Five-Spot: What caught my eye on July 21, 2011

By Robert D. Thomas

Music Critic

Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Whittier Daily



There are many significant classical music events happening
this weekend throughout the Southland.



Tonight at 8 p.m.
at Hollywood Bowl

Los Angeles
Philharmonic; Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

Dudamel concludes his two-week stint at the Bowl with an
unusual program: music by Johann Strauss, Jr. bookending works by Enescu, Liszt
and Bruch. Pinchas Zukerman is the soloist in Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1.
The program has changed from what was originally announced, with Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 and Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 replacing dances
by Richard and Johann Strauss.



Saturday at 7:30
p.m. on The Lawn Adjacent to the Rose Bowl

Pasadena Pops
Orchestra; Marvin Hamlisch, conductor

Hamlisch begins his tenure with a program entitled,
appropriately enough, “Marvin Does Marvin,” which will feature music from his
award-winning scores. The 67-year-old Hamlisch is one of just 12 people to have
won Oscars (three of them, in fact), Emmys (four), Grammys (four) and a Tony
Award and is one of just two to have swept those four categories plus earned a
Pulitzer Prize (the other is Richard Rodgers). Click HERE for my column in last
Sunday’s papers.



Saturday at 7:30
p.m. at Los Angeles County Arboretum

Sunday at 2 p.m. at
Walt Disney Concert Hall

Philharmonic; Victor Vener, conductor

Using the theme “Dancing Under the Stars,” Vener mixes music
from West Side Story and dances from
Glenn Miller and Queen with Ravel’s Bolero
and Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No. 2.



Saturday and Sunday
at 7:30 p.m. at The Huntington Library

Southwest Chamber

The Pasadena-based ensemble continues its survey of Mozart’s
Quintets with the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, K. 518, and String Quintet
No. 3, K. 516. Music by Lei Liang and Yu Nhat Tan complete the bill.



Tuesday at 8 p.m.
at Hollywood Bowl

Los Angeles
Philharmonic; Vasily Peterenko, conductor

The 35-year-old Russian conductor leads the Phil in Dvorak’s
Carnival Overture and Sibelius’
Symphony No. 2. Alexander Gavrylyuk, a 27-year-old Ukranian pianist who won the
3rd Horowitz competition at the age of 16, returns to the Bowl to
solo in a Horowitz specialty: Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.




(c) Copyright 2011, Robert D. Thomas. All rights reserved.
Portions may be quoted with attribution.



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