Tuesday, April 17, 2012

John Malveaux: 'African American Conductor Henry Lewis founded the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra'; Name not found on LACO Website

[Henry Lewis (1932-63)]

John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra has brought "Play Me, I’m Yours" to Los Angeles.

Through the rest of April thirty pianos, designed and decorated by local artists and community organizations, are featured across Los Angeles County and are available for everyone to play, in celebration of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane’s 15th anniversary as LACO music director. Although African American conductor Henry Lewis founded the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra approximately 1958, I could not locate the historical achievement on their website http://www.laco.org/about/. Please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Lewis_(musician)

1 comment:

Unknown said...

That's a mystery to me; I was involved early and never heard mention of Henry Lewis being involved; Neville Marriner was the original music director. Henry Lewis distinguished himself with a 1965 production of L.A. Opera, (perhaps those that became LACO were in the pit). He conducted his wife, Marilyn Horne in Italian in Algiers...