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  • LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC PRESENTS MUSICA ANTIQUA KÖLN IN GROUP'S FAREWELL TOUR TO OPEN 2006/2007 BAROQUE VARIATIONS SERIES
  • Nov. 7, 2006
  • Works by Bach Family Featured on Program
    with Contralto Marijana Mijanovic

    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2006 AT 8 PM

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association presents the first program of its 2006/2007 Baroque Variations Series with Musica Antiqua Köln on Tuesday, November 7, 2006, at 8:00 p.m. The ensemble gives its final concerts in November after over 30 years under the leadership of scholar and violinist Reinhard Goebel. For its farewell performances, the Grammy-nominated 10-player ensemble is directed by guest leader Ilia Korol and joined by distinguished early-music contralto Marijana Mijanovic (making her Los Angeles debut) in a program of Bach, Telemann, Heinichen, and Zelenka.

    Musica Antiqua Köln has performed in virtually every music center and festival for early music and, in the process, has become known for its lively and virtuosic interpretation of the music of the 17th and 18th centuries. During its 33-year history, the group has set ever-higher standards in historical performance practice. For health reasons, founding director Reinhard Goebel will not appear in the ensemble's final tour.

    The Baroque Variations series offers the best presentations of Baroque music on both period and modern instruments, performed by some of the world's most admired ensembles and soloists in a four-concert series. Future concerts include the Venice Baroque Orchestra with Giuliano Carmignola (February 18, 2007), the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Joshua Bell (March 20, 2007), and Il Giardino Armonico with Giovanni Antonini (April 26, 2007).

    Upbeat Live pre-concert events take place in BP Hall one hour prior to each concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and are free to all ticket holders. Elizabeth Le Guin, UCLA Musicology Professor, is host.

    MUSICA ANTIQUA KÖLN was founded in 1973 by Reinhard Goebel and fellow students from the Conservatory of Music in Cologne to perform Baroque chamber music, and ten years later the ensemble expanded into a Baroque orchestra. The ensemble's international breakthrough came in 1979 with their debut performances at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall and at the Holland Festival. Since that time, the ensemble has been a regular guest at all European musical centers and has made numerous concert tours to the U.S., Australia, South America, and China. Musica Antiqua Köln has built up a wide discography since signing an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon's Archiv Produktion label in 1978. The group's many releases include their prize-winning recording of Johann David Heinichen's Dresden Concerti, Handel's Marian Cantatas and Arias with Anne Sofie von Otter, works by Johann Adolf Hasse under the title Salve Regina, a disc of "Tafelmusik" by various composers entitled Pro tabula and the Missa Salisburgensis attributed to Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (performed with the Gabrieli Consort & Players under Paul McCreesh). More recent releases include J.S. Bach's wedding cantatas (with Christine Schäfer), an award-winning anthology of French Baroque music forming the soundtrack to the film Le Roi danse, two discs with concertos for strings by Telemann, and two discs entitled Bachiana featuring works by the Bach family.

    Contralto MARIJANA MIJANOVIC was born in Valjevo, in the former Yugoslavia. She has appeared on frequent occasions with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants in works such as Handel's Alcina, Radamisto and Orlando as well as Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in operatic centers including Aix-en-Provence, Paris, New York, Vienna and London. She has also performed in Handel's Il trionfo del tempo and in the title role in Giulio Cesare with Marc Minkowski at the Zurich and Netherlands Operas as well as in Brussels, Vienna, Frankfurt, Grenoble and Ambronay. Other appearances include Handel's Belshazzar with René Jacobs, Bertarido in Handel's Rodelinda at Glyndebourne with Emmanuelle Haïm, and Giuditta in Mozart's La betulia liberata with Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Mijanovic's discography includes Bertarido in Rodelinda, Handel's Floridante, and Mitrena in Vivaldi's Motezuma with Alan Curtis for DG Archiv, as well as Giulio Cesare with Minkowski for DG Archiv, Asteria in Vivaldi's Bajazet with Fabio Biondi for Virgin, Vitellia in Vivaldi's Tito Manlio for Naïve Classique, and Handel's La Resurrezione with Combattimento Consort Amsterdam.

    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:

    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2006 AT 8 PM

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

    Baroque Variations

    MUSICA ANTIQUA KÖLN

    ILIA KOROL, guest leader

    MARIJANA MIJANOVIC, contralto

    HEINRICH BACH Two Sonatas "a cinque"

    JOHANN CHRISTOPH BACH "Ach, dass ich Wassers g'nug hätte"

    TELEMANN Septet in E minor

    BACH Cantata No. 54, "Wiederstehe doch der Sünde"

    HEINICHEN Overture in G major

    ZELENKA Motet, "Barbara dira effera"

    Upbeat Live pre-concert events take place in BP Hall one hour prior to each concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and are free to all ticket holders. Elizabeth Le Guin, UCLA Musicology Professor, is host.

    Tickets ($15-$86) are on sale now online at LAPhil.com, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, 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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