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Music Director Jeffrey Kahane serves as musical “tour guide” for an exploration of Beethoven’s seminal masterwork, Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 58, at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's (LACO) annual “Discover” concert 8 p.m. Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena. The special one-night-only evening is designed to allow audiences to hear a major work with “new ears” leading to a deeper understanding and appreciation of this pinnacle of the piano literature.
Kahane begins by illustrating with the Orchestra on stage and at the ready how Beethoven's innovative tour de force revolutionized the concerto form, then delves into Greek mythology to describe the composer's possible portrayal of Orpheus taming the Furies in the second movement.
After intermission, Kahane conducts the Orchestra from the piano in a performance of the full work, followed by a question and answer segment with the audience.
Tickets ($25-$110) are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213-622-7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office the day of the concert.
Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, Kahane has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized around the world for his mastery of diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin, Golijov and John Adams. In 2012-13, Kahane enjoys his 16th season as the LACO’s music director.
LACO, proclaimed “America's finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world's top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under acclaimed conductor and pianist Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers.
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