The Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by the young Russian conductor Yakov Kreizberg, performs music by Mozart and Mahler at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in February. The concerts take place on Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, February 3 at 2:30 p.m. The performance begins with German pianist Lars Vogt playing Piano Concerto No. 24, and ends with the epic work, Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. The concerts also feature a pre-concert discussion with Daniel Kessner in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion’s Grand Hall one hour before each performance.
Tickets ($12-$78) are available at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Music Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons-May, Tower Records, Ritmo Latino, Tu Música, and selected Wherehouse locations), and by credit card phone order at 213/365-3500. Tickets are also available on-line at laphil.com. Groups of 10 or more may be eligible for a 20% discount; call 323/850-2050. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available 2 hours prior to the performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion box office. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person. Groups of 10 or more may be eligible for special discounts. For further information, please call 323/850-2000.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491 in 1786, one of twelve he composed between 1784-86, which are all noted for their originality and quality. This was a fertile period for the composer; after this piano concerto, he wrote his beloved opera, The Marriage of Figaro. The full sound of this concerto is due to Mozart’s use of more wind instruments than usual, since there was an abundance of excellent players in Vienna at the time.
The Fifth Symphony of Gustav Mahler dates from the turn of the last century, but was not performed until 1904. The Austrian composer and conductor produced two movements of the work at his villa in Maiernigg during his first summer there, along with four of the Rückert-Lieder, three of the Kindertotenlieder, and Der Tamboursg’sell and he completed the work the following year. His Symphonies 5, 6 and 7 are sometimes regarded as a trilogy; the first is a heroic work, with a narrative running from its opening funeral march through the agitated Allegro to a Scherzo and a triumphant conclusion.
YAKOV KREIZBERG is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Jeunesses Musicales and the former General Music Director of the Komische Oper Berlin. At the Komische Oper, Kreizberg established a reputation with a wide variety of repertoire that includes Bertold Goldschmidt's Der gewaltige Hahnrei, Verdi's La Traviata, Tchaikovsky's The Queen of Spades, Beethoven's Fidelio, Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Mozart's Così fan tutte and Die Zauberflöte, and König Hirsch by Hans Werner Henze. In 1997, he took the ensemble on a successful tour of Japan. That same year, he received the Critic’s Prize for Music from the Association of German Critics for his work at the Komische Oper. From 1995-2000, he was Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. His tenure in Bournemouth attracted much critical acclaim and his successful tours with the orchestra included the USA, Germany, a mini-residency in Vienna, and concerts at the Concertgebouw. Kreizberg was born in St. Petersburg and studied conducting privately with Ilya A. Musin before immigrating to the United States in 1976. He was awarded conducting fellowships at Tanglewood with Bernstein, Ozawa and Leinsdorf, and at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, where he was invited back as assistant to Michael Tilson Thomas. Kreizberg last conducted the Philharmonic in April 2001.
German pianist LARS VOGT has rapidly established himself as one of the leading pianists of his generation. He first came to international attention by winning second prize at the 1990 Leeds International Competition. His performances in 1993 at the Mostly Mozart Festival and with The Cleveland Orchestra won immediate critical accolades and were followed by recitals in Vancouver, Toronto and Chicago (at Ravinia). Since then, he has pursued an active career that comprises major concerto and recital performances throughout Europe, Asia and North America. This season, Vogt makes his Carnegie Hall debut with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s led by Donald Runnicles, performs subscription concerts and a European tour with the Detroit Symphony, and concerto appearances with the Toronto and Indianapolis Symphonies. Abroad, Vogt appears with the Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and the Vienna, Lucerne and NHK (Tokyo) symphony orchestras. He also gives a European solo recital tour as well as a duo recital tour with violinist Christian Tetzlaff. Vogt has toured North Africa, the Baltic States and South East Asia, Japan and Australia. He enjoys performing chamber music, and in the summer of 1998 founded an annual chamber music festival in Heimbach, Germany. An exclusive EMI recording artist, Vogt has made seven discs for the label. His recording of Prokofiev and Shostakovich cello sonatas with Truls Mørk was awarded a Diapason d’Or in 1997.
EDITORS - PLEASE NOTE:
Friday, February 1, 8 PM
Saturday, February 2, 8 PM
Sunday, February 3, 2:30 PM
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Los Angeles Philharmonic
YAKOV KREIZBERG, conductor
LARS VOGT, piano
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24, K. 491
Mahler: Symphony No. 5
Upbeat Live, a free pre-concert discussion with Daniel Kessner, takes place one hour prior to performances.
Single tickets ($12-$78) are available at the Philharmonic’s Music Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons-May, Tower Records, Ritmo Latino, Tu Música, and selected Wherehouse locations), and by credit card phone order at 213/365-3500. Tickets are also available on-line at www.laphil.com. A limited number of $10 rush tickets for seniors and full time students may be available 2 hours prior to the performance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion box office. Valid identification is required; one ticket per person. Groups of 10 or more may be eligible for special discounts. For further information, please call 323/850-2000.
Elizabeth Hinckley, (323) 850-2047; Rachelle Roe, (323) 850-2032