Venue: Walt Disney Concert Hall
Soloist: Susan Graham
Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Dates: 6, 7, 9 November 2014
The weekend of 7 November, the Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts will feature songs from Weill’s Broadway shows performed by mezzo-soprano Susan Graham (photo above). The globetrotting opera star has performed Die sieben Todsünden in concert, but she has not taken up Weill’s American music before. The Philharmonic originally scheduled Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette for the concert and naturally enough tapped Graham, whose devotion to French repertoire is widely known. Music lovers in southern California are fortunate that she turned to Weill when the Berlioz was canceled.
Graham’s program consists of five songs: “September Song” (Knickerbocker Holiday), “My Ship” and “One Life to Live” (Lady in the Dark), and “I’m a Stranger Here Myself” (One Touch of Venus), and “Das Lied von der harten Nuss” (Happy End). And there may be an encore!
The program is entitled “Visions of America,” and it inaugurates the in/SIGHT series of multimedia programs at the Philharmonic. The concert will conclude with a performance of Edgard Varèse’s Amériques accompanied by video designed to create an immersive audience experience by Refik Anadol. Other works: Herrmann’s Suite from Psycho and Foreign Bodies by the Philharmonic’s Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen, who will conduct the entire program.
Press release on in/SIGHT series