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  • PIANIST PETER SERKIN GIVES SOLO RECITAL AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
  • Oct. 18, 2004

  • Serkin Replaces Originally Scheduled Pianist Daniel Barenboim

    Program is First of the 2004/2005 Colburn Celebrity Series Presented by the
    Los Angeles Philharmonic Association

    MONDAY, OCTOBER 18 AT 8 PM

    The Colburn Celebrity Series is generously supported by the Colburn Foundation; media support provided by K-MOZART

    Renowned pianist Peter Serkin performs a varied selection of piano works spanning the 16th through 20th Centuries, featuring Desprez, Webern, Bach, Mozart, Bull, Dowland, and Byrd, in a solo recital at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Monday, October 18 at 8 p.m. His appearance is the first in the 2004/2005 Colburn Recital series presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association featuring recitals by the world's leading virtuosos. Mr. Serkin graciously steps in for Daniel Barenboim who had to cancel his West Coast performances due to a continuing back injury.

    An avid proponent of the music of many of the 20th and 21st century's most distinguished composers, Serkin also shows great attention to earlier established works. His performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall shows his talents and interests for compositions ranging hundreds of years. Serkin opens his program with a piece by Josquin Desprez, one of the greatest composer's of the high Renaissance period. His motet Ave Christe was worked for the piano by American composer Charles Wuorinen. The first half also features Webern's Variations, Op. 27, a chorale prelude by Bach entitled Wer nur den Lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV 691, and Mozart's Sonata in A minor, K. 310. After intermission, Serkin continues with three pieces from the Renaissance period: Bull's Ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la, Dowland's Pavana Lachrymae, and Byrd's La Volta. The recital closes with Mozart's Rondo in A minor, K.511 and Bach's Concerto in the Italian Style, BWV 971.

    Recognized as an artist of passion and integrity, American pianist PETER SERKIN is one of the most thoughtful and individualistic musicians appearing before the public today. Throughout his career he has successfully conveyed the essence of five centuries of repertoire and his performances with symphony orchestras, recital appearances, chamber music collaborations and recordings are respected worldwide. Peter Serkin's rich musical heritage extends back several generations: his grandfather was violinist and composer Adolf Busch and his father pianist Rudolf Serkin. In 1958, at age eleven, he entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he was a student of Lee Luvisi, Mieczyslaw Horszowski and Rudolf Serkin. He later continued his studies with Ernst Oster, Marcel Moyse and Karl Ulrich Schnabel. In 1959, Mr. Serkin made his Marlboro Music Festival and New York City debuts with conductor Alexander Schneider and invitations to perform with the world's major symphony orchestras and conductors. An avid proponent of the music of many of the 20th and 21st century's most distinguished composers, Mr. Serkin has been instrumental in bringing the music of Schoenberg, Webern, Berg, Stravinsky, Wolpe, Messiaen, Takemitsu, Henze, Berio, Wuorinen, Goehr, Knussen and Lieberson, among others, to audiences around the world. He has performed many important world premieres, in particular numerous works by Toru Takemitsu, Peter Lieberson, Oliver Knussen and Alexander Goehr, all of which were written for him. In May 2001, Peter Serkin was the recipient of an Honorary Doctoral Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He was also the first pianist to receive the Premio Internazionale Musicale Chigiana in recognition of his outstanding artistic achievement.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    MONDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2004 at 8 PM

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    PETER SERKIN, piano

    Josquin/Wuorinen Ave Christe

    Webern Variations, Op. 27

    Bach Chorale: Wer nur den Lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV 691

    Mozart Sonata in A minor, K. 310

    Bull Ut, re, mi, fa, sol, la

    Dowland Pavana Lachrymae

    Byrd La Volta

    Mozart Rondo in A minor, K.511

    Bach Concerto in the Italian Style, BWV 971

    The Colburn Celebrity Series is generously supported by the Colburn Foundation; media support provided by K-MOZART

    Tickets ($15 - $78) 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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