LA Phil returns w. Mahler AND an Iowa-trained composer

Oct 20, 2015

David Lang - the Pulitzer/ Grammy/ (etc.) -winning composer who got his MA at the University of Iowa
Credit © Peter Serling

 The LA Philharmonic concert broadcasts return to IPR Wednesdays at 7PM -  and the first concert features a Pulitzer-winning composer trained in Iowa! David Lang won that Pulitzer (and a Grammy) for his incredibly moving little matchgirl passion, and has also been Musical America's Musician of the Year. along with other honors. But before all that, he came to Iowa to study composition at the University of Iowa. He  says "I was happy I did. It was really a kind of golden age. I really loved it." 

His new piece is called Man Made, and features the So Percussion ensemble (you can guess what they play) along with the Philharmonic.  Then comes Mahler's Symphony no. 5, the one with the achingly beautiful Adagietto.  That symphony is a specialty of Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Philharmonic's young Venezuelan music director. Tune in to hear him conduct it live!