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LA Chamber Orchestra's Mozart’s Requiem

Saturday, April 27, 2019



Saturday, April 27, 2019


8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


LA Chamber Orchestra's Mozart’s Requiem


Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA


Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) Music Director Designate Jaime Martín makes his only appearance this season on LACO’s Orchestral Series when he conducts the West Coast premiere of the LACO-co-commissioned song cycle Voy a Dormir by Bryce Dessner, known to many as a guitarist with Grammy Award-winning alternative rock band The National and one of the most sought-after composers of his generation, on Saturday, April 27, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre, and Sunday, April 28, 2019, 7 pm, at Royce Hall. Dessner's work was written for and features Grammy Award-winning mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor, who is also spotlighted in Mozart’s Requiem with soprano Sarah Shafer, tenor Thomas Cooley, bass Dashon Burton and the USC Thornton Chamber Singers. Martín begins his tenure with LACO in the 2019-20 season.

Dessner's rapidly expanding catalog of works has been commissioned by leading orchestras and ensembles. Voy a Dormir is a LACO co-commission with Carnegie Hall and Orchestra of St. Luke’s, which premiered the work on February 15, at Carnegie Hall. It is set to the poetry of Alfonsina Storni (1892-1938), one of the foremost poets in Latin American literature. Says Dessner, "I was fortunate to hear Kelley sing the stunning Neruda Songs by the great late composer Peter Lieberson in Paris a few years ago and was inspired by her beautiful command of the Spanish language. I have long had an interest in Spanish and South American literature, which was my second major at Yale, yet this was my first experience setting Spanish text to music. Kelley and I worked collaboratively on choosing the poems and were both deeply moved by the beauty and power of Storni's words as well as the story of her life in which she struggled through difficult economic circumstances as a single mother and, later, breast cancer. My work traces the arc of four of her later poems ‘Yo en el fondo del Mar' (Me at the bottom of the Sea), ‘Dulce Tortura' (Sweet Torture), 'Faro en la Noche' (Lighthouse in the Night) and her last written poem before her death by suicide in 1938, ‘Voy a Dormir' (I am going to sleep)."

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program's music and artists.

Tickets for concerts at Alex Theatre and Royce Hall start at $28 and may be purchased online at or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001 x1. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. Students with valid student ID may purchase discounted tickets ($8), based on availability.

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