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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Presents the World Premiere of Andrew Norman’s Begin

Sep. 01, 2019

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Presents the World Premiere of Andrew Norman’s <em>Begin</em>

On September 28-29, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), led by Jaime Martín, presents the world premiere of Begin, the first part of a large-scale concerto for chamber orchestra to be written over three consecutive seasons by Andrew Norman. LACO's season opening conert also includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Berlioz’s Nuits d’été, featuring acclaimed mezzo-soprano, Anne Sofie von Otter. Andrew Norman's new work is a co-commission from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

We are also delighted to report that Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic have partnered with Deutsche Grammophon to release the world premiere recording of Andrew Norman’s Sustain, which was given its first performances at the opening concerts of the LA Phil’s 2018-19 season. Sustain was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music and was hailed as “a new American masterpiece” in The New Yorker, “sublime” by The New York Times, and “a near out-of-body acoustic experience that sounds like, and feels like, the future we want” in the Los Angeles Times. Purchase the digital-only release here.

Listen to an excerpt from Andrew Norman’s The Great Swiftness (2010):

(The Great Swiftness/Andrew Norman/Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra/Jeffrey Kahane, conductor)

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Andrew Norman

Begin (2019)
for chamber orchestra
First Part: ca. 15'  

Sustain (2018)
for orchestra