Los Angeles Philharmonic: Adieu, Esa-Pekka Salonen! 6

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Friday night I watched Esa-Pekka Salonen conduct the LA Phil for perhaps my last time. Esa has had a huge impact on my life, as I entered the symphony world under his tutelage. He is retiring as the Phil’s conductor after this season. Renowned for his special touch with 20th century music, he conducted Stravinsky and Bartok in the concert Friday. The Bartok piece, Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, was so wonderful. Such exquisite sound, no where as extraordinary as in the Disney Concert Hall.

[correction: several commenters note that EPS remains with the Phil for one additional final season.  my error. / DL]

6 thoughts on “Los Angeles Philharmonic: Adieu, Esa-Pekka Salonen!

  1. Emma Lewis Thomas Mar 7,2009 11:44 pm

    Personal comments on the LA scene (mostly) that are fun to read in a snowbound farmhouse in Western Montana with the wind howling outside this toasty haven.

    What about gathering comments from some of your interviewees?

  2. Adriene & John Jun 20,2008 10:36 pm

    Deb, this is definitely your forte! Congratulations!

  3. Leonid Nokhov Jun 11,2008 8:27 am

    Deb, I am in Finland frequently. Do you think it will be a chance to see him in his home country?

    Great site, great idea!

  4. Diane Kanner Jun 10,2008 2:22 pm

    Esa Peka has one more season before leaving. I wish you good luck with your blog! Diane Kanner

  5. Greg Talmage Jun 10,2008 8:54 am

    I just bookmarked your blog, go Deb! Very nice looking website here…

  6. FRANK KAMINSKI Jun 9,2008 7:03 pm

    DEBRA YOU HAVE OUTDONE YOURSELF. IN YOUR LAST LIFE YOU WERE ROCKING IN THE EARLY FIFTIES. THIS SITE IS GREAT. SEE YOU SOON, WILL BE IN SAN DIEGO THIS WEEK — US OPEN

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