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  • Nov. 26, 2006
  • Concert is Part of Los Angeles Philharmonic Association's

    Organ Recital Series


    Jane Parker-Smith, one of the world's leading concert organists, performs as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association's Organ Recital series on Sunday, November 26, at 7:30 p.m., at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Acclaimed for her musicianship, virtuosity, and interpretative ability, Parker-Smith's extensive concert repertoire has brought her to performances with many leading orchestras, including the BBC Symphony and BBC Concert Orchestra, the London Symphony, the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, and the Prague Chamber Orchestra. She has worked with conductors such as Simon Rattle, Serge Baudo, Carl Davis, Vernon Handley, Matthias Bamert, and Richard Hickox.

    The concert's program features Edmundson's "Von Himmel hoch," Guilmant's Morceau de concert, Franck's Prière, Weitz's Symphony No. 1, Wiedermann's Impetuoso, Liszt's Funérailles, Antalffy-Zsiross's Sketches on Negro Spiritual Songs, Ravanello's Adorazione, and Vierne's Final from Symphony No. 5.

    Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ Conservator Phil Smith and organ builder Manuel Rosales discuss the concert program at "Upbeat Live," a free event in BP Hall open to all ticket holders held one hour before the performance.

    The Organ Recital series, which began with the now-annual silent film event on Halloween, this year featuring organist Clark Wilson performing live accompaniment to the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, continues with three other programs by visiting organists: László Fassang (February 11, 2007), Paul Jacobs (March 18, 2007), and Simon Preston (May 20, 2007).

    JANE PARKER-SMITH's studies at the Royal College of Music in London were crowned with a number of prizes and scholarships, including the Walford Davies Prize for organ performance. After a further period of work with the concert organist Nicolas Kynaston, a French government scholarship enabled her to complete her studies in Paris with the legendary organist Jean Langlais, perfecting the knowledge and understanding of 20th-century French organ music for which she is today internationally renowned. She made her London debut at Westminster Cathedral at the age of 20, and two years later made her first solo appearance at the BBC Promenade Concerts in the Royal Albert Hall. She has since performed in concert halls throughout the world. Her Royal Festival Hall debut was in 1975 when she deputized at very short notice for the indisposed Fernando Germani. The success of this recital resulted in her being invited to perform regularly in the International Organ Series. She has recorded a wide range of solo repertoire for RCA, Classics for Pleasure, L'Oiseau-Lyre, EMI, ASV, Collins Classics, Motette, AVIE, and most recently for the Dutch label Festivo. In addition, she has collaborated with the renowned Maurice André in a duo recording of music for trumpet and organ. Highlights in her concert career have been performances in major venues and international festivals such as Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall (including the BBC Promenade Concerts and other solo and concerto performances), Three Choirs Festival, City of London Festival, Bath Festival, and Blenheim Palace (Winston Churchill Memorial Concert) in the UK; Jyväskylä Festival, Finland; Stockholm Concert Hall; Hong Kong Arts Festival; Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto; Festival Paris Quartier d'été; Festival Cicio El Organo en la Iglesia, Buenos Aires; Festival Internationale di Musica Organistica Magadino, Switzerland; Cube Concert Hall, Shiroishi, Japan; Athens Organ Festival; Severance Hall, Cleveland; Sejong Cultural Centre, Seoul; Esplanade Concert Hall, Singapore; and Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, presents the finest in orchestral and chamber music, recitals, new music, jazz, world music and holiday concerts at two of the most remarkable places anywhere to experience music - Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to a 30-week winter subscription season at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil presents a 12-week summer festival at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. In fulfilling its commitment to the community, the Association's involvement with Los Angeles extends to educational programs, community concerts and children's programming, ever seeking to provide inspiration and delight to the broadest possible audience.


    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2006, AT 7:30 PM

    WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL, 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    Organ Recital: Jane Parker-Smith

    Organ Recital Series


    EDMUNDSON "Von Himmel hoch"

    GUILMANT Morceau de concert

    FRANCK Prière

    WEITZ Symphony No. 1

    WIEDERMANN Impetuoso

    LISZT Funérailles

    ANTALFFY-ZSIROSS Sketches on Negro Spiritual Songs

    RAVANELLO Adorazione

    VIERNE Final from Symphony No. 5

    Tickets ($15 - $135) are on sale now online at, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, 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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