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Play me, I’m Yours – Los Angeles: 2012 – the art music installation.

(l-r) Sisters Yvonne Garcia and Jennifer Garcia, who painted the LA Music and Art School's piano along with 3 other students. PHOTO CREDIT: Yami Duarte

In a unique art, music and performance-based installation, thirty hand-painted and gaily-decorated pianos are being placed in public spaces across Sthn Cali with the invitation to anyone to sit down and play.

Devised by artist Luke Jerram, this art project has been touring internationally since 2008, touching down in cities such as Sydney, London and Bristol to name a few.

Now the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) has brought Play Me, I’m Yours to Los Angeles. For its LA incarnation, the three week-long project will launch at noon on Thursday April 12, 2012, and will feature simultaneous performances by thirty pianists, meaning performances by professional musicians as well as local music students at all thirty locations. After that, for the following three weeks, these pianos are available to any member of the public to play and enjoy.  Even you!

London, 2011

The thirty pianos, designed and decorated by local artists and community organizations, are featured across Los Angeles County and are available for everyone to play, in celebration of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane’s 15th anniversary as LACO music director. Maestro Kahane will kicks off the ‘lunch launch’ in Downtown L.A. on Thurs. You can go here to learn more about Jeffrey and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

The installation, a unique gift to Southern California, launches with this free, countywide event on Thursday, featuring a simultaneous performance of the Preludes from Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 on all 30 pianos.  Promising local music students as well as acclaimed musicians ranging from Kahane to Lucinda Carver; Los Angeles Master Chorale Music Director/LA Opera Resident Conductor Grant Gershon; Mark Robson of Piano Spheres; Bryan Pezzone; Rueibin Chen; Pasadena Master Chorale Artistic Director Jeffrey Bernstein; Peter Walsh; Gavin Martin; Tom McDonald; Piano Spheres Founding Member and Pasadena Conservatory of Music Piano Department Chair Susan Svrcek; Gideon Rubin; and LACO Composer-In-Residence Derek Bermel will each perform the first Prelude at noon followed by an additional Prelude from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 and a selection of pieces of their own choosing.

Also helping with the musical kickoff are LACO Board member Raymond Lowe and Leslie Thomas, Director of the Community Arts Division for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, both accomplished pianists in their own right.

 

“This special countywide tribute to Jeffrey Kahane reflects Jeffrey’s incredible artistry, unbridled passion for music, deep devotion to music education, and all that he has given musically to Los Angeles during his tenure,” says LACO Executive Director Rachel Fine.  

 

Anyone can tickle the ivories at the Santa Monica Pier and the Annenberg Community Beach House. To find the piano nearest you go to the official site. For additional information about Play Me I’m Yours, please call 213 622 7001 x 221.

Bristol, 2009

 

You can also go to the official website to read and leave comments, upload films and photos about the pianos.

For more info on the conceptual artist, Luke Jerram, go here.

 

 

 

 

 

Julian Rachman plays a piano designed by his mother, Roseline Seng.

Violinist Nigel Armstrong debuts with LACO

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), noted for discovering and showcasing stellar young artists early their careers, presents the dynamic and uniquely talented 21-year-old violinist Nigel Armstrong in a Mozart (Mostly) program led by LACO Principal Cello Andrew Shulman, in his LA conducting debut, on Saturday, January 21, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and Sunday, January 22, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Armstrong, a finalist in the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition, held every four years and considered “classical music’s equivalent of the Olympics” (Los Angeles Times), has been hailed as “gifted” and “blazing” (Chicago Tribune).  The California native and recent graduate of The Colburn School Conservatory of Music performs Mozart’s stunning Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216.  This is the fist time Armstrong has performed publicly in California since being named a finalist in the prestigious competition and marks his LACO debut.

In addition, Shulman conducts Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201, and the virtuosic Sonata for Strings by British composer William Walton.  Sonata for Strings, a transcription of Walton’s 1947 String Quartet in A minor, was commissioned in 1971 by Sir Neville Marriner for the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and LACO gave the US premiere two years later under Marriner’s baton.

 

Regarding Walton’s piece Shulman notes, “It’s a work I’ve known since my early student days.  I recorded it in its original version for string quartet in the 1990s with my Britten String Quartet.  The Academy and Neville made a stellar recording of Sonata for Strings in 1972 with Walton, himself, present at the sessions.  He and Neville made a few changes that have been handed down through the decades.  I’ve gathered them all for this performance with LACO.  It’s a tremendous piece.  The first movement swings between gorgeous, melancholic lyricism and jagged, emotional rhythmic outbursts.  The second is a fast, tense, incredibly virtuosic scherzo, incorporating jete (bounced bow) and col legno (with the wood of the bow) bowing and trills.  The third is a beautiful slow movement with heart wrenching violin, viola and cello solos.  The final movement is a wild ride, incorporating what were at that time mold-breaking, almost rock-like rhythmic undercurrents, ending with five 16th notes played, in a flash, by the entire orchestra in unison.”

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

“Mozart (Mostly)”

Andrew Shulman, conductor

Nigel Armstrong, violin

 

Performances:

Saturday, January 21, 2012, 8 pm

Alex Theatre

216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203

 

Sunday, January 22, 2012, 7 pm

Royce Hall

340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

 

PROGRAM:

MOZART                              Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201

MOZART                              Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216

WALTON                              Sonata for Strings

 

TICKET PRICES:

$24, 52, 88, 105

(Discounts for groups of 12 or more, seniors 65+ and college students, if available;

Also available to students: $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All-Access Pass” – good for all 7 of LACO’s Orchestral Series concerts at either the Alex Theatre or Royce Hall and for all three Westside Connections concerts at The Broad Stage, plus other benefits)

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets available online here, by phone (213) 622 7001 or by fax (213) 626 2157

Tickets also on sale at the theatre box office the night of the concert, if available.

 

CONCERT PRELUDES:

7 pm (Alex Theatre)

6 pm (Royce Hall)

One hour before curtain, pre-concert talks provide insights into the music and artists.  Free for all ticketholders

 

BIOs:

Twenty-one-year-old Nigel Armstrong recently came to international attention in 2011 as a finalist in the 14th International Tchaikovsky Competition, receiving Fourth Prize and winning the Prize for Best Performance of the Commissioned Work by John Corigliano with Stomp.  In 2010, he had silver-medal wins in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, held in Oslo, Norway, and the First International Violin Competition in Buenos Aires.  In both competitions, he received additional prizes, including the Premio Tango in Buenos Aires and the Ole Bull and Nordheim awards in Oslo.  In 2008, Armstrong received multiple prizes in the Corpus Christi International Competition, including the Howard Beebe String Award for Solo Bach Performance and Jean ten Have Award for Violin Performance.  Since his solo debut with the Baroque Sinfonia in 2002, Armstrong has performed concertos and showpieces with the Boston Pops and Norwegian Radio orchestras; the Reno and Burbank philharmonic orchestras; the Berkeley and Downey symphony orchestras; Bozeman Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Asociación de Profesores de la Orquesta Estable del Teatro Colón and the American Philharmonic of Sonoma County, with which he performed for two seasons.  Highlights of Armstrong’s 2010–11 season included concerto appearances with the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra, American Youth Symphony and the Colburn Orchestra under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner.  He was recently co-concertmaster of the Colburn Orchestra as well as concertmaster of the American Youth Symphony.  A graduate of The Colburn School Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Robert Lipsett, Armstrong is currently in the Diploma program at the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studies with Arnold Steinhardt and Shmuel Ashkenasi.

 

Andrew Shulman’s career as cellist and conductor has taken him round the world.  As conductor, he has performed extensively in the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland and Scandinavia. He is a regular guest conductor with the Britten-Pears Orchestra, the Ambache, Haydn and Brandon Hill chamber orchestras in London and Bristol, and the Salomon and Jönköping orchestras in the UK and Sweden.  He has conducted the world premieres of several major works, including the first performance of a previously unpublished work by Benjamin Britten with the Britten-Pears Orchestra. In the field of opera, he has conducted Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Così fan tutte at the Theatre Royal in Bristol.  As soloist, Shulman has performed all of the major cello concertos with orchestras in Europe, the US and the Far East, including the Philharmonia Orchestra; the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; the Los Angeles and Royal Liverpool philharmonics; and the City of Birmingham, Utah and Singapore symphonies.  He also directed the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the London Chamber Orchestra in concerto performances from the solo cello chair.  Shulman studied cello, composition and conducting at London’s Royal Academy and Royal College of Music.  He became a professor at the historic Royal College of Music in 1986, has given master classes around the world, and this year joined the faculty at USC.  He was bestowed with an Honorary RCM by HRH The Queen Mother and is the first British winner of the prestigious Piatigorsky Artist Award.  He has also recorded over 25 CDs with EMI as cellist of the Britten Quartet.  Formerly the principal cello of the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Shulman joined the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra as principal cello in 2008.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles.  Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma.”  Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers.  During its 43-year history, the Orchestra has made 30 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America, earning adulation from audiences and critics alike, and garnered seven ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents seven Orchestral Series concerts at both Glendale’s Alex Theatre and UCLA’s Royce Hall, five Baroque Conversations concerts at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall, three Westside Connections chamber music concerts at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, three Family Concerts at the Alex Theatre and an annual Discover concert at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium.  In addition, LACO presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening at Royce Hall and several fundraising salons each year.  LACO was founded in 1968.

 

 

 

LACO presents Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

Beloved and frequently performed, Johann Sebastian Bach’s six ‘Brandenburg’ Concertos display a lighter side of this great composer’s enduring genius.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), one of the nation’s leading orchestras renowned for its wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissioning initiatives, performs the complete cycle of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos on Saturday, November 5, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and Sunday, November 6, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall.  Leading these masterpieces of orchestral color from the first chair is esteemed LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer. The program, showcases many of Orchestra’s virtuoso principals

Bach’s much-loved ‘Brandenburg Concertos’ are a signature LACO program. The Orchestra has previously performed the Concertos an astonishing 51 times, more often than any other works in its repertoire. They remain evergreen and present an opportunity to showcase the immense talents of many of LACO’s virtuoso principals.

Background:

In 1721 Bach presented the Margrave of Brandenburg with a bound manuscript containing six lively concerti for chamber orchestra. The works had been based on an Italian Concerto Grosso style. The ‘Brandenburg Concertos’ went on to become a benchmark of Baroque music.

The Brandenburg Concertos are reportedly a highlight of one of the happiest and most productive periods in Bach’s life. At the time he wrote them, Bach was the Kapellmeister (the music director) in the small town of Coethen, where he was composing music for the court. Bach himself presided over the first performances of these compositions in Coethen.  It wasn’t until 150 years later, when Bach’s biographer Philipp Spitta dubbed them the ‘Brandenburg’ Concertos.

Treating them as a set, Bach compiled the works from short instrumental sinfonia and concerto movements he had previously written. He then re-worked the old music, often re-writing and elaborating where necessary, and in doing so, Bach created a dramatic arc from the scintillating first concerto to the last. Together they evoke a spirited chase.

Tickets ($24 – $105) are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain.  Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more.  College students may purchase rush tickets one hour before curtain; also available for students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral Series concerts at either the Alex Theatre or Royce Hall and for all three Westside Connections concerts at The Broad Stage, plus other benefits.

Margaret Batjer, who curates LACO’s Westside Connections series, joined the Orchestra as concertmaster in 1998.  She made her first solo appearance at the age of 15 with the Chicago Symphony in Gian Carlo Menotti’s Violin Concerto.  Since then, she has been re-engaged by the Chicago Symphony, as well as a succession of other major orchestras.  Batjer has also appeared as a soloist throughout Europe with orchestras including the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.

Equally respected as a chamber musician, Batjer has performed regularly at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest, the La Jolla Summerfest, the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, and the Naples and Cremona festivals in Italy.  She has recorded the Bach Concerto for Two Violins in D minor for Philips with Salvatore Accardo and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and more recently for Deutsche Grammophon with Hilary Hahn and LACO.  Batjer has won numerous prizes, including the G.B. Dealey Award in Dallas.  She joined the faculty of the Thornton School of Music at USC in 2005.

 

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles.  Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma.”  Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers.  During its 43-year history, the Orchestra has made 30 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America, earning adulation from audiences and critics alike, and garnered seven ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents seven Orchestral Series concerts at both Glendale’s Alex Theatre and UCLA’s Royce Hall, five Baroque Conversations concerts at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall, three Westside Connections chamber music concerts at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, three Family Concerts at the Alex Theatre and an annual Discover concert at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium.  In addition, LACO presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening at Royce Hall and several fundraising salons each year.  LACO was founded in 1968.

 

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

Margaret Batjer, leader & violin

Saturday, November 5, 2011, 8 pm

Alex Theatre

216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale CA 91203

Performances:

Sunday, November 6, 2011, 7 pm

Royce Hall

340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095

 

PROGRAM:

BACH                                    Brandenburg Concertos

No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046

No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048

No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049

No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050

No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051

No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047

 

TICKETS:

$24.00, $52.00, $88.00, $105.00

(Discounts for groups of 12 or more, seniors 65+ and college students, if available;

also available to students: $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All-Access Pass” – good for all 7 of LACO’s Orchestral Series concerts at either the Alex Theatre or Royce Hall and for all 3 Westside Connections concerts at The Broad Stage, plus other benefits)

 

BOOKING INFORMATION:

Tickets available online here.

Or by phone 213 622 7001 or by fax 213 626 2157

Tickets also on sale at the theatre box office the night of the concert, if available.

 

CONCERT PRELUDES:

7 pm (Alex Theatre)

6 pm (Royce Hall)

One hour before curtain, pre-concert talks provide insights into the music and artists.

 Free for all ticketholders  (cheap!)

 


LACO à la Carte first event – ‘Australia à la Carte’

Music lovers seeking an exceptionally rare concert experience will be thrilled to learn about the opportunity to hear private musical performances in intimate and salubrious settings.

(Scroll down to the portrait of Jeffrey Kahane for booking info.)

On select evenings over the next few months the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) is staging a special series of private concerts as exclusive fundraising events.

The first of the LACO à la Carte evenings of exquisite music and fine foods was held last Saturday evening. The Australia à la Carte event was graciously hosted by The Honorable Chris De Cure OAM Consul General of Australia and his wife, Mrs. Cathie De Cure, at their lovely home in Brentwood.

LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane gave a superb solo piano performance of several pieces, including some by Couperin, Ravel and three pieces by Chopin; Poloniase-Fantasie in A-flat major and Barcarolle in F-sharp major. In a respectful tribute to his esteemed hosts, Mr. Kahane also performed two delightful modern pieces by Australian Composer Carl Vine.

The first piece by Couperin was actually composed for harpsichord. Thanks to Kahane’s exceptionally skilful playing, we really could hear the trills and flowery style of the composition, rendered beautifully on the Steinway baby grand piano. His fingering emulated that of a harpsichord player, but he managed to invest the performance with a bit more expression than is usually permitted on that delicate and antique instrument.

Mid-way through the Ravel piece I was inexplicably moved to tears. It was wonderful to watch the small audience enraptured by the glorious music, some gently swaying their heads with their eyes closed, drinking in the magical experience.

Even more wonderful was the opportunity to sit so close to the musician that we could watch Mr. Kahane’s hands, playing technique and even his own rapturous expressions. Impressively, Mr. Kahane mostly played from memory, only using a score to play a couple of the pieces.

Following this breathtakingly intimate recital, we all trooped out to the garden for an Aussie-themed BBQ and exotic salads feast, catered by Elements Kitchen.

As the rest of the LACO musicians are up to Mr. Kahane’s magnificently high standards of performance, the remaining evenings promise a sublime experience for all who wish to partake.

 

Pictured is LACO Á la Carte Chair/LACO Board Member Mahnaz Newman; The Honorable Greet Criel, Consul General of Belgium; Event Hostess Cathie De Cure; David Newman; and LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane.

Photo credit: Maya Kalinowski

Portrait of Jeffrey Kahane by Michael Burke

 

Upcoming Events:

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) offers music lovers an opportunity to enjoy five intimate, elegant and entertaining LACO à la Carte fundraising events pairing delectable international cuisine and exclusive musical performances in spectacular private homes of members of the region’s international community, including the consuls general of Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium and Austria as well as LACO board member Ahmad Gramian and his wife, Haleh.

Adding a special flourish to the season and illustrating that music truly knows no boundaries, each event features a different style of cuisine complemented by a salon performance by LACO members and guest artists. The “à la Carte” series is chaired by LACO board member Mahnaz Newman, and this season celebrates numerous musician milestone anniversaries, including Music Director Jeffrey Kahane’s 15th year with the Orchestra.

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Azerbaijan à la Carte

Sunday, September 18, 4 pm

Santa Monica Residence of Consul General of Azerbaijan

The celebration continues when LACO Composer-In-Residence Derek Bermel, clarinet, and LACO Sound Investment Composer Timothy Andres, piano, add their musical flair to this cosmopolitan evening hosted by Azerbaijan’s Consul General, the Honorable Elin Suleymanov, and Lala Abdurahimova at their residence with a striking view of the Pacific Ocean.

The cuisine of Azerbaijan reflects the country’s geographic location at the cross roads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe.

 

Belgium à la Carte

Friday, October 28, 7 pm

Hancock Park Residence of Consul General of Belgium

The Honorable Greet Criel, Consul General of Belgium, and Elisabeth Criel host this event featuring an all-Baroque program by LACO members Julie Gigante, violin, Trevor Handy, cello, and Patricia Mabee, harpsichord, celebrating their 25th, 10th and 35th LACO anniversaries respectively.

Belgium, considered the capital of chocolate, has enjoyed an unparalleled reputation for specialty beers since the Middle Ages, producing over 450 different varieties. Fittingly, Belgian beer and chocolate will add a flavorful dimension to the evening’s festivities.

 

Austria à la Carte

Thursday, November 17, 7 pm

In Brentwood at the Austrian Residence of Consul General of Austria

Karin Proidl, Consul General of Austria, hosts an evening at her stately Brentwood residence that illuminates the dazzling cultural and musical vibrancy of Vienna, featuring LACO Assistant Concertmaster Teresa Stanislav, who leads a trio of LACO musicians.

Austria, with its delightful sidewalk cafes, pastry shops, prized white wines and compelling art, music and architecture, is also celebrated as a haven for gourmands with the emergence of a sophisticated culinary movement, embracing fresh, seasonal and local produce.

 

Iran à la Carte

Saturday, November 19, 7 pm

Brentwood Residence of Ahmad and Haleh Gramian

Dedicated LACO Board member Ahmad Gramian and his wife, Haleh, host the final event of LACO à la Carte in their gorgeous Brentwood home. The evening features a musical program commemorating the 40th anniversary of Allan Vogel, LACO’s principal oboe, who performs with fellow LACO principals Josefina Vergara, violin, Roland Kato, viola and Andrew Shulman, cello.

Guests will enjoy a sampling of the exotic culinary riches of Iran.

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LACO à la Carte is generously sponsored by LACO President K. Eugene Shutler and board members Ahmad and Haleh Gramian; Ann Moore Mulally; Mahnaz and David Newman; and Ned and Dana Newman.

 


BOOKING:

Individual tickets are $200.00.

Multiple-event packages include:

Anniversary Trio, which is $550 per person for the Australia, Belgium and Iran events; and

Chef’s Table Quartet, which is $700 per person, for four events.

LACO à la Carte events are on sale now and may be purchased by calling Maya at 213 622 7001 x 3.

Details are available at their official website.

 

 

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles.

Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma.”

Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 43-year history, the Orchestra has made 30 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America, earning adulation from audiences and critics alike, and garnered five ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.

Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents seven Orchestral Series concerts at both Glendale’s Alex Theatre and UCLA’s Royce Hall, five Baroque Conversations concerts at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall, three Westside Connections chamber music concerts at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, three Family Concerts at the Alex Theatre and an annual Discover concert at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium.

In addition, LACO presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening at Royce Hall and several fundraising salons each year.

 

Five “LACO à la Carte” Fundraising Events

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) offers music lovers an opportunity to enjoy five intimate, elegant and entertaining LACO à la Carte fundraising events pairing delectable international cuisine and exclusive musical performances in spectacular private homes of members of the region’s international community, including the consuls general of Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium and Austria as well as LACO board member Ahmad Gramian and his wife, Haleh.

Adding a special flourish to the season and illustrating that music truly knows no boundaries, each event features a different style of cuisine complemented by a salon performance by LACO members and guest artists.  The “à la Carte” series is chaired by LACO board member Mahnaz Newman, and this season celebrates numerous musician milestone anniversaries, including Music Director Jeffrey Kahane’s 15th year with the Orchestra.

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Australia à la Carte

Saturday, September 17, 7 pm

In Brentwood at the Official Residence of Consul General of Australia.

 

Travel down under for one-night at this fête celebrating LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane’s 15 years with the Orchestra.  The event, hosted by Australia’s Consul General, the Honorable Chris De Cure OAM, and Cathie De Cure, at their beautiful Brentwood residence, kicks off LACO’s 2011-12 season in grand style with an exclusive solo piano performance by Kahane.

Australia, noted for its flourishing wine industry, has also gained an international reputation in the culinary world for its unique cuisine.

 

 

Azerbaijan à la Carte

Sunday, September 18, 4 pm

Santa Monica Residence of Consul General of Azerbaijan

 

The celebration continues when LACO Composer-In-Residence Derek Bermel, clarinet, and LACO Sound Investment Composer Timothy Andres, piano, add their musical flair to this cosmopolitan evening hosted by Azerbaijan’s Consul General, the Honorable Elin Suleymanov, and Lala Abdurahimova at their residence with a striking view of the Pacific Ocean.

The cuisine of Azerbaijan reflects the country’s geographic location at the cross roads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe.

 

 

Belgium à la Carte

Friday, October 28, 7 pm

Hancock Park Residence of Consul General of Belgium

 

The Honorable Greet Criel, Consul General of Belgium, and Elisabeth Criel host this event featuring an all-Baroque program by LACO members Julie Gigante, violin, Trevor Handy, cello, and Patricia Mabee, harpsichord, celebrating their 25th, 10th and 35th LACO anniversaries respectively.

Belgium, considered the capital of chocolate, has enjoyed an unparalleled reputation for specialty beers since the Middle Ages, producing over 450 different varieties.  Fittingly, Belgian beer and chocolate will add a flavorful dimension to the evening’s festivities.

 

 

Austria à la Carte

Thursday, November 17, 7 pm

In Brentwood at the Austrian Residence of Consul General of Austria

 

Karin Proidl, Consul General of Austria, hosts an evening at her stately Brentwood residence that illuminates the dazzling cultural and musical vibrancy of Vienna, featuring LACO Assistant Concertmaster Teresa Stanislav, who leads a trio of LACO musicians.

Austria, with its delightful sidewalk cafes, pastry shops, prized white wines and compelling art, music and architecture, is also celebrated as a haven for gourmands with the emergence of a sophisticated culinary movement, embracing fresh, seasonal and local produce.

 

 

Iran à la Carte

Saturday, November 19, 7 pm

Brentwood Residence of Ahmad and Haleh Gramian

 

Dedicated LACO Board member Ahmad Gramian and his wife, Haleh, host the final event of LACO à la Carte in their gorgeous Brentwood home.  The evening features a musical program commemorating the 40th anniversary of Allan Vogel, LACO’s principal oboe, who performs with fellow LACO principals Josefina Vergara, violin, Roland Kato, viola and Andrew Shulman, cello.

Guests will enjoy a sampling of the exotic culinary riches of Iran.

 

LACO à la Carte is generously sponsored by LACO President K. Eugene Shutler and board members Ahmad and Haleh Gramian; Ann Moore Mulally; Mahnaz and David Newman; and Ned and Dana Newman.

 

Individual tickets are $250 for the September 17 date and $200 for the other four dates.

Multiple-event packages include:

Season Launch Duo, which is $425 per person for the Australia and Azerbaijan evenings;

Anniversary Trio, which is $550 per person for the Australia, Belgium and Iran events; and

Chef’s Table Quartet, which is $700 per person, four events of your choice.

 

LACO à la Carte events are on sale now and may be purchased by calling Maya at 213 622 7001 x 3.

Details are available at their official website.

 

 

LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles.

Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma.”

Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 43-year history, the Orchestra has made 30 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America, earning adulation from audiences and critics alike, and garnered five ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.

Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents seven Orchestral Series concerts at both Glendale’s Alex Theatre and UCLA’s Royce Hall, five Baroque Conversations concerts at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall, three Westside Connections chamber music concerts at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, three Family Concerts at the Alex Theatre and an annual Discover concert at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium.

In addition, LACO presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening at Royce Hall and several fundraising salons each year.