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LA Phil Gala: Celebrating Frank Gehry

Thu / Oct 5, 2023 - 7:00PM

Dudamel and the LA Phil are joined by Herbie Hancock, Lucinda Childs, and H.E.R. to honor a maverick architect and artistic collaborator.

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About this Performance

The Los Angeles Philharmonic marks the 20th anniversary of Walt Disney Concert Hall at its annual gala concert by paying homage to Frank Gehry, a longtime friend of the LA Phil and architect behind the iconic downtown LA venue as well as the Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center at Inglewood.

Honoring Gehry’s iconoclasm with performances by iconoclasts in their own fields, the evening’s program will journey from Walt Disney Concert Hall’s storied beginnings to the architect’s oceanic inspirations, immortalized in the building’s steel sails and unprecedented sense of movement. The prelude from Bach’s Partita, the first piece performed in the then-still-under-construction Hall, will open the program, followed by Esa-Pekka Salonen’s transformation of its melody into his piece FOG accompanied by Lucinda Childs, performing her own original choreography. Gehry’s love of the sea, orchestral music, and jazz will then combine into offerings from LA Phil Creative Chair for Jazz Chair Herbie Hancock, GRAMMY Award-winning R&B singer H.E.R., and LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, who will conclude the program with Debussy’s La mer.

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