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UCLA Live Announces Prestigious Slate for 2007–08 Classical Music Series

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Aspart of its 2007–08 season, UCLA live presents a fresh slate of bold andprestigious classical concerts that bring a cross section of the world's finestmusicians to the acoustically exceptional Royce Hall.

Performancesinclude the U.S. debut of Russia'spremier male a cappella choir,three renowned chamber and early music ensembles, an internationally hailedAmerican symphony, a Grammy-winning solo percussionist and the return ofsuperstars of the cello and voice in intimate recitals.

Theseason's international highlights include the Los Angeleskick-off of the Russian Patriarchate Choir's first-ever U.S.tour. Under the direction of AnatolyGrindenko, the group's deep, visceral sound has led to a renaissance forthe sacred vocal music of Russia'sOrthodox Church. Also, the Akademie fr Alte Musik Berlinensemble, which emerged fromcommunist East Germany tobecome one of Europe's greatest musicalsuccess stories, returns to Royce Hall following their critically acclaimed2005 performance.

Aprime venue for the exacting sound of solo artists, small ensembles andorchestras, Royce Hall will host the dramatic soprano Deborah Voigt forthe first time and will welcome back superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma with Britishpianist Kathryn Stott. In addition, deaf Grammy-winning Scottish solopercussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie, and powerful soprano Jessye Norman,a 2006 Grammy Awards' Lifetime Achievement recipient, will perform in intimateconcerts.

PianistMurray Perahia will conduct andaccompany Britain'sesteemed Academy of St. Martin in the Fields chamber ensemble, and Jeffrey Kahane will lead a farewell tothe Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's stellar Mozart Festival. In anot-to-be-missed evening, the acclaimed Seattle Symphony, in its Royce Hall debut under thebaton of renowned music director GerardSchwarz, will be joined by fiery violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg.

Allperformances begin at 8 p.m. at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus. Series andchoose-your-own subscription packages consist of multiple events sold at adiscount, when applicable, and are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale July23 (July 16 for current subscribers and donors).

Ticketsmay be purchased online at www.uclalive.org,by phone at (310) 825-2101,in person at the UCLA Central Ticket Office at the southwest corner of the James West Alumni Centerand at all Ticketmaster outlets.

UCLA Live is an internationallyacclaimed producer and presenter of music, dance, theater and spoken word,bringing hundreds of outstanding and provocative artists to Los Angeles each year.

UCLA Live's 2007–08Orchestral, Choral, Chamber and Recital Concerts:

 

8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22

RussianPatriarchate Choir — U.S. TOUR DEBUT

Anatoly Grindenko, director

Royce Hall

Sincethe fall of the Soviet Union, the rich, sacredvocal music of the Russian Orthodox Church has experienced an astoundingrenaissance, led in part by Anatoly Grindenko and his Russian PatriarchateChoir, with its expressive and visceral sound. In its highly anticipated RoyceHall debut, this 13-member, all-male acappella choir will perform works ranging from medieval chants andRussian folk songs to church music from the 16th to 19th centuries.

8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17

Yo-YoMa with Kathryn Stott

Royce Hall

Withboundless inquisitiveness, energy and panache, superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma hasnavigated musical territories from Bach's graceful cello suites andAppalachia's Celtic fiddle traditions to the lusty Argentine tango and theintoxicating sounds of the Silk Road. Mareturns to UCLA Live in a recital with longtime friend and collaborator,renowned British pianist Kathryn Stott, best known for her extraordinarycontributions to Ma's Grammy-winning CD "Soul of the Tango" and its successor,"Obrigado Brazil." The program will include:

Schubert — Arpeggione in Aminor, D. 821

Shostakovich — Sonata in D minor,Op. 40

Piazzolla — "Le Grand Tango"

Gismonti — "Bodas de Prata &Quatro Cantos"

Franck — Sonata in A major forViolin and Piano

8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6

DameEvelyn Glennie

Royce Hall

Knownfor her dazzling showmanship and musical adventurousness, Scotland-bornGrammy-winning solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie returns to UCLA Live forthe first time in 10 years. Despite her profound deafness, Glennie has becomeone of today's most innovative musicians, constantly redefining percussion andexpanding the repertoire with more than 140 commissions. In addition to workingwith major classical orchestras, she has performed with Kodo, Bela Fleck, Bjrk,Bobby McFerrin, Sting, Emanuel Ax and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008

DeborahVoigt — "An American Songbook"

Royce Hall

Widelyregarded as the preeminent dramatic soprano of her generation, the mightyDeborah Voigt is one of today's most sought-after singers, dazzling audienceswith the raw power and lustrous sheen of her extraordinary voice. Named MusicalAmerica's 2003 vocalist of the year, Voigt is one of the world's reigninginterpreters of Strauss and Wagner and has garnered wild acclaim for herperformances of Italian repertoire and Broadway classics. Voigt comes to RoyceHall in a crowd-pleasing program of Broadway tunes and popular standards.

7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra'sMozart Festival — "Mozart Farewell"

Jeffrey Kahane, conductor and pianist

Royce Hall

Experiencethe final chapter of LACO's Mozart Festival, a journey through all 23 ofMozart's original piano concertos in celebration of the great composer's 250thbirthday. This special farewell concert is conducted and performed by JeffreyKahane from the keyboard as Mozart intended. The program will include thefollowing concertos:

No. 14 in E-flat major

No. 8 in C major

No. 20 in D minor

No. 27 in B-flat major

 

8 p.m., Saturday, March 29, 2008

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields

Murray Perahia, conductor and pianist

Royce Hall

MurrayPerahia leads one of Britain'smost esteemed chamber ensembles in a beguiling program featuring two ofMendelssohn's most beloved works. The Academy of St. Martinin the Fields is renowned for its brilliant recordings, especially thosewith Sir Neville Marriner, including the award-winning soundtrack for"Amadeus," and Bach keyboard concertos with Perahia. As principal guestconductor and piano soloist, Perahia first led the ensemble on an acclaimed U.S. tour in2003. The program will include:

Mendelssohn — Overture to Hebrides,Op. 26 ("Fingal's Cave")

Mozart — Piano Concerto No. 24in C minor, K.491

Britten — Prelude and Fugues

Mendelssohn — Symphony No. 4 in Amajor, Op. 90 ("Italian")

8 p.m., Friday, April 11

Akademiefr Alte Musik Berlin

Royce Hall

Itbegan as a courageous display of musical sovereignty against the East Germansocialist regime, and now, 20 years later, the Akademie fr Alte Musik Berlinis recognized as one of Europe's, if not the world's, greatest musical successstories. Described by Early Music Americaas "the best period orchestra in the world," the ensemble was brought to thelimelight after the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990 and has sincereceived the Cannes Festival Award, the French Diapason


d'Or,the Dutch Edison Award, the British Gramophone Award, the Telemann Prize and a2002 Grammy nomination. The Akademie returns to Royce Hall following acritically acclaimed 2005 performance. The program, supported by the E.Nakamichi Foundation, will include:

Vivaldi — Concerto for stringsG minor

Philipp HeinrichErlebach —Ouvertre

Johann Gottlieb Graun —Concerto for Viola(gamba)

Benedetto Marcello — Concerto for Oboe(with ornaments by J.S. Bach)

J.S. Bach — Violin concerto Dminor

8 p.m., Saturday, April 12, 2008

Seattle Symphony

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg,violinist

Gerard Schwarz, conductor

Royce Hall

Fieryviolinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg joins the Seattle Symphony, one of thecountry's leading orchestras, in its Royce Hall debut under the baton ofrenowned music director Gerard Schwarz. Founded in 1903, the Grammy-nominatedSymphony is among the oldest and largest cultural institutions in the Pacific Northwest and is acclaimed for its innovation,daring programming and recording excellence on more than 80 CDs. The programwill include:

Wagner — Three Excerpts fromAct III of "Die Meistersinger von Nrnberg"

(Introduction, "Dance ofthe Apprentices" and "Procession of the Meistersingers")

Bruch — Violin Concerto No. 1in G minor, Op. 26

Strauss — "Don Juan" and Suitefrom "Der Rosenkavalier"

 

8 p.m., Thursday, May 8, 2008

JessyeNorman — "The American Song and the French Melody"

Mark Markham, pianist

RoyceHall

 

SopranoJessye Norman continues to build on her rich legacy, bringing joy, passion andher opulent sound to innovative recital performances and operatic portrayalsworldwide. The recepient of a 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award at theGrammys, Norman returns to Royce Hall after a breathtaking 2005 sold-outperformance to explore the French and American songbooks with works by Ravel,Poulenc, French-American composer Richard Danielpour, and George Gershwin.

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