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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra 2013-14 Season- Director Jeffrey Kahane Marks 17th Year at Helm

By Lawrence Davis

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Highlights of Orchestra’s 45th Season:

LACO PHOTO CREDIT: Jamie Pham

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•       World Premiere by Hannah Lash Presented in Conjunction with Orchestra’s Unique “Sound Investment” Commissioning Program, Initiated 13 Years Ago to Engage LACO Audiences in Developing New Works;

•       West Coast Premieres of Anna Clyne’s Critically Lauded Prince of Clouds and the Orchestral Version of Bruce Adolphe’s Do You Dream in Color?, Based on Poem by Blind Mezzo-Soprano Laurie Rubin, Who Performs New Work in LACO Debut;

•       Kahane Conducts Four of Seven “Orchestral Series” Concerts from Podium and Keyboard at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium/Glendale's Alex Theatre and UCLA's Royce Hall;

•       LACO Presents First Two Concerts of Season at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium as Historic Alex Theatre in Glendale, Long-Time Home to LACO’s Saturday Evening Orchestral Concerts, Undergoes Extensive $6 Million Backstage Renovation;

•       Celebrated Pianist Natasha Paremski Performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, in LACO Debut;

•       “Superb” Pianist Jeremy Denk Returns to LACO Stage to Perform in All Three Works on May Concert;

•       Stellar Violinists and Student/Teacher Jennifer Koh and Jaime Laredo Team up for Program Led by Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor James Feddeck in His LACO Conducting Debut;

•       Acclaimed Mozart Interpreter Hans Graf Conducts Young Piano Sensation Alessio Bax in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24, in C minor, K. 491, for their LACO Debuts;

•       Rising Stars Benjamin Beilman, Violin, and Jean-Guihen Queyras, Cello, also Make LACO Debuts;

•       LACO Continues Building on Vital Community Partnerships with “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program,” and “Meet the Music” Performances for 2,600 LAUSD Elementary School Students Annually;

•       Composer-In-Residence Andrew Norman Presents In-Depth Composition Master Classes for North Hollywood High School AP Music Class for Second Year;

•       Popular Annual “Silent Film,” Set for June 8, 2014, Celebrates 25th Anniversary;

•       Major Tenure Milestones Marked by LACO Principal Harp JoAnn Turovsky (25 years); Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara, Associate Principal Violin II Sarah Thornblade, Violin I Susan Rishik and Principal Clarinet Joshua Ranz (15 years); and Cello Giovanna M. Clayton (10 years);

 

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), considered one of the nation’s premier orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions, announces its 2013-14 season, its 45th, featuring a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established and notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 17th season as the Orchestra’s music director.  Kahane – hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma” – leads four of seven “Orchestral Series” concerts from the podium and keyboard with a wide range of established and rising guest artists, most of whom are making their LACO debuts. 

The first two concerts of LACO's “Orchestral Series,” usually presented at the Alex Theatre in Glendale on Saturday evenings, temporarily shift location for the Saturday night programs to Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium while the historic Alex Theatre undergoes extensive $6 million backstage renovations, slated for completion in October 2013.  All seven Sunday evening concerts continue to take place at UCLA’s Royce Hall.  Kahane also continues to lead the popular “Discover” concert at Ambassador Auditorium and appears as both as conductor and pianist on the “Baroque Conversations” series at Zipper Hall, both of which offer audiences an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a more personal level.  LACO's “Westside Connections” series moves to the new 344-seat, state-of-the-art Ann and Jerry Moss Theater in the Herb Alpert Educational Village at New Roads School in Santa Monica, providing a intimate setting for the fascinating and often surprising programs. 

“There's great sonic depth, emotional texture, richness and color in the repertoire LACO explores this season,” says Kahane. “I look forward to collaborating closely with my remarkable colleagues in the Orchestra as well as with the tremendously gifted guest artists who are joining us for the first time or making a long-awaited ´╗┐return.”

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Among numerous season highlights across these four diverse series is a world premiere by emerging composer Hannah Lash, whose work has been hailed as “striking” by The New York Times, presented as part of the Orchestra’s unique “Sound Investment” commissioning program, initiated to engage LACO audiences in developing new works.

Two highly anticipated West Coast premieres include Anna Clyne’s impressionistic Prince of Clouds, a LACO co-commission with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra and the Curtis Institute of Music, heralded as “captivating” and “exhilarating from beginning to end” (Washington Post), and Bruce Adolphe’s Do You Dream in Color?, a powerful work set to a poem about living without sight by mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin, who was born blind and joins LACO for the West Coast premiere of the orchestral version. 

In addition to Rubin, other guest artists making their LACO debuts are Natasha Paremski, proclaimed a “spectacular pianist” (American Record Guide), performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21; cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, praised for his striking originality and elegance, performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major; rising violinist and 2012 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient Benjamin Beilman, featured on Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, “Turkish,” K. 219; and young piano wonder Alessio Bax, whose artistry “quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity” (Gramophone), playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491.  Highly regarded violinists and Curtis Institute of Music alumni Jennifer Koh (2002) and Jaime Laredo (1959), who was also Koh’s principal teacher at Curtis, team up for Clyne’s aforementioned work and Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043.  Jeremy Denk, “a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs” (The New York Times), returns to LACO to take center stage in all three pieces on the closing concert, including Ligeti’s Piano Concerto and a pair of works for two pianos that he performs with Kahane.

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Making their LACO debuts as well are guest conductors Hans Graf, Houston Symphony Music Director Laureate and acclaimed Mozart interpreter; James Feddeck, Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor; and Oregon Bach Festival Artistic Director-Designate Matthew Halls.

Reflecting LACO’s keen artistic sensibilities and technical acumen across musical genres, the repertoire runs the gamut from Aaron Jay Kernis’ Musica Celestis, Lutoslawski’s Chain 2 and Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, to such timeless masterworks as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F major, “Pastoral” and Symphony No. 1 in C major, Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 in D major and Haydn’s Symphony No. 102 in B-flat, major.

LACO’s popular annual “Discover” concert at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium features an in-depth examination by Kahane that sheds light on the creation and significance of Beethoven’s pivotal Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, “Eroica,” about which the composer stated, “I think heaven and earth must tremble beneath us when it is performed.”

Jeffrey Kahane, Concertmaster Margaret Batjer and Principal Oboe Allan Vogel are among the LACO artists featured in the “Baroque Conversations” series at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall.  This enlightening five-concert series provides insight into the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period.

Continuing to step outside the proverbial music "box," LACO’s innovative “Westside Connections” series this season, moving to Santa Monica's Ann and Jerry Moss Theater, features a thought-provoking exploration of connections between music and Los Angeles and with such featured guests as Fairfax High School Alumnus Arnold Steinhardt, who was First Violin of the illustrious Guarneri Quartet for all 45 years of its existence.  The inter-disciplinary three-concert chamber music series, designed to illustrate the myriad ways music is woven into society and our lives, is curated by Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, who selects chamber works to complement the presentations of the special guests.  The new 344-seat, state-of-the-art venue, with acoustics by Yasuhisa Toyota, acoustician for Walt Disney Concert Hall, opened in early 2013.

LACO embarks on its second season as the Orchestra-in-Residence of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (formerly UCLA Live).  Other community partnerships include the “LACO-USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program,” in which, for the fourth consecutive year, selected Thornton students participate in a mock audition with the possibility of winning a guest musician slot in the string section on a LACO concert.  Reaching younger students on a fundamental level are LACO’s “Meet the Music” performances serving 2,600 Los Angeles Unified School District elementary school students annually through four live concerts at downtown LA’s Zipper Hall, funded by LACO, often including student transportation, with venue costs generously waived by The Colburn School.

The Orchestra also hosts several musical fundraisers, including LACO’s annual “Concert Gala” and five “LACO à la carte” salons pairing delectable international cuisine and exclusive musical performances by LACO artists in spectacular international residences.   The 25th anniversary of LACO’s “Silent Film” event, for which the Orchestra provides the live sound track to some of Hollywood’s classic silent films, coincides with the 100th anniversary of Chaplin’s The Tramp character and is slated for June 8, 2014, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. 

A number of LACO musicians mark major tenure milestones this season, including Principal Harp JoAnn Turovsky (25 years); Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara, Associate Principal Violin II Sarah Thornblade, Violin I Susan Rishik and Principal Clarinet Joshua Ranz (15 years); and Cello Giovanna M. Clayton (10 years).

Guggenheim Partners, LLC is an official sponsor of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.  LACO also recognizes the generous support of Jerry and Terri Kohl and two anonymous donors for their support of LACO’s “Cornerstone Campaign” to further strengthen the Orchestra’s fiscal standing and ensure its continued artistic advancement and key role in the community, Carol and Warner Henry for “Baroque Conversations” and The James Irvine Foundation for its support of “Westside Connections” and this season’s “Discover” concert.  The Orchestra also receives public funding via grants from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

 

TICKETS/INFORMATION

For a free season flyer, further information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2013-14 season or to order tickets, please call 213 622 7001, or visit www.laco.org.

 

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

2013-14 SEASON

 

ORCHESTRAL SERIES

•       Opening: Beethoven, Mozart, Lutos┼éawski & Kodály

(Saturday, September 21, 8 pm, Ambassador Auditorium;

Sunday, September 22, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall) 

•       Britten, Haydn, Mozart & Bruce Adolphe

(Saturday, October 19, 8 pm, Ambassador Auditorium;

Sunday, October 20, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

•       Henri Dutilleux, Mozart & Beethoven

(Saturday, November 16, 8 pm, Alex Theatre;

Sunday, November 17, 7pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall).

•       Mozart, Haydn, Aaron Jay Kernis & Beethoven

(Saturday, January 25, 8 pm, Alex Theatre;

Sunday, January 26, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

•       Mendelssohn, Anna Clyne, Bach & Schubert

(Saturday, March 22, 8 pm, Alex Theatre;

Sunday, March 23, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

•       Hannah Lash, Chopin, Haydn

(Saturday, April 26, 8 pm, Alex Theatre;

Sunday, April 27, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

•       Bach, Ligeti & Mozart

(Saturday, May 17, 8 pm, Alex Theatre;

Sunday, May 18, 7 pm, UCLA’s Royce Hall)

 

DISCOVER BEETHOVEN’S “EROICA” SYMPHONY

(Saturday, February 22, 8 pm, Ambassador Auditorium)

 

BAROQUE CONVERSATIONS

(Thursdays, December 5, 2013; February 6, March 27, April 17, May 1, 2014, 7 pm, Zipper Hall)

 

WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS

(Thursdays, February 13, April 3, May 15, 7:30 pm, Ann and Jerry Moss Theater, Santa Monica)

 

Published on May 03, 2013

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