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  • NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR LEONARD SLATKIN LEADS LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC IN WEST COAST PREMIERE OF ROBERTO SIERRA'S "FANDANGOS"
  • Mar. 4, 2004
  • Program Includes Violinist Sarah Chang as Soloist in Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1

    THURSDAY AND SATURDAY, MARCH 4 AND 6, AT 8 PM

    FRIDAY, MARCH 5, AT 11 AM; AND SUNDAY, MARCH 7 AT 2 PM

    March 4 sponsored by The Korea Times; media support for these performances is provided by The Korea Times.

    Los Angeles native and Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra Leonard Slatkin returns home to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the West Coast premiere of Roberto Sierra's Fandangos in four concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday and Saturday, March 4 and 6 at 8 p.m.; Friday, March 5, at 11 a.m.; and Sunday, March 6 at 2 p.m. The all 20th-century program also features Korean-American violinist Sarah Chang performing Dmitri Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1, and concludes with Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3.

    Upbeat Live pre-concert events take place one hour prior to each concert in BP Hall at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and are free to all ticket holders. Musicologist Christopher Hailey hosts a discussion with guest conductor Leonard Slatkin.

    Known best for his interpretations of both Shostakovich and Copland's music, American conductor Leonard Slatkin leads this varied program of three works from the same century - yet each with its own distinct national flavor. Fandangos is representative of Spain; Shostakovich's work evokes mother Russia, and Copland's is wholly characteristic of the U.S.

    LEONARD SLATKIN is internationally recognized as one of today's leading conductors. His performances throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East have been distinguished by imaginative programming and highly praised interpretations of both the standard and contemporary repertoires. Slatkin is in his seventh season as music director of the National Symphony Orchestra and his third season as chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London. After a distinguished tenure as music director of the Saint Louis Symphony from 1979 through 1996, Slatkin was named conductor laureate. He has also served as festival director of The Cleveland Orchestra's Blossom Festival (1990 - 1999) and as principal guest conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra (1997 - 2000).

    Violinist SARAH CHANG is recognized the world over as one of classical music's most captivating and gifted artists. Appearing in the music capitals of Asia, Europe, and the United States, she has collaborated with nearly every major orchestra in the world. The remarkable accomplishments of Chang's career were recognized in 1999 when she received the Avery Fisher Prize, one of the most prestigious awards given to instrumentalists.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    THURSDAY, MARCH 4, AT 8 PM

    FRIDAY, MARCH 5, AT 11 AM

    SATURDAY, MARCH 6, AT 8 PM

    SUNDAY, MARCH 7, AT 2 PM

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Leonard Slatkin, conductor

    Sarah Chang, violin


    SIERRA Fandangos (West Coast Premiere)

    SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No. 1

    COPLAND Symphony No. 3

    Upbeat Live pre-concert events take place one hour prior to each concert in BP Hall at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and are free to all ticket holders. Musicologist Christopher Hailey hosts discussion with guest conductor Leonard Slatkin.

    March 4 sponsored by The Korea Times; media support for these performances is provided by The Korea Times.

    Tickets ($35 - $120) 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. 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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    Rachelle Roe, 213.972.7310; for photos: Beth Norber, 213.972.3409