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  • BRITISH ORGAN VIRTUOSO THOMAS TROTTER GIVES DEBUT PERFORMANCE AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
  • Nov. 25, 2007
  • SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2007, AT 7:30 PM

    Organist Thomas Trotter, one of Britain's most widely admired musicians, makes his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut on Sunday, November 25, at 7:30 p.m. Trotter performs repertoire that ranges from the 16th to 20th centuries, featuring Buxtehude's Prelude, Fugue, and Chaconne; Four 16th-Century Dances, Bach's Trio Sonata No. 1; Ligeti's Hungarian Rock; Duruflé's Prelude and Fugue on the Name of Alain; Wagner's Rienzi Overture; Morandi's Bell Rondo; and Stravinsky's Three Movements from Petrushka.

    Thomas Trotter is the Birmingham City Organist and organist at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey and Visiting Professor of Organ at the Royal College of Music, London. Alongside his weekly recitals in Birmingham, Trotter regularly performs throughout the U.S. and Europe, and the excellence of his musicianship is reflected internationally in his musical partnerships. BBC Music Magazine hails Trotter as "one of today's greatest living organists."

    Thomas Neenan, Music Director and Conductor of the St. Matthews Chamber Orchestra and lecturer in Music History and Music Theory at CalTech, is featured at Upbeat Live, a pre-concert event free to all ticket holders in BP Hall one hour prior to the performance.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic's Organ Recital series continues in 2007/08 with three programs. Anthony Newman returns to his hometown of Los Angeles for a January 6, 2008, concert; Cathedral of Notre Dame organist Olivier Latry's program on February 3, 2008, includes music by Messiaen; and minimalist composer Terry Riley, perhaps best known for his groundbreaking In C, performs an organ recital on May 25, 2008 which includes the world premiere of his own new work for solo organ on May 25, 2008.

    THOMAS TROTTER performs as a soloist with, among many others, the conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly, and Sir Charles Mackerras. He has performed recitals in Berlin's Philharmonie, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, both the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and London's Royal Festival Hall. He has given the opening recital on new or restored organs in places such as Cleveland's Severance Hall (Ohio), Princeton University Chapel (New Jersey), the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, St. David's Hall in Cardiff, and most recently the Royal Albert Hall in London. He appears at the festivals of Salzburg, Berlin, Vienna, and Edinburgh, and London's BBC Proms, in addition to performing with leading orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, and Royal Philharmonic orchestras. In May 2001, he was the recipient of the Royal Philharmonic Society award for Best Instrumentalist, the first organist to win this award. Past winners include András Schiff, Itzhak Perlman, and Julian Bream. Trotter's career is firmly founded on his relationship with the City of Birmingham in England, where he was appointed City Organist in 1983 in succession to Sir George Thalben-Ball, and where he is now also Artistic Adviser and Resident Organist at Birmingham's Symphony Hall. Trotter is also Organist at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey in London and Visiting Professor of Organ at the Royal College of Music, also in London. Trotter is an active recording artist, and of his several recordings, releases of Messiaen and Mozart have been named "Critic's Choice" by Gramophone magazine; he received a Grand Prix du Disque for his recording of music by Liszt in 1995.

    The WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL ORGAN was inaugurated at the opening of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in fall of 2004. Designed by Frank Gehry and Manuel Rosales of Rosales Organ Builders, the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ contains pipes ranging in size from a pencil to a telephone pole, and is voiced with a wide dynamic range from pianississimo to a breathtaking fortissimo. The specially curved wood façade pipes were made by Glatter-Götz Orgelbau of solid, vertical grain Douglas fir and comprise the Violone and Bassoon basses. Behind the facade are three levels of pipes, including metal pipes made of tin and lead alloys and wood pipes made of Norwegian pine.

    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, NOVEMBER 25, 2007, AT 7:30 PM

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

    THOMAS TROTTER, ORGAN

    BUXTEHUDE Prelude, Fugue, and Chaconne

    ANONYMOUS Four 16th-Century Dances

    BACH Trio Sonata No. 1, BWV 525

    LIGETI Hungarian Rock

    DURUFLÉ Prelude and Fugue on the Name of Alain

    WAGNER (arr. E.H. Lemare) Rienzi Overture

    MORANDI (arr. W.T. Best) Bell Rondo

    STRAVINSKY (arr. Trotter) Three Movements from Petrushka

    Thomas Neenan, Music Director and Conductor of the St. Matthews Chamber Orchestra and lecturer in Music History and Music Theory at CalTech, is featured at Upbeat Live, a pre-concert event free to all ticket holders in BP Hall one hour prior to the performance.

    Tickets ($22-$47) 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. 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 10 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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