Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), led by Music Director Jaime Martín, announces its 2020-21 Season, entitled LACO Close Quarters, featuring a robust slate of 16 original digital programs with sweeping repertoire and compelling visual elements directed by groundbreaking director/designer/artist James Darrah, who has been named 2020-21 Creative Director of Digital Content. Martín, lauded for his “infectious music making” (Los Angeles Times), embarks on his second season with LACO, conducting half of the programs. Darrah – noted for visually and emotionally “striking (work) that injects real drama” (New York Times) at the intersection of theater, music and film – is establishing a first-of-its-kind LACO digital studio at Wilhardt & Naud, a film studio and multidisciplinary arts campus located in Chinatown in downtown Los Angeles. The studio will serve as a creative hub for developing artistic media content with L.A.-based artists and filmmakers, who, inspired by the Orchestra’s musical programming, will create works in a variety of mediums that will factor into the broadcasts and endure long after the season concludes. This marks the Orchestra’s first creative partnership with Darrah. LACO’s concerts, each between 30 and 40 minutes in length, are filmed at The Colburn School’s Olive Rehearsal Hall socially distanced with no audience and produced exclusively for streaming. Available to the public at no cost, the digital broadcasts air biweekly on Fridays, from November 6, 2020, through June 4, 2021, at 6:30 pm (PT), at LACO.org/laco-at-home, and on LACO’s YouTube channel and Facebook live.
This new slate of virtual programming, developed under the Orchestra’s LACO AT HOME brand, builds upon the highly successful LACO SummerFest series, the Orchestra’s first foray into streaming that concluded in September and featured five digital chamber music concerts that have attracted more than 130,000 viewers to date.
“It is a tremendous and exciting undertaking to