Lorin Maazel Celebrates His 75th Birthday by Conducting His Own Works

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The New York Philharmonic celebrates music director Lorin Maazel's 75th birthday tonight with a concert of Maazel's own works.

None of the works have been performed in New York before, and one is a world premiere. Maazel himself will conduct.

The program features Monaco Fanfares, Music for Cello and Orchestra, The Empty Pot, Irish Vapours and Capers, and The Giving Tree, based on the children's book by Shel Silverstein. Cellist Han-Na Chang and flutist James Galway appear as soloists (Irish Vapours was written for Galway); actors Jeremy Irons and Dietlinde Turban (who is also Maazel's wife) appear as narrators in The Empty Pot and The Giving Tree, respectively.

The concert is followed by a black-tie dinner.

Tonight's concert will be broadcast on the syndicated radio show The New York Philharmonic This Week during the week of May 2 (check local listings).

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