The Danish National Symphony Orchestra under Fabio Luisi performed a memorable program in Santa Barbara of Nielsen's Helios Overture, Mahler's first symphony and Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder with soprano Deborah Voigt.
"The Perfect American" by Philip Glass should be considered a classic among opera's minimalist repertoire for its surrealistic portrayal of iconic Walt Disney through a hard-hitting libretto and elliptical orchestration.
Gustavo Dudamel doesn’t just conduct the music, he creates it. Daniil Trifonov doesn’t just play the piano, he owns it. The two super stars joined forces with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Rachmaninoff’s demanding third piano concerto, Op. 30 at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
In his autobiography “Words Without Music,” Philip Glass talks about his studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris, which concluded in 1966. He recounts a letter she had written in support of this: “I’ve been working with Mr. Philip Glass on music technique. My impression is that he is a very unusual person, and I believe that someday he will do something very important in the world of music.”