“Focus on Eötvös: Midori Plays Eötvös” will be presented at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19-20, at 2 p.m.
Superstar violinist Midori and the Los Angeles Philharmonic will premiere a new concerto by Peter Eötvös’ new concerto, “DoReMi,” a striving solo virtuoso with/against the orchestra.
Pablo Heras-Casado, one of the most versatile of today’s charismatic young conductors, will lead a colorful all-Hungarian program, including Bartók’s famous concerto in which the virtuosos emerge from within the orchestra to contend and unite in stunning musical games.
Friday’s concert will be followed by a Hungarian celebration featuring Hungarian wine and performances by Hungarian folk ensemble Kárpátok and vocalist Orsi Sapszon accompanied by pianist Bálint Sapszon.
Pre-concert talks will be given by Christopher Russell, professor of orchestral conducting at Azusa Pacific University and coordinator of the Orchestra Program at Orange County High School of the Arts, on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.
In the 2011-2012 season, Midori performed concerts in 12 countries on four continents, including two weeks with the Minnesota Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä; bringing the Britten concerto to both Washington, D.C. and Copenhagen, in performances with the National Symphony under Christoph Eschenbach, then the Royal Danish Orchestra under John Storgårds; appearing in Birmingham and at the London Proms with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andris Nelsons; playing the Walton concerto with Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Beethoven concerto with the Czech Philharmonic under Petr Atrichter. The season also featured four European recital tours.
Visit her website at www.GoToMidori.com.
Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Note: Construction around the hall may affect your drive. For ticket information, call (323) 850-2000 or visit www.laphil.com.