SOPRANO HEIDI GRANT MURPHY ALSO JOINS THE PROGRAM
Thursday, November 7 at 8 PM; Friday, November 8 at 1 PM;
and Sunday, November 10 at 2:30 PM
Conductor Emmanuel Krivine returns to Los Angeles for three concerts with the Philharmonic and soprano Heidi Grant Murphy in a program featuring two grand-scale compositions by Beethoven and Mahler on November 7 at 8 p.m., November 8 at 1 p.m., and November 10 at 2:30 p.m. Upbeat Live, a free pre-concert discussion with Michael Steinberg, takes place one hour before each performance in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion's Grand Hall.
The concert opens with Beethoven's Symphony No. 1, an early work that shows the young composer experimenting with new ideas, such as the stronger use of wind instruments. Mahler's Symphony No. 4 closes the program and features soprano Heidi Grant Murphy as soloist. The last movement of this piece portrays a child's vision of heaven as expressed in the lyrics. Mahler's Fourth Symphony is among his shorter symphonies and one in which the composer returns to a more traditional symphonic form.
Conductor EMMANUEL KRIVINE began his musical career as a concert violinist, following graduation from the Paris Conservatoire where he won the Premier Prix at age 16. He turned to conducting at the advice of Karl Böhm, and shortly thereafter was named Permanent Guest Conductor with the Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique of Paris. Krivine's triumphant appearance in Berlin during a 1983 German concert tour firmly established his credentials on the podium. Krivine served as Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon from 1987-2000. Acclaimed for his guest conducting engagements with many of the world's major orchestras -- including the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Oslo Philharmonic, London Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, NDR Hamburg, and the Vienna Symphony. Krivine remains a regular and popular guest conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
HEIDI GRANT MURPHY began her vocal studies while attending Western Washington and Indiana Universities but her graduate studies were interrupted when she won the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. The soprano from Washington was soon chosen by James Levine to participate in the Metropolitan Opera's Young Artist Development Program. In 1989, she had her Metropolitan Opera debut in the production of Die Frau Ohne Schatten. Grant Murphy has appeared in many of the world's finest opera companies and symphonies including - the Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, Santa Fe Opera, the Vienna Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Grant Murphy is currently an exclusive artist for Arabesque Recordings.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 at 8 PM
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 at 1 PM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 at 2:30 PM
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Avenue in Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
EMMANUEL KRIVINE, conductor
HEIDI GRANT MURPHY, soprano
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1
Mahler: Symphony No. 4
Tickets ($14 - $82) are available, starting September 8 at Noon, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion box office and by credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. Tickets are also available on-line at www.laphil.com. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available two hours prior to the performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion box office. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts. For further information, please call 323.850.2000.
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Elizabeth Hinckley, 323.850.2047; for photos: Scalla Sheen, 323.850.2027