From piano to prog – eclectic musical adventures at LA Chamber Orchestra

Sep 21, 2011

Now in its 43rd year, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra begins its 2011-2012 season with customary flair and innovation. Two adventurous West Coast premieres are on the program, to be conducted by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane: Osvaldo Golijov’s richly orchestrated Siderious, based on the writings of Galileo after he observed the moon through a telescope for the first time, and Ritornello, by LACO’s composer-in-residence Derek Bermel. The latter piece, heavily inspired by prog-rock band King Crimson, pairs electric guitar with orchestra, and features virtuoso electric guitar player Wiek Hijmans as guest soloist. In addition, Kahane performs one of Beethoven’s solo piano concertos and conducts Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute, a piece that marked his first season with the orchestra fifteen years ago. Kahane, who has just extended his contract with the orchestra for two more years, is world-renowned for his versatility and mastery of a diverse repertoire that ranges from Bach and Mozart to Gershwin, Golijov and John Adams. He joins Larry to discuss the other exciting programs ahead this season for LACO, as well as his plans for the next two seasons.

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