The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra hits the Big 4-0, but theyre not worried about wrinkles or spare tires as they get ready for an anniversary gala harking back to the good old days. First off, theres Sir Neville Marriner, the legendary founder of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, who was LACOs first music director (1969-1978), and who returns, at age 84, to conduct a program that includes a work by the orchestras first composer-in-residence, Paul Chihara an arrangement of Schumanns charming Scenes From Childhood. Then theres LACOs current music director, Jeffrey Kahane, whos tickled to death to be performing as soloist in Beethovens Piano Concerto No. 1 under the baton of his old idol. When Sir Neville gave the downbeat at LACOs first concert on October 27, 1969, I was a 13-year-old aspiring piano student, Kahane recalls. It is with particular joy that I welcome Sir Neville back to the podium and take my place at the piano, fulfilling a lifelong dream. The concert and celebratory champagne toast promises to be fun enough, but for those with a few more bucks say 750 of them theres a Ruby Jubilee Celebration afterward that includes a gala for Sir Neville, dinner, dancing and a live auction. Happy anniversary, LACO, and heres to at least 40 more. Pictured, Jeffrey Kahane; photograph by Michael Burke. Ambassador Auditorium, 131 St. John St., Pasadena; Sat., Sept. 27, 6 p.m. celebratory toast, 6:30 p.m. concert; $30-$125 concert only; $750 Ruby Jubilee. (213) 622-7001, Ext. 215, www.laco.org.
Sat., Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., 2008