The End of the Kahane Era:  Five LACO musicians look back on the Music Director’s 20-year tenure and ahead to what comes next
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The End of the Kahane Era: Five LACO musicians look back on the Music Director’s 20-year tenure and ahead to what comes next

Twenty years is a long time to hold any job, especially in the 21st Century, and particularly when that job is Music Director of a professional orchestra. Which makes it all the more remarkable that Jeffrey Kahane is only now stepping down as the artistic leader of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, a full generation … Continue reading

LA Chamber Orchestra announces 2017/18 season
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LA Chamber Orchestra announces 2017/18 season

It’s that special time of year for arts organizations:  new season announcement season (yes, I know, it sounds like it came from the department of redundancy department, but bear with me). First out of the gate for Southern California ensembles was the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra announcement this past weekend.  Their 2017/18 season also happens … Continue reading

LACO season opener puts the “chamber” back in chamber music, with a distinct international flavor
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LACO season opener puts the “chamber” back in chamber music, with a distinct international flavor

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra kicked-off their 2016-17 season with the purest form of chamber music imaginable: three musicians in someone’s living room playing for a handful of engaged and enthralled guests. Yet as accurate as that description is, it merely begins to scratch the surface of what was a much richer experience that evening. … Continue reading

A chat with Jeffrey Kahane: with only 12 months left as LA Chamber Orchestra’s Music Director, we look back at an eventful 19 years
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A chat with Jeffrey Kahane: with only 12 months left as LA Chamber Orchestra’s Music Director, we look back at an eventful 19 years

Nineteen years down, one more to go. With tonight’s concert at UCLA’s Royce Hall, Jeffrey Kahane will complete his penultimate season at Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. It’s a tenure that is remarkable not only for its length (which is considerable) or even the quality of the music that has resulted from … Continue reading

Kahane and LA Chamber Orchestra offer solid start to 2015-16 season, highlighted by Spiva world premiere and Schubert 8th
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Kahane and LA Chamber Orchestra offer solid start to 2015-16 season, highlighted by Spiva world premiere and Schubert 8th

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and their Music Director, Jeffrey Kahane, recently launched their penultimate season together in familiar fashion:  offering works by living composers on the same program as old masters.  It’s a very welcome habit that once again proved to be quite fruitful. The first half of this inaugural program of their 2015-16 season especially … Continue reading

LA Chamber Orchestra’s Margaret Batjer and Andrew Norman talk about music and architecture
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LA Chamber Orchestra’s Margaret Batjer and Andrew Norman talk about music and architecture

Tonight marks the latest installment in Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s annual “Westside Connections” series of three concerts pairing music with (insert annual topic here) . . . no seriously, the topic changes every year, complete with special guests discussing how the the topic and music mesh.  This year, Margaret Batjer (LACO concertmaster and series curator) has … Continue reading

A colorful 2014-15 season opener for Kahane and LA Chamber Orchestra
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A colorful 2014-15 season opener for Kahane and LA Chamber Orchestra

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and their Music Director, Jeffrey Kahane, can  almost always be counted on to present compelling programming, interesting soloists, and thoughtful interpretations.  For their 2014-15 season opener, Mr. Kahane and the orchestra rolled out more of the same, care of a new work by Cameron Patrick, an infrequently-heard bit of piano concerto sass … Continue reading

Jeffrey Kahane’s full statement about his post-LACO plans
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Jeffrey Kahane’s full statement about his post-LACO plans

Yesterday’s news that Jeffrey Kahane was stepping down in 2017 as Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra not only began a long goodbye three years in the making, it caused a little bit of consternation among fans of the pianist/conductor regarding what he’d do after his tenure was done. According to the Los Angeles Times, … Continue reading

LA Chamber Orchestra announces 2014-15 season, more details about Kahane’s 2017 departure
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LA Chamber Orchestra announces 2014-15 season, more details about Kahane’s 2017 departure

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra officially announced that Jeffrey Kahane will step down as Music Director in 2017, at which time he will become Music Director Laureate.  In addition, LACO announced details of their 2014-15 season; the complete press release is below. I’m especially excited about the coming “Westside Connections” series, with the coming year’s … Continue reading

Jeffrey Kahane leaving LA Chamber Orchestra after 2016-17 season (UPDATED)
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Jeffrey Kahane leaving LA Chamber Orchestra after 2016-17 season (UPDATED)

(UPDATE:  The official LACO press release about this announcement and details about their 2014-15 season is HERE) (UPDATE #2, April 26:  Jeffrey Kahane’s full statement about his post-LACO plans is HERE) Pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane has announced that the 2016-2017 season will be his last as Music Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. … Continue reading

Four musical gifts you should give yourself if you didn’t get them during the holidays
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Four musical gifts you should give yourself if you didn’t get them during the holidays

Christmas, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, and Festivus — all of their latest editions are now a distant memory.  Perhaps it passed by and you didn’t get the CD you had secretly hoped for.   Or maybe you’ve got an Amazon gift card and you’ve decided that you should really stop accumulating novels about forlorn vampires that … Continue reading

LA Chamber Orchestra offers a full musical spectrum in latest concert
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LA Chamber Orchestra offers a full musical spectrum in latest concert

The second set of concerts in this Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra season featured the group’s typically interesting mix of old and new, familiar and unexpected.  Music Director Jeffrey Kahane crafted a program featuring orchestral works by Britten and Mozart, and also generously invited two musicians to make their LACO debuts in a pair of divergent … Continue reading

LA Chamber Orchestra & Benjamin Beilman dance their way through an impressive season opener
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LA Chamber Orchestra & Benjamin Beilman dance their way through an impressive season opener

(Publisher’s note.  I’m thrilled to introduce the first-ever guest writer on All is Yar:  Fiona Bryan.  Fiona has a BM & MM in Violin Performance from Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and University of Missouri, respectively, and has performed in various orchestras across the country.  More recently, she’s been working in marketing, PR, and … Continue reading

Season enders (part 1 of 2):  Alisa Weilerstein closes LACO’s final 2012/13 concert with a flourish
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Season enders (part 1 of 2): Alisa Weilerstein closes LACO’s final 2012/13 concert with a flourish

When the Piatigorsky International Cello Festival was in town last year, I managed to catch two of the three concerto performances that different soloists were performing with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  The one I soloist I missed:  Alisa Weilerstein.  At the time, someone told me I had made a mistake.  Judging by the strength of … Continue reading

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LA Chamber Orchestra struts its stuff with program of Mozart, Stravinsky, Bach, and Handel at Royce Hall

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra often plays larger symphonic works — and does so quite well — but one of the joys and privileges of having a standing chamber group like them is the chance to hear pieces written for small to medium-sized ensembles that a full-sized orchestra would not take on.  Their most recent concerts … Continue reading