A wonderful feast of sound and colour, as Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic explore Messiaen’s visionary panorama of the American west.
‘From the Canyons to the Stars’: based on the transcendent beauty of the Utah desert, Olivier Messiaen created music that reaches out to nature. Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic fuse it with the visuals by Deborah O’Grady, to exciting effect.
For Messiaen, all beauty was a reflection of the Divine, and the glowing colours and vast starlit skies of Bryce Canyon, Utah, inspired him to some of his most vivid and radiantly expressive music. As part of their Green Umbrella contemporary music programme, Dudamel and his orchestra have commissioned visuals from photographer Deborah O’Grady – who shares Messiaen’s otherworldly vision of the beauty of the American landscape.
Messiaen Des canyons aux étoiles
With visuals by Deborah O’Grady
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel conductor
Deborah O’Grady production director/ photographer
Seth Reiser lighting and scenic designer
Adam Larsen video consultant
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