Announcing the 2019-20 Sound Investment composer: Juan Pablo Contreras.

Have you ever listened to a favorite symphony or concerto and wondered what life experiences and inspiration shaped the composer’s ideas? How the orchestra players reacted upon first reading the new score?

When you commission a new work of music through LACO’s Sound Investment program, you can get your own answers, straight from the artist’s mouth.

Each season, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra commissions and premieres a new piece of music composed especially to suit its unparalleled musical talents. As an “investor,” you will be invited to a series of intimate salons where you can meet the composer, hear excerpts of the score-in-progress and attend a full orchestral rehearsal of the completed work. Sound Investment membership contributions provide critical underwriting for the composer’s fee and costs of the premiere concerts.

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Your 2019–20 Sound Investment membership makes you a commissioner of Juan Pablo’s new work.

$500 sound investment plus membership

  • access for two to a special reading session of the work in progress with the Orchestra on wed oct 23, 2019 @ 7 pm
  • a signed copy of the printed score, plus all benefits listed below

$300 sound investment membership

  • access for two at each salon event with Juan Pablo:
    • tue aug 27, 2019 @ 7 pm
      Beverly Hills
    • wed dec 11, 2019 @ 7 pm
      Downtown LA
    • thu mar 26, 2020 @ 7 pm
      Downtown LA
  • a pair of tickets to the world premiere of Juan Pablo’s new work on mar 28 & 29, 2020
  • your name listed on the dedication page of the printed score

contact info

Contact Brandon Faber, individual giving and advancement manager, at 213 622 7001 × 221 or for more information about joining Sound Investment.


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I’m VERY excited to share this amazing news that has left me toothless 😉! The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has chosen me as their 2019-20 Sound Investment Composer! I will be writing a brand new orchestral work for their upcoming season, to be premiered under @jaimemartindelgado! It’s a huge honor to follow the footsteps of my teachers @segibson, Andrew Norman, and Donald Crockett, who previously held this position! If you are a music lover in LA, you can join us on this adventure by becoming an “investor”! You’ll be invited to attend a series of salon events where I’ll share my creative process and composition progress with you, as well as an orchestral reading and rehearsal of the piece. More info on @lachamberorchestra website! — ¡Mira mamá, sin dientes! ¡Me emociona mucho compartirles que la Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra me seleccionó como su Compositor “Sound Investment” para el 2019-20! ¡Significa que les compondré una nueva obra orquestal, que se estrenará bajo la batuta de Jaime Martín! Es un verdadero honor seguir los pasos de mis maestros Sarah Gibson, Andrew Norman y Donald Crockett, que tuvieron este rol en años pasados. Y si vives en Los Ángeles, ¡te invito a ser parte de esta experiencia! Te puedes inscribir como “inversionista” para recibir acceso a una serie de charlas privadas e invitaciones a ensayos que se llevarán a cabo durante el proceso creativo de la obra. ¡Es la mejor manera de vivir de cerca la creación de una nueva obra! Más información en la página de LACO.

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2018-19 Sound Investment

composer Sarah Gibson
2018 – 19 sound investment composer Sarah Gibson

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is thrilled to present the world premiere of 2018-19 Sound Investment composer Sarah Gibson’s warp & weft as part of the 2018-19 Orchestral series.

Tickets are still available for the January 26 & 27 concerts featuring Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and music by Mozart, Ruth Crawford Seeger and Sarah’s warp & weft.

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composers & commissions

2017-18 Ellen Reid Petrichor

2016-17 Julia Adolphe Shiver and Bloom

2015-16 Matthew Aucoin Evidence

2014-15 Ted Hearne Respirator

2013-14 Hannah Lash This Ease

2012-13 Andrew Norman Music in Circles III

2011-12 Timo Andres Old Keys

2010-11 Derek Bermel Mar de Setembro

2009-10 George Tsontakis Laconika

2008-09 Christopher Theofanidis Radiant Mind

2007-08 Kevin Puts Night

2006-07 Gernot Wolfgang Desert Wind

2005-06 Uri Caine Double Concerto for 2 Pianos and Chamber Orchestra

2004-05 Donald Crockett Fanfares & Laments

2003-04 Pierre Jalbert Chamber Symphony

2002-03 John Steinmetz Bassoon Concerto
(co-commission with Santa Rosa Symphony and Keene Chamber Orchestra)

2001-02 Kenneth Frazelle Concerto for Orchestra
(co-commission with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Nashville Chamber Orchestra)