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  • ESA-PEKKA SALONEN CONDUCTS LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC IN PROGRAM FEATURING GERMAN BARITONE MATTHIAS GOERNE
  • Mar. 25, 2004
  • THURSDAY, FRIDAY, AND SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 26, and 27 AT 8 PM

    Friday, March 26 sponsored by Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts
    Saturday, March 27 sponsored by St. Regis Hotel Los Angeles

    Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a program featuring acclaimed German baritone Matthias Goerne at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday March 25, 26, and 27 at 8 p.m. The Los Angeles Philharmonic performs Shostakovich's Symphony No. 9, continuing their Shostakovich cycle.

    Upbeat Live pre-concert events for the March 25, 26 and 27 programs take place at 6:45 p.m. in the main auditorium prior to each concert and are free to all ticket holders. Philharmonic Program Annotator John Mangum hosts. Members of the Philharmonic also perform Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 9.

    The program also includes Goerne's performance of eleven songs from Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn ("The Youth's Magic Horn"), including: "Der Schildwache Nachtlied;" "Rheinlegendchen;" "Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen;" "Das irdische Leben;" "Urlicht;" "Lied des verfolgten im Turm;" "Verlor'ne Müh;" "Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt;" "Lob des hohen Verstandes;" "Revelge" and "Der Tamboursg'sell." Mahler's songs were inspired by a collection of German poems and folk songs telling tales of soldiers, spirits, and lovers.

    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, critically acclaimed international tours, and his extensive discography with the Philharmonic 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 from 1985 to 1994 and as principal conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1985 to 1995.

    German baritone MATTHIAS GOERNE most recently appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2002 on their European festival tour, to great acclaim. His international career has taken him throughout Europe and North America, in both recital and orchestra appearances, as well as in opera on some of the world's most renowned stages. Goerne's extensive discography includes lieder and orchestral works, most recently in Schubert's Winterreise with Alfred Brendel, scheduled for March release on the Decca label.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 2004 AT 8 PM

    FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2004 AT 8 PM

    SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 2004 AT 8 PM

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    ESA-PEKKA SALONEN, conductor

    MATTHIAS GOERNE, baritone

    SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 9

    MAHLER Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn

    March 26 sponsored by Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts

    March 27 sponsored by St. Regis Hotel Los Angeles

    Upbeat Live pre-concert events for the March 25, 26 and 27 programs take place at 6:45 p.m. in the main auditorium prior to each concert and are free to all ticket holders. Philharmonic Program Annotator John Mangum hosts. Members of the Philharmonic also perform Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 9.

    Tickets ($15 - $120) 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. When available, choral bench seats ($15), will be released for sale to selected Philharmonic, Colburn Celebrity Recital, and Baroque Variations performances beginning at noon on the Tuesday of the second week prior to the concert. 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 all information, please call 323.850.2000.

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