Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Esa-Pekka Salonen has extended his contract through 2008.
Salonen, now in his 11th season helming the Phil, will then shift to an “evergreen clause” in which his contract is renewed on an annual basis, said L.A. Phil prexy Deborah Borda. She made the announcement Tuesday at Walt Disney Concert Hall, where details of the 2005-06 season were unveiled.
Highlighting the L.A. Phil’s third season in Disney Hall will be a minimalist festival overseen by composer John Adams, a Beethoven festival, a guitar series, U.S. and world premieres plus the conclusion of the five-year Shostakovich cycle. World and jazz festivals and an organ series will again be presented as well.
The Philharmonic will dedicate two weeks in March and April 2006 to “Minimalist Jukebox,” celebrating the style of composition that redefined classical music in the 1960s.
In 2006, Adams will lead the Philharmonic in his “Harmonielehre” and scenes from Philip Glass’ “Akhnaten” on March 31 and April 1-2; Louis Andriessen’s “Racconto dall’Inferno” will receive its U.S. premiere March 25-26; Stefan Asbury will conduct works by Steve Reich on March 25-26; minimalist works for keyboards will be presented March 30; and the Phil will present a special perf of Glenn Branca’s Symphony No. 13, “Hallucination City,” for 100 guitars.
“There was a highly identifiable stylistic change,” Adams said, “but it’s one that institutions are slow to pick up on. The West Coast orchestras (San Francisco and L.A.) have been quick to identify movements — (they) are like modern art museums. It’s lifesaving to know institutions are looking around to see what’s going on now.”
The Beethoven series begins with pianist Evgeny Kissin performing the Fifth Piano Concerto, “Emperor,” as part of the opening-night gala Sept. 29. The First and Second Symphonies will be performed Sept. 30 and Oct. 1-2; Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” will be paired with the world premiere of Magnus Lindberg’s new orchestral work (Oct. 6 and 9); the Fourth and Sixth will be partnered with Knussen’s Violin Concerto Oct. 13, 14 and 16; Symphony No. 5 and “Leonore” Overture No. 2 are on the April 28-30, 2006, bill with Lutoslawski’s Fourth Symphony; the world premiere of Hillborg’s new orchestral work takes place May 4, 5 and 7, 2006, on a program with Symphonies No. 7 and 8; and the Ninth will be preceded by Ligeti’s “Requiem” on May 1, 13 and 14 that year.
Beethoven string quartets will be performed Oct. 9 and 11 this year by the Juilliard String Quartet and May 18 and 19, 2006, by the Emerson String Quartet.
In the series “The Art of the Guitar,” the Philharmonic will present a Django Reinhardt Festival on Nov. 16; the Assad Brothers in recital Nov. 17; and Eliot Fisk making his L.A. Phil debut Nov. 18-20.
As part of the holiday series, a concert version of Adams’ “El Nino,” featuring soprano Dawn Upshaw, will be staged Dec. 16-18. Others appearing in the 10 days leading up to Christmas include P.D.Q. Bach, the Manhattan Transfer and the Blind Boys of Alabama.
The songbook series returns in 2006 with concerts by Audra McDonald on Jan. 29 and Randy Newman on April 8. Another program will be announced later.
Also in 2006, Wayne Shorter (Jan. 28), the Maria Schneider Orchestra (Feb. 8) and Wynton Marsalis (March 19) are among the jazz artists coming to Disney Hall. Osvaldo Golijov’s “Ayre,” featuring Upshaw and “Motorcycle Diaries” composer Gustavo Santaolalla on the ronroco (Oct. 21 this year), and Ravi Shankar’s Festival of India II (April 26, 2006) are on the world music bill.