Ellen Reid
2017-18 Sound Investment Composer Ellen Reid is a composer and sound artist whose work “brims with canny invention” (LA Weekly). Photo James Matthew Daniel

Each season, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra commissions and premieres a new piece of music composed especially to suit its unparalleled musical talents. This excerpt from “Petrichor,” by 2017-18 sound investment composer Ellen Reid, premiered last season as part of the Orchestra’s Sound Investment program.

The world premiere of “Petrichor” was led by Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd. In Ellen’s “spatialized” arrangement, a number of musicians were placed behind the audience. LACO horn player Kristy McArthur Morrell and Marissa Benedict, principal trumpet of the Pasadena Symphony and Pops and the Modern Brass Quintet, were stationed on the balcony.

“Just as rain changes your sense of your surroundings, the shimmering strings and bright winds in the back that opened ‘Petrichor’ seemed to mysteriously erase the physical barriers of the hall.” — Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

Spearheaded by a group of investors who each pay $300 a season, the Sound Investment funds new work and, in exchange, investors get to follow its development, engaging with the composer from inception to premiere and enjoying a rare insider’s view of the creative process.

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There is still time to enroll in the 2018-19 Sound Investment program and support composer Sarah Gibson as she begins composing a new piece! Lauded as “a serious talent to watch” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Sarah is a Los Angeles-based composer and pianist whose music is inspired by the physicality of performing and the communication that occurs between performers onstage.

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S E S S I O N spiva

Produced in collaboration with Four Larks, SESSION featured the world premiere of The Body Overcome by Derrick Spiva Jr, hindustani vocalist Saili Oak, a US premiere by composer Juan Pablo Contreras and works by Conor Brown, Salina Fisher and Reena Esmail.

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Sound Investment

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

You can get answers when you commission a new work of music through Sound Investment.

LA Orchestra Fellowship

The LA Orchestra Fellowship is a two-year orchestra intensive for musicians on violin, viola, and cello.

Fellows are mentored in chamber and orchestral performance and gain invaluable experience while training and playing alongside Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra musicians, faculty at USC Thornton and mentor members of the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles.