How and why Jaime Martin became LA Chamber Orchestra’s next Music Director:  an in-depth look behind the scenes
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How and why Jaime Martin became LA Chamber Orchestra’s next Music Director: an in-depth look behind the scenes

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra begins its 2018-19 season in earnest with performances this weekend (at the Alex Theatre on Saturday and UCLA’s Royce Hall on Sunday) featuring violinist Hillary Hahn.  While guest conductor Gemma New will be on the podium this weekend, these concerts represent the first full season of a new era. LACO … Continue reading

My $0.02 on the LA Chamber Orchestra’s 2018/19 season
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My $0.02 on the LA Chamber Orchestra’s 2018/19 season

While everyone in the classical music space has been holding its collective breath waiting for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, that benevolent 800-lb. gorilla of the Southern California artistic landscape,  to release details of the rest of its 2018/19 season, we should pause and examine next year’s season recently announced by the smaller yet artistically worthy … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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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

The final course:  LACO’s Westside Connections 3 with Susan Feniger
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The final course: LACO’s Westside Connections 3 with Susan Feniger

It was Holy Thursday and a few days before Passover,  and therefore rather appropriate that the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra would serve up the final version of this year year’s food-themed “Westside Connections” concerts as a kind of last supper. Margarat Batjer, LACO’s concertmaster and series curator, mentioned that the initial premise for the evening … Continue reading

Interest earned:  LACO’s “Sound Investment” with Timothy Andres pays off handsomely
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Interest earned: LACO’s “Sound Investment” with Timothy Andres pays off handsomely

Timothy “Timo” Andres was a busy man about Los Angeles this past week.  Thursday night, he played Sorbet, his solo piano palate-cleanser, as part of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Westside Connections” series.  Friday night and Saturday afternoon, he joined wild Up’s  concerts highlighting younger composers and, as they described it, “the music of right … Continue reading

Yummilicious:  Jonathan Gold sets the table for LACO’s musical sampler
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Yummilicious: Jonathan Gold sets the table for LACO’s musical sampler

The good folks at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra have no qualms about taking non-standard approaches to building concert programs.  Case in point:  their annual “Westside Connections” series of three events curated by Margaret Batjer, LACO concertmaster, attempting to link music to the designated topic-of-the-year.  This year’s edition looks for links between music and food.  Each concert invites a different … Continue reading

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A March full of music

A smattering of musical stuff to check out over the next 31 days . . . Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Westside Connections” Margaret Batjer, LACO’s Concertmaster, curates this novel combination of food-themed music and discussion about gastronamy and the culinary arts.  The first of three presentations is tonight and features LACO musicians being joined by … Continue reading