21 April 2010
Dudamel and the LA Phil kick off Americas and Americans Festival and prepare for U.S. Tour
Beginning this month, Dudamel presides over his first major festival with the Los Angeles Philharmonic: "Americas and Americans". The festival, which opened on April 6 and runs through May 14, spotlights works by North and South American composers and explores the cultural experiences shared across the equator. On April 22 and 23, Dudamel will lead the orchestra in a program of works by Chávez, Lieberson, and Bernstein. The week of April 29 finds Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic in a unique collaboration with renowned filmmaker Alberto Arvelo, who will design and stage Antonio Estévez's atmospheric, folk-inspired Cantata Criollausing film, costumes, and innovative theatrical techniques. On May 4, Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group perform a special concert featuring five newly composed works, including two Los Angeles Philharmonic commissions and world premieres. Composers whose works will be featured on this program include Andrew Norman, Derek Bermel, Leo Brouwer, Esteban Benzecry, and Andrew McKenna Lee, who appears as both composer and guitarist at this "Americas and Americans" festival event.
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Shortly after their concerts in LA, Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic will embark on their first joint tour as Music Director and orchestra. The eight-city tour of the United States begins on May 10 in San Francisco with stops in Phoenix, Chicago, Nashville, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, and Newark. Works to be performed include Johns Adams's City Noir, a piece that was commissioned by the LA Phil and premiered at Dudamel's inaugural gala in October; Mahler's Symphony No. 1; Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique"; and Bernstein's Symphony No. 2, "The Age of Anxiety", with acclaimed pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet as soloist.