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Los Angeles Philharmonic pays tribute to its late new-music mentor Steven Stucky

Los Angeles Philharmonic pays tribute to its late new-music mentor Steven Stucky

The Los Angeles Philharmonic's special concert in memory of composer Steven Stucky was called "Radical Light." An uncannily heavenly light did, indeed, radiate throughout Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday night. But I hope that doesn't sound precious or somehow unreal, because the memorial could just as easily have been dubbed "Leave It to Steve."

That is what the L.A. Phil did for more than 20 years with its composer-in-residence and new-music advisor. So the most characteristic way for the orchestra to honor Stucky, who died in February at 66 from a brain tumor, was with a reminder of the kind of Green Umbrella concerts he and Esa-Pekka Salonen put on...

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