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  • Nov. 17, 2004
  • Orchestra's Debut in Hall Part of 2004/2005 Visiting Orchestra Concerts Presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association


    The St. Petersburg Philharmonic, led by Music Director and Principal Conductor Yuri Temirkanov, makes its Walt Disney Concert Hall debut on Wednesday, November 17, at 8 p.m. in a program of Russian symphonic favorites by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky. Renowned cellist Lynn Harrell is the soloist.

    The program of Russian repertoire from across the 19th and 20th centuries includes Prokofiev's homage to the Haydn-esque era of symphonic writing, Symphony No. 1, "Classical"; Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1, which received its premiere a mere 45 years ago; and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique," which conveys both joy and sorrow in its four movements.

    YURI TEMIRKANOV was named Music Director and Principal Conductor of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra in April 1988, succeeding the legendary Evgeny Mravinsky. Appointed Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony in 1999, he also serves as Principal Guest Conductor of the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of London's Royal Philharmonic. He is a regular guest conductor of the major orchestras of Europe and Asia, and enjoys an equally acclaimed reputation among the leading orchestras of the United States. Temirkanov led the Philadelphia Orchestra regularly between 1975 and 1980. In January 1986, he conducted the New York Philharmonic, becoming the first Soviet conductor to visit the United States following the renewal of the Soviet/American Cultural Exchange Agreement. He has since returned many times to conduct not only the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra, but also the Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. He conducted the first concerts of his tenure with the Baltimore Symphony in January 2000 to great success. In 1988, Temirkanov signed an exclusive contract with the BMG/RCA recording labels. His numerous recordings with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra include the complete ballets of Stravinsky and the symphonies of Tchaikovsky. His many recordings with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic include the works of Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Berlioz, Ravel, and Sibelius. Temirkanov's extensive tours with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra have been highlighted by celebrated performances in Japan, Asia, Europe, South America, and the United States.

    A consummate soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, conductor and teacher, LYNN HARRELL is a frequent guest of many of the leading orchestras. He performs regularly with major orchestras in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Dallas, and in Europe, with the orchestras of London, Munich, Berlin, and Israel. He has also toured extensively to Australia and New Zealand as well as the Far East, including Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. In the summer of 1999 Harrell was featured in a three-week "Lynn Harrell Cello Festival" with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He regularly collaborates with such noted conductors as James Levine, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, Yuri Temirkanov, Michael Tilson Thomas and Sir Neville Marriner. In recent seasons Mr. Harrell has particularly enjoyed collaborating with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and her husband, pianist André Previn. In January 2004 the trio appeared with the New York Philharmonic performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto with Masur conducting. Lynn Harrell's experience as an educator is wide and varied. From 1985-1993 he held the International Chair for Cello Studies at the Royal Academy in London. Concurrently, from 1988-1992, he was Artistic Director of the orchestra, chamber music and conductor training program at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute. In 1993, he became head of the Royal Academy in London, a post he held through 1995. He has also given master classes at the Verbier and Aspen festivals and in major metropolitan areas throughout the world. Since the start of the 2002-03 academic year, Harrell has taught cello at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.


    Wednesday, November 17, at 8 PM

    St. Petersburg Philharmonic

    Yuri Temirkanov, conductor

    Lynn Harrell, cello

    PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1, "Classical"

    SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1

    TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique"

    Tickets ($15 - $125) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, online at, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. When available, choral bench seats ($15), will be released for sale to selected Philharmonic, Colburn Celebrity Recital, and Baroque Variations performances beginning at noon on the Tuesday of the second week prior to the concert. 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 12 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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