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LA Phil: Schumann Focus: Das Paradies + Drinks in The Garden
June 1, 2018 | 6:30 pm-10:00 pm
Although his life was difficult, to say the least, ending prematurely in madness, Robert Schumann nonetheless composed music that elevates us through its pure spirit and unique personal character. Over three weekends, Gustavo Dudamel delves deeply into Schumann’s four symphonies, two greatest concertos, and a rarely heard oratorio, offering us a portrait of the man through his finest creations.
The oratorio Das Paradies und die Peri (Paradise and the Peri) is seen as one of Schumann’s major achievements; even Wagner had positive words for it. The story, which originated with 19th-century Irish poet/singer Thomas Moore, was translated by Schumann and a friend. It tells of a peri – a fairy-like spirit from Persian mythology, somewhere between an angel and a devil – who has been cast out of heaven. Its only way back is by finding the gift that God will like best, which – spoiler alert! – turns out to be a tear from a repentant old sinner who has observed a child praying.
For our production, incomparable operatic mastermind Peter Sellars teams with media artist Refik Anadol to create a never-before-seen staging, bringing the season to a moving conclusion.
The Schumann Cycle is supported by an Edgerton Foundation grant.
These performances are made possible by generous support from the Lloyd E. Rigler – Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation.
DRINKS IN THE GARDEN | 6:30PM
Arrive early on Friday nights and enjoy complimentary drinks and a spectacular view of the DTLA skyline from the Garden.
INSIDE THE MUSIC | 6:45PM
The Inside the Music pre-concert event begins at 6:45pm, on stage with Brian Lauritzen. After the concert, stay for a post-show Q&A with Brian and the artists.
CONCERT | 8PM
20% OFF with code DTLA20 - valid only for Orchestra East/West, Front Terrace and Terrace sections.
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