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  • Apr. 12, 2008
  • SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2008, AT 11 AM and

    SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2008, AT 11 AM


    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association’s 2007/2008 Toyota Symphonies for Youth (TSFY) concert series at Walt Disney Concert Hall continues on Saturday, April 12, at 11 a.m., with an interactive concert that explores the structure of programmatic music, specifically Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique. The program repeats on Saturday, April 19, at 11 a.m.

    Assistant Conductor Joana Carneiro leads the orchestra in a program that explores how music tells a story and creates an atmosphere. Carneiro is joined by Hector Berlioz himself, who makes a surprise appearance and narrates the story that inspired Symphonie fantastique.

    The TSFY concerts reflect major themes of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2007/2008 season, adapted for younger audiences through orchestral theater – an art form that specializes in featuring the orchestra in a theatrical setting. One hour prior to each performance, Walt Disney Concert Hall becomes a musical playground with hands-on art making, musical activities, dance, and storytelling or theater. Judi Garratt, Los Angeles Unified School District Elementary Theatre Teacher for the Arts Education Branch, coordinates all pre-concert activities.

    As a finalist of the prestigious 2002 Maazel-Vilar Conductor’s Competition at Carnegie Hall, JOANA CARNEIRO was recognized by the jury for demonstrating a level of potential that holds great promise for her future career. Since then, her profile has grown quickly, both in the U.S. and Europe, and recent engagements include performances with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, her debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the New World Symphony, the Algarve Symphony, the Mancini Institute Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. She also served as assistant conductor to Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Paris Opera’s premiere of Adriana Mater by Kaija Saariaho. In the past three seasons, Carneiro has been a Conducting Fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a program developed and managed by the American Symphony Orchestra League with the aim of supporting the musical and leadership development of exceptionally talented conductors in the early stages of their professional careers. Carneiro was one of three conductors chosen to participate in the newly-founded Allianz Cultural Foundation International Conductors Academy in London during 2003/2004, and, as part of this program, has benefited from guidance from Maestros Kurt Masur and Christoph von Dohnányi as well as the opportunity to conduct both the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In March 2004, Carneiro was decorated by the President of the Portuguese Republic, Mr. Jorge Sampaio, with the Commendation of the Order of the Infante Dom Henrique. She completed her tenure as Music Director of the YMF Debut Orchestra in June 2005, having won the Young Musician’s Foundation’s 2002 National Conductor Search, whose past winners include among others André Previn, Michael Tilson Thomas and Lucas Richman. In the 2007/2008 season, Carneiro continues her work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and makes her debut with the Chicago Opera Theater as assistant conductor for their production of A Flowering Tree in May 2008. A native of Lisbon, Carneiro began her musical studies as a violist before receiving her conducting degree from the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra in Lisbon, where she studied with Jean-Marc Burfin. Carneiro received her Masters in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University, as a student of Victor Yampolsky and Mallory Thompson and pursued doctoral studies at the University of Michigan, where she studied with Kenneth Kiesler.

    TOM DULACK is the author of a dozen plays, including Solomon's Child, Diminished Capacity, Breaking Legs, Capital Crimes, Bright Wings, and Catherine. His plays have been produced on Broadway, Off-Broadway, at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, the Old Globe, the GeVa in Rochester, NY, the National Theatre in Brussels, and at the Kennedy Center. Dulack is also the author of four books and a screenplay for HBO. In addition to his playwriting, Dulack teaches courses in dramatic literature at the Waterbury Campus of the University of Connecticut, where he is a Professor of English. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America.

    LEO MARKS has performed at the Geffen Playhouse (Joan Rivers: A Work In Progress by a Life in Progress), the Pasadena Playhouse (Defiance), the Old Globe (Lincolnesque), South Coast Rep (Major Barbara), The Ahmanson (Dead End), the Kirk Douglas (A Perfect Wedding), Playwrights Horizons (Somewhere in the Pacific), Actors Theater of Louisville (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Comedy of Errors), and many times at LA’s Evidence Room. He helped create New York’s Elevator Repair Service, (“The best young performance group in town,” according to the Village Voice), with whom he’s performed throughout New York City and Europe. TV work includes Prison Break, K-Ville, Law and Order: SVU, Law and Order, Six Feet Under, NYPD Blue, The Practice, Frasier, Gilmore Girls and Homicide. In 2007 he received an Obie Award with the ensemble of Heather Woodbury’s Tale of 2Cities, a Ticketholder Award for Best Supporting Actor (in Defiance) and an LA Weekly nomination for Best Supporting Actor (in The Cherry Orchard).

    Toyota Symphonies for Youth is generously sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. Additional support is provided by the Amgen Foundation, Marie Baier Foundation, Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation, Smith Barney Citigroup Foundation, Edison International, Employees Community Fund of Boeing California, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Los Angeles Philharmonic Affiliates, B.C. McCabe Foundation, MetLife Foundation, Morgan Stanley, David and Linda Shaheen Foundation, and the State Street Corporation.

    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.


    SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2008, at 11 AM

    SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2008, at 11 AM

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

    Berlioz’ Fantastic Symphony

    Toyota Symphonies for Youth


    JOANA CARNEIRO, conductor

    TOM DULACK, writer


    LEO MARKS, Hector Berlioz

    HEATHER LIPSON, Harriet Smithson

    ANDY ACOSTA, dancer

    AUSTIN WESTBAY, dancer

    REBECCA COHN, stage manager

    RAND RYAN, lighting designer

    ELIZABETH COX, costume designer

    KITTY McNAMEE, choreographer

    KEITH MITCHELL, prop designer

    Pre-Concert Activites Creative Team

    JUDI GARRATT, activities coordinator


    CANDY DANZIG, theater/storytelling

    JOAN HARRISON, visual arts


    Tickets ($18) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall box office, online at, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. For information, please call 323.850.2000.

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