Laura Stegman, 310 470 6321
Libby Huebner, 562 799 6055
LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AND
MUSIC DIRECTOR JEFFREY KAHANE
OPEN 2015-16 SEASON FEATURING
WEST COAST DEBUT OF VIOLINIST MICHAEL BARENBOIM PERFORMING BEETHOVEN’S VIOLIN CONCERTO IN D MAJOR, OP. 61, WORLD PREMIERE BY RISING COMPOSER DERRICK SPIVA INFLUENCED BY TRADITIONAL WEST AFRICAN DRUMMING, AND SCHUBERT’S “UNFINISHED” SYMPHONY
Saturday, September 19, 2015, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale;
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) launches its 2015-16 season with celebrated Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducting a program of works seminal and new, featuring the world premiere of Prisms, Cycles, Leaps, a joyous percussive work by rising Los Angeles-based composer Derrick Spiva, and the highly anticipated West Coast debut of violinist Michael Barenboim, son of legendary conductor Daniel Barenboim, on Saturday, September 19, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, September 20, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Barenboim, a “superb” violinist (Chicago Tribune) hailed for his “technical precision and a breezy sweetness” (The Guardian), performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, considered one of the supreme achievements in classical music. Spiva, whose work is influenced by Ghanaian polyrhythms and traditional West African drumming, is Music Alive: New Partnerships Composer-in-Residence. Rounding out the program is Schubert’s iconic Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, “Unfinished.”
Barenboim, among the most versatile and exciting artists of his generation, has earned accolades from critics and audiences around the globe for his commanding performances. He has performed with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and conductors, including the Wiener Philharmoniker, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Pierre Boulez and Münchner Philharmoniker conducted by the late Lorin Maazel.
Spiva’s conducting, composing and teaching style reflect the multicultural atmosphere of Los Angeles, where he lives and works. While earning a B.A. and M.F.A at UCLA and California Institute of the Arts, respectively, he began integrating world music across many cultures into his musical vocabulary. His musical compositions aim to break down the boundaries between musical genres, using integrative composition techniques that seek common ground between different musical traditions. Spiva is a teaching artist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, instructor for the Community Arts Partnership program at CalArts and conductor for the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra.
The residency of Derrick Spiva is made possible through Music Alive: New Partnerships, a residency program of New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. This national program is designed to establish new relationships between composers and orchestras, and to help orchestras present new music to the public and build support for new music within their institutions. Leadership funding for Music Alive is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The ASCAP Foundation Bart Howard Fund.
Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program’s music and artists. Kahane discusses with Spiva the inspiration and creation of Spiva’s Prisms, Cycles, Leaps and features a short demonstration by the Zadonu African Music & Dance Company. Following the performance, ticket holders are invited to mingle with LACO musicians in the lobby at an after-party, which includes complimentary drinks and appetizers as well as entertainment by the Zadonu African Music & Dance Company.
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.
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.
Violinist MICHAEL BARENBOIM is one of the leading artists of his generation and made a number of international debuts in 2014-15, including performances with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and hr-Sinfonieorchester. He was born in Paris in 1985 and began violin lessons at age seven. He studied at the High School for Music and Theatre, Rostock, under Prof. Axel Wilczok, and regularly attended masterclasses given by Guy Braunstein. He has been concertmaster of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra since 2003 and is first violinist of the Erlenbusch Quartet, which he founded in 2005.
Zadonu African Music & Dance Company is a non-profit African culture company dedicated to teaching, restaging and preserving authentic African Music and Dance in the United States and abroad. It was formed in 1986 by Kobla Ladzekpo, a native of Anyako, located in the Volta region of Ghana, West Africa. The mission of Zadonu is to bridge the complex ethnic boundaries inherent in the diverse and unique cultural melting pot of greater Los Angeles County. The group’s repertoire includes music and dances from the Ga-Adangme, Dagomba, Dagarti and Ewe people of Ghana, as well as the Ewe’s in Togo and Benin. Zadonu resident dancers and drummers are drawn from the greater Los Angeles area.
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, an annual film event, 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
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Michael Barenboim, violin
DERRICK SPIVA Prisms, Cycles, Leaps (world premiere)
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D. 759, “Unfinished”
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61
Saturday, September 19, 2015, 8 pm
Alex Theatre, Glendale
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203
Sunday, September 20, 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 and composer Derrick Spiva in discussion about Spiva’s inspiration for and creation of Prisms, Cycles, Leaps, including a short demonstration by the Zadonu African Music & Dance Company.
After the performance, ticket holders are invited to mingle with friends and musicians at an after-party in the lobby with complimentary drinks and appetizers and entertainment by the Zadonu African Music & Dance Company.