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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Announces 2014-15 Season Together With News That Jeffrey Kahane Will Be Named Music Director Laureate At Conclusion Of 2016-17 Season After Unprecedented 20-Year Tenure

May 06, 2014

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Announces 2014-15 Season Together With News That Music Director Jeffrey Kahane Will Be Named Music Director Laureate At Conclusion Of 2016-17 Season After Unprecedented 20-Year Tenure, Longest In Orchestra’s History

Kahane, One of World’s Foremost Conductors and Pianists, Earned Accolades for Key Role in Elevating Orchestra’s Profile, Expanding Chamber Orchestra Repertoire and Championing Emerging Composers and Artists

LACO to Undertake International Search for New Music Director

Programming for 2014-15 Season, LACO’s 46th, Reflects Kahane’s Continued Focus on Adventurous Commissioning and Wide-Ranging Repertoire with Seminal Masterpieces and Enthralling Premieres Plus Dynamic Roster of Celebrated and Rising Guest Artists

Season Highlights Include:

  • World Premieres by Australian Composer Cameron Patrick and Ted Hearne, whose New Work Is Presented in Conjunction with Orchestra’s Unique “Sound Investment” Commissioning Program, Initiated During Kahane’s Tenure 14 Years Ago to Engage LACO Audiences in Developing New Works;
  • West Coast Premiere of Philadelphia-Based Composer Joseph Hallman’s Imagined Landscapes; and Los Angeles Premiere of Viola Concerto by Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Aaron Jay Kernis, Written for and Performed by Acclaimed Violist Paul Neubauer;
  • Kahane Conducts Four of Seven “Orchestral Series” Concerts from Podium and Keyboard at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and UCLA’s Royce Hall, as LACO Marks Third Year as Orchestra-in-Residence of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA;
  • Three Guest Conductors – “Exhilarating” New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein Leading Cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, International Tchaikovsky Competition Winner, in Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1; Dallas Symphony Assistant Conductor/Violinist Karina Canellakis Conducting and Performing Vivaldi’s Violin Concerto, “La tempesta di mare” (“Storm”); and Scottish Conductor Douglas Boyd Conducting Celebrated Cellist Steven Isserlis Performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2;
  • Guest Soloists Joseph Swensen, Renowned Conductor Who Twice Led LACO from Podium and Recently Returned to Violin Solo Career, Performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2; Jonathan Biss, Pianist of “Unerring Sophistication,” Performing Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21; Finnish Pianist Juho Pohjonen Performing Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian”; and LACO Principal Flute David Shostac performing Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1;
  • Kahane Offers Insights on Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, Featured at Annual “Discover” Concert at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium;
  • Among Artists Headlining “Baroque Conversations” Series at Zipper Hall in Downtown LA Are Oregon Bach Festival Artistic Director Matthew Halls and LACO Principal Cello Andrew Shulman, in addition to Kahane;
  • Innovative “Westside Connections” Series Features Thought-Provoking Exploration of Connections Between Music and Architecture with such Featured Guests as Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne;
  • Experimental Classical Music Ensemble wild Up Begins Three-Year Residency as LACO Education-Artists-in-Residence, Participating in Orchestra’s “Meet the Music” Performances for 2,600 LAUSD Elementary School Students Annually;
  • LACO Continues Building on Other Vital Community Partnerships with “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program” and In-Depth Composition Master Classes for North Hollywood High School AP Music Class Led for Third Year by LACO Composer-In-Residence Andrew Norman
  • Other Special Events Include Five “LACO à la carte” Fundraising Salons Pairing Delectable International Cuisine and Exclusive Musical Performances in Spectacular International Residences; and Annual Concert Gala;
  • Major Tenure Milestones Marked by Principal Flute David Shostac (40 years); Principal Horn Richard Todd (35 years); Violin I Jacqueline Brand (30 years) and Violin I Jennifer Munday (35 years); Violin I Tamara Hatwan (20 years); Violin II Cheryl Norman-Brick (10 years); Violin II Connie Kupka and Violin II Katia Popov (both 25 years); and Bassoon Damian Montano (10 years).

Esteemed and much beloved Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jeffrey Kahane will be named Music Director Laureate at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season when he steps down from the Orchestra’s artistic helm in three years following an unprecedented 20-year tenure, announced LACO President K. Eugene Shutler. Kahane will become the first Music Director Laureate in the Orchestra’s history when he assumes the newly established post in recognition of his great contributions to the Orchestra. The news about Kahane’s impending transition was made in conjunction with the announcement of the 2014-15 music season for LACO, considered one of the nation’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Shutler added that LACO’s Board of Directors will commence an intensive search for Kahane’s successor.

Hailed as one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, Kahane has earned accolades for his key role in elevating the Orchestra’s stature, expanding the chamber orchestra repertoire, championing and collaborating with emerging composers and artists, collaborating closely with the Orchestra’s musicians, and leading a vibrant and financially healthy orchestra. He has been praised by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma.”

“It is momentous news for all of us who have enjoyed Jeffrey’s stellar music-making over the years that he will step down as Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at the end of the 2016-17 season,” says Shutler. “But it is equally important that Jeffrey will continue his long and successful leadership of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for the next three seasons and has enthusiastically accepted the Board’s invitation to become Music Director Laureate thereafter. His incomparable artistry, forward-thinking programming, committed leadership and genuine collegiality have been key to LACO’s tremendous success during his long and productive tenure. He is admired by the entire LACO community, and his contributions have positively impacted every aspect of the Orchestra, from its artistic excellence to its fiscal vigor.”

“I am truly happy to be able to continue making music and developing new and exciting creative projects at the highest level with my extraordinary colleagues of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for the coming three years,” says Kahane. “And I am deeply honored that LACO has established the Music Director Laureate position on my behalf. It goes without saying that I am also immensely grateful for the opportunity to continue collaborating with these phenomenal musicians after my tenure as Music Director concludes, even as I pursue other musical endeavors.”

LACO’s Board of Directors will form a search committee to “find the visionary who will assume artistic leadership as the 6th music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,” according to Shutler. In addition to Kahane, Sir Neville Marriner is among the august list of music directors who have served LACO since it was founded in 1968.

Looking ahead to the 2014-15 season, Kahane’s 18th as Music Director and LACO’s 46th, he has programmed a mix of seminal masterpieces and enthralling premieres designed to showcase LACO’s exceptional artistry and a dynamic roster of guest artists both celebrated and rising, with the maestro conducting four of seven orchestral concerts from the podium or keyboard on Saturdays at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Kahane also continues to lead the popular “Discover” concert at Ambassador Auditorium and appears as both conductor and harpsichordist on the “Baroque Conversations” series at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles, both of which offer audiences an in-depth look at the music as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a more personal level. LACO’s “Westside Connections” continues at the 344-seat, state-of-the-art Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica, providing an intimate setting for the fascinating and often surprising programs, which link music to disparate aspects of our culture.

Among numerous season highlights across these four diverse series are two world premieres that bookend the season, which opens with a world premiere by Australian composer Cameron Patrick paired with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 on September 20 and 21, 2014, and concludes on May 16 and 17, 2015, with a world premiere by composer Ted Hearne, who assumes in the position of Assistant Professor of Composition at USC in the fall. Hearne’s new work is presented in conjunction with the Orchestra’s unique and highly successful “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated during Kahane’s tenure 14 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works.

Additionally, the Orchestra presents the West Coast premiere of Philadelphia-based composer Joseph Hallman’s Imagined Landscapes on April 18 and 19, 2015, and the Los Angeles premiere of the Viola Concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, written for and performed by acclaimed violist Paul Neubauer, on November 15 and 16, 2014, a program which also features Kahane performing and conducting from the keyboard Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

LACO showcases Steven Isserlis, “one of the world’s leading cellists” (The Guardian), performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 2 under the baton of “superb,” and much sought-after Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd on October 18 and 19, 2014, with Boyd, who makes his LACO debut, also conducting Mozart’s “Haffner” Serenade and At First Light I by George Benjamin.

Dallas Symphony Assistant Conductor and “masterful” violinist Karina Canellakis, also making her LACO debut, does double duty conducting Finnish composer Pēteris Vasks’s powerfully meditative Lonely Angel, John Adams’ early masterpiece Shaker Loops and Schubert’s lighthearted Symphony No. 5, and performing Vivaldi’s vivid Violin Concerto, “La tempesta di mare” (“Storm”) on January 24 and 25, 2015.

Another multi-talented artist and LACO favorite, violinist Joseph Swensen, a renowned conductor who has twice led LACO from the podium and has recently refocused on his career as a violinist, joins the Orchestra as soloist to perform Prokofiev’s athletic Violin Concerto No. 2, on March 14 and 15, 2015. Led by Kahane, the concert also spotlights LACO Principal Flute David Shostac, on the occasion of his 40th anniversary with the Orchestra, in its first performance of Mozart’s beautiful Flute Concerto No. 1, and features LACO Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo for eight solo violins, which the composer describes as a “creative joyride” named after “an addictive car racing video game.”

Both making their LACO debuts, “exhilarating” New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein leads cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, winner of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition, in Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 on April 18 and 19, 2015. In addition, the rising conductor helms Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter.”

To conclude the season, Jonathan Biss, “one of the most thoughtful and technically accomplished pianists of the younger generation” (BBC Music Magazine), performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, led by Kahane, who also conducts the Hearne world premiere and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, “Italian.”

LACO’s popular annual “Discover” concert at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium features an in-depth examination by Kahane that sheds light on the creation and significance of Mozart’s magnificent Requiem in D minor, a crowning musical statement left unfinished at the time of the composer’s untimely death.

Oregon Bach Festival Music Director/harpsichordist Matthew Halls, Jeffrey Kahane and Principal Cello Andrew Shulman are among the artists featured in the “Baroque Conversations” series at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall. This enlightening five-concert series, which provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period, opens with a program that celebrates LACO artistic founder/former cellist James Arkatov. LACO repeats the concert at the Valley Performing Arts Center, in its first appearance at the Northridge Center.

Continuing to step outside the proverbial music “box,” LACO’s innovative “Westside Connections” series at Santa Monica’s Moss Theater at New Roads School, features a thought-provoking exploration this season of connections between music and architecture with such featured guests as Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. The inter-disciplinary, three-concert, chamber music series, designed to illustrate the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives, is curated by Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who selects chamber works to complement the presentations of the special guests.

LACO embarks on its third season as the Orchestra-in-Residence of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (formerly UCLA Live). Other community partnerships include the “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program,” in which, for the fifth consecutive year, selected Thornton students participate in a mock audition with the possibility of winning a guest musician slot in the string section on a LACO concert.

Experimental classical music ensemble wild Up begins a three-year residency as LACO Education-Artists-in-Residence, participating in the Orchestra’s “Meet the Music” performances for 2,600 LAUSD Elementary school students annually. These performances reach younger students on a fundamental level through four live programs at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall, funded by LACO, often including student transportation, with venue costs generously waived by The Colburn School.

The Orchestra also hosts several musical fundraisers, including LACO’s annual “Concert Gala” and five “LACO à la carte” salons pairing delectable international cuisine and exclusive musical performances by LACO artists in spectacular international residences.

A number of LACO musicians mark major tenure milestones this season, including Principal Flute David Shostac (40 years); Principal Horn Richard Todd (35 years); Violin I Jacqueline Brand (30 years) and Violin I Jennifer Munday (35 years); Violin I Tamara Hatwan (20 years); Violin II Cheryl Norman-Brick (10 years); Violin II Connie Kupka and Violin II Katia Popov (both 25 years); and Bassoon Damian Montano (10 years).

Guggenheim Partners, LLC is an official sponsor of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. LACO also recognizes the generous support of Jerry and Terri Kohl and two anonymous donors for their support of LACO’s “Cornerstone Campaign” to further strengthen the Orchestra’s fiscal standing and ensure its continued artistic advancement and key role in the community, Carol and Warner Henry for “Baroque Conversations,” and The Colburn Foundation. The Orchestra also receives public funding via grants from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

2014-15 SEASON DETAILED

ORCHESTRAL SERIES
LACO presents seven programs in its core “Orchestral Series,” each with back-to-back performances on Saturday nights at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and Sunday nights at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The series showcases LACO’s remarkable artistry and trademark mix of orchestral masterpieces and daring new works from today’s leading composers, as well as the much-admired collaborative style between LACO artists and Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, who conducts four of the seven “Orchestral Series” programs. Passionate, joyous and engaging, the series this season features a range of exceptional guest artists.

  • Opening: Cameron Patrick, Saint-Saëns, Beethoven. LACO’s 2014-15 season launches with Jeffrey Kahane conducting a program of works iconic and new anchored by Beethoven’s crowning Symphony No. 5, and also featuring the world premiere of a piece written for strings and percussion that reflects experiences with the Australian landscape by Australian composer Cameron Patrick, which was commissioned by LACO. Additionally, Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen, an “exciting new talent” (The New York Times) hailed for his technical excellence and lyrical playing, adds sonic flourish with a performance of Saint-Saëns exotic and seldom performed Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian” in his LACO debut. (Saturday, September 20, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, September 21, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • George Benjamin, Haydn, Mozart. LACO showcases the virtuosic skills of Steven Isserlis, “one of the world’s leading cellists” (The Guardian) and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, performing Haydn’s sparkling Cello Concerto No. 2, under the baton of sought-after Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd. Making his LACO debut, Boyd also conducts Mozart’s stately “Haffner” Serenade, premiered when the composer was just 21 years old. The program opens with At First Light I by George Benjamin, considered among Britian’s greatest living composers. According to Benjamin, the inspiration for the piece, which was commissioned and premiered by the London Sinfonietta in 1982, is an oil painting by Turner hanging in the Tate Gallery that stirred him to create a “melted…flowing, nebulous continuum of sound.” Boyd, who was a founding member and principal oboe of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe for 21 years before turning to conducting in 2002, has served as Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and is acclaimed for his vibrant conducting style. (Saturday, October 18, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, October 19, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • Rameau, Aaron Jay Kernis, Beethoven. Kahane performs and leads from the piano, in the compelling trademark style that has become one of the hallmarks of his tenure with LACO, Beethoven’s luminous Piano Concerto No. 3. He also conducts the Los Angeles premiere of the virtuosic Viola Concerto by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, written for and performed by acclaimed Grammy Award-nominated violist Paul Neubauer on a co-commission by LACO. Kernis, recognized for his “fearless originality” (The New York Times), is “the most consistently exhilarating of the American postmodernists” (New York Observer). Neubauer, who was appointed Principal Viola of the New York Philharmonic at age 21 and has appeared as soloist with more than 100 orchestras around the globe, is heralded for exceptional musicality and effortless playing that distinguish him as one of his generation’s quintessential artists. Also featured are three Baroque selections by Rameau, the Overture to Zaïs and dances from Les Boreades and Dardanus. (Saturday, November 15, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, November 16, 7pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall).
  • Vivaldi, Pēteris Vasks, John Adams, Schubert. Dallas Symphony Assistant Conductor and “masterful” violinist Karina Canellakis makes her LACO debut doing double duty conducting Finnish composer Pēteris Vasks’s powerfully meditative Lonely Angel, John Adams’ early masterpiece Shaker Loops and Schubert’s lighthearted Symphony No. 5, and performing Vivaldi’s vivid Violin Concerto, “La tempesta di mare” (“Storm”). A double talent, Canellakis is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the most promising and exciting young American conductors. She made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut on the American Soundscapes series in Zankel Hall, is the winner of the 2013 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, founded by Marin Alsop, and serves as a Conducting Fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center this summer. As a violinist, Canellakis has been praised for her “big, lustrous tone…power and expressiveness” (Philadelphia Inquirer). She appears as soloist with orchestras across the country and for several years has played on a regular basis with both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony. (Saturday, January 24, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, January 25, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • Haydn, Mozart, Andrew Norman, Prokofiev. Another multi-talent, violinist Joseph Swensen, a renowned conductor who has twice led LACO from the podium and recently refocused on his solo violin career, joins the Orchestra as a soloist to perform Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Led by Kahane, the concert also spotlights LACO Principal Flute David Shostac in the Orchestra’s first performance of Mozart’s beautiful Flute Concerto No. 1, and features LACO Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman’s Gran Turismo for eight solo violins, which the composer describes as a “creative joyride” named after “an addictive car racing video game” that “comes to a screeching halt.” In addition to his wide-ranging guest appearances, Swensen, a passionate chamber musician, plays in a piano trio with Kahane and cellist Carter Brey that has previously been featured at the Ravinia, La Jolla, Chamber Music Northwest, Music@ Menlo and Orcas Island festivals, among others. (Saturday, March 14, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, March 15, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • Joseph Hallman, Saint-Saëns, Mozart. “Exhilarating” New York Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Joshua Weilerstein makes his LACO debut, conducting the highly anticipated West Coast premiere of Imagined Landscapes by Philadelphia-based composer Joseph Hallman, named one of the top composers under 40 by National Public Radio. The work is comprised of six atmospheric miniatures inspired by the horror fiction of H. P. Lovecraft. Weilerstein, who won the prestigious 2009 Malko Competition for Young Conductors in Copenhagen, Denmark at age 21, also conducts Mozart’s thrilling Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter,” as well as Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 featuring Narek Hakhnazaryan, winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, the most prestigious prize given to a cellist. The Washington Post calls him a “phenomenal cellist (who) produces a powerful and colorful sound in all registers, nails every big shift and flashes all the virtuoso tricks with insolent ease.” (Saturday, April 18, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, April 19, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)
  • Ted Hearne, Mozart, Mendelssohn. LACO’s 46th season concludes with Kahane conducting a world premiere by composer Ted Hearne, whose new work is presented in conjunction with Orchestra’s unique and highly successful “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated during Kahane’s tenure 14 years ago to engage LACO audiences in developing new works. The program also features Jonathan Biss, “one of the most thoughtful and technically accomplished pianists of the younger generation” (BBC Music Magazine), who performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, and ends on a buoyant note with Mendelssohn’s exuberant Symphony No. 4, “Italian.” “Sound Investment” gives members the rare opportunity to create a legacy in music and to observe first-hand the development of a new work from the composer’s earliest ideas to the finished composition. Participants invest $150 or more for a membership, which includes intimate salons throughout the season featuring in-depth discussion with the composer about the creative process and previews of the final work. (Saturday, May 16, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale; Sunday, May 17, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

DISCOVER MOZART’S REQUIEM
Kahane serves as musical “tour guide” for LACO’s annual “Discover” program, which this season features a special one-night-only exploration of Mozart’s Requiem in D minor. Kahane sheds light on Mozart’s unfinished musical capstone at Pasadena’s illustrious Ambassador Auditorium. (Thursday, February 19, 8 pm, Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena)

BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS
Oregon Bach Festival Music Director/harpsichordist Matthew Halls, Jeffrey Kahane and Principal Cello Andrew Shulman, are among the artists featured in LACO’s enlightening five-concert “Baroque Conversations” series at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall. This series, which provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period, opens with a program led by Kahane that celebrates LACO artistic founder/former cellist James Arkatov. In signature LACO style, the artists share their insights into the music and invite questions from the audience, which gives them an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a more personal level. Each program begins with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception. (Thursdays, December 11, 2014; February 12, March 26, April 23 and May 7, 2015, 7 pm, Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles)

WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS
Designed to illustrate the connections between music and other artistic disciplines, LACO’s trademark “Westside Connections” series this season steps outside the proverbial music “box” for a thought-provoking exploration of connections between music and architecture with such featured guests as Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne. The inter-disciplinary three-concert chamber music series, designed to illustrate the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives, is curated by Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who selects chamber works to complement the presentations of the special guests. “Westside Connections” concerts take place at the state-of-the-art 344-seat Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica, providing an intimate setting for the fascinating and often surprising programs. (Thursdays, February 5, March 19, April 30, 2015, 7:30 pm, Moss Theater at New Roads School, Santa Monica; programs to be announced)

LACO À LA CARTE
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra offers music lovers an opportunity to enjoy five intimate, elegant and entertaining “LACO à la carte” fundraising events, which illustrate that music truly knows no boundaries by pairing delectable international cuisine and exclusive salon musical performances by LACO musicians and guest artists in spectacular international residences. “LACO à la carte” is chaired by LACO board member Mahnaz Newman. (dates, location and programs to be announced)

LACO’S COMMUNITY PROGRAMS REACH THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE
Nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music are integral to LACO’s mission. Through its “Meet the Music,” “Community Partners,” intensive “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program” and master classes with LACO Composer-in-Residence Andrew Norman, the Orchestra reaches thousands of young people annually.

  • Meet the Music. Each school year, LACO, through its acclaimed “Meet the Music” program, hosts 2,600 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students of varied cultural and musical backgrounds at a series of four live programs of classical works and often an upcoming program’s soloist at Zipper Hall. Offered in cooperation with the Los Angeles and Pasadena unified school districts, “Meet the Music” fosters listening skills, encourages involvement in music making and provides personal contact with musicians and composers. Prior to attending the concert, students learn about the music on the program in their classrooms through a dedicated volunteer corps of educators and graduate students specially trained by LACO, which underwrites production and, often, transportation costs. For many students, “Meet the Music” marks their first time seeing a live orchestral performance. Joining the Orchestra for at least one program is experimental classical music ensemble wild Up, which begins a three-year residency as LACO Education-Artists-in-Residence. (at Zipper Hall, downtown Los Angeles; dates and programs to be announced)
  • Community Partners. Through its “Community Partners” program, LACO continues to provide community service organizations that most need them with free tickets and transportation to LACO concerts. Organizations that have benefited from the program include the Braille Institute Los Angeles; CalArts Community Arts Partnership; Calabash Charter Academy; Constitutional Rights Foundation; Elemental Strings and Band; Pasadena Unified School District; Glendale Youth Symphony; Institute of Art, Music and Science; Harmony Project; Junior Chamber of Commerce Junior Division; Long Beach Central Area Association; Neighborhood Music School; and Verdugo Young Musicians Association.
  • LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program. The “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program,” launched in 2010, enhances the preparedness of strings students for a professional career. Selected Thornton students participate in a mock audition that may lead to an opportunity to perform in the string section of the Orchestra for an upcoming LACO concert. Previous judges have included LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and LA Philharmonic Principal Cello Peter Stumpf, both members of the USC Thornton School faculty, and LACO Principal Viola Roland Kato. The next mock audition is slated for fall 2014.
  • Master Classes. For the third consecutive year, LACO Composer–in-Residence and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Andrew Norman presents in-depth composition Master Classes for the AP music class at North Hollywood High School, providing vital mentoring to a new generation of musicians and composers. Additionally Norman visits several fourth-, fifth, and sixth-grade LAUSD and charter school classrooms to introduce the joy of music and music composition to younger students through an engaging interactive presentation.

TICKETS/INFORMATION
For a free season flyer, further information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2014-15 season or to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.

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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
2014-15 SEASON

ORCHESTRAL SERIES

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, September 21, 2014, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Juho Pohjonen, piano

CAMERON PATRICK LACO commission (world premiere)
SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian”
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Douglas Boyd, conductor
Steven Isserlis, cello

GEORGE BENJAMIN At First Light I
HAYDN Cello Concerto No. 2
MOZART “Haffner” Serenade

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, November 16, 2014, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor & piano
Paul Neubauer, viola

RAMEAU Overture to Zaïs, Dances from Les Boreades and Dardanus
AARON JAY KERNIS Viola Concerto (Los Angeles premiere)
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, January 25, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Karina Canellakis, conductor & violin
VIVALDI Violin Concerto, “La tempesta di mare” (“Storm”)
TERIS VASKS Lonely Angel
JOHN ADAMS Shaker Loops
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 5

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, March 15, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
David Shostac, flute
Joseph Swensen violin

HAYDN Symphony No. 64, “Times Change”
MOZART Flute Concerto No. 1
ANDREW NORMAN Gran Turismo
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Joshua Weilerstein, conductor
Narek Hakhnazaryan, cello

JOSEPH HALLMAN Imagined Landscapes (West Coast premiere)
SAINT-SAËNS Cello Concerto No. 1
MOZART Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Sunday, May 17, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Jonathan Biss, piano

TED HEARNE Sound Investment commission (world premiere)
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4, “Italian”

DISCOVER MOZART’S REQUIEM
Thursday, February 19, 8 pm, Ambassador Auditorium

BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS
Thursdays, December 11, 2014; February 12, March 26, April 23 and May 7, 2015, 7 pm, Zipper Hall

WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS
Thursdays, February 5, March 19, April 30, 2015, 7:30 pm, Moss Theater at New Roads School, Santa Monica

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