Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel
Barbican International Associate Residency
22-24 March 2016, Barbican Hall
Supported by the SHM Foundation
The Los Angeles Philharmonic and its Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel return to the Barbican for their much anticipated second International Associate residency from 22-24 March. The programme includes some of the highlights of the orchestra’s season in Los Angeles, with a strong emphasis on the Americas, and also an exciting chance for young people from East London to rehearse together with young musicians from Los Angeles, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel in an open rehearsal.
The residency opens on 22 March with an all-American programme including two UK premieres: Play: Level 1 by Los Angeles-based composer Andrew Norman, and John Williams’s Soundings, an experimental piece written for the orchestra’s home, Walt Disney Concert Hall. The concert also features Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera’s piano concerto no 1 with Venezuelan born, Argentine pianist Sergio Tiempo (celebrating the centenary of Ginastera’s birth), and Aaron Copland’s North American Appalachian spring.
The American theme continues on 23 March with Olivier Messiaen’s monumental Des canyons aux étoiles, a work inspired by the glowing colours and transcendent beauty of the Utah desert and commissioned to commemorate the United States bicentennial. As part of their acclaimed Green Umbrella contemporary music programme, the Los Angeles Philharmonic co-commissioned visuals from photographer Deborah O’Grady to accompany the performance, creating a multimedia performance fusing sound and colour.
Music education and learning are an integral part of the Barbican International Associate residencies. A highlight of this residency will be an open rehearsal on 24 March, in which Gustavo Dudamel conducts young people from East London and Los Angeles in sections from the Appalachian spring suite. In a joint project between the Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) and the East London Cultural Education Partnership (ELCEP), 70 young people aged 11-18 from different east London boroughs plus 10 of their counterparts from Los Angeles will form Young Orchestra East. Ahead of the residency, the London musicians will rehearse with Guildhall School musicians and conductor Karin Hendrickson, followed by joint rehearsals together with the young people from LA under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla(Assistant Conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic), and finally in the open rehearsal on 24 March conducted by Dudamel. The young people will also get together in facilitated discussions about their role in shaping the future of classical music and their findings will be heard in short speeches at the open rehearsal. Another learning opportunity during the residency are masterclasses that take place throughout the residency at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Students of the school will be offered masterclasses in Strings, Wind, Brass and Percussion.
The young musicians will attend performances of the Los Angeles Philharmonic residency, including the evening of 24 March: Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the Philharmonic in Mahler’s Symphony No 3 – the first time he conducts the symphony in London. The performance also features mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, Ladies of the LSO Chorus and Tiffin Boys Choir.
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