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  • Jul. 22, 2003
  • Pacific Chorale Reunites With Philharmonic


    July 24 sponsored by United Airlines

    Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen returns to the Hollywood Bowl for his first week of classical subscription concerts of the summer to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic on Tuesday, July 22, and Thursday, July 24, at 8 p.m. On July 22, the Philharmonic opens the evening with Revueltas' rousing Sensemayá followed by Debussy's Nocturnes and the complete ballet of Daphnis and Chloé by Ravel with the Pacific Chorale.

    Then on July 24, Salonen conducts three pieces, beginning with Stravinsky's Petrushka. The concert also includes Sibelius' Oceanides and concludes with Debussy's La mer.

    ESA-PEKKA SALONEN, the tenth conductor to head the Los Angeles Philharmonic, began his tenure as Music Director in October 1992. Salonen made his American debut conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in November 1984, and he has conducted the orchestra every season since. Among the many highlights of Salonen's activities with the Philharmonic have been world premieres of new works by composers John Adams, Bernard Rands, Rodion Shchedrin, Steven Stucky, and Salonen himself, well received Ligeti and Stravinsky Festivals, appearances at the Ojai Festival, eight critically acclaimed international tours since 1992, and his extensive discography with the Philharmonic for Sony Classical. Salonen was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1958. He made his conducting debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1979, and he has been one of the world's most sought-after conductors since his debut in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra in September 1983. He served as principal guest conductor of the Philharmonia from 1985 to 1994 and as principal conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1985 to 1995.

    Since 1968, PACIFIC CHORALE has been widely recognized for the exceptional quality of its artistic product, providing regional, national and international audiences with distinctive performances of classical and contemporary choral works. Under the leadership of Artistic Director JOHN ALEXANDER, the 160-voice Pacific Chorale and the 30-voice John Alexander Singers present a concert series each year at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Pacific Chorale also serves as the resident chorus for Pacific Symphony, performs regularly with the Pasadena Symphony, Long Beach Symphony and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and is the "choir of choice" for visiting orchestras. Artistic Director of Pacific Chorale since 1972, John Alexander has consistently received acclaim by critics and audiences for his inspired conducting. He has conducted his singers with orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, the former Soviet Union and South America and, closer to home, with Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Musica Angelica and the L.A. Chamber Orchestra. Equally versatile whether on the podium or behind the scenes, Alexander has prepared choruses for many of the world¹s most outstanding orchestral conductors, including Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Slatkin, Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Pierre Boulez, Lukas Foss, Keith Lockhart, John Mauceri, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gerard Schwarz and Max Rudolf.

    One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of just under 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. A hit from its very first season, the Hollywood Bowl has remained popular and accessible to a wide cross-section of Southern California's diverse population. 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 "Summer Sounds: Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl," the Southland's most popular summer arts festival for children, now in its 35th season. Attendance figures over the past several decades have soared: in 1980 the Bowl first topped the half-million mark and last summer, close to one million admissions were recorded. It is no wonder that the Bowl's summer music festivals have become as much a part of a Southern California summer as beaches and barbecues, the Dodgers and Disneyland.


    Tuesday, July 22, 8 PM


    ESA-PEKKA SALONEN, conductor


    Revueltas: Sensemayá

    Debussy: Nocturnes

    Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé (complete)

    Tickets: $1 - $77

    Thursday, July 24, 8 PM


    ESA-PEKKA SALONEN, conductor

    Sibelius: Oceanides - Spirits of the Waves

    Debussy: La mer

    Stravinsky: Petrushka

    Tickets: $1 - $77

    Sponsored by United Airlines

    Tickets ($1 - $77) are on sale now at the Hollywood Bowl box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 213.480.3232, at all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons May, Tower Records and Ritmo Latino locations), or online at Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for a 20% discount, subject to availability; call 323.850.2050 for further details. For general information or to request a brochure, call 323.850.2000.

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