His name was Karl Ignatz Kohaut and he was one of the premier lutenists of his time, a favorite of, among other notables, the great Franz Josef Haydn. Kohaut also is considered one of the foremost composers for the Baroque lute — obviously not an overcrowded field, but his seven lute concerti stand out nonetheless for their charm and technical challenges. This week, at the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's music and discussion series Baroque Conversations, guitar and lute virtuoso John Schneiderman performs Kohaut's rarely heard Concerto in F major for Lute and Strings in a lively program that also includes Geminiani's Concerto Grosso in C major; Handel's Concerto Grosso in B-flat major; and Vivaldi's Concerto in A minor for Two Violins, RV 523, featuring the rare treat of LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer and assistant concertmaster Tereza Stanislav combining their talents as co-soloists. The evening includes preconcert complimentary wine and soft drinks, and interactive dialogue between the musicians and the audience.

Thu., March 10, 6 p.m., 2011

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