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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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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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alisa and the cello

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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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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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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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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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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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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giving music his all

Composer/conductor Benjamin Wallfisch discusses coming from a musical family, writing music for movies vs. the concert hall and conducting your own composition, with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen. Invited by music director Jeffrey Kahane two years ago to conduct LACO, Wallfisch was also commissioned to compose a Violin Concerto for assistant concertmaster Tereza Stanislav. She give the world premiere with the Orchestra this weekend as part of Beethoven’s Second.

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