Classical Music

Jeffrey Kahane leaves L.A. Chamber Orchestra as master musician and mensch

Jeffrey Kahane leaves L.A. Chamber Orchestra as master musician and mensch

When it became time for the speeches after intermission Sunday night at Royce Hall, no one needed to be told how splendid a musician Jeffrey Kahane is. This was his last concert as music director of Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He had just led Mozart’s last piano concerto, No. 27, from the keyboard with buoyancy that felt almost superhuman.

So instead we were told what was just plain human about Kahane, what makes him a mensch and more. Kristy Edmunds, the director of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, noted how Kahane exemplified the ideals of Josiah Royce, the 19th century California philosopher for whom UCLA’s hall was named. Royce professed that...

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