LA Phil tuning up the programs they are taking on tour (part 1 of 3): Packing up the Green Umbrella for a road trip
March 6, 2013 4 Comments
The Los Angeles Philharmonic has begun presenting to local audiences the programs they will be taking on tour, all of which include music exclusively from the 20th and 21st Century. London, Lucerne, Paris, and New York get the two big programs: one featuring works by Vivier, Debussy, and Stravinsky; the other with John Adams’s massive oratorio, The Gospel According to the Other Mary.
As if that weren’t enough to show their dedication to newer music, the LA Phil’s New Music Group will be performing an extra concert in London: the Green Umbrella program they unveiled at Walt Disney Concert Hall last week. In fact, it will be the very first concert they give on tour — a statement-making concert, if you will.
This is certainly admirable and ambitious in concept, and based on what I heard, the works performed certainly gave the musicians a chance to show off their range and flexibility. Moreover, the three compositions fit together well while also presenting some diversity in musical language.