ZUBIN MEHTA CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF HIS MUSIC DIRECTORSHIP OFTHE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC WITH FOUR PERFORMANCES AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2012, AT 8 PM
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2012, AT 11 AM
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2012, AT 8 PM
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2012, AT 2 PM
December 13 Media Sponsor: KUSC
The December 16 Concert is Generously Sponsored by
Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts
WHAT: Zubin Mehta returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his music directorship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Thursday, December 13, at 8 pm, Friday, December 14, at 11 am, Saturday, December 15, at 8 pm and Sunday, December 16, at 2 pm. Mehta leads the orchestra in the colorful and varied program that inaugurated his tenure in 1962.
Presenting orchestral masterpieces from three centuries, the concert begins with Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni, one of the three operas resulting from the composer’s collaboration with Lorenzo Da Ponte. The seven minute overture sets the tone for the dramatic tension between comedy and tragedy in the opera. Next is Hindemith’s Symphony: Mathis der Maler, written before his opera (a fictional account of the life of Mathias Grunewald) that explored the question of the artist’s role in society. The program closes with Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7, which, following its premiere, prompted a reviewer to compare the composer’s effect on the English public to that previously achieved only by Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn.
Though he left the orchestra in 1978, Mehta maintains a close connection with the LA Phil, the audience and the city of Los Angeles. He frequently returns to guest conduct and recently performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Zubin Mehta was appointed music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1962, at the age of 26, making him to date the youngest LA Phil music director at the time of his appointment. He served in the role until 1978. Following his time in Los Angeles, he served as music director of the New York Philharmonic for 13 years. During his decades as a conductor, Mehta has been hailed not only as a masterful musician, but also as an important humanitarian ambassador, bringing together cultures and countries in conflict through the power of music. Mehta first conducted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) in 1961, substituting for Eugene Ormandy, and he became its Music Director in 1969.
MOZART Overture to Don Giovanni
HINDEMITH Symphony: Mathis der Maler
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 7
Upbeat Live pre-concert events take place in Walt Disney Concert Hall’s BP Hall one hour before the Thursday, Saturday and Sunday concerts, and are free to all ticket holders. Music writer Eric Bromberger hosts. The Friday Upbeat Live event takes place on stage at 9:45 am.
For full artist biographies, please visit: laphil.com/Mehta50
WHO: LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
ZUBIN MEHTA, conductor
WHEN: Thursday, December 13, 2012, at 8 PM
Friday, December 14, 2012, at 11 AM
Saturday, December 15, 2012, at 8 PM
Sunday, December 16, 2012, at 2 PM
WHERE: WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
HOW TO PURCHASE:
Subscriptions and single tickets for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2012/13 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall are currently available. To purchase, please visit LAPhil.com, the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet. To order by phone with credit card, please call the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office at 323.850.2000, or Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. For more information, please call 323.850.2000.
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