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Los Angeles Philharmonic – Gustavo Dudamel Residency

The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, its music and artistic director, return to the Barbican for their second International Associate Residency from 22-24 March 2016. For their much anticipated series of concerts, Dudamel and the LA Phil will perform from an all-American themed programme, including French composer Olivier Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux Etoiles, an ode to the great American landscapes. Inspired by the beauty of the Utah desert, Messiaen’s music will be brought to life through photographer Deborah O’Grady’s visuals, elevating the performance to a journey where boundaries between sound and light are blurred.

For the opening of the residency, conductor Gustavo Dudamel starts from his repertoire of American music with two debut works by John Williams and Andrew Norman. To celebrate the centenary of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera’s birth, Dudamel and the LA Phil welcome pianist Sergio Tiempo for an electrifying concerto, followed by Aaron Copland’s North American ‘Appalachian Spring’.

A long-time advocate for music education, Gustavo Dudamel will lead an orchestra of 100 talented young musicians from East London, LA and the Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning programme for an open rehearsal. The young musicians will attend the performances of the Los Angeles Philharmonic residency, including the evening of Thursday 24 March where Dudamel will conduct Mahler’s Symphony No 3 for the first time in London – a fitting celebration of youth, optimism and eternal renewal.

Read the full press release in our newsroom.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel International Associate Residency takes place from 22-24 March 2016.