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Violinist Gidon Kremer Performs “After Bach,” Joined by Pianist Andrius Zlabys and Percussionist Andrei Pushkarev, at UCLA Live, Nov. 19

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UCLA Live presents iconoclastic Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer, lauded as one of themost expressive and compellingly original artists of his generation, joined byLithuanian pianist Andrius Zlabysand Ukrainian percussionist AndreiPushkarev in "After Bach,"a program of Bach, Bartk, Prt, Piazzolla and Tickmayer. Theconcert begins at 7 p.m. on Sunday,Nov. 19, at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus and will run 1 hour and 30minutes with an intermission. For tickets visit www.UCLALive.org, call 310-825-2101 or contact Ticketmaster.

Featuringcelebrated works composed or influenced by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), "After Bach" opens with Kremer andPushkarev performing Bach's "FugaCanonica," which gloriously presents Baroque fugal practice from his epic collection"Musical Offering," BWV 1079 (1747). The program will also feature Kremer andZlabys in a radical reworking of Estonian composer Arvo Prt's "Fratres," his most performed piece,first composed in 1977 for the early music group Hortus Musicus. Kremer will beshowcased in Bla Bartk's "Sonata for Solo Violin," a formidable homage tothe great Baroque master. Kremer, Zlabys and Pushkarev will perform Stevan Kovac Tickmayer's "Three Variations on a Hymn of J.S. Bach," based on the hymn "Brunnquellaller Gter" (BWV 445) from a 1653 melody by Johann Crger. The trio willconclude the evening with popular Latin American classical composer Astor Piazzolla's "Grand Tango" and "Three Milongas," whichoffer similar opportunities and challenges to those found in both the baroquecompositions of Bach's day and romantic music.

Performing withsoul-stirring intensity and boundless imagination, Kremer has made waves withhis commanding interpretations of even the most standard works in the course ofhis distinguished 30-year career. His wide-ranging repertoire encompasses classicaland romantic violin works as well as music by modern masters.

Kremer hasappeared on virtually every major concert stage with the leading orchestras ofEurope and Americaand has collaborated with the world's foremost conductors, including LeonardBernstein, Andre Previn and Zubin Mehta, and such diverse composers as AlfredSchnittke, Valentin Silvestrov, Aribert Reimann and John Adams. Anexceptionally prolific recording artist, Kremer has made more than 100 albumsand garnered many awards, including a Grammy for "After Mozart" (2001,Nonesuch). His most recent recording, "Johann Sebastian Bach: The Sonatas andPartitas for Violin Solo," was released as a two-CD set on ECM in fall 2005. Inspring 2007, Kremer will embark on his fifth U.S. tour with Kremerata Baltica,a chamber orchestra that he founded in 1996 to foster outstanding youngmusicians from the three Baltic states.

Born in 1947 inRiga, Latvia, Kremer began studying the violinat age 4 with his father and grandfather, both accomplished string players. At 7,his formal education began, and at 16 he was awarded the First Prize of the Latvian Republic. Two years later hesuccessfully auditioned for David Oistrakh and became one of the few studentsselected as his apprentice at the Moscow Conservatory. His many awards includethe coveted first prize in the 1970 Tchaikovsky Competition and his firstinternational prize in 1967 at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.

Pianist AndriusZlabys has appeared throughout the world as a soloist, recitalist and chambermusician, performing with such artists as Kremer, Yuri Bashmet and Hilary Hahn.He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra in2001 and participated in the Lockenhaus Music Festival in Austria in 2001 and 2002. Aprizewinner at the 2003 Cleveland International Piano Competition, he performedas a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and ClevelandOrchestra. Zlabys has performed extensively with Kremer and collaborated withhim on the Grammy-nominated "Enesco's Piano Quintet" (2003, Nonesuch). Zlabysbegan piano studies at age 6 in his native Lithuania and is currently astudent of Claude Frank at the Yale School of Music. Zlabys will make his debutwith the Rotterdam Philharmonic next spring.

Performing as aduo with Kremer in concert halls from London to Moscow since 2003,percussionist Andrei Pushkarev has also appeared with musicians including Yo-YoMa, Yury Bashmet, Peter Sadlo and Mario Brunello. He was awarded the Pro EuropeFoundation Prize in 2004, and in 2001 recorded as a solo timpanist on Kremer'saward-winning album, "After Mozart." He joined the Baltic Chamber OrchestraKremerata Baltica as a percussionist in 1999, touring the world and recordingwith the ensemble. As a solo vibraphonist, he was awarded first prize in theNew Names of Ukraine competition in 1995. Born in Kiev in 1974, Pushkarev began piano studiesat age 6 and by 14 had commenced studies in percussion as a student of professorAleksandr Blinov, with whom he continued his professional training until 1998.

Tickets forGidon Kremer performing "After Bach" are available for $50, $38 and $28. Theycan be purchased online at www.UCLALive.org,via phone at (310) 825-2101, in person at the UCLA Central Ticket Office at thesouthwest corner of the James West Alumni Center and atTicketmaster outlets. UCLA students may purchase tickets in advance for $15.Student rush tickets, subject to availability, are offered at the same price toall students with a valid ID one hour prior to show time.

Thisperformance is sponsored, in part, by the Royce Center Circle memberships ofLeonard Apt, M.D., Doreen and Meyer Luskin and Leah Superstein.

UCLA Live's 2006/2007Classical/Chamber/Recital Concerts Continue:

         Sunday, Dec. 3: Chart-topping vocal ensemble Anonymous 4 performsselections from its new CD "Gloryland,"featuring American folk songs, shape-note tunes and gospel hymns.

         Sunday, Dec. 10: The Los AngelesChamber Orchestra's Mozart Festival,celebrating the master's 250th birthday, continues with Mozart Gold.

         Sunday, Feb. 18, 2007:The LosAngeles Chamber Orchestra's Mozart Festival continues with Mozart Coronation.

         Sunday,Feb. 25: Two classical music legends and longtime friends — Grammy-winningviolinist Jaime Laredo and pianist Leon Fleisher — explore Schubert's sonatasfor violin and piano.

         Saturday,March 3: The U.S. tour debut of the National Philharmonic of Russia, conductedby Vladimir Spivakov, features aprogram of Shostakovich, Rachmaninoffand Tchaikovsky.

         Thursday,March 8: Regal mezzo-soprano and international opera star Denyce Graves bringsher rich vocalism and elegant stage presence to UCLA Live.

         Sunday, March 18: The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's Mozart Festival concludes its series of performances of Mozart's 23 original pianoconcertos in Mozart Finale.

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