Persian Treasure: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Concert at The Alex Theatre
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Los Angeles' Herencia Flamenca has earned a reputation as one of the West Coast's leading flamenco ensembles, blending a respect for the roots of flamenco with innovative style. The company puts on a show with performers representing flamenco traditions from across Spain, including two very talented and very different dancers originally from Barcelona: company co-founder Yolanda Arroyo and veteran performer Dolores Gimenez, making her U.S. debut after decades of success as a dancer and choreographer in Spain. The company's other co-founder, guitarist Paco Arroyo, hails from Cordoba, while guitarist Vicente Gelo comes from Seville, and singer Sonia Berbel and guitarist Fernando Mejias were both born in Madrid. All these and more will unite for a show that embodies the soul of flamenco, both elegant and explosive. Learn More
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Featured review from Victor B.Red Velvet
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Again, the LACO presented an excellent concert. The concerto for the Ney was not my kind of music. But the two symphonies were great. The Alex Theater is a very good venue. This is the second time we were there and enjoyed both experiences.
Quotes & Highlights
Vali’s Toward that Endless Plain “uses the orchestra… interactively as a part of a scenario based on a Persian mystical poem. The piece is resourcefully made and compelling in effect; the ney part was played with passion and imagination by Khosrow Soltani.” —The Boston Globe
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D major, “Classical,” Op. 25 (1917)
Vali: Toward that Endless Plain, concerto for the Persian ney
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5 in D major, “Reformation,” Op. 107 (1832)
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Jeffrey Kahane, conductor
Khosrow Soltani, Persian ney
East meets West in Reza Vali’s moving concerto for the ancient Persian ney, a flute-like instrument with a performance tradition of almost 5,000 years. The concerto, entitled Toward That Endless Plain, journeys from chaos to a state of peace.
A forerunner of the modern flute, the Persian ney has been played continuously for 4,500 to 5,000 years, making it one of the oldest instruments still in use. Depictions of ney players appear in wall paintings in the Egyptian pyramids, and actual neys have been found in the excavations at Ur. The ney consists of a hollow cane or reed (“ney” is the old Persian word for reed) with finger holes. More modern neys may be made of metal. Its compelling sound, unlike that of any other wind instrument, comes from the unique way it is blown. The upper edge of the ney is placed between the two upper front teeth, inside the mouth. A small stream of air is directed with the tongue, and the upper lip surrounds the upper part of the ney. Moving the lip and tongue changes the pitch and tone quality. This technique is very difficult to learn, but once mastered, gives great control over the timbre.
About the Ticket Supplier: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
The members of LACO are among the very best musicians in Los Angeles. Most play in film studios, teach and/or perform as soloists with orchestras and chamber ensembles all over the world.