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A life in music

November 12, 2005|By By Jacqui Brown

Hildner will be featured with the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra playing Ernest Bloch's "Schelomo" at the season premiere of its music series "Symphonic Favorites" on Nov. 19 at the Hall of Liberty, Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills. Leading the orchestra will be maestro Steven Kerstein.

Having conducted the orchestra for 15 years, Kerstein said featuring young artists like Hildner and others who have won the young artists competition over the years is a treat, both for the artist and the orchestra musicians as well.

"They're really at the beginning of international careers," he said. "They're the real things and will some day be playing with major symphony orchestras for the rest of their lives.

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Kerstein is impressed with Hildner's expertise.

"Ben was born to play the cello," he said. "He's a real prodigy and it's great to have a guy like him play with the orchestra."

This opening concert will include some audience favorites, such as the Prelude to Act 3 of Lohngrin by Wagner and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, said Kerstein, also of La CaƱada Flintridge.

"It will be a concert that will have something for everyone," he said.

The concert series, which takes place at the Hall of Liberty, will continue with the Hennings-Fischer Young Artists Competition on Feb. 25 followed by the spring performance "Classical Concert," which will include works by Mozart, Puccini, Donizetti and Beethoven, and will feature soprano Erica Miller.

FYI

WHAT: Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra

WHERE: Hall of Liberty, Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19

ADMISSION: Free, parking is also free

BONUS: Following the concert, a reception for major donors (those contributing at the Bronze level or above) will be at Genio's Restaurant, 1420 W. Olive Ave., Burbank

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