John Adams has curated the Los Angeles Philharmonic's "West Coast, Left Coast" festival, and, as you might expect, it's full of the most original and exciting new music born in California. Events honoring the Golden State's heritage as a "sympathetic refuge for creative renegades" this weekend, when Gustavo Dudamel and the L.A. Phil perform two works about Los Angeles: Esa-Pekka Salonen's moody, dreamy LA Variations
and John Adams' City Noir, a 30-minute symphony inspired by both L.A.'s noir and jazz-influenced past, along with the amazing Marino Formenti performing the Piano Concerto of the man Adams calls "the quintessential West Coast composer," Lou Harrison. On Tuesday, the Green Umbrella series features Adams conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group and the Kronos Quartet in the brass version of Ingram Marshall's Fog Tropes, Harry Partch's U.S. Highball and selections from Frank Zappa's Yellow Shark. On Thursday, Leonard Slatkin conducts the Phil, Kronos, pianist Joanne Pearce Martin and violinist Bing Wang (pictured) in a program featuring the world premiere of Thomas Newman's It Got Dark and Liquid Interface
, by Bay Area electronica wunderkind Mason Bates.
Fri., Nov. 27, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 28, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 29, 2 p.m., 2009