“In the strange moment we are in now, ‘when all the world is a hopeless jumble,’ I think about that remarkable turning point in American history, and in American music — a time of new ideas, and hope,” Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Julia Wolfe says about her new work inspired by the 1960s. “Flower Power draws on my memory of that political and artistic time period, harnessing the energy and power of liberation and activism.” The piece will be augmented by psychedelic visuals and performed by L.A. Phil, conducted by John Adams, and Bang on a Can All-Stars, the ensemble derived from the NYC contemporary-music organization she co-founded with her husband, Michael Gordon, and David Lang. Adams also conducts his own steel guitar–laced symphony, Naïve and Sentimental Music (1999).
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown; Sat., Jan. 18, 8 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 29, 2 p.m.; $20-$185. (323) 850-2000, laphil.com.