Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium will play host to the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra opening concert of the 2013-14 season with “Beethoven, Mozart, Lutosławski & Kodály.” It is an energetic program that will be conducted by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and feature 24-year-old violinist Benjamin Beilman, on Saturday, September 21, at 8 pm.
Beilman, in his LA Chamber Orchestra debut, will perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major “Turkish” (written by a 19-year-old Mozart). Kahane will additionally conduct Beethoven’s “Twelve Contredanses for Orchestra,” composed after Beethoven studied the art of dance music with Haydn and which contains fragments that appear in some of the composer’s later great masterworks.
The Ambassador Auditorium program will conclude with two works from the 20th Century – Kodály’s masterful and deeply personal “Dances of Galánta,” rich in folk melodies that reflect the composer’s idyllic childhood in the Hungarian countryside in Galánta, and Lutosławski’s “Chain 2,” the title of which is based on a musical form invented by the Polish composer that consists of two structurally independent strands linked together like chains. Beilman will also the featured soloist on “Chain 2.”
“Concert Preludes,” the pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, will provide further insight into the music and the artists. Ambassador Auditorium is called by some concertgoers “The Carnegie Hall of the West.” The relatively small yet beautiful concert hall hosted 20 seasons of the worlds’ best musicians and performers from 1974 to 1995. It is today owned by HRock Church.
Tickets for this concert, starting at $25, are on sale now and may be purchased online at www.laco.org or by calling LACO at (213) 622-7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and above, and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LA Chamber Orchestra’s Orchestral Series concerts at various venues (see website for details).
The Ambassador Auditorium is located at 131 South St. John Avenue in Pasadena.
Note: The same concert will be repeated the following day, Sunday, September 22, at 7 p.m. at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
Photo of LACO’S Musical Director Jeffrey Kahane by Michael Burke
Photo of Violinist Benjamin Beilman by Maria Cabeza
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