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  • Semyon Bychkov Returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall to Conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Three Performances of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony
  • Apr. 1, 2010
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2010, AT 8 PM

    FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010 AT 11 AM

    SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 2010, AT 8 PM

    April 1 Media Sponsor: KUSC

    Conductor Semyon Bychkov returns to the Walt Disney Concert Hall to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in three concerts of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Thursday, April 1, at 8 p.m., Friday, April 2, at 11 a.m., and Saturday, April 3, at 8 p.m.

    Emerging as a crucial bridge between the musical Romanticism of the 19th century and the modernism of the 20th, Gustav Mahler simultaneously summed up the achievements of his predecessors and pointed the way forward. His Fifth Symphony occupies a pivotal place in Mahler’s endlessly fascinating output. It was his first purely instrumental symphony since the First, and was composed during the summers of 1901 and 1902. During the previous winter, Mahler met Alma Schindler, the daughter of a famous landscape painter. Mahler proposed to her in the fall of 1901, and the symphony, with its trajectory from mourning to triumph, reflects this development in its composer’s personal life.

    Semyon Bychkov's career since leaving St. Petersburg in 1975 has taken him across the globe, conducting some of the greatest orchestras in the United States, Europe and the former Soviet Union. Now living in France, he is Chief Conductor of WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln. Bychkov was appointed music director of l'Orchestre de Paris in 1989; principal guest conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in 1990; principal guest conductor of Maggio Musicale in Florence in 1992; and chief conductor of the Dresden Semperoper in 1997.

    The Thursday and Saturday concerts are preceded by Upbeat Live pre-performance discussions which are free to ticket-holders, and occur in BP Hall one hour prior to the performances. The Friday Upbeat Live discussion occurs on stage one hour and 15 minutes prior to the concert. Composer, conductor and performer Russell Steinberg, Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra and UCLA faculty member, hosts.

    For additional information, please visit: http://www.laphil.com.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Gustavo Dudamel, presents the finest in orchestral and chamber music, recitals, new music, jazz, world music and holiday concerts at two of the most remarkable locations anywhere to experience music – Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to a 30-week winter subscription season at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil presents a 12-week summer festival at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the Association’s involvement with Los Angeles extends to educational concerts, children's programming and community concerts, ever seeking to provide inspiration and delight to the broadest possible audience.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2010, AT 8 PM

    FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2010, AT 11 AM

    SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 2010, AT 8 PM


    WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles



    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    SEMYON BYCHKOV, conductor



    MAHLER Symphony No. 5



    The concerts are preceded by Upbeat Live pre-performance discussions which are free to ticket-holders, and occur in BP Hall one hour prior to the performances. Russell Steinberg, composer, conductor and performer, Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, and UCLA faculty member, hosts.

    Tickets ($42 - $160) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, online at LAPhil.com, or via credit card by phone at 323.850.2000. When available, choral bench seats ($17) will be released for sale to selected Philharmonic, Colburn Celebrity Series, and Baroque Variations performances beginning at noon on the Tuesday of the second week prior to the concert. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person; cash only. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For information, please call 323.850.2000.

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  • contact:

    Sophie Jefferies, sjefferies@laphil.org, 213.972.3422; Lisa White, lwhite@laphil.org, 213.972.3408; For photos: 213.972.3034