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  • GUSTAVO DUDAMEL LEADS THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC AND YUJA WANG IN RACHMANINOFF’S PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3
  • Dec. 9, 2013
  • PROGRAM OPENS WITH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF BJARNASON’S BLOW BRIGHT AND CLOSES WITH STRAVINSKY’S PETRUSHKA

    Thursday, December 19, 2013, at 8 PM
    Friday, December 20, at 11 AM
    Saturday, December 21, 2013, at 8 PM
    Sunday, December 22, 2013, at 2 PM

    WHAT:        Music Director Gustavo Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic and pianist Yuja Wang in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. This performance marks the first time these two artists will work together at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The pair joined forces in February 2013 to record a live performance of the powerhouse piano concerto in Caracas with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. Yuja Wang will sign CDs at the LA Phil store following the performances on Thurs., Sat. and Sun., Dec. 19, 21 and 22. To read full program notes, please vist http://www.laphil.com/pianoconcerto3.

    This program opens with the world premiere of Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason’s Blow bright, which takes its title from the final lines of Philip Larkin’s poem “Night-Music.” Bjarnason has set the whole poem as a song for voice and small ensemble, but that version has little in common with his new orchestral piece, other than some similarity of atmosphere. This new work takes inspiration from a single line from the poem – Blow bright, blow bright, the coal of this unquickened world - as well as Bjarnason’s thoughts on many other things, including the power of the ocean. “this piece is written in a very free flowing and instinctive way.” Says Bjarnason. “It’s actually very close to being pure abstract music.” To read full program notes, please visit http://www.laphil.com/blowbright.

    The concert concludes with Stravinsky’s Petrushka, the composer’s second great ballet score – after Firebird and before The Rite of Spring – that propelled Stravinsky’s reputation as a musical revolutionary who pushed the boundaries of musical design. This will be the first time Dudamel performs Petrushka with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. To read full program notes, please visit http://www.laphil.com/petrushka.

    In March 2014, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic embark on their second tour of North America. The tour programs will include Bjarnason’s Blow bright, and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Yuja Wang. For the complete 2014 tour schedule, please visit LAPhil.com.

    Complete Program:
    BJARNASON           Blow bright
    RACHMANINOFF    Piano Concerto No. 3
    STRAVINSKY          Petrushka

    Upbeat Live pre-concert events takes place in Walt Disney Concert Hall’s BP Hall one hour before each concert, and are free to all ticket holders.* Russell Steinberg, Composer, conductor, performer, and lecturer, hosts.

    *Upbeat Live for the Friday matinee at 11am will take place at 9:45am in the main auditorium.

    For full artist biographies, please visit: laphil.com

    WHO:         LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
    GUSTAVO DUDAMEL, conductor
    YUJA WANG, piano

    WHEN:       Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8 PM
    Friday, December 20, 2013, at 11 AM
    Saturday, December 21, 2013, at 8 PM
    Sunday, December 22, 2013, at 2 PM           

    WHERE:     WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles               

    HOW TO PURCHASE:      Subscriptions and single tickets for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2013/14 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall are currently available. To purchase, please visit LAPhil.com, 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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  • contact:

    Sophie Jefferies, 213.972.3422, sjefferies@laphil.org    
    Lisa Bellamore, 213.972.3689, lbellamore@laphil.org