Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra Plays Copland, Bernstein at UCLA
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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Founded in the 1940s as the Israel Broadcast Authority Radio Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest and most important musical institutions in Israel. Under the tirelessly creative vision of music director Leon Botstein, the orchestra has gained world renown for innovative programming that integrates the bold spirit and multi-ethnic identity of Israel’s diverse population with the historical and cultural context of its ancient capital.
In a fascinating program exploring the American Jewish diaspora, the orchestra and Grammy-nominated violinist Robert McDuffie make their Royce Hall debut, performing Erich Walter Sternberg’s The Twelve Tribes of Israel, Bernstein’s Serenade, and Copland’s Symphony No. 3.