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  • GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING VIOLINIST JOSHUA BELL PERFORMS CHAMBER MUSIC AND THREE CONCERTS AS SOLOIST WITH LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONICCONDUCTED BY JONATHAN NOTT AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
  • Nov. 1, 2006
  • ON LOCATION RESIDENCY

    Concert Program Also Features Schubert's Symphony No. 9;

    October 20 is One of Philharmonic's Casual Friday Evenings

    WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 AT 8 PM - Chamber Music

    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 AT 8 PM;

    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 AT 8 PM (Casual Fridays), AND

    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2006 AT 2 PM

    November 1 Concert Sponsored by The Norman and Sadie Lee Foundation

    November 2 Concert Sponsored by US Trust

    Celebrated violinist Joshua Bell continues his Los Angeles Philharmonic On Location residency with a chamber music program on Wednesday, November 1 at 8 p.m. followed by three concerts with guest conductor Jonathan Nott leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic on Thursday and Friday, November 2 and 3 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, November 5 at 2 p.m. at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

    The November 1 Joshua Bell plays Chamber Music evening, part of the Philharmonic's Chamber Music Society series, features members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing two works, joined by Bell on a third. Telemann's Oboe Sonata in G minor (from Tafelmusik III) features Marion Arthur Kuszyk, oboe; Michele Grego, bassoon; and Lucinda Carver, harpsichord; Mozart's Flute Quartet in D major, K. 285 is performed by Catherine Ransom Karoly, flute; Varty Manouelian, violin; Ingrid Hutman, viola; and Jonathan Karoly, cello; and Mendelssohn's Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20 features Joshua Bell, Michele Bovyer, Varty Manouelian, and Mitchell Newman, violins; Ingrid Hutman and Dale Hikawa Silverman, violas; and Jason Lippmann and Gloria Lum, cellos.

    Nott, who is principal conductor of the Bamberg Symphony, leads the Philharmonic on November 2, 3, and 5, in Brahms' soaring Violin Concerto with Bell, Schubert's Symphony No. 6, and the orchestra's first performances of Henze's Erlkönig, a work that serves as a modern composer's response to the older composer's most celebrated song. It was first performed on Schubert's 200th birthday in 1997 in Paris, and it has been recorded by Nott's Bamberg Symphony. The Friday, November 3 concert (with a program of just the Henze and Brahms works) is part of the Philharmonic's Casual Fridays series, at which audience and orchestra members alike come attired in comfortable clothes, and subscribers are invited to meet the musicians at a post-concert reception.

    Robert Winter, UCLA performance practice professor, discusses the November 2, 3 and 5 concert program at "Upbeat Live," a free event open to all ticket holders held one hour before each performance in BP Hall.

    On Location, in its fourth year as the Philharmonic's artist residency program, features some of the world's most distinguished artists participating in a special project including orchestral appearances as well as Green Umbrella new music performances, chamber music concerts and other activities. In addition to Bell, On Location artists for the 2006/07 season are Thomas Adès, Emanuel Ax, and Dawn Upshaw. According to Philharmonic President Deborah Borda, "Because our On Location residences have had such a tremendous impact on our orchestra, audiences, and visiting artists, we feature four - rather than two - distinguished performers this season. Through these residencies, they each have a focused opportunity to explore their unique talent and insert their personal stamp on our season's programming."

    Bell's other On Location performances, which have taken place this fall and will continue next spring, encompass two weeks of subscription programs with the Philharmonic, an appearance with the Colburn Conservatory Orchestra under conductor Yehuda Gilad, and a concert with the visiting Academy of St. Martin in the Fields at which he plays and conducts. In October, he performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in four concerts conducted by Herbert Blomstedt and was the special guest for a Philharmonic Sounds About Town series afternoon with Gilad and the Colburn Orchestra in its debut at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The residency concludes on Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at 8 p.m. when Bell is the featured soloist and conductor in Vivaldi's Four Seasons leading the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

    Grammy Award-winning violinist JOSHUA BELL has been captivating audiences around the globe for more than 20 years. Known for his poetic musicality, Bell came to national attention at age 14 in his orchestral debut with Riccardo Muti and the Philadelphia Orchestra. A Carnegie Hall debut, the Avery Fisher Career Grant, and a recording contract confirmed his presence in the music world. Now in his 30s, Bell has performed with the world's leading symphony orchestras and conductors, has recorded 28 albums, and has earned the status of classical music superstar. Billboard named him its 2004 Classical Artist of the Year and named his recording, Romance of the Violin, the 2004 Classical Album of the Year. Bell's recording of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas has just been released. Bell received a Grammy award for his recording of Nicholas Maw's Violin Concerto, and millions have enjoyed his appearances on the Grammy Award telecasts, the PBS specials "Joshua Bell at the Penthouse: Live From Lincoln Center" and "Joshua Bell: West Side Story Suite from Central Park," as well as Evening at Pops and the Indy 500 Victory Celebration. Bell has been the subject of a BBC documentary and appeared as himself in Music of the Heart starring Meryl Streep. Bell serves on the Artist Committee of the Kennedy Center Honors. He plays the 1713 Gibson ex Huberman Stradivarius.

    JONATHAN NOTT took up the post of principal conductor of the Bamberg Symphony in January 2000 and since then has taken the orchestra on tour regularly to South America, Russia, the Edinburgh and Salzburg Festivals, New York, and most recently the orchestra's 100th concert in Japan and an appearance at the BBC Proms. British-born, Nott read Music at Cambridge and studied flute and singing in Manchester and conducting in London. In 1989 he was appointed Kapellmeister at Frankfurt Opera and in 1991 he was appointed first Kapellmeister at the Hessian National Theater in Wiesbaden. In 1998 he went on to become Principal Conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. Since the mid-90s Nott has guest-conducted Europe's major orchestras, notably the Leipzig Gewandhaus, NDR Hamburg, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, London, and Munich Philharmonic Orchestras, the Orchestre de Paris, and most recently the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with the Berlin Philharmonic, with whom he recorded the complete orchestral works - including the Requiem - of György Ligeti. In August 2000 he became Musical Director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain, and for the last three years was its Principal Guest Conductor. 2006 will bring a completion of Bamberg's highly acclaimed series of recordings of the complete Schubert symphonies, as well as new releases of works by Janácek, Mahler, and Stravinsky.

    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:

    WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2006 AT 8 PM

    JOSHUA BELL, violin

    MEMBERS OF THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    TELEMANN Oboe Sonata in G minor (from Tafelmusik III)

    MOZART Flute Quartet in D, K. 285

    MENDELSSOHN Octet

    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2006 AT 8 PM,

    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2006 AT 8 PM (Casual Fridays)

    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2006 AT 2 PM

    JONATHAN NOTT, conductor

    JOSHUA BELL, violin

    HENZE Erlkönig

    SCHUBERT Symphony No. 6 (Thursday and Sunday only)

    BRAHMS Violin Concerto

    Robert Winter, UCLA performance practice professor, discusses the November 2, 3 and 5 concert program at "Upbeat Live," a free event open to all ticket holders held one hour before each performance in BP Hall.

    Tickets ($15 - $135) are on sale now online at LAPhil.com, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, 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 all information, please call 323.850.2000.

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