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  • LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC AND CLASSICAL KUSC RADIO EXPAND PARTNERSHIP TO BROADCAST HOLLYWOOD BOWL CONCERTS FOR THE FIRST TIME
  • Aug. 4, 2007
  • SERIES AIRS LOCALLY ON KUSC-FM 91.5 LOS ANGELES, KDSC-FM 91.1 THOUSAND OAKS, KQSC-FM 88.7 SANTA BARBARA AND KPSC-FM 88.5 PALM SPRINGS

    The KUSC broadcast series of the Los Angeles Philharmonic has been made possible through the support of the Office of Zev Yaroslavsky, Chairman of Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic and 91.5 Classical KUSC expand their annual radio broadcast partnership to include, for the first time, classical concerts from the current season at the Hollywood Bowl. The concerts, recorded live on selected Classical Tuesdays and Thursdays, feature the Los Angeles Philharmonic with an impressive roster of guest artists and conductors. The first concert, which took place Tuesday, July 10, airs on Saturday, August 4, at 2 p.m. The series continues on subsequent Saturday afternoons through October 6.

    The 10-week classical series on Classical KUSC opens and closes with Leonard Slatkin in his third year as principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. He opens with an all-Russian program featuring violinist Gil Shaham as soloist in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. He wraps the season with old- and new-world masterpieces by Smetana, Dvo?ák and Copland, featuring famed cellist Lynn Harrell. Other series highlights include performances by noted soloists: pianists Jonathan Biss, Michel Camilo, Arnaldo Cohen, Nikolai Lugansky and Jean-Yves Thibaudet; bassist Edgar Meyer; and vocalists Thomas Hampson and Luciana Souza. Noted guest conductors for the series include: Stéphane Denève (in his Bowl debut), Baroque specialist Nicholas McGegan, Kirill Petrenko and Michael Tilson Thomas. Philharmonic Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen and Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Joana Carneiro also appear within the series. A complete list of concert programs follows.

    Locally, the programs air Saturdays at 2 p.m., on member-supported Classical KUSC on 91.5 in Los Angeles, 88.5 KPSC in Palm Springs, 91.1 KDSC in Thousand Oaks, and 88.7 KQSC in Santa Barbara, beginning Saturday, August 4, and run for 10 consecutive weeks. The broadcast host and producer is Gail Eichenthal, Classical KUSC's Director of Arts Programming.

    "It is extremely gratifying to be able to expand our long-term partnership with the Los Angeles Philharmonic by recording its classical series at the Hollywood Bowl," says Eichenthal. "For six consecutive years, we have produced a stellar season of concerts from the Los Angeles Philharmonic's winter seasons. I'm delighted to be able to offer our listeners that same caliber of high-quality concert broadcast during the summer, as well."

    Interviews and features with soloists and orchestra members are heard throughout the series, offering unique insights and giving listeners a more in-depth perspective. Feature producers include Eichenthal, Gene Parrish and Chris Stanley.

    "I'm pleased to help the Los Angeles Philharmonic make classical music accessible to everyone in Southern California by broadcasting our Hollywood Bowl concerts on Classical KUSC," said Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. "This project will vastly broaden our audience, delighting long-time classical music fans and creating thousands of new ones. The range and depth of the selected concerts, and the brilliance of the orchestra and soloists will thrill our newly far-flung listeners. I encourage everyone to tune in to Classical KUSC 91.5 FM on Saturdays at 2 pm for a truly remarkable concert experience."

    "Expanding our partnership with Classical KUSC strengthens our already excellent relationship with the station and with Southern California residents," says Deborah Borda, president of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. "We are constantly finding new and different ways to reach our core audience as well as reach out to new audiences and making our summer season more accessible through radio broadcasts is just one of many ways in which we achieve this purpose. We are grateful to County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky for sharing this vision and for making these broadcasts possible."

    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 39th 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 2007, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the third year in a row at the 18th Annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards; 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.

    BROADCAST SCHEDULE:

    Record date: July 10

    Estimated broadcast date: August 4


    Shaham's Tchaikovsky Fireworks

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    LEONARD SLATKIN, conductor

    GIL SHAHAM, violin

    GLINKA Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture

    TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto

    MUSSORGSKY/RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition (with fireworks)

    75 minutes

    Record date: July 19

    Estimated broadcast date: August 11


    Biss Plays Beethoven

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    LEONARD SLATKIN, conductor

    JONATHAN BISS, piano

    WEBER Oberon Overture

    BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3

    BRAHMS Symphony No. 4

    82 minutes

    Record date: July 24

    Estimated broadcast date: August 18


    Spanish Nights

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    JOANA CARNEIRO, conductor

    LUCIANA SOUZA, vocalist

    ARNALDO COHEN, piano

    RAVEL Rapsodie espagnole

    FALLA Nights in the Gardens of Spain

    FALLA El Amor Brujo, Suite

    RAVEL Boléro

    76 minutes

    Record date: July 31

    Estimated broadcast date: August 25


    MTT Conducts Beethoven

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS, conductor

    JESSICA RIVERA, soprano

    KELLEY O'CONNOR, mezzo-soprano

    PHILIPPE CASTAGNER, tenor

    ERIC OWENS, bass

    LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE

    GRANT GERSHON, music director

    BEETHOVEN Music from King Stephen

    BEETHOVEN Bundeslied

    BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9

    83 minutes

    Record date: August 2

    Estimated broadcast date: September 1


    American Classics

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS, conductor

    THOMAS HAMPSON, baritone

    GORE VIDAL, speaker

    BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

    COPLAND Old American Songs

    COPLAND Lincoln Portrait

    GERSHWIN An American in Paris

    Time TBD

    Record date: August 7

    Estimated broadcast date: September 8


    The Grand Tour: London

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    NICHOLAS McGEGAN, conductor

    JOHN MARK AINSLEY, tenor

    PACIFIC CHORALE

    JOHN ALEXANDER, artistic director

    HANDEL Coronation Anthem No. 1, "Zadok the Priest"

    HANDEL "His Mighty Arm" and "Waft Her, Angels" from Jephtha

    HANDEL "Where'er you Walk" from Semele

    HANDEL "Sound an Alarm," "See the conqu'ring hero comes," March, and "Sing unto God" from Judas Maccabaeus

    HAYDN The Storm ("Hark, the Wild Uproar of the Winds"), Cantata Hob. XXIVa:8

    MOZART Symphony No. 1 in E-flat major, K. 16

    MOZART Concert Aria "Va, dal furor portata," K. 21

    ARNE Suite from Alfred (Overture, "From the Dawn of Early Morn," March, "When Britain First at Heav'n's Command")

    73 minutes

    Record date: August 23

    Estimated broadcast date: September 15


    French Masters

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    STÉPHANE DENÈVE, conductor

    JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET, piano

    BERLIOZ Overture to Les francs-juges

    SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 5, "Egyptian"

    DEBUSSY La mer

    RAVEL Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No. 2

    83 minutes

    Record date: August 28 & 30

    Estimated broadcast date: September 22


    The Russians Are Coming

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    KIRILL PETRENKO, conductor

    NIKOLAI LUGANSKY, piano

    SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 1

    STRAVINSKY The Firebird, Suite (1919)

    RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3

    90 minutes

    Record date: September 4

    Estimated broadcast date: September 29


    Foreign Bodies

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    ESA-PEKKA SALONEN, conductor

    MAHLER Symphony No. 1

    55 minutes, Note: only MAHLER will be broadcast.

    Record date: September 11

    Estimated broadcast date: October 6


    American Originals

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    LEONARD SLATKIN, conductor

    EDGAR MEYER, double bass

    MICHEL CAMILO, piano

    COPLAND Appalachian Spring, Suite

    MEYER Double Bass Concerto No. 1

    SCHULLER Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee

    GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue

    79 minutes

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    Adam Crane, 213.972.3422, acrane@laphil.org