Tuesday, November 9, 2010
John Adams Piece to Open LA Philharmonic Concert Broadcast Live in Theaters January 9John Adams's 1996 piece Slonimsky's Earbox will open the Los Angeles Philharmonic's January 9, 2011, concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Adams's music is no stranger to Walt Disney Hall. In fact, the composer has partnered with the Philharmonic to oversee its famed Green Umbrella new-music series this season. What makes this program particularly special is that audiences across North America will be able to enjoy the concert as it happens, through LA Phil LIVE, a cinecast to 450 movie theaters in the US and Canada.
This is the first such broadcast from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which will continue the series with two additional concert broadcasts. In addition to the complete concert performance, LA Phil LIVE includes exclusive interviews, backstage access, and a Q&A with LA Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel.
"For the first concert, we have an amazing combination of music," says Dudamel. "We have John Adams, and we have the opportunity to play this wonderful piece from him going directly to Bernstein, this also a symbol of American music." Closing out the program is Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Says Dudamel: "I think it's a program with a lot of spirit and a lot of energy and a lot of joy."
You can see and hear more of what Dudamel has to say about these events in the video posted below. For more on the events, visit laphil.com/laphillive.
Slonimsky's Earbox can be heard on the 2001 Nonesuch recording of Adams's Century Rolls, which also includes his piece Lollapalooza. To pick up a copy with the complete album included as high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s at checkout, head to the Nonesuch Store.