LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PRESENTS 2019/20 IN FOCUS SERIES EXPLORING BEETHOVEN’S GREAT CHAMBER WORKS AND FEATURING LACO-COMMISSIONED WORLD PREMIERE BY SARAH GIBSON
Programs Take Place Thursdays at First Presbyterian of Santa Monica and
Fridays at San Marino’s The Huntington, at 7:30 pm
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) three-program In Focus series explores during the 2019-20 season Beethoven’s great chamber works and also includes works by Strauss, Mendelssohn and Schumann, as well as a LACO-commissioned world premiere by composer/pianist Sarah Gibson, “a serious talent to watch” (Atlanta Journal Constitution), which features the composer on piano and was inspired by Clara Schumann on the 200th anniversary of her birthday. Curated by Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and highlighting an array of LACO artists plus, this season, special guests pianist Andrew von Oeyen and the Miró Quartet, In Focus provides insights into the quintessence of some of the great chamber music repertoire through the lens of LACO artists in an intimate setting with each program presented in back-to-back performances on Thursdays at First Presbyterian of Santa Monica and Fridays at San Marino’s The Huntington, at 7:30 pm. Batjer leads Strauss’ Metamorphosen for String Septet and Beethoven’s Septet for Winds and Strings on February 20 and 21, 2020; von Oeyen, a pianist lauded for his “indisputable gifts and an extravagantly thorough and effortless technique” (Los Angeles Times), is featured on Beethoven’s Piano Trio and Schumann’s Piano Quintet on a program that also includes the Gibson world premiere on April 2 and 3, 2020; and the Miró Quartet, “a marvel of single-minded phrasing and airtight ensemble” (Washington Post), performs Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 12 and Mendelssohn’s String Octet on April 30 and May 1, 2020.
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