PROGRAM UPDATE: Harth-Bedoya Replaces Conductor Edo de Waart and Violinist Augustin Hadelich Replaces Julian Rachlin For This Concert
THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 2008, AT 8 PM
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Former LA PHIL Associate Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya returns to the Hollywood Bowl for the second time this season to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in an all-Russian program, Thursday, August 28, at 8 p.m. The evening also features violinist Augustin Hadelich performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2, the composer’s last Western commission before returning to Russia. Harth-Bedoya replaces originally scheduled conductor, Edo de Waart, who had to cancel due to illness. Hadelich replaces originally scheduled violinist, Julian Rachlin, who had to cancel due to illness. The evening begins with Shostakovich’s light-hearted Festive Overture and ends with Tchaikovsky’s celebrated Fifth Symphony.
Since his successful tenure as Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Miguel Harth-Bedoya has led orchestras worldwide and is Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony. According to the Dallas Morning News, “The transformation of the FWSO under [his direction] continues to amaze.”
Lauded as a “brilliant violinist” in The New York Times, Augustin Hadelich made his Carnegie Hall orchestral debut in January 2008, performing the Brahms Double Concerto under Miguel Harth-Bedoya with cellist Alban Gerhardt and the Fort Worth Symphony. This appearance marks his debut at the Hollywood Bowl.
Recognized as one of the most exciting conductors on the international scene, MIGUEL HARTH-BEDOYA currently serves as Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony. Under his leadership, both the quality of the orchestra and its role in the community have grown significantly. The Fort Worth Symphony, conducted by Harth-Bedoya, made its Carnegie Hall debut in January 2008. Recently released recordings of the Fort Worth Symphony include an all-Tchaikovsky CD and the first-ever bilingual recording of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf featuring narrations in Spanish and English with Michael York. Sentimiento Latin, with Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flores (Decca) and Alma del Perú, a recording of Peruvian traditional music with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Lima (Filarmonika), are also available. An active guest conductor, Harth-Bedoya has appeared with premier orchestras across North America and Europe, including festival appearances in Adelaide, Aspen, Avanti (Helsinki), BBC Proms, Blossom, Hollywood Bowl (for which he received an Emmy), Interlochen, Oregon Bach, Ravinia and Tanglewood. Recent highlights include subscription debuts with the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, National Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony in Australia. Equally at home in opera, Harth-Bedoya has appeared with the Minnesota Opera conducting Tosca and the Santa Fe Opera conducting Osvaldo Golijov's Ainadamar with Dawn Upshaw in the leading role, a production also presented at Lincoln Center in 2006. Upcoming and recent debuts include The Barber of Seville with the Canadian Opera Company and a new production of La Boheme at the English National Opera in London, directed by Jonathan Miller. Winner of the 2002 Seaver/NEA Conductors Award, he has also served as Music Director of the Auckland Philharmonia, the Eugene Symphony, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Lima.
Gold medalist of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, AUGUSTIN HADELICH has established himself as an eloquent and unique voice among the new generation of violinists. As testament to his astonishing versatility across all periods of the repertoire, he also received the competition’s special awards for best performance of a Romantic concerto, Classical concerto, Beethoven sonata, violin sonata other than Beethoven, Bach work, commissioned work, encore piece and Paganini caprice. Following his Carnegie Hall orchestral debut in January 2008, he returned in March for his hugely successful recital debut in Stern Auditorium. In his third appearance at Carnegie Hall during this calendar year, he will perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with the New York String Orchestra under Jaime Laredo on Christmas Eve. Hadelich has collaborated with such renowned conductors as Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Günther Herbig, Christof Perick, Christoph Poppen, Stefan Sanderling, Michael Stern and Mario Venzago. Also a captivating recitalist, Hadelich has appeared at the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, Chautauqua Music Festival, Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center and University of Texas at Austin, as well as in collaboration with Midori at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater. The 2007/08 season marked his professional recording debut with two CDs for Naxos: the complete violin concerti of Haydn and the complete solo violin fantasies of Telemann. Born in Italy in 1984, the son of German parents, Hadelich holds a diploma (summa cum laude) from the Instituto Mascagni in Livorno, Italy, as well as a graduate diploma and the coveted Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Joel Smirnoff. He has been a participant at the Marlboro and Ravinia festivals and in numerous master classes with renowned violinists such as Uto Ughi, Christoph Poppen, Norbert Brainin, Pinchas Zukerman, Zachar Bron, Yehudi Menuhin and Miriam Fried. As first-prize winner of the Indianapolis competition, Hadelich plays on the 1683 ex-Gingold Stradivari violin and Tourte bow.
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 40th 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 2008, the Hollywood Bowl was named Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue for the fourth year in a row at the 19th 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.
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 28, 2008, AT 8 PM
HOLLYWOOD BOWL, 2301 N. Highland Ave. in Hollywood
LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
MIGUEL HARTH-BEDOYA, conductor
AUGUSTIN HADELICH, violin
SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5
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