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  • Feb. 11, 2004

    Baroque Variations is generously supported by the Michael J. Connell Foundation with additional support from the E. Nakamichi Foundation

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association continues its new Baroque Variations series with a performance by cellist Pieter Wispelwey at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday, March 11, at 8 p.m. The Dutch virtuoso performs Bach's six unaccompanied Cello Suites. Wispelwey plays an authentic baroque violoncello piccolo in the Sixth Suite, the instrument for which it was written. He recorded one of the Suites for the soundtrack of "Master and Commander," the recent film starring Russell Crowe.

    The Baroque Variations series concludes with the Boston Baroque performing Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 on Tuesday, June 8, 2004. Previous performances included the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the Venice Baroque Orchestra.

    PIETER WISPELWEY is one of the first of a generation of performers equally adept on either the baroque or modern cello. His expert stylistic knowledge, original and musical thinking, augmented by a phenomenal technique, enable him to render individual, yet remarkable interpretations of the cello repertoire from J.S. Bach to Elliott Carter. He has won the hearts of critics and public alike with his unique performances of the Bach and Britten unaccompanied cello suites, and with his recitals of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas. In 1992 he was the first cellist ever to receive the Netherlands Music Prize, which is endowed upon the most promising young musician in the Netherlands. His career spans five continents with regular recital appearances worldwide. Pieter Wispelwey has made numerous recordings for the Channel Classics label, of which no less than six have won international awards. These include the Bach and Britten cello suites, the Dvorák and Elgar concertos, and much of the sonata repertoire. His most recent releases include a CD with cello repertoire by Franck, Schumann, and Brahms, and a recording of romantic cello repertoire with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie.


    THURSDAY, MARCH 11 at 8 PM

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    Baroque Variations

    Pieter Wispelwey, cello

    BACH Six Unaccompanied Cello Suites

    Baroque Variations is generously supported by the Michael J. Connell Foundation with additional support from the E. Nakamichi Foundation

    Tickets ($30-$75) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, online at, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. When available, choral bench seats ($15), will be released for sale to selected Philharmonic, Colburn Celebrity Recital, 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 more information, please call 323.850.2000.

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