With the acclaimed and unprecedented Minimalist Jukebox festival of 2006, the Los Angeles Philharmonic became the first major orchestra to take stock of Minimalism, America’s greatest contribution to classical music and the single most important musical movement of the 20th century and beyond. Our Creative Chair - and pioneer of the Minimalist movement - John Adams curates a city-wide festival featuring Minimalist works. In April 2014, you’ll hear legendary Minimalist works by the movement’s major stars – Riley, Glass, Reich, Andriessen, Adams – and the next generation of innovators.
MINIMALIST JUKEBOX: TOYOTA SYMPHONIES FOR YOUTH: FINDING PATTERNS IN MUSIC
SAT APR 5 11AM
SAT APR 12 11AM
This brand new exploration of musical Minimalism will delve into the art of rhythm, repetition, looping, phasing, and more, as well as the way these concepts play out in the orchestral music of today.
MINIMALIST JUKEBOX: MAXIMUM MINIMALISM
TUE APR 8 8PM
In order to create the text for his own indie rock song cycle, Pulitzer Prize-winning David Lang combed through Schubert lyrics for moments where personified death sends a message to the living. Death also haunts Steve Reich’s Grammy-winning Different Trains, which includes the taped voices of Holocaust survivors.
- LA Phil New Music Group
- John Adams, conductor
- Calder Quartet
- Nico Muhly, piano
- Shara Worden, soprano
- Gyan Riley, guitar
- Andrew Tholl, violin
- Claire Chase, flute
- International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
- David Fulmer, ICE conductor
- wild Up
- Christopher Rountree, wild Up conductor
- Brian Gale, lighting designer
REICH: Vermont Counterpoint
EASTMAN: Stay On It
REICH: Different Trains
MCINTOSH: Silver and White
LANG: death speaks
REICH: Radio Rewrite
GREY: Awake The Machine Electric (world premiere, LA Phil commission)
MAZZOLI: Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) (world premiere, LA Phil commission)
ADAMS: American Standard
MINIMALIST JUKEBOX: MINIMALIST DREAMHOUSE
WED APR 9 8PM
From American pioneers La Monte Young, Terry Riley, and Philip Glass all the way to Brian Eno, Sonic Youth, and Aphex Twin, the world’s reigning piano duo, along with guest artists, will present a bird’s eye survey of Minimalism from a keyboard perspective in three 40-minute sets. Come and go as you will. Just don’t miss it.
MINIMALIST JUKEBOX: GORDON, RILEY & ADAMS
FRI APR 11 8PM
SAT APR 12 8PM
SUN APR 13 2PM
Renegade organist Carpenter takes the lead for the brand new concerto by Riley, the musical guru who got the Minimalist ball rolling. The concert begins with Gordon's love-obsessed piece (titled after the Cream song) and ends with Adams' most awe-inspiring large-scale instrumental work.
MINIMALIST JUKEBOX: GLASS' THE CIVIL WARS
THU APR 17 8PM
SAT APR 19 8PM
Inspired by Matthew Brady’s Civil War photographs and composed by Philip Glass for L.A.’s 1984 Olympic Arts Festival, the “Rome Section” of Robert Wilson's epic the CIVIL warS is an operatic multi-part cantata of profoundly moving music, ruminating on war and the disruption of the moral order through such characters as the Lincolns, Garibaldi, Robert E. Lee, Hercules, and more. A major event.
- Los Angeles Philharmonic
- Grant Gershon, conductor
- Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, music director
- Hila Plitmann, soprano
- Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
- Andrew Staples, tenor
- Craig Verm, baritone
- Steve Pence, bass
- Tanya Kane-Perry, director
- Trevor Stirlin Burk, lighting designer
- GLASS: the CIVIL warS, (the Rome Section)
MINIMALIST JUKEBOX: AN EVENING OF ANDRIESSEN
FRI APR 18 8PM
Opening with 144 iterations of the same loud chord, this extraordinary four-part vocal/instrumental work incorporates eclectic musical influences ranging from Bach and Stravinsky to “L’homme armé” and boogie-woogie, all in Andriessen’s unique style.