Reid, Brahms + Beethoven – NoHo Arts District
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) presents Reid, Brahms + Beethoven – the world premiere of floodplain in the same way Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. at three locations on May 12, 14 and 15.
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), led by Music Director Jaime Martín, wraps up the season with the LACO-commissioned world premiere of floodplain by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid, LACO Creative Advisor and 2017-18 Sound Investment Composer.
floodplain marks his first collaboration with Martín. The program also includes Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, featuring concertmaster Margaret Batjer and principal cello Andrew Shulman; and Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 5 in C minor, a cornerstone of classical music. LACO presents the thrilling season finale at three Southland locations: Thursday, May 12, 8 p.m. at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa; Saturday, May 14, 8 p.m. at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena; and Sunday, May 15, 7 p.m., at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
Reid says of his new work that the title floodplain “implies both rich fertility and possible danger” and that the work includes “rhythmic patterns that echo throughout the piece and morph in various ways”. Reid started the piece pre-pandemic, as it was originally slated to premiere in May 2020, explains that she later “broke it to pieces and reshaped it to resonate with me right now.” .
Martín says: “For many years, LACO has enjoyed a very special association with Ellen Reid, who is one of the most important composers of her generation. I’m so happy to be able to bring her some new work floodplain to life and share it with audiences across Southern California. It is also a distinct pleasure for LACO to present two of its own outstanding principal artists – principal violin Margaret Batjer and principal cello Andrew Shulman – on Brahms’ Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in which the two solo instruments share a conversation music like old friends. ”
LACO acknowledges the generous support of the Colburn Foundation and the Mellon Foundation. Steinway is the official piano of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. The Orchestra also receives public funding through grants from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. LACO warmly thanks Hogan Lovells US LLP for their generous pro bono support. REID, BRAHMS + BEETHOVEN is generously underwritten by LACO’s longest serving board member, Gene Shutler. Additional support for Andrew Shulman in this gig comes from Anna Rosicka and H. Allen Evans.
COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS
LACO is committed to protecting the health and safety of its customers, artists and employees and will require proof of full vaccination for all persons attending LACO events in person. Social distancing will be in place and under current Los Angeles County guidelines, masks will be required indoors at all times. Audience members are encouraged to wear face masks with at least two layers, such as a KN95 or surgical mask. LACO will continue to exceed national and local guidelines, recommendations and requirements for indoor activities. For the most up-to-date information on LACO’s COVID safety protocols, visit http://www.laco.org/covid-19. LACO’s vaccine requirement for all eligible audience members includes a COVID-19 booster obtained by the performance date. COVID-19 booster eligibility is as follows: For all Moderna and Pfizer recipients ages 12 and older, boosters are eligible five months after their second dose of vaccine. Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients are eligible for a booster dose two months after their first vaccine.
LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO) ranks among the best musical ensembles in the world. Beloved by audiences and hailed by critics, the Orchestra is a preeminent performer of historical masterpieces and, with eight ASCAP awards for adventurous programming, a champion of contemporary composers. Based in the heart of the nation’s cultural capital, LACO has been hailed “America’s Finest Chamber Orchestra” (Public Radio International), “LA’s Most Intimidating Chamber Music Experience” (Los Angeles magazine), “resplendent” (Los Angeles Times) and “one of the greatest chamber orchestras in the world” (KUSC Classical FM). Performing in greater Los Angeles, the Orchestra has made 32 recordings, most recently including a 2019 BIS Records release of works for violin and chamber orchestra featuring concertmaster Margaret Batjer and the world premiere recording of Pierre Jalbert’s Violin Concerto (a LACO co-commission). In 2020, due to the global pandemic, LACO transitioned from presenting live performances to producing the groundbreaking interdisciplinary digital series CLOSE QUARTERS blending musical and visual arts, which garnered over 1.8 million views on social media platforms since its debut in November 2020. “digital native” programs, created specifically for streaming and applauded as “musically and artistically compelling” (Los Angeles Times) have “redefined the way classical music can be presented in the 21st century (Cultural Attaché). LACO, headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, has toured Europe, South America and Japan, and performed across North America. www.laco.org.
Jaime Martin took up his post at LACO and also became conductor of the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland in September 2019. In LACO concert reviews, the Los Angeles Times praised Martín’s “infectious musical creation”, noting that “the musicians seem to be having a blast. The public is invited to the party. Overseas, he has been hailed as “a visionary, insightful and meticulous conductor” (Platea Magazine) and that of London The Telegraph said, “his contagious enjoyment of the music communicated to the orchestra and audience.” He has been Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Gävle Symphony Orchestra since 2013 and Artistic Advisor of the Santander Festival. He was also a founding member of the Orquestra de Cadaqués, of which he was the conductor from 2012 to 2019. After spending many years as a highly regarded flautist, Martín turned to the direction of full-time orchestra in 2013, and quickly became sought after at the highest level. Recent engagements include appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Antwerp Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony and Gulbenkian Orchestras, as well as touring European in nine cities with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Martín recorded a series of highly acclaimed Brahms records for Ondine Records with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra and various records with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra for Tritó Records. He has also commissioned several world and regional premieres of works by composers such as Ellen Reid, Andrew Norman, Missy Mazzoli, Derrick Skye, Albert Schnelzer and Juan Pablo Contreras. As a flautist, Martín has been Principal Flute of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, English National Opera, Academy of St Martin the Fields and London Philharmonic Orchestra. Jaime Martín is a member of the Royal College of Music in London, where he was professor of flute.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Reid, Brahms + Beethoven
Jaime Martin, conductor
Margaret Batjer, violin
Andrew Shulman, cello
Thursday, May 12, 2022, 8 p.m., Reneé and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Saturday, May 14, 2022, 8 p.m., Ambassador Auditorium, 131 S. St. John Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105
Sunday, May 15, 2022, 7 p.m., Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90095
ELLEN REID floodplain (LACO order, World premiere)
BRAHMS Double Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C minor
Tickets start at $29. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 and over and for students. For tickets and information about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, please call 213 622 7001 or visit www.laco.org
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Artists, date, time, location and program subject to change.