IN REVIEW:  James Conlon conducts Nabucco at LA Opera

“Conlon is one of the best for energetic, militant early Verdi, and he got his orchestra to slash away exuberantly while also taking care to support his singers comfortably in more intimate moments” — Los Angeles Times

“Conductor James Conlon’s contribution cannot be overstated, and the chorus, orchestra and soloists together created an emotional charge that ignited the audience.” — Seen and Heard International

“Conlon and the LA Opera Orchestra were superb.” — Living Out Loud L.A.

“...he elicited an intense and dramatic performance…”— Opera Warhorses

Music Director James Conlon…conducts a powerful performance, with plenty of vigor and rum-ti-tum raw excitement of early Verdi.” — Classical Voice

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James Conlon returns to Ravinia to conduct the CSO July 28 and 29

James Conlon will substitute for Christoph Eschenbach at the Ravinia Festival on July 28 and July 29, leading the CSO in two programs.

On July 28, Mr. Conlon will conduct Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony and Violin Concerto with soloist Ray Chen, Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with soprano Marisol Montalvo, and Mozart’s “L’amerò sarò costante” for soprano and violin, featuring both Ms. Montalvo and Mr. Chen.

On July 29, the program will feature violinist Itzhak Perlman performing his “Cinema Serenade,” a collection of film score compositions and arrangements by John Williams—including the theme from Schindler’s List, which Perlman played on the original film soundtrack—along with Dvořák’s Carnival Overture and Symphony No. 8.

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The Washington Post:  National Symphony rises under conductor James Conlon

“In nearly 2½ decades of listening to the National Symphony Orchestra, seldom have I heard the ensemble play as well for any conductor as it did Thursday night for James Conlon. One of America’s foremost conductors, Conlon has a long history of guest appearances with the orchestra. Mutual familiarity and respect translated into compelling musicmaking of great intensity and beauty.”

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Upcoming Performances

Los Angeles, CA   January 27, February, 02, February, 08, February, 11, February, 15, February, 18, 2018
Los Angeles, CA   February 23, 24, 25, 2018

Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition; Muhly: Organ Concerto (world premiere); Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin (2/24 & 2/25 only)
James McVinnie

Los Angeles, CA   March 10, 15, 18, 21, 24, 25, 2018

Production by John Neumeier

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