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Hilary Hahn opens LACO season with a high-flying performance of Bach / San Francisco Classical Voice

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The big black letters on the marquis of the Alex Theatre - an art deco landmark on Glendale's Brand Ave. - read "Hilary Hahn Plays Bach." It also could have mentioned that the evening was the opening concert of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's 51st season.

Hilary Hahn was 23 when she first performed with the musicians of LACO, an association that has continued for 15 years. But as LACO concertmaster Margaret Batjer recalled during the pre-concert talk Saturday, she first heard Hahn perform the Beethoven Violin Concerto when Hahn was a student at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. The performance of the Bach double concerto that followed combined the elements of a joyful reunion with an emotionally expressive, high-flying performance during which it became abundantly clear the two musicians were having a lot of fun exchanging riffs, adding flourishes, and playing harmoniously in unison. PHOTO: Michael Patrick O'Leary, Michael Burke

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