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Salonen leads Yuja Wang, L.A. Phil through Russian turmoil
Salonen leads Yuja Wang, L.A. Phil through Russian turmoil

There have been changes at the Hollywood Bowl since Esa-Pekka Salonen's last appearance at the amphitheater six years ago as the Los Angeles Philharmonic music director. That meant Thursday night the now L.A. Phil conductor laureate met for the first time the flashy high-definition video screens, sound system and new furnishings, to say nothing of the flashy Yuja Wang. The Chinese pianist has become a Bowl sensation ever since her debut in the amphitheater three years ago in a small orange dress. Taking into account Wang's penchant for Russian piano music, Salonen put together a clever and illuminating echt-Esa-Pekka program of the first two symphonies and piano concertos by...

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