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'Up-close' integrates live classical music with film
'Up-close' integrates live classical music with film

The young Dutch composer Michel van der Aa likes to describe his works as containing multiple "layers" or "mirror realities." For example, in Van der Aa's 30-minute "music theater" piece "Up-close" (2010), which will be part of Tuesday's Green Umbrella program at Walt Disney Concert Hall, a live performance by a cello soloist and string ensemble is synchronized with a film depicting a haunted-looking woman engaged in enigmatic activities — gathering shiny paper strips from a forest, placing furniture in a spartan room, and apparently composing music. At times, the cellist is required to rise from her (or his) seat on-stage and mimic...