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May 13, 2014

chatting with 12-year-old ray ushikubo

Special guest soloist for the Bach and Mozart concert, Ray Ushikubo talks with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen about his favorite composers and what to expect for LACO’s final concert of the season.

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May 08, 2014

"clyne remains a find," says LA Times

Enjoy the final few minutes of this “wondrous new piece for string ensemble” (LA Observed), co-commissioned by LACO from Anna Clyne, featuring soloists Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo.

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April 22, 2014

sound investment composer Hannah Lash

KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen talks with Sound Investment composer Hannah Lash about This Ease. See the world premiere of her piece in this weekend’s concert on Saturday, April 26 or Sunday, April 27.

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March 12, 2014

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

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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January 22, 2014

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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May 13, 2013

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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March 21, 2013

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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February 20, 2013

what does music tell us?

Jeffrey Kahane goes behind the scenes of the Discover series in a fascinating podcast with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen. On Saturday, February 23, Kahane takes audiences into the music of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, followed by a performance of the work with LACO, which Kahane conducts from the piano.

In this podcast, Kahane divulges the importance of this work to him personally and professionally, discusses how stunningly original the Concerto was to the audience at its premiere and explores the Orpheus myth associated with the work, while commenting on the 100-year old debate about whether music has a story to tell audiences in the first place.

Join Kahane and Lauritzen for this podcast before you take in the latest instillation of LACO’s popular Discover series.

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January 24, 2013

preparing for rilling

Preparing to perform with one of the world’s foremost conductors is no easy undertaking. Jo-Michael Scheibe, USC Thornton School of Music’s Chair of the Department of Choral and Sacred Music rose to the occasion with the USC Thornton Chamber Singers. In LACO’s latest podcast, KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen discusses with Scheibe the ensemble’s rehearsal methods, his personal preparation and why this version of Mozart’s Requiem is unique.

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