The Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, performs works by Arnold Schoenberg and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the second of four concerts in the Schoenberg Prism, a city-wide celebration of the composer’s music in honor of the 50th anniversary of his death. Concerts take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Thursday and Saturday, October 25 and 27 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, October 28 at 2:30 p.m.
The evening opens with a performance of Schoenberg’s Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op.16. and concludes with Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter,” by Mozart. Violinist Viktoria Mullova joins the orchestra to perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G, K. 216.
The concerts also feature Upbeat Live, a pre-concert discussion with host Christopher Hailey, in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion’s Grand Hall one hour before each performance. Hailey will be joined by friends of Schoenberg: pianists Leonard Stein (all three days) and Natalie Limonick (10/25, 10/28), and film composer David Raksin (10/27, 10/28).
Single tickets ($12-$78) 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. For further information, please call 323/850-2000.
The Prism places Schoenberg’s works alongside those of other great composers, revealing his debt to the towering figures of the past, as well as his own stature as a revolutionary and visionary. The second Prism program opens with the composer’s Five Pieces for Orchestra, an early work. Composed in 1909 when Schoenberg was 35 years old and teaching in Vienna, the work was written during a fairly sustained creative period that culminated with three great works: his Op. 11 piano pieces, the Five Pieces, and Erwartung, his first operatic composition.
The concert continues with two works by Mozart. Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova plays the composer’s beloved Third Violin Concerto, written in 1775 when he was only 19. Excited about the instrument in his youth, he penned all five of his violin concertos in one year. Later he favored the viola, and subsequently never wrote for the violin again. The orchestra performs his Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”, one of Mozart’s later symphonies, which was written in the summer of 1788, just a few years prior to his death.
ESA-PEKKA SALONEN, the tenth conductor to head the Los Angeles Philharmonic, began his tenure as Music Director in October, 1992. Salonen made his American debut conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in November 1984, and he has conducted the Orchestra every season since. Among the many highlights of Salonen’s activities with the Philharmonic have been world premieres of new works by composers John Adams, Bernard Rands, Rodion Shchedrin, Steven Stucky, and Salonen himself, well-received Ligeti and Stravinsky Festivals, appearances at the Ojai Festival, seven critically acclaimed international tours since 1992, and his extensive discography with the Orchestra for Sony Classical. Salonen was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1958. He made his conducting debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1979, and he has been one of the world’s most sought-after conductors since his debut in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra in September 1983. He served as principal guest conductor of the Philharmonia of London from 1985 to 1994 and as principal conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1985 to 1995.
Violinist VIKTORIA MULLOVA first captured international attention when she won first prize at the 1980 Sibelius Competition in Helsinki. Two years later, she won the Gold Medal at the 1982 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, where she had studied at the Central Music School and the Moscow Conservatory. She has since appeared with nearly all of the world’s great orchestras and conductors, and at the most prestigious international festivals. In 1994, she formed the Mullova Chamber Ensemble, with which she has toured in Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands. Mullova has won high praise for her recordings of a wide repertoire, including the Bartók and Stravinsky concertos with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen. She has recently appeared — for the first time as soloist and director -- with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a Mozart project. Her release of the Brahms Violin Concerto with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonic won a 1995 Echo Klassic award, a Japanese Record Academy Award and a Deutsche Schallplattenkritik prize.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:
Thursday, October 25, 8 PM
Saturday, October 27, 8 PM
Sunday, October 28, 2:30 PM
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles Philharmonic
ESA-PEKKA SALONEN, conductor
VIKTORIA MULLOVA, violin
Schoenberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G, K. 216
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter"
Single tickets ($12-$78) are available at the Philharmonic’s Music Center 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. For further information, please call 323/850-2000.
Elizabeth Hinckley, (323) 850-2047; Rachelle Roe, (323) 850-2032