Last week, Adam Rosen, son of board chairman Michael Rosen, was asked in his English class at Harvard Westland to write a poem. Inspired by the LACO performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, he wrote the following:

Why symphonies not melodies

Why write symphonies, not just melodies?
It seems they are much harder
And melody can stand alone
Notes in a certain order, chromatic
Pleasing to our ears

Mozart would say, its because a note can’t be happy,
But a major chord can
Beethoven would say a note can’t be mad
But raising a fourth can
Gershwin would say notes can’t be blue
And Copland that they can’t be dynamic

It’s because symphonies show us more
Beyond the melody and chromatic sequence there is harmony
It can’t be replicated by a single noise
It is a blend of thirds and
It can rise and fall

Because you can feel the minor in Beethoven’s 5th
and the crescendo in Appalachian Spring
Bach’s fugue couldn’t break into iconic movements
Rhapsody in Blue wouldn’t be an anthem
To the industrial America
Without clarinet mixing with trumpet

2019-20 Sound Investment Composer: Juan Pablo Contreras

Each season, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra commissions and premieres a new piece of music composed especially to suit its unparalleled musical talents. “Investors” are invited to a series of intimate salons where they meet the composer, hear excerpts of the score-in-progress and attend a full orchestral rehearsal of the completed work.

new season, new friends

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.

adventure pack: regal classics

Join Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for a budget-friendly three concert journey through European music history showcasing the undisputed cornerstones of orchestral repertoire including Bach’s Orchestral Suites Nos. 1 & 3 as well as works by Mozart, Handel and Haydn.