In this public premiere, the newly created LA Grand Ensemble, directed by composer Juan Colomer, under the baton of Maestro Ignazio Terrasi (assistant conductor, LA Opera), blends theatrical and visual elements with classical music- performed by musicians from the LA Opera and The Colburn School- offering a classical music experience that is truly contemporary.
Presented in collaboration with Valencia Cultural Point, Inc.
Composer Juan J. Colomer is the General Director of LA Grand Ensemble. Colomer has worked with artists such as James Levine, Plácido Domingo, Christian Lindberg and José Carreras, and his music has been performed by the Vienna Symphony, Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestra & Chorus of the Arena di Verona and Orchestra of Palau de les Arts, among others. He collaborates regularly with Spanish Brass for whom he has written many pieces including “La Devota Lasciva (The Lascivious Devout)” for quintet and orchestra. In 2008, the CD “Spanish Passion” by Plácido Domingo, featuring orchestrations by Colomer, won a Latin Grammy for Best Classical Album. Colomer is also the founder of “Artistic Soirées”, a series of classical concerts and art collaborations presented to the public in the composer’s own loft.
Ignazio Terrasi is the music director and conductor of the LA Grand Ensemble and the principal music assistant to Maestro James Conlon at the LA Opera. Terrasi began his career in Milan, conducting the “Pierluigi da Palestrina” and “Milano Classica” Orchestras, and has since worked with the Opera National de Paris, the “alla Scala” Theatre of Florence, the “Santa Cecilia” Opera studio in Rome, and the Metropolitan Opera of New York. He also conducted the contemporary opera production “Alma Sola” with IRCAM at the Centre Pompidou.
Carolina Angulo is a design manager at the Los Angeles Opera and has designed several shows for their education and community programs. She has worked for several theaters including the Santa Fe Opera, the Getty Villa and the Red Cat Theater as a props and puppet artisan, and as a scenic artist for theater and TV. She was the assistant production designer for the independent movie Intellectual Property, which received several international film festival awards. Angulo currently serves as the artistic director for the LA Grand Ensemble.
Special thanks to both Dennis Hagerty’s Keyboard Concepts for providing the lovely Yamaha grand piano for tonight's performance as well as to the Consulate General of Spain in Los Angeles.
Unless otherwise indicated, ALOUD programs take place at the Los Angeles Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.