The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has received a hefty stocking stuffer this season in the form of a monetary gift from Terri and Jerry Kohl. The couple's $1-million challenge gift is the largest in the organization's history, according to orchestra leaders.
The Kohls are the founders of Brighton Collectibles, the Southern California retailer of women's accessories. LACO said the challenge grant -- given with a request for a matching gift -- has already been met by two anonymous donations totaling an additional $1 million. The orchestra said the $2 million will establish Cornerstone Campaign, a major gifts and endowment initiative.
LACO was founded in 1968 and is led by music director Jeffrey Kahane. The chamber ensemble performs in venues around Southern California, including the Alex Theatre in Glendale, Zipper Concert Hall in downtown L.A. and Royce Hall at UCLA.
The Kohls have donated to various local music groups, including the recently formed Muse/ique, founded by former Pasadena Pops conductor Rachael Worby.