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Chamber Music: A Chalifour Celebration

Tue / Feb 1, 2022 - 8:00PM

Celebrating his 25-year tenure here, our Principal Concertmaster curates an evening of chamber music. 

Program

  • SAINT-SAËNS Fantaisie for Violin and Harp, Op. 124
  • PROKOFIEV 5 Melodies, Op. 35 (arr. for violin, voice, and piano)
  • MOZART Schon lacht der holde Frühling, K. 580
  • Camille PÉPIN Indra
  • CHAUSSON Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21

About this Performance

Tonight’s program is centered on French music, old and new, something the Los Angeles Philharmonic always programmed plenty of when I arrived during Esa-Pekka Salonen’s tenure. This is one of the things that attracted me to the LA Phil along with its significant contemporary music involvement. Along those lines, I am pleased to introduce the audience to a short recent work by French composer Camille Pépin. The opening Saint-Saëns duet with harp sets the tone for chamber music not often programmed at regular chamber music festivals. I have always loved collaborating with singers with the goal of attuning the voice of my instrument to match theirs. The Prokofiev is a piece I grew up playing, and the Mozart with its obligato part is a wonderful chance to share the stage equally with a soprano. The second half features a unique piece of rare beauty by Chausson, an intimate yet powerful concerto for two that combines the best aspects of concerto and chamber  music.—Martin Chalifour 

This performance is generously underwritten by Terri and Jerry Kohl. 

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