Prolific composer/conductor Matthias Pintscher curates Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) SESSION, an innovative performance experience, in collaboration with Four Larks, on Thursday February 28, 8 pm, at Mack Sennett Studios in Silverlake. Designed to explore classical music's cutting-edge sounds and challenge traditional concert-going expectations, the evening features two works by Pintscher, Study II for Treatise on the Veil, a string trio inspired by painter Cy Twombly’s art works, and Uriel, for cello and piano, the third part of his “Profiles of Light” cycle. Also on the program are three-time Grammy Award-winning soprano Michelle DeYoung and LACO artists performing Ravel’s Three Poemes de Stéphane Mallarmé; Berg’s Four pieces for clarinet and piano; Grisey’s surreal Stèle for two percussionists and Xenakis’s Rebonds A, a tour-de-force for solo percussion. SESSION includes a "hang" with the artists, and premium tickets include parking and one drink as well. Mack Sennett Studios, where artists like Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Donna Summer and Jay-Z have performed, is a historic facility that serves as a soundstage, event space and a hub for a variety of cultural producers.
In addition to curating SESSION, Pintscher guest conducts on LACO’s Orchestra Series, leading his own work, Transir for Flute & Orchestra, and Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth), featuring DeYoung and tenor Sean Panikkar, star of Philip Glass’s most recent opera, Satyagraha, on March 2, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre, and March 3, 2019, 7 pm, at Royce Hall.
Pintscher, who made his LACO debut in 2016 and will serve as music director of the Ojai Music Festival in 2020, is one of today’s most prominent and prolific composers and has an active conducting career. He is the music director of the acclaimed Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, Principal Conductor of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra and Artist-in-Association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Heralded “for making the creative process behind music come to life” (Ottawa Citizen), Pintscher, who makes his home in New York and Paris, has created significant works for the world’s leading orchestras. He joined the composition faculty at The Juilliard School in 2014.
DeYoung, hailed for a voice that is “sheer magic” (Dallas Morning News), has established herself as one of the most exciting artists of her generation. She appears frequently with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, The Met Orchestra (in Carnegie Hall), the Met Chamber Ensemble, Vienna Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra, Berliner Staatskapelle, Sao Paulo Symphony, and the Concertgebouworkest. She has also appeared in the prestigious festivals of Ravinia, Tanglewood, Aspen, Cincinnati, Saito Kinen, Edinburgh, Salzburg, St Denis, and Lucerne.
SESSION, whose programs fit the unique properties of unconventional spaces and test ideas about the relationship between performers and audiences, continues on April 4 with conductor/composer and wild Up director Christopher Rountree, whose work stands at the intersection of classical music, new music, performance art and pop. (Location to be announced.)
Single tickets are $25, and premium tickets, which include parking and drink ticket, are $45 and may be purchased online at laco.org or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001 x 1. Mack Sennett Studios is located at 1215 Bates Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90029.
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