Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: making great music personal

inspired beginnings

  • Mozart Symphony No. 33 in B-flat major
  • Mozart Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major
  • Brahms/Swensen Sinfonia in B (Original 1854 version of Trio, Op. 8)

Recapture the exuberance of youth: Mozart composed his symphony at age 24 and the charming bassoon concerto even earlier—when he was just 18! Swensen’s arrangement reflects the high romanticism of a young Brahms in love.

“ Ken Munday’s rendition…was a revelation; the beautiful control across registers that Munday brings…is a wonder to hear.”

special note

Joseph Swensen on his Sinfonia in B:
“My original impetus for writing this orchestration for [the little-known original version of Brahms’ B-major piano trio of 1854] was to somehow resurrect this great work…The greatest dilemma for me was how to treat Brahms’s extraordinary virtuoso piano writing. ...I chose [to be true to the material itself], with great enthusiasm, to such a degree that every single note that exists in the original has found its way into the orchestral version. The result is an orchestration where the abilities of every player are stretched to the limit and where the orchestra as a virtuoso
instrument is exploited to the same degree as Brahms exploited the limits of the piano…. My hope is that this
orchestration acts as a mirror reflecting the mentality of this surprisingly radical, incredibly romantic, 21-year old
Johannes Brahms.”

read the Program Notes

pre-concert program

Join us for Concert Preludes and hear the stories behind the music. One hour before curtain; FREE to all ticket holders.

box office info

Call Jacquie or Marcella in the box office at 213 622 7001 × 215.


This concert is part of our Orchestral Series. Subscription prices:
Section A – $525; B – $455, C – $287; D – $182; E – $115.50 (Section C seats discounted to $252 for seniors 65+ and college students. One per valid ID. Please call.)

Subscriptions available by phone only. Single tickets available online now.

broadcast info

The broadcast of this performance is made possible by a generous gift from the Los Angeles Philanthropic Committee for the Arts and Ray & Ann Lowe.

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  • Joseph Swensen Joseph Swensen

    photo Jack Dine

  • Kenneth Munday Kenneth Munday

    photo LACO archives

Kenneth Munday’s performance at Royce Hall is generously sponsored by Lois Evans and K. Eugene Shutler.

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