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New Season Announced By Laco

May 02, 1987|DANIEL CARIAGA | Times Music Writer

Eleven sets of concerts--two in new locations--plus the traditional "Brandenburg" Concertos presentations at Christmas make up the 1987-88 season of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

In this 19th season, subscription series for the orchestra will be presented at Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena, at the Japan America Theatre in Little Tokyo and at the Wiltern Theatre. According to Deborah Rutter, executive director of the ensemble, "the response to our being at the Embassy Theatre (downtown) was not overwhelming," and that auditorium has been abandoned. Some future concerts may be scheduled at the Beverly Theatre in Beverly Hills, though, for the present, no series will take place there.

The only Westside concerts the orchestra will give in 1987-88, then, will be the single performance devoted to Bach's "Brandenburg" Concertos, in Royce Hall, UCLA, Dec. 18. "We are expecting to return to UCLA for more concerts during 1988-89," said Rutter.

Iona Brown, the ensemble's recently appointed music director, will conduct six of the 11 concert sets, including the opening events, Oct. 23 in the Wiltern Theatre and Oct. 24 in Ambassador Auditorium. At those Mozart concerts, the program lists the "Nozze di Figaro" Overture, the Serenade in D, K. 250, and, with Ivan Moravec as soloist, the A-major Piano Concerto, K. 488.

Brown will also preside, and be her own violin soloist, at the Oct. 28 and Oct. 30 concerts, at Ambassador and the Japan America Theatre, respectively. Alexander Schneider will conduct a Villa-Lobos/Haydn/Mozart program, with clarinetist David Shifrin as soloist, Nov. 13 and 14.

Yoav Talmi, music director of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, will be guest conductor for concerts Dec. 10 and 12. Nicholas McGegan will lead the "Brandenburg" Concertos, Dec. 16 at Ambassador Auditorium, and again at UCLA, Dec. 18.

Brown, this time with hornist Barry Tuckwell as soloist, returns for a program offering works by Schubert and Gounod, and horn concertos by Mozart and Richard Strauss, Jan. 15 and 16. Brown will also lead the Jan. 20 and 22 concerts, when pianist Richard Goode appears as soloist in Bach's D-minor Concerto, BWV 1052.

Jerzy Maksymiuk, conductor and music director of the Polish Chamber Orchestra, appears, with guitarist Christopher Parkening, Feb. 5 and 6. Oboist Allan Vogel will be soloist, with Brown conducting, at concerts March 22, 24 and 25.

Conductor Christof Perick returns to the LACO podium, April 8 and 9. His soloist will be baritone Thomas Hampson. Later that month (April 20 and 22), Brown leads a program devoted to works by Handel, Mozart and Lennox Berkeley; soloist will be the orchestra's principal flute, David Shostac.

Pianist Eugene Istomin and conductor Andrew Litton are the guests at the final concerts of the season, May 6 and 7.

Preceding the season, LACO appears six times with flutist James Galway, in concerts at Royce Hall, El Camino College, Santa Barbara, La Jolla and the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa.

In addition to these concert appearances, the ensemble will play for six productions of Los Angeles Music Center Opera, both at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Wiltern Theatre, during the 1987-88 season.

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