Ludovic Morlot Leads LA Phil and Emanuel Ax in Mozart and Beethoven, 1/24-26
Ludovic Morlot, music director of the Seattle Symphony, returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall on Thursday, January 24, at 8:00PM, Friday, January 25, at 11:00AM and Saturday, January 26, at 8:00 PM to conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Beethoven's 5th Symphony. The program also features pianist Emanuel Ax performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25, K. 503.
French conductor Ludovic Morlot trained as a violinist, and studied conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London and then at the Royal College of Music as a recipient of the Norman Del Mar Conducting Fellowship. He was named Music Director of the Seattle Symphony in 2011 energizing the orchestra with his charisma and innovative programming. 2012-13 marks Morlot's first full season as Chief Conductor of La Monnaie in Brussels, one of Europe's most prominent opera houses. Highlights of the 2012-13 season include his debut at the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan and return engagements with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. Morlot also appears regularly with the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony, and has recently conducted the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among others.
Born in Lvov, Poland, Emanuel Ax first captured public attention in 1974 when he won the inaugural Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv. Currently, as Artist in Residence with the New York Philharmonic for the 2012/13 season, he will appear in multiple weeks at Lincoln Center with repertoire ranging from Bach to Christopher Rouse in addition to a spring tour with the orchestra to Europe. He will return to the orchestras in Los Angeles, St. Louis, Atlanta, Detroit, Washington, and Pittsburgh where he is a beloved regular. Ax has received Grammy awards for the second and third volumes of his cycle of Haydn's piano sonatas. He has also made a series of Grammy-winning recordings with cellist Yo-Yo Ma of the Beethoven and Brahms sonatas for cello and piano. Ax also contributed to an International Emmy award-winning BBC documentary commemorating the Holocaust that aired on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
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The concerts are preceded by Upbeat Live discussions, free to all ticket-holders. The Thursday and Saturday discussions are held in Walt Disney Concert Hall's BP Hall one hour prior to each performance. Friday morning's event takes place onstage in Walt Disney Concert Hall beginning at 9:45. Alan Chapman, KUSC-FM radio host, composer-lyricist and pianist, hosts.
WHO: Los Angeles Philharmonic
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano
WHEN: Thursday, January 24, 2013, at 8:00 PM
Friday, January 25, 2013, at 11:00 AM
Saturday, January 26, 2013, at 8:00 PM
WHERE: Walt Disney CONCERT HALL
111 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
PROGRAM: DUTILLEUX Shadows of Time
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 25, K. 503
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5
TICKETS: Tickets are now on sale at LAPhil.com, the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000, or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. Tickets can also be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets. For more information, please call 323.850.2000.