The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, which recently received over $2 million in gifts towards its future, and in recognition of it's cultural importance in Los Angeles, is bringing an international cast and guest conductor for two performances of Mozart's powerful Requiem, to be performed this month at Royce Hall, UCLA and at Alex Theatre, Glendale.
Internationally acclaimed conductor Helmuth Rilling, makes his 13th appearance with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra to guest conduct two performances of Mozart’s sublime Requiem in D minor, K. 626, featuring soprano Stacey Tappan, alto Callista Hoffman, tenor Nicholas Phan, bass Michael Dean. and the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, under the direction of Jo Michael Scheibe, on the following dates this January:
Saturday, January 26, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and
Sunday, January 27, 2013, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall.
This all-Mozart program celebrates the legendary composer’s 257th birthday and will also include Mozart's majestic Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543.
Helmuth Rilling, renowned as a great pedagogue as well as a conductor, founded the Bach Collegium Stuttgart and has served as music director of the Oregon Bach Festival since 1970. Through these musical affiliations and others as well as through his vast body of recordings and countless guest performances around the globe, Rilling has made a striking and indelible impact on the classical music field. He fervently believes that “music should startle people and reach deep down inside them.”
Soprano Stacey Tappan, has distinguished herself as an exceptional musical artist. Reviews have hailed her as a “tremendous American soprano” and “a magnificent discovery.” Recent appearances have included Miss Wordsworth in LA Opera’s Albert Herring and Krenek’s Das Geheime Königreich with James Conlon, among others. Stacey Tappan made her professional debut with Houston Grand Opera as Beth in Little Women, broadcast on PBS’ Great Performances and released on CD by Ondine and on DVD by Naxos.
Mezzo-soprano Callista Hoffman, completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame, and recently received an MA at the University of Southern California. Hoffman has performed the alto solos in Handel’s Messiah with LACO and Horizon Music Group, Bach’s St. John Passion and Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. This year marks her second season with the Los Angeles Master Chorale as member and soloist.
Tenor, Nicholas Phan is considered a rising young opera star, and has recently performed with notable opera companies, including those of Chicago, Seattle, New York City, Los Angeles, Houston Grand Opera and Glimmerglass Opera,;Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf and Opéra de Lille, France. Phan has also appeared with leading orchestras in the United States and Great Britain. Last fall, he released his first solo album Winter Words. His discography includes a GRAMMY®-nominated recording of Stravinksy’s Pulcinella with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO Resound).
American bass-baritone Michael Dean, appears with many of the leading opera houses and orchestras of the US and Europe. He has made frequent appearances at New York City Opera, in leading roles including singing the role of Jason McFarlane in Lizzie Borden for a “Live From Lincoln Center” broadcast. Dean has also received critical praise for his numerous recordings of Baroque opera. Michael Dean is a member of the Voice Faculty of UCLA.
The USC THORNTON CHAMBER SINGERS is the premier choral ensemble at the USC Thornton School of Music, directed by Jo-Michael Scheibe, chair of USC Thornton’s department of Choral and Sacred Music. The ensemble performs regularly in concert halls in America and overseas, including tours to South Korea in 1994, Poland in 1997 and China in 2006.
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras in its 44th season, presents wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Their current 2012-13 season features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres established and rising young composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, internationally acclaimed conductor and pianist, in his 16th season as LACO’s music director.
Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the music and artists. Ticket holders can also meet LACO musicians immediately following the concerts at free after-parties, which feature appetizers and drinks in the lobby.
Tickets ($25 – $110) are on sale now.
Purchase online at laco.org, or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Tickets can also be purchased at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain.
Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more.
College students may purchase rush tickets one hour before curtain. College Students can also purchase the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral Series concerts at either the Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall, LACO’s Discover Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 at Ambassador Auditorium and for all three Westside Connections concerts at The Broad Stage, plus other benefits.
Student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office the day of the concert.