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  • MEZZO-SOPRANO DENYCE GRAVES MAKES WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL DEBUT
  • Nov. 24, 2003
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, at 8 PM

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves in her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut on Monday, November 24, at 8 p.m. The recital is the first vocal recital held at the new hall, which opened in October. Accompanied by pianist Warren Jones, Graves performs selections from works by Dowland, Purcell, Handel, Brahms, and Duparc, as well as an aria from one of her signature operas, Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila.

    The second half of the program includes an assortment of works in the Spanish language, including "Plancha" and "Plomada" by Argentinean composer Carlos Guastavino; two selections from Manuel de Falla's Siete canciones populares españolas; and "Te vas de mí" by contemporary Cuban composer José Maria Vitier.

    Graves' appearance is one of eight recital presentations in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2003/2004 Colburn Celebrity Series. The series continues with Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Musica on January 20; violinist Hilary Hahn on February 10; violinist Maxim Vengerov on March 3; baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist Alfred Brendel on March 29; pianist Alfred Brendel on April 6; and pianist András Schiff on May 9.

    Mezzo-soprano DENYCE GRAVES has pursued an impressive 20 operatic roles, most notably in Carmen and Samson et Delila. She also delights audiences with her performances in concert and recital appearances. In 1999, she became an exclusive recording artist with BMG Classics, and Voce di Donna, her first solo recording of opera arias on RCA Red Seal, was released in September 1999. Graves has also made several other recordings and appears regularly on television.

    Pianist WARREN JONES frequently performs with many of today's best-known artists in many of the world's great venues. He has also appeared on several television specials. For ten years he was Assistant Conductor at the Metropolitan Opera and for three seasons served in the same capacity at San Francisco Opera. Jones is a prominent musical jurist and is currently a member of the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

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    MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, at 8 PM

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    DENYCE GRAVES, mezzo-soprano

    WARREN JONES, piano

    DOWLAND "Come Again, sweet love doth now invite"

    PURCELL "If music be the food of love,"

    PURCELL "Music for a while"

    HANDEL "Hence, Iris, hence away," from Semele

    BRAHMS "Verzagen," Op. 72, No. 4

    "Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer," Op. 105, No. 2

    "Von ewiger Liebe," Op. 43, No. 1

    "Botschaft," Op. 47, No. 1

    DUPARC Le manoire de Rosemonde

    Chanson Triste

    Au Pays où se fait la guerre

    SAINT-SAËNS "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix," from Samson et Dalila

    GUASTAVINO "Plancha" and "Plomada"

    DE FALLA "Seguidilla murciana" and "Jota" from Siete canciones populares espanolas

    VITIER "Te vas de mí"

    TRADITIONAL "His Name So Sweet"

    "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"

    "Deep River"

    "Every Time I Feel the Spirit"

    Tickets ($30 - $75) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office, online at LAPhil.com, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office two hours prior to the performance. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person; cash only. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For more information, please call 323.850.2000.

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    11/13/03

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