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Each year since its founding in 1919, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has been hailed as Southern California’s leading performing arts institution. Under the leadership of Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel.
Sundays, 4 – 6 pmJuly through Septemberon Music Station
John Adams | photo: Deborah O'Grady
This week's LA Phil broadcast is filled entirely with John Adams' 1999 oratorio, "El Niño."
Conductor: Grant Gershon
John Adams: El Niño
Soloists:Julia Bullock, sopranoJennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-sopranoDavone Tines, bassDaniel Bubeck, countertenorBrian Cummings, countertenorNathan Medley, countertenorLos Angeles Master Chorale
Described as a "nativity oratorio," El Niño retells the Christmas story with the first half focusing on Mary's thoughts before the birth in the stable in Bethlehem, and the second half covering the aftermath of the birth including the early life of Jesus.
Of the work, Adams says that he had wanted to write a Messiah of his own, a work confronting not only the Nativity of Christ but also the miracle of birth generally.