Get Your Phil!
- By Andrew Fish
- Photos Courtesy of LA Philharmonic
When President Richard Nixon visited China in 1972, it set in motion a major shift in the dynamics of the Cold War, signaling to Russia that we, too, would have dealings with the Soviet Union’s best frenemy, and that perhaps all three countries might come to an understanding — and end the war in Vietnam. You may be surprised to learn that this historic state visit was made into an opera. Indeed, in 1987 composer John Adams’ Nixon in China debuted at the Houston Grand Opera, and since then the oddly affecting piece has earned its place in the pantheon. If this strange story has piqued your interest, then hop on over to the L.A. Philharmonic website and get yourself tickets for a performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Also at Disney Hall, the L.A. Phil will be performing “Beethoven & Shostakovich,” a duo of classic fifth symphonies — two powerful pieces from Ludwig van Beethoven and Dmitri Shostakovich. Written at the turn of the 19th century, Beethoven’s fifth symphony is an iconic work of art that stirs up emotion with relentless energy. Shostakovich’s fifth was written over 100 years later, in 1937, and was a subtle commentary on the trials and tragedies of Soviet Russia.
All this is to say that two fascinating performances are hitting Disney Hall this month — iconic and steeped in history. Mark your calendar!
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