Next on Grand: Contemporary Americans

In an ambitious and unprecedented collaboration across Grand Avenue’s arts corridor – including The Music Center, LA Opera, Center Theatre Group and more to be announced – the LA Phil inaugurates a recurring festival that converges upon a creative force or cultural element. This year, the LA Phil embraces the theme of Contemporary Americans by focusing on the wildly creative music being made by American composers, both established (i.e., Reich, Glass, Wolfe, Lang, Gordon) and those with careers-in-the-making (Norman, Shaw, Dessner, etc.). Led by Gustavo Dudamel, the range includes Pulitzer Prize-winning music, video installations, vocal, chamber and orchestral music, as well as such guest performers as the Labèque sisters and the Calder Quartet.

Tue MAY 19 8pm

Chamber Music: All-American

Our first event in the Next on Grand festival includes chamber music by composers Bruce Broughton, John Harbison, Timo Andres, and our own Principal Timpanist Joseph Pereira.

Tue MAY 26 8pm

Green Umbrella: John Adams Conducts

LA Phil Creative Chair John Adams leads the orchestra’s new music virtuosos in a program of LA Phil-commissioned world premieres.

Thu MAY 28 8pm
Sat MAY 30 8pm

Dudamel, Dessner & Glass

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.

Fri MAY 29 8pm

Dudamel, Mackey & Reich/Korot

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.

Sun MAY 31 2:00pm

Dudamel, Mackey & More

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.

Fri & Sat JUN 5 & 6 8pm

Available Light

Co-commissioned by the LA Phil and the Music Center, 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.