Classical Music News for May/June 2017



Gustavo Dudamel will lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra in a rare concert of Schubert symphonies and Mahler orchestral songs at Disney Hall, May 5-21. This inspired
juxtaposition–symphonies by an incomparable songsmith, songs by a consummate symphonist–looks deeply into the outpouring of two great Viennese masters, one from the onset of the Romantic era, the other at the very end.

Gustavo Dudamel – courtesy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
Each composer found ways to express the ineffable bitter-sweetness between pathos and elation with unmatched depth and perspective. Hearing this glorious music in parallel will make you wonder why such a pairing hasn’t happened before.

The schedule:

May 5 & 6, SYMPHONIES 1 & 2 by Schubert, SONGS OF A WAYFARER by Mahler, with mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung.

May 11, 12, 13, SYMPHONIES 3 &4 by Schubert, KINDERTOTENLIEDER by Mahler, with baritone Matthias Goerne.

Matthias Goerne – photo: Marco Borggreve

May 18, 19, SYMPHONIES 5 & 6, Schubert, RUCKERT LIEDER by Mahler, with mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca.

May 20, 21, SYMPHONIES 8 & 9, Schubert, SONGS FROM DES KNABEN WUNDERHORN by Mahler, with mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca.

To complement Dudamel’s Schubert cycle, members of LA Phil’s chamber music group will perform, on May 9, Schubert’s STRING

QUARTET No. 13, D. 804.

For tickets and information, call 323-850-2000 or visit


Los Angeles Master Chorale will perform two major works this May and June at Walt Disney Concert Hall, 135 N. Grand Avenue, with Grant Gershon conducting.

The world premiere of DREAMS OF THE NEW WORLD will take place on May 13 at 7 pm. The new work by composer and sound artist Ellen Reid will feature L.A.’s acclaimed “wild Up” ensemble.

Commissioned by L.A. Master Chorale, DREAMS OF THE NEW WORLD was inspired by westward expansions and the forging of new frontiers such as Memphis, Houston, Los Angeles and beyond.

The evening will open with a performance of Terry Riley’s iconic 1964 minimalist masterpiece “In C,” the musical equivalent
of a choose-your-own adventure novel, by “wild Up” and members of the Master Chorale.

On June 9 & 10, Master Chorale will mount Brahms’ EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM, with Grant Gershon conducting soprano Jeanine de Bique, plus 100 singers and a full orchestra. Brahms called his lush, romantic and heartfelt composition the “Human Requiem,” thanks
to its themes of consolation and contemplation.

The program also includes two equally touching and reflective works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers, Caroline Shaw (FLY AWAY) and David Lang (WHERE YOU GO–WEST COAST PREMIERE).

For tickets and information, call 213-972-7282 or visit


The Music Guild’s 2017-18 season continues on May 15, 16 and 17 with recitals by the SAGUARO PIANO TRIO. Formed in 2007 at the Colburn Conservatory in L.A., the trio burst onto the scene with stunning success in the world’s most exclusive chamber music
competitions and performances across Europe, Australia, Asia and North America. In 2009 the group took first prize and special Brahms prize at the International Chamber Music Competition, Hamburg.

The Saguaro Piano Trio, named after the iconic giant cactus of the American Southwest, will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms and Mendelssohn at University Synagogue, Brentwood (May 15); Cal State Long Beach (May 16); and Adat Ari El Temple (May 17).

Call 310-558-3500 or visit

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