Walt Disney Concert Hall reopens with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra concert on June 26
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, one of the nation’s finest musical ensembles and a leader in presenting a vast repertoire and adventurous commissions, resumes live performances with a guest audience attending concerts at two venues different from June 26, 2021, at the Music Center’s Walt disney Concert hall, made possible by a generous gift of leadership from Terri + Jerry Kohl.
LACO will be the first ensemble to perform at this historic venue since it was temporarily closed over a year ago due to the pandemic. Music director Jaime Martín conducts the Walt disney Concert Hall as well as another at Huntington’s Rothenberg Hall on July 1, 2021. Concert attendance will be limited and LACO will adhere to all city, county and site safety protocols. Members of the public – made up of friends and family invited by LACO, critical community partners and others who have helped the Orchestra overcome the pandemic – must have proof of vaccination. Both programs will be recorded for the second season of SummerFest, LACO’s popular digital chamber music series, which will air weekly from July for free on LACO’s YouTube channel.
“I’m so happy to be able to play with LACO for an in-person audience again,” said Martín, whose contract has just been extended for five years until the 2026-2027 season. “We are particularly honored to perform for those whose incredible generosity and unwavering support have enabled the Orchestra to survive in these difficult times. We have planned two wonderful musical celebrations in their recognition. We are also delighted to be able to share this music. with audiences around the world through our digital SummerFest series. “
LACO wakes up Walt disney Concert hall on Saturday June 26 at 7 p.m., with Martín on the podium leading the full orchestra in Alberto Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes, featuring soloists from LACO and steeped in the melodies and rhythms of Argentinian folk influence. He also directs Juan Pablo Mariachitlán de Contreras, the title track from the composer’s Latin Grammy nominated album, an orchestral tribute to his birthplace, the Mexican state of Jalisco, where mariachi music originates. Martín concludes the musical journey with the evocative Symphony No. 4 in A major by Mendelssohn, “Italian”.
LACO is making a limited number of free tickets available to the public for the Walt disney Concert from the concert hall via a gift on www.laco.or / summerfest. Participants must be fully immunized to be eligible. Contest details are available at www.laco / SummerFest.
On Thursday July 1 at 7 p.m., LACO heads to The Huntington in San Marino to give the first live performance at Rothenberg Hall, as this has also been temporarily closed due to the pandemic. The centerpiece of the program is the original 1915 version of Falla’s extraordinary sung ballet El amor brujo directed by Martín and starring the famous mezzo soprano, Suzanna Guzmán from LA. Martín also conducts the iconic Prelude to “The Afternoon of a Faun” by Debussy and the world premiere of The Flower by Kimani Bridges.
“We look forward to seeing the dedicated LACO fans and supporters in the concert hall to express our gratitude,” said LACO Executive Director Ben Cadwallader. “We have been looking forward to this moment for so long and it is a huge boost for the whole LACO family. We have also made it our top priority to ensure the safety of our audience and musicians when we resume performances in direct It is a special honor for LACO to reopen Walt disney Concert hall under Jaime’s baton as the city relaxes restrictions. We are extremely grateful to Terri and Jerry Kohl whose vision and incredible generosity make LACO Walt disney Concert hall performances possible. We salute their passion for classical music and their love for the stellar artists who create it, as well as their desire to foster live performance, especially at this critical time. “