2022/23 SOUND INVESTMENT COMPOSER MARC LOWENSTEIN

Marc Lowenstein is a composer, conductor, and educator. He composes music infused with a searching sense of narrative and mysticism. Focusing on larger scale works, he was one of the principal composers of Hopscotch, writing scenes for limousine interiors, an outdoor park, and an abandoned theater. He has written long form pieces based on concepts of Jewish and Buddhist meditations including this for Jodie Landau and wildUp, T’shuvah for improvising Bassoon and string quartet, Every Day for mixed chorus, and a ’Cello concerto, T’filat ha-Derech. He has written an opera based on the movie The Fisher King, and a family opera called Little Bear.

Marc is the founding Music Director of the Industry, Los Angeles’ groundbreaking and widely acclaimed experimental opera company. With the Industry, he helped lead Sweet Land, Hopscotch, Invisible Cities, and Crescent Cities. With the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Industry conducted and recorded Lou Harrison’s Young Caesar and was music advisor for Cage’s EUROPERAS. Outside of the Industry, Marc has been Music Director for several opera premieres including John King’s Dice Thrown, and the American premieres of George Aperghis’ L’Origine des Espèces, Veronika Krausas’ The Immortal Thoughts of Lady MacBeth, Stephen Oliver’s Peach Blossom Fan, and Murray Schaeffer’s Loving.

He has also worked with the LAPhil as a cover conductor, leading the premiere of Hermann’s The Call, and assisting on Hearne’s PLACE and Norman’s Trip to the Moon. With Beth Morrison Productions he co-conducted the premiere of Danielle Birrittella’s Magdalene and he also conducted on New York City Opera’s Vox opera workshop program for four years. He has been called “a terrific singer” (LA Times), an “assured conductor” (New York Times) and “raptly lyrical” (New Yorker).

Marc has taught at CalArts since 1996, and teaches courses centered around a humanistic approach to Music Theory and composition.  He has been named a Coursera ‘Top Instructor’ for his CalArts Coursera Class called ‘Approaching Music Theory’ and loves talking about Music Theory and the fact that it doesn’t really exist.

contact info

Contact Julia Paras, Director of Development, at (213) 622-7001, EXT. 221 or juliaparas@laco.org for more information about joining Sound Investment.

 

ANNOUNCING LACO’S 2022 SOUND INVESTMENT COMPOSER SHELLEY WASHINGTON

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Shelley Washington is a composer, performer, collaborator, and educator who draws elements from jazz, rock, and American folk music, and is quickly gaining attention on the American new music scene. She performs as a saxophonist and vocalists, and doubles on flute, piccolo, and clarinet. Shelley joins the 20+ year lineage of LACO’s Sound Investment composers under the unique auspice of New Music USA’s Amplifying Voices program, a new program that is uniting more than 30 Orchestras to help address inequities in the classical music field by uplifting underrepresented composers from the BIPOC community.

The Amplifying Voices program expands the reach of Sound Investment by ensuring repeat performances of Shelley’s composition and provides funding for marketing and travel expenses. Shelley’s piece will enjoy regional premieres by the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Kansas City Symphony.

Have you ever wanted to help make something creative from the ground up, and experience the effect it has on others?

It’s electrifying. Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s groundbreaking commissioning club takes you on a journey through the composition process, from inception to final product: a world premiere. Membership enables you and a guest to become commissioners of a new piece of orchestral music. Membership includes VIP access to salons, access to the composer, and tickets to the world premiere concert.

YOUR $500 SOUND INVESTMENT MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES

  • Exclusive Access for two to a special reading of the new work
  • Invitation for two to three salon events with Shelley Washington
  • Tickets for two to the world premiere 
  • Your name listed on the score’s dedication page
  • An autographed copy of the commemorative score

LACO also offers an Introductory Membership Level at $250 for first- and second-year Sound Investment supporters, as well as an All-Access Pass for students. To take advantage of this special rate or  for more information about joining Sound Investment, contact Brandon Faber, Associate Director of Development, at (213) 622-7001, EXT. 221 or brandonfaber@laco.org.

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Sound Investment salon dates:
#1 – Wednesday, January 12 at 7:00 P.M.
#2 – Wednesday, March 23 at 7:00 P.M.
#3 – TBA for Fall 2022

LACO’s 2022 Sound Investment commission with Shelley Washington is grateful for exemplary support from Barry & Nancy Sanders, Anne-Marie Spataru, Elizabeth & Justus Schlichting, Ned & Dana Newman, and Gregory J. Soukup & Mary Jo Carr.

2020/21 Sound Investment

Watch the world premiere of Hyo, from 2021 Sound Investment composer Peter S. Shin, performed at the Newman Scoring Stage at Fox Studio Lot.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is thrilled to announce 2020/21 Sound Investment composer Peter S. Shin.

Ever want to help make something creative from the ground up, and experience the effect it has on others? It’s electrifying. Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s groundbreaking commissioning club takes you on a journey through the composition process, from inception to final product: a world premiere. Membership enables you and a guest to become commissioners of a new piece of orchestral music. Membership includes VIP access to salons, access to the composer, and tickets to the world premiere concert.

This season’s exclusive salons with Peter will be held on Zoom:
October 29, 2020 AT 7:00 P.M. (PT)
February 4, 2021
Salon #3 TBA

Salon #3 will be scheduled in conjunction with the premiere of Peter’s final work.

Your 2020/21 Sound Investment membership makes you a commissioner of Peter’s new work.

$500 sound investment membership

  • Exclusive Access for two to a special reading of the new work
  • Invitation for two to three salon events with Peter S. Shin
  • Tickets for two to the 2021 world premiere
  • Your name listed on the score’s dedication page
  • A commemorative page from the score

We also offer a First-time Membership Level at $250 for first and second year Sound Investment supporters, as well as an All-Access Pass for students. To take advantage of this special rate, please contact Brandon at (213) 622-7001 Ext. 221 or brandonfaber@laco.org.

Enroll Now

 

contact info

Contact Brandon Faber, Assistant Director of Individual Giving + Events, at (213) 622-7001, EXT. 221 or brandonfaber@laco.org for more information about joining Sound Investment.

The 2020/21 season of Sound Investment is sponsored by Anne-Marie Spataru.

 

***The March 28-29 premiere of Lucha Libre! is to be programmed on a future season, to be announced. As information becomes available, updates will be shared with all 2019/20 Sound Investment members. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.***

Announcing the 2019-20 Sound Investment composer Juan Pablo Contreras and his new commission, Lucha Libre!

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.

contact info

Contact Brandon Faber, Associate Director of Individual Giving + Events, at (213) 622-7001, EXT. 221 or brandonfaber@laco.org 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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composers + commissions

2020/21 Peter S. Shin Hyo

2019/20 Juan Pablo Contereras Lucha Libre!

2018/19 Sarah Gibson warp & weft

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)