Music Director Jeffrey Kahane will conduct five of the seven programs on the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's 2002-03 season. All concerts will originate Saturdays at 8 p.m. at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, followed by a Sunday performance at 7 p.m. in UCLA's Royce Hall.
LACO opens its season Sept. 28-29, with violinist Hilary Hahn as soloist.
On Nov. 16-17, concertos by Locatelli, Britten and Schumann make up the agenda, Kahane conducting, with soloists Alisa Weilerstein (cello), Margaret Batjer (violin) and Roland Kato (viola). The Dec. 14-15 program features soprano Karina Gauvin, and the program offers music by Corelli, Bach, Cimarosa and Handel.
Soprano Elissa Johnston is soloist for the Feb. 8-9 concerts, when Kahane conducts and is piano soloist in Mozart's Concerto No. 23. Concertmaster Margaret Batjer leads the March 15-16 events, a string-orchestra program offering music by Handel, Mendelssohn, Bartok, Corigliano and Beethoven/Mahler.
Guest conductor Grant Gershon and his Los Angeles Master Chorale join the orchestra April 5-6, 2003, for Handel's "Messiah." And the season closes May 3-4 with Kahane conducting the world premiere of John Steinmetz's Bassoon Concerto, commissioned by the orchestra and played by soloist Kenneth Munday, with works by Mendelssohn and Haydn.