Los Angeles Philharmonic
The Los Angeles Philharmonic
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Every concert is a living, in-the-moment exploration of music.
This concert series represent an special opportunity to share and explore orchestral music with an audience. The format is focused on engagement—the human connection between the audience and the orchestra.
MINIMALIST JUKEBOX (2006, 2012, 2019)
100 Orchestra Musicians. 12 Timpani Drums. 6 Dancers. 2 Hosts.
Minimalism to the Max
2019 - Reimagined for the 100th Anniversary season of the LA PHIL
Host: Ed Barguiarena Conductor: Nuno Coelho Director: Colleen Labella
2012 Conductor/Host: Teddy Abrams Co-host: Ed Barguiarena Choreographer: Kitty McNamee Director: Debbie Devine
2006 Conductor/Host: Alexander Mickelthwate Co-host: Ed Barguiarena Choreographer: Ben Levy
This concert highlights the use of patterns, layers, dynamics, and rhythm. We look at the ideas of minimalism and discover how simple ideas can create very complex music. The audience gets to perform their own 2,000 person interpretation of Clapping Music, and learn some choreography while the orchestra plays The Chairman Dances.
Philip Glass: Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra, Mvt 1.
Steve Reich: Clapping Music
John Adams: The Chairman Dances
Arvo Pärt: Summa for Strings
Steve Reich: The Four Sections: Full Orchestra
NORTHERN LIGHTS: THE MUSIC OF JEAN SIBELIUS (2007)
Walt Disney Concert Hall Transformed into the Forests and Fjords of Finland
Conductor: Lionel Bringuier Host: Rob Bowers
Exquisite lighting design helped to create the land of Northern Lights. Mysterious hues of blue, red, green, and gold. This concert explores Sibelius’ connection between sound and sight, (Did you know he had synesthesia?) and his love of nature echoed through his unique way of composing. Cellos and trumpets together, what color is that? Can a violin section sound like a tree? How might music grow, little by little, like a flower? Can music make you see and feel the sun? Endless possibilities created through imagination and magic.
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 5
JAZZ & THE ORCHESTRA (2007, 2011)
Celebrating the Exuberance and Joy of Playing and Speaking Jazz
"How do you speak jazz?" Well... it depends. Guided by the masterful insights and sounds of Christian McBride and his A-list quintet, we learn how to swing, walk the bass, play time, comp, improv, scat, and more. With a jam-packed stage filled with musicians, we hear how two "bands" can play similar music in different ways. Different is good but it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!
One of the ideas we share is how jazz musicians like to reimagine well known songs. We use The Itsy Bitsy Spider as an example. John Beasley (piano) plays the traditional version, and then improvs some other ways to play it. "What if the spider were scared? or silly? What would that sound like?" And then the jazz quintet plays it as a slow and elegant ballad (I was honored to do an arrangement for these world-class jazzers). The goal here is to show how musicians use their imaginations, and to give the audience a visceral sense of what it feels like to "play" with and in music.
Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, Finale
Charles Mingus: Better Git It in Your Soul
Duke Ellington: It Don’t Mean a Thing (arr: John Clayton)
Traditional: The Itsy Bitsy Spider Ballad (arr: Ed Barguiarena)
Sean O'Laughlin: Arachnology (LA PHIL commission for Jazz & The Orchestra)
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF HENRY MANCINI (2006)
Experience the Genius of an American Icon
Conductor: Alexander Mickelthwate Host: Ananda Lewis Flute Soloist: Greg Jefferson
From the serious to the silly, to stories of love and war, his memorable melodies capture the essence of being human.
With film clips and lots of excerpts, this concert explores the life and music of Henry Mancini. Laughing, dancing, and singing required!
Overture to a Pops Concert
Sons of Italy
The Pink Panther theme
Baby Elephant Walk
Pie in the Face Polka
Cameo for Flute
Peter Gunn theme
THE POWER OF MUSIC (2005)
Exploring the Sonic and Emotional Beauty of Orchestral Music
Conductor/Host: Alexander Mickelthwate Co-Writer: Jessica Goldberg
A grand mosaic of orchestral music helps us investigate musical terms and what they mean—melody, harmony, tempo, rhythm, and more. We explore how these words describe what we're hearing but can't describe what we're feeling. The Power of Music shows us that emotion and mood, provided by a top-notch orchestra, are the human ingredients that make great music come to life!
Leonard Bernstein: Overture to Candide
Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Old Castle
Bernard Herrmann: Music from the film Psycho
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro
Jean Sibelius: Finlandia
Beethoven in The House (2005 & 2012)
Symphonies for Schools - Passion and Heart: Tchaikovsky's Symphony #4 (2007)