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Featuring three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2018-19 season is all yours.
The 2018-19 season opens with a program that features the Bach Violin Concerto in E major with Hilary, as well as Bach’s concerto for Two Violins featuring concertmaster Margaret Batjer alongside Hilary.
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Conductor laureate Jeffrey Kahane with LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer at the West Coast premiere of Pierre Jalbert’s Violin Concerto at Royce Hall.

Scottish conductor Douglas Boyd leading the orchestra in the world premiere of @ellenreidmusic’s new composition, “Petrichor.” In Reid’s “spatialized” arrangement, a number of musicians were placed behind the audience. LACO horn player Kristy McArthur Morrell and Marissa Benedict, principal trumpet of the @passymphpops, stationed on the balcony. “At UCLA's Royce Hall, the music drifted like fog and dripped as if from leaks in the roof. You didn't at first quite know where you were. Just as rain changes your sense of your surroundings, the shimmering strings and bright winds … seemed to mysteriously erase the physical barriers of the hall.” - @latimes

Jeffrey Kahane, who stepped down as LACO music director in June 2017 after a 20-year tenure, makes his first appearance in his new role as the Orchestra’s conductor laureate with the West Coast premiere of Pierre Jalbert’s Violin Concerto, featuring LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer. A co-commission by LACO, @thespco and @mn_orchestra, Jalbert’s work was written specifically for the three orchestras’ concertmasters.
sat mar 17 @ 8 pm Alex Theatre
sun mar 18 @ 7 pm Royce Hall

Jeffrey Kahane conductor
Margaret Batjer violin


Nothing sweeter than a new Music Director! #cake 📷 by @alana_smiles

Have you ever listened to a favorite symphony or concerto and wondered what life experiences and inspiration shaped the composer’s ideas, how the orchestra players reacted upon first reading the new score or how the composer felt as musicians finally gave sonic life to notes on paper?
Each season, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra commissions and premieres a new piece of music composed especially to suit its unparalleled musical talents.

The Orchestra’s Sound Investment program is spearheaded by a group of “investors” who each pay $300 a season to fund a new work and, in exchange, get to follow its development, engaging with the composer from inception to premiere and enjoying a rare insider’s view of the creative process. “Petrichor,” by 2017-18 sound investment composer @ellenreidmusic premieres tomorrow.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is pleased to announce Jaime Martín as the Orchestra’s sixth music director. He takes the podium in the 2019-20 season as music director and serves as music director designate though the 2018-19 season.

As LACO’s sixth music director, Jaime — currently artistic director and principal conductor of Sweden’s Gävle Symphony Orchestra and chief conductor of Spain’s @orquestracadaques — succeeds Jeffrey Kahane, who stepped down as music director in June 2017 after a 20-year tenure and is now conductor laureate. “Los Angeles is unique in its energy, not least because of an enormous range of creative industries, and I feel it offers a huge artistic scope,” said Jaime. “I’m eager to start planning my first season and look forward to following in the incredible footsteps of Sir Neville Marriner and Jeffrey Kahane to build upon their work and bring LACO even further recognition.” As music director designate in the 2018–19 season, Jaime will appear in 2019 to conduct the West Coast premiere of a work by @brycedessner, a LACO co-commission with @carnegiehall and @oslmusic.

🎂 Happy birthday to Spanish classical guitarist and composer Fernando Sor! Born on this day in Barcelona, Sor was descended from a long line of career soldiers.
At a young age, Sor's parents feared music would distract from his Latin studies. Therefore, the young Sor began to write songs in Latin to impress his parents.
At the time the guitar was called a tavern instrument – one that could not meet the demands of classical music. Sor was one of the most prolific composers for, and promoters of, the guitar as a concert instrument. While he is best known for his guitar compositions, he also composed music for a wide range of genres, including opera, orchestra, string quartet, piano, voice and ballet.
His last work was a mass in honour of his daughter, who died in 1837. The event sent the already-sickly Sor into serious depression, and he died in 1839, of tongue and throat cancer.
📷 courtesy British Museum image collection

🎂 Happy birthday to Polish-American virtuoso pianist, composer, and teacher Leopold Godowsky! Born on this day in Žasliai (then Russia, now Lithuania) to parents of Jewish ancestry, Godowsky’s talent manifested itself very early, and by age five he was already composing on both piano and violin.
Godowsky was one of the most highly regarded pianists of his time, praised by listeners, colleagues, and critics alike. Although he received a few lessons in his childhood, Godowsky was almost completely self-taught. Godowsky wrote in his autobiography:
“I would be very glad could I have stated with truth that I was a pupil of Liszt or any other great man, but I was not. I have not had three months lessons in my life. I have been told I was playing the piano before I was two. I think, however, an imaginative family perpetrated this story. I cannot vouch for the truth one way or the other.”
As a composer, Godowsky is best known for his paraphrases of piano pieces by other composers, which he enhanced with ingenious contrapuntal devices and rich chromatic harmonies. His most famous work in this genre is the 53 Studies on Chopin's Études (1894–1914), in which he varies the études: he introduces countermelodies, transfers passages from the right hand to the left, transcribes entire pieces for left hand solo and even interlaces two études, with the left hand playing one and the right hand the other.
The pieces are among the most difficult piano works ever written.

Photo of Leopold Godowsky courtesy Library of Congress.

The Modern Brass Quintet is LA's foremost proponents of brass chamber music. The group includes some of LA's most venerated performing musicians: LACO principal trumpet player, David Washburn, trumpeters Marissa Benedict and @daniel_rosenboom, horn player Dylan Hart, trombonist Steven Suminski and tubist Doug Tornquist.

The Orchestra is thrilled to announce that the Modern Brass Quintet will be performing on Friday at First Lutheran Church of Venice as part of the 4-concert Masters in the Chapel music series. This annual series is produced by the First Lutheran Church of Venice.

The brass sextet will be performing a wide range of music ranging from Bach to Britten. The concert is offered free of charge.

🎂 Happy birthday to German composer Paul Hindemith! Born in Hanau, Hindemith was taught the violin as a child. His early works are in a late romantic idiom, he later produced expressionist works, before developing a leaner, contrapuntally complex style in the 1920s.
Towards the end of the 1930s, he made several tours in America as a viola soloist.

Some Nazi officials at the time thought that he might provide Germany with an example of a modern German composer, while others, including Joseph Goebbels, publicly denounced Hindemith as an "atonal noisemaker". The controversy around his work continued throughout the thirties, with the composer falling in and out of favor with the Nazi hierarchy; he finally emigrated to Switzerland in 1938 (in part because his wife was of partially Jewish ancestry). In 1940, Hindemith emigrated to the United States. Once in the U.S. he taught primarily at Yale University. Hindemith's most popular work, both on record and in the concert hall, is likely the Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber, written in 1943.

Photo ©Hindemith Institut Frankfurt\

“Billy the Kid”
#Ballet Sequence choreography by Eugene Loring and #danced by Peter Bass #music by Aaron Copland

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