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mendelssohn italian

May 17, 2015 @ 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 16, 2015 @ 8 pm Alex Theatre

Sunday, May 17, 2015 @ 7 pm Royce Hall

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Jonathan Biss, piano

TED HEARNE Respirator Sound Investment commission (world premiere)
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21, K 467

MENDELSSOHN Nocturne & Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 in A major, “Italian”

A change is as good as a holiday

In 1830, Felix Mendelssohn traveled from his native Germany to spend a full year in Italy. He was enchanted by the art and the cities, and captured the vitality of the people in his lively “Italian” Symphony upon his return home.

Jeffrey Kahane opens the concert with a world premiere from the “offbeat imagination” (Twincities.com) of Ted Hearne, known for works that are multi-dimensional and deeply personal. Leonard Bernstein Award-winner Jonathan Biss performs the Mozart Concerto, sometimes referred to as the “Elvira Madigan” because its second movement features prominently in the 1967 Swedish movie.

Step out to a concert with LACO—this simple change in your routine could be just as revitalizing as a vacation!

“…one of the most thoughtful and technically accomplished pianists of the younger generation.” (BBC Music Magazine)

read program notes

part of the orchestral series

pre-concert program

Concert Preludes are fun, informative and free to all ticket holders.

Join us one hour before each concert in the theatre. Some Preludes feature LIVE performances of short chamber works. All provide interesting insights into the music and the artists.

venue note

Looking for a good place to eat near your theatre?

If your concert is at the Alex, dine at one of Glendale’s restaurants.

When attending a concert at Royce Hall, try some of the great Westwood restaurants.

box office info

Call Jerusha or Carrie in the box office at 213 622 7001 × 1, Monday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm, on concert Saturdays from noon to 4 pm and concert Sundays from noon until 3 pm. The box office is closed on public holidays.


Single tickets start at $26.

To purchase a subscription, please call Jerusha or Carrie in the box office at 213 622 7001 × 1.

after party – you’re invited!

Mingle with friends and musicians over free drinks & appetizers after the concert. All ticket holders welcome.

Program, artists and ticket prices subject to change.

photo Michael Burke

photo Michael Burke

photo Benjamin Ealovega

photo Benjamin Ealovega

This concert is made possible in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation.

National Endowment for the Arts


Jonathan Biss at Royce Hall is sponsored by Evelyn & Stephen Block, Leslie Lassiter, Raulee Marcus and Elizabeth & Justus Schlichting.

If you’d like to sponsor a LACO performance or artist, click here for information.


May 17, 2015
7:00 pm
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Royce Hall
340 Royce Dr
Westwood, CA 90095 United States
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310 825 2101