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  • THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC’S 2019/20 GREEN UMBRELLA SERIES OFFERS A COLLABORATIVE THEME
  • Oct. 28, 2019
  • The Six-Concert Series Presented Throughout the 2019/20 Season:

    Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at 8PM
    Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at 8PM
    Tuesday, February 4, 2020, at 8 PM
    Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at 8 PM
    Tuesday, April 21, 2020, at 8 PM
    Saturday, June 6, 2020, at 8PM
    Los Angeles, CA (October 28, 2019) - The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series at Walt Disney Concert Hall continues its tradition of providing audiences with intellectually daring forays into new music with its 2019/20 season. Overseen by LA Phil Creative Chair John Adams and performed by the LA Phil New Music Group, the Green Umbrella series invents the future of sound with each unique partnership of living composers and masterful musicians. The 2019/20 season advances this vision with a vibrant palette of innovative performances, with each conductor collaborating with guest artists to curate their respective programs.

    The series gets underway November 5 with a cello-centric performance co-curated by Adams and rising star cellist Jay Campbell. Though the two had never met before Adams approached Campbell to work on the program, they quickly established a creative rapport to develop the lineup. The resulting program includes LA Phil co-commissioned world premieres from Sky Macklay and Marc Sabat, along with an Eric Wubbels work for cello and piano and Tristan Perich’s work for solo cello and electronics.

    The next concert in the series, December 10, honors the music and life of Oliver Knussen, a long-standing friend to the LA Phil. LA Phil Principal Guest Conductor Susanna Mälkki and violinist Leila Josefowicz, both of whom also had long-standing ties with the composer, have put together an evening featuring three of his creations surrounded with chamber-sized music by his friends, colleagues and students Colin Matthews, Helen Grime, Huw Watkins and Jonathan Harvey.

    Going into the new year, the series continues on February 4, 2020, with two of the LA Phil’s 2017 Reykjavík Festival stars, composer/conductor Daníel Bjarnason and pianist Víkingur Ólafsson. The two join together for an all-Nordic concert featuring composers from Denmark, Finland, and their Icelandic homeland, including Bjarnason’s Possibilities and a world premiere from Thurídur Jónsdóttir, plus a U.S. premiere by the Danish Bent Sørensen.
    Next, Ted Hearne’s LA Phil-commissioned Place has its West Coast premiere March 24, as part of the LA Phil’s Power to the People! festival. The program, created by Hearne, Patricia McGregor and Saul Williams, examines gentrification and the complexities of what we call home. Beth Morrison Projects is a co-producer and co-commissioner.

    The series continues with the collaboration between composer Du Yun and conductor David Bloom of the New York-based group Contemporaneous on April 21. Yun, whose LA Phil-commissioned Thirst had its world premiere at an LA Phil concert during the 2018/19 season, returns with another new work to accompany two additional world premieres on the program. The wide-ranging lineup begins with Carlos Gutierrez Quiroga’s Jintili for tiny pan flutes and loofahs.

    The Green Umbrella’s 2019/20 series concludes with an all-Steve Reich program on June 6. The Noon-to-Midnight anchoring concert culminates with the premiere of a collaboration between Reich and artist Gerhard Richter, conducted by Brad Lubman. Richter provides a computer-generated film of his painting 946-3, resulting in a stream of images interpreted by music and a musical composition visualized by film images.



    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
    2019/20 GREEN UMBRELLA SERIES
    WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL


    John Adams & Jay Campbell
    Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 8PM

    LA Phil New Music Ensemble
    John Adams, conductor
    Jay Campbell, cello

    Co-curated by John Adams and Jay Campbell

    Gabriella SMITH Carrot Revolution for string quartet
    Marc SABAT Partite Requiem (world premiere, LA Phil commission)
    Eric WUBBELS gretchen am spinnrade for cello and piano
    Sky MACKLAY Swarm Collecting (world premiere, LA Phil commission with generous support from the Deborah Borda Women in the Arts Initiative)
    Tristan PERICH Formations for solo cello and electronics


    A Tribute to Oliver Knussen
    Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 8PM

    LA Phil New Music Ensemble
    Susanna Mälkki, conductor
    Leila Josefowicz, violin
    John Novacek, piano

    Co-curated by Susanna Mälkki and Leila Josefowicz

    Colin MATTHEWS Hidden Variables
    KNUSSEN Reflection
    Helen GRIME A Cold Spring
    Huw WATKINS Piano Quartet
    KNUSSEN Ophelia Dances, Book 1
    KNUSSEN Two Organa
    HARVEY Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco


    Bjarnason & Ólafsson
    Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 8PM

    LA Phil New Music Ensemble
    Daníel Bjarnason, conductor
    Víkingur Ólafsson, piano
    István Várdai, cello

    Co-curated by Bjarnason and Ólafsson

    Bent SØRENSEN The Weeping White Room
    Kaija SAARIAHO  7 Papillons for solo cello
    Daníel BJARNASON 5 Possibilities for piano, cello and clarinet
    Thurídur JÓNSDÓTTIR new work for ensemble (world premiere, LA Phil Commission)
    Bent SØRENSEN Mignon – Papillons for piano and strings (U.S. premiere)


    Power to the People!
    Place (in/SIGHT)
    Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 8PM

    LA Phil New Music Ensemble
    Co-created by Ted Hearne, Patricia McGregor and Saul Williams
    Ted Hearne, composer and conductor
    Saul Williams and Ted Hearne, libretto
    Patricia McGregor, director
    Tim Brown and Sanford Biggers, scenic and video design
    Pablo Santiago, lighting design
    Jody Elff, sound design
    Rachel Myers, costume design
    Steven Bradshaw, Sophia Byrd, Josephine Lee, Isaiah Robinson, Sol Ruiz, Ayanna Woods, vocalists

    Ted HEARNE Place (West Coast premiere, LA Phil commission)
    Co-produced and co-commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects


    Du Yun & David Bloom
    Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 8PM

    LA Phil New Music Ensemble
    David Bloom, conductor

    Co-curated by David Bloom and Du Yun

    Carlos Gutierrez QUIROGA Jintili
    Vicente ALEXIM Impulses
    Aida SHIRAZI Lullaby for Shattered Angels
    Mazz SWIFT new work (world premiere, LA Phil commission with generous support from The Hillenburg Family)
    DU YUN new work (world premiere, LA Phil commission)
    Rajna SWAMINATHAN new work (world premiere, LA Phil commission)


    Steve Reich Premiere (in/SIGHT)
    Saturday, June 6, 2020, 8PM

    LA Phil New Music Ensemble
    Brad Lubman, conductor

    Steve REICH Double Sextet
    Steve REICH Runner
    Steve REICH Reich/Richter (West Coast premiere, LA Phil commission)
    film by Gerhard Richter & Corinna Belz

    For more information and full artists biographies, please visit laphil.com
    Tickets for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2019/20 season are available for purchase at laphil.com, in person at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, or by phone at 323 850 2000.

    About the Los Angeles Philharmonic
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres – orchestral, chamber, and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music, and pop – at two of L.A.’s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall (laphil.com) and the Hollywood Bowl (hollywoodbowl.com). The LA Phil’s season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from September through June and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, learning, and community programs.
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