Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Mandolinist Chris Thile Honor Aaron Copland
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The last date listed for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Mandolinist Chris Thile was Saturday January 23, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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True to form and beyond, Chris Thile wowed the audience with a concerto he composed for mandolin. Backed by LACO, it was a most unusual and exciting performance. The boy's a musical genius and I'm very happy I was able to attend this event to bear witness to the next step on his journey of musical exploration, expression, experimentation and expansion into impressive cross-genre musical efforts.
I probably would not have attended had I been faced with full price seat tickets - they're a little too pricey ($50) for balcony seats. The Alex Theater is nice and the LACO is a talented group, but I can see the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl for a fraction of the cost, sitting outside where there is at least the benefit of good air circulation. They might want to revisit their pricing structure AND call the air conditioning repairman - no offense intended, really, but there were some drawbacks. As always, thanks to Goldstar for making this event more financially accessible!
Quotes & Highlights
“My jaw dropped listening to and watching Thile play… The command he had of his instrument, from frenetically fast strumming to tasty quiet fills, it was just first-rate.” —NPR
“(Muhly is) one of the next great hopes for the future of classical music." —New York Magazine
Honor Copland and his legacy with two 28-year-old artists who carry the torch. Nico Muhly is the youngest composer ever to be commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera. Respected in both the classical and bluegrass worlds for his virtuosity and innovative fusion of musical genres, California-born Chris Thile, who made his name in the progressive acoustic band Nickel Creek, performs his mandolin concerto with LACO.
The evening’s program includes: Nico Muhly’s “By All Means;” Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” Suite (original 1944 version); Copland’s “Music for the Theatre;” and Chris Thile’s Mandolin Concerto (“Ad astra per alia porci” – “to the stars on the wings of a pig”) (LACO co-commission – California premiere).