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  • Los Angeles Philharmonic Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen Returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall to Lead the Orchestra in Two Weekends of Concerts
  • Nov. 19, 2010
  • Acclaimed Actress CCH Pounder Narrates The Opening of Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle Presented in the First Weekend’s Program

    Second Weekend of Programming Marks L.A. Phil Debut Week of Bass-Baritone Bryn Terfel

    FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 AND 20, 2010, AT 8 PM; SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2010, AT 2 PM

    FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26 AND 27, 2010, AT 8 PM; SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2010, AT 2 PM

    Esa-Pekka Salonen, the longest-serving Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall in his new post, Conductor Laureate, leading the orchestra in two programs, Friday and Saturday, November 19 and 20, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, November 21, at 2 p.m., as well as Friday and Saturday, November 26 and 27, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, November 28, at 2 p.m.

    In the first program, Salonen conducts the U.S. premiere of his friend Magnus Lindberg’s Graffiti, a piece for chorus and orchestra featuring the Los Angeles Master Chorale. The program also includes Béla Bartók’s enthralling psychological drama, Bluebeard’s Castle, featuring mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter as Judith, bass-baritone Sir Willard White as Bluebeard, and noted actress CCH Pounder, who serves as the speaker during the prologue to the opera.

    For the second program of his visit, Salonen and bass-baritone Bryn Terfel partner for selections from Richard Wagner – Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, “Was duftet doch der Flieder” from Die Meistersinger, “O du mein holder Abendstern” from Tannhäuser , Ride of the Valkyries, Wotan’s Farewell and Magic Fire Music from Die Walküre, and Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin. The program also includes music from the 20th century, Paul Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Weber. As with the previous week, these performances demonstrate Salonen’s recognition of the composers of the 20th and 21st centuries and continual advocacy for new music.

    All concerts are preceded by Upbeat Live pre-performance discussions which are free to ticket-holders, and occur one hour prior in BP Hall. Eric Bromberger, violinist, Fulbright nominee and recipient of a National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship at Yale University, hosts November 19 – 21. Russell Steinberg, Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, UCLA faculty member, composer, conductor and performer, hosts November 26 – 28.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres – orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop – at two of L.A.’s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall (www.laphil.com ) and the Hollywood Bowl (www.hollywoodbowl.com). The LA Phil’s season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from October through May, and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2010, AT 8 PM

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2010, AT 8 PM

    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2010, AT 2 PM

    WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

    111 S. GRAND AVENUE, LOS ANGELES



    ESA-PEKKA SALONEN, conductor

    ANNE SOFIE VON OTTER (Judith), mezzo-soprano

    SIR WILLARD WHITE (Bluebeard), bass-baritone

    CCH POUNDER, speaker

    LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE

    GRANT GERSHON, music director



    LINDBERG Graffiti (U.S. premiere)

    BARTÓK Bluebeard’s Castle





    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2010, AT 8 PM

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2010, AT 8 PM

    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2010, AT 2 PM


    WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

    111 S. GRAND AVENUE, LOS ANGELES



    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    ESA-PEKKA SALONEN, conductor

    BRYN TERFEL, bass-baritone



    HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Weber

    WAGNER Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

    WAGNER “Was duftet doch der Flieder” from Die Meistersinger

    WAGNER “O du mein holder Abendstern” from Tannhäuser

    WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre

    WAGNER Wotan’s Farewell

    WAGNER Magic Fire Music from Die Walküre

    WAGNER Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin



    All concerts are preceded by Upbeat Live pre-performance discussions which are free to ticket-holders, and occur one hour prior in BP Hall. Eric Bromberger, violinist, Fulbright nominee and recipient of a National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship at Yale University, hosts November 19 – 21. Russell Steinberg, Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, UCLA faculty member, composer, conductor and performer, hosts November 26 – 28.

    Tickets ($44 - $167) 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 ($18) will be released for sale to selected Philharmonic, Colburn Celebrity Series, 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.

  • contact:

    Sophie Jefferies, sjefferies@laphil.org, 213.972.3422; Lisa White, lwhitelaphil.org, 213.972.3408; Photos: 213.972.3034