The Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Associate Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, performs concerts featuring the Los Angeles premiere of Last Round by On Location composer Osvaldo Golijov, and works by Falla and Prokofiev. Acclaimed pianist Alicia de Larrocha joins the orchestra on Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain and performs a solo piano work by Enrique Granados. Concerts take place at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Friday, November 2 at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 4 at 1:00 p.m.
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.
The evening opens with several Spanish and Latin American works. First, the orchestra performs Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Last Round, which shows the influence of Astor Piazzolla’s tangos. Spanish composer Manuel de Falla completed his evocatively beautiful work for solo piano and orchestra entitled Nights in the Gardens of Spain during a prolific period in 1915, the same year that his work, El Amor Brujo had its premiere.
Upbeat Live, a free pre-concert lecture with Osvaldo Golijov and Miguel Harth-Bedoya, moderated by Sue Knussen, takes place one hour prior to each performance in the Grand Hall.
Ms. De Larrocha will play a solo piano work by her countryman, Grandos, whose music she has championed in performances around the world. The evening ends with excerpts from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet, Cinderella, selected by Miguel Harth-Bedoya.
More About On Location:
On Location, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s new residency program, with Osvaldo Golijov, a Music Alive Composer-in-Residence, will occur over three weeks with the music departments of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and California State University, Los Angeles. High school students will, under the guidance of Mr. Golijov, compose original works to be performed by the university students at the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Neighborhood Concert on April 12, 2001. Mr. Golijov will work with the students in person and via internet technology, guiding them through the process of writing for small instrumental ensembles and voice. In addition, Mr. Golijov will attend rehearsals and meet with the members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic who will perform his work at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, in a chamber music concert, and at a Green Umbrella concert. Opportunities for Mr. Golijov to meet with the staff, board, and volunteers of the Philharmonic as well as with members of the public are being arranged.
This residency by Osvaldo Golijov is made possible through Music Alive, a residency program of the American Symphony Orchestra League and Meet The Composer. This national program is designed to provide orchestras with resources and tools to support their presentation of new music to the public and build support for new music within their institutions. Funding for Music Alive is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Associate Conductor MIGUEL HARTH-BEDOYA is Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony, a title he holds with both the Eugene Symphony in Oregon and the Auckland Phiharmonia in New Zealand. One of the most exciting young conductors in America, his active guest conducting schedule includes appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the Quebec Symphony, the Puerto Rico Symphony, and the Mexico National Symphony. Festival appearances include Grant Park, Tanglewood, Rencontres Musicales d’Evian in France, the Domaine Forget International Festival in Quebec, and the Musicarchitettura International Festival in Italy. Born in 1968 in Lima, Peru, Miguel Harth-Bedoya holds degrees in conducting from The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School.
A favorite of audiences throughout the world, the Spanish pianist ALICIA DE LARROCHA has toured the United States three times each year since her return here in 1965, building a fanatically devoted public who cheer her in recital, with orchestra, and in chamber music. She plays regularly with the great orchestras, at the great festivals and on the most prestigious recital series in the land, and her catalogue of unique recordings is available the world over. A native of Barcelona, Alicia de Larrocha made her first public appearance in 1929, at the age of six. In 1947 she first toured outside Spain, and she made her British debut in 1953, followed by her American debut in 1955 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Alfred Wallenstein. Although she subsequently received the Paderewski Prize in London, as well as international honors for her early recordings of Granados and Albéniz, it was her return to the United States in 1965, for what amounted to a second debut in this country, that she earned her reputation as one of the world’s great classical artists. Now an exclusive recording artist for BMG Classics (RCA Victor Red Seal), de Larrocha has recorded the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas and begun a series of Mozart Piano Concertos. She has won four Grammy Awards for her recordings of the works of Albéniz, Ravel and Granados. Ms. de Larrocha is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades.
Composer OSVALDO GOLIJOV was born in 1960 in an Eastern European Jewish household in La Plata, just outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied music with Gerardo Gandini, who had studied with Alberto Ginastera, Argentina’s most famous composer. Ginastera had established a nationalist classical music idiom with European avant-garde elements, that Gandini furthered by establishing The Grupo de Experimentación Musical, which introduced avant-garde music. Golijov was exposed to this relatively new classical music tradition and was influenced by other Argentine musical currents, such as the tangos of Astor Piazzolla. In 1983, he moved to Israel and studied with musicologist and composer Mark Kopytman. In 1986, he came to the United States and earned a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with George Crumb. In 1990, he was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. There he began an artistic relationship with the Kronos Quartet. They later recorded his works, K’vakarat (which he wrote for them) and The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind. He continues to compose and arrange for Kronos. It is through the quartet that he met director Sally Potter who enlisted him to compose music for her film, The Man Who Cried. His Pasión Según San Marcos received widespread critical acclaim after its debut in Stuttgart, Germany in 2000.
EDITORS - PLEASE NOTE:
Friday, November 2, 1 PM
Saturday, November 3, 8 PM
Sunday, November 4, 1 PM
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles Philharmonic
MIGUEL HARTH-BEDOYA, conductor
ALICIA DE LARROCHA, piano
GOLIJOV: Last Round (Los Angeles Premiere)
FALLA: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
GRANADOS: Two selections from Goyescas: "Quejas, o la maya y el ruiseñor" and "El pelele"
PROKOFIEV: Suite from Cinderella
Upbeat Live, free pre-concert discussion with Osvaldo Golijov and Miguel Harth-Bedoya, moderated by Sue Knussen, takes place one hour prior to performances.
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. Groups of 10 or more may be eligible for special discounts. For further information, please call 323/850-2000.
Elizabeth Hinckley, (323) 850-2047; Rachelle Roe, (323) 850-2032