Elfman Honored at LACO Gala

Four-time Oscar nominated, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning Danny Elfman, whose vast musical contributions as a composer and musician have thrilled audiences around the globe for more than 30 years, was honored by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) at its “2023 Gala Celebration” on Feb. 4 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, raising over $500,000 to benefit LACO’s artistic and education initiatives. Highlights included a tribute to Elfman and a celebratory concert with violinist Joshua Bell and soprano Larisa Marti?nez. LACO also performed a suite in three movements arranged by Elfman specifically for the event. LACO was founded in 1968 as an artistic outlet for the recording industry’s most gifted musicians, and the gala reflected those roots as well as the Orchestra’s longtime connection to Elfman. Executive Director Ben Cadwallader said, “Many of LACO’s current and former artists have worked closely with Danny Elfman in recording sessions and concerts over the past three decades of his illustrious career.” Film composer James Newton Howard was Honorary Chair. Carol Henry and James Mulally were the Event Chairs.