Ford Amphitheatre 2004 Season

Alberto Mizrahi

Three classical evenings at the Ford Amphitheatre this summer will spotlight music with roots in Latin cultures. In the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony's program, "Two Streams in the Desert" (July 11), Alberto Mizrahi, the "Jewish Pavarotti," sings songs of the Sephardim (Spanish Jews). The early music group Musica Angelica presents "New World Baroque" (September 12), a selection of vocal and instrumental works from Mexico and California of the 1700s performed on lutes, violins and guitars. Opera Nova performs contemporary music written by Latin composers living in Los Angeles - Aurelio de la Vega, Miguel del Aguila, Daniel Catan, Enrique Gonzalez and Carlos Rodriguez; excerpts from Catan's opera "Florencia en el Amazonas" will cap the evening (August 1).  For the first time, the Ford Amphitheatre Summer Season features a piano recital. The Ford Theatre Foundation presents Van Cliburn competition winner Jon Nakamatsu (August 27). In addition, two distinguished pianists appear on the Foundation's Chamber Music Under the Stars series: Claude Frank guests with the Calder Quartet (September 13) in the Schumann Piano Quintet and Bernadene Blaha performs in works of Mozart, Smetana and Brahms with the Blaha-Taylor-Leonard Piano Trio (August 9).

The third concert in the chamber music series presents the Alexander String Quartet in their Ford debut (July 12). The Blaha-Taylor-Leonard trio, Los Angeles Jewish Symphony and Opera Nova are also making their first appearances at the Ford this season.  Complete 2004 season information and tickets are available at the bilingual (English/Spanish) Ford web site, or the Ford box office, 323 GO 1-FORD (461-3673).


SUN. JULY 11 AT 7:30 P.M.

Klezmer, the clarinet-based music of Eastern Europe, meets the haunting melodies of the Sephardim (Spanish Jews). Russian virtuoso clarinetist Leo Chelyapov plays a U.S. premiere by David Stern. The "Jewish Pavarotti," Alberto Mizrahi, sings Yiddish and Ladino selections. Noreen Green conducts.

MON. JULY 12 AT 8:00 P.M. 

Widely admired for its Beethoven CD cycle, the quartet has delivered "dream-come-true performances" (Boston Globe) in music capitals on four continents. Their Ford debut is presented by Ford Theatre Foundation
MOZART String Quartet in B Flat Major, K. 458 "Hunt"
SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No. 4 in D Major, Op. 83
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2

SAT. JULY 24 AT 8:30 P.M.

The sequel to last year's acclaimed performance. Conductor Nan Washburn and 65-piece orchestra evoke great movie memories, illuminating musical scores from films old and new - Lord of the Rings, E.T., Vertigo,Casablanca and more. Guest vocalist TBA.

SUN. AUG 1 AT 7:00 P.M.

Music of today by Latin composers living in L.A. - Aurelio de la Vega, Miguel del Aguila, Daniel Catán, Enrique Gonzalez and Carlos Rodriguez. Excerpts from Catán's iridescent opera Florencia, about a diva sailing down the Amazon, cap the evening.

Mauro Calderon

SAT. AUG 7 AT 8:00 P.M.
LATINO TENORS , World Premiere

Mauro Calderon, Moises Ruffin, Cesar Rodriguez
Enrique Escalante Music Director
Each tenor, representing Cuba and Mexico, lends a distinct style and Latin flavor to this magnificent evening ranging from classical Italian arias to Spanish zarzuelas to bolero-pop. Produced & Presented by Rodri Entertainment

MON. AUG 9 AT 8:00 P.M.

Three of Los Angeles' esteemed musicians - pianist Bernadene Blaha, violinist Lyndon Johnston Taylor and cellist Ronald Leonard - come together to make superlative chamber music. Presented by Ford Theatre Foundation
MOZART Piano Trio in G Major, K. 564
SMETANA Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 15
BRAHMS Piano Trio in B Major, Op. 8

FRI. AUG 27 AT 8:30 PM

Winning the Van Cliburn Competition propelled this California-born pianist into an international career. "Besides being an astounding technician, Nakamatsu shows impeccable taste; he puts a high gloss on anything he plays." (Chicago Tribune) Presented by Ford Theatre Foundation.

Musica Angelica

SUN. SEPT 12 AT 7:30 P.M

Vocal and instrumental masterworks such as Juan Bautista Sancho's Missa de Los Angeles (Los Angeles Mass), performed on lutes, violins and guitars, bend time, transporting the listener to the 17th and 18th century cathedrals of Mexico and early California missions.

MON. SEPT 13 AT 8:00 P.M.

One of today's most dynamic young quartets, now in residence at the Colburn School, is joined by distinguished pianist Claude Frank. Presented by Ford Theatre Foundation.
HAYDN String Quartet in G Major, Op. 76, No. 1
BARTÓK String Quartet No. 4
SCHUMANN Piano Quintet in E Flat Major, Op. 44

PRICES for evening events range from $20 to $50.  Those who purchase tickets to 3 or more evening events receive a 20% discount. Discounts for groups of 15 or more are also available.
The Ford Amphitheatre season is a program of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and is produced in collaboration with Los Angeles County-based arts organizations. TeleFutura KFTR Channel 46 is television sponsor for the 2004 season.
The Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, off the 101 Hollywood Freeway across from the Hollywood Bowl and south of Universal Studios. The Ford is disabled accessible. Portable wireless listening devices are available upon request. The Ford offers a number of dining options: a variety of food and beverages is available on site and box dinners for evening events may be ordered in advance. Picnicking is encouraged.
On-site, stacked parking costs $5 per vehicle for evening shows and $3 per vehicle for morning family shows. Satellite parking serviced by FREE shuttles to the Ford is available at
- Universal City Metro Station at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga in the "kiss and ride" area. Parking is free in the Metro Station lot.
- Cherokee parking structure at 1718 North Cherokee, just north of Hollywood Blvd., 1.3 miles from the Ford. Parking costs $3 with validation available at the Ford.

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Laura Zucker, Executive Director, provides leadership in cultural services of all disciplines for the largest county in the United States, encompassing 88 municipalities, and provides leadership and staffing to support the regional blueprint for arts education, Arts for All. The Arts Commission, in addition to its grants program that funds more than 250 nonprofit arts organizations annually, funds the largest arts internship program in the country in conjunction with the Getty Trust and programs the John Anson Ford Theatres. The Commission also produces free community programs, including the L.A. Holiday Celebration broadcast nationally and a year-round music program that funds mores than 60 free concerts each year in public sites. The 2003-2004 President of the Arts Commission is Laurel Karabian.


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