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Walt Disney Concert Hall To Host Conductor Zubin Mehta's 50th Concert

By O'Jay Burgess on Dec 04, 2012 01:40 PM EST

One of the longest serving conductor's in the world Zubin Mehta will be celebrating 50 years with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a four-day concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall starting on Dec. 13.

Mehta will be celebrating the milestone with the Los Angeles Philharmonic starting Dec. 13 carrying on until Dec. 16.

For all four events Mehta will take the ensemble through the works of firstly Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Overture to Don Giovanni," followed by German Paul Hindemith's "Symphony: Mathis der Maler" and finally through a rendition of Antonin Dvorak's "Symphony No.7."

Mehta is currently the head conductor for the somewhat controversial Israel Philharmonic Orchestra of Tel Aviv.

Mehta was born in 1936 in Bombay and received his first musical education under his father's Mehli Mehta's guidance who was a noted concert violinist and the founder of the Bombay Symphony Orchestra. After a short period of pre-medical studies in Bombay, he left for Vienna in 1954 where he eventually entered the conducting program under Hans Swarowsky at the Akademie für Musik.

Mehta won the Liverpool International Conducting Competition in 1958 and was also a prize-winner of the summer academy at Tanglewood. By 1961, he had already conducted the Vienna, Berlin and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras. He will be celebrating 50 years of musical collaboration with all three ensembles.

His relationship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic started in 1961 and was a controversial one at the start.

Mehta was named assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic to the late Sir Georg Solti who was the music director at the time. Solti said he was not consulted on the appointment and subsequently resigned in protest soon after, Mehta then himself was named Music Director of the orchestra, and held the post from 1962 to 1978.

Zubin Mehta & Los Angeles Philharmonic- Dvorak (Symphony No. 8 Mov. I) 1/4

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