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LACO - Concertmaster; Margaret Batjer shares music of comfort and hope / New Classical Tracks

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For the past 20 years, Margaret Batjer has served as the concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. The ensemble asked her how she wanted to mark this milestone. The first thing that came to her was to reach out to composer Pierre Jalbert. "In the back of my mind, I always had this dream of commissioning him to write a violin concerto. So as my 20th year in the orchestra came close, they asked me what I would like to do to celebrate those 20 years. I said, 'I'd like to commission Pierre to write me a violin concerto.'

"In this case, we did a tri-commission with the Milwaukee Symphony and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Unofficially, it became known as the 'Concert Master Concerto' because Pierre had relationships with both of those orchestras and both those concertmasters. And luckily, we maintained the recording rights to the piece."

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