Walt Disney Concert Hall celebrates Gershwin – With Gustavo Dudamel and Herbie Hancock

Los Angeles Philharmonic

Gustavo Dudamel meets the jazz superstar Herbie Hancock for an concert dedicated to Gershwin, at the crossroads between jazz and classical musics.

In 2011, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and its musical director Gustavo Dudamel kicked off the musical season with a celebration of George Gershwin's music, which, it must be said, remains little known to the classical music audience. If An American in Paris and the Rhapsody in Blue are regularly performed, great works are still to be rediscovered in the American composer's catalogue. This is what Gustavo Dudamel did during the concert, by performing this Ouverture, a piece drawing its inspiration from a Cuban standard, Echale salsita. "I went backstage to drink a little mojito," said the conductor laughing, "to create a little bit more the real atmosphere that we will have tonight with this amazing music." Gershwin's music is protean, and if it often shows the accents of jazz music, Gustavo Dudamel cheerily reminded to the public that it also contains some Latin American distinctive features.

The point was to celebrate George Gershwin's music, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic can not be blamed for having done a half job in this service! To perform the Rhapsody in Blue, a genuine masterwork in the repertoire, the jazz superstar Herbie Hancock was invited on stage. The result was a great success, much-acclaimed by the Walt Disney Concert Hall's audience, who also has the chance to listen to two rare pieces for solo piano composed by George Gershwin: Embraceable You and Someone To Watch Over Me. During fifteen minutes, the time seemed to have come to a complete halt. The musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic were silent, and a blue light inundated the music hall...

© Picture: Mathew Imaging.

Movie director : Enrique Sánchez-Lansch
Collections : Classical Latin American Music, Our Selection of the Week
Playlist : The Art of Conducting
Music genre : Jazz

Duration : 01 h 16 min
Location : Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, USA)
Production date : 2011
Production : © BFMI

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