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LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF STEPHEN A. BLOCK TO BOARD
Venture capitalist Stephen A. Block has been appointed to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) Board of Directors, announces LACO President Dana Newman. Block is a partner of Orange County-based K5 Ventures and managing director of its accelerator, K5 Launch. He is also a member of Tech Coast Angels, Southern California’s largest angel investing group, serving on the Executive Committee of the Orange County network. Block, who has been appointed to LACO’s board for a three-year term, has more than 40 years of broad legal, management and executive experience, having served on the boards of both private and public companies and several industry trade associations; drafted legislation; lobbied at the state and federal levels; and testified before Congressional and state legislative committees.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, 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 46-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; 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.
A venture capitalist involved with numerous firms and entrepreneurial activities, STEPHEN A. BLOCK is a Partner of Orange County-based K5 Ventures and Managing Director of its accelerator, K5 Launch. He is also a member of Tech Coast Angels, Southern California’s largest angel investing group, serving on the Executive Committee of the Orange County network. Block retired as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF) in December 2003. With over 40 years of broad legal, management and executive experience, he has served on the boards of both private and public companies and several industry trade associations; drafted legislation; lobbied at the state and federal levels; and testified before Congressional and state legislative committees. Block is a member of the board of directors of two publicly traded tech companies, San Diego-based Senomyx and Irvine’s Chromadex. He formerly served on the board of Jacaranda Music and now sits on the Long Beach Opera board and the Advisory Board of Chapman University’s Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship. His work on both for-profit and nonprofit boards has included experience in governance, finance and audit committees. Mentoring entrepreneurs for many years, Block has taught Securities Regulation at Pace University Law School, speaks on angel and VC investing and entrepreneurship at universities and business conferences, and judges/coaches business plan competitions at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, Chapman University and Pepperdine University. An alumnus of Yale University and Harvard Law School, Block is a voracious reader, avid tennis player, enthusiastic fan of both traditional and contemporary music, and a referee for Beach Cities Roller Derby. He and his wife Evelyn, a psychologist, have two grown sons and make their home in Manhattan Beach.