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21 August 2020

LA Phil Announces new digital streaming series, SOUND/STAGE

On September 25, 2020, the LA Phil will premiere a new digital streaming series, SOUND/STAGE, featuring concert films, interviews, and artwork, offering a deeper insight into the beautiful music of the LA Phil. SOUND/STAGE will include performances by Gustavo and the LA Phil, J'Nai Bridges, Kamasi Washington, Andra Day and Chicano Batman, and will be available to view at laphil.com/soundstage.
 
Gustavo offers thoughts on the new series: "The world needs music more than ever right now. These new, fully-realized SOUND/STAGE programs have grown out of our recent experiences both as individuals and as members of a larger society: the ways we have stayed connected during the solitude and the reflective time of lockdown and quarantine, the overwhelming power, inspiration and passion of the Black Lives Matter protests, the memories of a lighter time when we could share a danzón at the 'Salón Los Ángeles' in Mexico City... our world is forever changed, but our music - from Beethoven to Márquez to Jessie Montgomery - has never felt more urgent, more timeless and more important."
 
 
SOUND/STAGE BROADCAST SCHEDULE
 

EPISODE 1: FRI, SEPT 25

Love in the Time of COVID
With the help of J’Nai Bridges, Gustavo and the orchestra explore the many expressions of love – from the familial in George Walker’s elegy for his grandmother, to a musical love letter from Gustav Mahler and Peter Lieberson’s setting of romantic poetry from Pablo Neruda. 
 
WALKER  Lyric for Strings
LIEBERSON  Neruda Songs: "Amor mio, si muero y tú no mueras"
MAHLER  Adagietto, from Symphony No. 5
J'Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano
 
 

EPISODE 2: FRI, OCT 2

Salón Los Ángeles
Featuring two composers who adapted popular dance music for the symphonic concert hall, this episode offers pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in Rhapsody in Blue and Arturo Márquez and Gustavo Dudamel paying tribute to the history of Salón Los Ángeles, the oldest dance hall in Mexico City.
 
Arturo MÁRQUEZ  Danzon No. 1
GERSHWIN  Rhapsody in Blue
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
 
 

EPISODE 3: FRI, OCT 9

Power to the People!
A continuation of the LA Phil’s Power to the People! festival that was cut short by COVID-19, this episode pays tribute to Black voices and excellence, ranging from William Grant Still’s expression of pride to Jessie Montgomery’s reimagining of the national anthem for a 21st century America to Andra Day’s “Rise Up,” which has become an unofficial anthem of the Black Lives Matter movement.
 
Jessie MONTGOMERY  Banner
STILL “Sorrow” from Symphony No. 1, “Afro-American”
“Rise Up” performed by Andra Day
 
 

EPISODE 4: FRI, OCT 16

Andra Day
Soul, jazz, and R&B singer Andra Day has been compared to Billie Holiday and Nina Simone – both among her musical heroes – for her ability to weave a narrative with masterful musicality and raw emotion. This set includes Day’s debut hit “Gold” and a rendition of Simone’s powerful protest anthem “Mississippi Goddam.”
 
 

EPISODE 5: FRI, OCT 23

Beethoven
Richard Wagner called Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony the “apotheosis of dance.” Gustavo Dudamel describes Beethoven as pure beauty and joy. Watch as the orchestra channels that spirit as it comes back together for one of the first time to perform this timeless and exuberant masterpiece.
 
BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 7
 
 

EPISODE 6: FRI, OCT 30

Original Score from BECOMING 
An intimate portrait of Michelle Obama
by Kamasi Washington
 
One of the most inventive and respected voices in modern jazz, Los Angeles’ own Kamasi Washington comes to SOUND/STAGE to perform his original score to BECOMING: An intimate portrait of Michelle Obama – a new documentary based on the former First Lady’s bestselling memoir.
 
 

EPISODE 7: FRI, NOV 6

Solitude
While the physical toll of the global pandemic is measured in a mountain of data, the emotional impact of our separation from family, friends, and neighbors is not as obvious. In this episode, Dudamel explores the essence of solitude, from one of Duke Ellington’s classic songs to the US premiere of a work by Thomas Adès – composed specifically for a socially distanced orchestra.
 
Thomas ADÈS  Dawn (US Premiere)
ELLINGTON  Solitude
 
 

EPISODE 8: FRI, NOV 13

Chicano Batman
Since 2008, Chicano Batman has blended the many sounds of the L.A. into a genre-bending mix that offers both societal critiques and an unabashed dance party. The band’s SOUND/STAGE set features songs from their latest album, Invisible People, which has been called “their funkiest political statement yet."
 
 

EPISODE 9: FRI, NOV 20

Finales
Claude Debussy once wrote, “There is nothing more musical than a sunset.” Endings are crucial in music, but they are often one of the hardest elements for a composer to do well. The closing SOUND/STAGE episode offers three masterful finishes from Beethoven, Ravel, and Gabriela Ortiz and a conversation between Dudamel and Alejandro G. Iñárritu on the nature of finales.
 
BEETHOVEN  Finale from Symphony No. 7
Gabriela ORTIZ  Corpórea: "Ritual Mind – Corporeous Pulse"
RAVEL  Mother Goose: "The Fairy Garden"