Dudamel, Salonen to appear in Philharmonic Society’s new season


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The current and former music directors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic will be among the prominent classical personalities to appear in the next season of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Gustavo Dudamel will lead the L.A. Philharmonic for one concert, while Esa-Pekka Salonen will separately conduct London’s Philharmonia Orchestra.

Other notable names of the 2012-13 season include Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman. The season will continue the Philharmonic Society’s ongoing focus on the works of Beethoven. Concerts will take place at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Recitals will take place at different venues around Orange County, including for the first time the new Soka Performing Arts Center in Aliso Viejo.


Salonen will open the season with a Nov. 14 concert with the Philharmonia Orchestra performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 and Berlioz’s ‘Symphonie Fantastique.’ It will be Salonen’s first appearance in Orange County since stepping down as music director of the L.A. Philharmonic in 2009.

The Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, along with the Monteverdi Choir, will perform two concerts (Nov. 19 and 20) conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. The concerts will feature performances of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Symphony No. 9.

The BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Boston Pops maestro Keith Lockhart, will perform a concert (Feb. 12, 2013) of 20th century British classical music including Britten’s ‘Four Sea Interludes’ from ‘Peter Grimes’ as well as Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Variations and Cello Concerto. David Robertson will lead the St. Louis Symphony (Mach 18, 2013) in a concert of Richard Strauss’ tone poems, ‘Don Juan’ and ‘Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks,’ followed by Rouse’s Flute Concerto and Hindemith’s ‘Mathis der Maler’ symphony.

Dudamel will lead the L.A. Philharmonic in a concert (May 24, 2013) of pieces by Mozart, Mendelssohn and more.

Recitals in the 2012-13 season will include the Parker Quintet (Oct. 20) at the Irvine Barclay Theatre; pianist Louis Lortie (Jan. 26) at the Soka Performing Arts Center; Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott (Feb. 2, 2013) at Soka; Perlman (Feb. 10, 2013) at Segerstrom; violinist Ray Chen and pianist Julio Elizalde (April 6, 2013) at the Barclay; and the St. Lawrence String Quartet (April 21, 2013) at the Barclay.


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-- David Ng