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  • WORLD-FAMOUS VIOLINIST MIDORI JOINS MEMBERS OF LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC AND AMERICAN YOUTH SYMPHONY FOR INTIMATE CONCERT BENEFITTING MUSIC EDUCATION
  • Nov. 18, 2002
  • NOVEMBER 18 AT 8 PM

    Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Music Society's 2002/2003 season continues with a special benefit concert featuring Los Angeles Philharmonic On Location artist in residence, Midori, as well as members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and American Youth Symphony. The evening's intimate program includes Dvorák's Terzetto in C major for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 74; Brahms' String Sextet in B-flat major, Op. 18; and Mozart's Duo for Violin and Viola in B-flat major on Monday, November 18 at 8 p.m. at Zipper Concert Hall. This concert benefits the Philharmonic's Music Matters program, keeping music education alive in Los Angeles.

    Midori's chamber music performance comes after her first residency week (November 15, 16, and 17) as soloist on the Philharmonic's subscription concerts led by Esa-Pekka Salonen. On November 20, 21, and 23 she is the featured soloist with the orchestra, playing Samuel Barber's Violin Concerto, which is matched with Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica," and Christopher Rouse's Rapture. In addition, as part of her residency and her commitment to teaching and mentoring young artists, Midori will host a lunch for the Los Angeles County teachers and administrators, and participate in projects with the Philharmonic's Music Matters education programs for school children.

    The November 18 program begins with Mozart's Duo for Violin and Viola, a piece he wrote in 1783. This was during a period in which he created many other chamber works, including another duo for violin and viola.

    Antonín Dvorák created the Terzetto for Josef Kruis, an amateur violinist who lived with him in Prague, and his teacher, violinist Jan Pelikan. It is assumed that Dvorák himself planned to take the viola part.

    Unfortunately, the violin part for Kruis was beyond his technical ability, so Dvorák obligingly composed the less demanding Bagatelles. The terzetto was completed and premiered in 1887.

    Also on this program is Brahms' String Sextet in B-flat major, Opus 18. In the autumn of 1857, Brahms accepted a seasonal post with the Court of Detmold, with the understanding that he would instruct the resident princess in piano and perform at court functions. While at Detmold, he began several chamber works, including this sextet. The first of Brahms' two sextets, Opus 18 premiered in Hanover in 1860.

    In the 2002/2003 season, violinist MIDORI celebrates her 20th year of performing before the public. Her performing schedule, balanced between recitals with Robert McDonald and appearances with the most prestigious symphonic ensembles, takes her to the great concert stages of Europe, North America, and the Far East. The new season also marks the 10th anniversary of Midori & Friends, the non-profit organization Midori founded to bring free music instruction programs to thousands of children who need them. This renowned violinist has been an exclusive Sony Classical artist throughout her career; this fall, the label releases her latest recording, French Violin Sonatas, featuring sonatas by Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc, and Camille Saint-Saëns, with pianist Robert McDonald. In January 2003, Midori celebrates her 20th anniversary by performing with the orchestra and conductor with whom she made her United States debut at the age of 11 - the New York Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    Chamber Music Concert

    Monday, November 18 at 8 p.m.


    Zipper Hall, Colburn School (200 S. Grand Ave in Los Angeles)

    MEMBERS OF THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN YOUTH SYMPHONY

    MIDORI, violin

    MOZART:  Duo for Violin and Viola in B-flat major, K.424

    DVORÁK:  Terzetto in C Major, Op. 74 for Two Violins and Viola

    BRAHMS:  String Sextet in B-flat major, Op. 18

    Tickets ($25) are on sale now at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion box office, all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons-May, Tower Records, Ritmo Latino, Tu Musica, and selected Wherehouse locations), and by credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. Tickets are also available online at www.laphil.com or at Zipper Hall on the day of performance, two hours prior to the concert. For further information, please call 323.850.2000.

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  • contact:

    Elizabeth Hinckley, 323/850-2047; Scalla Sheen, 323/850-2015