Magazine article Musical Opinion

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in Glendale

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in Glendale

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in Glendale

Although Los Angeles is 6,000 miles from the United Kingdom it is still a small world when you consider how much influence British musicians have had on music making in this most modern of cities, which includes the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Founded in 1968 as an artistic outlet for LA's gifted film studio musicians, the LACO immediately established a high level of music making and programming with its first conductor, Sir Neville Marriner, who remained with the orchestra for ten years. Four equally talented conductors followed. Gerard Schwarz took over in 1978, Iona Brown in 1987 and Christof Perick in 1992. In 1996, with Jeffrey Kahane, the current Music Director, who was born in Los Angeles, the Orchestra not only returned to its roots but also demonstrates in its diverse and innovative approach to programming and administration the kind of unfettered, adventurous spirit that characterises the Los Angeles way of life.

An example of this can be found in the LACO's new commissioning programme, Sound Investment, in which individual members of the public are invited to donate what they can afford towards the commission of a new composition, which in turn entitles them to a rare first-hand glimpse into the creative process and development of a new work. This year, with a growing number of participants investing in the scheme, the idea seems to be catching on in a bigger way than even the LACO could have anticipated. …

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