Steve Reich

Steve Reich at 80, his finger on the pulse of a bewildered country

Steve Reich at 80, his finger on the pulse of a bewildered country

There was, maybe, one minor thing wrong with the LA Phil New Music Group’s all-Steve Reich program, a celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday, at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Tuesday night. Some of the percussion a small some of the time was a tad over-amplified.

Everything else, everything that mattered in a concert that mattered more than even longtime Reich fanatics might have anticipated, was right. All was right in that the performances were excellent. All was right in that the new piece, “Pulse,” a co-commission by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and given its West Coast premiere, is a keeper.

But the real rightness was something...

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