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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Web site: http://www.laco.org
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Biography:
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1968 as an artistic outlet for the film and record studios’ most gifted musicians. The Orchestra’s artistic founder, cellist James Arkatov, envisioned an ensemble that would allow these conservatory-trained players to balance studio work and teaching with pure artistic collaboration at the highest level. With the financial backing of philanthropist Richard Colburn and managerial expertise from attorney Joseph Troy, who also became the Orchestra’s first president, LACO presented its first performances in the fall of 1969. Since then, the 40-member Orchestra has earned a reputation as one of the foremost ensembles of its kind in the world and has been hailed as “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by respected music critic Jim Svejda of KUSC.

Renowned pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane has led the group since 1997, continuing the standard of excellence set by the Orchestra’s first four music directors, Sir Neville Marriner, Gerard Schwarz, Iona Brown and Christof Perick.

Mark Swed, chief music critic of the Los Angeles Times, has recently commented, “LACO has never sounded better than it does these days…” Acclaimed for its virtuosic music making, dynamic programming and signature personal style, the Orchestra performs repertoire ranging from Baroque masterpieces to newly commissioned works and is recognized for championing young artists on the brink of major careers, as well as working with some of today’s leading artists.

In spring 2008, by special invitation, the Orchestra undertook a successful two-week European tour with concerts in Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Hanover, Hamburg, Ferrara, Treviso and San Sebastián. Additional special concerts the Orchestra has participated in include Carnegie Hall’s Chamber Music series, under the direction of Jeffrey Kahane, and tour dates in South America, Europe and Japan.

The Orchestra has been honored three times in the last four years with an Award for Adventurous Programming, bestowed by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and the League of American Orchestras. The 2008-09 season features a world premiere by American composer Christopher Theofanidis, the eighth commission of LACO’s unique patron commissioning club, Sound Investment; two additional world premieres of works composed by members of the Orchestra; two US premieres and the West Coast premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s Azul with cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra maintains its local presence with an annual home season of 15 concerts at two historic theaters, the Alex Theatre in Glendale and UCLA’s Royce Hall; its acclaimed Baroque Conversations concert series at Zipper Concert Hall; three concerts in its Westside Connections series at the Broad Stage; and a series of three Family Concerts at the Alex Theatre.


about LACO

* Jeffrey Kahane music director
* Derek Bermel composer-in-residence
* Margaret Batjer concertmaster

mission

The mission of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is to preserve and advance a living tradition of orchestral music through artistically excellent performances that energize and enrich the lives of players and listeners alike. We celebrate the personal connection among our musicians, audiences and community, as shaped by the intimacy of our unique chamber orchestra experience.

background

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1968 as an artistic outlet for the film and record studios’ most gifted musicians. The Orchestra’s artistic founder, cellist James Arkatov, envisioned an ensemble that would allow these conservatory-trained players to balance studio work and teaching with pure artistic collaboration at the highest level. With the financial backing of philanthropist Richard Colburn and managerial expertise from attorney Joseph Troy, who also became the Orchestra’s first president, LACO presented its first performances in the fall of 1969.

Since then, the 40-member Orchestra has earned a reputation as one of the foremost ensembles of its kind in the world and has been hailed as “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by respected music critic Jim Svejda of KUSC. Renowned pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane has led the group since 1997 and has continued the standard of excellence set by the Orchestra’s first four music directors, Sir Neville Marriner, Gerard Schwarz, Iona Brown and Christof Perick.

Praised by the Los Angeles Times as “…a shining feature in L.A.’s cultural landscape…,” the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is lauded for its virtuosic music making, dynamic programming and signature personal style. The Orchestra performs repertoire ranging from Baroque masterpieces to newly commissioned works and is recognized for championing young artists on the brink of major careers, as well as working with some of today’s leading artists.

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra maintains its local presence with an annual home season of 14 Orchestral Series concerts at two historic theaters, the Alex Theatre in Glendale and UCLA’s Royce Hall; its acclaimed Baroque Conversations series at Zipper Concert Hall; a series of three Family Concerts at the Alex Theatre; and Westside Connections, a series of three chamber music concerts, at The Broad Stage of the Santa Monica Performing Arts Center.

Highlights of the 2010-11 season include:
• The Tenth Anniversary of LACO’s Innovative Sound Investment Commissioning Program with 2010-11 Sound Investment Composer Derek Bermel
• The Continuation of the Popular “Discover” Series at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium Featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7
• Westside Connections Series at The Broad Stage Focusing on Music and the Mind
• Baroque Conversations Series Expansion to Five Concerts
• Family Concert Series Featuring Hip-Hop Peter and the Wolf
• LACO Debuts – Rising Opera Star Sasha Cooke, Young Pianist Lise De La Salle and Bossa Nova Vocalist Luciana Souza
• LACO Guest Artists Highlights – Violinist Leila Josefowicz, Pianist Jon Kimura Parker and Conductor/Pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn
• LACO Virtuosos — Cellist Andrew Shulman and Clarinetist Joshua Ranz Featured; Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and Concertmaster Margaret Batjer Join Forces in a Double Concerto

Nationally recognized for its support of new music by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), LACO has forged meaningful relationships with noteworthy composers throughout its 41-year history. The Orchestra’s 2010-11 season welcomes LACO’s composer-in-residence Derek Bermel as the Sound Investment composer. Bermel’s LACO-commissioned work will premiere at the final concert of the season.

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra was honored with The Recording Academy® President’s Merit Award at the Grammy Salute to Classical Music® in 2009 for its continued support and dedication to young musicians and families in the Los Angeles area, and strong commitment to making classical music accessible to everyone. LACO’s Meet the Music program reaches thousands of elementary school students most of whom have never experienced a classical concert before.

By special invitation, the Orchestra has performed in Carnegie Hall’s Chamber Music series under the direction of Jeffrey Kahane and in South America, Europe and Japan. On its most recent tour of European music capitals including Paris, Vienna, Berlin and San Sebastián, LACO garnered praise for its “orchestral athleticism and dynamism” and the “tremendous precision of [its] ensemble playing” (Die Welt).











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