The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will open its multi-season “Discover” series on November 7 with its first performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. The first half of the concert at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena will feature Music Director Jeffrey Kahane in a musical exploration of the work, with a discussion and musical examples; the second half will include a complete performance of the work followed by a question-and-answer session with Kahane and the orchestra musicians. For its December 13 concert at UCLA’s Royce Hall, LACO will welcome composer-in-residence Derek Bermel by performing the West Coast premiere of his A shout, a whisper, and a trace, a work Bermel describes as being inspired by Bartók. Bermel is just beginning a three-year residence with LACO. Bermel was a composer-in-residence with American Composers Orchestra from 2006 to 2009; during the 2008-09 season, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra played the world premiere of his The Good Life for chorus and orchestra. 

Posted November 2, 2009