Evgeny Kissin and Actor Ed Harris Join L.A. Philharmonic for Opening Night

Classic Arts News   Evgeny Kissin and Actor Ed Harris Join L.A. Philharmonic for Opening Night
The Los Angeles Philharmonic opens its 2005-06 season tonight with a gala performance featuring pianist Evgeny Kissin and actor Ed Harris. Music director Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts.

The program is devoted entirely to Beethoven, launching the Philharmonic's season-long cycle of the composer's symphonies. It includes the fourth movement of the First Symphony, second movement of the Seventh Symphony, Leonore Overture No. 2, and Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Emperor").

Harris, who plays Beethoven in the upcoming film Copying Beethoven, will read from his letters.

The concert will be preceded by a cocktail reception and followed by dinner and dancing. Tickets are priced at $1,500-$10,000.

The 2005-06 season includes a two-week cross-disciplinary festival of minimalism directed by John Adams and featuring music by Adams, Louis Andriessen, Philip Glass, Arvo P‹rt, and Steve Reich; the Beethoven cycle, which will pair each of the nine symphonies with a contemporary work; extended residencies by composer Thomas Ads and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes; and a six-day guitar festival.

The orchestra will perform four world premieres: a commissioned orchestral work by Magnus Lindberg, to be performed as part of the Beethoven cycle; a suite of music from Ads' opera The Tempest; and commissioned works by Roger Reynolds and Anders Hillborg. The orchestra will also give the American premieres of several pieces, including a new work by Salonen and two works by Ads.

Other season highlights include Shostakovich's Symphonies Nos. 13, 14, and 15, concluding a five-year cycle of the composer's symphonies and string quartets; concert performances of Adams' El Niê±o, with Dawn Upshaw, Michelle deYoung, and Willard White; and three all-Mozart programs, including a performance of the Requiem led by Christoph von Dohnšnyi, which mark the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth.

Among the guest conductors on the schedule are Marin Alsop, former music director Zubin Mehta, James Conlon, Charles Dutoit, David Robertson, and pianist and conductor Andršs Schiff. Soloists include pianists Evgeny Kissen, Lang Lang, Yefim Bronfman, and Martha Argerich and violinists Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Hilary Hahn.

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