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The Pasadena Symphony Closes Season with TCHAIKOVSKY PIANO CONCERTO, Featuring Shai Wosner and Guest Conductor Jahja Ling, 5/10

The Pasadena Symphony Closes Season with TCHAIKOVSKY PIANO CONCERTO, Featuring Shai Wosner and Guest Conductor Jahja Ling, 5/10

The Pasadena Symphony celebrates the best of the best Russian music with international piano star Shai Wosner guest conductor Jahja Ling. The 86thseason concert finale explodes with Tchaikovsky's dazzling Piano Concerto No. 1 and Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony on Saturday May 10, 2014 at Ambassador Auditorium with matinee and evening performances at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

"Shai Wosner's fingers are at the service of a keen musical mind and deep musical soul...he's downright thrilling," raved NPR's All Things Considered. Known for his freshly vibrant interpretation of the most popular piano concertos, Wosner exemplifies a "remarkable blend of the intellectual, physical and even devilish sides of performance," expressed the Chicago Sun Times. To experience his performance of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto will be like hearing it for the first time for music lovers.

Guest Conductor Jahja Ling is the Music Director of the San Diego Symphony and enjoys a 30 year affiliation with the Cleveland Orchestra. Jahja Ling's distinguished career as an internationally renowned conductor has earned him an exceptional reputation for musical integrity, intensity and expressivity.

Performances take place at both 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and are accompanied by pre-concert discussions one-hour before curtain. Audiences can also enjoy the new and vibrantly social Symphony Lounge, yet another addition to the care-free and elegant concert experience the Pasadena Symphony offers. A posh setting at Ambassador Auditorium's beautiful outdoor plaza, audiences can now enjoying delicious morsels and fine wines before the concert and during intermission.

The Ambassador Auditorium is located at 131 South St. John Avenue, Pasadena, CA. Ticket prices start at $35 and may be purchased online at www.pasadenasymphony-pops.org or by calling (626) 793-7172.

IF YOU GO:

What: The Pasadena Symphony presents Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto
Special Guests:

Jahja Ling, Conductor
Shai Wosner, Piano

When: Saturday May 10th at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Where: Ambassador Auditorium | 131 South St. John Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105
Cost: Tickets start at $35.00
Parking: Valet parking is available on Green Street for $15. General parking is available next to the Auditorium at the covered parking structure for $10. ADA parking is located at the above-ground parking lot adjacent to the Auditorium (entrance on St. John Ave.) for $10. Parking purchased onsite is cash only.
Pre-Concert Discussion: Pre-concert discussion begins one hour before curtain and is available to all ticket holders.

Artist Biographies

Jajah Ling
Jahja Ling's distinguished career as an internationally renowned conductor has earned him an exceptional reputation for musical integrity, intensity and expressivity. The 2013-14 season marks his tenth season as Music Director of the San Diego Symphony. In October of 2013 Mr. Ling is leading the San Diego Symphony to perform at Carnegie Hall with Lang Lang as soloist, followed by a tour to China with Joshua Bell and Augustin Hadelich. This two week tour will be the first international tour and the first appearance of the San Diego Symphony at Carnegie Hall in their 102 year history. Together they have undertaken commissions as well as premieres of many new works and have recorded new works by Bright Sheng, and a new CD of Lucas Richman's Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals with soloists Jon Kimura Parker and Orli Shaham.

In recent and upcoming seasons Mr. Ling returns as guest conductor with the Cleveland Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Jakarta Symphony, Macao Symphony, Philharmonia Taiwan (National Symphony of Taiwan), Royal Philharmonic of London, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Symphony, as well as the Yale Philharmonia and Curtis Symphony Orchestra. In June of 2012, he conducted the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Berlin's O2 World arena on the occasion of Lang Lang's 30th birthday concert with Lang Lang, Herbie Hancock and 50 young pianists from around the world. He is the first and only conductor of Chinese descent who holds a music director position with a major orchestra in the United States and has conducted all major symphony orchestras in North America including Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Francisco.

Mr. Ling holds one of the longest continuous relationships with one of the world greatest orchestras, The Cleveland Orchestra. In the 2008-09 season he celebrated his 25th anniversary season with that esteemed ensemble with performances at Severance Hall and Blossom Festival.

During his tenure as Music Director of the Florida Orchestra (1988-2003) Jahja Ling was the first conductor ever invited to appear at the Super Bowl (XXV in 1991) with Whitney Houston performing the National Anthem; the audio and video of that performance earned platinum records.

Mr. Ling's recordings for Telarc include the Dupré Organ Symphony and the Rheinberger Organ Concerto with soloist Michael Murray and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and two albums of baroque works with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (the first of which, with trumpeter Rolf Smedvig, was nominated for a Grammy® Award). His performance with the New York Philharmonic of the world premiere of Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's Third Symphony is featured in a recent compact disc collection of Philharmonic performances entitled American Celebrations.

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