The 1995-96 season of the Los Angeles Philharmonic will include a joint concert with the Israel Philharmonic, April 29, 1996, marking Zubin Mehta's 60th birthday, the event to be conducted by both Mehta and Daniel Barenboim, with violin soloists Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman. The announcement was made at a press conference Tuesday at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center.
The season will offer the orchestra in 29 weeks of programs--its longest winter concert season to date, a two week increase over this season. Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen will conduct 12 weeks--one more than he is conducting in the current season--not counting his, and the orchestra's, participation in the Music Center Opera's production of "Pelleas et Melisande."
The new season, the orchestra's 77th consecutive concert season and its 32nd in residence in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, begins Oct. 5, when Salonen conducts a program offering the world premiere of Steven Stucky's "Ancora," along with Beethoven's Violin Concerto (Anne-Sophie Mutter, soloist) and Carl Nielsen's Third Symphony. Stucky remains the orchestra's new-music adviser. The season ends May 26, 1996, at the third and final performance of a second week's program conducted by Pierre Boulez.
During the season, Salonen will also conduct symphonies by Bruckner (No. 4), Mozart (No. 40), Mahler (No. 4), Sibelius (No. 7) and Messiaen's "Turangalila" Symphony.
Among new works to be added to the orchestra's repertory will be Gerard Grisey's "L'Icone Paradoxale" and Carlos Rodriguez's "Fabulas" (both in their world premieres), Harrison Birtwistle's "Antiphonies" (U.S. premiere) and Christopher Rouse's Violin Concerto (West Coast premiere).
Guest conductors for the season include Mehta, Boulez (two weeks), Franz Welser-Most (two weeks), Michael Gielen, Antonio Pappano, Mikhail Pletnev, Herbert Blomstedt, Marek Jankowski, Roger Norrington, Christian Thielemann and Yuri Temirkanov. Grant Gershon, whose promotion from conducting assistant to assistant conductor was also announced Tuesday, will lead a 20th-Century program of music featuring saxophonist Branford Marsalis.
Other soloists on the roster include pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Yefim Bronfman, Richard Goode, Lars Vogt, Alexander Toradze and Radu Lupu; violinists Midori, Joshua Bell, Cho-Liang Lin and Vadim Repin, violist Yuri Bashmet and cellists Lynn Harrell and Stephen Isserlis.
The orchestra's Celebrity Recital series will offer appearances by mezzo-soprano Maria Ewing, pianists Jeffrey Kahane, Emanuel Ax, Alfred Brendel (completing his Beethoven cycle) and Katia and Marielle Labeque and violinists Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern and Maxim Vengerov. Pianist Martha Argerich will play a joint recital with violinist Gidon Kremer on the series.
Also announced Tuesday is a one-time donation by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., of $150,000 to sponsor the five-concert Symphonies for Youth series at the Pavilion. The announcement was make by Shinji Sakai, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.
* For information or a brochure detailing the Philharmonic's 1995-96 season, call (213) 850-2000.