Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra announces 2011-12 season

Posted on: May 13, 2011

Friday (5/13) on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster, Mike Boehm reports, “Jeffrey Kahane’s 15th season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will include the expected—Bach and Beethoven, Mozart and Tchaikovsky, Britten and Haydn, Ravel and Respighi—plus a session with an instrument more associated with Fender and Paul, the electric guitar. Along with announcing Kahane’s 15th anniversary season Thursday, the orchestra reported that it has extended his contract for two more seasons, through 2013-14. The kickoff to the orchestra’s 2011-12 season is a program dubbed ‘Electric’ (Sept. 24-25) in honor of ‘Ritornello,’ a composition for orchestra and electric guitar by LACO’s composer-in-residence, Derek Bermel, with Wiek Hijmans of Holland fretting the ax (a Gretsch, judging from his online photos). … Another unusual pairing during the season will be father and son: Jeffrey Kahane conducting, and his singer-pianist-composer offspring, Gabriel Kahane, as soloist. They’ll unite for an as-yet untitled new work in which the younger Kahane examines his Jewish grandmother’s evolution toward an American identity following her escape from Germany before World War II. … Another new work, Timothy Andres’ ‘Refracted,’ will have its world premiere on a program of the same name (March 24-25).”

Posted May 13, 2011