Thomas Adès's Tower Heralds the Opening of a Frank Gehry-Designed Artistic Hub at Luma Arles in France
Jul. 15, 2021
June 26 saw the premiere of a new fanfare specially composed by Thomas Adès to mark the opening of The Tower – a new artistic hub building designed by Frank Gehry on the site of Luma Arles, Le Parc des Ateliers, in Arles, France. The performance of Adès’s Tower was given outdoors by student and professional musicians local to Arles conducted by Ilan Volkov.
Tower was commissioned by André Hoffman for the opening of Luma Arles in the Parc des Ateliers.
The brisk 2½-minute fanfare is scored for 14 trumpets, the same number as in Janáček's Sinfonietta – a work for which the composer has great admiration. Tower will be paired on a program with Janáček's Sinfonietta in October this year when Thomas Adès conducts the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris. The concert will also present the French premieres of his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra and The Exterminating Angel Symphony.
Other recent Adès premieres include the first UK performance of the string orchestra work Shanty – Over the Sea by the Britten Sinfonia at the Barbican, London, and the upcoming world premiere of The Exterminating Angel Symphony at the BBC Proms with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla on August 5.
Also on August 5, audiences may view a broadcast from Wigmore Hall featuring Thomas Adès performing some of Beethoven's works for solo piano.
(Thomas Adès at Wigmore Hall)
Listen to Thomas Adès's Arcadiana for string quartet (1994):
(Thomas Adès/Arcadiana/Danish String Quartet)
To learn more about Thomas Adès, visit: fabermusic.com.
fanfare for 14 trumpets