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LACO's Season Begins This Week

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Now that it's officially Autumn, the Los Angeles classical music scene begins to populate the already crowded local culture calendars. One of those groups you've probably seen a multitude of times, but never have heard a note plucked or bowed from them. That's because a mural of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) towers over the 110 Freeway downtown in Kent Twitchell's "Harbor Freeway Overture." This week, LACO begins their 07/08 season on on Saturday and Sunday (same programs, different venues: Glendale on Saturday, Westwood on Sunday).

As chamber orchestra music goes, most of LACO's season derives from the Classical period (this year is especially heavy on the Mozart with some smatterings of Haydn and Beethoven). Obviously light on the Romantic period, when large full-scale symphonic music reigned, the 20th Century is fairly well represented throughout the year with Prokofiev, Andriessen, Shostakovich, Rautavaara and others.

The concert not to miss this season comes on November 3rd and 4th where they will feature a concerto for a Persian flute, called the ney, by Reza Vali. The same concert will also feature music by Prokofiev and Mendelssohn.

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Photos from LACO's website.