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Two World Premieres by Hannah Lash with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Alabama Symphony Orchestra

Apr. 01, 2014

Two World Premieres by Hannah Lash with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Alabama Symphony Orchestra

Two new major works by Hannah Lash receive their world premieres this month. On April 26, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra debuts Lash’s This Ease under the direction of Jeffrey Kahane. Commissioned by the ensemble as part of its Sound Investment commissioning initiative, This Ease is a work that explores and cultivates new encounters with familiar sounds. The premiere takes place at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, CA on April 26, with an additional performance on April 27. Lash gives the following introduction to the piece:

This Ease is a piece that sits on the edge of something familiar: we have heard certain colors before – the harp, the bells, the slow choral-like harmonic ground in the strings – and yet it is a piece that seeks to disrupt and question these familiar elements very subtly.

As composer-in-residence with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra this season, Lash also sees the world premiere of her new large-scale orchestral work, Nymphs, on May 2. The work was commissioned by the orchestra and receives its premiere at the Jemison Concert Hall in Birmingham, AL, conducted by Courtney Lewis. A three-movement work, Nymphs takes its form and character from various species of Lepidoptera: moths and butterflies. Lash notes her inspiration for the work is derived from the “insects' beautifully complex and unpredictable flight patterns, their mysterious and sometimes nocturnal lives, and above all, their beauty.”

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Details on the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra premiere can be found at

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Hannah Lash
This Ease (2014)
for chamber orchestra in C.0.0-timp.3perc-hp-str

Nymphs (2014)
for orchestra