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March 27, 2014

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richard montoya of culture clash previews westside connections 2

Richard Montoya chats with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen about the history Culture Clash, storytelling and racial identity. See the Culture Clash comedian himself on April 3 at The Moss Theater for the second chamber music series that examines the influence of Los Angeles on creative output.

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March 12, 2014

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jennifer koh on celebrating mentorship

Soloist Jennifer Koh discusses her love of Bach and the continuing musical relationship she has with former teacher, Jaime Laredo. See the dynamic duo on Saturday, March 22 at the Alex Theatre or Sunday, March 23 at Royce Hall.

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February 19, 2014

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discover beethoven's eroica

Music director Jeffrey Kahane discusses the Beethoven’s inspiration for the “Eroica” Symphony.

Learn more on Saturday, February 22 at LACO’s annual Discover concert.

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February 10, 2014

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westside connections opens with arnold steinhardt

Westside Connections guest artist Arnold Steinhardt discusses growing up in Los Angeles and how the city of angels influenced his creativity.

The first concert of the series is Thursday, February 13 at 7:30 pm at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater in Santa MOnica.

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January 22, 2014

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meet matthew

KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen chats with this weekend’s guest conductor, Matthew Halls about his experience as a conductor and the big shoes he has to fill as the Artistic Director at the Oregon Bach Festival.

Come to see the Brit in action on Saturday, January 24 or Sunday, January 25, when he conducts Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn.

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September 19, 2013

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Benjamin Beilman, the violin soloist for this weekend’s Mozart: Turkish Violin Concerto, chats with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen in LACO’s latest podcast.

Beilman maintains a hectic performances schedule and spoke with Lauritzen via Skype from Berlin, where he toured with our friends the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Interestingly, Beilman references a recent concert in Berlin by Anne Sophie Mutter and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Mutter performed Lutosławski’s Chain 2 (originally composed for her)with the orchestra and Beilman has carefully watched the video for technical inspiration. The piece was commissioned by Paul Sacher for the Basler Kammerorchester in Switzerland, where Mutter gave the world premiere.

And now it travels to Los Angeles with Jeffrey Kahane conducting the work for the first time with LACO. This is also Beilman’s first performance of the work and he gives his perspective on the fun differences between the Lutosławski and the Mozart “Turkish” Violin Concerto — his other solo feature for the weekend.

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May 13, 2013

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alisa and the cello

As a toddler, Alisa Weilerstein felt an immediate connection to the cello. The family story goes that when Alisa was sick and her parents were away, her grandmother made her a string quartet out of cereal boxes. Young Alisa took to the cello and never looked back, joining her parents’ rehearsals with her Rice Krispies cello until she was four years old and graduated to a real instrument with lessons.

Alisa Weilerstein joins LACO’s latest podcast, sharing this antidote and more with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen. She performs Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 this weekend with LACO and recounts her early days of performance, making her concert debut at fourteen and how Rostropovich inspires her to commission new works.

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April 12, 2013

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music & writing

Author Mona Simpson shares her insights on music and writing with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen in LACO’s latest podcast for the final concert of the 2013-14 Westside Connections series.

Simpson discusses how she reflects on the musical aspects of her characters and how in such a specialized world it is fascinating to see where two unique disciplines intersect.

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March 21, 2013

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popular baroque

Although this weekend’s LACO concert, Mostly Baroque, seems innocent enough — Bach, Mozart, Handel, Stravinksy — it is actually an evening of performance tour de force. Margaret Batjer shares highlights of the evening with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen in our latest podcast, including Jeffrey Kahane performing and conducting the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and principal flute David Shostac who performs Mozart’s “Gran Partita” and the Brandenburg Concerto. The two also discuss what make Baroque music so popular and how it has endured almost 400 years later.

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March 06, 2013

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musical inspiration

Margaret Batjer, founder and curator of LACO’s Westside Connections series, chats with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen in an intriguing podcast about this Thursday’s concert with special guest Jane Hamilton.

The evening includes works from Brahms and Golijov, both who encountered profound life experiences that inspired the composition of these pieces. Brahms dedicated his Sextet to his fiancée Agathe von Siebold, who later left the composer broken-hearted. Golijov’s “Tenebrae” express both beauty and pain through its depiction of violence and the beauty of our existence.

Listen in to hear more about the music and how our lives influence the creation of art.

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