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  • Conductor Bernard Labadie and Pianist Benedetto Lupo Join the Los Angeles Philharmonic for All-Mozart Program
  • Dec. 16, 2011
  • The Performances Are Lupo’s LA Phil and Walt Disney Concert Hall Debuts

    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2011, AT 11 AM

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2011, AT 8 PM

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2011, AT 2 PM


    Conductor Bernard Labadie returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in three performances of an all-Mozart program, Friday, December 16, at 11 am, Saturday, December 17, at 8 pm, and Sunday, December 18, at 2 pm. Joining for both his LA Phil and Walt Disney Concert Hall debuts is pianist Benedetto Lupo performing Piano Concerto No. 27, the last work Mozart composed in the form. The program also includes the Chaconne from the Idomeneo ballet music and Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter,” the composer’s final symphony.

    Bernard Labadie has been a sought-after guest conductor with major North American orchestras since his triumphant debut with the Minnesota Orchestra in 1999. In addition to the LA Phil, the 2011/12 season also includes his debut at Tanglewood and appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Utah Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and others. Labadie’s extensive discography includes many critically-acclaimed recordings on the Dorian, ATMA and Virgin Classics labels, including Handel’s Apollo e Dafne and his collaboration with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec in Mozart’s Requiem, both winning Canada’s Juno Award. A complete recording of C.P.E. Bach’s Cello Concertos with Truls Mørk and Les Violons du Roy is slated for release soon, as well as a recording with Ian Bostridge and The English Concert, both for Virgin Classics.

    Benedetto Lupo has been described by critics as an "exceptionally fine pianist ... who has a remarkably fine touch and beautiful tone control" (The Oregonian). Praised for his "keen musical intelligence and probing intellect" (Miami Herald), and for combining "meticulous technique with romantic sensitivity" (Birmingham News), he has gained worldwide recognition. Like Labadie, Lupo made his Tanglewood Festival debut this season performing Mozart’s Concerto K. 456. Other 2011/12 highlights include the Montreal Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic, and the Malaysian Philharmonic. In his native Italy he can be heard with the Verdi Orchestra in Milan, National RAI Orchestra in Turino and the festivals of Brescia and Bergamo.

    Upbeat Live pre-concert events take place in Walt Disney Concert Hall’s auditorium one hour and 15 minutes prior to the Friday concert and in BP Hall one hour prior to the Saturday and Sunday concerts, and are free to all ticket holders. Russell Steinberg, composer, conductor, performer, Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra and faculty member at UCLA, hosts.

    Complete program:

    MOZART Chaconne from Idomeneo ballet music

    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 27

    MOZART Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”



    BERNARD LABADIE, conductor



    Friday, December 16, 2011, at 11 AM

    Saturday, December 17, 2011, at 8 PM

    Sunday, December 18, 2011, at 2 PM



    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles


    Subscriptions and single tickets for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2011/12 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall are currently available. To purchase, please visit, the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office or any Ticketmaster outlet. To order by phone with credit card, please call the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office at 323.850.2000, or Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. For more information, please call 323.850.2000.

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