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  • VIOLIN VIRTUOSO ITZHAK PERLMAN LEADS AND PERFORMS WITH LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC IN THREE CONCERTS AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
  • Feb. 1, 2008
  • Program Includes Bach's Violin Concerto in E Major, Mozart's Symphony No. 35, "Haffner," and Brahms' Symphony No. 4

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2008, AT 11 AM

    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2008, AT 8 PM,

    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2008, AT 2 PM

    The February 2 concert is generously sponsored by Princess Cruises

    Itzhak Perlman, undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, conducts and performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in three concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Friday, February 1, at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 2, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, February 3, at 2 p.m. In a performance that requires impressive skill and coordination, Perlman simultaneously plays and conducts Bach's Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042, then leads the orchestra in the remainder of the program: Mozart's Symphony No. 35, "Haffner," and Brahms' Symphony No. 4.

    Perlman has appeared as a soloist with every major orchestra and in recitals and festivals around the world as well as being a frequent presence on the conductor’s podium. The celebrated artist’s recordings regularly appear on best-seller charts and have garnered 15 Grammy awards. His latest Grammy was awarded for the American Album with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

    Upbeat Live pre-concert events take place one hour and 15 minutes prior to the Friday concert and one hour prior to the Saturday and Sunday concerts in BP Hall at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and are free to all ticket holders. Alan Chapman, KUSC-FM radio host, composer-lyricist and pianist, hosts.

    ITZHAK PERLMAN enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Born in Israel in 1945, Perlman completed his initial training at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv and went on to study at the Juilliard School. Following his studies there with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay, Perlman won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964, which led to a burgeoning worldwide career. Since then, he has appeared with every major orchestra and in recitals and festivals around the world. From 2002 to 2004 Perlman was Music Advisor of the St. Louis Symphony where he made regular conducting appearances, and was Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit Symphony from 2001 to 2005. During the 2007/08 season he conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, the New World Symphony and the Toronto Symphony. Internationally, Perlman has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic. As soloist, he continues to visit major centers throughout the world. Highlights of his 2007/08 season include summer performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center and Saratoga Performing Arts Center and with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood; recitals throughout Europe and the United States including London, Paris, Brussels, Zurich, Boston and Los Angeles; and a tour of Japan where he will be heard both in recital and with orchestra. Perlman also appears with students from the Perlman Music Program in a three-concert series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. A major presence in the performing arts on television, Perlman has been honored with four Emmy Awards and has entertained and enlightened millions of TV viewers of all ages on popular shows as diverse as The Late Show with David Letterman, Sesame Street, and the Grammy awards telecasts. In March 2006, a worldwide audience in the hundreds of millions saw him perform live on the 78th Annual Academy Awards telecast, playing a medley from the five film scores nominated in the category of Best Original Score. His most recent releases include an all-Mozart recording with the Berlin Philharmonic (EMI) with Perlman as both soloist and conductor, and a recording for Deutsche Grammophon for which he conducts the Israel Philharmonic. Over the past decade he has become more actively involved in educational activities teaching full time at the Perlman Music Program each summer since it was founded and currently holding the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair at the Juilliard School. Harvard, Yale, Brandeis, Roosevelt, Yeshiva and Hebrew universities are among the institutions that have awarded him honorary degrees, and he was awarded an honorary doctorate and a centennial medal on the occasion of Juilliard’s 100th commencement ceremony in May 2005. In December 2000, President Clinton awarded Perlman the National Medal of Arts. His presence on stage, on camera and in personal appearances of all kinds speaks eloquently on behalf of the disabled, and his devotion to their cause is an integral part of his life.

    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, FEBRUARY 1, 2008, at 11 AM

    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2008, at 8 PM

    SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2008, at 2 PM


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



    PERLMAN CONDUCTS BRAHMS’ FOURTH



    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    ITZHAK PERLMAN, conductor/violin



    BACH Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042

    MOZART Symphony No. 35, “Haffner”

    BRAHMS Symphony No. 4



    The Feb. 2 concert is generously sponsored by Princess Cruises.

    Upbeat Live pre-concert events take place one hour and 15 minutes prior to the Friday concert (onstage in the Walt Disney Concert Hall) and one hour prior to the Saturday and Sunday concerts (in BP Hall) at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and are free to all ticket holders. Alan Chapman, KUSC-FM radio host, composer-lyricist and pianist, hosts.

    Tickets ($40 - $142) 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) are released for sale to selected Philharmonic, Colburn Celebrity Recital and Baroque Variations performances two weeks 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 information, please call 323.850.2000.

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