In 1807, a 37-year-old scholar living in West Africa was captured and forced aboard a slave ship bound for Charleston, South Carolina. Omar Ibn Said's life and Muslim faith are remembered and retold in this inspirational West Coast premiere inspired by his remarkable 1831 autobiography (the only known surviving American slave narrative written in Arabic).
Set in the shifting darkness of memory and imagination, Omar follows his compelling journey from a peaceful life in his homeland to enslavement in a violent, foreign world. Lost in the wilderness of his thoughts and his stolen life, he's haunted by memories of his family and the people he encounters along the way. Through it all, he somehow remains true to himself and his faith, against all odds. The luminous score—composed by Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels—incorporates distinctive West African traditions with traditional opera instrumentation.
Tenor Jamez McCorkle makes his company debut in the title role, with bass-baritone Daniel Okulitch in a double role as two very different slave masters. Norman Garrett makes his company debut as Omar's brother, with Barry Banks as the auctioneer and Jacqueline Echols as Julie, an enslaved woman who gives Omar the key to a better life.
Learn more about the creative process of Rhiannon Giddens and Michael Abels in this New York Times article.
Sung in English with English subtitles.
Patrick Harlin Earthrise Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Elgar Enigma Variations We are pleased to present Patrick Harlin as part of the Pasadena Symphony’s annual Composers Showcase, featuring works by both emerging and established contemporary composers at each concert.
Mason Bates Garages of the Valley Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 We are pleased to present Mason Bates as part of the Pasadena Symphony’s annual Composers Showcase, featuring works by both emerging and established contemporary composers at each concert.
Catch the grand opening of the inaugural concert season of the Pacific Jazz Orchestra. Featuring GRAMMY Award-winning singer/songwriter Ledisi and internationally renowned saxophonist Ben Wendel, this spectacular program features Ledisi’s interpretations of the iconic songs of Dinah Washington as well as Ben Wendel’s compositions, arranged for the orchestra by Chris Walden. The Pacific Jazz Orchestra is LA’s new resident 40-piece ensemble for jazz and beyond, founded and conducted by seven-time GRAMMY-nominated Artistic Director Chris Walden. RUNNING TIME: One hour and 45 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra opens its Chamber Series with an intimate program curated by Concertmaster and Director of Chamber Music Margaret Batjer. Celebrated pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, who “plays with both technical virtuosity and evident joy” (The New York Times), joins LACO artists to trace the familial and musical lineage of Afro-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and his only daughter, Avril Coleridge-Taylor, a pianist/composer who followed in her father’s musical footsteps. PROGRAM AVRIL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR, Idylle for Flute and Pianoforte, Op. 21 SAMUEL COLERIDGE-TAYLOR, Clarinet Quintet in F-sharp minor, Op. 10 ERNEST CHAUSSON, Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet PRELUDES @ THE WALLIS Join us at 6:30 PM for a conversation with the artists moderated by Classical KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen.
Join in singing one of the great musical treasures, Handel’s timeless Messiah. This uplifting and heartwarming tradition, filled with sublime music, is sure to add sparkle and glow to your holiday season. PROGRAM GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Messiah
From the joyful Hallelujah Chorus to the final majestic Amen, be awed by Los Angeles’ premiere performance of this iconic oratorio of prophesy and resurrection. Celebrate the season with our glorious soloists, Baroque orchestra and, of course, “the best-by-far chorus in America!” PROGRAM GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Messiah
¡Feliz Nochebuena! ¡Feliz Navidad! Come aboard Cristian Grases’ El Tren para Belén (The Train to Bethlehem), filled with Latin rhythms and spirit, to hear villancicos, Christmas carols sung in the music traditions of the composers’ homelands of Argentina, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Cuba and more. Each work embodies the warmth and joy of the holiday season, filling the hall with celebration and merriment. PROGRAM ARIEL RAMÍREZ Navidad Nuestra ARIEL QUINTANA Three Christmas Motets CRISTIAN GRASES El Tren para Belén ERNESTO HERRERA New commission (World Premiere)* Additional works to be announced
Delight in the traditional Christmas carols and festive folksongs from around the world. Big, bold versions of your favorite holiday music, sung as only the Los Angeles Master Chorale can. Fun for the whole family, children aged six and older are welcome to attend. PROGRAM MEL TORMÉ The Christmas Song JOHN RUTTER (arr.) The Twelve Days of Christmas JASON ROBERT BROWN Chanukah Suite SHAWN KIRCHNER O What a Beautiful City MATTHEW BROWN Christmastime MOSES HOGAN Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King Additional works to be announced
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Maurice Ravel’s “choreographic symphony” Daphnis and Chloé challenges conventional music status quos while highlighting his genius as an orchestrator. The epic dreamscape consists of the most number of musicians for any of Ravel’s works, yet allows for soloists to shine brightest here. Born out of the Sound Poetry and synthetic language of Hugo Ball’s Dadaism, Esa-Pekka Salonen’s cyclical Karawane is a monumental study of the familiar and unfamiliar. Here, the words are the music and the music is the words, brought to haunting life by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. This performance is generously supported by the Contemporary Initiatives Fund. Programs, artists, dates, prices, and availability subject to change.
The elegance, majesty, and power of flamenco at its finest take Walt Disney Concert Hall on a journey to the farthest reaches of Spain, where the audience will witness an exceptional gypsy fiesta with traditional and present-day flamenco. This is a premier performance gathering some of the most revered gypsy artists currently showcased in Spain and around the world. A night not to be missed! Programs, artists, dates, prices, and availability subject to change.