The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by Music Director Jaime Martín, showcases works by award-winning contemporary composer Jessie Montgomery, Mozart and R. Strauss on Saturday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena.
Although LACO has previously performed at the venue, acclaimed for stellar acoustics, it will be Martín’s first time conducting at the auditorium.
The program opens with “Strum” by Montgomery, whose work combines American folk idioms and elements of dance and movement. Martín also conducts Strauss’ orchestral suite “Le bourgeois gentilhomme” and Mozart’s “Sinfonia concertante for Four Winds” in E-flat major, showcasing LACO principals Claire Brazeau, oboe; Kenneth Munday, bassoon; Joshua Ranz, clarinet; and Michael Thornton, horn. The concert marks the final LACO performance by Munday, the orchestra’s longest serving current musician, who joined at age 23 and will be retiring after anchoring the bassoon section for 46 years.
“It is thrilling for LACO to return to Ambassador Auditorium with an eclectic and compelling program that spotlights the orchestra itself,” Martín said. “It will also be a bittersweet evening as we celebrate the incredible musical legacy of Ken Munday, who has been an integral part of LACO helping to shape the distinctive sound of the woodwind section for more than four and a half decades. His impact on the orchestra is profound and will be felt for decades to come.”
“We salute Ken Munday for his historic contributions to LACO during his lengthy and fruitful tenure and wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement,” LACO Executive Director Ben Cadwallader said. “This will no doubt be an emotional evening for the orchestra and our patrons.”
Munday was appointed LACO principal bassoon by Sir Neville Marriner in 1976, becoming the orchestra’s youngest principal player at the time. Marriner encouraged Munday and other principals in the orchestra to form a baroque ensemble, Musical Offering, which subsequently performed throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, and made three recordings for Nonesuch featuring music by Vivaldi, Telemann and J.S. Bach and his sons. Munday was also a founding member of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Winds, and was featured on the solo bassoon part in a recording of Richard Strauss’s “Duet Concertina” with clarinetist David Shifren.
Tickets start at $29 and may be purchased by calling (213)622 7001 ext. 1, or visiting laco.org.