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Introducing SOUND/STAGE

Watch & Listen

SOUND/STAGE is a new online collection of concert films and interviews, essays, and artwork that offer deeper insights into the music. Performances range from orchestral concerts featuring Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil to sets from Kamasi Washington, Andra Day, and Chicano Batman.

www.laphil.com/soundstage

EPISODE 1: SEPT 25

Love in the Time of COVID

With the help of J’Nai Bridges, Gustavo and the orchestra explore the many expressions of love – from the familial in George Walker’s elegy for his grandmother, to a musical love letter from Gustav Mahler, to Peter Lieberson’s setting of romantic poetry from Pablo Neruda. 

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
María Valverde, narrator
J'Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano

LIEBERSON  Neruda Songs: “Amor mío, si muero y tú no mueras”
WALKER  Lyric for Strings
MAHLER  Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 

Support for this episode is provided by Diane and David Paul.

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EPISODE 2: OCT 2

Salón Los Ángeles

Featuring two composers who adapted popular dance music for the symphonic concert hall, this episode offers pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in Rhapsody in Blue and Arturo Márquez and Gustavo Dudamel paying tribute to the history of Salón Los Ángeles, the oldest dance hall in Mexico City.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Arturo MÁRQUEZ  Danzon No. 1
GERSHWIN  Rhapsody in Blue

EPISODE 3: OCT 9

Power to the People!

A continuation of the LA Phil’s Power to the People! festival that was cut short by COVID-19, this episode pays tribute to Black voices and excellence, ranging from William Grant Still’s expression of pride to Jessie Montgomery’s reimagining of the national anthem for a 21st century America to vocalist Andra Day’s “Rise Up,” which has become an unofficial anthem of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Andra Dayvocalist

Jessie MONTGOMERY  Banner
STILL  “Sorrow” from Symphony No. 1, “Afro-American”
“Rise Up” performed by Andra Day

EPISODE 4: OCT 16

Andra Day

Soul, jazz, and R&B singer Andra Day has been compared to Billie Holiday and Nina Simone – both among her musical heroes – for her ability to weave a narrative with masterful musicality and raw emotion. This set includes Day’s debut hit “Gold” and a rendition of Simone’s powerful protest anthem “Mississippi Goddam.”

EPISODE 5: OCT 23

Beethoven

Richard Wagner called Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony the “apotheosis of dance.” Gustavo Dudamel describes Beethoven as pure beauty and joy. Watch as the orchestra channels that spirit as it comes back together for one of the first times since the onset of the COVID crisis to perform this timeless and exuberant masterpiece.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 7

Support for this episode is provided by Ann Ronus. 

EPISODE 6: OCT 30

Original Score to BECOMING 
An intimate portrait of Michelle Obama
by Kamasi Washington

One of the most inventive and respected voices in modern jazz, Los Angeles’ own Kamasi Washington comes to SOUND/STAGE to perform his original score to BECOMING: An intimate portrait of Michelle Obama – a new documentary based on the former First Lady’s bestselling memoir.

Support for this episode is provided by Lisa Field. 

EPISODE 7: NOV 6

Solitude

While the physical toll of the global pandemic is measured in a mountain of data, the emotional impact of our separation from family, friends, and neighbors is not as obvious. In this episode, Dudamel explores the essence of solitude, from one of Duke Ellington’s classic songs to the U.S. premiere of a work by Thomas Adès – composed specifically for a socially distanced orchestra.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

Thomas ADÈS  Dawn (U.S. Premiere)
ELLINGTON  Solitude

EPISODE 8: NOV 13

Chicano Batman

Since 2008, Chicano Batman has blended the many sounds of L.A. into a genre-bending mix that offers both societal critiques and an unabashed dance party. The band’s SOUND/STAGE set features songs from their latest album, Invisible People, which has been called “their funkiest political statement yet.”

EPISODE 9: NOV 20

Finales

Claude Debussy once wrote, “There is nothing more musical than a sunset.” Endings are crucial in music, but they are often one of the hardest elements for a composer to do well. The closing SOUND/STAGE episode offers three masterful finishes from Beethoven, Ravel, and Gabriela Ortiz and a conversation between Dudamel and Alejandro G. Iñárritu on the nature of finales.

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel
, conductor
Alejandro G. Iñárritu, special guest

RAVEL  Mother Goose: “The Fairy Garden”
BEETHOVEN  Finale from Symphony No. 7
Gabriela ORTIZ  Corpórea: “Ritual Mind – Corporeous Pulse”

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