Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Conducted by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, Launches Season with Rising Violinist Benjamin Beilman
August 26, 2013
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Conducted by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, Launches Season with Rising Violinist Benjamin Beilman Performing Mozart’s “Turkish” Violin Concerto and Lutosławski’s Expressive Chain 2
Program also Features Music of Beethoven and Kodály
Saturday, September 21, 8 pm, Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena; Sunday, September 22, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra launches its 2013-14 season with “Beethoven, Mozart, Lutosławski & Kodály,” a dynamic program brimming with youth conducted by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and featuring 24-year-old violinist Benjamin Beilman, lauded by The New York Times for his “handsome technique,” on Saturday, September 21, 8 pm, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium, and Sunday, September 22, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Beilman, making his LACO debut, performs Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219, “Turkish,” written when the composer was just 19 years old. Kahane also conducts Beethoven’s Twelve Contredanses for Orchestra, Wo0 14, composed after Beethoven studied the art of dance music with Haydn and which contains fragments that appear in some of the composer’s later great masterworks. The program concludes with two works rooted firmly in the 20th Century – Kodály’s masterful and deeply personal Dances of Galánta, rich in folk melodies that reflect the composer’s idyllic childhood in the Hungarian countryside in Galánta, and Lutosławski’s Chain 2, the title of which is based on a musical form invented by the preeminent Polish composer and consists of two structurally independent strands linked together like chains. Beilman is also the featured soloist on Chain 2.
Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the music and artists.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2013-14 season, the Orchestra’s 45th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established and notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 17th season as LACO’s music director.
Tickets, starting at $25, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral Series concerts at either Ambassador Auditorium, Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall, LACO’s Discover Beethoven’s Eroica at Ambassador Auditorium, and all three Westside Connections concerts at the Moss Theater.
Violinist BENJAMIN BEILMAN is the recipient of both a 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant and a 2012 London Music Masters Award. He has appeared as soloist with the Edmonton Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony, as well as the Tonhalle Orchestra in Switzerland, L’Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, and L’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, among others. He has performed in recital at venues including Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Center, Merkin Concert Hall and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Beilman is a winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and YCA’s Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship. An avid chamber musician, Beilman frequently performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as a member of CMS Two, and at numerous festivals. Beilman graduated from the Curtis Institute, where he worked with Ida Kavafian and Pamela Frank. He previously worked with Almita and Roland Vamos at the Music Institute of Chicago.
Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, JEFFREY KAHANE has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized around the world for his mastery of diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin, Golijov and John Adams. The 2013-14 season marks Kahane’s 17th season as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s music director. He previously served as music director of the Colorado and Santa Rosa symphonies. He has garnered tremendous critical acclaim for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement and received multiple ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for his work in both Los Angeles and Denver. In addition to his programs and projects with LACO, recent and upcoming engagements include appearances at the Aspen, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Blossom, Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest and Oregon Bach festivals; recitals in Salt Lake City, Scottsdale, Carmel and at the Laguna Beach Festival; concerto performances with the Toronto, Indianapolis, Houston, Oregon and Colorado symphonies and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; play/conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco, National, Vancouver, Seattle and New Jersey symphonies; and conducting the New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra in Boston and the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center. Kahane’s recent and upcoming European engagements include play/conduct programs with the Camerata Salzburg, Hamburg Symphony and the Real Filharmonía de Galicia in Spain as well as appearances at the Meck-Pomm Chamber Music Festival in Germany.
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. 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 and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays either at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium or Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater 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 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.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Beethoven, Mozart, Lutosławski & Kodály”
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Benjamin Beilman, violin
BEETHOVEN Twelve Contredanses for Orchestra, Wo0 14
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219, “Turkish”
LUTOSLAWSKI Chain 2
KODÁLY Dances of Galánta
Saturday, September 21, 8 pm
131 S St John Ave, Pasadena, CA 91123
Sunday, September 22, 7 pm
Royce Hall, UCLA
340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Tickets start at $25
Student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office the day of the concert.
(Discounts for groups of 12 or more, seniors 65+ and college students, if available; also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral Series concerts at either Ambassador Auditorium, Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall, LACO’s Discover Beethoven’s Eroica at Ambassador Auditorium and for all three Westside Connections concerts at the Moss Theater, plus other benefits)
213 622 7001 × 1 or visit www.laco.org.
7 pm (Ambassador Auditorium)
6 pm (Royce Hall)
One hour before curtain, pre-concert talks provide insights into the music and artists. Free for ticket holders.