Several years ago, a colleague from a fellow arts organization and I were meeting to discuss a collaborative project. She had attended a LA Chamber Orchestra concert a few nights earlier, and her sharp observation of the listeners around her has stuck with me ever since: “I’ve never seen such a possessive audience,” she said. In just a few words, she defined the essence of the LACO community and pointed out what makes it so remarkable. When it later became my job to make the pre-concert, “turn off your cell phone” announcements, I took those words to heart and, Vin Scully-style, incorporated the phrase, “your Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.”

Multiple media platforms have made music more accessible now than ever. You can enjoy LACO performances online, on radio and on disc, but it’s remote access. To be in the room with the Orchestra’s fierce collection of talent is a visceral experience, where a musical energy field connects you to the players – and to your fellow concert-goers. It’s that bond that creates a real sense of ownership, and I don’t just mean figuratively. Almost three-quarters of the funding needed to produce LACO’s world-class performances and engaging community programs is contributed – and 70% of that comes from individuals like you, who donate over and above the price of a concert ticket.

By definition, that makes LACO your Orchestra, and because of your generosity, it belongs to all of Los Angeles and the world.

You can help sustain this indispensable cultural and community resource – and boost your tally of charitable deductions for 2014 – by making a gift before December 31. Donate online or call the LACO office up until 5 pm on New Year’s Eve.

Thanks for making LACO not only your Orchestra, but ours.

 

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S E S S I O N spiva

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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Have you ever listened to a favorite symphony and wondered what shaped the composer’s ideas? How the orchestra players reacted upon first reading the new score? How the composer felt as musicians finally gave sonic life to notes on paper?

You can get answers when you commission a new work of music through Sound Investment.

LA Orchestra Fellowship

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

Fellows are mentored in chamber and orchestral performance and gain invaluable experience while training and playing alongside Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra musicians, faculty at USC Thornton and mentor members of the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles.