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  • MEMBERS OF THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC AND HARMONIES GIRL CHOIR PERFORM FREE NEIGHBORHOOD CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT AT ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE CHURCH
  • Mar. 27, 2006
  • Concert is Part of Target Around Town Concert Series

    Program to include music of Bach, Mozart, Chavez, Villa-Lobos, and Gonzalez

    MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2006, AT 8 PM

    This performance is made possible, in part, by a generous gift from Target. Additional funding for Neighborhood concerts is provided by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Los Angeles Philharmonic Affiliates, MetLife Foundation, David and Linda Shaheen Foundation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, in association with the Byzantine Latino Quarter Foundation and St. Thomas the Apostle Church present a free Neighborhood Concert of chamber music as part of the Target Around Town Concert Series. Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic are joined by pianist Mark Robson and the Harmonies Girls Choir for a program of music by Bach, Mozart, Chavez, Villa-Lobos, and California native Joseph Julian Gonzalez on Monday, March 27, at 8 p.m., at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 2760 West Pico Blvd (at Pico and Mariposa), in Los Angeles.

    Admission to the concert is free.

    The program includes excerpts from some of Bach, Mozart, and Bartok's most recognized works, and also features a movement from Joseph Julian Gonzalez' orchestral/choral work, Misa Azteca, in an arrangement for piano quintet, percussion, and chorus, specially prepared by the composer for this concert.

    Born in Bakersfield, California, JOSEPH JULIAN GONZALEZ studied composition with Elain Barkin, Roger Bourland, and film composer David Raksin at UCLA where he also won most of the top awards in classical and jazz guitar performance and composition. As a fellow of the Sundance Composer's Lab, he studied intensively with John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov and Thomas Newman. He has been awarded residencies from Meet The Composer and the American Composer's Forum and has composed music for the Kronos Quartet as well as a multitude of feature films (Price of Glory, Curdled), documentaries (Cowboy Del Amor, Chicano: The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement) and television shows (Resurrection Blvd.). His symphonic and choral work, Misa Azteca, has been performed at Carnegie Hall, the American Cathedral in Paris, and in 2004 opened Mexico's prestigious Festival Cervantino Internacional. The "Gloria" from Misa Azteca will be performed to inaugurate the 2006 Premiering Sydney Choral and Orchestra Festival at the Sydney Opera House.

    Mexican pianist and conductor ANTONIO ESPINAL has been recognized as one of the most talented young conductors, pianists, and musicians in his native country. In 2002, Espinal was appointed Music Director at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, where he founded the all-girls children's choir, Harmonies Girls Choir. In November 2003, he was appointed Music Director of the Spanish choir at Los Angeles' Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral. Espinal has been recognized for his work in and around the Los Angeles community, as well as by his native Mexico, where he has appeared with some of the country's most prestigious orchestras and opera companies, and as pianist both in concert and recital performances.

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    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association's Neighborhood Concert series, created in 1991, encourages involvement in the classical arts within the increasingly diverse communities of greater Los Angeles. The events, many of them free of charge, take place in churches, schools, and other venues throughout Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, presents the finest in orchestral and chamber music, recitals, new music, jazz, world music and holiday concerts at two of the most remarkable places 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 programs, community concerts and children's programming, ever seeking to provide inspiration and delight to the broadest possible audience.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2006, AT 8 PM

    ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE CHURCH, 2760 West Pico Blvd. (Pico & Mariposa), in Los Angeles

    Target Around Town Free Neighborhood Concert

    Members of the LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    MITCHELL NEWMAN and EDIE MARKMAN, violins

    DANA HANSEN, viola

    BARRY GOLD, cello

    RAYNOR CARROLL, percussion

    and

    MARK ROBSON, piano

    HARMONIES GIRL CHOIR, ANTONIO ESPINAL, conductor

    BACH "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," from Cantata No. 140

    MOZART Minuetto, Allegretto from String Quartet No. 21, K. 575

    DVORAK Allegro ma non troppo from String Quartet No. 12, "American"

    BARTÓK Romanian Folk Dances

    BARTÓK Seconda parte: Allegro from String Quartet No. 3 (Excerpt)

    VILLA-LOBOS Aria from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 , (arr. for string quartet and girls choir)

    CHAVEZ Allegro from String Quartet No. 3

    GONZALEZ Sanctus from Misa Azteca, (arr. for string quartet, piano, small percussion, and girls choir)

    This performance is made possible, in part, by a generous gift from Target. Additional funding for Neighborhood concerts is provided by Sony Pictures Entertainment, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Los Angeles Philharmonic Affiliates, MetLife Foundation, David and Linda Shaheen Foundation, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

    Admission is free. Los Angeles Philharmonic information is available by calling 323.850.2000 or visiting the website at LAPhil.com.

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