Date Night: The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

If you love the arts as much as I do, you’ll want to catch a performance by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. We grabbed friends for a double date and headed to see the launch of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s new season at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. Sometimes they play at the Disney Concert Hall, but this is a great venue on the West Side.

This performance was led by Music Director Jaime Martín, conducting Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, ‘Choral,’  and the West Coast premiere of Shelley Washington’s ‘Both’. The magic of experiencing artists pour heart and soul into their art creating a unique and intimate experience each and every time.

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jaime Martín – CREDIT: Jamie Pham

The concert opened with the West Coast premiere of Shelley Washington’s ‘Both’, which created layers of complex sounds and rhythmic patterns. The audience is taken on a thought-provoking journey, weaving in sounds of airplane engines, intimate conversation, and explosive melodies. Shelley Washington is the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s 2021-22 Sound Investment Composer, a groundbreaking program LACO established in 2001 that engages audience members in developing new classical works.

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The program continued with one of the world’s most beloved symphonies, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor. This is the last symphony Beethoven wrote before he passed and is also the first symphony ever to incorporate vocal soloists and chorus into what had been a purely instrumental genre.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jaime Martín, CREDIT: Michelle Shiers

Perhaps the most poignant part of the evening was seeing the soloists and members of the Los Angeles chorale scene fill the stage to sing “Ode to Joy,” the final anthem of hope and humanity. The members were from various chorale chapters that included: Los Angeles Master Chorale, Gay Man’s Chorus, USC Chamber Singers, Angel City Chorale, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, and more.

We left feeling uplifted and empowered by the themes of the evening.

“We are all humans filled with complex layers and we need to find a way to live in peace and harmony together”

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You can find upcoming performances for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra here and tickets start at $29. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 and older, and for students.

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