NEWS: Cat lives

By Robert D. Thomas

Music Critic

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

 

Two Los Angeles Philharmonic performances appear to have
more lives than the proverbial feline.

 

A video of the Phil’s performance of George Gershwin’s An American in Paris from last October’s
gala concert is now available for free on iTunes through March 26. This piece
is from the concert that was telecast into movie theaters last Sunday; a
truncated version of the program was shown on PBS stations late last year.
Gustavo Dudamel conducted the orchestra.

 

Meanwhile, the “LA Phil Live” performance of Mahler’s
Symphony No. 8, which was telecast on Feb. 18 into U.S., Canadian and South
American movie theaters, is crossing the Atlantic. It will be shown in six UK
theaters beginning April 16.

 

Speaking of the Phil, Esa-Pekka Salonen, the orchestra’s
former music director, will be one of 8,000 runners to carry the Olympic torch
en route to London for this summer’s Olympic Games. Salonen, who is now
principal conductor and artistic advisor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra
(and the Phil’s music director laureate), will make his one-mile run on July
26, the penultamate day before the Games begin. (MORE)

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