By Robert D. Thomas
Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Whittier Daily News
The Colburn Orchestra will open its 10th anniversary season on September 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Ambassador Auditorium when Music Director Yehuda Gilad leads The Colburn School’s internationally renowned ensemble in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Colburn Conservatory of Music student Beiyao Ji will be the soloist in the concerto (this is also the 10th anniversary of the Conservatory).
Gilad, who is also professor of clarinet at the Colburn School of Music and the USC Thornton School of Music, will conduct five of the Colburn Orchestra’s seven concerts. Five programs will take place at Ambassador and one will be played the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge. The orchestra will also play on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Sounds About Town” series at Walt Disney Concert Hall when LAPO Music Director Gustavo Dudamel will conduct.
Particularly considering the exemplary quality of the orchestra, its Ambassador season counts as one of the real bargains for music lovers. Some of the tickets are free, other general admission seats are $10, and premium seats are just $25. Check the school’s Web site HERE for details. For tickets to the Dec. 1 concert at the Valley Performing Arts Center, call 818/677-3000. Information on the Disney Hall concert is HERE.
The complete orchestra series is available HERE.
The Colburn Chamber Music Society will present six concerts at the school’s Zipper Hall beginning October 14 (DETAILS) and a new Thursday evening chamber series in the Thayer Hall lobby is also on tap (DETAILS). The school will again join forces with LA Opera’s Domingo-Thornton Young Artists Program when LAO’s Music Director James Conlon conducts performances of Britten’s chamber opera The Rape of Lucretia April 4, 5 and 6 at Zipper Hall (DETAILS).
Other season stories:
• Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra HERE
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