The First Note: Living LA

Salonen salutes city at celebration

The Living LA inaugural gala, the second of the Disney Hall opening galas, will highlight the art and music of the modern age Oct. 24.

Guests will hear the world premiere of John Adams’ “The Dharma at Big Sur” and glimpse the hall’s private spaces.

The musical selections will begin with the Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Esa-Pekka Salonen’s homage to the city, “L.A. Variations.” This will be followed by Lutoslawski’s cello concerto performed by Yo-Yo Ma.

Adams’ “The Dharma at Big Sur” was co-commissioned by the L.A. Phil.

“For anyone who has come to California from elsewhere, the first encounter with the landscape and with the powerful meeting of sea and rocky coast never fails to make a lasting, deeply moving impression,” has said Adams, a New Hampshire native who started earned accolades while composing in Northern California in the early 1980s. “Big Sur has a kind of magical, numinous power that has entranced generations of people who, like myself, arrived in California and, once here, never wish to leave. The original idea for the piece came from my reading of the Jack Kerouac book ‘Big Sur,’ a meditation on the coast and the psychic effects of the landscape.”

The concert concludes with the rousing piece “Sensemaya,” by Mexico’s Silvestre Revueltas.

Guests will explore the hall in its entirety, including backstage areas, rehearsal rooms and gardens.

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