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September 13, 2016 – Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra executive director Scott Harrison is one of 50 international arts leadersselected to participate in National Arts Society’s year-long “The Chief Executive Program: Community & Culture”

September 9, 2016 – Harpsichord virtuoso Mahan Esfahani, recently named Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Baroque Conversations artistic partner, leads program featuring works for solo harpsichord and harpsichord and strings

September 1, 2016 – Internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma featured in special performance with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C as well as Brahms’ Cello Sonata No. 2, featuring Music Director Jeffrey Kahane on piano.

August 19, 2016 — Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s premier orchestras and a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, presents a program of musical contrasts to open its 2016-17 season, its final under the leadership of esteemed Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, who steps down at the end of the season.

August 12, 2016 — Sweeping and Deeply Personal Season for Kahane Features  “Lift Every Voice,” Three-Week Festival Inspired by Lives of Kurt Weill and Rabbi Joachim Prinz, Including First Los Angeles Performance Since 1950s of Weill’s Profound Musical Lost in the Stars Directed by Anne Bogart;Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins with Pop Star Storm Large;Two World, One US and Three West Coast Premieres; Performance with His Long-Time Musical Colleague/International Star Yo-Yo Ma; Performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony; and Range of Works Cherished by Kahane

August 8, 2016 — Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra pairs exclusive musical performances with delectable international cuisine at “LACO à la carte,” five intimate, elegant fundraising evenings celebrating Austria, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey and Finland in the spectacular private homes of members of the region’s international community.

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LACO bio

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles.

read more →Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 45-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America, earning adulation from audiences and critics alike, and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.

Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents seven Orchestral Series concerts on Saturdays at either Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium or Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; five Baroque Conversations concerts at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall at The Colburn School; three Westside Connections chamber music concerts, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theatre in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening at Royce Hall and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs—Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program—reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1968 as an artistic outlet for the recording industry’s most gifted musicians. The Orchestra’s artistic founder, cellist James Arkatov, envisioned an ensemble that would allow these conservatory-trained players to balance studio work and teaching with pure artistic collaboration at the highest level. With the financial backing of philanthropist Richard Colburn and managerial expertise from attorney Joseph Troy, who also became the Orchestra’s first president, LACO presented its first performances in the fall of 1969. Current music director Jeffrey Kahane continues the standard of excellence set by the Orchestra’s first four music directors, Sir Neville Marriner, Gerard Schwarz, Iona Brown and Christof Perick.
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photo Michael Burke

photo Michael Burke

photo Michael Burke

photo Michael Burke

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