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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
To Conduct Nationwide Search For
Executive Director Replacement
As Rachel Fine Assumes
New Post After Successful Tenure
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) Executive Director Rachel Fine will depart LACO to accept a new position as Senior Consultant at the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, it was announced by LACO Board President Dana Newman, who added that the Orchestra is conducting a nationwide search for a new executive director. Fine departs February 27, 2015.
“While we are very sorry to bid Rachel farewell, we celebrate her many outstanding contributions in service of the Orchestra over the past four years,” says Newman. “She leaves in place a strong administrative team to support the artistic excellence that makes LACO ‘America’s finest chamber orchestra’ and to take it into the future.”
Fine is noted for forging a wide range of collaborations and partnerships for LACO, strengthening and diversifying the Board, substantially increasing the Orchestra’s subscriber and donor base, and helping to further elevate its considerable prominence through a number of high profile artistic endeavors. Highlights of her tenure include establishing LACO as orchestra-in-residence for the Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA); successfully shepherding LACO through the challenges of the great recession; and expanding the reach of the Orchestra with prestigious debuts in two significant new venues, Sonoma’s Donald and Maureen Green Music Center and at the Valley Performing Arts Center (VPAC) in Northridge. The Orchestra also made a critically acclaimed appearance on the International Series of the venerable Community Arts Music Association (CAMA) in Santa Barbara in 2011 and moved its Westside Connections series to the new Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School in 2014. In addition, Rachel spearheaded such high-profile community events as Play Me, I’m Yours, a three-week community project that placed 30 pianos in 30 locations around Los Angeles for the public to play, and the internationally acclaimed Strad Fest LA, an epic four-day celebration of Stradivarius violins that culminated in a gala featuring eight of the rare instruments from around the globe, the highest-grossing fundraiser in LACO history.
Rachel Fine will join as Senior Consultant the DeVos Institute of Arts Management, founded by Michael Kaiser, supporting the Institute’s capacity building, training, and consultative services in the Los Angeles area, the Bay Area, nationally, and internationally. She assumes her new post on March 16, 2015.
The 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.