July 28, 2011 4 Comments
I received an email from the Los Angeles Philharmonic a couple of days ago informing me that there would be a slight change for their October 20 & 21 programs: instead of Tromba Lontana by John Adams, the curtain raiser will now be Short Ride on a Fast Machine (also by Adams) in a concert which also includes the Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 and the world premiere of Magnetar, an electric cello concerto written by Enrico Chapela featuring Johannes Moser as soloist.
Some brief additional research revealed that the two Adams fanfares essentially swapped places with each other, with Tromba Lontana now appearing where Short Ride on a Fast Machine was originally scheduled: on the season opening weekend concerts along with Symphonie fantastique by Berlioz. In addition, it appears that the Stravinsky Symphony in C has been dropped in favor of the U.S. premiere of Rituales Amerindios by Esteban Benzecry. (Both of these programs, with the changes, are also scheduled to be performed as part of the San Francisco Symphony’s 100th Anniversary celebration concerts at Davies Symphony Hall on October 23rd and 24th).
I’m almost always up for premieres of new music, but my initial reaction was to be glad that I hadn’t yet bought tickets to the first concert weekend of the season: