Leonard Slatkin Leads LA Phil in TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR at the Hollywood Bowl This Weekend

August 15
12:30 2014

Leonard Slatkin Leads LA Phil in TCHAIKOVSKY SPECTACULAR at the Hollywood Bowl This Weekend

The Los Angeles Philharmonic's annual tradition at the Hollywood Bowl -Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks, will take place this weekend, August 15 and 16, at 8 pm. Conductor Leonard Slatkin leads the orchestra in an all-Tchaikovsky program, featuring Marche slave and selections from Swan Lake. The evening includes the Hollywood Bowl debut of young French violinist Alexandra Soumm performing Tchaikovsky's famous Violin Concerto, and concludes with the USC Trojan Marching Band, directed by Dr. Arthur C. Bartner, joining the orchestra to perform the thrilling 1812 Overture accompanied by cannons and a spectacular fireworks display.

Internationally acclaimed American conductor Leonard Slatkin began his appointment as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September of 2008. August of 2011 marked the start of his tenure as Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon, France. In addition, Slatkin continues to serve as Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a post that began in the fall of 2008. Following a 17-year tenure as Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Slatkin became Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. in 1996. Other positions in the United States have included Principal Guest Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, where he founded their "Sommerfest"; first Music Director of the Cleveland Orchestra's summer series at the Blossom Music Festival, a post he held for nine years; Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl for three seasons; and additional positions with the New Orleans Philharmonic and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

French violinist Alexandra Soumm is a multi-faceted artist who is equally at home in concerto and chamber repertoire. Orchestras with which she has collaborated in recent years include the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony, National Philharmonic of Russia, Israel Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony and Tokyo Symphony. She made her debut in the U.S. in November 2013, working with the Detroit Symphony under Mo. Slatkin's baton. As a chamber musician, Soumm has given recitals at the Auditorium du Louvre (Paris), Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Wigmore Hall (London), City of London Festival and Toppan Hall (Tokyo). She has also appeared at international festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Deauville, Menton, Montpellier, St Denis, Strasbourg, Verbier and the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad. She is very involved with the Seiji Ozawa International Academy in Switzerland and has been taking part in the project for the past 10 years. Soumm enjoys an ongoing relationship with many leading orchestras in France. In addition to the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, she has also performed with the Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National d'Ile de France, Orchestre National de Lyon and Orchestre National de Montpellier. In the UK, she was a member of BBC Radio 3's New Generation Artist scheme 2010-12, during which time she worked with most of the BBC ensembles. She maintains her connection with the UK through her position as a London Music Masters awardee 2012-2015.


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