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  • LEONARD SLATKIN AND THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC PRESENT THE MUSIC OF MAHLER AND IVES AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL
  • Aug. 23, 2005
  • TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, AT 8 PM

    Sponsored by Fidelity Investments; Media sponsor K-Mozart 105.1

    Leonard Slatkin returns for his second week as Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday, August 23, at 8 p.m. The program includes two compositions that were innovative for their time - Mahler's Symphony No. 5 and Ives' Three Places in New England.

    Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 5 is the personal account of his deeply troubled spirit. The symphony starts with a fanfare that serves as insight into his emotional and psychological battle; ultimately the piece reveals an exploration of the inner-self. Mahler's composition shares with audiences the journey he experienced through its wide range of scale, intensity and various instrumental sections; the brass instruments are particularly notable.

    Charles Ives, now praised as one of America's most important composers, was not taken seriously at first by many of his contemporaries. His collage-style of composition was far ahead of his time, and as his friend Henry Cowell wrote, Ives became a door into "a whole new world of music." Three Places in New England is Ives' first orchestral work and one of his most popular. An original composition, it includes Ives' use of famous American tunes such as "Yankee Doodle" and "Star-Spangled Banner."

    Combining the roles of internationally celebrated conductor, staunch advocate for music education, and champion of American music and musicians, LEONARD SLATKIN, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra, was named this year to the newly created post of Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. He is the first to hold this post, a position that rotates on a two-year basis. Throughout his career, Slatkin has been praised by critics and audiences around the world for his imaginative programming and interpretations of a vast range of repertoire. Among his distinctions are a White House celebration honoring the National Symphony Orchestra and Slatkin for advocacy of America's artistic heritage; a Grammy for Best Classical Recording, awards for programming, and the National Medal of the Arts, the nation's highest honor for a performing artist. Slatkin has made regular appearances over the last two decades with virtually all the major international orchestras and opera companies, including the New York and Berlin Philharmonics, Cleveland Orchestra, and Amsterdam Concertgebouw, as well as the Metropolitan Opera and the Vienna Staatsoper. He is conductor laureate of the Saint Louis Symphony, following his highly successful 17-year music directorship and has just completed his tenure as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Slatkin's discography includes more than 100 recordings recognized with five Grammy Awards and more than 50 other Grammy nominations. Slatkin is also extremely active as a broadcaster on musical topics. During his career he has had his own radio program, his own television program, and has been a guest commentator on NPR's Performance Today.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2005 at 8 PM

    HOLLYWOOD BOWL, 2301 N. Highland Ave. in Hollywood

    Slatkin Conducts Mahler 5

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    LEONARD SLATKIN, Conductor

    IVES Three Places in New England

    MAHLER Symphony No. 5

    Classical Tuesdays at the Bowl are sponsored by Fidelity Investments; Media Sponsor K-Mozart 105.1

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