L A Variations by conductor/composer Esa-Pekka Salonen, a man so confident in the Los Angeles Philharmonic that he sent the musicians on a roller coaster ride full of ups, downs and numerous technical challenges. Now, for the double-whammy, back-to-back concerts during week three of the month-long Texas Music Festival, guest conductor Brett Mitchell will lead violinist Matthew Lee and the festival orchestra through those "Big Chords," "Big Machines" and that famous fast section in the middle. Also on the program for Orchestral Variations are Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 99 and Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations, Op. 36. The Saturday performance includes a 6:30 p.m. pre-concert lecture and entertainment.
8 p.m. June 23, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins, The Woodlands, (free), and 7:30 p.m. June 24, Moores Opera House, 3333 Cullen Boulevard. For information, call 713-743-3388 or visit uh.edu/cota/music/tmf/season-schedule. $15 to $25
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