Salonen to carry torch at Summer Olympics

Posted on: March 21, 2012

“Esa-Pekka Salonen is pretty good at wielding a conductor’s baton, but how will he fare wielding an Olympic torch?” asks David Ng Tuesday (3/20) at the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster. “The conductor (and former music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic) is scheduled to carry the torch for a mile on July 26, the next-to-last day of the flame’s journey from Greece to London for this year’s Summer Games. He will be one of the 8,000 official torch-bearers, some of whose names were announced this week by London’s Olympics committee. The torch is scheduled to begin the British leg of its journey on May 19 at Land’s End in Cornwall, England, and travel to multiple cities and villages—including the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey. The flame is expected to arrive in London on July 27. … Salonen currently serves as music director of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra. … Salonen, who remains conductor laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is scheduled to return to Walt Disney Concert Hall in December to conduct his former orchestra.”

Posted March 21, 2012