Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s New Program “Immerses” Audiences

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's Sound Investment Commissioning Program immerses audiences in developing new works.

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Los Angeles-based Sarah Gibson, whose work will be world premiered during the 2018-19 Season, is latest in line of esteemed LACO sound investment composers, among them: Ellen Reid, Matthew Aucoin, Ted Hearne, Hannah Lash, Andrew Norman, Timo Andres, Derek Bermel and others dating back to the first Sound Investment Commission in 2001

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Sound Investment commissioning program, established to engage audiences in developing a new piece of music composed especially to suit its unparalleled musical talents, features Los Angeles-based Sarah Gibson as its 2018-19 Sound Investment composer.

Her work will be world premiered at LACO’s orchestral concerts on Saturday, January 26, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, January 27, 2019, 7 pm, at Royce Hall following several exclusive salons for Sound Investment members. Gibson is the latest in a line of esteemed LACO Sound Investment Composers, among them Ellen Reid, Matthew Aucoin, Ted Hearne, Hannah Lash, Andrew Norman, Timo Andres, Derek Bermel and others dating back to the first Sound Investment commission in 2001.

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Sound Investment members experience the rare opportunity to observe first-hand the development of a new work from the composer’s earliest ideas to the finished composition. The program’s intimate salons throughout the season feature behind-the-scenes discussions with the composer about the creative process, unique reading sessions of the work-in-progress and tickets to the work’s premiere, among other benefits.

“Sound Investment began in 2001 with the innovative idea that LACO audiences would be interested in taking a journey with a composer, getting to know him or her and seeing how a new work comes together,” says LACO Executive Director Scott Harrison. “Back in a day when the term ‘crowdsource’ didn’t exist, Sound Investment became a way for a group of people to create a legacy in music.”

Members of Sound Investment, receive access for two at three salon events with Gibson, beginning Monday, June 4, 7 pm, in Beverly Hills, followed by a second one on Tuesday, December 4, 7 pm, in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District, and a third on January 24 (2019) at a location to be announced.

$300 Membership also includes a pair of tickets to Gibson’s world premiere and the donor’s name listed on the dedication page of the printed score. The $500 Sound Investment Plus Membership additionally includes access for two to a special reading session of the work in progress with the Orchestra on Thursday, October 25 in downtown Los Angeles and a signed copy of the printed score.

As part of LACO’s long history of audience engagement and a commitment to inspiring a love of classical music, college students ages 17 to 30 who take advantage the Orchestra’s “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass,” which provides admission to all LACO concerts during the season for just $30, are invited to all three salons (June 4, December 4 and January 24) in an added benefit.

Gibson, lauded as “a serious talent to watch” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), is a Los Angeles-based composer and pianist whose music has been inspired by the physicality of performing and the communication that occurs between performers onstage. She is especially drawn to narrative in her work and strives to create a sense of dialogue and intimacy in her musical language. She is co-founder of the new-music piano duo HOCKET, lauded as “brilliant” by LA Times’ Mark Swed, and has played at festivals such as the MATA Festival, Carlsbad New Music Festival and Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Noon to Midnight.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), ranked among the world’s top musical ensembles, marks its 50th anniversary in the 2017-18 season. Beloved by audiences and praised by critics, the Orchestra is known as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks as well as a champion of contemporary composers.

Headquartered in the heart of the country’s cultural capital, LACO has been proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” (Public Radio International), “LA’s most unintimidating chamber music experience” (Los Angeles magazine), “resplendent” (Los Angeles Times) and “one of the world’s great chamber orchestras” (KUSC Classical FM).

LACO, which performs throughout greater Los Angeles, has garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Jaime Martín, praised as “a visionary conductor, discerning and meticulous” (Platea Magazine), is LACO’s Music Director Designate and takes the podium as Music Director in the 2019-20 season.

For additional information about Sound Investment, please visit https://www.laco.org/soundinvest or contact Brandon Faber at 213 622 7001 × 221, brandonfaber@laco.org.