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  • RENOWNED ORGANIST ANTHONY NEWMAN VISITS WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL TO PERFORM CLASSIC ORGAN WORKS AND
  • Jan. 6, 2008
  • SUNDAY, JANUARY 6, 2008, AT 7:30 PM

    Los Angeles native and leading organ virtuoso Anthony Newman visits Walt Disney Concert Hall on Sunday, January 6, at 7:30 p.m. Newman performs a program that includes works by Bach, Mozart, Couperin, Rameau, Daquin, and Vierne, as well as his own compositions, Fantasia and Fugue on the Te Deum, and Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue on B-A-C-H.

    Newman is a prodigiously active harpsichordist, fortepianist, conductor, composer, writer and recording artist. With a catalog of nearly 150 albums spanning material from the 17th century to the modern era, Newman’s work is heard in the most prestigious venues throughout Europe and the United States. He has conducted many of the world’s greatest chamber orchestras, and collaborated with many distinguished artists including Kathleen Battle, Itzhak Perlman, Jean-Pierre Rampal, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, John Nelson, Leonard Bernstein and Wynton Marsalis. The New York Times states, “He has the virtuoso command of fingerwork to achieve brilliant distinctness at high speed. His flair for theatrical, propulsive rhythms is exciting; his ornamentation is unusually fluent and unmannered.”

    Thomas Neenan, Music Director and Conductor of the St. Matthews Chamber Orchestra, and lecturer in Music History and Music Theory at CalTech, hosts 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 2007/08 Organ Recital series continues with two additional programs. 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, that includes the world premiere of his own new work for solo organ.

    Renowned keyboard artist ANTHONY NEWMAN has made countless solo appearances at many of the world’s most prestigious venues – more than fifty at Lincoln Center alone. He has conducted many great chamber orchestras, including those of Los Angeles, New York and St. Paul. A prolific composer, his catalog includes keyboard, vocal and chamber music, as well as orchestral, operatic and choral works. His compositions have been heard in New York, Paris, Vienna, London, Krakow, among other cities. In concert and recordings, he has collaborated with many ‘greats’ of music including Kathleen Battle, Itzhak Perlman, James Levine and Wynton Marsalis. Dr. Newman studied in Paris with Alfred Cortot, Nadia Boulanger and Pierre Cochereau, and holds degrees from Mannes College of Music, Harvard University and Boston University. He is Music Director and fund raiser of Bach Works, New York’s only all-Bach organization; and is Music Director at St. Matthew’s Church, Bedford.

    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, JANUARY 6, 2008, AT 7:30 pm
    WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    ANTHONY NEWMAN



    NEWMAN Fantasia and Fugue on the Te Deum
    BACH Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548 (“Wedge”)
    COUPERIN Le rossignol en amour
    RAMEAU La poule
    DAQUIN Le coucou
    BACH Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
    BACH Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major, BWV 552 (“St. Anne”)
    BACH “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland,” BWV 659
    NEWMAN Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue on B-A-C-H
    MOZART Fantasia (Funeral Music) in F minor, K. 594
    MOZART (arr. Newman) Fantasia in F minor for Musical Clock, K. 608
    MOZART Allegro in C major, K. 276

    VIERNE Carillon de Westminster

    Thomas Neenan, Music Director and Conductor of the St. Matthews Chamber Orchestra and lecturer in Music History and Music Theory at CalTech, hosts 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 information, please call 323.850.2000.

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