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  • WORLD-RENOWNED VIOLINIST MIDORI AND PIANIST CHARLES ABRAMOVIC PERFORM IN FIRST COLBURN CELEBRITY RECITAL OF THE 2005/2006 SEASON AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
  • Oct. 30, 2005
  • Program Includes Works by Mozart, Prokofiev, Schoenberg and Beethoven

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2005 at 7:30 PM

    Colburn Celebrity Series is generously supported by the Colburn Foundation.

    Midori, who appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic last season, returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall in a recital performance on Sunday, October 30, at 7:30 p.m. The Association presents her recital as part of the eight-concert Colburn Celebrity Series, which spotlights the finest virtuosos in the world today. Midori and pianist Charles Abramovic perform in a program featuring Mozart's Violin Sonata in A major, K. 305; Prokofiev's Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80; Schoenberg's Phantasy, Op. 47; and Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2.

    Midori also hosts a pre-concert chamber music performance prior to her scheduled recital on stage at Walt Disney Concert Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. with students from the USC Thornton School of Music, where Midori holds the Jascha Heifetz Chair. Joining Midori in Dvorák's "American" Quartet are violinist Yoo-Kyung Oh, violist Kaila Potts, and cellist Tina Guo. Performing in Schubert's Quartettsatz with Midori are violinist Yang Xu, violist Luke Maurer and cellist Lars Hoefs.

    The Colburn Celebrity Series continues on November 17, 2005 with guitar duo Sérgio and Odair Assad; December 7, 2005 with pianist Piotr Anderszewski; January 31, 2006 with pianist Radu Lupu; February 12, 2006 with violinist Joshua Bell; February 22 with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet; March 15, 2006 with pianist Murray Perahia; and concludes with a dual recital featuring tenor Ian Bostridge and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes on May 3, 2006.

    The violinist MIDORI made her historic debut at the age of 11 when she was introduced as a surprise guest artist by conductor Zubin Mehta at the New York Philharmonic's annual New Year's Eve concert in 1982. Since that night over 20 years ago, she has established a record of achievement which sets her apart as a master musician, an innovator, and a champion of the developmental potential of children. Midori's performing schedule is balanced between recitals,
    chamber music performances and appearances with the world's most prestigious orchestras. Highlights of her 2005-06 season include appearances at the Schleswig-Holstein, Salzburg, Tannery Pond, MDR Musiksommer, Tuscan Sun, Dubrovnik, and Menton International Music Festivals; four recital tours throughout the season; and concerto appearances throughout Europe, the U.S., Australia, and Japan. Among the conductors with whom Midori will collaborate in the 2005-06 season are Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Tilson Thomas, Marin Alsop, Kent Nagano, and Mariss Jansons. In 1992 Midori founded Midori & Friends, a non-profit organization in New York which brings music education programs to thousands of underprivileged children each year. Two other organizations, Music Sharing, based in Japan, and Partners in Performance, based in the U.S., also bring music closer to the lives of people who may not otherwise have involvement with the arts. Her commitment to community collaboration and outreach extends beyond these organizations to her work with young violinists in master classes all over the world, to her University Residencies Program, to her Orchestra Residencies Program, and to her positions on the violin faculty at the Manhattan School of Music and as Jascha Heifetz Chair at USC's Thornton School of Music. Midori's most recent CD release is a recording of the Mendelssohn E-minor and Bruch G-minor concertos with the Berlin Philharmonic and Mariss Jansons on Sony BMG, for whom she records exclusively. Midori's violin is the 1734 Guarnerius del Gesu "ex-Huberman", which is on lifetime loan to her from the Hayashibara Foundation.

    Pianist CHARLES ABRAMOVIC has won critical acclaim for his international performances as soloist, chamber musician and collaborator with leading instrumentalists and singers. As a solo recitalist, he has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, and has played at major festivals in Berlin, Bermuda, Dubrovnik, Vancouver, Aspen, and Newport. Abramovic made his solo orchestral debut at the age of fourteen with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Since then he has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Baltimore Symphony, the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, the Florida Philharmonic, the Colorado Philharmonic, and the Pennsylvania Sinfonia. Highly regarded as a collaborator, Abramovic appears regularly with such stellar artists as violinists Sarah Chang, Robert McDuffie, Midori, Viktoria Mullova, violist Kim Kashkashian and flutist Jeffrey Khaner. With these and other artists he has performed in the world's most prestigious concert halls, as well as for radio and television broadcasts in Asia, Europe, and Canada. He has recorded for EMI Classics with Sarah Chang, and for Avie Recordings with Jeffrey Khaner. His recording of the solo piano works of Delius on the DTR label has won high praise in both the United States and Europe. Abramovic is highly dedicated to performing and recording contemporary music, and has recorded works by Milton Babbitt, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwanter and others for CRI, Bridge, and Koch International Classics. Abramovic is a professor of Keyboard Studies at Temple University's Boyer College of Music.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, presents the finest in orchestral and chamber music, recitals, new music, jazz, world music and holiday concerts at two of the most remarkable places anywhere to experience music - Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to a 30-week winter subscription season at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil presents a 12-week summer festival at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the Association's involvement with Los Angeles extends to educational programs, community concerts and children's programming, ever seeking to provide inspiration and delight to the broadest possible audience.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2005 at 7:30 PM

    WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    Colburn Celebrity Recital

    MIDORI, violin

    CHARLES ABRAMOVIC, piano


    MOZART Violin Sonata in A major, K. 305

    PROKOFIEV Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80

    SCHOENBERG Phantasy, Op. 47

    BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30, No. 2

    Midori also hosts a pre-concert chamber music performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. with students from the USC Thornton School of Music. Joining Midori in Dvorák's "American" Quartet are violinist Yoo-Kyung Oh, violist Kaila Potts and cellist Tina Guo. Performing in Schubert's Quartetsatz with Midori are violinist Yang Xu, violist Luke Maurer and cellist Lars Hoefs.

    Tickets ($15-$82) 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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