The Colburn Chamber Orchestra, Maxim Eshkenazy, director, performs Holst: St. Paul’s Suite, Purcell: Fairy Queen Suite, and Verdi: Symphony in E minor for Strings.
The Community School of Performing Arts Colburn Chamber Orchestra is a small orchestra consisting of strings only. The members are selected through competitive auditions each year and are between the ages of 13 and 18. The ensemble performs standard chamber orchestra repertoire, as well as newly commissioned works and arrangements done especially for the ensemble. The orchestra has commissioned and premiered works by internationally known composers, such as Thea Musgrave and Steven Stucky. In 2004, the orchestra debuted at Walt Disney Concert Hall on the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Sounds About Town series, and performed a joint concert with the Colburn Conservatory of Music Orchestra. Past performances have also featured both outstanding student and faculty soloists. A highlight of the group's concert season includes their annual participation in the Colburn Community School's Collaboration Concert.
The orchestra is directed by Maxim Eshkenazy, who the Los Angeles Times has hailed as “charismatic and exciting." Maestro Eshkenazy received two master's degrees from USC's Thornton School of Music (Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting) and was also awarded a fellowship from the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival. He currently serves as Director of the Colburn Community School's Colburn Youth Orchestra and Colburn Chamber Orchestra, as well as Assistant Conductor of the Colburn Conservatory Orchestra.