Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Bach, Jeffrey Kahane, LACO, Baroque Conversations
SARAH THORNBLADE, who first joined LACO in 1999, is the Orchestra's associate principal second violin. The Los Angeles Times describes her playing as "rapturously winning" and the Santa Barbara News writes that she is a "marvelously versatile violinist." Thornblade is a member of both the Eclipse Quartet and Xtet, both ensembles dedicated to performing 20th century and contemporary music. Eclipse is a visiting artist at Mills College and a resident artist at Villa Aurora in the Pacific Palisades. Recent premiers by the quartet include works by Peter Garland, Chico Mello, Stephen Cohn and Zeena Parkins. The quartet is the recent recipient of an Aaron Copland Fund recording grant and has recorded for Tzadik and for an upcoming release on Bridge records. Thronblade is a former member of the Denali Quartet and a former founding member of the Arianna String Quartet, which has been a grand prize winner at the Fischoff National, Coleman and Carmel chamber music competitions. She has also performed with Camerata Pacifica, Jacaranda Music and Auros Group for New Music (Boston). Thornblade has performed throughout the country and abroad at festivals including the Tanglewood and Spoleto music festivals; the Look & Listen and Oregon Bach festivals; and the Norfolk, Steamboat Springs, Banff and Portland chamber music festivals. She has collaborated with artists such as Gilbert Kalish, Jeffery Kahane, Andres Cardenes, Randall Hodgkinson and Warren Jones. Thornblade is on the faculty of Pomona College and is also an active recording musician for film and television. She holds degrees from Indiana University and Northern Illinois University and studied with Miriam Fried, Mathias Tacke and Shmuel Ashkenasi.
LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (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 Jeffrey 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. During its 44-year history, the Orchestra has made 30 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered seven ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. LACO presents its Orchestral Series at both the Alex Theatre and Royce Hall, Baroque Conversations at Zipper Hall, Westside Connections chamber music series at The Broad Stage, and an annual Discover concert at Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO's outreach programs Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program reach thousands of young people annually.
The concert will play Thursday, February 14, 2013, 7 pm at the Zipper Concert Hall, The Colburn School, 200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, Calif.
BACH Concerto No. 2 in C major for Two Harpsichords, BWV 1061
BACH Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043
CPE BACH Concerto in E-flat major for Harpsichord and Fortepiano, H.479 (W.47)
TICKET PRICES: $55; Student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office the day of the concert. Tickets available online at laco.org, by phone 213 622 7001 or by fax 213 626 2157. Tickets also on sale at the theatre box office the night of the concert, if available.
A pre-concert reception, beginning at 6 pm, is free to all ticket holders.
Pictured: Jeffrey Kahane. Photo by Michael Burke.