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In 1966—barely a year after the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion opened—The Music Center presented Rudolf Nureyev and Margo Fonteyn with the Australian Ballet. To celebrate our 50th anniversary, we bring back the legendary dance company for their critically acclaimed re-imagining of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, set to the modern legend of Diana, the Princess of Wales.
The legendary Cicely Tyson — after a 30-year absence from the stage — reprises her Tony Award® winning Broadway performance in The Trip to Bountiful, taking the stage by storm in the critically acclaimed revival of Pulitzer Prize winner Horton Foote’s American masterpiece. Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood will join Tyson in this exclusive engagement. Tyson and Williams appeared together in the 2013 Broadway production of The Trip to Bountiful, while Tyson, Williams and Underwood all starred in the Lifetime TV version that aired in March.
A Night at the Opera presents opera-related items from the Library of Congress Music Division, including manuscript and printed scores, librettos, photographs, and set designs dating from the late-eighteenth century through the beginning of the twentieth century. The exhibit also commemorates the bicentennials of opera composers Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, both born in 1813.
Explore the origins of Dia de Los Muertos celebrations on The Music Center Plaza! Created by Lore Productions, the installation will feature large-scale papel piccado seed skulls, three altars showing various Dia de Los Muertos traditions, and a painted and decorated “carpet collective” which resembles a tapestry of Dia motifs and colors.
Beethoven's work was the sun around which Western music revolved for a century, and the "Eroica" Symphony was the game-changer, the work that blasted the very idea of the symphony into new dimensions of power, scale, and meaning.
Come for: Our Conductor Laureate leads Beethoven's epoch-changing symphony, which could be called The Rite of Spring for the Classical period.
And more: Recent MacArthur "genius" award recipient and widely read blogger Jeremy Denk applies his poetic virtuosity to Mozart’s D-minor masterpiece.
“David Rosenboom is one of America's most underappreciated composers.” — Los Angeles Times
[William Winant is] “one of the best avant-garde percussionists working today” — Los Angeles Times
First written 30 years ago, David Rosenboom’s Zones of Influence is a landmark concert-length work for percussion soloist, live computer-generated electronics, and auxiliary keyboard and glissando instruments. At the time a breakthrough in linking virtuoso electroacoustic performance with interactive compositional algorithms, Zones is now fully realized—thanks to new a software instrument called the Touché II that allows the dynamic dimensionality of the music to take full mind-bending, cosmological shape. Rosenboom wrote the five-part epic expressly for superstar percussionist William Winant, who returns to perform on five live-processed percussion setups. He is joined by the composer on the Touché II, piano and violin, while Jinku Kim provides an immersive video environment for the concert. Rosenboom, one of the foremost voices in American composition since the late 1960s, released new double-CD recording of Zones of Influences on the Pogus Productions label this summer.
Performed by William Winant and David Rosenboom.
Realization of the new version of Zones of Influence and the recording on Pogus Productions have been supported in part by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Richard Seaver Distinguished Chair in Music in The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts.