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Hannah Lash’s Hush on Los Angeles Philharmonic's "Brooklyn Festival"

Mar. 29, 2013

Hannah Lash’s <em>Hush</em> on Los Angeles Philharmonic's "Brooklyn Festival"

Joshua Weilerstein conducts the first Los Angeles Philharmonic performances of Hannah Lash’s Hush at Walt Disney Concert Hall on April 18, 20 and 21. The concerts are part of the Philharmonic’s "Brooklyn Festival," a series of concerts highlighting the explosion of creative influence emanating from Brooklyn and eliciting comparisons of the New York City borough to turn-of-the-century Vienna and 1970’s downtown Manhattan.

Hush, a single movement work for chamber orchestra,is a sophisticated and stylish work that employs subtle waves of surprising and delicate textures. The piece was commissioned by David Vickerman and the Great Noise Ensemble who gave its premiere in 2011. About the piece, Lash writes:

Hush makes extended use of canon as a device to propel its form forward, and to achieve a cumulative texture of sound: a fabric whose thread count thickens as its length increases. There is one point of maximum culmination…this point is followed by a post-traumatic response: secondary canons, and an unrelated piece of material that enters – alien to the piece, like scar tissue – within a hushed surface. This alien material is a quote from an old English lullaby: “All the Pretty Little Horses.”

The program also features music from PSNY composer Christopher Cerrone, as well as works by Ted Hearne and Aaron Copland.  The performance is repeated on April 20 and 21.

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