FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008, AT 8 PM (CASUAL FRIDAYS CONCERT)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2008, AT 8 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2008, AT 2 PM
Nov 21 Media Sponsor: Time Warner Cable
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall in three concerts of Mozart, Beethoven and Respighi, Friday and Saturday, November 21 and 22, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, November 23, at 2 p.m. The Friday performance, a Casual Fridays concert, includes Mozart’s Serenade No. 6 in D major, “Serenata notturna,” Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and Respighi’s The Pines of Rome. The Saturday and Sunday concerts also include Respighi’s The Fountains of Rome.
All three concerts open with Mozart’s Serenade No. 6 in D major, also known as “Serenata notturna,” the one of Mozart’s “party piece” serenades written to please his customer with a carefree, bright and elegant product. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, his “little Symphony in F,” showcases the composer’s whimsical side with light-hearted passages heard by some to be musical jokes. Respighi’s Pines of Rome, one of the composer’s symphonic poems to The Eternal City, includes a nighttime musical portrait of the “Pines of Janiculum,” one of Rome’s seven hills. Saturday and Sunday’s performances also include another Respighi love letter to Rome, The Fountains of Rome, with each movement representing one of Rome’s fountains at a different time of day.
An opportunity to learn more about the program is free to all ticket holders at Upbeat Live, which takes place in BP Hall one hour prior to each concert. Christopher Russell, Director of Orchestral Studies at Azusa Pacific University and Coordinator of the Orchestral Program at Orange County High School of the Arts, hosts.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Casual Fridays series encourages audience and orchestra members to attend attired in comfortable clothes. These shorter programs – without intermission – feature free post-concert activities for all ticket-holders to enjoy. These activities include a TalkBack discussion with musicians held on stage after the performance and a chance to mingle with members of the orchestra in the Concert Hall Café.
Born in Burgos, Spain, in 1933, RAFAEL FRÜHBECK DE BURGOS studied violin, piano, music theory, and composition at the conservatories in Bilbao and Madrid, and conducting at Munich's Hochschule für Musik, where he graduated summa cum laude and was awarded the Richard Strauss Prize. He currently is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Dresden Philharmonic. He has served as General Music Director of the Rundfunkorchester (Radio Orchestra) Berlin, Principal Guest Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Vienna Symphony, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI Turin, the Bilbao Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Spain, the Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, and the Montreal Symphony. For many seasons, he was also Principal Guest Conductor of the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. Frühbeck has conducted virtually all of the major orchestras in the United States and Canada and returns each year to both the Boston and Tanglewood seasons of the Boston Symphony. He is a regular guest conductor with most of the major European ensembles, including the London Philharmonia, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, and the Hamburg Philharmonic, the German radio orchestras, and the Vienna Symphony. He has also conducted the Israel Philharmonic and the major Japanese orchestras. The numerous honors and distinctions he has been awarded include the Gold Medal of the City of Vienna, the Bundesverdienstkreuz of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Gold Medal from the Gustav Mahler International Society, and the Jacinto Guerrero Prize, Spain's most important musical award, conferred in 1997 by the Queen of Spain. In 1998 Frühbeck received the appointment of Emeritus Conductor from the Spanish National Orchestra. He has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Navarra in Spain. Frühbeck has recorded extensively for EMI, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Spanish Columbia, and Orfeo. Several of his recordings are considered to be classics, including his interpretations of Mendelssohn's Elijah and St. Paul, Mozart's Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana, Bizet's Carmen and the complete works of Manuel de Falla.
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.
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2008, at 8 PM (Casual Fridays concert)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2008, at 8 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2008, at 2 PM
WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
RAFAEL FRUHBECK DE BURGOS, conductor
MOZART Serenade No. 6 in D major, “Serenata notturna”
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8
RESPIGHI The Pines of Rome
RESPIGHI The Fountains of Rome (not performed on Casual Fridays program)
Nov. 21 Media Sponsor: Time Warner Cable
An opportunity to learn more about the program is free to all ticket holders at Upbeat Live which takes place in BP Hall one hour prior to each concert. Christopher Russell, Director of Orchestral Studies at Azusa Pacific University and Coordinator of the Orchestral Program at Orange County High School of the Arts, hosts.
Tickets ($42 - $147) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, online at LAPhil.com, or via credit card by phone at 323.850.2000. When available, choral bench seats ($17), will be released for sale to selected Philharmonic, Colburn Celebrity Recital, and Baroque Variations performances beginning at noon on the Tuesday of the second week 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 12 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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