Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Talks with the Maestro
at 1:00PM in BP Hall
Maestro Victor Vener
July 14 - LES MISérables
Excerpts from Les Misérables by Claude-Michel Schönberg & Alain Boublil, with 7 soloists including award-winning vocalist Anne Martinez, Broadway star Randal Keith, and the 180-voice Cal Phil Chorale, plus Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique” and Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Organ Symphony” featuring Philip Smith on the world-famous Walt Disney Concert Hall pipe organ.
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Symphony No. 3 c minor Op. 78 Organ Symphony
II. Allegro moderato – Presto – Maestoso – Presto
Maestoso – Allegro
II. A Ball
Valse Allegro non tropo
IV. The Precession to the Scaffold
Allegretto non troppo
V. Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath
Larghetto – allegro
French composer, actor, singer, and record producer Claude-Michel Schönberg was born in Vannes, France on July 6th , 1944 to Hungarian Jewish parents who had to flee their homeland. His mother was a piano tuner and his father, an organ repairman, was a member of the French Resistance. Lyricist and librettist Alain Boublil were born into a Sephardic Jewish family in Tunisia, on March 5th , 1941 and moved to Paris when he was 18 to pursue his studies. While Boublil started his career as a publisher and producer, Schönberg wrote and performed pop songs. Boublil was working in A&R for a record company when he heard a song on the radio written by Schönberg. Instantly loving the song, Boublil contacted the composer for a publishing deal. The two artists discovered a kinship through their similar backgrounds and the coincidence that both had studied economics to appease their families. It was also serendipitous that Boublil married Francoise Pourcel, who happened to be the daughter of Schönberg’s boss at EMI. The first collaboration of Schönberg and Boublil was the French rock opera La Revolution Francaise. In 1978, Boublil developed the idea of turning Victor Hugo’s 19th century novel Les Misérables into a musical, which was destined to become a megahit. The musical theater team struck gold again with Miss Saigon based on Puccini’s Madama Butterfly but set in Vietnam. Other collaborations include The Pirate Queen, Martin Guerre, and Marguerite. Les Misérables is the second longest-running musical in the world (after The Fantastiks) and the longest running musical in the West End of London.