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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra serves up a sandwich of sad and sweet

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra serves up a sandwich of sad and sweet

Not quite two weeks after turning 60, Jeffrey Kahane began his 20th and final season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra last weekend. He was buoyant, opening with one of Bach’s most overtly jubilant cantatas and ending with what the conductor described as the most joyous symphony ever written, Beethoven’s Seventh. In between came a candidate for the saddest violin concerto, Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian’s Second, titled “Four Serious Songs.”

Such a musical sandwich! The sweet bread of life housing a bitter filling of death and serving as a reminder to savor each bite, honeyed or otherwise; it may be your...

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