The Los Angeles Philharmonic presents the premiere of its commission titled “Electric Fields,” an immersive multimedia staged concert, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Inspired by the cosmic compositions and contemplations of composer, mystic, philosopher and poet Hildegard von Bingen, and Baroque-era compositions by Barbara Strozzi and Francesca Caccini, “Electric Fields” traces ideas of connection and disconnection, the finite and the infinite, across the works of three composers searching for meaning in a complex universe. The work was composed by David Chalmin and Bryce Dessner. Performers include soprano Barbara Hannigan, pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque, and Chalmin on electronics.
Von Bingen, also known as Saint Hildegard, had visions throughout her life that led to writings on celestial systems and theories of infinite connection. Channeling that spirit, “Electric Fields” reaches through centuries and connects the music von Bingen wrote in the 12th century to 17th century Baroque-era compositions of Strozzi and Caccini, all reimagined by Chalmin and Dessner. The one-night world premiere performance will include live video, lighting projections and electronic effects that create a mesmerizing exploration of music.
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Ave. Tickets start at $20. For information, visit laphil.com.
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