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WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS,
LACO’S CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES WITH A TWIST,
SPOTLIGHTS MUSIC AND THE MIND WITH LEADING NEUROSCIENTISTS;
THIRD AND FINAL PROGRAM EXPLORES CREATIVE CENTERS OF THE BRAIN SET AGAINST MUSIC OF RAVEL AND SCHUMANN,
BOTH OF WHOM SUFFERED FROM DEPRESSION

Evening Hosted by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer
Features Dr. Linda Liau,
Neurosurgeon and Professor and Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program;
Guest Artists Heidi Grant Murphy, Soprano, and Robert Thies, Piano;
and LACO Artists Margaret Batjer, Maia Jasper, Roland Kato and Andrew Shulman
Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7:30 pm
Moss Theater, Santa Monica

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) spotlights creative centers of the brain with music by Schumann and Ravel, two great composers affected by depression, during the third and final program of Westside Connections, a chamber music series with a twist, on Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. Curated and hosted by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Westside Connections’ 2015-16 season features LACO musicians and cutting-edge neuroscientists exploring “Music and the Mind” through performance and conversation, followed by Q&A with audiences. The May program spotlights the work of Dr. Linda Liau, Neurosurgeon and Professor and Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program, who developed a procedure to avoid damage to the musical portion of the brain during surgery using maps of the brain as well as patients’ active participation. Liau sheds light on how the brain interprets musical notes and where music is conceived in the brain, a discussion set against performances of art songs by Schumann and Deux mélodies hébraïques and String Quartet in F major by Ravel, both composers who suffered from depression. Featured artists include special guests Jessica Rivera, soprano, whose voice has been praised for its “luster” (San Francisco Chronicle), and sought-after pianist Robert Thies. They are joined by LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and artists Maia Jasper, violin; Roland Kato, viola; and Andrew Shulman, cello.

Dr. Liau received a BS in Biochemistry and a BA in Political Science from Brown University; an MD degree from Stanford University; and a PhD in Neuroscience from UCLA. Her research interests include translational experimental therapeutics of cell-based immunotherapy and gene therapies for brain tumors and characterization of molecular targets involved in brain tumor pathogenesis and progression. She has been voted by her peers as a one of the Best Doctors in America and ranked as one of the top neurosurgeons in the country by U.S. News Top Doctors.

Rivera’s 2015-16 season features performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Nashville Symphony, excerpts from Canteloube’s Chants d’Auvergne with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, a pops concert with the Pacific Symphony, Strauss’ Four Last Songs with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Joshua Roman’s song cycle “we do it to one another” with Town Hall Seattle, Strauss’ Orchesterlieder with the Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5” with the Grand Rapids Symphony, excerpts from Paola Prestini’s The Hubble Cantata with John Adams and the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She will also join the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon as Kumudha in John Adams’ A Flowering Tree, a role she created, under the baton of Joana Carneiro.

Thies, renowned for his consummate musicianship and poetic temperament, first captured worldwide attention in 1995 when he won the Gold Medal at the Second International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. Thies enjoys a diverse career as an orchestral soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist. He has performed 40 different con¬certos with orchestras around the world, including Russia’s Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia and the Mexico City Philharmonic. Thies is highly sought after as a recital partner and is also a prolific recording artist of concert and film music.

Each year, LACO’s trademark three-part Westside Connections, now in its eighth season, steps outside the proverbial “music “box” to illustrate with fascinating intellectual discourse and superb artistry the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives. In previous seasons, Westside Connections has explored connections between music and such disparate topics as architecture, the culinary arts, poetry, stories and the influences of Los Angeles on creativity.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a pacesetter in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2015-16 season, 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 19th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets (beginning at $65) are available online at laco.org, 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. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for LACO’s three Westside Connections concerts at the Moss Theater, seven Orchestral Series concerts at either the Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall and Discover Bach’s Cantata “Sleepers Awake” at Ambassador Auditorium. The Moss Theater at New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

EVENT:
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Westside Connections
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Westside Connections
Margaret Batjer, curator/host, violin
Dr. Linda Liau, neurosurgeon and Professor and Director of the UCLA Brain Tumor Program
Robert Thies, piano
Maia Jasper, violin
Roland Kato, viola
Andrew Shulman, cello

WHEN:
Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7:30 pm

PROGRAM:
SCHUMANN “Kennst du das Land?” Op. 98, No. 1
“Schneedglöckchen,” Op. 79, No. 26
“Meine Rose,” Op. 90, No. 24
“Er ist’s,” Op. 79, No. 24
RAVEL Deux mélodies hébraïques
RAVEL String Quartet in F major

WHERE:
Ann and Jerry Moss Theater
at New Roads School
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404

TICKET PRICES:
Beginning at $65

TICKETS/INFORMATION:
213 622 7001 x 1
laco.org

For further information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2015-16 season, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.

PROGRAM, PRICES AND ARTISTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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