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Los Angeles Philharmonic streaming on KUSC Sunday evenings

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Starting tomorrow (Sunday, June 13) at 7 PM PDT, classical KUSC begins streaming weekly broadcasts of performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic recorded at Disney Hall over the last two seasons, some of which I was fortunate to attend. Only a few of these performances are available on disk. Together they represent the bold, modern aspect of Gustavo Dudamel's wide-ranging programming.

The schedule for these weekly broadcasts can be seen here.

This Sunday evening starts off with repertoire symphonies from Mozart and Brahms, along with Mozart's Exsultate, Jubilate.

Next Sunday (June 20) will feature new works from Jesse Montgomery and John Adams' world premier with Yuja Wang of Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? All this plus a rousing rendition of Gershwin's Concerto in F.
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Those who love unusual piano virtuosity -- and Aaron Copland -- are in for some treats this Sunday (June 27).

The program begins with Carlos Chavez' Symphony #2, "Symphonia India." Aaron Copland and Carlos Chavez were good friends -- Copland visited him several times in Mexico. After hearing the Chavez work it becomes clear where Copland got his inspiration for Rodeo (performed later in this concert), not to mention El Salon Mexico.

Next on the program is a piano concerto from Esteban Benzecry, Universos Infinidos, with fellow Argentinian pianist Sergio Tiempo. This piece was commissioned almost ten years ago; Benzecry completed it five years ago, yet this is its premier performance. Sergio Tiempo literally attacks this piece, with some of the most ferocious piano playing this side of Cecil Taylor.


(Pictured: Gustavo Dudamel and Sergio Tiempo express their admiration for Esteban Benzecry's achievement.)

Complementing the Chavez symphony earlier, next up is the complete ballet suite Rodeo by Aaron Copland, owing much to Carlos Chavez. This includes the complete score, as most concerts are excerpts.

The above works were presented in order at one concert in the autumn of 2019. This presentation concludes with a work from another concert, John Adams' interesting Grand Pianola Music.

Program note: If you miss this or any of these Sunday evening concerts on KUSC, they can be heard through the following week at the KUSC website.
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