Los Angeles Philharmonic announced its Walt Disney Concert Hall season 020/21
Artistic and Musical Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Gustavo Dudamel and David C. Bohnett President and CEO President Chad smith announced today the 2020/21 Walt disney The concert hall season features three innovative new projects: Pan-American Music Initiative and America: The Stories We Tell directed by Gustavo Dudamel and Seoul Festival organized by Unsuk chin; premieres of 27 LA Phil commissions; the revival of LA Phil productions, including Esa-Pekka Salonen’s historic Tristan Project collaboration, Pierre Sellars and Bill Viola; and performances by world-renowned guest artists, including Yuja wang, Hélène Grimaud, Lang lang, Itzhak Perlman, Yefim Bronfman, Leila Josefowicz, Katia and Marielle Labèque and Barbara hannigan.
Under the direction of the musical and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil is launching the Pan-American Music Initiative, a five-year celebration of the vision and creativity of artists from across America. Over the life of the project, Dudamel and the LA Phil will invest in 30 commissions, recording projects, residencies and partnerships with Pan American cultural institutions, and original collaborations with Pan American artists in all LA Phil locations: Walt disney Concert Hall, Hollywood Bowl and The Ford. Each season will be shaped by an artist-curator, and the first year will be guided by Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz. In the 2020/21 season, programs feature iconic works by Revueltas and Ginastera, including the latter’s ballet Estancia with choreography by the Brazilian dance troupe Grupo Corpo in their first orchestral collaboration, as well as new music by Erika Vega, Alejandro Cardona and Carlos Sanchez -Gutierrez in a Green Umbrella concert conducted by Lina Gonzalez-Granados.
America: The Stories We Tell is a year-long exploration of how storytelling shapes our nation – from well-worn myths to lesser-known tales. Gustavo Dudamel opens the focus with a program featuring a world premiere commissioned by LA Phil to Puerto Rican-born multi-instrumentalist and composer Angélica Negrón. The focus ends with a performance of Julia bullock‘s History’s Persistent Voice, which highlights the lyrics, work and experiences of black American artists. The voices of those enslaved in the 1860s are placed alongside those who lived through years of sharecropping and Jim Crow, as well as those currently in prison. This multimedia concert features brand new music commissioned by an esteemed roster of American women of color, including Rhiannon giddens, Allison Loggins-Hull, Tania León, Jessie Montgomery, Camille Norment, Cécile McLorin Salvant and Pamela Z. Other performances include John adams‘Girls of the Golden West, Porgy and Bess by Gershwin associated with works by Florence Award and Guillaume Grant Yet Sousa walks and responds to it with contemporary composers and a season-long exploration of Pauline Oliveros’ music curated by Claire Chase.
Seoul Festival, hosted by renowned composer Unsuk chin, is an in-depth look at the thriving contemporary scene in the South Korean capital that brings Korean musicians, conductors and composers to Los Angeles, which has the largest Korean population in the United States. This week-long festival features several world and US premieres, showcases leading Korean artists, and includes lectures and panel discussions that provide additional insight into the concert programs and the cultural context from which they emerged.
Gustavo Dudamel said, “In these divided times, it has never been more important for us to remember all that unites us. This season we look at America in its sprawling and wonderful complexity. We explore the very nature of American identity and how these myriad musical stories and ideas can all come together in our magical city. We seek to build musical bridges, exploring how these bridges connect us across different communities, cultures and genres. our special focus on Korea, a rich culture deeply rooted in our community, we honor and enrich our understanding of who we are as a people. I look forward to sharing this wonderful adventure with you as these extraordinary artists come together. bring together to remind us of all that unites us and all that is best in us. “
Chad smith added, “Gustavo has been with us for over a decade now, and during that time he has broadened our embrace of our Los Angeles community and the world. In Season 20/21, we are welcoming new voices and new perspectives from Latin America, East Asia and our own backyard, while inviting new audiences to experience the wonders of Mahler, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. Gustavo’s artistic vision and immense talent combined the incredible openness and skill of our orchestra creates a space in the concert hall where, for two to three hours at a time, the borders dissolve and everyone is invited. “
Throughout the 2020/21 season, Gustavo Dudamel conducts 16 large-scale programs, including Mahler’s Symphonies 5 and 6, Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night and John adams“Nixon in China. He also performs a complete cycle of Rachmaninoff’s piano concertos with Yuja wang and a new piano concerto commissioned by LA Phil from Daníel Bjarnason, with Víkingur Ólafsson, and the world premiere of André NormandViolin concerto with soloist Leila Josefowicz. As part of his new Pan-American musical initiative, he conducts the full score of Estancia de Ginastera, accompanying a new full ballet by Grupo Corpo from Brazil. Around Holy Week, Dudamel conducts the orchestra in sacred music programs by Pergolesi and Verdi and the American premiere of Thomas Adès’ visions of Hell, Purgatory and Paradise, commissioned by LA Phil, inspired by Dante.
Award-winning conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the orchestra at the LA Phil-commissioned US premiere of Sound Atlas by Anders Hillborg and the Tristan Project. Principal guest conductor Susanna Mälkki returns with concerts including Fett by Enno Poppe (US premiere on an LA Phil commission), Remnants of Songs … an Amphigory by Olga Neuwirth (US premiere) with the solo viola Teng Li, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, and Sibelius’s Violin Concerto in its original version, with soloist Isabelle Faust. Associate conductor Paolo Bortolameolli returns with interpretations of works by Brahms and Bartók, as well as Beethoven with the solo piano Yefim Bronfman.
During the 2020/21 season, LA Phil tours, opening the prestigious New York Carnegie Hall season in October, first appearances of the orchestra for 30 years. The orchestra will present four concerts, including the opening gala of the hall of its new season with soloist Lang lang. The LA Phil continues as an international orchestral partner for London’s Barbican Center, performing exclusively at the Barbican in London and making the London home of the orchestra in a partnership that began in 2010. There will be four performances in May as part of the orchestra’s annual residency, which will also combine creative learning programs, collaborations and partnerships.