Monday, April 9, 2012

Jeffrey Kahane Conducts Gabriel Kahane-LA Chamber Orch Concert Featuring West Coast Premiere

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Orchestral Series concludes with particular poignancy when Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducts a program featuring highly acclaimed composer/vocalist/pianist/guitarist Gabriel Kahane, his talented son, described as a “peerless musical polymath, invested equally in the worlds of concert, theater and popular music,” on Saturday, April 21, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and Sunday, April 22, 2012, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The concert, which marks their first Southern California father-son mainstage performance, spotlights the younger Kahane on piano, guitar and vocals with Jeffrey Kahane conducting the West Coast premiere of Gabriel’s Crane Palimpsest, a LACO co-commission with American Composers Orchestra, which premiered it at Carnegie Hall last month. The title, Crane Palimpsest, refers to a parchment that has been reused, or an object with multiple layers that lies beneath the surface. The work is set to Hart Crane’s Modernist poem To Brooklyn Bridge, which reflects the historical and spiritual essence of America, and includes song-like responses with Gabriel’s own text.

The evening opens with one of Charles Ives’ most popular works, Three Places in New England, which incorporates popular American tunes, and closes with Haydn’s masterwork, the exuberant Symphony No. 104 in D major, “London”.

The final concert set of LACO’s 2011-12 Orchestral Series, “Kahane²” takes place midway during the Orchestra’s three-week installation of Luke Jerram’s “Play Me, I’m Yours”, April 12 – May 3. This installation is the culmination of LACO’s season-long celebration of Music Director and pianist Jeffrey Kahane’s 15th anniversary with the Orchestra, and features 30 pianos, decorated by local artists and community organizations, placed in 30 locations across Los Angeles County for Angelenos to play 24-hours a day. The locations of the 30 pianos, and artists and community partners involved in the project are available at streetpianosLA.com.

“Kahane²” is made possible, in part, by a grant from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music. Gabriel Kahane’s appearance at the Alex Theatre is sponsored by Bill Cooney and at Royce Hall by J. Robert & Barbara Bragonier.

Concertgoers are invited to celebrate the new work with LACO musicians in the lobby after the concert. Complimentary refreshments are provided for all ticket holders.

Tickets ($24 – $105) are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase rush tickets one hour before curtain.

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