The Classical Concerts Season 2009 @ Hollywood Bowl, LA.
The Hollywood Bowl is about
to re-open their Classical Tuesdays & Thursdays series (20 events, July
through September) featuring world’s most renowned artists. Few of them
you really don’t want to miss.
Established by composer Philip Glass, the Philip Glass Ensemble (@ Hollywood Bowl on July 23rd) held its first performance in May 1969 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. Embraced first by the visual art community working in SoHo in the early 1970s, early concerts by the Philip Glass Ensemble were considered visual as well as musical events and were often performed in art galleries, artist lofts, and museum spaces rather than traditional performing art centers. Since that time, the members of the PGE are recognized as the premiere performers of Philip Glass’ compositions and continue to be an inspiration for new work. Over the past 30 years, the group has performed on four continents in some of the world’s most prestigious music festivals and concert venues. Philip Glass himself is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School, strongly influenced by eastern world music (particularly Indian). He wrote a large collection of new music for his performing group, the Philip Glass Ensemble, and for the Mabou Mines Theater Company, which he co-founded. This period culminated in Music in Twelve Parts, followed by the landmark opera, Einstein on the Beach, created with Robert Wilson in 1976.Since Einstein, Glass has expanded his repertoire to include music for opera, dance, theater, chamber ensemble, orchestra, and film. His score for Martin Scorsese’s Kundun received an Academy Award nomination, and his score for Peter Weir’s The Truman Show won him a Golden Globe. His film score for Stephen Daldry’s The Hours received Golden Globe, Grammy, and Academy Award nominations, along with winning a BAFTA in Film Music from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The critically acclaimed films The Illusionist and Notes on a Scandal were released in 2006, with Notes earning Glass an Oscar nomination for best original score.
PecaDu is a young, dynamic, Israeli percussion duo that has already generated worldwide interest and enthusiasm through their unique style of virtuoso, energetic, and intense playing. Their repertoire consists of compositions written by the duo itself, percussion arrangements of classical pieces by Bach, Chopin, Ravel, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, and others, and original contemporary music written by Israeli composers such as Avner Dorman, Yaron Gottfried, and Lior Nabok, and composers in the international music scene such as Per Nørgård (Denmark), Nigel Westlake (Australia), Anders Koppel (Denmark), and Salvator Brotons (Spain). Dorman’s “Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!” West Coast Premiere and Symphony No.5 by Mahler are going to be performed by percussion duo and conducted by Marin Aslop on July 28th.
Placido Domingo, the best known for his achievements on the opera lead vocal field has sung 124 different roles, more than any other tenor in the annals of music, with at least two new roles planned in the next three seasons. He sings in every important opera house in the world and has made an unparalleled number of recordings, of which 101 are full-length operas, often recording the same role more than once, and for which he has earned nine Grammys and two Grammys in the newly established Latin Division. As a conductor, he has led opera performances in all the important theaters, from the Metropolitan to London's Covent Garden and the Vienna State Opera, and has conducted purely symphonic concerts with such renowned orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony, and the Chicago Symphony. He has also made recordings as a conductor.
Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age 4 and soon came with his family to New York, where he spent most of his formative years. Later, his principal teacher was Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School. He sought out a traditional liberal arts education to expand upon his conservatory training, graduating from Harvard University in 1976. He has received numerous awards, including the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the Glenn Gould Prize (1999), the National Medal of the Arts (2001), the Dan David Prize (2006) and the Sonning Prize (2006). One of his best known to the global public and most innovative projects was J.S. Bach cello.
The Cello Concerto by Dvorak and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 with Yo-Yo Ma on the lead instrument and conducted by Placido Domingo will be performed @ Hollywood Bowl on August 25th.
All of the above mentioned concerts will be supported by Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.