The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) will perform the complete cycle of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, featuring harpsichord master Mahan Esfahani, on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 8 pm, at the Beckman Auditorium, at Caltech, in Pasadena. The same concert will also be performed on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 7 pm, at Royce Hall, UCLA.
The popular Brandenburgs offer an opportunity to showcase the immense talents of many of LACO’s virtuoso principals, notably Principal Flute Joachim Becerra Thomsen, Principal Oboe Claire Brazeau, and Principal Trumpet David Washburn. Washburn’s agility in the work’s stratospheric range has made him one of the most in-demand performers of Bach’s masterpiece in the country. This signature LACO work has been performed by the Orchestra an astonishing 52 times during its 50-year history, more often than any other work in its repertoire.
Esfahani, who also serves as LACO’s first-ever Baroque Artistic Partner, has been hailed as “one of today’s most thrilling harpsichordists” (Gramophone). Since making his London debut in 2009, he has worked tirelessly to establish the harpsichord in the mainstream of concert instruments in classical and contemporary repertoire and gave the first harpsichord recital in the history of the BBC Proms in 2011.
Tickets for these performances start at $27 and may be purchased online at laco.org or by calling (213) 622-7001 ext. 1. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students with valid student ID may purchase discounted tickets ($8), based on availability. Also available for college students is the $30 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all eight of LACO’s orchestral concerts, five Baroque Conversations, three In Focus series concerts and three Sound Investment salons.
The Beckman Auditorium at Caltech is located at 1200 E. California Blvd in Pasadena, 91125. Royce Hall at UCLA is located at 340 Royce Drive, in Los Angeles 90095.
Photo: Harpsichord master Mahan Esfahani / Credit: Bernhard Musil
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