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With guitarist Angel Romero, bandoneon player Seth Asarnow, and dancers from Tango Buenos Aires, maestro Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in works by the famous composer of tango music Astor Piazzolla, symphonic composer Alberto Ginastera (who was Piazzolla's teacher), and film score composer Lalo Schifrin ("Mission Impossible"), a friend of the late Piazzolla.
Newly filmed interviews with Dudamel, Schifrin and Romero are interspersed throughout the musical program, together with archival footage of Piazzolla.
Schifrin's Concierto de la Amistad (Concerto of Friendship), a world premiere performance, is a follow-up to his Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra premiered by guitarist Angel Romero in 1984 at the Bowl. The composer wrote the latest guitar concerto especially for his long-time friend Romero.
"The structure is three movements, and sometimes sonata form, sometimes theme and variations... it's like a journey," says Schifrin in the program. "I start with a kind of dance ... a kind of dance of the Middle Ages combined with 21st or 20th century music. So in that sense, it's a journey. But it's a journey also in terms of geography, because it has African elements, obviously European - especially Spanish - European elements, South American elements all over."
Ginastera: Four Dances from Estancia
The Agricultural Workers
The Wheat Dance
The Cattle Men
Piazzolla: Selection of Tangos
La Muerte del Angel
Schifrin: Concierto de la Amistad (world premiere)