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Some of the sharpest musical minds from L.A. and beyond – including members of the LA Phil – present a guided look at the historical and cultural context of the orchestra’s programs. laphil.com/upbeatlive

    Myth of the New World with Melinda Haas & Deborah O'Grady • SAT / FEB 29, LA Phil 2019/20

    Myth of the New World with Melinda Haas & Deborah O'Grady • SAT / FEB 29, LA Phil 2019/20

    About This Performance
    Underneath the sense of hope and expansiveness in the New World is a shadow that has been there from its first colonization to the present moment. Dvořák set out to find and compose “American music.” What he created is a collage, suggestions of the hope of immigrants in the boundless space; the presence of slavery; the treatment of Native Americans; and the pristine beauty of the natural resources. Even more poignant today, we hear this music with all its shadows fully in the light.
    Join Deborah O’Grady and Melinda Haas for this unique exploration of Dvořák's signature work, Symphony No. 9, “New World,” through the lens of myth as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Dvořák & Ives festival.
    Artists
    Melinda Haas
    Deborah O’Grady

    • 42 min
    Dvořák 9 & Ives 4 with Russell Steinberg • FRI / FEB 28, LA Phil 2019/20

    Dvořák 9 & Ives 4 with Russell Steinberg • FRI / FEB 28, LA Phil 2019/20

    About This Performance
    The culmination of Dudamel’s unique look at Ives and Dvořák shows the individualistic American expanding his harmonic and rhythmic language even further in the stunningly complex Fourth Symphony. Dvořák’s final symphony was composed from Native-American and African-American source materials, from which he drew unforgettable melodies and dramatic harmonies that gelled into his most popular creation.
    Program
    IVES - The Unanswered Question
    IVES - Symphony No. 4
    Intermission
    DVOŘÁK - Symphony No. 9, “New World”
    Artists
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Los Angeles Master Chorale
    Grant Gershon, artistic director

    • 48 min
    Dvořák 9 & Ives 3 with Russell Steinberg • THU / FEB 27, LA Phil 2019/20

    Dvořák 9 & Ives 3 with Russell Steinberg • THU / FEB 27, LA Phil 2019/20

    About This Performance
    By juxtaposing Ives’ and Dvořák’s symphonies, Dudamel reveals new ways to hear each composer. Here, Ives’ compact Third draws on memories of songs, hymns, children’s games, and dances to create music of wondrous complexity. Dvořák’s final symphony was composed from Native-American and African-American source materials, from which he drew unforgettable melodies and dramatic harmonies that gelled into his most popular creation.
    Program
    IVES - The Unanswered Question
    IVES - Symphony No. 3, “The Camp Meeting”
    Intermission
    DVOŘÁK - Symphony No. 9, “New World”
    Artists
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

    • 41 min
    Wayne Marshall with Thomas Neenan • SUN / FEB 23, LA Phil 2019/20

    Wayne Marshall with Thomas Neenan • SUN / FEB 23, LA Phil 2019/20

    About this Performance:
    British-born Wayne Marshall is a triple threat, appearing around the world as an organist, pianist, and conductor. His abilities in jazz as well as classical music make him particularly well suited for the glittering improvisations on Bernstein and Beethoven that will bookend his Disney Hall recital. “…sheer technical bravado… breathtaking speeds…stunning virtuosity…such brilliant playing.” (Gramophone)
     
    Artists:
    Wayne Marshall, organ
     
    Program:
    Wayne MARSHALL Improvisation on themes of Bernstein, “Homage à Lenny”
    DUPRÉ Symphonie-Passion, Op. 23
    George C. BAKER Deux Evocations
    WIDOR Organ Symphony No. 6 in G minor, Op. 42 No. 2
    Andrew AGER Toccata & Fugue
    MESSIAEN Les mages & Dieu parmi nous from La Nativité du Seigneur
    Wayne MARSHALL Improvisation on themes of Beethoven

    • 25 min
    Dvořák 7 & Ives 1 with Christopher Russell • FRI / FEB 21, LA Phil 2019/20

    Dvořák 7 & Ives 1 with Christopher Russell • FRI / FEB 21, LA Phil 2019/20

    About this Performance:
    Revealing unpredictable connections between the two composers, Dudamel’s unexpected pairing of symphonies by Ives and Dvořák begins here with each man showing us new ways to view vernacular music in a symphonic context.
     
    Artists
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
     
    Program
    IVES Symphony No. 1
    DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 7

    • 39 min
    Weimar Nightfall: The Seven Deadly Sins with Kristi Brown-Montesano & Gerard McBurney • THU / FEB 13, LA Phil 2019/20

    Weimar Nightfall: The Seven Deadly Sins with Kristi Brown-Montesano & Gerard McBurney • THU / FEB 13, LA Phil 2019/20

    Widely acclaimed English actor/writer/director Simon McBurney and his equally accomplished brother, composer/writer/scholar Gerard McBurney, collaborate with Salonen to present darkly satirical musical-theater works from the heyday of German Expressionism. The music is inflected with 1920s jazz and popular song, along with an edge of cynicism.
    Program:
    HINDEMITH Murderer, Hope of Women
    WEILL/BRECHT The Berlin Requiem
    WEILL/BRECHT The Seven Deadly Sins
     

    • 30 min

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