The Los Angeles Philharmonic 2022/23 Organ Concerts at
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles (September 5, 2022) - The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2022/23 season features an array of concerts showcasing the magnificent Walt Disney Concert Hall organ, including Clark Wilson in a special Halloween presentation of the 1920 silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (October 31) and recitals by organ virtuosos Isabelle Demers (November 6), Hector Olivera (January 22), Alcee Criss (March 5), and Paul Jacobs (April 16).
Inaugurated in 2004 at the opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s second season in Walt Disney Concert Hall, the organ’s striking visual design was a collaboration between Frank Gehry and organ builder Manuel Rosales. It is voiced with a wide dynamic range—from pianississimo to a breathtaking fortissimo that can even overpower the sound of a full orchestra. The specially curved wood façade pipes are actual playing pipes that were made by Glatter-Götz Orgelbau in Germany and consist of the Violone and Bassoon basses. Behind the façade are three levels of pipes, including metal pipes made of tin and lead alloys and wood pipes made of Norwegian pine. The organ, affectionately called “Hurricane Mama,” was so named by musical visionary Terry Riley after a night of improvisation.
SPECIAL HALLOWEEN PRESENTATION
Monday, October 31, 2022, at 7:30 PM
Clark Wilson, organ
Halloween Organ, Film & Music: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
A spine-chilling Halloween showing of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, an early horror-film classic, will be accompanied by organ virtuoso Clark Wilson on the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s monster pipe organ. The groundbreaking 1920 silent film, directed by Robert Wiene, is one of the earliest, most influential, and artistically acclaimed films in the German Expressionist genre.
ORGAN RECITAL SERIES
Sunday, November 6, 2022, at 7:30 PM
Isabelle Demers, organ
“There is no shortage of organists who make their instruments roar...Demers made the instrument sing.” (ClassicalSource.com)
J.S. BACH (arr. I. DEMERS) Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
ALKAN Douze Études pour les pieds:
No. 5. Moderato
No. 2. Adagio
No. 12. Tempo giusto
ALBRIGHT Flights of Fancy: Ballet for Organ
Michael PRAETORIUS Selections from Terpsichore
FRANCK Chorale No. 2 in B minor
STRAVINSKY (arr. I. DEMERS) Three Movements from Petrushka
Sunday, January 22, 2023, at 7:30 PM
Hector Olivera, organ
Argentine organist Hector Olivera returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall with a stunning program.
DRIFFILL Toccata from Suite No. 1
VIVALDI (arr. H. OLIVERA) Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8 No. 1, “La Primavera” (Spring)
VIVALDI (arr. H. OLIVERA) Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 8 No. 2, “L’Estate” (Summer)
III. Presto e forte
Joseph JONGEN Prière Op. 37, No. 3
FRANCK Pièce héroïque
PIAZZOLLA/H. OLIVERA Five Paraphrases on Piazzolla Tangos
Hector OLIVERA Improvisations on a submitted theme
Sunday, March 5, 2023, at 7:30 PM
Alcee Criss, organ
Prize-winning Alcee Chriss III is widely regarded as one of the leading young organists of our time.
Leo SOWERBY Comes Autumn Time
RACHMANINOFF (trans. A. CHRISS) Symphonic Dances
TATUM (arr. A. CHRISS) Tea for Two
Jean GUILLOU Toccata, Op. 9
FRANCK Symphony in D minor, M.48
EVANS (arr. A. CHRISS) Waltz for Debby
JOBIM (arr. A. CHRISS) Desafinado
REGER Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H, Op. 46
Sunday, April 16, 2023, at 7:30 PM
Paul Jacobs, organ
Heralded as “one of the major musicians of our time” by The New Yorker, Jacobs will transfix audiences in music by Bach and Handel.
BACH Trio Sonata in E-flat major, BWV 525
HANDEL Organ Concerto in B-flat major, Op. 4, No. 2
BACH Trio Sonata in E minor, BWV 528
HANDEL Organ Concerto in G minor, Op. 4, No. 3
BACH Trio Sonata in C major, BWV 529
HANDEL Organ Concerto in F major, Op. 4, No. 4
Additional details for the complete 2022/23 season can be found here: laphil.com.
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ABOUT THE LA PHIL
Under the leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil offers live performances, media initiatives and learning programs that inspire and strengthen communities in Los Angeles and beyond. The Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra is the foundation of the LA Phil’s offerings, which also include a multi-genre, multidisciplinary presenting program and such youth development programs as YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles). Performances are offered on three historic stages—Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford—as well as through a variety of media platforms. In all its endeavors, the LA Phil seeks to enrich the lives of individuals and communities through musical, artistic and learning experiences that resonate in our world today.