Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra adds live, streamed summer series, with no in-person audience

Posted on: July 10, 2020

“Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) doesn’t normally play a summer season,” writes Peter Feher in Tuesday’s (7/7) San Francisco Classical Voice. “But the ensemble is deviating from form this year … with … the orchestra’s first summer festival, the musicians’ first time back together and playing in months…. The five-concert series, dubbed LACO SummerFest, kicks off this Saturday, July 11, with a performance by concertmaster Margaret Batjer, principal cello Andrew Shulman, and guest pianist Andrew von Oeyen. On the program: Florence Price’s The Deserted Garden and Mendelssohn’s D-Minor Piano Trio. Four more concerts follow, every other Saturday, ending Sept. 5…. These will be live performances, recorded at Colburn’s Zipper Hall, but without an audience and with a stage setup that follows local and state health guidelines. Listeners will have to tune in online…. Concerts continue the pairings with Price’s Adoration and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet … Osvaldo Golijov’s Mariel and Haydn’s ‘The Bird’ String Quartet [and] a program of duos and quartets [for cello and bassoon].… The series closes with … two of Rossini’s Sonate a quattro (Sonatas in four parts) for two violins, cello, and bass. Each concert will stream for free … and later be available on demand.”