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Los Angeles Philharmonic

INTERACTIVE CONCERTS

The Los Angeles Philharmonic
Walt Disney Concert Hall

ED BARGUIARENA
Writer/Music Director/Host

 


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

 
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2019 - Reimagined for the 100th Anniversary season of the LA PHIL
Host
: Ed Barguiarena Conductor: Nuno Coelho Director: Colleen Labella


2012 Conductor/HostTeddy Abrams Co-host: Ed Barguiarena ChoreographerKitty McNamee Director: Debbie Devine
2006 Conductor/Host: Alexander Mickelthwate Co-host: Ed Barguiarena Choreographer: Ben Levy

CONCERT DESIGN
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. 

REPERTOIRE
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 

ConductorLionel Bringuier Host: Rob Bowers

CONCERT DESIGN
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.

REPERTOIRE
Jean Sibelius:

        Lemminkäinen’s Return

        Symphony No. 1
        Symphony No. 5
        Finlandia

JAZZ & THE ORCHESTRA (2007, 2011)

Celebrating the Exuberance and Joy of Playing and Speaking Jazz

2011 Performer/HostJohn Beasley ConductorJoshua Weilerstein
2007 Performer/HostChristian McBride ConductorJoana Carneiro 
 

CONCERT DESIGN
"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.

REPERTOIRE
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

ConductorAlexander Mickelthwate HostAnanda Lewis Flute Soloist: Greg Jefferson

CONCERT DESIGN
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!

REPERTOIRE
Henry Mancini:

        Overture to a Pops Concert
        Sons of Italy
        The Pink Panther theme

        Baby Elephant Walk
        Moon River
        Pie in the Face Polka
        Pennywhistle Jig
        Cameo for Flute

        Peter Gunn theme

THE POWER OF MUSIC (2005)

Exploring the Sonic and Emotional Beauty of Orchestral Music

Conductor/HostAlexander Mickelthwate Co-Writer: Jessica Goldberg

CONCERT DESIGN
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!

REPERTOIRE
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

DESIGN CONSULTANT

Beethoven in The House (2005 & 2012)
Symphonies for Schools - Passion and Heart: Tchaikovsky's Symphony #4 (2007)