July 24, 1993
Six major concerts and a number of free, auxiliary events comprise the 1993 Los Angeles Bach Festival--its 60th incarnation--at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. Organist James Walker inaugurates the festival, which runs from Oct. 8-17, with a recital of Bach works on the historic organs in the sanctuary at First Congregational, Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. The Pasadena Summer Youth Chamber Orchestra (PSYCO) plays Oct. 9 at 8 p.m., and the Cathedral Singers, a vocal octet, appears Oct.
October 30, 1992 |
After the festive glories of their season opener, Christof Perick and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra turned to a more intimate mode for their second program. A little Berg and a lot of Vivaldi were the strings-only subject matter Wednesday at Ambassador Auditorium. The soloist was guitarist Kazuhito Yamashita, a dazzling technician most noted for bravura transcription stunts. On this occasion, he offered three much played and recorded adaptations from Vivaldi.
November 7, 1988 |
Everything was right about the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra concert at Ambassador Auditorium on Saturday: the balanced, unhackneyed program, the vitality and warmth of Sir Charles Mackerras' conducting, the trio of soloists. Above all there was the orchestra itself, playing with the sort of strong, compact, projectile ensemble tone that commands the listener's attention at every turn.
April 13, 1991 |
Speaking to the audience at the latest Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra concert at Ambassador Auditorium, composer Libby Larsen introduced the premiere performance of a work she wrote, on a commission from the orchestra, with a request to "bear with us." She reminded her listeners that new technologies sometimes do not work as planned, and acknowledged that the EMAX II sampler, the electronic member of the sextet for which the piece is written, might not function as well as it had at rehearsal.
January 24, 1986 |
The vast majority of Vivaldi's 500 or so concertos do little more than start here and end there in fairly predictable fashion. So why did the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by Alexander Schneider, present a full program of six concertos by "The Red Priest" at Ambassador Auditorium on Wednesday? Good question.
June 9, 1996 |
Since 1992, an 80-foot painting of longtime Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra concertmaster Ralph Morrison, holding his Guarnerius violin, has looked down on Harbor Freeway commuters from its nine-story vista on a 7th Street parking structure. The portrait, part of a still-incomplete Kent Twitchell mural of the whole orchestra, is permanent, but as of last month, it became drastically out of date.