As a major component of the special projects honoring Esa-Pekka Salonen in his final season as the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Music Director, the LA PHIL launches the “Celebrate Salonen” microsite. The comprehensive and multi-layered site, a living tribute to Salonen’s legacy, is an exploration of his 17 seasons with the LA PHIL. Through images, as well as on-demand audio and video components, it showcases him as both composer and conductor as well as a champion of music of our time.

The more than 100 images, 4 hours of audio interviews, 3 hours of video and 15 hours of music that can be accessed via the timeline points are also housed in a comprehensive media section. Site visitors can listen to interviews with and concerts conducted by Salonen with the LA PHIL; view video of performance clips, including Salonen’s first rehearsal as Music Director, interviews and discussions with Salonen as well as view on-stage and behind-the-scenes photos; and read articles, personal essays and program notes. The media section also offers a complete searchable listing of the more than 900 concerts that Salonen performed with the LA PHIL during his tenure.

These are quotes from a weblog entry which gives an excellent idea of what’s in store for visitors to the Celebrate:Salonen web site. I can’t recommend the Salonen site highly enough. Esa-Pekka Salonen did wonders for the LA Philharmonic during his tenure there, and the fact that the LA PHIL management went to the trouble of setting up this special site speaks volumes for the high regard in which he’s been held.

If you have some time to spare, you could do a lot worse than spend it at Celebrate:Salonen.

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