The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2022/23 season features an array of concerts showcasing the magnificent Walt Disney Concert Hall organ, including Clark Wilson in a special Halloween presentation of the 1920 silent film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” on Oct. 31 and recitals by organ virtuosos Isabelle Demers (Nov. 6), Hector Olivera (Jan. 22, 2023), Alcee Criss (March 5, 2023) and Paul Jacobs (April 16, 2023).
Inaugurated in 2004 at the opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s second season in Walt Disney Concert Hall, the organ’s striking visual design was a collaboration between Frank Gehry and organ builder Manuel Rosales. It is voiced with a wide dynamic range – from pianississimo to a breathtaking fortissimo that can even overpower the sound of a full orchestra. The specially curved wood façade pipes are actual playing pipes that were made by Glatter-Götz Orgelbau in Germany and consist of the Violone and Bassoon basses. Behind the façade are three levels of pipes, including metal pipes made of tin and lead alloys and wood pipes made of Norwegian pine. The organ, affectionately called “Hurricane Mama,” was so named by musical visionary Terry Riley after a night of improvisation.
Tickets for the LA Phil’s 2022/23 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall are currently on sale. To purchase and for information, visit laphil.com, the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office at 111 S. Grand Ave. or by calling (323)850-2000.