By Robert D. Thomas
Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Whittier Daily News
This article was first published today in the above papers.
The last two Southern California major summer music festivals — Hollywood Bowl and Southwest Chamber Music — open this week.
Actually, the Bowl has been up and running with its pops-oriented programming for a few weeks but its 10-week classical music season begins with Leonard Slatkin returning “home” to lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic Tuesday and Thursday.
Tuesday’s program will conclude with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, an almost perennial Bowl piece, but this year the performance will feature a twist as the music for the Finale (Ode to Joy) section will be accompanied by video imagery created by Herman Kolgen. The project is a co-commission of the Phil and the Getty Museum and was created in honor of Gustav Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze. July 14 is Klimt’s 150th birthday and the Getty has an exhibit of the Austrian painter running through Sept. 3.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale and four soloists will join the Philharmonic in the finale Tuesday night. The first half of the program will feature works by three contemporary women composers: Anna Clyne’s Rewind, Anne LeBaron’s American Icons, and Cindy McTee’s Tempus Fugit.
On Thursday, violinist Daniel Hope will make his Bowl debut as soloist in Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2. The program will conclude with Saint-Saens’ Symphony No. 3 (Organ).
Slatkin, now 67, might be considered a “Bowl baby.” His father, Felix, played and conducted at the Bowl in the 1950s and his mother, cellist Eleanor Aller, played with Felix in the Hollywood String Quartet. Leonard has conducted the Phil for decades. In 2004, he was named principal guest conductor at the Bowl and served for three years.
The Bowl programs on July 15 and 17 are duplicates. Ludovic Morlot, music director of the Seattle Symphony, will conduct with violinist Joshua Bell and double bass player Edgar Meyer as soloist. The program will include the West Coast premiere of Meyer’s Double Concerto for Violin and Double Bass and Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto.
Information: 323/850-2000; www.laphil.com
• Southwest Chamber Music returns to the Huntington Library on Saturday and next Sunday for the first of four programs that will pay tribute to chef Julia Child, who was born in Pasadena on Aug. 15, 1912. Concert attendees can buy dinners in The Huntington Tea Room that are being created by Huntington Executive Chef Jon Dubrick and inspired by Child.
The weekend’s musical selections will have a French flair: Debussy’s Danse sacrée et profane and String Quartet, Jolivet’s Chant du Linos, and Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro.
Information: 800-726-7147; www.swmusic.org
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