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Renowned Violinist Jaime Laredo and Jennifer Koh Join Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Guest Conductor James Feddeck for West Coast Premiere of Anna Clyne’s Prince of Clouds
Saturday, March 22, 8 pm, Alex Theatre, Glendale
Sunday, March 23, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall
Concert Celebrating Bach’s Birthday also Features Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043, Mendelssohn’s “The Fair Melusina” Overture and Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 in D major
Celebrated violinists Jaime Laredo and Jennifer Koh join the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) and guest conductor James Feddeck for the West Coast premiere of Anna Clyne’s impressionistic Prince of Clouds on Saturday, March 22, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and Sunday, March 23, 2014, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Clyne’s work, heralded by the Washington Post as “captivating” and “exhilarating from beginning to end,” is a LACO co-commission with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra,IRIS Orchestra and the Curtis Institute of Music. Feddeck, winner of the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award in 2013 who is making his Los Angeles debut, also conducts Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043, Mendelssohn’s “The Fair Melusina” Overture, with its distinctive aquatic theme, and Schubert’s graceful Symphony No. 3 in D major.
Laredo, acclaimed for his “great ability” (The Guardian), and Jennifer Koh, who plays “with consummate skill and passion” (The New York Times) and who was Laredo’s student at the Curtis Institute of Music, perform Clyne’s work as well as the expressive Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043, considered one of the seminal works of Bach, whose birthday falls on March 23, the same day as the Royce Hall concert. Feddeck, “a major talent” (Huffington Post) who recently completed four seasons as assistant conductor at The Cleveland Orchestra, has conducted the orchestras of Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Memphis, Omaha, St. Louis, San Diego and Toledo, among others.
London-born Anna Clyne, Chicago Symphony’s Mead Composer-in-Residence, composes acoustic and electro-acoustic music, combining resonant soundscapes with propelling textures that weave, morph and collide in dramatic explosions. Her work, described as “dazzlingly inventive” by Time Out New York, often includes collaborations with cutting edge choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers and musicians worldwide. Clyne’s accolades include a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, eight consecutive ASCAP Plus Awards and a Clutterbuck award from the University of Edinburgh.
Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the music and artists. All ticket holders are also invited to celebrate Bach’s birthday with musicians at an after-party in the lobby, which includes complimentary appetizers and drinks.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2013-14 season, the Orchestra’s 45th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly 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 17th season as LACO’s music director.
Tickets, starting at $25, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Beethoven’s Eroica and three Westside Connections concerts.
Winner of the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award in 2013, JAMESFEDDECK’s career in North America has developed strongly following his last season as assistant conductor at The Cleveland Orchestra. The 2013-14 season includes a return to the Atlanta Symphony and debuts with the orchestras of Calgary, Edmonton and Rochester, among others. During his time with The Cleveland Orchestra, James conducted subscription concerts at Severance Hall, Blossom, and stepped in for Franz Welser-Möst in Cleveland’s fully-staged production of Don Giovanni and subscription performances of Carmina Burana, both to critical acclaim. In North America, Feddeck has conducted the orchestras of Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte (with soloist Yo-Yo Ma), Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Memphis, Omaha, Quebec, St. Louis, San Diego and Toledo; and has appeared several times at the Aspen Music Festival.
Violinist JENNIFER KOH is recognized for her intense performances delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance. In 2009, she debuted Bach and Beyond, a series of three recitals that explore the history of the solo violin repertoire from Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas to modern day composers including newly commissioned works. In October 2011, Koh performed Bach’s complete Sonatas and Partitas in a single concert – a feat long considered the ultimate test of a violinist’s command of his/her instrument. A committed educator, Koh has won high praise for her “Music Messenger” outreach program, now in its ninth year.
Since his orchestral debut at the age of eleven with the San Francisco Symphony, violinist JAIME LAREDO has won the admiration and respect of audiences, critics and fellow musicians with his passionate and polished performances. In the 2013-14 season, Laredo tours as conductor, soloist and as a member of the award-winning Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. His project Two x Four, performed with his former student Jennifer Koh, celebrates the relationship between teacher and student through music. His next premiere is a double concerto by André Previn. He concurrently holds director posts with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati.
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 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 at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and 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. LACOalso presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening 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.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Mendelssohn, Anna Clyne, Bach & Schubert”
James Feddeck, conductor
Jaime Laredo, violin
Jennifer Koh, violin
MENDELSSOHN “The Fair Melusina” Overture
ANNA CLYNE Prince of Clouds (West Coast premiere)
BACH Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 3 in D major
Saturday, March 22, 2014, 8 pm
Alex Theatre, Glendale
216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 7 pm
Royce Hall, UCLA
340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Tickets start at $25.
to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org
(Discounts for groups of 12 or more, seniors 65+ and college students, if available; also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral Series concerts, Discover Beethoven’s Eroica and for all three Westside Connections concerts)
213 622 7001 × 1
or visit www.laco.org.
7 pm (Alex Theatre)
6 pm (Royce Hall)
One hour before curtain, pre-concert talks provide insights into the music and artists. Free for ticket holders.