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  • Nov. 1, 2002
  • November 1, 2 at 8 PM and November 3 at 2:30 PM

    Pianist Norman Krieger is Soloist

    Associate Conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya returns to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion's stage to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic in his first concerts of the 2002/2003 season on November 1, 2, and 3. The 19th-century program includes familiar works including: Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1, Brahms' Symphony No. 3, and some of Dvorák's Slavonic Dances. Renowned pianist Norman Krieger is soloist in Liszt's First Piano Concerto.

    Upbeat Live pre-concert events take place one hour prior to each concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the Grand Hall, and are free to all ticket holders. This week, Tom Neenan, music history and music theory lecturer at the California Institute of Technology, hosts.

    Brahms' Third Symphony was written in the summer of 1883 while the 51-year-old composer was spending time in Wiesbaden. As Brahms was revising some pieces he had originally written as music for Goethe's Faust, the ideas gradually evolved into the central themes of a four-movement Symphony in F major, his Third Symphony. The work premiered in December 1883 with Hans Richter conducting the Vienna Philharmonic. The popular symphony quickly reached the stages of Berlin, Leipzig, and Wiesbaden. Brahms' Third Symphony, eventually referred to by the composer as "the unfortunately over-famous symphony," comes closest to achieving the composer's goal of creating a free and spontaneous work resembling that of his idol and close friend, Robert Schumann.

    Piano-virtuoso-turned-composer Liszt aspired to move away from classical forms. Although he first dazzled audiences with his good looks and brilliant technical skills as a pianist, he came into his full creative powers after retiring from the concert stage in 1848. Only after retiring did Liszt find time to dedicate himself to his passion - writing music. During this time, he completed his First Piano Concerto, a work conceived during his virtuoso years. Revised in 1853, Liszt premiered the work in Weimar in February 1855, with Berlioz conducting.

    Last on the program are excerpts from Dvorák's Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 and Op. 72. The collection of Slavonic Dances introduced Dvorák to the European audiences; after the 1878 Dresden premiere, respect for the composer increased dramatically.

    Los Angeles Philharmonic Associate Conductor MIGUEL HARTH-BEDOYA is Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony, a title he holds with the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand. One of the most exciting young conductors in America, his active guest conducting schedule includes appearances with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the Quebec Symphony, the Puerto Rico Symphony, and the Mexico National Symphony. Festival appearances include Grant Park, Tanglewood, Rencontres Musicales d'Evian in France, the Domaine Forget International Festival in Quebec, and the Musicarchitettura International Festival in Italy. Born in 1968 in Lima, Peru, Miguel Harth-Bedoya holds degrees in conducting from The Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School.

    A native of Los Angeles, NORMAN KRIEGER is highly regarded as an artist of depth, sensitivity, and flair. He regularly appears with the major orchestras of North America and has also been heard as guest soloist internationally. In recital, Krieger has been heard throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, and Asia, while chamber music collaborations have included appearances with soprano Sheri Greenawald, violinist Livia Sohn, cellist Jian Wang, and the Tokyo and Manhattan String Quartets. In the summer of 1994, Krieger made his debut at New York City's Mostly Mozart Festival, earning an immediate invitation to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts' 1995-96 "Great Performers Series." In 1987, he made headlines by being named the Gold Medal Winner of the first Palm Beach Invitational Piano Competition. Earlier, in 1984, he was selected to join the distinguished roster of Affiliate Artists, where he participated in the Xerox Pianists Program from 1984 to 1986. Krieger is also the recipient of the Paderewski Foundation Award, the Bruce Hungerford Memorial Prize, the Victor Herbert Memorial Prize, the Buffalo Philharmonic Young Artists Competition Prize, and the Saint Louis Symphony Prize. Krieger's training began in Los Angeles and at age of 15, he became a full scholarship student of Adele Marcus at the famed Juilliard School, from which he received both Bachelor's and Master's degrees. Subsequently, he studied with Alfred Brendel and Maria Curcio in London, and was awarded an Artists Diploma from the New England Conservatory, where he worked with Russell Sherman.


    Friday, November 1, 8 PM

    Saturday, November 2, 8 PM

    Sunday, November 3, 2:30 PM



    MIGUEL HARTH-BEDOYA, conductor


    Brahms: Symphony No. 3

    Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1

    Dvorák: Slavonic Dances

    Upbeat Live pre-concert events take place one hour prior to each concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in the Grand Hall and are free to all ticket holders. This week, Tom Neenan, music history and music theory lecturer at California Institute of Technology, hosts Upbeat Live.

    Tickets ($14 - $82) are available, starting September 8 at Noon, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion box office and by credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available two hours prior to the performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion box office. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts. For further information, please call 323.850.2000.

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  • Contact:

    Elizabeth Hinckley, 323/850-2047; Melanie Gravdal, 323/850-2021