An Evening of Chopin and Beethoven at Royce Hall
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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Arrive one hour before curtain for a Concert Prelude, featuring a Beethoven violin and piano sonata as well as Jeffrey Kahane’s witty anecdotes and interesting insights about music.
Now 40-something, Joseph Swensen and Jeffrey Kahane toured and recorded as a successful violin and piano duo until both went on to stellar careers, Swensen as the principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Kahane as international concert pianist and music director of the LA Chamber Orchestra.
For the holidays, they reunite and appear together for the very first time as conductor and pianist for an evening of Chopin, Beethoven and MacMillan.
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.