From Chile to Tiananmen Square to Bernstein’s famous performance in Berlin following the fall of the Berlin Wall, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” is both protest anthem and a celebration of the human spirit. In a concert for the ages, Jeffrey Kahane conducts LACO’s first-ever performance of Beethoven’s inspiring “Choral” Symphony with the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
ABOUT LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, “one of the world’s great chamber orchestras” by KUSC Classical FM, and “resplendent” by the LA Times, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and a conductor with “effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. Acclaimed American composer Andrew Norman, whose works have been commissioned and performed worldwide, serves as composer-in-residence for the fifth season. In 2016-17, Mahan Esfahani joins LACO in his first of a three-year residency as the Baroque Conversations artistic partner, bringing excellence in Baroque programming to the series, as well as through community and education presentations each year. During its almost 50-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America, earning adulation from audiences and critics alike, and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.