Pianist Lars Vogt And Violinist Elisabeth Batiashvili Appear As Soloists
TUESDAY AND THURSDAY, JULY 9 & 11, AT 8 PM
July 9 sponsored by Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts;
Media Sponsors: NEWS 980, K-MOZART 105.1 FM
July 11: United's Thursdays; Media Sponsor: K-MOZART 105.1 FM
Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi returns to the Hollywood Bowl to kick off the Philharmonic's Tuesday and Thursday subscription programming for the summer, July 9 and 11, at 8 p.m. Pianist Lars Vogt joins the orchestra as soloist on July 9; violinist Elisabeth Batiashvili makes her Bowl debut on July 11. Backbeat Live pre-concert events take place at the Patio, one hour prior to the Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday concerts; free to all ticket holders. The July 11 session features an interview with conductor Paavo Järvi.
On July 9, the Philharmonic performs an all-Brahms program, opening with his Piano Concerto No. 1, with Vogt as soloist. The program closes with the familiar and haunting Symphony No. 4.
A varied line-up on July 11 brings music of Arvo Pärt, Beethoven, and Sibelius to the stage, featuring Georgian violinist Elisabeth Batiashvili in Beethoven's famed Violin Concerto. Pärt's Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten opens the program and Sibelius' classic Symphony No. 5 rounds out the evening.
The young Estonian-born conductor PAAVO JÄRVI is one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation. Järvi studied percussion and conducting at the Tallinn School of Music and then, in 1980, moved to the United States to continue his studies at The Curtis Institute of Music and at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute with Leonard Bernstein. Music director of the Cincinnati Symphony since September 2001, Järvi previously held the posts of principal guest conductor with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He last performed at the Hollywood Bowl in 1995.
Acclaimed performances at the 1990 Leeds International Competition and the 1993 Mostly Mozart Festival with The Cleveland Orchestra served as a launching pad for pianist LARS VOGT into an active career of concerto and recital appearances with major orchestras around the world. In the summer of 1998, Vogt founded a chamber music festival in Heimbach, Germany. Vogt recently made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and has since finalized a European tour and a series of subscription concerts with the Detroit Symphony. An EMI artist, Vogt has made seven discs for that label including a recording of Prokofiev and Shostakovich cello sonatas (with Truls Mørk) that earned him a Diapason d'Or in 1997. His last appearance at the Bowl was in 1991.
Still in her early 20s, the Georgian-born violinist ELISABETH BATIASHVILI has already made an indelible impression on the international music scene, with stunning successes throughout Europe, North America, and Asia. Batiashvili was selected by BBC Music Magazine for its New Generation Artists series, which entails a two-year commitment of recitals and orchestral concerts, both in the recording studio and in live performance for broadcast across the BBC network. Her debut recital CD for EMI, which includes music by Brahms, Schubert, and Bach, has won the highest critical acclaim and was selected as one of the best CDs of 2001 by BBC Magazine.
One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of just under 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. A hit from its very first season, the Hollywood Bowl has remained popular and accessible to a wide cross-section of Southern California's diverse population. 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 "Open House at the Bowl," the Southland's most popular summer arts festival for children, now in its 34th season. Attendance figures over the past several decades have soared: in 1980 the Bowl first topped the half-million mark and last summer, close to one million admissions were recorded. It is no wonder that the Bowl's summer music festivals have become as much a part of a Southern California summer as beaches and barbecues, the Dodgers and Disneyland.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:
Tuesday, July 9 at 8 PM
LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
PAAVO JÄRVI, conductor
LARS VOGT, piano
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1
Brahms: Symphony No. 4
Sponsored by Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts; Media Sponsors: NEWS 980, K-MOZART
Thursday, July 11 at 8 PM
LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
PAAVO JÄRVI, conductor
ELISABETH BATIASHVILI, violin
Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5
United's Thursdays; Media Sponsor: K-MOZART 105.1 FM
Backbeat Live pre-concert events take place at the Patio, one hour prior to the Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday concerts; free to all ticket holders. The July 11 session features an interview with conductor Paavo Järvi.
Tickets ($1 - $76) are on sale now at the Hollywood Bowl box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 213.480.3232, at all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons May, Tower Records and Ritmo Latino locations), or online at hollywoodbowl.com. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for a 20% discount, subject to availability; call 323.850-2050 for further details. For general information or to request a brochure, call 323.850.2000.
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Elizabeth Hinckley, 323/850-2047; Rachelle Roe, 323/850-2032