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Salonen Conducts HUNGARIAN ECHOES at NY Philharmonic, 3/24

The final program of the three-week Hungarian Echoes: A Philharmonic Festival, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, will take place on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at  7:30 p.m., Friday, March 25, at 2:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 26, at 8:00 p.m. The  program will comprise Haydn‘s Symphony No. 8, Le Soir; Bartók‘s Piano Concerto  No. 1, with Olli Mustonen as soloist; Ligeti‘s Clocks and Clouds, featuring the Women  of the New York Choral Artists, Joseph Flummerfelt, director; and Bartók‘s Suite from  The Miraculous Mandarin.

Hungarian Echoes: A Philharmonic Festival will explore the music of Haydn, Bartók,  and Ligeti, three composers of different periods, styles, and approaches, all bearing strong ties to Hungary. Highlights include Haydn‘s Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth  Symphonies; Bartók‘s Bluebeard's Castle as well as his Concerto for Orchestra, Piano  Concerto No. 1, and Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin; and Ligeti‘s Piano Concerto,  Concert Românesc, and Clocks and Clouds. Guest artists are pianists Pierre-Laurent  Aimard and Olli Mustonen, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, bass Gábor Bretz (in his  Philharmonic debut), and the Women of the New York Choral Artists, Joseph  Flummerfelt, director. The festival will include pre-concert talks, radio broadcasts, and  podcasts. (For more information: nyphil.org/hungarianfest)

Single tickets for these performances start at $39. Tickets for Open Rehearsals are $18.  Pre-Concert Talks are $7; discounts are available for multiple concerts, students, and  groups (visit nyphil.org/preconcert for more information). All other tickets may be  purchased online at nyphil.org or by calling (212) 875-5656, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.,  Monday through Saturday, and 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets may also be  purchased at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office or the Alice Tully Hall Box Office at  Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th Street. The Box Office opens at 10:00 a.m. Monday  through Saturday, and at noon on Sunday. On performance evenings, the Box Office  closes one-half hour after performance time; other evenings it closes at 6:00 p.m. A  limited number of $12.50 tickets for select concerts may be available through the Internet  for students within 10 days of the performance, or in person the day of. Valid  identification is required. To determine ticket availability, call the Philharmonic‘s  Customer Relations Department at (212) 875-5656. [Ticket prices subject to change.] For press tickets, call Lanore Carr in the New York Philharmonic Communications  Department at (212) 875-5714, or e-mail her at carrl@nyphil.org.

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