LACO String Quartet
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) assembled four of their finest string players just for Grand Performances; Connie Kupka, David Speltz, Brendan Speltz, and Florence Titmus, will deliver a program of classics, new music and festive fare that demonstrates their nimble versatility, virtuosity, and joie de vivre. Compositions by Schubert, Gershwin, and Mozart are part of tonight's program.
Supernova premieres a four-movement piece titled "Suite for Los Angeles." Composed and performed by the ensemble – Jacob Szekely, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Paul Jacob Cartwright, and Robert Anderson – with added loops, pedals, and electronics.
The LACO String Quartet is performing the following compositions:
Trio in B flat Allegro by Franz Schubert
“Lullaby” by George Gershwin
Quartet in D, K 499 by Mozart
Supernova is performing the following composition:
"Suite for Los Angeles," a work in four movements composed collectively by the ensemble and accompanied by video artist, Jesse Gilbert.
LACO String Quartet
Brenden Speltz - VioIin
Florence Titmus - Violin
Connie Kupka - Viola
David Speltz - Cello
Robert Anderson - Violin
Jacob Szekely - Cello
Paul Cartwright - Violin
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - Viola
LACO String Quartet Members
Connie Kupka is a native Angelino who grew up in a music-loving family along with two other siblings, both of whom are also performers. After graduating from UCLA, she won a scholarship to study chamber music with the Guarneri Quartet at the Yale Summer Festival in Norfolk, Connecticut. The experience created a lifelong passion for chamber music (and orchestras), and inspired her and her future husband, cellist David Speltz, to form their own ensemble, the Arriaga Quartet. The group went on to win the grand prize in the prestigious Coleman Chamber Ensemble Competition and was able to tour with a broad range of offerings from the magnificent quartet repertoire.
David Speltz is a cellist who was in LACO many years ago and eventually moved into different stage of his career; he’s very active in the studio scene, lots of performing and teaching with musicians and groups. Brendan Speltz is their son, and he’s a really dynamic young violinist, based in New York.
Brendan Speltz has toured the globe with groundbreaking ensembles such as Shuffle Concert, the Manhattan Chamber Players, A Far Cry, and the Harlem Quartet. As founder of FeltinFour Productions Speltz has produced innovative concert events across the New York City area which have been described by The New Yorker as “Thrilling, poignant, unexpected, and utterly DIY.” Most recently Speltz co-created a cross-disciplinary presentation of Steve Reich’s Different Trains with aerial dance troupe ABCirque which was sponsored by Meyer Sound Labs. In NYC he performed as a guest with the New York New Music Ensemble, the Mark Morris Dance Group, American Ballet Theatre, The American Symphony, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s and is a founding member of the conductorless string orchestra Shattered Glass. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and his Master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He plays a 1925 Carl Becker violin.
Florence Titmus’ career as a violinist has taken her to many places throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, the former Soviet Union, South and Central America. She has performed with many groups since graduating from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) with a Master of Fine Arts. Currently, she is a member of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale Orchestra as well as several other local groups. She participates in the Oregon Bach Festival, the All Saints Chamber Music in the Chapel Series, edits violin music books for Last Resorts Music Publishing and coaches violin at the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program. She has recorded with Decca, Delos, Hanssler, Newport Classics, and RCM (Rubedo Canis Musica) and has played in numerous film, television and radio broadcasts.
SUPERNOVA String Quartet Members
Jacob Szekely grew up in a musical family where his talent was recognized early on. He was accepted to study classical cello performance at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy for high school before attending the Cleveland Institute of Music for his Bachelor’s Degree and the University of Southern California for graduate studies. Heralded by Los Angeles’s KJAZZ radio as “a uniquely gifted artist; Szekely’s performances blend a unique instrumental voice with technical virtuosity.”
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer, music director, producer, DJ, and educator based in his hometown of Los Angeles, California. The depth and range of Atwood-Ferguson’s works are vast, having contributed to over 300 recordings, and countless live concerts. He performs, tours and records with ensembles ranging from electronica, avant-garde, jazz, classical, hip-hop, and pop to name a few from countries all around the world. Many long years of practice and study prepared him for what is now a life of constant composing, conducting, performing, improvising, and producing.
Paul Cartwright became the first-chair violinist with the Bakersfield Orchestra as a junior in High School. He has been a soloist for both the Los Angeles Philharmonic & Chicago Symphony. Paul is a first-call studio player, a respected jazz artist, and the "signature sound" of such TV hits as "Battlestar Galactica," "Caprica," "The Walking Dead," and now the pirate adventure series "Black Sails" on Starz.
Robert Anderson has been performing, recording, and composing in the Los Angeles area since graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2000. He was a founding member of the jazz string quartet Supernova from 2002-2005 and is currently performing with pioneering electric jazz trio Eartha Austria, country artist Angela Wood, pop/rock band Uncle Daddy, and Bear McCreary’s Battlestar Galactica Orchestra. Other notable performances include stage and television appearances with Katie Melua, Paul Oakenfold, Rihanna, and Pink.
This performance is supported in part by Jewel Member Janet Chung.
Funded in part by grants from The Colburn Foundation and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
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