“This is the signature building in L.A.”
As a creative force, acclaimed composer John Adams has been a part of the Walt Disney Concert Hall family since the venue opened its doors, although he wasn’t named Creative Chair until Gustavo Dudamel became Music Director. “When the Philharmonic asked me for a new work to celebrate the opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall, I knew I wanted to write something that reflected our collective experience of being Californians,” Adams said. The result was his electric violin concerto The Dharma at Big Sur, premiered on the third of the opening gala concerts.
Adams has since recorded the work in live performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Making him Creative Chair was one of Dudamel’s first acts as the LA Phil’s new Music Director, and Adams wrote City Noir for Dudamel’s inaugural gala at the Hall, broadcast on radio and television and released on DVD. As Creative Chair, Adams brings his favorite works and new discoveries to Los Angeles audiences, curating festivals such as Minimalist Jukebox and West Coast / Left Coast and conducting the orchestra and its New Music Group, in addition to keeping us supplied with major new works, such as The Gospel According to the Other Mary, the stunning Passion oratorio that Dudamel and the LA Phil have taken to Europe and recorded (to be released in 2014).