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  • CONDUCTOR STÉPHANE DENÈVE AND PIANIST PIOTR ANDERSZEWSKI, TWO LEADING MUSICIANS OF THEIR GENERATION, BRING FRESH APPROACH TO PROGRAM WITH LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
  • Mar. 2, 2007
  • FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, MARCH 2 AND 3, AT 8 PM

    SUNDAY, MARCH 4, AT 2 PM

    Stéphane Denève, Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and one of the most sought-after younger conductrors on the classical scene, returns to Los Angeles as guest conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, at 8 p.m., as well as Sunday, March 4, at 2 p.m., at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Polish-Hungarian pianist Piotr Anderszewski, widely regarded as one of the most exciting pianists of his generation, is the soloist in a program that includes Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges, Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.

    With his suite from the opera The Love for Three Oranges, Prokofiev takes listeners on a playful journey through an operatic story with outrageous characters that vie for the audience's attention. Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 3, considered to be among the composer's most lyrical creations, includes such autobiographical nuances as a collection of bird-calls based on sounds the composer recorded during time he spent in North Carolina. Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, written at what was possibly the composer's lowest point in his harrowing existence, is variously described as beautiful, exuberant, sad, brilliant and indulgent.

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

    STÉPHANE DENÈVE, an exciting young conductor of the highest caliber, began his tenure as Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in September 2005. While he has great affinity for the music of his native France, Denève is equally at home in a broad range of repertoire, particularly in the music of Mozart, the Romantic era and the early 20th century. He has conducted such orchestras as the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Sydney and Melbourne symphonies, New Japan Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic. He also has led productions at the Paris National Opera, Salzburg, Montpelier Opera and Cincinnati Opera. A graduate of the Paris Conservatory, where he was awarded a unanimous First Prize in 1995, Denève began his career as the conducting assistant to Georg Solti at Orchestre de Paris and Paris National Opera and to Seiji Ozawa at the Saito Kinen Festival. He enjoys a special relationship with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Verdi Orchestra Milan, with whom he makes regular appearances. In North America, he has conducted the Washington National Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Houston Symphony and St. Louis Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Detroit, Indianapolis and Seattle Symphony Orchestras.

    Since first coming to public attention at London's Wigmore Hall in 1991 with a recital featuring Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, PIOTR ANDERSZEWSKI has become a familiar figure on the international concert platform, recognized for the intensity and originality of his interpretations. His performances in the 2005-06 season included recitals in Tokyo, Moscow, Los Angeles and Milan. He also participated in the Festival del Sole in both California and Tuscany, and performed with Martha Argerich at the Lugano Festival in Switzerland. His orchestral engagements included concerts with the London, Boston and Chicago symphony orchestras as well as the Orchestra of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk. Anderszewski has been singled out for several high-profile awards - the Szymanowski Prize in 1999 for his interpretation of the composer's music and, in 2001, the Royal Philharmonic Society's "2000 Best Instrumentalist" award. In April 2002, he became the fourth recipient of the Gilmore Artist Award, which is made to an exceptional pianist who, regardless of age or nationality, possesses broad and profound musicianship and charisma and who desires and can sustain a career as a major international concert artist. In addition to his appearance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Anderszewski's engagements in the 2006/07 season include a recital at Carnegie Hall and concerts with the Royal Concertgebouw and Philadelphia orchestras. He also will be aguest artist in the London Symphony Orchestra's prestigious Mozart concerto series.

    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:

    FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2007 AT 8 PM

    SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2007 AT 8 PM

    SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2007 AT 2 PM

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

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    STÉPHANE DENÈVE, conductor

    PIOTR ANDERSZEWSKI, piano

    PROKOFIEV Suite from The Love For Three Oranges

    BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 3

    TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

    "Upbeat Live," a free event open to all ticket holders, is held one hour before each performance in BP Hall and features Robert Winter, UCLA performance practice professor.

    Tickets ($39-$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 10 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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