March 29, 04

Vol. 19 , No. 09   


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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Soloists: Mozart Wind Serenades
ALLAN VOGEL, oboe
PAUL SHERMAN, oboe
GARY GRAY, clarinet
DAVID BEAUDRY, clarinet
KENNETH MUNDAY, bassoon
WILLIAM WOOD, bassoon
RICHARD TODD, horn
KRISTY MCARTHUR MORRELL, horn
THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2004

Since its founding in 1969, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has earned international acclaim for its unsurpassed virtuosity and versatility. Under the baton of Jeffrey Kahane- who in 1997 became the fifth in a succession of extraordinarily distinguished music directors (following Sir Neville Martinet, Gerard Schwartz, Iona Brown, and Christof Perick)- this 40-member ensemble has enjoyed standing ovations at sold-out performances in venues ranging from inner-city L.A. elementary schools to Carnegie Hall. Known for its innovative programs, the Orchestra performs a startlingly varied repertoire- from Corelli to Corigliano, Locatelli to Lutoslawki, Schubert to Steinmetz.

Education and community outreach have always been vital to the mission of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Meet the Music, a program offered in cooperation with the Los Angeles Unified School District, allows students in grades 4 through 6 to have personal contact with musicians and composers and participation in the musical community. Another series, Neighborhood Concerts, begun as a pilot project in the 1994-95 season, is an outreach and community education program designed to bring live concerts by the Chamber Orchestra to local community venues in economically and culturally diverse L.A. neighborhoods. Still another way of bringing down traditional barriers between musicians and audiences is Conversations, an interactive series featuring mostly music of the Baroque and Classical periods. This Conversations program, the third that orchestra members have brought to the Athenaeum, features several of the orchestra's first-chair soloists performing Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Serenades No. 11 in E flat major (K375) and No. 12 in C minor (K388).

Allan Vogel, principal oboe of the LACO, will host the recital. One of America's leading wind soloists and chamber musicians, Vogel has performed with preeminent symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles (including the Boston Symphony, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, and the Berlin Philharmonic) throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. A frequent guest of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and featured at such major events as the Marlboro, Aspen, Mostly Mozart, and Santa Fe music festivals, Vogel has earned wide acclaim for his performances of Baroque, Classical, and Romantic period literature. His recordings (including a recently released disc documenting his collaboration with violinist Hilary Hahn and the Jeffrey Kahane-led LACO in a program of concerti by J.S. Bach) have been issued on the RCA, Dorian, Nonesuch, Delos, and Deutsche Grammophon labels. The American Record Guide declared his Oboe Obsession (Delos 3235), a recital representing two centuries of virtuoso works from W. F. Bach through Makoto Shinohara, to be "the single finest disc of oboe music ever recorded."

This program is sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at Claremont McKenna College.