Los Angeles Philharmonic / Dudamel
Messiaen's Des canyons aux étoiles

with live visuals

23 March 2016 / 19:30

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Please note there is no interval for this concert and latecomers will not be admitted.

A breathtaking fusion of sound and colour, as Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil explore Messiaen’s visionary panorama of the American west.

'From the Canyons to the Stars': overwhelmed by the transcendent beauty of the Utah desert, Olivier Messiaen created music that reaches out to Infinity itself. Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic fuse it with the visuals by Deborah O’Grady, to ravishing effect.
For Messiaen, all beauty was a reflection of the Divine, and the glowing colours and vast starlit skies of Bryce Canyon, Utah, inspired him to some of his most vivid and radiantly expressive music. As part of their Green Umbrella contemporary music programme, Dudamel and his orchestra have commissioned visuals from photographer Deborah O’Grady – who shares Messiaen’s otherworldly vision of the beauty of the American landscape.

Deborah O'Grady spoke to us about the production in our special LA Phil podcast – listen below.

Programme & Performers

Messiaen Des canyons aux étoiles
With visuals by Deborah O’Grady

Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel
Deborah O’Grady production director/ photographer
Seth Reiser lighting and scenic designer
Adam Larsen video consultant

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Promoted by the Barbican

A co-commission between the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cal Performances, University of California, Berkeley, St. Louis Symphony, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and Washington Performing Arts.

Supported by the SHM Foundation


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