Fifty years ago, chamber music awakened in Los Angeles with the creation of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Sir Neville Marriner, after auditioning musicians for the Orchestra, remarked on what he found here.

Camerata Pacifica
Chamber Music LA partners include Camerata Pacifica, The Colburn School, The Da Camera Society, Jacaranda Music, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Musica Angelica, Pittance Chamber Music, and Salastina Music Society (pictured).

“I am overcome by the quality of musicians in this city! Not in London, not in Berlin, not in Vienna, not even in New York are there musicians of such uniformly high quality!”
— Sir Neville Marriner

The dream of the founding board was to awaken the entire art form—orchestral, ensemble, solo—to do justice to this precious resource our city has.

LACO has long fulfilled this city’s need for a Chamber Orchestra, but many fellow music lovers have long shared a dream that Los Angeles would one day be home to a society of chamber music ensembles performing and partnering at the highest levels. Chamber music draws listeners close to the music and its creation. It provides a unique connection to the purity of the musical experience. I’m pleased to report that Chamber Music LA is the beginning of that dream made true.

Eight acclaimed Los Angeles presenters, committed to the intimacy and up-close immediacy of this diverse genre, have partnered to make sure your diary is as full of concerts as possible. The groups span centuries of practice and countless musical styles and formats. Their sounds are timeless, but they meet you here, in the nation’s most vibrant region for the performance of music that matters.

Learn more, and subscribe to the Play On! Newsletter, at chambermusic.la.

2019-20 Orchestral Series

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s vibrant and engaging 2019-20 Orchestral Series showcases the ensemble’s remarkable artistry and trademark mix of regal classics and music from today’s leading composers.

Bottled at the source

Juan Pablo Contreras, LACO’s on-deck Sound Investment composer, taps the wellspring of his Mexican heritage and the spirit of great nationalist composers in his latest work.

reframe & rearrange

LACO is working alongside Derrick Spiva Jr. — a classical music composer and LACO’s newly appointed artist-educator — to reimagine music education as an opportunity for youth to celebrate cultural differences.