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LA Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel partnership set to electrify Barbican

26 April, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

Gustavo Dudamel conducts the LA Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican next week

The Los Angeles Phiharmonic Orchestra and music/artistic director Gustavo Dudamel are widely recognised as being one of the most electrifying orchestra-conductor partnerships in the world.
So they could be well worth catching when they return for a three-day residency at the Barbican next week, performing three concerts:

Wednesday May 2, 7.30pm
• Edgard Varèse’s Amériques composed after he moved from France to New York in 1915. The piece for large orchestra quickly builds up elemental power symbolising “discoveries” – as Varèse puts it: “New worlds on earth, in the sky or in the minds of men.”
• Shostakovich’s epic Fifth Symphony, his most popular work written as a “come-back” piece after his denunciation by Stalin.
• European premiere of Pollux, a new Barbican co-commission by former LA Phil director Esa Pewkka-Salonen.

Thursday May 3, 7.30pm
• LA Phil New Music Group and Dudamel are performing radical minimalist 1970s repertoire featuring Frederic Rzewski’s Attica, Julius Eastman’s Evil Nigger and Ted Hearne’s 2013 piece Law of Mosaics.

Friday May 4, 7.30pm
LA Phil/Dudamel performance of two very different hymns to joy separated by 141 years.
• Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday is being marked by the performane of his choral masterpiece Chichester Psalms with the LSO Chorus.
• This is juxtaposed with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, a touchstone of Western civilisation and a musical icon.

Earlier in the day (11am), there’s an open rehearsal with Dudamel and 150 members of National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and members of the Youth Orchestra of LA. Being unveiled during the open rehearsal is a Youth Manifesto drawn up 40 young people in Britain and 10 from America. The manifesto is concerned with the future of the arts and nurturing music for future generations.

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