It’s NY vs LA for first US Boulez tribute

New York’s offbeat Le Poisson Rouge has swiftly arranged a tribute concert for Saturday night.
“Au Revoir, Pierre: A Tribute to the Life and Works of Pierre Boulez,” will involve Claire Chase, Taka Kigawa, Ensemble LPR, Miranda Cuckson, and Metropolis Ensemble, plus a whole load of other musicians who are clamouring to get in. Program will be announced shortly, they say.

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Meanwhile, across the country, the LA Phil are putting finishing touches at Walt Disney Hall on a rare main-stage performance of  Boulez’s “Memoriale” for flute and 8 instruments with conductor Daniel Harding and principal flute Denis Bouriakov.

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Any more this weekend?

Nothing in London? (Are we surprised?)

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  • And there you have it. Not a reporter. A recipient of press releases. Please bear that in mind, posters who are constantly demanding why the blog-owner has not pursued this, that or the other aspect of a story (to ensure accuracy, usually). Not his job.

  • A curious thing about LA Phil performing Boulez’s Memoriale in this weekend’s three subscription concerts is that the piece was already included in the program nearly a year ago when the entire season was first announced to the public: an amazingly serendipitous planning by the guest conductor Daniel Harding and the orchestra’s artistic management!
    It is a moving tribute to an important musical figure of last century. When I had the pleasure of performing with him on many occasions as an orchestra member as well as a soloist, he was always unfailingly generous and pleasant to me and my colleagues.

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