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  • Mar. 24, 2005
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic Performs Works from the Classical Era


    March 26 sponsored by Acura; Media support provided by K-Mozart 105.1 FM

    German conductor and pianist Christian Zacharias returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic on March 24 and 26, at 8 PM, and March 25, at 11 AM. The Classical-era program features Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 6 in B-flat major (K. 238) and 19 in F major (K. 459), as well as Haydn’s Symphony No. 31 in D major, “Hornsignal,” and Vanhal’s Symphony in G minor.

    Christian Zacharias, in the dual role of conductor and piano soloist, is known for his interpretation of Classical-era music. Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 6 and 19 in F major, Haydn’s Symphony No. 31 and Vanhal’s Symphony in G minor were all written between the 1760s and 1770s. Showing his affection for the music of this period, Zacharias traveled around the world performing and conducting the complete Mozart piano concerti, as well as other great works to celebrate his 50th birthday and the Millennium in 2000.

    Upbeat Live, a pre-concert lecture series, is free to all ticket holders. Pianist and composer Lucinda Carver is guest lecturer for this series of Upbeat Live. March 24 and 26 Upbeat Live takes place in BP Hall at 7 PM while Upbeat Live for the March 25 matinee is on stage in Walt Disney Concert Hall at 9:45 AM.

    CHRISTIAN ZACHARIAS is considered to be one of the most remarkable musical explorers of our time. Zacharias achieved international attention as a prizewinner in the Geneva Competition in 1969 and the Van Cliburn Competition in 1973. His first-prize win in the 1973 Ravel Competition in Paris began an international career comprising recitals in all the major capitals of Europe, award-winning recordings, and concerts with the world's leading orchestras and conductors. Zacharias also appears in chamber music recitals with partners such as the Alban Berg Quartet, the Guarneri Quartet, Heinrich Schiff, and Frank Peter Zimmermann. In 1992 Zacharias launched his conducting career in his debut with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva. His success there yielded invitations to conduct the Bamberg Symphony, Northern Sinfonia, English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Dresden
    Philharmonic. In September 2000 Zacharias assumed the post of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Gothenborg Symphony in 2002. His New York conducting debut in 2001 at the Mostly Mozart Festival was followed by conducting engagements with the National Symphony and Seattle Symphony and a two-week festival with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Zacharias' more than 40 recordings for EMI reflect his affection for the music of Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, and Ravel. In recent years, he has been seen in three documentary films: Domenico Scarlatti in Seville, Robert Schumann: The Poet Speaks, and Between Stage and Greenroom.


    THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2005 AT 8 PM

    FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2005 AT 11 AM

    SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2005 AT 8 PM

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Christian Zacharias, piano/conductor

    HAYDN Symphony No. 31 in D major, “Hornsignal”

    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, K. 238

    MOZART Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K. 459

    VANHAL Symphony in G minor

    March 26 sponsored by Acura; Media support provided by K-Mozart 105.1 FM

    Upbeat Live pre-concert events take place prior to each concert in BP Hall (March 24 and 26 at 7 PM) and on stage of Walt Disney Concert Hall (March 25 at 9:45 AM). Pianist and composer Lucinda Carver hosts Upbeat Live which is free to all ticket holders.

    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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