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Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne
Provides Commentary on Connection Between Music and Architecture
Featured LACO Artists Include Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav,
Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara, Violin Jacqueline Brand,
Violin Carrie Kennedy, Principal Viola Roland Kato,
Viola Robert Brophy, Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian,
Cello Giovanna M. Clayton, Principal Bass Nico Abondolo,
Principal Clarinet Joshua Ranz, Principal Bassoon Kenneth Munday
and Horn Kristy McArthur Morrell
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:30 pm
Moss Theater, Santa Monica


The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) acclaimed Westside Connections series, which has paired LACO’s virtuosic musicians with leading artists to explore connections between music and architecture this season, presents the West Coast premiere of Gabriel Kahane’s Bradbury Studies and Schubert’s Octet in F major, D. 803, with insights from special guest Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times architecture critic, on Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Kahane’s work for string quartet is performed by LACO artists Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara, Violin Carrie Kennedy, Principal Viola Roland Kato and Cello Giovanna M. Clayton. Inspired by downtown Los Angeles’ iconic Bradbury Building, Bradbury Studies is an extended one-movement piece that takes its musical spirit from Schubert and Mahler, according to Kahane. To open the program and introduce the work, Kahane performs from the piano his song, “Bradbury (304 Broadway),” upon which he based the string quartet. Schubert’s magnificent Octet, a work in six movements, features Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav, Violin Jacqueline Brand, Viola Robert Brophy, Associate Principal Cello Armen Ksajikian, Principal Bass Nico Abondolo, Principal Clarinet Joshua Ranz, Principal Bassoon Kenneth Munday and Horn Kristy McArthur Morrell.

LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who curates and hosts the series, concludes the evening with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions of Hawthorne, Kahane and musicians. The Moss Theater is located at The Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School.

Hawthorne, who joined the Los Angeles Times in 2004, was previously the architecture critic for Slate and a frequent contributor to The New York Times. He is the author, with Alanna Stang, of The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture. Hawthorne also wrote liner notes for Kahane’s 2014 album, The Ambassador (Sony Music Masterworks), which was hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the year’s very best albums, and features Kahane’s “Bradbury (304 Broadway).”

Gabriel Kahane, son of LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and a highly accomplished artist in his own right, notes that Bradbury Studies and the song it is based on were inspired by the Bradbury Building, which is among LA’s oldest architectural landmarks and has been used as a backdrop for countless films, television shows and works of fiction, including the motion picture Blade Runner.

The three-part Westside Connections series, which concludes its seventh season with this performance, includes conversations with special guests as well as musical offerings connecting form, structure and line. Previous programs this season featured architects Frank Gehry and Frederick Fisher as special guests.

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 2014-15 season, the Orchestra’s 46th, 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 18th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets (beginning at $60) are available online at, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office one hour before the concert. The Moss Theater at New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

MARGARET BATJER, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orches¬tra since 1998, made her first solo appearance at age 15 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has since soloed with leading orchestras from around the world including the Philadelphia, St. Louis and Dallas symphonies; the Prague, Halle and Berlin sympho¬ny orchestras; and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. An esteemed chamber musician, she appears regularly at the Marlboro Music Festival, as well as many other festivals in the US and Europe. Batjer has recorded extensively for Philips, EMI, Deutsche Grammophon and BMG. In 2008, Batjer developed LACO’s Westside Connections chamber music series. She serves on the faculty of the USC Thorn¬ton School of Music and the Colburn Music Academy.

CHRISTOPHER HAWTHORNE has been the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times since 2004. Previously, he was archi¬tecture critic for Slate and a frequent contributor to The New York Times. He is the author, with Alanna Stang, of The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture. Hawthorne grew up in Berke¬ley and has a bachelor’s from Yale, where he readied himself for a career in criticism by obsessing over the design flaws in his dormi¬tory, designed by Eero Saarinen.

GABRIEL KAHANE‘s recent album The Ambassador has been hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the year’s very best albums.” In December 2014, Kahane and his band appeared at the BAM Harvey Theater in the critically-acclaimed New York premiere of the staged version of The Ambassador directed by Tony-winner John Tiffany and designed by Tony-winner Christine Jones. Dividing his time between the club and the concert hall, Kahane has been commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Kahane’s musical February House received world premiere productions at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven and New York’s Public Theater in 2012. Upcoming theater projects include commissions from the Public Theater and Signature Theater, as well as a collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker.

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, 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,” “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 46-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 on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at 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. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual film event, featuring the Orchestra performing the score live, 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.


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
“Westside Connections”
Margaret Batjer, host & curator
Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times architecture critic
Gabriel Kahane, composer, piano & singer
Josefina Vergara, violin
Carrie Kennedy, violin
Roland Kato, viola
Giovanna M. Clayton, cello
Tereza Stanislav, violin
Jacqueline Brand, violin
Robert Brophy, viola
Armen Ksajikian, cello
Nico Abondolo, bass
Joshua Ranz, clarinet
Kenneth Munday, bassoon
Kristy McArthur Morrell, horn

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:30 pm

GABRIEL KAHANE “Bradbury (304 Broadway)” (from The Ambassador album)
GABRIEL KAHANE Bradbury Studies (West Coast premiere)
SCHUBERT Octet in F major, D. 803

Ann and Jerry Moss Theater
at The Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Beginning at $60

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