André Previn

He’s the Joyce Carol Oates of music, this remarkable musician, composer, and conductor. The prolific and peripatetic André Previn’s life of performance and creative engagement with nearly all genres is your best, easiest way in to an appreciation of a century of music by way of a thinking person’s artist, as comfortable and able with Harold Arlen ballads and Doris Day as his own settings of novelist Toni Morrison’s words to piano and voice in “Honey and Rue.” The 86-year old maestro started in movie scores, then conquered musicals, jazz, classical, television, winning every award there is. And once upon a time Previn even directed the LA Phil. In three nights at the Segerstrom he’ll perform his own selections, from work spanning a gorgeous career and, no kidding, a West Coast premiere while he’s at it.

Thu., May 28, 8 p.m.; Fri., May 29, 8 p.m.; Sat., May 30, 8 p.m., 2015

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