The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) is pleased to announce that the Farhang Foundation: The Iranian-American Heritage Foundation of Southern California is sponsoring the local and national broadcast of a Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra concert highlighting Persian composer Reza Vali’s concerto for the ney, Toward that Endless Plain. The support from the Southland cultural foundation coincides with LACO’s 40th anniversary season. Airing Sunday, October 19, 2008 at 4 PM on KUSC 91.5 FM, the concert will also be released on Noruz, the Persian New Year, March 20, 2009 for broadcast nationally on over 90 stations via American Public Media’s SymphonyCast. As each station determines the exact date and time of its SymphonyCast broadcasts, interested listeners are advised to check the March schedule of their local station.

Commenting on the Fahrang Foundation’s sponsorship, the President, Dr. Touraj Daryaee, noted that “…partnering with LACO, one of the premiere cultural institutions of our city, in this milestone season fits perfectly with the mission of our organization. It is a special opportunity to promote and celebrate the wonderful art and culture of Iranian-Americans in Southern California, and it also allows us to bring LACO’s performance of Reza Vali’s marvelous composition to classical music listeners across America, thereby enriching the community at large.”

The concert featuring Vali’s work was recorded live on Sunday, November 3, 2007 at UCLA’s Royce Hall before a packed house of classical music enthusiasts, many from the Persian community, eager to hear its West Coast premiere. An accomplished composer, Vali composed his concerto for Persian ney, a co-commission of LACO and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, in 2005. According to the composer, this complex composition is distinctly post-9/11 in its exploration of the interaction of East and West, which can often be violent. In this composition, the voice of the ney acts as protagonist as it tries to escape from the violence in order to find peace. “[Using] the orchestra…interactively as a part of a scenario based on a Persian mystical poem…The piece is resourcefully made and compelling in effect,” wrote The Boston Globe (2006). The Los Angeles Times praised the “magical moments” of Vali’s Toward that Endless Plain, describing it as “a flute concerto like no other…[a] resourceful exploration of the ney’s mysterious, haunting and evocative timbral qualities” and “essentially a journey in sound” (2007).

The full concert to be broadcast begins with Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 in D major, “Classical,” Op. 25 (1917), continues with the Reza Vali concerto, and concludes with Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 in D major, “Reformation,” Op. 107 (1832).

Reza Vali was born in Ghazvin, Persia (Iran) in 1952. He began his music studies at the Conservatory of Music in Tehran. In 1972, he went to Austria and studied music education and composition at the Academy of Music in Vienna. After graduating from the Academy of Music, he moved to the United States and continued his studies at the University of Pittsburgh, receiving his Ph.D. in music theory and composition in 1985. Mr. Vali has been a faculty member of the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University since 1988. He has received numerous awards and commissions, including the honor prize of the Austrian Ministry of Arts and Sciences, two Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships, commissions from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, the Seattle Chamber Players and the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as the Outstanding Emerging Artist for which he received the Creative Achievement Award.

Ney virtuoso Khosrow Soltani was born in Tehran and has been living in Austria since 1974. He studied in Tehran’s conservatory and finished his degree as a bassoonist in 1971. From 1971 to 1974, he played bassoon as a regular member of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra. In October 1974, he began his bassoon studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria with Karl Oelberger. He has also recorded and toured the United States and Canada with the Clemencic Consort and Musica Antiqua Wien. Soltani began performing the Persian ney in 1979 and has performed the ney in many different ensembles. In 1984, he founded Shiraz, an ensemble for Persian music, with which he has played many concerts at various European festivals. In addition, he has recorded for the WDR, the NDR, and Franc Musiq, among others. Also a composer, Soltani’s Ancient cal a new, Great Mahur, and Salut del amore are available on commercial CDs.

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has gained a reputation for both virtuosic music-making and dynamic programming. Renowned pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane has led the group since 1997, continuing the standard of excellence set by the Orchestra’s first four music directors, Sir Neville Marriner, Gerard Schwarz, Iona Brown and Christof Perick.

The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra celebrates its 40th anniversary season from September 2008 through May 2009 with concerts at the UCLA’s Royce Hall, the Alex Theatre in Glendale, Zipper Concert Hall in downtown LA, the Broad Stage in Santa Monica and Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. The season schedule is attached. For more information, visit www.laco.org.

The Fahrang Foundation: The Iranian-American Heritage Foundation of Southern California’s mission is to support the study and research of Iranian history, art and culture in all its rich diversity in cooperation with academic and cultural institutions, and to promote and celebrate the culture and heritage of Iranian-Americans, thereby enriching the community at large in Southern California. www.farhang.org

Press Contact: Misty Espinoza
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310 854 8145

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
2008-09 season – 40th anniversary schedule
Information and tickets available at www.laco.org or call 213 622 7001

orchestral series
7 Saturdays at the Alex Theatre or 7 Sundays at Royce Hall

sat oct 4 @ 8pm Alex Theatre, Glendale
sun oct 5 @ 7pm Royce Hall, UCLA

Jeffrey Kahane conductor
Richard Todd horn

Martin Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments, Percussion and Strings
Mozart Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat major
Richard Todd ceLebrACıOn (LACO commission – World Premiere)
Mozart Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major

sat nov 1 @ 8pm Alex Theatre, Glendale
sun nov 2 @ 7pm Royce Hall, UCLA campus

Margaret Batjer leader & violin

Bach Brandenburg Concertos
No. 1 in F major, No. 3 in G major,
No. 5 in D major, No. 6 in B-flat major
No. 4 in G major, No. 2 in F major

sat dec 13 @ 8pm Alex Theatre, Glendale
sun dec 14 @ 7pm Royce Hall, UCLA campus

Jeffrey Kahane conductor
Makoto Nakura marimba

R Strauss Serenade for Winds
Pierre Jalbert Concerto for Marimba and Orchestra (US premiere)
Haydn Symphony No. 31 in D major, “Hornsignal”

sat jan 24 @ 8pm Alex Theatre, Glendale
sun jan 25 @ 7pm Royce Hall, UCLA campus

Jeffrey Kahane conductor
Ingrid Fliter piano

Damian Montano Introduction and Scherzo (LACO commission – World Premiere)
Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 in A minor, "Scottish”

sat feb 21 @ 8pm Alex Theatre, Glendale
sun feb 22 @ 7pm Royce Hall, UCLA campus

Jeffrey Kahane conductor
Cho-Liang Lin violin
David Shostac flute

David Shostac Carmen Fantasy

Lalo Schifrin Tangos Concertantes (LACO co-commission – US premiere)
Haydn Symphony No. 92 in G major, “Oxford”

sat apr 18 @ 8pm Alex Theatre, Glendale
sun apr 19 @ 7pm Royce Hall, UCLA campus

Joana Carneiro conductor
David Fung piano

Mozart Symphony No. 31 in D major “Paris”
Ravel Piano Concerto in G major
Schoenberg Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E major
Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C major

sat may 16 @ 8pm Alex Theatre, Glendale
sun may 17 @ 7pm Royce Hall, UCLA campus

Jeffrey Kahane conductor
Jonathan Biss piano

Christopher Theofanidis Radiant Mind (LACO Sound Investment commission - World Premiere)
Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor
de Falla Ritual Fire Dance from El amor brujo
Ginastera Variaciones concertantes

baroque conversations series
thursdays @ 7 pm
jan 22, feb 26, mar 19, apr 30, 2009
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School

Each Thursday evening, 15 of the Orchestra’s virtuoso artists recreate the convivial atmosphere that 18th-century audiences enjoyed when the Baroque masterpieces were first performed. The 90-minute concerts include an opportunity for relaxed conversation between the musicians and the audience.

westside connections series
thursdays @ 7 pm
feb 12, mar 5, apr 23, 2009
The Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center

Concertmaster Margaret Batjer curates a new chamber music series on the Westside that explores the connections between music and other artistic expressions. In this inaugural season, we take a look at the links between music and poetry.

family concerts
sundays @ 1 pm pre-concert activities
sundays @ 2 pm kid-friendly concerts
feb 8, mar 22, may 3, 2009
Alex Theatre in Glendale

Share the joy as your kids and grandkids discover that classical music is cool. An hour before the concert begins, kids participate in creative pre-concert activities and visit the Instrument Petting Zoo. Next, LACO presents a one-hour concert, followed by Q&A so that kids can interact with the musicians.

special events

marriner gala
sat sept 27
celebratory toast for all ticket holders beginning @ 6 pm
concert @ 6:30 pm
Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena

Sir Neville Marriner conductor
Jeffrey Kahane piano

Schumann/ Paul Chihara Overture, Scherzo, Childhood Dreams and Finale, Op. 52
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major
Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite
Kodály Dances of Galánta

yo-yo ma plays golijov
sun jan 11 @ 7pm
Royce Hall, UCLA campus

Jeffrey Kahane conductor
Yo-Yo Ma cello
Michael Ward-Bergeman hyper-accordion
Jamey Haddad percussion

Fauré Elegy
Osvaldo Golijov Azul (West Coast premiere)
Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A major

LACO’s 20th annual silent film gala: Gold Rush
june 2009
Royce Hall, UCLA campus

LACO presents a fun and festive night with live orchestral accompaniment to the famous Charlie Chaplin film Gold Rush.

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