After its summer hiatus, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is back in business for the season, and Burbank musician Julie Gigante says she’s happy to return. A violinist with the orchestra since 1986, Gigante put it simply: “We love it. It’s really nice to get back to the orchestra and see everybody and play great music.”
On Sept. 24, the chamber orchestra performs at the Alex Theatre in Glendale under conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane. The Netherlands’ Wiek Hijmans will also appear, with his electric guitar performance in a Derek Bermel concerto. Gigante said the electric guitar paired with classical music is nothing short of surprising.
She said she’s performed with an electric guitar only in pop music settings, but in one way, she’s used to the guitar-classical music pairing. Her husband is guitarist Tom Rizzo, and, she said, he’s known to practice more than she does.
For the past 25 years, Gigante, whose married name is Rizzo, has raised her family in Burbank, where they’re “really involved in the community,” she said. They moved into their 1928 Burbank home not long after moving to California from the East Coast.