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  • WDCH
  • Mar. 21, 2008
  • FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2008, AT 8 PM

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

    Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform chamber works by Brahms and Tchaikovsky with violinist Janine Jansen in a Chamber Music Society concert on Friday, March 21, at 8 p.m.

    Brahms’ String Sextet in B-flat major is performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic violinists Mitchell Newman and Johnny Lee; violists Ingrid Hutman and Dana Hansen; and cellists Daniel Rothmuller and Jason Lippmann. Janine Jansen joins violinist Robert Vijay Gupta; violists Hui Liu and Minor Wetzel; and cellists Ben Hong and Jason Lippmann in Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence (String Sextet in D minor).

    Brahms’ String Sextet in B-flat major showcases the composer’s prowess for writing melodies as well as his trademark rhythmic complexity. As one of Brahms’ earlier compositions, the String Sextet in B-flat major was heavily influenced by the chamber works of Beethoven and Schubert.

    Though the Souvenir de Florence (String Sextet in D minor) occupied Tchaikovsky for several years, the main work was done in 1890, upon the composer’s return from a stay in Italy. The string sextet opens with a flourish of sound and energy that is present throughout the work. Tchaikovsky’s expert scoring for this small chamber ensemble captures the richness and passion found in any of his large symphonic works.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2007/08 Chamber Music Society series at Walt Disney Concert Hall includes performances by members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and distinguished guest artists. Upcoming guest artists include: Gustavo Dudamel playing violin on March 26; pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet on April 15; and bass-baritone Eric Owens on May 13.

    Ever since her Concertgebouw debut in 1997, JANINE JANSEN has been a huge star in her native Holland. Today she is internationally recognized as one of the great violinists – a truly exciting and versatile artist. Jansen has performed with the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and Sydney Symphony. She has worked with such eminent conductors as Sir Andrew Davies, Mark Elder, Valery Gergiev, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Sakari Oramo, Mikhail Pletnev, and Edo de Waart. Jansen studied with Coosje Wijzenbeek, Philipp Hirshhorn, and, most recently, with Boris Belkin. In September 2003 she received the Dutch Music Prize from the Ministry of Culture – the highest distinction an artist can receive in The Netherlands. She received the Edison Classic Public Award in 2004 and in 2005, as well as an ECHO award for her Vivaldi recording in 2006. Her latest album achieved Gold sales within the first few weeks of its release. The outstanding instrument being used by Janine Jansen is the violin by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1727, ‘Barrere’ – on extended loan from the Elise Mathilde Fund through intermediation of The Stradivari Society® of Chicago.

    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.


    FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2008, at 8 PM

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



    Janine Jansen, violin

    BRAHMS String Sextet in B-flat major, Op. 18

    TCHAIKOVSKY Souvenir de Florence (String Sextet in D minor), Op. 70

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

    Tickets ($22 - $47) are on sale now online at, 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 information, please call 323.850.2000.

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