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.


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.

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  • George Tsontakis George Tsontakis

    photo Dakota Lane

  • Shai Wosner Shai Wosner

    photo Marco Borggreve

  • Margaret Batjer Margaret Batjer

    photo Michael Burke

The Royce Hall performance of this concert is sponsored, in part, by Mahnaz & David Newman.

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

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