John de Lancie Hosts It's My Music: Bach, Beethoven, and Stravinsky Program Introducing Composers to Young Listeners
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21
CHILDREN'S WORKSHOPS AT 10 AM; CONCERT AT 11 AM
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Assistant Conductor Yasuo Shinozaki leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the orchestra's third Toyota Symphonies for Youth concert of the 2003/04 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall, hosted by John de Lancie, on Saturday, February 21, at 11 a.m. The concert, entitled It's My Music: Bach, Beethoven, and Stravinsky, introduces these composers to young listeners in a program featuring actors portraying the composers, discussing the music they wrote and the times in which they lived. The orchestra performs excerpts from major works composed by Bach, Beethoven, and Stravinsky, concluding with the finale from Stravinsky's Firebird suite.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's Toyota Symphonies for Youth series take place on six Saturday mornings. The series is designed to engage children in extraordinary music performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Before every concert, Walt Disney Concert Hall becomes a musical playground with hands-on art-making, musical activities, dance, theater, and storytelling. Workshops take place in BP Hall one hour prior to the performance.
YASUO SHINOZAKI is currently Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Shinozaki regularly leads the Philharmonic in its community concert series and in the Symphonies for Youth programs. In February 2002, Shinozaki made his subscription series debut with the orchestra in three all-Beethoven concerts. Continuing to work in a wide range of repertoire with orchestras throughout Japan including the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra and Osaka Symphony Orchestra, Shinozaki has also conducted the Helsinki Philharmonic as well as the Turku Philharmonic. Shinozaki made his opera debut in 1993 with The Marriage of Figaro in Tokyo and has since conducted at several opera houses in Japan. Shinozaki completed his conducting studies at the Vienna Musikhochschule with Leopold Hager and has also worked with Seiji Ozawa and Bernard Haitink at Tanglewood.
Actor, producer, and director JOHN DE LANCIE is well-known for his work in television, film, theater, and the concert stage. His film credits include The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, The Fisher King, Bad Influence, The Onion Field, Taking Care of Business, Fearless, Multiplicity, Women on Top, Nicholas, Good Advice with Charlie Sheen, Patient 14, and The Big Time for TNT. De Lancie has appeared in numerous television shows, including West Wing, Sports Night, Judging Amy, Star Trek, Legend, LA Law, Picket Fences, Civil Wars, The Practice, and Touched by an Angel. He has been a member of the American Shakespeare Festival, the Seattle Repertory Company, the South Coast Repertory, and the Mark Taper Forum. John de Lancie has performed with Kurt Masur and Sir Colin Davis and the New York Philharmonic; Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; Charles Dutoit and the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony; David Zinman and Lawrence Foster and the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra; and Sir Andrew Davis and Andrew Litton and the Chicago Symphony, among many others. De Lancie has also been the host of the L.A. Philharmonic's Toyota Symphonies for Youth for the last five years. He is a graduate of Kent State University and the Juilliard School.
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21: CHILDREN'S WORKSHOPS AT 10 AM; CONCERT AT 11 AM
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
YASUO SHINOZAKI, conductor
JOHN DE LANCIE, host
Actors to be announced
BACH F major Two-part Invention
BACH Orchestral Suite No. 3, Bourree
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5, 1st movement (excerpt)
BEETHOVEN Overture to Fidelio
STRAVINSKY Pulcinella, Sinfonia
STRAVINSKY Suite from Firebird (1919), Finale
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Tickets ($15) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, online at LAPhil.com, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. For more information, please call 323.850.2000.
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Ryan Jimenez, 213.972.3405; for photos: Beth Norber, 213.972.3409