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Pacific Chamber Orchestra Lawrence Kohl Music Director, presents The American Radio Hour

Saturday April 21st 7:30 pm at the Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church 49 Knox, Lafayette and Sunday April 22nd 2:00 pm at the Bankhead Theatre 2100 First Street, Livermore, the Pacific Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Lawrence Kohl, will take you back to 1944; before the internet, computers, even television, when the Radio was King to enjoy an “American Radio Hour” concert program.

You will be the live studio audience for Scott Joplin’s delightful rag-time hit “The Entertainer”; George Gershwin’s sweet “Lullaby for Strings”; Charles Ives’ amusing “Three Short Pieces” and Aaron Copland’s masterful “Appalachian Spring”. Copland focused this well-known, beautiful piece on the heart of American values as expressed in the Shaker melody: 'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free.

Two time Grammy winner jazz violinist Mads Tolling will also premiere a concerto for violin and chamber orchestra, “Yggdrasil”, commissioned by the Pacific Chamber Orchestra. Yggdrasil is the holy giant ash tree in Nordic mythology that is center to the cosmos. Its branches extend far into the heavens and its roots go deep in the earth, connecting the nine Norse worlds. Part of the concerto will be based around the oldest written Scandinavian song, “I have dreamed me a dream”, found on a piece of wood written in Runes around 1300 just after the Viking age. As befitting our diverse America, Mads Tolling’s “Yggdrasil” connects classical and improvisational jazz, old time fiddling and Latin styles into a complex and new musical universe.

The concerts are Saturday April 21st 7:30 pm at the Lafayette Orinda Presbyterian Church 49 Knox, Lafayette and Sunday April 22nd 2:00 pm at the Bankhead Theatre 2100 First Street, Livermore. Tickets are $10 - $59 and for both locations may be purchased through the PCO website: PacificChamberOrchestra.org or for Livermore the Bankhead Box office, by phone at 925-373-6800 or on-line at BankheadTheater.org or.

The professional musicians of the Pacific Chamber Orchestra have performed in the San Francisco Symphony, Opera, Ballet and Theatre Orchestra; record for feature films recorded at Skywalker Ranch; tour internationally in chamber groups and appear as soloists. For information and videos about PCO, please go to pacificchamberorchestra.org

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