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  • DAVID ZINMAN LEADS THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC IN PROGRAM FEATURING ACCLAIMED PIANIST ALFRED BRENDEL
  • Apr. 1, 2004
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 1, AT 8 PM
    SATURDAY, APRIL 3, AT 8 PM; AND SUNDAY, APRIL 4, AT 2 PM
    AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL

    David Zinman, the renowned Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and Zurich's Tonhalle Orchestra, leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a program featuring acclaimed pianist Alfred Brendel on Thursday, April 1, at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 3, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, April 4, at 2 p.m. at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The program features Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8 as part of the orchestra's continuing Shostakovich cycle, a five-year survey of the complete symphonies and string quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich that began during the 2001/2002 season.

    As a part of his On Location residency with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Brendel performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 for these concerts, a piece he has recorded four times. He also performs a solo recital on the Colburn Celebrity Series and a duo recital with his son, cellist Adrian Brendel.

    Upbeat Live pre-concert events take place one hour prior to each concert in BP Hall at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and are free to all ticket holders. Musicologist Thomas Neenan hosts. Members of the Philharmonic will perform in Shostakovich's String Quarter No. 8. These events begin one hour and 15 minutes before the concert.

    DAVID ZINMAN is in his eighth season as Music Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, having taken up that post in 1995 after many years as a regular guest conductor there. In 1998 he completed a highly successful 13-year tenure as Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Also in 1998, he became Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he is also Program Director of the newly formed American Academy of Conducting. Zinman's tenures have been distinguished by his programming of an extraordinarily broad repertoire, his strong commitment to the performance of contemporary music, and his introduction of historically informed performance practice. He has also toured widely with both orchestras in Europe, North America, and the Far East, winning consistent critical accolades. His guest-conducting schedule in 2002/2003 includes returns to the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York, and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, and the San Francisco Symphony. Abroad, Zinman appears with the Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, and London and Vienna Symphonies. Zinman served as Music Director of the Rochester Philharmonic (1974-85), the Rotterdam Philharmonic (1979-82), and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra (1964-77).

    Pianist ALFRED BRENDEL is legendary for his ability to convey the emotional and intellectual development of the music he performs. He performs regularly with virtually all of the leading orchestras and conductors of the world. He has presented recitals in the major centers of Europe, Great Britain, and Japan, and his annual tours of North America have taken him coast to coast. Brendel is one of the most prolific recording arts of our time, and for the past 30 years he has recorded exclusively for Philips Classics. He is the first to have recorded all of Beethoven's piano compositions and one of the few to have recorded all of Mozart's piano concertos. The most recent Brendel releases include a live recording of Schubert sonatas, the five Beethoven piano concertos with Simon Rattle and the Vienna Philharmonic (this is the fourth time Brendel has committed these works to disc), and a disc of Mozart sonatas. Brendel is very knowledgeable in the fields of literature, language, architecture, and films. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, having written articles on Mozart, Liszt, and Schoenberg. A poet as well, he has published several volumes of poetry. Alfred Brendel is the recipient of honorary doctorates from Oxford, London, Sussex, and Yale universities, and is only the third pianist to be named an honorary member of the Vienna Philharmonic. He was also appointed an honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire in 1989 for his "outstanding services to music in Britain," where he has made his home since 1972.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    THURSDAY, APRIL 1, AT 8 PM

    SATURDAY, APRIL 3, AT 8 PM

    SUNDAY, APRIL 4, AT 2 PM

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    DAVID ZINMAN, conductor

    ALFRED BRENDEL, piano

    BEETHOVEN Piano Concert No. 3

    SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 8

    Upbeat Live pre-concert events take place one hour prior to each concert in BP Hall at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and are free to all ticket holders. Musicologist Thomas Neenan hosts. Members of the Philharmonic will perform in Shostakovich's String Quarter No. 8. These events begin one hour and 15 minutes before the concert.

    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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