Spirit of the Cello: Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 11:00am
Spirit of the Cello: Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 11:00am
The Los Angeles Philharmonic and a virtuoso cellist lead us on a humorous exploration of the role of the cello, through music by Handel, Haydn, and Mendelssohn. Our cellist learns the true spirit of his instrument, and his cello discovers many other possibilities for making music besides being in the spotlight.
Come for: The LA Phil’s pioneering Symphonies for Youth mix music with fun and fantasy for children ages 5-11.
“These are musicians with the cojones to play as part of an ensemble, where the whole is more important than the parts.” - SEATTLEPI.COM
This young-musicians series starts with the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra performing works by Ives, Turnage and Nielsen. The American Youth Symphony teams up with the National Children’s Chorus for a performance of Heaven Earth Mankind by Chinese composer Tan Dun. The Colburn Orchestra closes this set of performances with conductor Stéphane Denève at the podium.
As the title suggests, there are three movements in the choral symphony that Tan Dun, Oscar-winning composer of the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon score, wrote to celebrate the reunification of Hong Kong with China. “Heaven” explores the traditional past of the Chinese people, "Earth" probes the equilibrium between nature and the elements, and "Mankind" commemorates those who fought and suffered in wars.
Come for: Symphony orchestra, children's chorus, solo cello, and brilliant bells in a dramatic musical commemoration.
Chamber Music from France: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 8:00pm