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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Honors Philanthropists Julia S. Gouw And Judith Rosen
At “Under A Chinese Moon:
A Celebration Of Harmony, Happiness & Health”
In Observance Of Lunar New Year
Featuring Fusion Of Vibrant La Artistry
And Timeless Chinese Musical Traditions
Sunday, February 8, 2015, 5 pm
at The California Club, downtown Los Angeles
East meets West in elegant style at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s annual gala, UNDER A CHINESE MOON: a Celebration of Harmony, Happiness & Health, in observance of Lunar New Year, on Sunday, February 8, 2015, 5 pm, at The California Club in downtown Los Angeles. A unique fusion of vibrant Los Angeles artistry and timeless Chinese musical traditions, the gala fundraiser, which rings in the Year of the Ram, honors powerhouse philanthropists Julia S. Gouw (Pasadena) and Judith Rosen (Encino) for their dedication to the arts, LACO and the community. Guests will be treated to a compelling musical program led by LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane celebrating both the Classical Western and Chinese musical traditions. Performers include up-and-coming Taiwanese pianists Ching-Yun Hu and Steven Lin, as well as virtuosos Yangqin Zhao, yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer) and Gangqin Zhao, guzheng (Chinese plucked zither) of Melody of China, Inc.; and Shenshen Zhang, pipa (Chinese lute); in addition to LACO musicians. The black-tie optional gala, chaired by Pat and Sandy Gage (Century City) and Agnes Lew (San Marino), combines the performance with a sumptuous Asian-inspired dinner and an opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind auction items for an unforgettable evening. Proceeds benefit LACO’s concert series, radio broadcasts and community engagement programs.
Judith Rosen has made an indelible mark on the music world in Los Angeles and beyond, from researching and championing the work of women composers to supporting husband Ronald S. Rosen’s leadership on the LACO board of directors. East West Bank President & COO Julia Gouw has leveraged her remarkable success in the banking industry into an impressive career in philanthropy and non-profit board service. She has been named Philanthropist of the Year by several notable organizations and recognized as one of the 25 most powerful women in banking five times by American Banker magazine.
A silent auction and a live auction, led by KUSC’s Alan Chapman, offer special entertainment, wine, travel, jewelry and culinary packages, including one-of-a-kind diplomatic dining opportunities hosted by the Consuls General of Austria, China, Czech Republic, Finland and Turkey in their elegant private homes. For the live auction, Delta Air Lines has generously donated three pairs of business class tickets to create three fantastic international travel packages.
In addition to Lew and the Gages, gala committee members include LACO President Dana Newman (Altadena), Auction Chair Ann Mulally (Santa Monica), Clare Baren (Studio City), Ruth L. Eliel (Los Feliz), Joyce Feinberg (Brentwood), Wahideh Khaleeli (Palos Verdes Estates), Elsie Lin (Santa Monica), Shaheen Nanji (Pacific Palisades), Mahnaz Newman (Pacific Palisades), Catherine Ohr (Santa Monica), and Linda Rosen (Pacific Palisades).
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 2014-15 season, the Orchestra’s 46th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from well 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 18th season as LACO’s music director.
Tickets and tables to UNDER A CHINESE MOON, which start at $750 per person, are on sale now and may be purchased by calling LACO 213 622 7001 x 3. The California Club is located at 538 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.
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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 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.