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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Friday, May 15, 2020 8:00PM

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with Sheku Kanneh-Mason
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Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Jaime Martín, music director
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello

Donna L. Kendall Classical Series
Concert sponsors: Judith and Howard Jelinek
Beethoven@250 sponsored by The Segerstrom Foundation

Pre-concert lecture by Brian Lauritzen, 7pm

DERRICK SPIVA: Prisms, Cycles, Leaps Part III "To Be a Horizon" (world premiere)
SAINT-SAËNS: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55 “Eroica”

British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who became a household name worldwide after playing at the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, joins the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra for Saint-Saëns' captivating and brilliant Cello Concerto No. 1. New music director Jaime Martín leads the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in Beethoven's Third Symphony and the world premiere of a new work by Derrick Spiva.

Winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year Award, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason is also the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society's 2016 Young Instrumentalist Duet Prize; the 2017 South Bank Sky Arts Awards' The Times Breakthrough prize in the 'Classical' category; and both the Male Artist of the Year and the Critics' Choice Award at the 2018 Classic BRIT Awards. His performance at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle was greeted with universal excitement after being watched by nearly two billion people globally. His debut recording for Decca Classics, Inspiration (released January 2018), featured Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla. The phenomenal success of the album propelled Kanneh-Mason to a debut spot at number 18 in the UK's Official Albums Chart, and number 1 in the Classical Chart. In addition to being the highest-charting BBC Young Musician on the UK's Official Albums Chart, Sheku Kanneh-Mason is also the first BBC Young Musician to break into the albums Top 40 with their debut record.

Beloved by audiences and praised by critics, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, known to Angelenos as LACO, is a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks as well as a champion of contemporary composers. Headquartered in the heart of the country’s cultural capital, LACO has been proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” (Public Radio International), “LA’s most unintimidating chamber music experience” (Los Angeles Magazine), “resplendent” (Los Angeles Times), and “one of the world’s great chamber orchestras”(KUSC Classical FM).