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  • PHILHARMONIC HONORS ESA-PEKKA SALONEN AS COMPOSER WITH FESTIVAL FEATURING SELECTED WORKS IN "3 x SALONEN"
  • Feb. 10, 2005
  • Festival Coincides with Release of Salonen's First CD on Deutsche Grammophon Label, Featuring Three of His Own Orchestral Works

    Repertoire Also Part of Week-Long Residency in Cologne

    THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 AND 11, AT 8 PM

    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12 AT 8 PM AND SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13 AT 2 PM

    THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24 AT 8 PM AND FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25 AT 11 AM

    AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

    Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, who has established himself in the forefront of highly respected composers of today, is honored by the Philharmonic during February with a special festival entitled 3 x Salonen. The festival includes three programs with the orchestra, each featuring one of his major works: Wing on Wing, Mania, and Insomnia.

    Each program pairs a work of Salonen's with masterworks from the orchestral repertoire: Wing on Wing is featured with Stravinsky's Rite of Spring on February 10 and 11; Mania (for cello and orchestra - written for Anssi Karttunen), with Kartunnen as soloist, is paired with Berlioz' Symphonie fantastique on February 12 and 13. Insomnia is scheduled with Bruckner's Seventh Symphony (February 24 and 25).

    These programs are repeated in March when Salonen and the orchestra travel to Cologne, Germany for a week-long residency, which includes orchestral and chamber music performances.

    Wing on Wing (2004) was written as a gift for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in honor of the opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall; it received its premiere in May 2004. Mania (1999) was written for Salonen's friend and cellist, Anssi Karttunen, and premiered by him and the Philharmonic in 2000. Insomnia (2002) for orchestra, was co-commissioned by Suntory Hall, Tokyo and the Norddeutscher Rundfunk in Hamburg, and is dedicated to Christoph Eschenbach.

    Also in February, this celebration on Esa-Pekka Salonen as a composer is enhanced when the Deutsche Grammophon label releases the first disk under contract with Salonen, featuring the world premiere recordings of three of Salonen's orchestral works: Foreign Bodies, Wing on Wing, and Insomnia, recorded with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. The disk is released in the United States on February 8.

    ESA-PEKKA SALONEN, the tenth conductor to head the Los Angeles Philharmonic, began his tenure as Music Director in October 1992. Salonen made his American debut conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in November 1984, and he has conducted the orchestra every season since. Among the many highlights of Salonen's activities with the Philharmonic have been world premieres of new works by composers John Adams, Bernard Rands, Rodion Shchedrin, Steven Stucky, and Salonen himself, well-received Ligeti and Stravinsky Festivals, appearances at the Ojai Festival, critically acclaimed international tours, and his extensive discography with the Philharmonic for Sony Classical. Salonen was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1958. He made his conducting debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1979, and he has been one of the world's most sought-after conductors since his debut in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra in September 1983. He served as principal guest conductor of the Philharmonia from 1985 to 1994 and as principal conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1985 to 1995.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    Thursday, February 10, at 8 PM

    Friday, February 11, at 8 PM

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    - 3X SALONEN -

    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

    Emanuel Ax, piano

    Hila Plitman, soprano

    Cyndia Sieden, soprano

    SALONEN Wing On Wing

    DEBUSSY Fantaisie

    STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring

    Upbeat Live: Esa-Pekka Salonen and Steven Stucky


    Saturday, February 12, at 8 PM

    Sunday, February 13, at 2 PM

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    - 3X SALONEN -

    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

    Anssi Karttunen, cello

    STRAVINSKY Pulcinella Suite

    SALONEN Mania

    BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

    Upbeat Live: Esa-Pekka Salonen and Christopher Russell

    Thursday, February 24, at 8 PM

    Friday, February 25, at 11 AM

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    - 3X SALONEN -

    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

    SALONEN Insomnia

    BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7


    Upbeat Live
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