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Los Angeles Philharmonic 2012–13 Season to Feature New Staged Production of John Adams Oratorio

  • Tuesday, February 7, 2012
    Los Angeles Philharmonic 2012–13 Season to Feature New Staged Production of John Adams Oratorio

    John Adams 2009 color w/scores

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic has announced its 2012–13 season, and among its highlights is the fully staged version of John Adams's oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary, directed by longtime Adams collaborator Peter Sellars and conducted by the LA Philharmonic's Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. The composer, who is the orchestra's Creative Chair, continues to oversee its popular Green Umbrella new-music series, and will conduct two of the series' five concerts.

    The Gospel According to the Other Mary is an oratorio for orchestra, chorus, and soloists. Based on the New Testament stories of Lazarus and Jesus’ Passion, plus contemporary Latin American poetry, the work takes a fresh approach to the combination of materials that Adams pioneered in his 2000 Nativity oratorio, El Niño. The libretto, created by Peter Sellars, draws from the works of the Mexican poet Rosario Castellanos, Dorothy Day, Louise Erdich, and June Jordan. Three countertenors serve as narrator for the story. The work will receive its world premiere this spring at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, May 31 and June 1–3, 2012, and the staged version will be presented in March 2013, directed by Peter Sellars. The project will be taken on an international tour immediately thereafter, with performances at the Barbican in London, Kultur und Kongresszentrum in Lucerne, Salle Pleyel in Paris, and Avery Fisher Hall in New York.

    Adams kicks off the 2012–13 Green Umbrella series on October 16, 2012, when he leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group in Nico Muhly's Seeing Is Believing (West Coast premiere); Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason's Bow to String (U.S. premiere) and a new work by Bjarnason, in its world premiere; and Muhly’s arrangements of William Byrd, whose music has been an inspiration to the young composer.

    Adams returns to lead the LA Phil New Music Group on February 26, 2013, in a performance of his own Chamber Symphony for the penultimate concert in the series. Also on the program is the world premiere of a new piece by Unsuk Chin, led by Dudamel. Adams and Dudamel will lead the New Music Group in the same program at the Barbican on March 14, 2013.

    Los Angeles concertgoers can enjoy more music from John Adams this current season as the composer leads a number of concerts at Walt Disney Hall this April. On April 4, 6, and 7, he conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic with violinist Leila Josefowicz in Pärt's Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten and the West Coast premiere of Philip Glass's Ninth Symphony, and on April 10, he leads the LA Phil New Music Group and pianist Gloria Cheng on a program featuring the world premiere of Oscar Bettison's Livre des Sauvages plus works by Stockhausen and Cage.

    For additional details and available ticket links on all of the above events and other upcoming performances on John Adams's schedule, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour. For more on the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2012–13 season, go to laphil.com.

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The Los Angeles Philharmonic has announced its 2012–13 season, which will feature the fully staged version of John Adams's oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary, directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by the Philharmonic's Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. The project will be taken on an international tour, with performances in London, Lucerne, Paris, and New York. Adams, who is the orchestra's Creative Chair, continues to oversee its popular Green Umbrella new-music series and will conduct two of the series' concerts in Los Angeles.

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The Los Angeles Philharmonic has announced its 2012–13 season, and among its highlights is the fully staged version of John Adams's oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary, directed by longtime Adams collaborator Peter Sellars and conducted by the LA Philharmonic's Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. The composer, who is the orchestra's Creative Chair, continues to oversee its popular Green Umbrella new-music series, and will conduct two of the series' five concerts.

The Gospel According to the Other Mary is an oratorio for orchestra, chorus, and soloists. Based on the New Testament stories of Lazarus and Jesus’ Passion, plus contemporary Latin American poetry, the work takes a fresh approach to the combination of materials that Adams pioneered in his 2000 Nativity oratorio, El Niño. The libretto, created by Peter Sellars, draws from the works of the Mexican poet Rosario Castellanos, Dorothy Day, Louise Erdich, and June Jordan. Three countertenors serve as narrator for the story. The work will receive its world premiere this spring at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, May 31 and June 1–3, 2012, and the staged version will be presented in March 2013, directed by Peter Sellars. The project will be taken on an international tour immediately thereafter, with performances at the Barbican in London, Kultur und Kongresszentrum in Lucerne, Salle Pleyel in Paris, and Avery Fisher Hall in New York.

Adams kicks off the 2012–13 Green Umbrella series on October 16, 2012, when he leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group in Nico Muhly's Seeing Is Believing (West Coast premiere); Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason's Bow to String (U.S. premiere) and a new work by Bjarnason, in its world premiere; and Muhly’s arrangements of William Byrd, whose music has been an inspiration to the young composer.

Adams returns to lead the LA Phil New Music Group on February 26, 2013, in a performance of his own Chamber Symphony for the penultimate concert in the series. Also on the program is the world premiere of a new piece by Unsuk Chin, led by Dudamel. Adams and Dudamel will lead the New Music Group in the same program at the Barbican on March 14, 2013.

Los Angeles concertgoers can enjoy more music from John Adams this current season as the composer leads a number of concerts at Walt Disney Hall this April. On April 4, 6, and 7, he conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic with violinist Leila Josefowicz in Pärt's Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten and the West Coast premiere of Philip Glass's Ninth Symphony, and on April 10, he leads the LA Phil New Music Group and pianist Gloria Cheng on a program featuring the world premiere of Oscar Bettison's Livre des Sauvages plus works by Stockhausen and Cage.

For additional details and available ticket links on all of the above events and other upcoming performances on John Adams's schedule, go to nonesuch.com/on-tour. For more on the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2012–13 season, go to laphil.com.

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