Here’s an event with a little bit of lots of things: LA Chamber Orchestra welcomes pianist Jon Kimura Parker and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke (pictured) as guest artists, premieres a new work by locally-based but rising composer Julia Adolphe, and follows up with works by the big guys: Handel, Mozart, Brahms and Mahler.
The new commission is part of the ensemble’s crowdsourced sound investment program, just one part of their ongoing commitment to innovation and artistic evolution. The concert is fairly typical of the well-respected group’s rather upstart presenting formula: intriguing guests, a mix of beloved repertoire with something truly new, and a cool vibe that emanates even through their press releases. It’s also in line with their tendency to do two performances in two locations for each new program, this time continuing LACO’s longstanding relationships with the historic Alex Theatre and Royce Hall. This is all part of the legacy of outgoing artistic director Jeffrey Kahane, who will step down at the end of this season, leaving an opening that will allow audiences to try out various candidates next season. More to come on that.
For now, get tickets for gorgeousness this weekend:
Saturday, March 18, 8pm — Alex Theatre, Glendale
Sunday, March 19, 7pm — Royce Hall, UCLA
Originally published as part of Next 7 — Vocal events thru 3/23/17