musician picks

During the 2013-14 season, we published a LACO musician’s musical pick – an artist, work or CD that excites them – for every week we received five consecutive days of giving. Check out all 41 musician picks plus a few bonus picks. Each pick represents a week where the Orchestra was impacted by your gifts. It’s never too late to make your own impact. Give today.

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week 1

Giovanna M. Clayton cello
Geoffrey Keezer’s album Heart of the Piano

week 2

Joshua Ranz principal clarinet
Béla Fleck and Oumou Sangaré‘s single “Djorolen” from the album Throw Down Your Heart

week 3

Andrew Shulman principal cello
Britten’s War Requiem, “Libera Me, Domine”
Conducted by Benjamin Britten, 1963 digitally remastered Decca recording

Andrew says, “Britten’s masterpiece the War Requiem, in his own digitally remastered recording from 1963 is one of the most powerful audio experiences one can have. Listen on a massive system with huge speakers. The ‘Libera Me’ is one of his most enormous constructions, so be patient as he builds this ominous opening to a terrifying climax.”

week 4

Margaret Batjer concertmaster
Revueltas’ String Quartet No. 4 (Música de Feria)

week 5

Tereza Stanislav assistant concertmaster
The Hollywood String Quartet recording of “Verklärte Nacht” by Schönberg

week 6

Damian Montano bassoon
John Adam’s A Flowering Tree
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by John Adams

week 7

Damian Montano bassoon
Maurizio Pollini’s performance of Debussy’s Twelve Etudes

week 8

JoAnn Turovsky harp
Da Vinci’s Demonsi soundtrack

week 9

Richard Todd principal horn

week 10

Jacqueline Brand violin
Tim McGraw “Live Like You Were Dying”

bonus pick

Rachel Fine executive director
Duncan Sheik

week 11

Armen Ksajikian associate principal Cello
Rimsky-Korasakov’s Scheherazade

week 12

John Schneiderman lute & baroque guitar
The Allman Brothers Band

week 13

Nico Abondolo principal bass
JAY Z “Empire State of Mind”

week 14

Patricia Mabee principal keyboard
Bonnie McKee “American Girl”

week 15

Tamara Hatwan violin

week 16

Allan Vogel principal oboe
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra recording of Water Music by Handel

week 17

Robert Brophy viola
Dutch classical violin concert and recording artist Janine Jansen

week 18

Kenneth Munday principal bassoon
Bach The Art of Fugue

week 19

Sandy Hughes flute
Sandy enjoys cooking and winding down to James Taylor’s Greatest Hits Volume 1 and Volume 2

week 20

Connie Kupka violin
Berg Lyric Suite

“What I just happened to be listening to, of all things, is the Berg Lyric Suite. Years ago my husband and I had a string quartet that spent the summer at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. We studied intensively, learned and performed that piece, and it made a lasting and profound impression on us. Now these many years later, two of our sons have spent their summer festival doing the same thing, and likewise fell in love with it. I was just listening to one of those recordings. It was wonderful, and brought back so many wonderful memories and stories.”

week 21

David Shostac principal flute
The Budapest Quartet
Ravel & Debussy String Quartets

bonus pick

Andrew Norman composer-in-residence
Troy Herion Baroque Suite

week 22

Jeannette Sorrell leader & harpsichord
early Sephardic music

week 23

Cheryl Norman-Brick violin II
Augustin Hadelich Flying Solo

Cheryl says, “It’s incredible!”

week 24

Josefina Vergara principal violin II
The Cleveland Quartet
Beethoven Quartet In E-flat Major, Op. 74 “The Harp”

week 25

Susan Rishik violin I
Susan’s musician pick actually comes from her daughter. Both are hooked on Otis Redding

week 26

Maia Jasper violin I
Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1
performed by David Oistrakh

week 27

Julie Gigante violin I
Tommi Williams “Lucky”

week 28

Carrie Kennedy violin II
Daft Punk Random Access Memories

“I don’t usually listen to dance pop music, but Joel Pargman and I both played on the album, so we bought a copy and now we can’t stop listening to it! Daft Punk uses a very interesting mix of electronic sounds, acoustic instruments and even a choir. It’s like nothing I’ve ever heard before!”

week 29

Claire Brazeau oboe
One of Claire’s favorite songs to drive to is by Parra for Cuva

“[This] artist [is] within the chilled-out, ambient electronic music genre, which happens to treat and prevent my symptoms of road rage. It’s beautifully simple stuff which helps me relax especially after a day of emotional classical music-making.”

week 30

Victoria Miskolczy associate principal viola
David Oistrakh playing Tchaikovsky

week 31

Kristy McArthur Morrell horn
Chelsea Moon “The Hymn Project, Volume 1”

bonus pick

Hannah Lash Sound Investment composer
Steely Dan Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story 1972-1980

week 32

Carole Castillo viola
Brahms Symphony No. 3

week 33

Trevor Handy cello
Dave Brubeck One Alone

week 34

Roland Kato principal viola
Oscar Peterson & Joe Pass Porgy and Bess

week 35

Chris Stoutenborough clarinet
Turtle Island String Quartet Art of the Groove

week 36

Katia Popov violin II
Schubert String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, “Death and the Maiden”

week 37

Joel Pargman violin II
Electro Swing

week 38

Darren Mulder trumpet
Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2

week 39

Andrew Shulman principal cello
Meshuggah “Paralyzing Ignorance”

week 40

Robert Dolan librarian/stage manager
Stravinsky Rite of Spring

bonus pick

Richard Todd principal horn
Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody”

week 41

Jeffrey Kahane music director
Jeremy Denk’s recordings of Ives “Concord” Sonata

bonus pick

Jeffrey Kahane music director
Gabriel Kahane The Ambassador