L.A. Phil cancels new Osvaldo Golijov work from March recital


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The Los Angeles Philharmonic has removed a new piece by composer Osvaldo Golijov from its scheduled Colburn Celebrity Series recital on March 23 at 8 p.m.

A spokeswoman for the orchestra said that the untitled new work won’t be completed in time for the performance. The orchestra did not name a replacement piece for the recital, which also features works by Chopin and Schumann.


A co-commission of the L.A. Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall, the Golijov piece was supposed to be performed in New York on March 17 and then in San Francisco on March 20.

Not much is known about the work except that Golijov is writing it for soprano, hyper-accordion and piano. The composer’s website describes the work as a song cycle.

In L.A. the new work was scheduled to be performed by soprano Dawn Upshaw, pianist Emanuel Ax and hyper-accordionist Michael Ward-Bergeman. Both Upshaw and Ax are still set to perform on March 23 at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Much in demand these days, Golijov currently has commissions with several orchestras, including another co-commission with the L.A. Philharmonic for a violin concerto that is scheduled to have its world premiere at Disney Hall in May 2011.

-- David Ng