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. Our Creative Chair - and pioneer of the Minimalist movement - John Adams curates a city-wide festival featuring Minimalist works. 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.
MINIMALIST JUKEBOX: Toyota Symphonies for Youth: Finding Patterns in Music
Sat Apr 5 11am
Sat Apr 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.
MINIMALIST JUKEBOX: Classic Reich and Premieres
Tue Apr 8 8pm
Take the title death speaks literally, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang combed every Schubert song text for moments where the dead or personified death sends a message to the living to create a composite text for his indie rock song cycle. Death also haunts Steve Reich’s Grammy-winning Different Trains, which includes the taped voices of Holocaust survivors.
MINIMALIST JUKEBOX: Katia & Marielle Labèque in Recital
Wed Apr 9 8pm
The world’s reigning piano duo plays Minimalist music composed for two pianos.
MINIMALIST JUKEBOX: Gordon, Riley & Adams
Fri Apr 11 8pm
Sat Apr 12 8pm
Sun Apr 13 2pm
One of Minimalism’s true trailblazers, 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 Naive and Sentimental Music, which was commissioned, premiered and recorded by the LA Phil.
MINIMALIST JUKEBOX: GLASS' the CIVIL warS
Thu Apr 17 8pm
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.
MINIMALIST JUKEBOX: An Evening of Andriessen
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.