Adams the other “new kid” in town at Los Angeles Philharmonic

Posted on: November 16, 2009

In Sunday’s (11/15) Los Angeles Times, Diane Haithman writes, “What does a renowned, Harvard-educated, Pulitzer Prize-winning classical music composer say just after the standing-ovation world premiere of his new symphony at Walt Disney Concert Hall, performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the baton of its wildly celebrated new music director, Gustavo Dudamel? ‘That was rockin’, wasn’t it?’ says a beaming John Adams. … The heady sensation made it clear that 28-year-old Dudamel isn’t the only new kid at the Phil: The other is Adams, in his inaugural season as the orchestra’s creative chair and curator of the Philharmonic’s first festival of Dudamel’s tenure: West Coast, Left Coast, a three-week event launching Saturday and exploring California music. The multidisciplinary festival will feature composers and performers long associated with California’s classical music scene, including San Francisco’s Kronos Quartet, composer-musician Terry Riley and former L.A. Phil Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen, now the orchestra’s first conductor laureate; Salonen’s ‘L.A. Variations’ will be on the program with ‘City Noir,’ also conducted by Dudamel.”

Photo by Margaretta Mitchell

Posted November 16, 2009