UCLA Phil meets LA Phil

Thursday, 26 October 2017 08:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Schoenberg Hall, 445 Charles E Young Drive East, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA, Los Angeles, California

UCLA Phil meets LA Phil
Thursday, October 26, 2017
8:00 PM
Schoenberg Hall

In the first of three Fall 2017 concerts, Los Angeles Philharmonic principal clarinet Boris Allakhverdyan and principal bassoon Whitney Crockett join UCLA Director of Orchestral Studies Neal Stulberg and UCLA Philharmonia in a high-spirited program featuring orchestral showpieces by Dukas and Rachmaninoff, and the seldom performed, autumnal Duett Concertino for clarinet and bassoon by Richard Strauss.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas is the composer’s best known work. Based on a poem by Goethe, this symphonic poem was featured in Walt Disney’s “Fantasia” and is often heard during the Halloween season.

Intricate, gracious, and wistful, Strauss’ Duett Concertino was the last purely instrumental pieces the composer wrote and one of the only works conceived for the unusual combination of solo clarinet, solo bassoon, harp, and strings.

Written while Rachmaninoff was living in New York City in 1940, his Symphonic Dances combines an intense, brooding nostalgia for the composer’s native Russia with the glitter and exuberance of the Hollywood of the ‘40s. Its first movement features two instruments not typically heard in prominent orchestral roles, the piano and alto saxophone. And again in the Halloween spirit, its last movement is based around the Latin Dies Irae!

UCLA Philharmonia is thrilled to present Borist Allakhverdyan and Whitney Crockett.

Boris Allakhverdyan is principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  He came to Los Angeles last year from his previous position as principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.  He is a founding member of the Prima Trio and is also the Grand Prize and Gold Medal winner of the 2007 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Allakhverdyan tours internationally, performing at international festivals and leading master classes.  

Whitney Crockett is principal bassoon of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Prior to his appointment in Los Angeles, he was principal bassoon of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He has served on the faculties of the Julliard and Manhattan Schools of Music, McGill University in Montreal, and the Academie de Verbier in Switzerland.

Fun Fact:  Los Angeles Philharmonic principal flute and our soloists’ colleague Denis Bouriakov has recently joined the UCLA Music Department faculty as our flute professor.  

This concert was made possible by the David and Irmgard Dobrow Fund. Classical music was a passion of the Dobrows, who established a generous endowment at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music to make programs like this possible. The school is proud to celebrate this program as part of the 2017-18 Dobrow Series. 

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