Andrew, who lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the USC Thornton School of Music, is a lifelong enthusiast for all things architectural. He is often inspired by forms and textures he encounters in the visual world. Andrew’s The Companion Guide to Rome (2010) is a collection of nine pieces for violin, viola, and cello inspired by churches in Rome. The composition was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Set in out of the ordinary locales, SESSION is a unique experience where LACO musicians join forces with compelling composers. Each program is designed to fit the unique properties of a space and test ideas about the relationship between performers and audience.

“As the curator of LACO’s first SESSION, Andrew offers compelling insights into his creative vision unhindered by the barriers of ‘traditional’ norms and venues,” says LACO Executive Director Scott Harrison. “SESSION is designed to appeal to those culturally curious souls who may be unfamiliar with classical music as well as concertgoers intrigued by the ways in which the genre can defy expectations.”

Andrew kicks off the inaugural SESSION at Angel City Brewery. The brewery, located in the Downtown Arts District, is headquartered at the historic John A. Roebling Building.

The eclectic program is a provocative blend of past and present. The evening begins with Andrew’s arrangement of Nuper Rosarum Flores, originally composed for the consecration of Florence’s famed Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral in 1436. The music of Franz Joseph Haydn provides the inspiration for Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw’s Entr’acte. Nina C. Young’s Momento Mori offers a meditation on life and the perception of time, with musical material drawn from The Art of the Fugue. Also featured are Sky Macklay’s adrenaline-infused Many Many Cadences and Andrew’s string trio The Companion Guide to Rome, which is expanded to 12 strings.

SESSION continues in Fall 2018 with composer and LACO artist-educator Derrick Spiva Jr., in Winter 2019 with composer Matthias Pintscher and in Spring 2019 with conductor/composer Christopher Rountree.

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Produced in collaboration with Four Larks, SESSION featured the world premiere of The Body Overcome by Derrick Spiva Jr, hindustani vocalist Saili Oak, a US premiere by composer Juan Pablo Contreras and works by Conor Brown, Salina Fisher and Reena Esmail.

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The LA Orchestra Fellowship is a two-year orchestra intensive for musicians on violin, viola, and cello.

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