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LA Phil's Green Umbrella Concert Series: Music from Bang on a Can Composers

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Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella Concert Series
--dedicated to innovative contemporary music--opened last week with a concert featuring music from Bang on a Can composers: Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe. It seems fitting that Bang on a Can opened the series, because the collective is responsible for a lot of innovative contemporary music in the U.S.The concert featured five original pieces, one of which was a West Coast premiere. The opening piece, Weather 1, by Michael Gordon, and the final piece, Pierced, by David Lang harkened back to the minimal heritage that first influenced Bang on a Can members. These both were conducted by Jeffrey Milarsky, and featured the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group.