Over the span of a few weeks, the LA Phil will present a snapshot of the contemporary American music scene: six world premieres, two West Coast premieres, and numerous works that deserve to be heard again. What a stimulating way to end the season!
In addition to two major premieres – from Bryce Dessner (The National) and Philip Glass – you’ll hear two recent string quartets and the piece that made Caroline Shaw the youngest ever Pulitzer Prize-winner for Music.
Steven Mackey is an electric guitarist and composer whose concert music is influenced by all the jazz and rock he’s played. His new orchestral work is followed by Reich’s moving three-act video opera (2002) about advancing technology, created in tandem with visual artist Beryl Korot and combining projections with live performers.
Electric guitarist and composer Steven Mackey’s compositions are influenced by jazz and rock. His new orchestral work is followed by the oratorio Shelter for three sopranos and Ensemble Signal with video, a collaboration by Bang on a Can co-founders Julia Wolfe, David Lang and Michael Gordon.
This new production of the event that opened the Temporary Contemporary (Geffen/MOCA) 31 years ago will reunite the original creative triumvirate: a company of 12 dancers, performing to John Adams’ original tape score, will bring to life Lucinda Childs’ re-imagined choreography on a set newly designed by Frank Gehry.