John Williams is one of the greatest film composers of all time by any objective standard; his 49 Academy Award nominations are second only to Walt Disney himself. Williams and Walt Disney Concert Hall have gone together since the beginning. He opened the third inaugural gala, Soundstage L.A., in 2003 with the world premiere of his Soundings, a piece that has also provided the carillon lobby chimes that announce the end of intermission.
(OCT. 24-26) This far-reaching concert begins with the stirring, knife-edge fanfares of Janáček’s Sinfonietta, turns toward the future with Saariaho while celebrating the organ’s past, then plunges into the cool, Finnish mythic soundscapes of Sibelius.
The organ thrillingly expands the sonic mass of Saint-Saëns' immortal Third Symphony (which also includes a part for piano four-hands). USC composer (and recent Grammy winner) Stephen Hartke extends that repertoire with a work specifically inspired by the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ.
Come for: 6,134 pipes' worth of musical power join the full orchestra when we celebrate Walt Disney Concert Hall's grandest resident instrument with an organ extravaganza.
And more: Audacious arranger and performer Cameron Carpenter plays his organ adaptation of Scriabin's Piano Sonata No. 4.
We're excited to welcome back an elite group of organists, each of whom has been a part of "Hurricane Mama's" life over the past 10 years, for this momentous celebration. Michael Barone, host of public radio's Pipedreams serves as our guide while recorded videos give audience members a unique vantage point for the fun and eclectic program highlighting the organ's myriad strengths.
Come for: The clarion tones of Bach, brilliant fanfares, the Latin flair of Ravel's Bolero, audience participation, and even a rendition of "Walk on the Wild Side" combine for what is sure to be a fitting celebration for our King of Instruments.