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Fall Arts Preview

The best of the season

September 19, 2004|Steven Johnson

Classical

The Lord of the Rings Howard Shore's epic score presented in a six-movement symphony performed by John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Hollywood Bowl, Tuesday.

Pacific Symphony Season-opening concert features violinist Hilary Hahn in a program that includes music by Gabrieli, Kraft, Paganini and Respighi. Carl St.Clair conducts. Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Hall, Wednesday-Thursday.

Kiri Te Kanawa Acclaimed soprano in recital. Orange County Performing Arts Center, Segerstrom Hall, next Sunday.

OCTOBER

Los Angeles Philharmonic Season-opening gala concert features pianists Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Gloria Cheng, Helene Grimaud, Joanne Pearce Martin and Shai Wosner performing Liszt's "Hexameron" as well as works by Strauss, Mozart and Barber. With organist Todd Wilson. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Oct. 1.

San Diego Symphony For the season-opening gala concert, James Galway joins conductor Jahja Ling for flute concertos by Domenico Cimarosa and Saverio Mercadante. Copley Symphony Hall, Oct. 2.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Norwegian virtuoso Henning Kraggerud performs Beethoven's Violin Concerto. Conductor Jeffrey Kahane also leads the orchestra in Ravel's complete "Mother Goose." Alex Theatre, Glendale, Oct. 2. Also, Royce Hall, UCLA, Oct. 3.

Los Angeles Philharmonic The Phil inaugurates Disney Hall's grand organ with organist Todd Wilson in a program that includes two Bach works, Lou Harrison's Organ Concerto and Saint-Saens' Symphony No. 3, "Organ." Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Oct. 2-3.

Los Angeles Master Chorale The Music Center's resident choral company kicks off its second season at Disney Hall with a program that includes Dvorak's Mass in D, Morten Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna" and the West Coast premiere of James McMillan's "Magnificat/Nunc Dimittis." Grant Gershon conducts. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Oct. 3.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Organist Wayne Marshall performs James MacMillan's "A Scotch Bestiary," commissioned by the L.A. Philharmonic and the BBC Philharmonic. Also on the program: Strauss' "Also sprach Zarathustra." Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Oct. 7, 9.

San Diego Symphony Pianist Emanuel Ax performs Chopin's Concerto No. 2. Also on the program: Corigliano's "The Mannheim Rocket" and Mahler's Symphony No. 1. Jahja Ling conducts. Copley Symphony Hall, Oct. 8.

Jane Eaglen To start the Pasadena Symphony's concert season, the acclaimed soprano sings an all-Strauss program, featuring the "Four Last Songs" and the final scene from "Salome." Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Oct. 9.

Camerata Pacifica Premiere of Jake Heggie's new song cycle, "Winter Roses," to be sung by Frederica von Stade. The songs were inspired by a collection of Von Stade's personal letters written to her during World War II by her father -- a man she would never know. Marjorie Luke Theatre, Santa Barbara, Oct. 9. Also, Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Oct. 10, and the Huntington Library, San Marino, Oct. 19.

Rossetti String Quartet The quartet includes violinist Timothy Fain, violinist Henry Gronnier, violist Thomas Diener and cellist Eric Gaenslen. Part of Pepperdine's 2004-05 Stotsenberg Recital Series. Raitt Recital Hall, Pepperdine University, Oct. 10.

Europa Galante Violinist Fabio Biondi leads the Baroque ensemble in music by Corelli, Telemann, Geminiani, Bach and Vivaldi. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Oct. 10.

Southwest Chamber Music Season-opening concert continues the group's complete survey of the works of Carlos Chavez. Featured guest artists include mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman and the Tambuco Percussion Ensemble from Mexico City. Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School of Performing Arts, Oct. 12. Also, Norton Simon Museum Theater, Pasadena, Oct. 16.

Daniel Barenboim Solo piano recital featuring Bach's preludes and fugues from "The Well-Tempered Clavier" and Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor ("Appassionata"). Walt Disney Concert Hall, Oct. 18.

Carmen Milena Kitic and Catherine Malfitano share the title role of Bizet's opera. Tenors Richard Leech and Marco Malagnini alternate in the role of her lover Don Jose. Bass Erwin Schrott returns as the bullfighter Escamillo. L.A. Opera general director Placido Domingo and Nicola Luisotti will share the podium. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Oct. 22- Nov. 7.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Guest conductor James Conlon leads the Phil in Ullmann's Symphony No. 2 and Mahler's Symphony No. 1. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Oct. 23-24.

Los Angeles Master Chorale Program features the premiere of Steve Reich's "You Are (Variations)" as well as Stravinsky's "Symphony of Psalms." Grant Gershon conducts. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Oct. 24.

Ivo Pogorelich Pianist in recital performing Beethoven, Sibelius and Rachmaninoff. Presented by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Irvine Barclay Theatre, Oct. 27.

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