Monday 21 March 2016

The dude is back: Gustavo Dudamel and Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Barbican

Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Barbican
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra have a residency this week at the Barbican (22-24 March 2016). There are concerts from the orchestra on 22, 23 & 24 March and an American theme runs through the programming with two UK premieres, Play: Level 1 by Los Angeles-based composer Andrew Norman, and John Williams’s Soundings, written for the orchestra’s home, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Olivier Messiaen’s Des canyons aux étoiles, inspired by the Grand Canyon and commissioned to commemorate the United States bicentennial, and Piano Concerto No. 1 by the Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera (celebrating his centenary). The soloist in the Ginastera will be the Argentinian pianist Sergio Tempio, and the Messiaen will be accompanied by specially commissioned visuals by photographer Deborah O'Grady.

The residency concludes with a performance of Mahler's Third Symphony. This will be attended by young musicians from East London, who earlier in the day will perform in an opera rehearsal conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. 70 young people aged 11-18 from different east London boroughs plus 10 of their counterparts from Los Angeles will form Young Orchestra East, and Dudamel will conduct them in movements from Copland's Appalachian spring suite. The young musicians will also have joint rehearsals with Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (assistant conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and new chief conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra)

Full information from the Barbican website.

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