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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Earns 2012-13 ACAP Award for Contemporary Music Programming
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) has received the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’s (ASCAP) second place award for Contemporary Music Programming for “Group 2” (mid-sized) ensembles, presented recently at the League of American Orchestras’ 68th National Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, marking its eighth ASCAP Award. LACO, one of just 18 American orchestras honored for its programming, was recognized for presenting the works of such innovative contemporary composers as Andrew Norman, Anna Clyne, James Matheson, Benjamin Wallfisch, John Adams and Hugo Gonzalez-Pioli during its 2012-13 season. The League and ASCAP bestow the awards each year to orchestras of all sizes for programs that challenge audiences, build repertoire, and increase interest in music of our time.
“We are proud to receive this significant endorsement,” states LACO Executive Director Rachel Fine. “The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, has long been committed to expanding the classical repertoire through the commissioning and performance of new works. To be selected for this prestigious accolade is a tremendous honor and a tribute to Jeffrey for his inspired and forward-thinking programming.”
During its 2012-13 Season, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presented a wide range of contemporary works, including the world premiere of Benjamin Wallfisch’s Violin Concerto written for LACO Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav and described by The Huffington Post as “a welcome entry into the concerto repertory.” Notably,LACO also celebrated the 12th anniversary of Sound Investment, a program that gives patrons the rare opportunity to take an active role in commissioning a new work to create a legacy in music and to observe first-hand the development of a new piece from the composer’s earliest ideas to the finished composition. LACO composer-in residence Andrew Norman received the 2012-13 season commission, for which he composed Music in Circles III, which the Los Angeles Times proclaimed a “terrific 12-minute piece (that) got the great performance it deserved.” A second work by Norman,The Great Swiftness, inspired by an Alexander Calder sculpture, also received its West Coast premiere, as did James Matheson’s True South, commissioned by New York Philharmonic with influences ranging from Judas Priest to Nietzsche. Also presented was the US premiere of Hugo Gonzalez-Pioli’s The Love of Zero.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, 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.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 45-year history, the Orchestra has made 30 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America, earning adulation from audiences and critics alike, and garnered eighth ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents seven Orchestral Series concerts on Saturdays at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium or Glendale’s Alex Theatre and Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall, five Baroque Conversations concerts at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall, three Westside Connections chamber music concerts at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School in Santa Monica and an annual Discover concert at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. In addition, LACO presents two major fundraisers, a Concert Gala and an annual Silent Film screening at Royce Hall, as well as several fundraising salons each year. LACO was founded in 1968.
Established in 1914, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is the first and leading U.S. Performing Rights Organization (PRO) representing the world’s largest repertory totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works of every style and genre from more than 410,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members. ASCAP has representation arrangements with similar foreign organizations so that the ASCAP repertory is represented in nearly every country around the world where copyright law exists. ASCAP protects the rights of its members and foreign affiliates by licensing the public performances of their copyrighted works and distributing royalties based upon surveyed performances.ASCAP is the only American PRO owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.com
About League of American Orchestras
The League of American Orchestras leads, supports, and champions America’s orchestras and the vitality of the music they perform. Its diverse membership of nearly 900 orchestras across North America runs the gamut from world-renowned symphonies to community groups, from summer festivals to student and youth ensembles. The only national organization dedicated solely to the orchestral experience, the League is a nexus of knowledge and innovation, advocacy, and leadership advancement for managers, musicians, volunteers, and boards. Its conferences and events, award-winning Symphony magazine, website, and other publications inform music lovers around the world about orchestral activity and developments. Founded in 1942 and chartered by Congress in 1962, the League links a national network of thousands of instrumentalists, conductors, managers and administrators, board members, volunteers, and business partners. Visit americanorchestras.org to learn more.