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  • PIANISTS EMANUEL AX AND NORMAN KRIEGER JOIN PHILHARMONIC MEMBERS FOR WORKS BY BRAHMS AND FAURÉ IN TWO CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY PERFORMANCES
  • Feb. 22, 2005
  • Chamber Music Series Continues in February at Walt Disney Concert Hall

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 AT 8 PM

    AND

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 AT 8 PM

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association continues its Chamber Music Society series at Walt Disney Concert Hall with two concerts in February, on Tuesday, February 8 and Tuesday February 22, both at 8 p.m. The February 8 performance features critically acclaimed pianist Emanuel Ax and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing works by Brahms (String Sextet No. 2 in G, Op. 36) and Fauré (Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor Op. 45). Ax's appearance is part of his On Location residency, which focuses on exploring his musical interests and artistic personality. Brahms' sextet shows one of the later 19th century's greatest composers of chamber music at the height of his powers. Fauré's Second Piano Quartet breaks away from his usual restrained character and embodies a muscular forcefulness and passion.

    Guest pianist Norman Krieger joins members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic on Tuesday, February 22, performing music by Brahms: Trio in E-flat major for Violin, Horn and Piano, Op. 40 is the only time the composer wrote for the horn, the instrument he played as a child. This is followed by the Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114, a piece that showcases the lyrical side of the clarinet.

    An exclusive Sony Classical recording artist since 1987, EMANUEL AX has released a series of extraordinary recordings including a collection of Chopin scherzos and mazurkas; a Grammy-award winning album of Haydn piano sonatas, part of an ongoing Haydn cycle; two Liszt concertos, paired with the Schoenberg concerto; three solo Brahms albums and an album of tangos by Astor Piazzolla. In recent years, Ax has turned his attention toward the music of contemporary composers premiering concertos such as John Adams' Century Rolls, and Christopher Rouse's Seeing. Recent seasons have seen him perform with the late Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo and Yo-Yo Ma. Born in Lvov, Poland, Ax studied at the Juilliard School and at age 25 won the First Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv.

    NORMAN KRIEGER has recorded the two Brahms concertos with the Orchestre Symphonique Francais on the Beaufour label as well as works by numerous other composers. Krieger's current season is highlighted by his debuts with Germany's Philharmonisches Orchester Augsburg, Holland's Orkest van het Oostenaand and a return to Mexico's Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa. In the United States, he appears as guest soloist with the symphony orchestras of California, Canton, Grand Rapids, Jacksonville, North Carolina, Richmond, San Juan, Santa Fe and Southeast Texas as well as the Greeley and Tennessee Philharmonics. A native of Los Angeles, Krieger received a Bachelor's and Master's degree from the Juilliard School. He was named the Gold Medal Winner of the first Palm Beach Invitational Piano Competition and is Associate Professor of piano at the USC Thornton School of Music.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, at 8 PM

    Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Emanuel Ax, piano

    BRAHMS String Sextet in G major, Op. 36

    FAURE Piano Quartet No. 2 in G minor, Op. 45

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, at 8 PM

    Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Norman Krieger, piano

    BRAHMS Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano in E-flat major, Op. 40

    BRAHMS Clarinet Trio in A minor, Op. 114

    Tickets ($20 - $41) 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 all information, please call 323.850.2000.

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