The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) was founded in 1968, by cellist James Arkatov, as an artistic outlet for the recording industry’s most gifted musicians. The orchestra was proclaimed to be ‘America’s finest chamber orchestra’ by Public Radio International and ‘resplendent’ by the Los Angeles Times. The orchestra established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. LACO has been performing under the baton of renowned conductor and pianistJeffrey Kahane, praised by critics as ‘visionary’ and ‘a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity’ with ‘undeniable charisma’. ‘ effortless musicality and extraordinary communicative gifts’.
Under Kahane’s baton, the orchestra maintains its reputation as a prominent interpreter of historical masterpieces and a champion of contemporary composers. The orchestra has released 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America, earning worship from audiences and critics alike, and have been awarded eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, over a span of 46 years.
The orchestra is headquartered in downtown Los Angeles. It presents seven orchestral series concerts on Saturdays at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall, five Baroque Conversations concerts at Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall and three Westside Connections chamber music concerts, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theatre in Santa Monica. Moreover, they present an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single composition, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. The orchestra also presents an annual film event, the Concert Gala, at which the orchestra performs the score live, and numerous fundraising salons each year. In addition, the orchestra reaches out to thousands of young people annually, nurturing upcoming musicians and composers, inspiring a love of classical music.
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