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  • Aug. 30, 2005
  • Violinist Sarah Chang Plays Shostakovich

    Pianist Michel Camilo Performs His Own Piano Concerto
    In Evening of Latin American and Spanish Classical Favorites


    Classical Tuesdays at the Bowl are sponsored by Fidelity Investments

    Media Sponsor: K-Mozart 105.1

    Illustrious violinist Sarah Chang and eclectic pianist and composer Michel Camilo are the week's soloists at the Hollywood Bowl when guest conductor Leonard Slatkin leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in "Sarah Chang Plays Shostakovich" on Tuesday, August 30, at 8:00 p.m. and "Fiesta Música" on Thursday, September 1 at 8:00 p.m. Slatkin concludes his first season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl with these two appearances.

    The concert on August 30 features the renowned young violinist Sarah Chang, who was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2004 and is recognized the world over as one of classical music's most captivating and gifted artists. She plays Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1. The work makes exceptional artistic and technical demands on the soloist. Also on the program are Glinka's earthy and exuberant Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila and Brahms' dynamic and powerful Symphony No. 1.

    On September 1, Slatkin conducts "Fiesta de Música," a concert of Latin American and Spanish classical favorites featuring guest pianist Michel Camilo performing his own Piano Concerto. Also among the evening's highlights are performances of Argentinean composer Alberto Ginastera's "Estancia" Suite and excerpts from Spanish composer Manuel de Falla's ballet The Three-Cornered Hat.

    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, the Cleveland Orchestra, and Amsterdam's Concertgebouw Orchestra, 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 directorships 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.

    Appearing in the music capitals of Asia, Europe, and the Americas, violinist SARAH CHANG has collaborated with most major orchestras and with the world's most esteemed conductors. As a chamber musician, Chang has worked with such artists as Wolfgang Sawallisch, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yefim Bronfman, Martha Argerich, Stephen Kovacevich, Yo-Yo Ma, and the late Isaac Stern. She has reached a wide audience through her many television appearances, concert broadcasts, and best-selling recordings. Born in Philadelphia to Korean parents, Chang began violin studies at age four; within a year she had performed with several orchestras in the Philadelphia area. Her auditions at age eight for Zubin Mehta and Riccardo Muti led to immediate engagements with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. After completing the Juilliard School's pre-college program, Chang enrolled at Juilliard as a college student, where she studied with the late Dorothy DeLay.

    Grammy, Latin Grammy and Emmy award-winner MICHEL CAMILO bridges the genres of jazz, classical, popular and world music. Born in the Dominican Republic, Camilo studied at the National Conservatory there, as well as at Mannes College and the Julliard School in New York. His numerous recordings have showcased his talents as both a composer and performer, and his music has also been recorded and performed by such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie and Paquito D'Rivera, as well as classical performers such as the Labèque Sisters. Camilo made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1985; he regularly tours the Carribean, Europe, the Americas, and the Far East; and he made his Kennedy Center debut in 1998 to premiere his Piano Concerto with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony.

    One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000, the HOLLYWOOD BOWL has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and in 1991 gave its name to the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, a resident ensemble that has filled a special niche in the musical life of Southern California. The 2004 season introduced audiences to a revitalized Hollywood Bowl, featuring a newly-constructed shell and stage and the addition of four stadium screens enhancing stage views in the venue. To this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's concerts. While the Bowl is best known for its sizzling summer nights, during the day California's youngest patrons enjoy "SummerSounds: Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl," the Southland's most popular summer arts festival for children, now in its 37th season. Attendance figures over the past several decades have soared: in 1980 the Bowl first topped the half-million mark and close to one million admissions have been recorded. In February 2005, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue at the 16th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards; it is no wonder that the Bowl's summer music festival has become as much a part of a Southern California summer as beaches and barbecues, the Dodgers, and Disneyland.


    HOLLYWOOD BOWL, 2301 N. Highland Ave. in Hollywood




    LEONARD SLATKIN, conductor

    SARAH CHANG, violin

    GLINKA Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila

    SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No. 1

    BRAHMS Symphony No. 1




    LEONARD SLATKIN, conductor

    MICHEL CAMILO, piano

    GINESTERA Estancia Suite

    CAMILO Piano Concerto

    FERNANDEZ Batuque

    GUARNIERI Brazilian Dance

    CAMILO Two solo pieces for piano

    FALLA Suite No. 2 from The Three-Cornered Hat

    Classical Tuesdays at the Bowl are sponsored by Fidelity Investments
    K-Mozart 105.1 is media sponsor for both concerts

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    Adam Crane, 213.972.3034; photos: 213.972.3034