Jascha Heifetz With Zubin Mehta And The L.A. Philharmonic – Opening Night Of The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – Dec. 6, 1964 – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert

Jascha Heifetz - And who better to christen the place?

Jascha Heifetz – And who better to christen the place?

Los Angeles Philharmonic Zubin Mehta, Conductor – Jascha Heifetz, violin – Opening Night – Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – Part 1

Los Angeles Philharmonic – Zubin Mehta, Conductor – Jascha Heifetz, violin – Opening Night – Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – Part 2

Since we’re coming to the end of our Spring Fundraiser, I thought I would take us out with a real rarity. The opening night concert from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, featuring The Los Angeles Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta conducting and the legendary Jascha Heifetz, violin. The concert was recorded in stereo, but never broadcast, on December 6, 1964 and was part of a week long celebration of concerts to inaugurate the new concert hall.

Since it’s the first concert in the new venue, I left in Zubin Mehta’s introductory and congratulatory remarks, which can be a bit hard to understand. The concert opens with Richard Strauss’ Fanfare. And after remarks, the orchestra launches into William Schuman‘s American Festival Overture, and the first half concludes with Respighi’s Roman Festivals. The Second half (the lower player on this page) is the Beethoven Violin Concerto featuring Jascha Heifetz.

A momentous occasion in the history of Los Angeles and a rare and never-before-heard recorded document. Here is that concert, complete as it was heard on December 6, 1964.

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