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Upbeat Live is an informative and engaging way to learn about the music before your concert. Renowned musicologists will take you through music theory, guided listening and the program's historical and cultural context. Plus, you'll hear interviews with guest artists and members of the LA Phil and participate in Q & A!

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Upbeat Live is an informative and engaging way to learn about the music before your concert. Renowned musicologists will take you through music theory, guided listening and the program's historical and cultural context. Plus, you'll hear interviews with guest artists and members of the LA Phil and participate in Q & A!

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Just what I was looking for, I hope there will be more! :)

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Just what I was looking for, I hope there will be more! :)

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LA Phil Podcasts (Inside the Music, Upbeat Live, and more!)

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Upbeat Live is an informative and engaging way to learn about the music before your concert. Renowned musicologists will take you through music theory, guided listening and the program's historical and cultural context. Plus, you'll hear interviews with guest artists and members of the LA Phil and participate in Q & A!

Phantom of the Opera

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Guest Artist Clark Wilson will join the Upbeat Live program for the first 15 minutes.

Nov 01 2017

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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Oct 23 2017

27mins

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Mariinsky Orchestra

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Nov 02 2017

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Mirga Conducts Mahler

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Oct 20 2017

31mins

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Guest Artist Susanna Mälkki will join the Upbeat Live program for the first 15 minutes.

Nov 03 2017

34mins

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LA Phil MUSIC 101

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Oct 27 2017

36mins

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CDMX: New Music from Mexico (Contemporary Mexico)

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Oct 18 2017

39mins

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Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

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Oct 31 2017

38mins

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Dutoit Conducts Ravel

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Nov 10 2017

44mins

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Upbeat Live - April 17, 2017: Árni Heimir Ingólfsson re: Reykjavík Festival: Jóhann Jóhannsson

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Concert: Reykjavík Festival: Jóhann Jóhannsson Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Árni Heimir Ingólfsson is Iceland’s leading musicologist and a renowned pianist, choral conductor, and music educator. Born in Reykjavík, he majored in piano performance and music history at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and received his PhD in musicology from Harvard University. He is currently Associate/Visiting Professor of Musicology at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, as well as being Artistic Advisor for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Ingólfsson has devoted much of his career to researching Icelandic music history. He has published widely in Icelandic and English, including an article published by Harvard University Press in the 2013 volume City, Chant, and the Topography of Early Music. His biography of the Icelandic composer Jón Leifs was nominated for the Icelandic Book Award and an English version will be published in 2018 by Indiana University Press. His most recent book, published in 2016, is the first comprehensive history of classical music to be written in the Icelandic language. Ingólfsson has given lectures at conferences in Europe and the United States, been Visiting Erasmus Lecturer at the Vienna Conservatory of Music, and has held visiting fellowships in musicology at Oxford University, Boston University, and Harvard. As a musician, Ingólfsson is primarily active as a collaborative pianist and choral conductor. He is the founder and artistic director of the Carmina Chamber Choir, which has appeared in various concerts in Iceland, England, Germany, France, and Sweden, as well as at the Reykjavik Arts Festival. On the Icelandic label Smekkleysa, he has produced three CDs with music from medieval Icelandic manuscripts, two of which won the Icelandic Music Awards for Best Classical CD of the Year. One of these CDs, Melodia, was also Editor’s Choice in Gramophone. Ingólfsson has worked with a wide range of prominent musicians including composer Nico Muhly and singer-composer Björk, arranging several tracks for her 2011 Grammy-nominated album Biophilia.

May 11 2018

31mins

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Upbeat Live - April 20, 2017: Alan Chapman re: From the New World

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Concert: From the New World Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Alan Chapman is heard weekdays on Classical KUSC (91.5 FM). He also produces and hosts “Modern Times” on Saturday nights and “A Musical Offering,” a program of Baroque music Sunday mornings. He was a longtime Professor of Music at Occidental College and served as a Visiting Professor at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. In recent years he has been a member of the music theory faculty of the Colburn Conservatory. Well known as a pre-concert lecturer, he has been a regular speaker on the Upbeat Live series since its inception in 1984. He also works closely with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Pacific Symphony, and has been heard globally as programmer and host of the inflight classical channels on United and Delta Airlines. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he earned a Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University. His analytical work has appeared in The Journal of Music Theory, and he is a contributor to A New Orpheus: Essays on Kurt Weill (Yale University Press, 1986), winner of the 1987 Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing on music. Dr. Chapman is also active as a composer-lyricist and pianist. His songs, which have been performed and recorded by Andrea Marcovicci, Amanda McBroom, and many other artists throughout the United States and in England, have been honored by ASCAP, the Johnny Mercer Foundation, and the Manhattan Association of Cabarets. His children’s opera Les Moose: The Operatic Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, commissioned by Los Angeles Opera, was premiered in 15 public schools in 1997. Peter and Mr. Wolf, a work chronicling the tribulations of an eighth-grader in search of a science project, was commissioned by Chamber Music Palisades and premiered in 2008 with Chapman as narrator. He frequently appears with his wife, soprano Karen Benjamin, in evenings of his original songs as well as concerts dedicated to preserving the American Songbook. They have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, New York’s Town Hall, the Los Angeles Music Center, Pepperdine University, Ford Amphitheatre, Broad Stage, Dallas Museum of Art, and many other venues across the United States. Their CD, Que Será, Será: The Songs of Livingston and Evans, features the late Ray Evans telling the stories behind such beloved songs as “Mona Lisa” and “Silver Bells.”

May 11 2018

30mins

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Upbeat Live - April 28, 2017: Thomas Neenan re: The Best of Wagner’s Ring

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Concert: The Best of Wagner’s Ring Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Thomas Neenan is Lecturer in Music History and Music Theory at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena where he teaches a full range of courses devoted to history, theory, music appreciation, jazz history, opera, and special topics. Neenan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organ Performance from Cal-State Northridge and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Organ Performance Practices and Conducting from UCLA where he was named an Outstanding Graduate Student. He studied organ with David Britton and Thomas Harmon in the U.S. and Ernst-Ulrich von Kameke and Jean Langlais in Europe. As a recital organist, he has performed in the United States, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Japan and Switzerland. In 2004 he performed a solo recital on the newly restored 1746 Hilldebrandt “Bach Organ” in Naumburg, Germany. As a conductor, he has led a variety of instrumental and choral ensembles throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. He was a conducting fellow under Helmut Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival where he conducted baritone Thomas Quasthoff and the Festival Chorus in portions of Haydn’s “Creation” and he has led performances by the Choir of St. Matthew’s Parish (Pacific Palisades) in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Germany and throughout the British Isles. Neenan has contributed scholarly essays to a variety of professional journals on topics ranging from Gregorian chant to the organ music of Gyorgy Ligeti. He has received research grants to study and write on performance practices in the organ music of Dietrich Buxtehude, music and culture in the Dutch communities of colonial New York, and music in the monastic community of Taizé, France. In 2017 he retired after 36 years as Music Director at The Parish of St. Matthew (Episcopal), Pacific Palisades, and 33 years as Music Director and Conductor of The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s. He currently serves as President of St. Matthew’s Music Guild which presents a concert series by the chamber orchestra and guest artists and ensembles (MusicGuildOnline.org) and offers multi-faceted music outreach activities in area schools and retirement communities.

May 11 2018

39mins

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Upbeat Live - January 13, 2017: Eric Bromberger re: Mehta & Shankar

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Concert: Mehta & Shankar Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Eric Bromberger received his Ph.D. in American Literature from UCLA and taught literature and writing courses at Bates College (Lewiston, ME) and San Diego State University.  A violinist, he joined the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra in 1980 and began writing the orchestra’s program notes the following year.  Those notes drew the attention of presenters and performers, and soon he was able to quit his day job and devote himself to his first love, music.  He is presently program annotator for the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Washington Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, 92nd Street Y in New York City, San Francisco Performances, University of Chicago Presents, La Jolla Music Society, and others.  He wrote the liner notes for the Alexander String Quartet’s recent recordings of the quartet cycles of Mozart, Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Bartók.

May 11 2018

32mins

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Upbeat Live - January 19, 2017: Alan Chapman re: Gil Shaham Plays Prokofiev

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Concert: Gil Shaham Plays Prokofiev Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Alan Chapman is heard weekdays on Classical KUSC (91.5 FM). He also produces and hosts “Modern Times” on Saturday nights and “A Musical Offering,” a program of Baroque music Sunday mornings. He was a longtime Professor of Music at Occidental College and served as a Visiting Professor at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. In recent years he has been a member of the music theory faculty of the Colburn Conservatory. Well known as a pre-concert lecturer, he has been a regular speaker on the Upbeat Live series since its inception in 1984. He also works closely with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Pacific Symphony, and has been heard globally as programmer and host of the inflight classical channels on United and Delta Airlines. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he earned a Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University. His analytical work has appeared in The Journal of Music Theory, and he is a contributor to A New Orpheus: Essays on Kurt Weill (Yale University Press, 1986), winner of the 1987 Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing on music. Dr. Chapman is also active as a composer-lyricist and pianist. His songs, which have been performed and recorded by Andrea Marcovicci, Amanda McBroom, and many other artists throughout the United States and in England, have been honored by ASCAP, the Johnny Mercer Foundation, and the Manhattan Association of Cabarets. His children’s opera Les Moose: The Operatic Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, commissioned by Los Angeles Opera, was premiered in 15 public schools in 1997. Peter and Mr. Wolf, a work chronicling the tribulations of an eighth-grader in search of a science project, was commissioned by Chamber Music Palisades and premiered in 2008 with Chapman as narrator. He frequently appears with his wife, soprano Karen Benjamin, in evenings of his original songs as well as concerts dedicated to preserving the American Songbook. They have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, New York’s Town Hall, the Los Angeles Music Center, Pepperdine University, Ford Amphitheatre, Broad Stage, Dallas Museum of Art, and many other venues across the United States. Their CD, Que Será, Será: The Songs of Livingston and Evans, features the late Ray Evans telling the stories behind such beloved songs as “Mona Lisa” and “Silver Bells.”

May 11 2018

37mins

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Upbeat Live - January 26, 2017: Russell Steinberg re: Dudamel & Emanuel Ax

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Concert: Dudamel & Emanuel Ax Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Composer, conductor, performer, and lecturer Russell Steinberg received a Ph.D. in Music from Harvard University, an M.M. from the New England Conservatory, and a B.A. from UCLA. He studied composition most notably with Leon Kirchner, Arthur Berger, Elaine Barkin, and Kenneth Klauss. His works range from solo to chamber to orchestra and have been performed worldwide. His orchestra tone poem Cosmic Dust, commissioned by a tri-consortium of orchestras—the New West Symphony, the Bay Atlantic Symphony, and the Hopkins Symphony—was featured in a Science News Magazine article on the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary and has had a dozen performances worldwide. The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony recently premiered Canopy of Peace with mezzo soprano Diana Tash, based on meditations by noted scholar and philosopher Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis. Available recordings of Steinberg’s music include Sacred Transitions: A Song Cycle Based On Meditations by Harold M. Schulweis (sung by mezzo soprano Diana Tash), Stories From My Favorite Planet: A Musical Tribute to Journalist Daniel Pearl (performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Mitchell Newman) produced by the Daniel Pearl Foundation (available at www.danielpearl.org), Flute Sonata recorded by Michelle Stanley and produced by Centaur Records, Desert Stars, a recording of Steinberg’s solo music for piano and classical guitar, and Fantasy for Flute and Piano on the album Ascend featuring flutist Elizabeth Erenberg. Steinberg is Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, a widely praised group that includes 120 students from over 60 schools in the LA area and performs at UCLA and the Colburn School. This past summer (2015) the orchestra traveled on its first international tour, collaborating with high school musicians from the Johann Sebastian Bach Music School in Vienna, and performing concerts in Vienna and Prague to full houses and enthusiastic acclaim. Steinberg is also a popular speaker for pre-concert events with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and annually offers a Winter Evening Lecture Series on a wide range of topics. This year’s series titled The Classical Guitar—An Intimate Mystery begins Wednesday evening January 13. For information about signing up for this series, or information about Steinberg’s current performances, recordings, and pre-concert lectures, please visit www.russellsteinberg.com.

May 11 2018

46mins

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Upbeat Live - January 5, 2017: Russell Steinberg re: Tchaikovsky & Sibelius

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Concert: Tchaikovsky & Sibelius Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Composer, conductor, performer, and lecturer Russell Steinberg received a Ph.D. in Music from Harvard University, an M.M. from the New England Conservatory, and a B.A. from UCLA. He studied composition most notably with Leon Kirchner, Arthur Berger, Elaine Barkin, and Kenneth Klauss. His works range from solo to chamber to orchestra and have been performed worldwide. His orchestra tone poem Cosmic Dust, commissioned by a tri-consortium of orchestras—the New West Symphony, the Bay Atlantic Symphony, and the Hopkins Symphony—was featured in a Science News Magazine article on the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary and has had a dozen performances worldwide. The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony recently premiered Canopy of Peace with mezzo soprano Diana Tash, based on meditations by noted scholar and philosopher Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis. Available recordings of Steinberg’s music include Sacred Transitions: A Song Cycle Based On Meditations by Harold M. Schulweis (sung by mezzo soprano Diana Tash), Stories From My Favorite Planet: A Musical Tribute to Journalist Daniel Pearl (performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Mitchell Newman) produced by the Daniel Pearl Foundation (available at www.danielpearl.org), Flute Sonata recorded by Michelle Stanley and produced by Centaur Records, Desert Stars, a recording of Steinberg’s solo music for piano and classical guitar, and Fantasy for Flute and Piano on the album Ascend featuring flutist Elizabeth Erenberg. Steinberg is Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, a widely praised group that includes 120 students from over 60 schools in the LA area and performs at UCLA and the Colburn School. This past summer (2015) the orchestra traveled on its first international tour, collaborating with high school musicians from the Johann Sebastian Bach Music School in Vienna, and performing concerts in Vienna and Prague to full houses and enthusiastic acclaim. Steinberg is also a popular speaker for pre-concert events with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and annually offers a Winter Evening Lecture Series on a wide range of topics. This year’s series titled The Classical Guitar—An Intimate Mystery begins Wednesday evening January 13. For information about signing up for this series, or information about Steinberg’s current performances, recordings, and pre-concert lectures, please visit www.russellsteinberg.com.

May 11 2018

37mins

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Upbeat Live - October 19, 2017: Eric Bromberger re: Mirga Conducts Mahler

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Concert: Mirga Conducts Mahler Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Eric Bromberger received his Ph.D. in American Literature from UCLA and taught literature and writing courses at Bates College (Lewiston, ME) and San Diego State University. A violinist, he joined the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra in 1980 and began writing the orchestra’s program notes the following year. Those notes drew the attention of presenters and performers, and soon he was able to quit his day job and devote himself to his first love, music. He is presently program annotator for the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Washington Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, 92nd Street Y in New York City, San Francisco Performances, University of Chicago Presents, La Jolla Music Society, and others. He wrote the liner notes for the Alexander String Quartet’s recent recordings of the quartet cycles of Mozart, Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Bartók.

May 11 2018

31mins

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Upbeat Live - September 29, 2017: Bruce Alan Brown - Mozart 1791: Final Piano Concerto | Upbeat Live

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Concert: Mozart 1791 - Final Piano Concerto Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive

May 11 2018

37mins

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Upbeat Live - April 14, 2017: Árni Heimir Ingólfsson re: Reykjavík Festival: Sigur Rós & LA Phil

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Concert: Reykjavík Festival: Sigur Rós & LA Phil Night 2 Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Árni Heimir Ingólfsson is Iceland’s leading musicologist and a renowned pianist, choral conductor, and music educator. Born in Reykjavík, he majored in piano performance and music history at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and received his PhD in musicology from Harvard University. He is currently Associate/Visiting Professor of Musicology at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, as well as being Artistic Advisor for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Ingólfsson has devoted much of his career to researching Icelandic music history. He has published widely in Icelandic and English, including an article published by Harvard University Press in the 2013 volume City, Chant, and the Topography of Early Music. His biography of the Icelandic composer Jón Leifs was nominated for the Icelandic Book Award and an English version will be published in 2018 by Indiana University Press. His most recent book, published in 2016, is the first comprehensive history of classical music to be written in the Icelandic language. Ingólfsson has given lectures at conferences in Europe and the United States, been Visiting Erasmus Lecturer at the Vienna Conservatory of Music, and has held visiting fellowships in musicology at Oxford University, Boston University, and Harvard. As a musician, Ingólfsson is primarily active as a collaborative pianist and choral conductor. He is the founder and artistic director of the Carmina Chamber Choir, which has appeared in various concerts in Iceland, England, Germany, France, and Sweden, as well as at the Reykjavik Arts Festival. On the Icelandic label Smekkleysa, he has produced three CDs with music from medieval Icelandic manuscripts, two of which won the Icelandic Music Awards for Best Classical CD of the Year. One of these CDs, Melodia, was also Editor’s Choice in Gramophone. Ingólfsson has worked with a wide range of prominent musicians including composer Nico Muhly and singer-composer Björk, arranging several tracks for her 2011 Grammy-nominated album Biophilia.

May 10 2018

52mins

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Upbeat Live - April 15, 2017: Árni Heimir Ingólfsson re: Reykjavík Festival: Sigur Rós & LA Phil

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Concert: Reykjavík Festival: Sigur Rós & LA Phil Night 3 Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Árni Heimir Ingólfsson is Iceland’s leading musicologist and a renowned pianist, choral conductor, and music educator. Born in Reykjavík, he majored in piano performance and music history at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and received his PhD in musicology from Harvard University. He is currently Associate/Visiting Professor of Musicology at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, as well as being Artistic Advisor for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Ingólfsson has devoted much of his career to researching Icelandic music history. He has published widely in Icelandic and English, including an article published by Harvard University Press in the 2013 volume City, Chant, and the Topography of Early Music. His biography of the Icelandic composer Jón Leifs was nominated for the Icelandic Book Award and an English version will be published in 2018 by Indiana University Press. His most recent book, published in 2016, is the first comprehensive history of classical music to be written in the Icelandic language. Ingólfsson has given lectures at conferences in Europe and the United States, been Visiting Erasmus Lecturer at the Vienna Conservatory of Music, and has held visiting fellowships in musicology at Oxford University, Boston University, and Harvard. As a musician, Ingólfsson is primarily active as a collaborative pianist and choral conductor. He is the founder and artistic director of the Carmina Chamber Choir, which has appeared in various concerts in Iceland, England, Germany, France, and Sweden, as well as at the Reykjavik Arts Festival. On the Icelandic label Smekkleysa, he has produced three CDs with music from medieval Icelandic manuscripts, two of which won the Icelandic Music Awards for Best Classical CD of the Year. One of these CDs, Melodia, was also Editor’s Choice in Gramophone. Ingólfsson has worked with a wide range of prominent musicians including composer Nico Muhly and singer-composer Björk, arranging several tracks for her 2011 Grammy-nominated album Biophilia.

May 10 2018

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Inside the Music - Buddha Passion

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Classical KUSC's Brian Lauritzen discusses Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon composer Tan Dun's stunning evening-length oratorio, Buddha Passion, based on stories inspired by the Dunhuang Cave paintings. Buddha Passion will have its U.S. premiere Feb 8 & 9, 2019, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Tix: http://bit.ly/TanDun-Buddha On Friday, February 8, your ticket gives you access to pre- and post-concert content! Join Brian Lauritzen for an Inside the Music pre-concert talk — and stick around after the performance for a post-show Q&A with Brian and the artists.

Feb 01 2019

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Inside the Music - Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”

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Classical KUSC's Brian Lauritzen discusses Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique,” in this first Inside the Music podcast from the LA Phil's 2018-19 season! Tchaikovsky concert tix: http://bit.ly/MTT-Tchaik6-SC Starting Friday, Nov 30, 2018, Michael Tilson Thomas and the LA Phil perform Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 — as well as the conductor's own Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind — at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Your ticket gives you access to pre- and post-concert content! Join Brian Lauritzen for an Inside the Music pre-concert talk — and stick around after the performance for a post-show Q&A with Brian and the artists.

Nov 26 2018

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Upbeat Live - October 6, 2018: Kristi Brown-Montesano

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Concert: LA Fest: Dudamel Kicks Off the 100th Season Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: http://laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Kristi Brown-Montesano, Chair of Music History at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, received her Ph.D. in musicology from UC Berkeley, with a specialization in 18th-century western European music. A trained vocalist, studying with Stephanie Friedman and Jeffrey Thomas, Brown-Montesano was a long-time member of the American Bach Soloists. Her book Understanding The Women of Mozart's Operas (Univ. of Calif. Press, 2007), offers a detailed study of the female characters in the Da Ponte operas (The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così fan tutte) and The Magic Flute, re-evaluating common critical tropes and assumptions about this fascinating roles. Brown-Montesano has presented and published essays on uses of classical concert music in film, trends in marketing opera, the Wagnerian influence on the films of Lars von Trier, and gender politics in contemporary classical-music culture. Current projects include unraveling the mystery of Arthur Conan Doyle’s choice of the violin for his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, collaborating on a book on music and American television, an evaluation of postwar pop-culture reception of J.S. Bach in the US, and a study on opera, education, and children. As a teacher and “public musicologist,” Brown-Montesano values every opportunity for connection and dialogue with students, teachers, musicians and audience members. In 2014, she was honored to participate in the UCLA Musicology Department’s Distinguished Lecture Series; in 2017, she was a panelist and presenter at the first “Women in Music Festival” at Mount Saint Mary’s University. An active speaker in the Los Angeles classical-music community, Brown Montesano collaborates with a number organizations in the Southern California area, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Salon de Musiques chamber series, Opera League of Los Angeles, Mason House Concerts, Performances a la Carte, and—beginning next year—La Jolla Music Society.

Nov 21 2018

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LA Phil Artist-Collaborator Yuval Sharon on Europeras 1 & 2

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LA Phil Artist-Collaborator Yuval Sharon discusses his production of Europeras 1 & 2 as part of our Fluxus Festival. See it for yourself Nov 6, 10 & 11, 2018, at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City. Tix and info: http://bit.ly/EuroperasSC “For two hundred years the Europeans have been sending us their operas. Now I’m sending them back.” That’s how John Cage described Europeras 1 & 2, and he wasn’t kidding. The LA Phil, The Industry and LA Phil Artist-Collaborator Yuval Sharon team up again for a wild new production of Cage’s radical revelation. Location: Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City (10202 W. Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232) Directions and Map: https://ucarecdn.com/2f800a94-2ff6-4cf6-aca1-32eb887a3051/ Parking address closest to gate: 4080 Overland Ave, Culver City, CA 90232) Visit http://fluxuslaphil.tumblr.com, where essays by prominent artists and scholars on aspects of the Fluxus movement and documentation of festival events will be posted throughout the LA Phil's 2018/19 season.

Oct 30 2018

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Inside the Music - Peter Sellars & Refik Anadol: A New Presentation of Schumann's Das Paradies

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KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen goes inside the multimedia aspect of "Das Paradies und die Peri" by Robert Schumann with media artist Refik Anadol and director Peter Sellars. "Das Paradies" will be performed June 1-3, 2018, at Walt Disney Concert Hall by the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Tix: http://bit.ly/2IZ6FsW Your ticket gives you access to pre- and post-concert content! Join Brian Lauritzen for an Inside the Music pre-concert talk — and stick around after the performance for a post-show Q&A with Brian and the artists.

May 21 2018

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Upbeat Live - April 11, 2017: Árni Heimir Ingólfsson re: Green Umbrella: Contemporary Iceland

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Concert: Green Umbrella: Contemporary Iceland Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Árni Heimir Ingólfsson is Iceland’s leading musicologist and a renowned pianist, choral conductor, and music educator. Born in Reykjavík, he majored in piano performance and music history at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and received his PhD in musicology from Harvard University. He is currently Associate/Visiting Professor of Musicology at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, as well as being Artistic Advisor for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Ingólfsson has devoted much of his career to researching Icelandic music history. He has published widely in Icelandic and English, including an article published by Harvard University Press in the 2013 volume City, Chant, and the Topography of Early Music. His biography of the Icelandic composer Jón Leifs was nominated for the Icelandic Book Award and an English version will be published in 2018 by Indiana University Press. His most recent book, published in 2016, is the first comprehensive history of classical music to be written in the Icelandic language. Ingólfsson has given lectures at conferences in Europe and the United States, been Visiting Erasmus Lecturer at the Vienna Conservatory of Music, and has held visiting fellowships in musicology at Oxford University, Boston University, and Harvard. As a musician, Ingólfsson is primarily active as a collaborative pianist and choral conductor. He is the founder and artistic director of the Carmina Chamber Choir, which has appeared in various concerts in Iceland, England, Germany, France, and Sweden, as well as at the Reykjavik Arts Festival. On the Icelandic label Smekkleysa, he has produced three CDs with music from medieval Icelandic manuscripts, two of which won the Icelandic Music Awards for Best Classical CD of the Year. One of these CDs, Melodia, was also Editor’s Choice in Gramophone. Ingólfsson has worked with a wide range of prominent musicians including composer Nico Muhly and singer-composer Björk, arranging several tracks for her 2011 Grammy-nominated album Biophilia.

May 11 2018

27mins

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Upbeat Live - January 5, 2017: Russell Steinberg re: Tchaikovsky & Sibelius

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Concert: Tchaikovsky & Sibelius Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Composer, conductor, performer, and lecturer Russell Steinberg received a Ph.D. in Music from Harvard University, an M.M. from the New England Conservatory, and a B.A. from UCLA. He studied composition most notably with Leon Kirchner, Arthur Berger, Elaine Barkin, and Kenneth Klauss. His works range from solo to chamber to orchestra and have been performed worldwide. His orchestra tone poem Cosmic Dust, commissioned by a tri-consortium of orchestras—the New West Symphony, the Bay Atlantic Symphony, and the Hopkins Symphony—was featured in a Science News Magazine article on the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary and has had a dozen performances worldwide. The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony recently premiered Canopy of Peace with mezzo soprano Diana Tash, based on meditations by noted scholar and philosopher Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis. Available recordings of Steinberg’s music include Sacred Transitions: A Song Cycle Based On Meditations by Harold M. Schulweis (sung by mezzo soprano Diana Tash), Stories From My Favorite Planet: A Musical Tribute to Journalist Daniel Pearl (performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Mitchell Newman) produced by the Daniel Pearl Foundation (available at www.danielpearl.org), Flute Sonata recorded by Michelle Stanley and produced by Centaur Records, Desert Stars, a recording of Steinberg’s solo music for piano and classical guitar, and Fantasy for Flute and Piano on the album Ascend featuring flutist Elizabeth Erenberg. Steinberg is Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, a widely praised group that includes 120 students from over 60 schools in the LA area and performs at UCLA and the Colburn School. This past summer (2015) the orchestra traveled on its first international tour, collaborating with high school musicians from the Johann Sebastian Bach Music School in Vienna, and performing concerts in Vienna and Prague to full houses and enthusiastic acclaim. Steinberg is also a popular speaker for pre-concert events with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and annually offers a Winter Evening Lecture Series on a wide range of topics. This year’s series titled The Classical Guitar—An Intimate Mystery begins Wednesday evening January 13. For information about signing up for this series, or information about Steinberg’s current performances, recordings, and pre-concert lectures, please visit www.russellsteinberg.com.

May 11 2018

37mins

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Upbeat Live - May 6, 2017: James Sobaskie re: Schubert Symphonies / Mahler Songs 3 & 4

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Concert: Schubert Symphonies / Mahler Songs 3 & 4 Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: James William Sobaskie earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Minnesota, as well as a doctorate at the University of Wisconsin. Today he is an associate professor at Mississippi State University, where he teaches music theory and composition. Dr. Sobaskie serves on the Editorial Board of Nineteenth-Century Music Review, a musicological journal published by Cambridge University Press, and he has been its Book Reviews Editor since 2008. His research focuses on Franz Schubert and Gabriel Fauré, and he has given presentations on their music in Belgium, Canada, England, France, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, and Scotland, as well as America. Dr. Sobaskie also is a member of the Comité Scientifique of Œuvres complètes de Gabriel Fauré, a thirty-volume collected works project being published in Germany by Bärenreiter with the support of the French government’s cultural agency Musica Gallica. His critical edition of Fauré’s last two compositions, the Trio pour violon, violoncelle et piano (1923) and the Quatuor pour cordes (1924), inaugurated the monument in 2010. His essay, “Contextual Processes in Schubert’s Late Sacred Music,” appears in the book Rethinking Schubert, edited by Lorraine Byrne Bodley and Julian Horton, which was published in 2016 by Oxford University Press. With Lorraine Byrne Bodley, he guest-edited the June 2016 issue of Nineteenth-Century Music Review devoted to Schubert, a sequel to the journal’s 2008 Schubert issue that he guest-edited with Susan Youens. At present Dr. Sobaskie is editing Drama in the Music of Franz Schubert, an anthology of invited essays whose contributors represent nine countries, which will be published by Boydell & Brewer. He also is completing a book, The Music of Gabriel Fauré: Style, Structure and the Art of Allusion, which will be published by Routledge. While similarities and connections between Franz Schubert (1797–1828) and Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924) may not seem immediately obvious – beyond their enormous and extraordinary legacies of vocal, piano, and chamber music – the early-Romantic Austrian composer and the late-Romantic/early Modern French composer actually have much in common. For instance, both have been overshadowed by prominent peers, the richness of their repertoires has been overlooked, and each master’s artistic influence has been underestimated. Such challenging circumstances cannot help but inspire the energetic advocacy that is shared by so many musicians, and so amply demonstrated by the Schubert Festival of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

May 11 2018

38mins

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Upbeat Live - April 6, 2017: Veronika Krausas re: Salonen & Sibelius

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Concert: Salonen & Sibelius Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Of Lithuanian heritage, composer Veronika Krausas was born in Australia raised in Canada, and lives in Los Angeles. She has directed, composed for, and produced multi-media events that incorporate her works with dance, acrobatics and video. The Globe & Mail (Toronto) writes “her works, whose organic, lyrical sense of storytelling are supported by a rigid formal elegance, give her audiences a sense that nature’s frozen objects are springing to life.” She was one of 6 composers involved in the acclaimed mobile opera Hopscotch. Alex Ross of the New Yorker called Hopscotch, “a remarkable experimental opera.” Her first opera, The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth, based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, was premiered at the New York City Opera’s VOX 2008 festival. A full production was mounted in Los Angeles in August 2010 to sold-out audiences. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times said of her chamber opera, “Something novel this way comes.” Her newest opera Ghost Opera, a dramma giocoso with libretto by André Alexis and The Old Trout Puppet Company, will première with Calgary Opera at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in May 2019. Commissions and performances include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Industry, New York City Opera, Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, Ensemble musikFabrik, Chicago Architecture Biennial (2016), Piano Spheres for Gloria Cheng, The Vancouver Symphony, ERGO Projects, Esprit Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, Jacaranda Music, Motion Music, and the Penderecki String Quartet. Krausas has music composition degrees from the University of Toronto, McGill University in Montreal, and a doctorate from the Thornton School of Music at USC in Los Angeles, where she is a faculty member in the Composition Department.  She serves on the advisory boards of Jacaranda Music and People Inside Electronics.

May 11 2018

38mins

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Upbeat Live - January 19, 2017: Alan Chapman re: Gil Shaham Plays Prokofiev

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Concert: Gil Shaham Plays Prokofiev Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Alan Chapman is heard weekdays on Classical KUSC (91.5 FM). He also produces and hosts “Modern Times” on Saturday nights and “A Musical Offering,” a program of Baroque music Sunday mornings. He was a longtime Professor of Music at Occidental College and served as a Visiting Professor at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. In recent years he has been a member of the music theory faculty of the Colburn Conservatory. Well known as a pre-concert lecturer, he has been a regular speaker on the Upbeat Live series since its inception in 1984. He also works closely with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Pacific Symphony, and has been heard globally as programmer and host of the inflight classical channels on United and Delta Airlines. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he earned a Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University. His analytical work has appeared in The Journal of Music Theory, and he is a contributor to A New Orpheus: Essays on Kurt Weill (Yale University Press, 1986), winner of the 1987 Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing on music. Dr. Chapman is also active as a composer-lyricist and pianist. His songs, which have been performed and recorded by Andrea Marcovicci, Amanda McBroom, and many other artists throughout the United States and in England, have been honored by ASCAP, the Johnny Mercer Foundation, and the Manhattan Association of Cabarets. His children’s opera Les Moose: The Operatic Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, commissioned by Los Angeles Opera, was premiered in 15 public schools in 1997. Peter and Mr. Wolf, a work chronicling the tribulations of an eighth-grader in search of a science project, was commissioned by Chamber Music Palisades and premiered in 2008 with Chapman as narrator. He frequently appears with his wife, soprano Karen Benjamin, in evenings of his original songs as well as concerts dedicated to preserving the American Songbook. They have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, New York’s Town Hall, the Los Angeles Music Center, Pepperdine University, Ford Amphitheatre, Broad Stage, Dallas Museum of Art, and many other venues across the United States. Their CD, Que Será, Será: The Songs of Livingston and Evans, features the late Ray Evans telling the stories behind such beloved songs as “Mona Lisa” and “Silver Bells.”

May 11 2018

37mins

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Upbeat Live - April 20, 2017: Alan Chapman re: From the New World

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Concert: From the New World Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Alan Chapman is heard weekdays on Classical KUSC (91.5 FM). He also produces and hosts “Modern Times” on Saturday nights and “A Musical Offering,” a program of Baroque music Sunday mornings. He was a longtime Professor of Music at Occidental College and served as a Visiting Professor at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. In recent years he has been a member of the music theory faculty of the Colburn Conservatory. Well known as a pre-concert lecturer, he has been a regular speaker on the Upbeat Live series since its inception in 1984. He also works closely with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Pacific Symphony, and has been heard globally as programmer and host of the inflight classical channels on United and Delta Airlines. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he earned a Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University. His analytical work has appeared in The Journal of Music Theory, and he is a contributor to A New Orpheus: Essays on Kurt Weill (Yale University Press, 1986), winner of the 1987 Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing on music. Dr. Chapman is also active as a composer-lyricist and pianist. His songs, which have been performed and recorded by Andrea Marcovicci, Amanda McBroom, and many other artists throughout the United States and in England, have been honored by ASCAP, the Johnny Mercer Foundation, and the Manhattan Association of Cabarets. His children’s opera Les Moose: The Operatic Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, commissioned by Los Angeles Opera, was premiered in 15 public schools in 1997. Peter and Mr. Wolf, a work chronicling the tribulations of an eighth-grader in search of a science project, was commissioned by Chamber Music Palisades and premiered in 2008 with Chapman as narrator. He frequently appears with his wife, soprano Karen Benjamin, in evenings of his original songs as well as concerts dedicated to preserving the American Songbook. They have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, New York’s Town Hall, the Los Angeles Music Center, Pepperdine University, Ford Amphitheatre, Broad Stage, Dallas Museum of Art, and many other venues across the United States. Their CD, Que Será, Será: The Songs of Livingston and Evans, features the late Ray Evans telling the stories behind such beloved songs as “Mona Lisa” and “Silver Bells.”

May 11 2018

30mins

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Upbeat Live - March 18, 2017: Russell Steinberg re: Thibaudet Plays "The Mysteries of Light"

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Concert: Thibaudet Plays "The Mysteries of Light" Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Composer, conductor, performer, and lecturer Russell Steinberg received a Ph.D. in Music from Harvard University, an M.M. from the New England Conservatory, and a B.A. from UCLA. He studied composition most notably with Leon Kirchner, Arthur Berger, Elaine Barkin, and Kenneth Klauss. His works range from solo to chamber to orchestra and have been performed worldwide. His orchestra tone poem Cosmic Dust, commissioned by a tri-consortium of orchestras—the New West Symphony, the Bay Atlantic Symphony, and the Hopkins Symphony—was featured in a Science News Magazine article on the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary and has had a dozen performances worldwide. The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony recently premiered Canopy of Peace with mezzo soprano Diana Tash, based on meditations by noted scholar and philosopher Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis. Available recordings of Steinberg’s music include Sacred Transitions: A Song Cycle Based On Meditations by Harold M. Schulweis (sung by mezzo soprano Diana Tash), Stories From My Favorite Planet: A Musical Tribute to Journalist Daniel Pearl (performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Mitchell Newman) produced by the Daniel Pearl Foundation (available at www.danielpearl.org), Flute Sonata recorded by Michelle Stanley and produced by Centaur Records, Desert Stars, a recording of Steinberg’s solo music for piano and classical guitar, and Fantasy for Flute and Piano on the album Ascend featuring flutist Elizabeth Erenberg. Steinberg is Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, a widely praised group that includes 120 students from over 60 schools in the LA area and performs at UCLA and the Colburn School. This past summer (2015) the orchestra traveled on its first international tour, collaborating with high school musicians from the Johann Sebastian Bach Music School in Vienna, and performing concerts in Vienna and Prague to full houses and enthusiastic acclaim. Steinberg is also a popular speaker for pre-concert events with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and annually offers a Winter Evening Lecture Series on a wide range of topics. This year’s series titled The Classical Guitar—An Intimate Mystery begins Wednesday evening January 13. For information about signing up for this series, or information about Steinberg’s current performances, recordings, and pre-concert lectures, please visit www.russellsteinberg.com.

May 11 2018

45mins

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Upbeat Live - April 2, 2017: Christoph Bull re: Organ Recital: Felix Hell

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Concert: Organ Recital: Felix Hell Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Born in Mannheim, Germany, Christoph Bull has performed and recorded around the world, including France, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Northern Ireland, Russia, India, Taiwan and El Salvador, at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and at venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Lincoln Center in New York City, Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, the Cathedrals of Moscow, Saint-Denis and Salzburg as well as rock clubs like The Viper Room, The Roxy and The Whisky in Los Angeles. He’s collaborated with leading orchestras, conductors, choirs and ensembles including the Los Angeles Master Chorale, James Conlon, Carl St.Clair, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony and Grammy-winning Southwest Chamber Music. He improvised his first melodies on the piano at the age of five and gave his first organ recitals and rock concerts with a band at the age of twelve. Following his graduation at Karl-Friedrich-Gymnasium Mannheim and organ studies at University of Church Music in Heidelberg and Musikhochschule Freiburg, he earned degrees at Berklee College of Music, University of Southern California and American Conservatory of Music on multiple scholarships. His organ teachers were Cherry Rhodes, Hermann Schäffer, Ludwig Dörr, Samuel Swartz, Christoph Schöner and Paul Jordan. He won prizes in numerous organ and composition competitions, including “Jugend musiziert”, Michael Masser Competition, Berklee College of Music Songwriting Competition and International Organ Competition Marcello Galanti. Christoph Bull is the creator of the genre-crossing, collaborative multi-media series organica, combining traditional and contemporary music. His collaborators include DJs, video artists, live painter, instrumentalists and singers. He has also contributed to projects by Steven Spielberg, Robin Williams, Harry Connick Jr., George Clinton and Bootsy Collins (Parliament Funkadelic), Cindy Lauper, Lili Haydn and Nishat Khan and opened the organ series at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa and Villa Aurora in the Pacific Palisades. He’s received several awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for creative and innovative concert programs and has released a number of CDs, including License To Chill, Old School, organica 2001, organica 2, and organica 3. His musical Treasure Island, a collaboration with lyricist Tim Mathews, was premiered in both the U.S. and Germany. His solo album First & Grand, the world premiere recording of the Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ, was celebrated by the international trade press and showcases the stylistic versatility and expressiveness of his playing. His original song “Peace” was featured on the benefit album 2 Unite All together with songs by Peter Gabriel, Stewart Copeland and others. His music has been broadcast on TV and radio, including on NPR’s flagship station in Southern California, KCRW, on Classical KUSC and the Minnesota Public Radio program “Pipedreams”. Christoph Bull is based in Los Angeles. In addition to his activities as a concert organist, composer, singer-songwriter, speaker, university organist and organ professor at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he is organist-in-residence at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, playing the largest church pipe organ in the world.

May 11 2018

44mins

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Upbeat Live - January 13, 2017: Eric Bromberger re: Mehta & Shankar

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Concert: Mehta & Shankar Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Eric Bromberger received his Ph.D. in American Literature from UCLA and taught literature and writing courses at Bates College (Lewiston, ME) and San Diego State University.  A violinist, he joined the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra in 1980 and began writing the orchestra’s program notes the following year.  Those notes drew the attention of presenters and performers, and soon he was able to quit his day job and devote himself to his first love, music.  He is presently program annotator for the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Washington Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, 92nd Street Y in New York City, San Francisco Performances, University of Chicago Presents, La Jolla Music Society, and others.  He wrote the liner notes for the Alexander String Quartet’s recent recordings of the quartet cycles of Mozart, Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Bartók.

May 11 2018

32mins

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Upbeat Live - May 20, 2017: Dr. Lorraine Byrne Bodley re: Schubert Symphonies / Mahler Songs 8 & 9

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Concert: Schubert Symphonies / Mahler Songs 8 & 9 Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Lorraine Byrne Bodley is Senior Lecturer in Musicology and Director of Research at Maynooth University. She holds a PhD in both Music and German from University College Dublin (2000). Dr Byrne Bodley is the first woman in Ireland to be conferred with a DMUS in Musicology, a higher doctorate on published work (NUI, 2012) and the second woman in Ireland to be awarded a DMUS (the first was Annie Patterson in 1889). Recent awards and fellowships include two DAAD Senior Academic Awards (2010 and 2014); a Gerda-Henkel Foundation Scholarship (2014); two Visiting Professorships at the University of Leipzig (2010) and at the Schubert-Archiv, University of Tübingen (2014). In 2015 she was elected President of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and Member of The Royal Irish Academy. Dr Byrne Bodley is known internationally for her work on Schubert, on Goethe and Music, and on German Song, on all of which she has published prolifically and lectured internationally (in German and in English) in Austria, Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Czech Republic, Russia, Tokyo, Canada, USA, UK and Ireland. She has chaired and organised seven international conferences including Schubert and Concepts of Late Style (2011) at Maynooth University, which opened up a world-wide discussion on the topic. That Dr Byrne Bodley has published 14 books in 14 years is rich confirmation of her ability to pursue vigorously a highly-focused interdisciplinary research program while being a committed and innovative teacher. She has published 3 monographs and edited 11 volumes (6 volumes of essays and 5 music scores for performance which have received world premieres). She has also written 40 book article and book chapters for essay collections with Princeton University Press, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and such scholarly journals as Music and Letters; Publications of the English Goethe Society; Schubert-Jahrbuch; Goethe-Yearbook; Oxford German Studies; German Quarterly; 19th Century Music Review; Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland. Her monographs include Schubert’s Goethe Settings (2003) and Goethe and Zelter: Musical Dialogues (Ashgate, 2009) which was named an Outstanding Academic Book of 2010 by Choice and has been widely acclaimed as an ‘excellent translation’ and ‘a major contribution’ to musicology and Goethean studies (Music and Letters, The Schubertian, Choice, Modern Language Review). Her most recent books are Schubert’s Late Music: History, Theory, Style (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and Rethinking Schubert (Oxford University Press, 2016), both co-edited with Julian Horton; a special Schubert edition of Nineteenth Century Music Review published by Cambridge University Press and co-edited with James William Sobaskie, and a volume of essays on Music in Goethe’s Faust: Goethe’s Faust in Music (Boydell and Brewer, 2017). She is currently writing a new biography of Schubert commissioned by Yale University Press.

May 11 2018

40mins

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Upbeat Live - April 13, 2017: Árni Heimir Ingólfsson re: Reykjavík Festival: Sigur Rós & LA Phil

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Concert: Reykjavík Festival: Sigur Rós & LA Phil Night 1 Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Árni Heimir Ingólfsson is Iceland’s leading musicologist and a renowned pianist, choral conductor, and music educator. Born in Reykjavík, he majored in piano performance and music history at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and received his PhD in musicology from Harvard University. He is currently Associate/Visiting Professor of Musicology at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, as well as being Artistic Advisor for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Ingólfsson has devoted much of his career to researching Icelandic music history. He has published widely in Icelandic and English, including an article published by Harvard University Press in the 2013 volume City, Chant, and the Topography of Early Music. His biography of the Icelandic composer Jón Leifs was nominated for the Icelandic Book Award and an English version will be published in 2018 by Indiana University Press. His most recent book, published in 2016, is the first comprehensive history of classical music to be written in the Icelandic language. Ingólfsson has given lectures at conferences in Europe and the United States, been Visiting Erasmus Lecturer at the Vienna Conservatory of Music, and has held visiting fellowships in musicology at Oxford University, Boston University, and Harvard. As a musician, Ingólfsson is primarily active as a collaborative pianist and choral conductor. He is the founder and artistic director of the Carmina Chamber Choir, which has appeared in various concerts in Iceland, England, Germany, France, and Sweden, as well as at the Reykjavik Arts Festival. On the Icelandic label Smekkleysa, he has produced three CDs with music from medieval Icelandic manuscripts, two of which won the Icelandic Music Awards for Best Classical CD of the Year. One of these CDs, Melodia, was also Editor’s Choice in Gramophone. Ingólfsson has worked with a wide range of prominent musicians including composer Nico Muhly and singer-composer Björk, arranging several tracks for her 2011 Grammy-nominated album Biophilia.

May 11 2018

50mins

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Upbeat Live - January 15, 2017: Eric Bromberger re: Mehta & Shankar

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Concert: Mehta & Shankar Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Eric Bromberger received his Ph.D. in American Literature from UCLA and taught literature and writing courses at Bates College (Lewiston, ME) and San Diego State University.  A violinist, he joined the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra in 1980 and began writing the orchestra’s program notes the following year.  Those notes drew the attention of presenters and performers, and soon he was able to quit his day job and devote himself to his first love, music.  He is presently program annotator for the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Washington Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, 92nd Street Y in New York City, San Francisco Performances, University of Chicago Presents, La Jolla Music Society, and others.  He wrote the liner notes for the Alexander String Quartet’s recent recordings of the quartet cycles of Mozart, Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Bartók.

May 11 2018

28mins

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Upbeat Live - March 10, 2017: Eric Bromberger re: Beethoven & Shostakovich

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Concert: Beethoven & Shostakovich Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Eric Bromberger received his Ph.D. in American Literature from UCLA and taught literature and writing courses at Bates College (Lewiston, ME) and San Diego State University.  A violinist, he joined the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra in 1980 and began writing the orchestra’s program notes the following year.  Those notes drew the attention of presenters and performers, and soon he was able to quit his day job and devote himself to his first love, music.  He is presently program annotator for the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Washington Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, 92nd Street Y in New York City, San Francisco Performances, University of Chicago Presents, La Jolla Music Society, and others.  He wrote the liner notes for the Alexander String Quartet’s recent recordings of the quartet cycles of Mozart, Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Bartók.

May 11 2018

31mins

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Upbeat Live - September 29, 2017: Bruce Alan Brown - Mozart 1791: Final Piano Concerto | Upbeat Live

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Concert: Mozart 1791 - Final Piano Concerto Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive

May 11 2018

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Upbeat Live - May 12, 2017: James Sobaskie re: Schubert Symphonies / Mahler Songs 3 & 4

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Concert: Schubert Symphonies / Mahler Songs 3 & 4 Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: James William Sobaskie earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Minnesota, as well as a doctorate at the University of Wisconsin.  Today he is an associate professor at Mississippi State University, where he teaches music theory and composition.  Dr. Sobaskie serves on the Editorial Board of Nineteenth-Century Music Review, a musicological journal published by Cambridge University Press, and he has been its Book Reviews Editor since 2008.  His research focuses on Franz Schubert and Gabriel Fauré, and he has given presentations on their music in Belgium, Canada, England, France, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, and Scotland, as well as America.  Dr. Sobaskie also is a member of the Comité Scientifique of Œuvres complètes de Gabriel Fauré, a thirty-volume collected works project being published in Germany by Bärenreiter with the support of the French government’s cultural agency Musica Gallica.  His critical edition of Fauré’s last two compositions, the Trio pour violon, violoncelle et piano (1923) and the Quatuor pour cordes (1924), inaugurated the monument in 2010.  His essay, “Contextual Processes in Schubert’s Late Sacred Music,” appears in the book Rethinking Schubert, edited by Lorraine Byrne Bodley and Julian Horton, which was published in 2016 by Oxford University Press.  With Lorraine Byrne Bodley, he guest-edited the June 2016 issue of Nineteenth-Century Music Review devoted to Schubert, a sequel to the journal’s 2008 Schubert issue that he guest-edited with Susan Youens.  At present Dr. Sobaskie is editing Drama in the Music of Franz Schubert, an anthology of invited essays whose contributors represent nine countries, which will be published by Boydell & Brewer.  He also is completing a book, The Music of Gabriel Fauré: Style, Structure and the Art of Allusion, which will be published by Routledge.  While similarities and connections between Franz Schubert (1797–1828) and Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924) may not seem immediately obvious – beyond their enormous and extraordinary legacies of vocal, piano, and chamber music – the early-Romantic Austrian composer and the late-Romantic/early Modern French composer actually have much in common.  For instance, both have been overshadowed by prominent peers, the richness of their repertoires has been overlooked, and each master’s artistic influence has been underestimated.  Such challenging circumstances cannot help but inspire the energetic advocacy that is shared by so many musicians, and so amply demonstrated by the Schubert Festival of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

May 11 2018

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