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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra,
In Segue From Mozart To Marimba,
Performs West Coast Premiere Of Timo Andres’ Word Of Mouth And Features Acclaimed Pianist Richard Goode On Mozart Piano Concerto As Well As Laco Principal Timpani/Percussion Wade Culbreath On Emmanuel Séjourné’s Concerto For Marimba And Strings
Saturday, October 17, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, October 18, 2015, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), under the baton of Jeffrey Kahane, segues from Mozart to marimba in two performances that also spotlight the West Coast premiere of Brooklyn-based composer Timo Andres’ Word of Mouth, “an exhilarating chamber symphony suffused with optimism” (The New York Times), on Saturday, October 17, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale, and Sunday, October 18, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall. Also featured on the varied program are acclaimed pianist Richard Goode performing Mozart’s “Golden Period” Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat major, K. 456, and LACO Principal Timpani/Percussion Wade Culbreath, who is showcased in French composer Emmanuel Séjourné’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings. The program concludes with Haydn’s joyous and beloved Symphony No. 88 in G major, Hob. I:88. Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, feature Andres and Culbreath in conversation with Kahane, with a short marimba demonstration by Culbreath.
Andres, a noted composer and piano virtuoso, is winner of the prestigious 2011 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer award. His works include a piano quintet for Jonathan Biss and the Elias String Quartet, commissioned and presented by Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and San Francisco Performances; a solo piano work for Kirill Gerstein, commissioned by the Gilmore Foundation; a new string quartet for the Library of Congress, premiered by the Attacca Quartet; and a new piece for yMusic. Upcoming commissions include a major work for Third Coast Percussion and an ensemble song cycle to be premiered by himself, Gabriel Kahane, Becca Stevens, Ted Hearne and Nathan Koci at the Ecstatic Music Festival, and presented by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series. Andres earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University.
Goode, noted for his “keen imagination, intelligence and sensitivity” (Washington Post), is considered one of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music. In addition to performing in leading venues around the globe, he served as the co-artistic director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival in Marlboro, Vermont from 1999 through 2013, described by New Yorker magazine as “the classical world’s most coveted retreat.” The Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat major, K. 456, unusual in its richness, complexity and scope, is the first of three of Mozart’s “Golden Period” piano concertos being presented by LACO this season.
In addition to his principal position with LACO, Culbreath is principal percussion with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and timpanist with the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra. He has also played on some 400 soundtracks for the motion picture studios, including the Academy Award-winning scores for Aladdin, Pocahontas and Life of Pi. Séjourné’s Concerto for Marimba and Strings is a two-movement work “gorgeously composed (and) rhythmically reminiscent of classic, mid-20th century French films” (The Villager).
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2015-16 season, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 19th season as LACO’s music director.
Tickets, starting at $27, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” and three Westside Connections concerts.
WADE CULBREATH studied at the Eastman School of Music in Roches¬ter, New York. He is principal timpani and percussion with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, principal percussion with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and timpanist with the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra. He has freelanced with the Los Angeles Opera, Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theater and the National Ballet of Canada. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he participated in two Europe¬an tours and eight recordings on the Sony Classical and Deutsche Grammophon labels. Culbreath has played on nearly 400 soundtracks for the motion picture studios including the Academy Award-win¬ning scores for Aladdin, Pocahontas and Life of Pi.
RICHARD GOODE has been hailed for music-making of tremen¬dous emotional power, depth and expressiveness, and has been acknowledged worldwide as one of today’s leading interpreters of Classical and Romantic music. In recent seasons, Goode has appeared as soloist with New York and Los Angeles philharmonics, Chicago Symphony, Deutsch¬es Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and on tour with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. An exclusive Nonesuch recording artist, Goode has made more than two-dozen recordings, ranging from solo and chamber works to lieder and concertos. His numerous prizes include the Young Concert Artists Award, First Prize in the Clara Haskil Compe¬tition and the Avery Fisher Prize.
Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, JEFFREY KAHANE has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized around the world for his mastery of diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin, Golijov and John Adams. Now in his 19th season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, he previously served as music director of the Colorado and Santa Rosa symphonies. He has garnered tremendous critical acclaim for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement and received multiple ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for his work in both Los Angeles and Denver. He is also a visiting Professor of Keyboard Studies at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.
LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma,” “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 47-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall and USC’s Bovard Auditorium; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala; LACO @ the Movies, featuring the Orchestra performing the score live; and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs, Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.
EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Mozart to Marimba”
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Richard Goode, piano
Wade Culbreath, marimba
TIMO ANDRES Word of Mouth (West Coast premiere)
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat major, K. 456
EMMANUEL SÉJOURNÉ Concerto for Marimba and Strings
HAYDN Symphony No. 88 in G major, Hob. I:88
Saturday, October 17, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre
Alex Theatre, Glendale
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203
Sunday, October 18, 2015, 7 pm, Royce Hall
Royce Hall, UCLA
340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Tickets start at $27.
To order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org
(Discounts for groups of 12 or more, seniors 65+ and college students, if available)
7 pm (Alex Theatre)
6 pm (Royce Hall)
One hour before curtain, pre-concert talks provide insights into the music and artists. Free for ticket holders. Concert Preludes features Music Director Jeffrey Kahane in discussion with Timo Andres and Wade Culbreath.