Last weekend, Jaime Martín made his official debut as Music Director with a sweeping performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

The concert began with a world premiere from composer Andrew Norman. One of the most sought after voices in American classical music, Andrew’s new work, Begin, is the first in a 3-year cycle of commissions for LACO.

At the heart of this program was a vocal performance by Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. Long considered one of the finest singers of her generation, von Otter performed Berlioz’s song cycle Les nuits d’été as well as two encores: Once Upon a Summertime and Elle Tourne la Terre.

The finale? A resounding take on Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

The commission of Andrew Norman’s Begin was sponsored by Ruth Eliel & Bill Cooney and Leslie Lassiter.