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  • VERSATILE NICHOLAS McGEGAN COMES TO WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL TO PERFORM CHAMBER MUSIC WITH AND CONDUCT THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
  • Nov. 27, 2007
  • McGegan Plays Harpsichord and Fortepiano in Chamber Music Society Evening Featuring Works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn on November 27

    Virtuoso Flutist Sir James Galway Plays Mozart in Four Concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Led by McGegan, November 29 through December 2

    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2007, AT 8 PM

    THURSDAY - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29 - DECEMBER 1, 2007, AT 8 PM

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2007, AT 2 PM

    The Chamber Music Society series is supported by a generous grant from the Norman and Sadie Lee Foundation

    The Dec. 1 concert is generously sponsored by Acura - all Acura vehicles park free for the evening

    KCET is the media sponsor for the Dec. 2 concert

    Renowned conductor and musician Nicholas McGegan, one of the world's leading authorities on baroque and classical repertoire, comes to Walt Disney Concert Hall to perform with members of Los Angeles Philharmonic in a Chamber Music Society concert on Tuesday, November 27, at 8 p.m. Later in the week, he returns to lead the Philharmonic in four performances, Thursday through Saturday, November 29 through December 1, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, December 2, at 2 p.m. Also featured in the Thursday through Sunday performances is flute virtuoso Sir James Galway.

    For the Chamber Music Society performance on November 27, McGegan plays the harpsichord and fortepiano in a program featuring Bach's Flute Sonata in E Major, BWV 1035, Mozart's Horn Quintet in E-flat Major, K.407, Beethoven's Trio for Two Oboes and English Horn, Op. 87, and Haydn's Piano Trio in A Major, Hob. IX: 18. Also performing are the following Los Angeles Philharmonic members: Anne Marie Gabrielle and Ariana Ghez, oboes; Dana Hansen and Meredith Snow, violas; Jonathan Karoly and Jason Lippmann cellos; Carolyn Hove, English horn; Catherine Ransom Karoly, flute; Bruce Hudson, horn; and Johnny Lee and Bing Wang, violins.

    The evening is the second of the Chamber Music Society's 2007/2008 season presentations at Walt Disney Concert Hall that includes two series of four concerts performed by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and distinguished guest artists.

    On November 29, December 1 and 2, Galway performs Mozart's Flute Concerto in D Major, K. 314, and Andante in C Major for Flute, K. 315, in a program with the Los Angeles Philharmonic led by McGegan that also includes Schubert's Overture to The Conspirators and Symphony No. 4, "Tragic." The November 30 performance is a Los Angeles Philharmonic Casual Fridays evening and includes the Mozart Flute Concerto and the Schubert Symphony.

    McGegan is a highly-sought after conductor and has appeared with some of the most prestigious orchestras in the world. Though he has led the Los Angeles Philharmonic on numerous occasions, including most recently during the summer of 2007 at the Hollywood Bowl, and has been to Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2005 with Philharmonic Baroque, his November appearance marks his first time with the Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Galway, nicknamed "The Man with the Golden Flute," has endeared himself to millions worldwide through his extensive touring, more than 30 million albums sold and his frequent international television appearances. He is widely regarded as both a supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer whose appeal crosses all musical boundaries.

    Upbeat Live pre-concert events take place one hour prior to the Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 concerts in BP Hall at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and are free to all ticket holders. Raymond Knapp, author and musicology professor at UCLA, hosts.

    Casual Fridays series concerts, which encourage audience and orchestra members to attend attired in comfortable clothes, are shorter programs without intermission and feature free pre-concert and post-concert activities for all ticket-holders to enjoy. The pre-concert options which occur one hour before the performance include an Upbeat Live event in BP Hall or a cocktail pre-party in the Walt Disney Concert Hall gardens. Casual Fridays post-concert activities include a TalkBack discussion with musicians held on stage after the performance or a chance to enjoy a beverage and listen to music provided by KCRW's Jason Bentley, while mingling with members of the orchestra in the Concert Hall Café.

    NICHOLAS McGEGAN is an "international" conductor. Based in the San Francisco Bay area where he is Music Director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (PBO), he is called upon by orchestras across the globe to conduct not only classical, baroque and early romantic repertoire but also works by various special favorites including Elgar and Britten. His 2007 schedule is typical, showing him constantly on the move in a year full of wonderful orchestras and great repertoire. Over the summer, he conducted four programs at the Hollywood Bowl; followed by Purcell's Dido & Aeneas and a Salieri opera at the Edinburgh International Festival. Next he returned to St Paul, San Francisco and St Louis, followed by a week with the Philadelphia Orchestra in a program of Schubert, Mozart and Haydn. November and December take him again to San Francisco and Glasgow, to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Detroit Symphony, culminating in four performances of Messiah in Avery Fisher Hall with the New York Philharmonic. An active recording artist, McGegan has an extensive discography with the PBO and other performing groups, including the Gottingen Festival Opera and Orchestra, and the Arcadian Academy. His world-premiere recording of Handel's Susanna with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson and the PBO earned a Gramophone Award. His most recent recordings are Handel's Atalanta and Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, both with PBO and available online at iTunes and Magnatune.com. Born in England and educated at Cambridge and Oxford Universities, McGegan has an honorary degree from London's Royal College of Music and was elected an Honorary Professor of Philosophy at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen in 2006. His hobbies include food, wine, crossword puzzles, travel, tending roses in his garden in Berkeley, California and furnishing his 19th century flat in Scotland.

    As the most televised and recorded classical artist performing today, SIR JAMES GALWAY has made himself a legend, a modern musical master whose virtuosity on the flute is equaled only by his limitless ambitions and vision. In addition to keeping a busy touring schedule in which he gives recitals and performs with the world's leading orchestras, Galway conducts master classes and encourages the next generation of artists through his Web site, TheGalwayNetwork.com. While in Los Angeles, he will lead a master class at Pepperdine University on Saturday, December 1. He and his wife, flutist Lady Jeanne Galway, and harpist Catrin Finch transport listeners on a journey through the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on his 2006 album My Magic Flute, released by Deutsche Grammophon. Galway also performs on two tracks from the soundtrack for Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in a score composed, orchestrated, and conducted by Academy Award-winner Howard Shore. Galway's discography of more than 60 CDs with BMG/RCA Classics, reflects his mastery of repertoire ranging from the traditional masters to Japanese and Irish folk, jazz and cinema music. Highlights of his 2007/2008 season include orchestral and recital tours in cities such as San Antonio, Washington, D.C. and Minneapolis as well as performances in Tokyo; Shanghai, China; London; Dusseldorf, Germany; Dublin, Ireland; Copenhagen, Denmark and Zurich, Switzerland. He also will lead master classes in Napa, California, and Weggis, Switzerland and throughout Asia. He is the author/editor of several flute books, and recently published a critical essay on the Twelve Studies of Boehm, Op. 15. Queen Elizabeth II honored him in 1979 with an Order of the British Empire and in 2001 with a Knighthood for services to music. In 2004, Galway was given the President's Merit Award from the Recording Academy at the Grammys' 8th Annual "Salute to Classical Music." He has also been honored at the Classic Brits Awards held in London's Royal Albert Hall, where he received the "Outstanding Contribution to Classical Music" award in celebration of his 30 years as one of the top classical musicians of our time.

    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:

    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2007, AT 8 PM

    WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    CHAMBER MUSIC

    NICHOLAS McGEGAN, harpsichord and fortepiano

    MEMBERS OF THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC:

    Anne Marie Gabrielle, oboe

    Ariana Ghez, oboe

    Dana Hansen, viola

    Carolyn Hove, English horn

    Bruce Hudson, horn

    Catherine Ransom Karoly, flute

    Jonathan Karoly, cello

    Johnny Lee, violin

    Jason Lippmann, cello

    Meredith Snow, viola

    Bing Wang, violin

    BACH Flute Sonata in E major, BWV 1035

    MOZART Horn Quintet in E-flat major, K. 407

    BEETHOVEN Trio for Two Oboes and English Horn, Op. 87

    HAYDN Piano Trio in A major, Hob. XV: 18

    The Chamber Music Society series is supported by a generous grant from the Norman and Sadie Lee Foundation

    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2007, AT 8 PM

    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2007, AT 8 PM
    (Casual Fridays; Mozart Flute Concerto and the Schubert Symphony)

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2007, AT 8 PM

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2007, AT 2 PM

    GALWAY PLAYS MOZART

    NICHOLAS McGEGAN, conductor

    JAMES GALWAY, flute

    SCHUBERT Overture to The Conspirators

    MOZART Flute Concerto in D Major, K. 314

    MOZART Andante in C Major for Flute, K. 315

    SCHUBERT Symphony No. 4, "Tragic"

    The Dec. 1 concert is generously sponsored by Acura - all Acura vehicles park free for the evening

    KCET is the media sponsor for the Dec. 2 concert

    Upbeat Live pre-concert events take place one hour prior to the Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 concerts in BP Hall at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and are free to all ticket holders. Raymond Knapp, author and musicology professor at UCLA, hosts.

    Casual Fridays series programs offer pre- and post-concert events that are free to all ticket-holders. They include Upbeat Live or a cocktail pre-party in the Walt Disney Concert Hall gardens. Post-concert events include an onstage TalkBack discussion with musicians or a post-concert reception with the musicians in the Concert Hall Café.

    Tickets ($22 - $47 for Nov. 27; $40 - $142 for Nov. 29 - Dec. 2) 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. 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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