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  • PHILHARMONIC ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR JOANA CARNEIRO AND ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR ALEXANDER MICKELTHWATE LEAD THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL
  • Jul. 24, 2007
  • Carneiro Conducts a Spanish-Themed Program of Ravel and Falla with Brazilian Soloists Luciana Souza and Arnaldo Cohen

    Mickelthwate Conducts Violinist Sarah Chang in a Program of Bruch, Brahms and Schumann

    TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, JULY 24 AND 26, 2007, AT 8 PM

    Media Sponsor for the July 24 concert is Univision 34/Telefuture 46

    Media Sponsor for the July 26 concert is The Korea Times

    Joana Carneiro and Alexander Mickelthwate, two of today's most exciting talents, lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a pair of concerts on Tuesday and Thursday, July 24 and 26, at 8 p.m., at the Hollywood Bowl. Carneiro, the Philharmonic's assistant conductor, takes the podium for a Spanish-themed night on Tuesday, July 24 with vocalist Luciana Souza and pianist Arnaldo Cohen in a program that includes Ravel's Rapsodie espagnole and Bolero, and Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain and El amor brujo. On Thursday, July 26 Mickelthwate, Philharmonic Associate Conductor, leads violinist Sarah Chang in Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1, on a program with Brahms' Academic Festival Overture and Schumann's Symphony No. 3, "Rhenish"

    Carneiro has attracted considerable attention as an outstanding young conductor. In addition to her role with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, she is Principal Guest Conductor of the Metropolitan Orchestra of Lisbon. She joined the Philharmonic at the beginning of the 2004/05 season as Conducting Fellow, and was promoted to Assistant Conductor in Fall 2006. Mickelthwate, who began his tenure as Music Director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra last fall, has attracted attention for his charismatic presence on the podium and command of a wide range of musical styles. He joined the Philharmonic as Assistant Conductor in Fall 2004.

    Brazilian-raised Souza, a two-time Grammy nominee, is a respected composer and vocalist known equally for her jazz and classical work. Cohen, Brazilian born, has enjoyed an increasingly successful career that has taken him to the major concert halls of Europe and South America.

    Violinist Chang is recognized the world over as a captivating and gifted performers. One of the most remarkable prodigies of any generation, she has matured into a young artist noted for her musical insight, technical virtuosity, and emotional range. Chang was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2004.

    JOANA CARNEIRO was a finalist of the 2002 Maazel-Vilar Conductor's Competition at Carnegie Hall, recognized by the jury for demonstrating a level of potential that holds great promise for her future career. Since then, her profile has grown quickly both in the U.S. and Europe, and recent engagements have included performances with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Algarve Symphony, and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Carneiro was Music Director of the Los Angeles Debut Orchestra and also served as Music Director of the Campus Philharmonia Orchestra (Michigan), and as Assistant Conductor of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She has conducted the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Macau Chamber Orchestra and the Beijing Orchestra at the International Musica Festival of Macau, the Portuguese National Symphony Orchestra, and the Beiras Philharmonic Orchestra. A native of Lisbon, Carneiro began her musical studies as a violist before receiving her conducting degree from the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra in Lisbon. In 2004, Carneiro was decorated by the President of the Portuguese Republic, Jorge Sampaio, with the Commendation of the Order of the Infante Dom Henrique.

    ALEXANDER MICKELTHWATE is Music Director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and also Associate Conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 2006/07, where he has served as Assistant Conductor for the past two years, appearing regularly at Walt Disney Concert Hall and at the Hollywood Bowl. In his first year, he made his subscription debut on 30 minutes notice when he stepped in for Mikko Franck leading Shostakovich's Symphony No. 12 and the John Adams Violin Concerto. In May 2007 he replaced Miguel Harth-Bedoya in a program featuring soprano Dawn Upshaw. During his tenure as Assistant Conductor with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, completed at the end of the 2003/04 season, he co-founded the new music ensemble Bent Frequency. Always striving to engage young people in music, he conducted more than 60 Young People's Concerts with the Atlanta Symphony and organized an exchange between the Atlanta Youth Symphony and Berlin Youth Orchestra during the summer of 2003, hosting concerts in both cities. As a guest conductor, Mickelthwate has appeared with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Nashville, New Jersey, Oregon, and Toronto, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Eos Orchestra, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa). Having inherited a passion for opera from his grandmother, a professional opera singer, Mickelthwate has been a coach, pianist, and conductor at New York's Amato Opera and an assistant conductor for the Baltimore Opera, the Florida Grand Opera, and the El Paso Opera. Born in Germany, Mickelthwate came to America after winning a Peabody merit scholarship to study at Baltimore's Peabody Institute of Music with Frederik Prausnitz and Gustav Meier. Further studies took place with Seiji Ozawa, Robert Spano, and André Previn as a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center and with Leonard Slatkin at the National Conducting Institute in Washington, D.C.

    Two-time Grammy nominee LUCIANA SOUZA was raised in São Paulo, Brazil, where she grew up in a family of musicians. A respected composer and vocalist, Souza received a bachelor's degree in jazz composition from the Berklee College of Music and a master's degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. She has collaborated with Danilo Perez, Hermeto Pascoal, Maria Schneider, Kenny Werner, and John Patitucci. In the classical realm, her performances include collaborations with acclaimed composer Osvaldo Golijov and appearances with the Bach Akademie in Stuttgart, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic. She appeared with the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall in the world premiere of Billy Childs' The Voices of Angels. Souza has recorded five albums as a leader, including the Grammy-nominated Brazilian Duos (Sunnyside, 2001) and North and South (Sunnyside, 2003), which was nominated for a Grammy as Best Jazz Vocal Album. Her latest release, Neruda, features ten Pablo Neruda poems set to original music. Souza last appeared at the Bowl in 2003.

    In the years since ARNALDO COHEN came to the attention of the critics and public, the Brazil-born pianist has enjoyed an increasingly successful career that has taken him to the major concert halls of Europe and South America. He has performed with the Royal Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome under such leading conductors as Kurt Masur, Yehudi Menuhin, and Edo de Waart. Cohen came to prominence in Europe after winning First Prize in the 1972 Busoni International Piano Competition and making his concert debut replacing Martha Argerich at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. He made his New York debut during the 1996/97 season in recital at the Frick Museum. Cohen's other U.S. debuts include performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra. He has performed recitals in San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York, and Miami. Cohen has also performed in the Amadeus Piano Trio and with the Lindsay and Chilingirian string quartets. He has recorded works by Franz Liszt for Naxos and IMP; works by Schumann and Brahms on the Vox label; and, most recently, the highly acclaimed Three Centuries of Brazilian Music on BIS Records. Cohen currently holds a professorship at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he lives with his wife, Ann.

    Violinist SARAH CHANG has appeared in the music capitals of Asia, Europe, and the Americas and collaborated with most major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, the principal London orchestras, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. Among the esteemed conductors with whom she has worked are Daniel Barenboim, Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Bernard Haitink, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, André Previn, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, and David Zinman. Notable recital engagements have included her Carnegie Hall debut and performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Symphony Hall in Boston, the Barbican Centre in London, the Philharmonie in Berlin, as well as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. As a chamber musician, Chang has collaborated with such artists as Pinchas Zukerman, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yefim Bronfman, Martha Argerich, Leif Ove Andsnes, Stephen Kovacevich, Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Harrell, Lars Vogt, and the late Isaac Stern. Chang records exclusively for EMI Classics. Her widely lauded recordings include Fire and Ice, an album of popular shorter works for violin and orchestra, with Plácido Domingo conducting the Berlin Philharmonic; a disc of chamber music for strings (Dvorák's Sextet and Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence) with current and former members of the Berlin Philharmonic; a recording of the Dvorák Violin Concerto with the London Symphony and Sir Colin Davis along with the Dvorák Piano Quintet (with Leif Ove Andsnes, Alex Kerr, Georg Faust, and Wolfram Christ); and a disc of French sonatas by Ravel, Saint-Saëns, and Franck in collaboration with pianist Lars Vogt. Her most recent release is a live recording of Shostakovich and Prokofiev violin concertos with the Berlin Philharmonic and Simon Rattle. Born in Philadelphia to Korean parents, Chang began her violin studies at age 4 and promptly enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music, where she studied with the late Dorothy DeLay. Within a year she had already performed with several orchestras in the Philadelphia area. Her early auditions, at age 8, for Zubin Mehta and Riccardo Muti led to immediate engagements with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 2005, Yale University dedicated a chair in Sprague Hall in Chang's name. For the June 2004 Olympic games, she was given the honor of running with the Olympic Torch in New York, and that same month, became the youngest person ever to receive the Hollywood Bowl's Hall of Fame award. Also in 2004, Chang was awarded the Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana Prize in Sienna, Italy. She is a past recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Gramophone's "Young Artist of the Year" award, Germany's "Echo" Schallplattenpreis, "Newcomer of the Year" honors at the International Classical Music Awards in London, and Korea's "Nan Pa" award.

    One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the HOLLYWOOD BOWL has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and in 1991 gave its name to the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, a resident ensemble that has filled a special niche in the musical life of Southern California. The 2004 season introduced audiences to a revitalized Hollywood Bowl, featuring a newly-constructed shell and stage and the addition of four stadium screens enhancing stage views in the venue. To this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's concerts. While the Bowl is best known for its sizzling summer nights, during the day California's youngest patrons enjoy "SummerSounds: Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl," the Southland's most popular summer arts festival for children, now in its 39th season. Attendance figures over the past several decades have soared: in 1980 the Bowl first topped the half-million mark and close to one million admissions have been recorded. In February 2007, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the third year in a row at the 18th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards; the Bowl's summer music festival has become as much a part of a Southern California summer as beaches and barbecues, the Dodgers, and Disneyland.

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    TUESDAY, JULY 24 AT 8 PM

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    JOANA CARNEIRO, conductor

    LUCIANA SOUZA, vocalist

    ARNALDO COHEN, piano

    RAVEL Rapsodie espagnole

    FALLA Nights in the Gardens of Spain

    FALLA El amor brujo

    RAVEL Boléro

    THURSDAY, JULY 26 AT 8 PM

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    ALEXANDER MICKELTHWATE, conductor

    SARAH CHANG, violin

    BRAHMS Academic Festival Overture

    BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1

    SCHUMANN Symphony No. 3, "Rhenish"

    Media Sponsor for the July 24 concert is Univision 34/Telefuture 46

    Media Sponsor for the July 26 concert is The Korea Times

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