Italian Pianist Alessio Bax to Join Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, 11/26-17

Oct 25, 2013 875

Distinguished international conductor and acclaimed Mozart interpreter Hans Graf, recently named Music Director Laureate of the Houston Symphony after serving as its music director for 12 years, makes his Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra debut conducting the highly anticipated Los Angeles debut of Italian piano sensation Alessio Bax, whose artistry "quivers with an almost hypnotic intensity" (Gramophone), in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491 on Saturday, November 16, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale and Sunday, November 17, 7 pm, at UCLA's Royce Hall. Also featured is Beethoven's vivid Symphony No. 6 in F major, "Pastoral," considered among Beethoven's most exquisitely beautiful and popular works. The program begins with Henri Dutilleux' Mystère de l'instant for strings, cimbalom (a hammered dulcimer) and percussion, which premiered in 1989.

Graf, hailed for "his cool and elegant performances" (The New York Times) and "solid musicianship" (Washington Post), is known for his wide-ranging repertoire and creative programming. He served as Music Director of the Calgary Philharmonic for eight seasons prior to his appointment in Houston and held the same post with the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine for six years. The distinguished Austrian conductor also led the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra from 1984 to 1994.

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