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LA Chamber Orchestra's Westside Connections

Thursday, February 13, 2014



Thursday, February 13, 2014


7:30 pm


LA Chamber Orchestra's Westside Connections


Moss Theater at New Roads School
3131 Olympic Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA


Arnold Steinhardt, acclaimed first violin of the illustrious Guarneri Quartet, joins the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) for its WESTSIDE CONNECTIONS chamber music series launch on Thursday, February 13, 2014, 7:30 pm, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica. The three-part series, with “LA Influential” as this year's thematic twist, examines the impact our diverse city has had on arts and culture through the eyes of distinguished guest artists and speakers. LACO Concertmaster and series curator Margaret Batjer has programmed evenings that showcase the virtuosic artistry of LACO musicians in chamber masterpieces, reflecting the compelling LA connections and inspirations that have deeply influenced the special guests, who in addition to Steinhart, include Culture Clash satirist/comedian Richard Montoya and actor/director/composer John Rubinstein.

Steinhardt performs Korngold’s “Marietta’s Lied zur Laute” from Die tote Stadt with LACO's Music Director Jeffrey Kahane (piano); and Batjer and principals Roland Kato (viola) and Andrew Shulman (cello) join Steinhardt and Kahane for Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat major. In addition, Assistant Concertmaster Tereza Stanislav, Cello Trevor Handy and Clarinet Joshua Ranz are featured on Dahl’s Concerto a tre for Violin, Cello and Clarinet.

Steinhardt, born in Los Angeles in the 1930s, served as first violin of the acclaimed Guarneri Quartet for its entire 45-year run. The quartet, founded in 1964, was hailed for its “uncanny unanimity of expression” (The New York Times) and described as “a 1964 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III…an ensemble with an ultra-plush, million-dollar tone…in perfect condition and utterly reliable even after 45 years on the road” (Los Angeles Times). As a youth, Steinhardt studied violin in Los Angeles with Toscha Seidel and Peter Meremblum, who were part of the émigré community that included musical giants Stravinsky, Korngold, Dahl, Rubinstein and Piatigorsky. He made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at age 14.

Westside Connections continues with Montoya, who explores the controversial history of Chavez Ravine, and Rubinstein, the prolific film, stage and television artist who is the son of legendary pianist Arthur Rubinstein. Now in its sixth season, Westside Connections moves to a new location in Santa Monica, the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at New Roads School.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2013-14 season, the Orchestra's 45th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established and notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 17th season as LACO’s music director.

Subscriptions to all three "Westside Connections" concerts ($135) are available by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Tickets for individual concerts (beginning at $50) are available online at, 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 one hour before the concert. Also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for LACO’s three Westside Connections concerts at the Moss Theater, seven Orchestral Series concerts at either the Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall and Discover Beethoven’s Eroica at Ambassador Auditorium. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for groups of 12 or more. The Moss Theater at New Roads School is located at 3131 Olympic Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

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