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May 09, 2014

westside connections closes the season with john rubinstein

John Rubinstein chats with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen about his father, the Romantic composers and his role in the final Westside Connections concert of the season on May 15 at The Moss Theater.


March 27, 2014

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.


February 10, 2014

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.


April 12, 2013

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.

Listen in!


March 06, 2013

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.

Click here to learn more about the concert.


September 11, 2012

westside connections launches with author mark salzman

KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen sits down with author Mark Salzman, the featured guest at Thursday’s Westside Connections 2012-13 series launch.

He recounts to Lauritzen his time working through his writer’s block at the MacDowell Colony and recounts his experience of performing with Yo-Yo Ma and Emmanuel Ax.

For more information about Westside Connections: Music & Story, click here. Tickets are still available to buy online and at 213 622 7001 × 1.


April 04, 2012

preview westside connections 3 with susan feniger

Feniger discusses what inspires her with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen. From LA’s early food scene to her exposure to music at a young age, Feniger offers insight into her creative process. Listen in to the conversation for a preview of Westside Connections 3 and click here to purchase tickets.


March 15, 2012

preview westside connections 2 with margaret batjer

LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer and food critic Jonathan Gold take you on a musical and culinary journey at Westside Connections 2 featuring a wide array of works from some of the art form’s greatest composers: Bach, Bernstein, Bolcom, Dohnányi and Andres. Margaret Batjer previews the evening with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen.

Listen-in and don’t forget to buy your tickets today.


February 29, 2012

preview westside connections 1 with margaret batjer

Margaret Batjer and Brian Lauritzen delve into Westside Connections 1 in the latest LACO podcast.

An evening of musical gems awaits you, centered around special guest Michael Ruhlman. Batjer has crafted an evening that pays homage to food and the great opera composers, Rossini and Puccini, with a finale by Schoenfield that evokes the energy and fun of dinning.

Listen-in and don’t forget to buy your tickets today.


February 28, 2012

a glimpse into westside connections 2012: music & the culinary arts

LACO concertmaster, and curator/host of Westside Connections, Margaret Batjer the upcoming series with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen.

More than your average chamber music series, Westside Connections examines how music connects with other mediums and how understanding that crossroad changes how a listener hears the music.

Listen in and learn more about how Batjer created this year’s theme and the unique classical works that surfaced as a result.

Click here to learn more about Westside Connections, or to purchase tickets.


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