The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2021/22 season features Clark Wilson in a special Halloween presentation of the 1920 film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (October 31), and recitals by organ masters Cameron Carpenter (October 17), Chelsea Chen (January 23), Monica Czausz Berney (March 13), and Nathaniel Gumbs (May 29), all showcasing the magnificent Walt Disney Concert Hall organ.
Inaugurated in 2004 at the opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s second season in Walt Disney Concert Hall, the organ’s striking visual design was a collaboration between Frank Gehry and organ builder Manuel Rosales. It is voiced with a wide dynamic range—from pianississimo to a breathtaking fortissimo that can obliterate the sounds of a full orchestra. The specially curved wood façade pipes are actual playing pipes that were made by Glatter-Götz Orgelbau in Germany and consist of the Violone and Bassoon basses. Behind the façade are three levels of pipes, including metal pipes made of tin and lead alloys and wood pipes made of Norwegian pine. The organ, affectionately called “Hurricane Mama,” was so named by musical visionary Terry Riley after a night of improvising.
SPECIAL HALLOWEEN PRESENTATION
Sunday, October 31, 2021, at 7:30 PM
Clark Wilson, organ
Halloween Organ, Film & Music: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Film critic Leonard Maltin described Clark Wilson as a “master of silent film and showman of the first order” for his organ accompaniments of silent films. This Halloween, Wilson performs a haunting score for John S. Robertson’s 1920 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, starring John Barrymore.
ORGAN RECITAL SERIES
Sunday, October 17, 2021, at 7:30 PM
Cameron Carpenter, organ
A “smasher of cultural and classical music taboos” (Los Angeles Times), the dazzling Cameron Carpenter returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall.
BACH Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537
BACH Prelude and Fugue I in C major from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, BWV 870
BACH Prelude and Fugue XII in F major from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, BWV 880
BACH Fantasia on “Komm, Heiliger Geist,” BWV 651
BACH Chorale Prelude “O Mensch, bewein’ dein’ Sünde groß,” BWV 622
BACH Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major, “St. Anne,” BWV 552
BACH Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Sunday, January 23, 2022, at 7:30 PM
Visions of Joy
Chelsea Chen, organ
An accomplished soloist and composer, Chelsea Chen comes to Walt Disney Concert Hall.
MESSIAEN L’Ascension: “Transports de joie”
DEBUSSY (trans. Roques) Petite suite
Chelsea CHEN The Moon Lady (“A Chinese Folktale – Chang-e ascends to the moon”)
DURUFLÉ Prelude and Fugue on the Name ALAIN
Julian REVIE Arise (In memory of the extinct Hawaiian O’O bird, tape recording of O’O birdsong) (West Coast premiere)
HOLST (trans. Sykes) The Planets: “Venus, the Bringer of Peace”
SAINT-SAËNS (trans. Briggs) Symphony No. 3, “Organ”: Finale
Sunday, March 13, 2022, at 7:30 PM
Fanciful and Divine
Monica Czausz Berney, organ
The extravagantly gifted young American organist makes her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut.
KAPUSTIN (arr. Czausz Berney) Sinfonietta, Op. 49: Rondo
MENDELSSOHN Allegro, Chorale and Fugue
BACH Toccata and Fugue in D minor, “Dorian,” BWV 538
DEMESSIEUX Te Deum, Op. 11
Naji HAKIM Arabesques
TCHAIKOVSKY (trans. Guillou/Czausz Berney) Scherzo from Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”
Sunday, May 29, 2022, at 7:30 PM
Hold On, We Shall Overcome!
Nathaniel Gumbs, organ
The Director of Chapel Music at Yale University reimagines traditional hymns, spirituals, and concert music with 21st-century perspective.
HOLLINS Concert Overture No. 2 in C minor
WAGNER (TRANSCR. E.H. LEMARE, NATHANIEL GUMBS) Tannhäuser Overture
KARG-ELERT “Harmonies du Soir,” Op. 72, No. 1 (from Three Impressions for Organ)
PRICE First Sonata for Organ
TRADITIONAL (ARR. BY JOSEPH JOUBERT) “Hold On” (world premiere, commissioned by N. Gumbs)
TRADITIONAL (ARR. BY JOHN STODDART) “Soon-a will be done” (world premiere, commissioned by N. Gumbs)
TRADITIONAL (ARR. WILLIAM BOLCOM) “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” (from Gospel Preludes, Book 1)
Uzee BROWN Church Yard Chatter
TRADITIONAL (ARR. CARL HAYWOOD) “We Shall Overcome”
Additional details for the complete 2021/22 season can be found here: laphil.com.
To enable the safest possible reopening for indoor events, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association will require proof of full vaccination for all audience members, staff and artists at LA Phil-presented concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall beginning October 9, 2021. This policy will only be limited as required by law. The LA Phil will also follow the guidelines of the LA County Department of Public Health, which currently requires all persons to wear masks indoors.
Patrons must have received the final dose of a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO) or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at least two weeks before entering Walt Disney Concert Hall for LA Phil-presented performances. Along with their ticket, attendees will need to bring a photo ID and either their physical vaccination card, a picture of their vaccination card or a digital vaccination record. All California residents may request a digital vaccination record at myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov.
Tickets for the LA Phil’s 2021/22 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall are currently on sale. To purchase, please visit laphil.com or the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office. To order by phone or for more information, please call 323 850 2000. For up-to-date safety information please visit here.
Current ticket holders who will not be fully vaccinated by the date of their planned visit may receive a credit to their account or request a full refund of the cost of their tickets. Subscribers who choose not to renew their tickets this season will have their seat locations retained and the opportunity to renew them for the 2022/23 season.
ABOUT THE LA PHIL
Under the leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil offers live performances, media initiatives and learning programs that inspire and strengthen communities in Los Angeles and beyond. The Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra is the foundation of the LA Phil’s offerings, which also include a multi-genre, multidisciplinary presenting program and such youth development programs as YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles). Performances are offered on three historic stages—Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford—as well as through a variety of media platforms. In all its endeavors, the LA Phil seeks to enrich the lives of individuals and communities through musical, artistic and learning experiences that resonate in our world today.
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About the Los Angeles Philharmonic
About the LA Phil Under the leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil offers live performances, media initiatives and learning programs that inspire and strengthen communities in Los Angeles and beyond. The Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra is the foundation of the LA Phil’s offerings, which also include a multi-genre, multidisciplinary presenting program and such youth development programs as YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles). Performances are offered on three historic stages—Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford—as well as through a variety of media platforms. In all its endeavors, the LA Phil seeks to enrich the lives of individuals and communities through musical, artistic and learning experiences that resonate in our world today.
Sophie Jefferies, firstname.lastname@example.org