Following Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic's successful world premiere of LA Phil Creative Chair John Adams' The Gospel According to the Other Mary last season, they present the oratorio in a theatrical setting at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Thursday and Friday, March 7 and 8, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, March 10, at 2 pm. Once again the Los Angeles Master Chorale and six soloists: mezzo-soprano Kelley O'Connor, contralto Tamara Mumford, tenor Russell Thomas and countertenors Daniel Bubeck, Brian Cummings and Nathan Medley, return for Adams' large-scale LA Phil-commissioned work. The production also features dancers Michael Schumacher, Anani Sanouvi and Troy Ogilvie. Iconoclastic director Peter Sellars oversees the world premiere staging of the work. The project will then be taken on tour with its European premiere during the orchestra's international residency at the Barbican London, and continuing performances in Lucerne and Paris, followed by the East Coast premiere at Avery Fisher Hall in New York.
When the LA Phil premiered The Gospel According to the Other Mary in concert form last season, "it got a masterpiece that will be part of its legacy," according to Mark Swed in his Los Angeles Times review. Based on the New Testament stories of Lazarus and Jesus' Passion, incorporating contemporary Latin American poetry, the work takes a fresh approach to the combination of materials that Adams pioneered so successfully in El Niño. The libretto, created by Sellars, draws from the works of social activist Dorothy Day and poetry by Rosario Castellanos, Louise Erdich, Primo Levi, Hildegard von Bingen and Rubén Dario.
The Gospel According to the Other Mary was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Barbican Centre, Lincoln Center, Lucerne Festival, Zaterdag Matinee at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and Cité de la Musique in Paris.
ADAMS The Gospel According to the Other Mary
Upbeat Live pre-concert events take place in Walt Disney Concert Hall's BP Hall one hour prior to the concerts, and are free to all ticket holders. LA Phil President and CEO Deborah Borda hosts.
WHO: LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
GUSTAVO DUDAMEL, conductor
KELLEY O'CONNOR, mezzo-soprano
Tamara Mumford, contralto
RUSSELL THOMAS, tenor
DANIEL BUBECK, countertenor
BRIAN CUMMINGS, countertenor
NATHAN MEDLEY, countertenor
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER, dancer
ANANI SANOUVI, dancer
TROY OGILVIE, dancer
LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE
Grant Gershon, music director
Dunya Ramicova, costume designer
James F. Ingalls, lighting designer
MARK GREY, sound designer
James Darrah, assistant director
HELENE SIEBRITS, associate costume designer
Ben Zamora, associate lighting designer
For full artist biographies, please visit: laphil.com/gospel
WHEN: Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 7:30 PM
Friday, March 8, 2013, at 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 2 PM
WHERE: Walt Disney CONCERT HALL
111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles
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