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Noon to Midnight at Disney Hall

On Saturday, November 18, 2017, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles was given over to Noon to Midnight, an entire day of performances by local new music groups. A line of taco trucks extended along Grand Avenue and a pleasantly festive atmosphere prevailed as large crowds surged in and around the facility. The centerpiece event was War of the Worlds, a new experimental opera by Annie Gosfield, conducted by Christopher Rountree and directed by Yuval Sharon. In addition, some 20 ...
Tags: Religion, Los Angeles, Roy, Concert Review, Grand Avenue, Barrett, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Brian Walsh, LA Philharmonic, Sam Pluta, George Lewis, Disney Hall, Richard Barrett, Contemporary Classical, Barbier, Matt Barbier

Disney Hall comes under ‘alien attack,’ as the LA Phil declares ‘War of the Worlds’

A truly remarkable event …. We interrupt this review to bring you an important announcement. There has been an invasion of interplanetary proportion! We have reports that the world premiere of a major composition by Annie Gosfield at the Walt Disney Concert Hall celebrating the 100th anniversary of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” (commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the cutting-edge opera company The Industry) was disrupted by an invading force from the planet Mars! “Ladies and gentlem...
Tags: Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Classical Music, Frank Gehry, Theater, Lady Gaga, Sigourney Weaver, Orange County, Eric Garcetti, Elvis, Concerts, Phil, Martinez, Riccardo Muti

Review: A ‘Fake News’ Opera on the Streets of Los Angeles

Annie Gosfield’s “War of the Worlds,” based on Orson Welles’s radio play, sprawled across the city in Yuval Sharon’s staging for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Tags: News, Disney, Orson Welles, Los Angeles, Industry, Annie, Opera, Weaver, Welles, Wells, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sharon, Walt, Gosfield, Concert Hall, Sigourney

Christopher Cerrone: Everything Comes From Language

There have been many composers who have been deeply engaged with literature. Perhaps the most famous examples are Anthony Burgess and Paul Bowles, whose novels overshadow their nevertheless formidable achievements in musical composition. While composer Christopher Cerrone has not written any original prose fiction or poetry, at least not that he’s shared with the outside world, he approaches his own musical compositions in much the same way that a writer weaves a literary narrative. “I try to ha...
Tags: New York, Berlin Wall, New York City, Religion, West, Brooklyn, Steve Reich, Beethoven, Chad, Michigan, Bjork, American Apparel, Cover, Anthony Burgess, Woody Allen, Rolling Stone

When A MacArthur Genius Grantee Just Wants Some Time Off

Yuval Sharon is pretty busy, but iIn 2020, when he is free of all future work commitments, he will take a six-month sabbatical in Japan, most likely in Kyoto. He’s never been there, but the country’s music, culture, theater and literature have long appealed to him. 'Self-reflection is crucial to artistic work,' he said. 'It’s […]
Tags: Art, Japan, People, Yuval Sharon, 10.10.17

MacArthur 2017

I'm elated to see that this year's slate of MacArthur Fellows includes Yuval Sharon and Tyshawn Sorey. I wrote about Sharon's staggering, city-spanning creation Hopscotch for The New Yorker in 2015. It remains one of the most remarkable things I have ever seen. Sharon's production of Annie Gosfield's The War of the Worlds is eagerly awaited at the LA Phil in November; next summer, he will become the first American to direct at Bayreuth. As for Sorey, I spent much of the summer listening to, and...
Tags: Music, Alex Ross, LA Phil, Sharon, Bayreuth, MacArthur Fellows, Annie Gosfield, Yuval Sharon, Tyshawn Sorey, Sorey

Director Yuval Sharon On Being Awarded A MacArthur:

“It was so surreal. They read back to me why I was selected — and I don’t even have the words to describe what it felt like to hear,” he said. “I thought, ‘Wow, I guess that’s what I’m doing,’ but you get in the thicket of doing it, and with no warning, you get […]
Tags: Art, People, Yuval Sharon, 10.11.17


The Earle Brown Foundation is bringing its Time Spans Festival to New York Aug. 1-5. It's a fantastic lineup both of ensembles — Talea, Bozzini Quartet, JACK Quartet — and of repertory: recent works of Chaya Czernowin, Steven Takasugi, Jürg Frey, John Luther Adams, Georg Friedrich Haas, and several composers I don't know but intend to explore. The one unmissable event, I feel, will be the Bozzini's renditions of quartets by Frey.... Starting tomorrow in San Francisco, a major festival of works ...
Tags: Music, New York, Orson Welles, San Francisco, San Diego, Cage, Alex Ross, Adams, Frey, Galileo, Brecht, LA Phil, David Lang, David Allen, Schoenberg, Missy Mazzoli

The First American Ever To Direct At Bayreuth, And They Chose, Of All People -

"Yuval Sharon has instigated a mobile opera involving 126 performers, 24 limousines and six composers. He's produced a headphone opera, set among commuters passing through one of the country's busiest train stations. ... And, in 12 months, he'll become the first American to direct a production at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany, founded by Richard […]
Tags: Art, Music, Germany, Richard, Bayreuth, Bayreuth Festival, Yuval Sharon, 07.20.17

Pelléas in Cleveland

Credit: © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra. A production of Pelléas et Mélisande is playing now at the Cleveland Orchestra, under the theatrical direction of Yuval Sharon, with Franz Welser-Möst conducting. Travel abroad prevented me from attending, but fortunately the authorities in Cleveland have forwarded a video excerpt from the production, which I have embedded above. (Be sure to click on "full screen.") This is the scene between Golaud and Yniold in Act 3. Hanno Mü...
Tags: Music, Cleveland, Alex Ross, Pelléas, Cleveland Orchestra, Golaud, Yuval Sharon, Franz Welser Most, The Cleveland Orchestra, Roger Mastroianni, Hanno Müller Brachmann, Julie Mathevet


Three new or newish operas can be seen in Chicago in the next week or so, as WFMT notes: Nkeiru Okoye’s Harriet Tubman, Missy Mazzoli’s Song from the Uproar, and Nico Muhly's Dark Sisters.... This weekend the Stony Brook Symphony, under Eduardo Leandro, presents an adventurous program of Berio's Sinfonia, Ligeti's Mysteries of the Macabre, and Ken Ueno's On a Sufficient Condition for the Existence of Most Specific Hypothesis, the last with the composer performing.... Xian Zhang is making her de...
Tags: Music, La, Disney, US, Chicago, Vancouver, Nico Muhly, Alex Ross, Michael Cooper, Lassus, LA Phil, Matthew Aucoin, KQED, San Pietro, Peter Sellars, LA Master Chorale

Noon to Midnight at Disney Hall – 1

The first Green Umbrella concert of the season was held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The LA Philharmonic hosted Noon to Midnight, a series of ‘pop-up performances’ and events that included works by numerous local contemporary composers and music ensembles, two sound installations, and an evening concert by the LA Phil New Music Group titled Four World Premiers. Some 16 different events were scheduled over the entire day, starting at noon, and were sited a...
Tags: Religion, Los Angeles, Events, Concert Review, Una Corda, Adams, LA Phil, Ana Prvacki, Henryk Górecki, Górecki, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Tallon, LA Philharmonic, Disney Hall, Contemporary Classical, Barbier

LA Phil 2016-17

The LA Philharmonic has announced its 2016-17 season, and, as usual, the schedule makes that of most other orchestras look dull by comparison. There are twenty-one commissions and fourteen world premières, including new works by Kate Soper, Mario Diaz de León, James Matheson, and Gerald Barry (an evening-length piece entitled Alice's Adventures Under Ground). The major festival offering is a week of music from Iceland, co-curated by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Daníel Bjarnason. Gustavo Dudamel focus...
Tags: China, Iceland, El Nino, Alice, Nixon, Alex Ross, Bernstein, Beckett, LA Phil, Esa Pekka Salonen, Schubert, Mahler, Matthew Aucoin, Schoenberg, LA Philharmonic, Andrew Norman