By Robert D. Thomas
Southern California News Group
Summertime and its outdoor concerts loom on the horizon but there’s still some work left to wrap up the 2015-2016 indoor Southern California classical music seasons.
DUDAMEL, THE PHIL AND DISNEY HALL
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic are offering a wide array of concerts to conclude their Walt Disney Concert Hall season, programs that are both interesting in their own right and demonstrate Dudamel’s continued growth as a conductor and musical leader.
Consider next weekend offerings, which feature two programs melding music by an old master and two contemporary folks.
On Thursday and Friday nights, Dudamel leads the Phil in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17, K. 453, with Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan as soloist, and Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in memory of Benjamin Britten and Symphony No. 4 (Los Angeles). The program also includes Inverted Birth, a short work by video artist Bill Viola.
The Saturday and Sunday programs pair Mozart’s Symphonies No. 35 and No. 40 with the world premiere of Pärt’s Greater Antiphons, a 15-minute work for strings that was commissioned by the Phil from the Estonian composer.
Information: 323/850-2000; www.laphil.com
LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA. DISNEY “SILLY SYMPHONIES,” AND THE ORPHEUM
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s subscription seasons are over but there’s always one final offering by the innovative ensemble. For several years LACO presented silent movies in UCLA’s Royce Hall as a fundraiser, but last June the orchestra changed things up by offering Disney cartoons with the orchestra accompanying the big screen presentation.
This year LACO reprises that concept when it offers seven Disney’s “Silly Symphonies” on June 4 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Six-time Emmy Award-winning conductor and composer Mark Watters leads the ensemble as it accompanies cartoons that include the first commercial short produced in Technicolor and five Academy Award winners.
Part of the evening’s enjoyment will be the theatre itself. Built in the 1920s, the Orpheum was the fourth and final theatre operated the Orpheum vaudeville circuit in Los Angeles. Its opulent lobby and auditorium remain a historical artifact of a bygone era, one that saw lavish movie and vaudeville palaces built across the country.
Information: 213/622-7001; www.laco.org
John Sutton leads the Angeles Chorale in a program entitled ““FREEDOM! The Sounds of Hope and Survival” on June 11 at First United Methodist Church, Pasadena. The principal work will be Songs of the Slave, a suite from the opera John Brown by Kirke Mechem. Bass-baritone Cedric Berry will be the soloist.
Information: 818/591-1735; www.angeleschorale.org
PASADENA MASTER CHORALE
On June 11 and 12, the Pasadena Master Chorale concludes its season at Altadena Community Church when Artistic Director Jeffrey Bernstein leads the chorale, soloists and pianist Michael Alfera in a performance of J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion.
Information: 626/208-0009; www.pasadenamasterchorale.org
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