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With the acclaimed and unprecedented Minimalist Jukebox festival of 2006, the Los Angeles Philharmonic became the first major orchestra to take stock of Minimalism, America’s greatest contribution to classical music and the single most important musical movement of the 20th century and beyond. In April 2014, you’ll hear legendary Minimalist works by the movement’s major stars – Riley, Glass, Reich, Andriessen, Adams – and the next generation of innovators.
Sat APR 5 & 12 11am
This brand new exploration of musical Minimalism will delve into the art of rhythm, repetition, looping, phasing and more, as well as the way these concepts play out in the orchestral music of today.
Tue APR 8 8pm
Reich’s haunting classic closes a program devoted to new Minimalist directions from Missy Mazzoli and Mark Grey.
Fri-Sat APR 11 & 12 8pm
Sun APR 13 2pm
One of Minimalism’s true pioneers, Terry Riley has composed a brand new Organ Concerto for us, inspired by his late nights improvising on “Hurricane Mama” (Walt Disney Concert Hall’s 6,134-pipe organ). Adams also leads his Naïve and Sentimental Music, which was commissioned, premiered and recorded by the LA Phil.
Thu APR 17 & Sat APR 19 8pm
The Rome section of Robert Wilson’s monumental musico-theatrical creation is the last of five acts and the most operatic, set by Philip Glass. Among the characters in this mesmerizing rumination on war and peace are Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Robert E. Lee, and Hercules.
Fri APR 18 8pm
Opening with 144 iterations of the same loud chord, this extraordinary four-part vocal/instrumental work incorporates eclectic musical influences ranging from Bach and Stravinsky to “L’homme armé” and boogie-woogie, all in Andriessen’s unique style.