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Invitational Rehearsal:
Ravel, Dawson, and Prokofiev

Thu / Jan 19, 2023 - 1:30PM - 3:30PM

Roderick Cox brings William Dawson’s luminous Negro Folk Symphony, plus Ravel and Prokofiev.

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About this Performance

Winner of the Solti Conducting Award, Berlin-based American conductor Roderick Cox brings a relative rarity along with Ravel and Prokofiev: William Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony. Premiered at Carnegie Hall in 1934, it won over an enthusiastic audience and critics, one of whom wrote “[it is] the most distinctive and promising American symphonic proclamation which has so far been achieved,” and yet it was scarcely performed since. Written in the tradition of American post-Romantics, Dawson’s remarkable achievement uses African American folk material and works it into a sophisticated orchestral fabric. Virtuoso Karen Gomyo joins in for Prokofiev’s relatively Romantic First Violin Concerto, and Cox concludes with the ultimate musical sensuality of Ravel’s Daphnis.

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  • Due to the nature of a working rehearsal, late seating will not be permitted.
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  • The rehearsal may omit some portions of the complete concert program and is subject to change, including the time and date of the event. You may refer to for full concert programming. Digital program notes will be provided for each rehearsal.
  • Please note that Invitational Rehearsals are working rehearsals for the LA Phil and that standard venue policies and courtesies apply. Please visit our website here for more information. In accordance with our venue safety policy, guests must wear a mask at all times unless they are actively eating or drinking in designated areas. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommends all guests, 6 months and older, either be fully vaccinated or obtain a negative COVID-19 viral test prior to entry, but it is not required.




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