Dudamel launches the season with a high-voltage program, beginning with a new percussion concerto by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang (Bang on a Can). Then, an evocative trumpet fanfare initiates Mahler's Fifth Symphony, whose huge musical canvas includes an achingly beautiful love song to his wife, Alma.
Come for: An aural extravaganza. Lang wrote man made to take advantage of what his friends in So Percussion do: "create theatrical environments, use weird things you don't usually think of as instruments, play super hard music that is intricate, oddly emotional, and sometimes very loud."
And more: During Dudamel's already legendary Mahler Project in 2012, it was the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela that played Mahler 5. Now it's the LA Phil's turn!
300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, 90802
1:00pm to 3:00pm
With its soaring, majestic brass, Aaron Coplands beloved 3-minute Fanfare for the Common Man will open Long Beach Symphonys 2014-2015 80th Anniversary Classical Series masterfully led by guest conduct...
Bang on a Can co-founders Gordon and Lang produced absolutely remarkable, seminal works for percussion, heard here as performed by the acclaimed ensemble Sō Percussion, with members of the LA Phil.
Come for: Timber, a percussion piece played entirely on six 2x4 pieces of wood. Listen to six players bring a unique instrument to life with sounds you've never heard before.
Beethoven revolutionized what it meant to be a public performer/composer, creating the template of the artist as a culture's creative conscience. Dudamel and Andsnes bring their acclaimed Beethoven cycle to a climactic conclusion with the "Emperor" Concerto and the Choral Fantasy, with its early hints of the "Ode to Joy."
Come for: "…a sense of balance, of musicality, of understanding not only the notes themselves but the wider context – where these pieces stand within Beethoven’s output and a broader historical perspective, too." (Gramophone, reviewing the first CD of Andsnes' Beethoven Journey)
And more: Dudamel also includes John Adams' enthralling first piece for chorus and orchestra, Harmonium, based on striking poetry by John Donne and Emily Dickinson.