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sound investment

Have you ever listened to a favorite symphony or concerto and wondered what life experiences and inspiration shaped the composer’s ideas, how the orchestra players reacted upon first reading the new score or how the composer felt as musicians finally gave sonic life to notes on paper?

When you commission a new work of music through LACO’s Sound Investment program, you can get your own answers, straight from the artist’s mouth.

Each season, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra commissions and premieres a new piece of music composed especially to suit its unparalleled musical talents. Creating a legacy in music, members of Sound Investment contribute toward the composer’s fee and costs of the premiere concerts. As an “investor,” you will be invited to a series of intimate salons where you can meet the composer, hear excerpts of the score-in-progress and attend a full orchestral rehearsal of the completed work. Along the way, you’ll gain an insider’s view of the creative process through lively and thought-provoking conversations with the composer.

LACO has awarded the 2014 Sound Investment commission to Hannah Lash, with her new work set to premiere on the weekend of April 26 & 27, 2014. LACO has awarded the 2014 Sound Investment commission to Hannah Lash, with her new work set to premiere on the weekend of April 26 & 27, 2014. You can learn more about this dynamic young composer and listen to samples of her music at her website hannahlash.com

Investing in a commission offers a wealth of returns. A membership contribution of $300 or more gives you access to three salons with the Sound Investment composer and a pair of tickets to the world premiere performance of their new work – and puts your name on the dedication page of the printed score.

Not sure if contemporary music is a low-risk, high-yield commodity? First-time investors may contribute $150 and enjoy any one of the three composer salons, plus a two-for-one ticket discount for the premiere concert.

about the composer

Hannah Lash

Compelled by the “intricately wrought, crystalline texture” of the music of composer Hannah Lash, Jeffrey Kahane has awarded the 30-year-old Yale faculty member LACO’s 2013-14 Sound Investment commission. Lash has emerged as a leading voice of her generation, whose work has been called “striking and resourceful” by The New York Times. A recipient of numerous composition prizes, a few of which include a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award and the Naumburg Prize, Lash has previously been commissioned by The Fromm Foundation, Aspen Music Festival and The Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, among others. Her works have been performed at Carnegie Hall and Tanglewood Music Center, and by the Minnesota Orchestra and New York City Opera.

concert info

The world premiere of Hannah Lash’s Sound Investment commission will be performed at Chopin: Piano Concerto on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the Alex Theatre and Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Royce Hall.

salon info

Join us for salons with the composer throughout the season to ask questions about how music is made and bond with fellow investors:

Wed Oct 9, 2013
Thu Feb 20, 2014
Thu Apr 24, 2014

contact info

Contact Michelle Weger, director of institutional giving, at 213 622 7001 × 203 or michelleweger@laco.org for more information about joining Sound Investment.

Download the enrollment form or enroll online



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