Dudamel teams with remarkable violinist Jennifer Koh for Anahit, Giacinto Scelsi’s visionary 1965 “concerto,” replete with esoteric sonic explorations and harmonic richness, and shaded with microtones, the “in-between” pitches that you cannot play on a piano.
Come for: Dudamel leading a program of modern music.
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Their behavior is improper; their books are banned; their love is illicit. Authors, artists and poets ostracized for not conforming are celebrated as we give voice to their incredible accomplishments during this concert. Highlights include I Will Remember Everything, a new work by celebrated choral composer and conductor, Eric Banks. Originally composed for and performed by KITKA, Vox Femina Los Angeles was chosen to present the second performance in the NEA grant that funded the commission. I Will Remember Everything gives voice to the long censored love poems of Russias first openly lesbian poet, Sophia Parnok. Sung in Russian and English, this musical biography tracks Parnoks success as a published poet, her passionate affair with poet Marina Tsvetaeva, the Soviet censorship, and her life of suffering in oblivion until death by Graves disease in 1933. Beauty, intensity and tragedy marked Parnoks life and this stunning piece takes us on an emotional journey giving overdue recognition to her substantial literary gifts.
Two of South Africa’s true freedom fighters and renowned musical icons, trumpeter Hugh Masekela and singer-songwriter Vusi Mahlasela, come together to honor 20 years of democracy in South Africa. Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the acclaimed all-male chorus, celebrates over 50 years of joyous and uplifting music combining intricate rhythms and harmonies of South Africa with the sounds and sentiments of gospel.