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  • PIANIST GARRICK OHLSSON PERFORMS AN ALL-CHOPIN RECITAL
  • Dec. 5, 2001
  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 15 AT 8 PM

    OHLSSON REPLACES ARGERICH/FREIRE RECITAL

    2001/2002 Celebrity Recital Series

    On Tuesday, January 15 at 8:00 p.m., the 2001/2002 Celebrity Recitals series continues with a special all-Chopin recital by acclaimed pianist Garrick Ohlsson at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. This recital replaces the performance by Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire that was originally scheduled for October 15. The evening’s program includes the beloved Polish composer’s Prelude in C-sharp minor, Sonata in B minor, Mazurkas, Ballade in A-flat major, Introduction and Rondo, 6 Etudes, the Andante spianato and Grand Polonaise. It is the second in a series of four recitals, focusing on piano masters, presented this season by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

    Tickets for the October 15 recital will be honored for this recital. Any ticket holder seeking a refund should return to point of purchase. Tickets ($14 - $51) 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 laphil.com. 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.

    In the first half of 19th century, Polish-born pianist Frédéric Chopin composed piano works that are the epitome of the Romantic piano tradition. The popular Mazurkas and the companion pieces Andante spianato and Grand Polonaise were composed during a largely unsuccessful tour of Europe that Chopin embarked on in 1831 prior to settling in Paris, and are among his earliest works. The success of his first Paris concert in February of 1832 established Chopin in his new home and he seems to have composed the Introduction and Rondo, Op. 16 that year to satisfy the Parisian taste for showiness.

    This success gave way to a productive period when Chopin saw his reputation as a composer rise across Europe. He composed several studies, Etudes, Op. 25, during this period, from 1832-1834. Both the Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 45 and the Ballade in A-flat Major, Op. 47 date from 1840 and 1841, years of seclusion in Paris. Finding it increasing impossible to compose there, given his social demands and his progressing tuberculosis (to which he would succumb in 1849), Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58 remains his sole composition from 1844.

    The 2001/2002 season of Celebrity Recitals continues on Friday, March 15 at 8 p.m., with pianist Peter Serkin in a program of Beethoven and Schoenberg. The series concludes on Friday, April 5 at 8 p.m. with a program featuring Alfred Brendel performing works by Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

    Since he won the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition, American pianist GARRICK OHLSSON established himself as a musician of extraordinary interpretive power and technical facility. He performs virtually the entire piano literature and is most noted for his performances Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert, as well as the Romantic repertoire. He began studying the piano at age 8 and studied at the Juilliard School as a teenager. Last season, Ohlsson appeared as guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, and Seattle Symphony, performing concertos by Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Copland, and Shostakovich. Engagements in Europe include concerto performances with the BBC Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Prague Symphony, and Warsaw Philharmonic. He tours the Midwest with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and performs solo recitals throughout the country. He is an avid chamber musician and has collaborated with the Cleveland, Emerson, Takacs and Tokyo String Quartets. A prolific recording artist, he records on the Arabesque label.

    EDITORS - PLEASE NOTE:

    Celebrity Recital

    Tuesday, January 15 at 8:00 p.m.

    DOROTHY CHANDLER PAVILION, 135 N. Grand Ave in Los Angeles

    Garrick Ohlsson, piano

    CHOPIN: Prelude in C-sharp Minor, Op. 45

    CHOPIN: Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58

    CHOPIN: Mazurkas, Op. 7

    CHOPIN: Ballade in A-flat Major, Op. 47

    CHOPIN: Introduction and Rondo, Op. 16

    CHOPIN: Etudes, Op. 25

    CHOPIN: Andante spianato and Grand Polonaise

    Tickets for the October 15 recital will be honored for this recital. Any ticket holder seeking refund should return to point of purchase. Additional tickets ($14 - $51) 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.com. 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.

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  • contact:

    Elizabeth Hinckley, 323/850-2047; David Barber, 323/850-2023