Music hath charms that soothe. LACO, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Music Director Jaime Martin announced their 2023/2024 Season.
Martín says “This season LACO explores connections between new and timeless music and the relevance of those works in the world today.” The opening concerts are on October 21, 2023, at 8 p.m. at the Alex Theatre & October 22, 2023, at 7 p.m. at Royce Hall.
The season will have nearly two dozen intimate and transformative concerts across three different Series. The wide-ranging highlights include: Orchestral, chamber, and baroque music.
Other Highlights Include:
- Five World and West Coast Premieres, all LACO Commissions or Co-Commissions, by 2023/24 Sound Investment Composer Nina Shekhar, LACO Artistic Advisor Derrick Skye, Dai Wei, and Nina C. Young;
- A Slate of Distinguished Guest Artists, Including Violinists Augustin Hadelich, Jennifer Koh, and Christian Tetzlaff; Pianists Marc-André Hamelin, Anne-Marie McDermott, and Gabriela Montero; Guitarist JIJI; Soprano Amanda Forsythe; Countertenor John Holiday; and Bass Thomas Bauer;
- Five LACO Musicians also to appear as Soloists – Concertmaster Margaret Batjer, Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav, Principal Viola Yura Lee, Principal Cello Andrew Shulman, and Principal Oboe Claire Brazeau;
- Works by Mozart and Bach Threaded throughout Season; Plus Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C major; Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major; and Works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, His Daughter Avril Coleridge-Taylor, Caroline Shaw, Chausson, Brahms, and More;
- Program Commemorating Centenary of Sir Neville Marriner, Who Served as LACO’s First Music Director from 1969 to 1978;
- LACO Conductor Laureate Jeffrey Kahane Returns to Guest Conduct;
- Performances Across the Southland – on the Westside at UCLA’s Royce Hall and Beverly Hills’ Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, on the Eastside at Glendale’s Alex Theater and San Marino’s The Huntington; Downtown L.A.’s Zipper Hall; Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts in Northridge; and Orange County’s Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts.
Some of the program is part of the state-wide California Festival: A Celebration of New Music, a two-week event November 3-19, 2023 showcasing the most compelling and forward-looking voices from around the world in performances of new works written within the past five years. The initiative is a collaboration among more than 50 music institutions from across California with outreach support from the Association of California Symphony Orchestras (ASCO). For more information, visit www.cafestival.org
Alex Theatre, 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91203;
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626;
Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095;
The Huntington, Rothenberg Hall, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108;
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts, 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330;
Zipper Hall, 200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
A predecessor of LACO was the California Chamber Symphony which was in residence at Royce Hall and was founded by violinist Henri Temianka who also held amazing chamber music events around the city from beautiful homes to juvenile hall and the Getty Villa with outstanding musicians who happened to be in town joining the California Chamber Symphony – the first true chamber orchestra in Los Angeles.