LA Phil Explores Music and Humor at Hollywood Bowl with Igudesman & Joo, 9/6

The witty and wry Bramwell Tovey leads the Los Angeles Philhamonic in an evening of music and humor featuring madcap virtuosi violinist and pianist Igudesman & Joo at the Hollywood Bowl, Thursday, September 6, at 8 pm. The international sensations perform excerpts from their hit show BIG Nightmare Music. Also on the program are pianists Inon Barnatan and Benjamin Hochman making their Bowl debuts in a performance of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, narrated by Tovey. Also on the program is Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel.

A musician of striking versatility, Grammy award-winning conductor Bramwell Tovey is acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and his warm, charismatic personality on the podium. Tovey’s career as a conductor is uniquely enhanced by his work as a composer and pianist, lending him a remarkable musical perspective. His tenures as music director with the Vancouver Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras have been characterized by his expertise in operatic, choral, British and contemporary repertoire.

Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo are two classical musicians who have taken the world by storm with their unique and hilarious theatrical shows, which combine comedy with classical music and popular culture. Their clips on YouTube, to date, have gathered over 31 million hits, and the duo has appeared on television in numerous countries. Equally comfortable performing in classical concert halls, as well as in stadiums in front of crowds of 18,000, their collective dream is to make classical music accessible to a wider and younger audience.

Pianist Inon Barnatan has rapidly gained international recognition for engaging and communicative performances that pair insightful interpretation with impeccable technique. Described by London’s Evening Standard as “a true poet of the keyboard,” Barnatan performs a diverse range of repertoire, encompassing both classical and contemporary composers, with the variety of the pieces he performs reflected in his being equally valued as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician.<

Winner of 2011's prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Benjamin Hochman has been described by The New York Times as a “gifted, fast-rising artist.” His eloquent and virtuosic performances have earned him critical acclaim and his rare combination of bravura and poetry has excited audiences and critics alike. His engagements have brought him to major cities as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator with celebrated conductors and colleagues. A passionate interpreter of diverse composers from Bach and Mozart to Berg and Kurtag, with a penchant for juxtaposing familiar works with the unfamiliar, Hochman has proven to be adept in expressing the essential heart of each composer.

Program to include:

STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel

SAINT-SAËNS Carnival of the Animals

Presenting Igudesman & Joo in BIG Nightmare Music (selections to be announced from the stage)

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LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC with BRAMWELL TOVEY, conductor, IGUDESMAN & JOO, violin and piano, INON BARNATAN, BENJAMIN HOCHMAN, pianos, will play Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 8 PM at the HOLLYWOOD BOWL, 2301 N Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, Calif.

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