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Alex Theatre
between Wilson and California 216 N. Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA 91203
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Margaret Batjer, leader and violin

Peter Serkin, piano

David Shostac, flute


Pärt: Fratres

Bach: Concerto in D minor after BWV 146, 188 and 1052

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major

Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence

Peter Serkin makes his only Los Angeles appearance this season at this concert. He performs two works that are a testament to Bach’s own mastery at the keyboard. The D-minor concerto, Bach’s transcription of an earlier violin work reminiscent of his famous Italian concerto, shows how completely he had absorbed Vivaldi into his own compositional style. In another wonderful fusion, Tchaikovsky blends the intimate tradition of German chamber music with his own grand Russian inspiration. Margaret Batjer, known for “artistic polish” and as a “marvel of genuine grace” (Seattle Times) plays the violin solos in the delightful Brandenburg concerto and leads the orchestra from the first chair.

Pre-Concert Program

Arrive early for a concert prelude with executive director Andrea Laguni in conversation with Margaret Batjer and hear the stories behind the music. Begins one hour before curtain; free to all ticket holders.

*About the Artists

  • Recognized for his artistic passion and integrity, American pianist Peter Serkin has successfully conveyed the essence of five centuries of repertoire. In 1959, Serkin made his Marlboro Music Festival and New York City debuts with conductor Alexander Schneider. He then received invitations to perform with the Cleveland Orchestra, led by George Szell; the Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Eugene Ormandy; and at Carnegie Hall. Serkin has since performed with the world’s major symphony orchestras under such conductors as Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, James Levine, Herbert Blomstedt and Christoph Eschenbach. Also a dedicated chamber musician, Serkin has collaborated with Alexander Schneider, Pamela Frank, Yo-Yo Ma, and the Budapest, Guarneri and Orion string quartets, and Tashi, of which he is a founding member.

Violinist Margaret Batjer has served as concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1998. She made her first solo appearance at the age of 15 with the Chicago Symphony in Gian Carlo Menotti’s Violin Concerto. Since then, she has been re-engaged by the Chicago Symphony, as well as a succession of other major orchestras, including the Philadelphia and New York String orchestras and the St. Louis, Seattle, San Jose and Dallas symphonies. Batjer has also appeared as a soloist throughout Europe with orchestras including the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Prague Chamber Orchestra, the Halle Symphony Orchestra at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Claus Peter Flor. Equally respected as a chamber musician, Batjer has performed regularly at the Marlboro Music Festival and on tour with Music from Marlboro. She has performed at the Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest, the La Jolla Summerfest, the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, the Sarasota Festival, and the Naples and Cremona festivals.

An alumnus of the Juilliard School and Tanglewood and recipient of two Rockefeller performance grants, David Shostac has served as principal flutist of the St. Louis, Milwaukee and New Orleans symphony orchestras, in addition to his long tenure with LACO. Shostac has performed as a solo and orchestral player at the Hollywood Bowl and has taken part in the Ojai, Mostly Mozart, Aspen, and Oregon Bach festivals, also appearing with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has worked with prominent conductors Eugene Ormandy, Zubin Mehta, Leopold Stokowski, Seiji Ozawa, Karl Richter, Helmuth Rilling, and Christopher Hogwood, among others. Recent solo recordings include Chamber Music Classics for Flute, featuring the 2002 Grammy-winning Angeles String Quartet and Pacific Trio.

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