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  • 2001/2002 CELEBRITY RECITALS BEGIN WITH MARTHA ARGERICH AND NELSON FREIRE IN AN EVENING OF DUO PIANO WORKS
  • Oct. 15, 2001
  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 15 AT 8 PM

    Duo performs Schumann, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Schubert and Ravel

    On Monday, October 15 at 8 p.m., the 2001/2002 Celebrity Recitals series starts with a recital featuring world-renowned pianists Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire in an evening of duo piano repertoire at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The two will play Schumann’s Andante and Variations in B-flat, Rachmaninoff’s arrangement of his Symphonic Dances, an arrangement of Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 (“Classical”), Schubert’s Rondo in A major and Ravel’s arrangement of his La Valse. The evening is the first in a series of four recitals, focussing on piano masters, presented this season by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

    Currently touring together, the pair will also appear in San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and New York. Argerich and Freire will play a varied program of music composed from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. The duo will illustrate a wide range of music including a work written for two pianos (Schumann), a piano duet --“Piano four-hands” – (Schubert) and three well-known symphonic pieces reworked for piano by their composers (Ravel, Rachmaninoff) and by an arranger (Prokofiev).

    Single tickets ($14 - $51) are available at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion box office, all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons-May, Tower Records, Ritmo Latino, Tu Música, and selected Wherehouse locations), and by credit card phone order at 213/365-3500. Tickets are also available on-line at www.laphil.org. Groups of 10 or more may be eligible for a 20% discount; call 323/850-2050. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available 2 hours prior to the performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion box office. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person. Groups of 10 or more may be eligible for special discounts. For further information, please call 323/850-2000.

    The 2001/2002 Celebrtiy Recitals continue on Sunday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. with Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman performing more duo piano repertoire by Brahms and Beethoven. On Friday, March 15 at 8 p.m., pianist Alicia de Larrocha appears in recital with an all-Granados concert. The series concludes on Friday, April 5 at 8 p.m. with an evening featuring Alfred Brendel performing works by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

    Acclaimed as one of the most perceptive and intensely communicative pianists of our day, MARTHA ARGERICH is best known for her performances of the virtuoso piano literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries. At age 16, Argerich won two major piano competitions -- the 1957 Geneva and Ferruccio Busoni International Competitions -- within a period of three weeks. In 1965 she became the first pianist from the Western Hemisphere to win first prize at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw. She regularly collaborates in concerts and recordings with major orchestras worldwide, and is equally active as a recitalist and chamber music performer. In addition she performs and records with violinist Gidon Kremer and cellist Mischa Maisky, and plays a great deal of music for two pianos and for piano duet with Nelson Freire, Stephen Bishop-Kovacevich, Nicolas Economou, and Alexandre Rabinovitch. Argerich won a 1999 Grammy Award (“Best Instrumental Soloist”) for her recording of Prokofiev and Bartok concertos with the Montreal Symphony. She last appeared in recital at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 1988.

    Born in Brazil, NELSON FREIRE began studying piano at the age of three, making his first public appearance at five years old. In 1957, after winning the Rio de Janeiro International Piano Competition, he studied in Vienna. In 1964, Freire won the Dinu Lipatti Medal in London and first prize at the International Vianna da Motta Competition in Lisbon. He made his U.S. debut in 1970 with the New York Philharmonic and has toured the U.S. frequently since then, playing at festivals, in recital and as a soloist with all major orchestras in the country. In the 2001/2002 season, in addition to touring in recital with Martha Argerich, Freire performs with the New York Philharmonic, Boston, Seattle and Baltimore symphonies. In 1999, Philips released a CD of his work as a part of their acclaimed series, Great Pianists of the 20th Century.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    Celebrity Recital


    Monday, October 15 at 8 PM

    DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION, 135 N. Grand Ave in Los Angeles

    Martha Argerich, piano

    Nelson Freire, piano

    SCHUMANN: Andante and Variations in B-flat, Op. 46

    RACHMANINOFF: Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

    PROKOFIEV(arr. Rikuya Terashima): Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 ("Classical")


    SCHUBERT: Rondo in A major, D. 951 (four hands)

    RAVEL: La Valse

    Single tickets ($14 - $51) are available at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion box office, all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons-May, Tower Records, Ritmo Latino, Tu Música, and selected Wherehouse locations), and by credit card phone order at 213/365-3500. Tickets are also available on-line at www.laphil.org. Groups of 10 or more may be eligible for a 20% discount; call 323/850-2050. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available 2 hours prior to the performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion box office. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person. Groups of 10 or more may be eligible for special discounts. For further information, please call 323/850-2000.

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  • contact:

    Elizabeth Hinckley, 213/972-3034; David Barber, 213/972-3084