Up Close and Personal

This season, LACO has reimagined its Up Close and Personal series.

We now bring to you video interviews of our artists, guest artists, Concertmaster + Director of Chamber Music Margaret Batjer, Music Director Jaime Martín, and more.


In the latest installment of Up Close and Personal, Conductor Laureate Jeffrey Kahane and Conductor Christopher Rountree discuss Heirloom, a moving musical biography about the Kahane family written by Jeffrey’s son, Gabriel Kahane. This LACO co-commission “feels somehow rooted completely in the history of classical music and also of this moment.” Also in the video, explore Haydn’s playful Symphony No. 104 “London” and orchestral selections from the operas of Jean-Philippe Rameau.



In the latest installment of the series, Concertmaster and Director of Chamber Music, Margaret Batjer, guides us through the program for our upcoming concert, Baroque Concerti. LACO principals and soloists for this program Yura Lee (Viola) and David Washburn (Trumpet) discuss the history of Neruda’s Concerto for Trumpet in E-flat major, the unique role of the viola within the orchestra, and why Baroque music is for everyone.
This program is dedicated in memory of Warner W. Henry, Board Director emeritus, and his love of chamber and Baroque music.

Sheku plays haydn

In the fourth installment of LACO’s Up Close and Personal video series, Guest Conductor Lina González-Granados brings to our next show to life with Andrew Shulman, Principal Cello. Learn about Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, and how his life is an inspiration to the music he wrote. Experience Felix Mendellssohn’s Hebridesoverture and Symphony No 4 in A Major from the point of those who play it.

Shaham + Contreras

LACO’s Up Close and Personal video series continues with a spotlight on our final concert of the year (not the season!), Shaham + Contreras, featuring Sound Investment composer Juan Pablo Contreras.

echoes of austria

Take a deep dive into Austria with Fabio Bidini, and learn about the history of Ligeti’s Six Bagatelles, adapted from his piano piece. Which piece? Find out by watching!

Beethoven’s 9th + washington

Music Director Jaime Martín triumphantly leads the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in Beethoven’s transcendent Symphony No. 9. A constellation of Southern California vocalists, featuring soloists courtesy of LA Opera’s Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist program, round out this powerful and intimate performance of Beethoven’s rousing masterwork. Contemporary composer Shelley Washington’s new work, Both, an exploration of life beyond the binary, opens the program.