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ESA-PEKKA SALONEN LEADS LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC IN FINAL CONCERTS

By Culturekiosque Staff

LOS ANGELES, 7 APRIL 2009 - There are some exciting goings-on throughout the month of April in the world of classical music in Los Angeles. Esa-Pekka Salonen's 17-year tenure as the Los Angeles Philharmonic's longest-serving Music Director culminates this month. The Finnish conductor and composer concludes his position as the head of the Los Angeles Philharmonic with a series of concerts featuring five world premieres, including his own violin concerto which is dedicated to the soloist of the evening, Leila Josefowicz. The concerts continue with three performances of Ligeti's Clocks and Clouds, Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and on the final weekend with Strawinsky's Oedipus Rex and Symphony of Psalms which have formed a special cornerstone in his tenure:

The FInnish maestro is handing the baton to the 27 year-old Venezuelan wunderkind Gustavo Dudamel, who takes the helm of the Los Angeles Philharmonic this autumn.

7 April, Los Angeles
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles Philharmonic

Enrico Chapela: Li Po (World Premiere)
Anna Clyne: Within Her Arms (World Premiere)
Fang Man: Deluge (World Premiere)
Erin Gee: Mouthpiece XI (World Premiere)
Salonen: Floof
Hila Plitmann, soprano

9-11 April, Los Angeles,
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Ligeti: Clocks and Clouds
Salonen: Violin Concerto
(World Premiere)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Leila Josefowicz, violin

16-19 April, Los Angeles

Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Strawinsky: Oedipus Rex
Strawinsky: Symphony of Psalms

Rodrick Dixon - tenor, Anne Sophie von Otter - mezzo-sopranp, Ryan McKinny - basso, Daniel Montenegro - tenor

Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90012
Tel: (1) 323 850 20 00

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