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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Presents Clarinetist Anthony McGill in Performances Led by Guest Conductor Thomas Dausgaard

October 9, 2018 | By Laura Stegman

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra presents celebrated clarinetist Anthony McGill, making his LACO debut, in a Baltic-influenced program led by guest conductor Thomas Dausgaard, Music Director Designate of the Seattle Symphony, on Saturday, October 27, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre, and Sunday, October 28, 2018, 7 pm, at Royce Hall. McGill, Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic, performs Nielsen's Clarinet Concerto, and the concerts also feature Sibelius' Symphony No. 3, Pärt's Silouan’s Song and Grieg’s Two Norwegian Airs. LACO’s vibrant and engaging Orchestral Series showcases the ensemble's remarkable artistry and trademark mix of orchestral masterpieces and new works from today’s leading composers, as well as the much-admired collaborative style between LACO artists.


McGill, who is LACO's 2018-19 Shaheen and Anil Nanji Guest Artist-in-Residence, has been recognized as one of the classical music world’s finest solo, chamber and orchestral musicians. He recorded Nielsen’s work with the New York Philharmonic, with whom he is in his second season as Principal Clarinet. His LACO residency includes master classes, community engagement opportunities and free public performances, along with concert appearances, providing more accessible musical opportunities to the broader Los Angeles community. Noted for his “almost ludicrously fluid command from the depths of his (instrument), up through the clarion register, and all the way to the altissimo” (Philadelphia Inquirer), McGill previously served as Principal Clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Associate Principal Clarinet of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. In addition to performing around the globe, McGill has collaborated with Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Gil Shaham, Midori, Mitsuko Uchida and Lang Lang, and performed with Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and Gabriela Montero at the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama. He has also appeared on Performance Today, Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, NBC Nightly News, the Steve Harvey Show and on MSNBC, among other media outlets.


The “charismatic” (New York Times) Dausgaard, hailed for his “impassioned…mastery” (Bachtrack), makes his third appearance with LACO. In addition to his role with the Seattle Symphony, he serves as Principal Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Chief Conductor Designate of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Honorary Conductor of both the Orchestra della Toscana and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Renowned for his innovative programming, the excitement of his live performances and his extensive catalogue of critically-acclaimed recordings, Dausgaard was awarded the Cross of Chivalry by the Queen of Denmark and elected to the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden.


Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the program's music and artists.

Tickets start at $28 and may be purchased online at laco.org or by calling LACO at 213 622 7001 x1. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. Students with valid student ID may purchase discounted tickets ($8), based on availability.



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