October Seminar: Satyagraha

October 14, 2018

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Thayer Hall at the Colburn School

200 S Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Orientation for New Members: 10:30 AM

Program: 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Speakers: Grant Gershon and Veronika Krausas

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The Philip Glass opera Satyagraha (Sanskrit for “truth force”) is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s early years in South Africa, where he developed the concept of nonviolent political resistance. Satyagraha caps off LA Opera’s trilogy of biographical operas by Glass, following Einstein on the Beach and Akhnaten. Conductor Grant Gershon will examine the musical aspects of Satygraha while composer Veronika Krausas will discuss minimalism and the forms, structures and musical ideas in the opera, specifically as they relate to the narrative.


Grant Gershon      Simon Williams

Grant Gershon and Veronika Krausas

Grant Gershon made his acclaimed LA Opera conducting debut leading La Traviata in 2009. Subsequent conducting engagements included the world premiere of Daniel Catan's Il Postino, Madame Butterfly, Lee Holdridge's Dulce Rosa and Carmen. A passionate champion of new music, he has led major premieres of works of John Adams, Ricky Ian Gordon, Steve Reich, David Lang and Christopher Rouse, among many others. Since 2001, he has been Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, one of the world’s leading choral ensembles. This season, he will lead 12 performances at Disney Hall and will make his debuts with the Baltimore Symphony, the Orchestra Filharmonica di Torino and at Trinity Wall Street.

Veronika Krausas (Professor, Thornton School of Music) has directed, composed for and produced multimedia events that incorporate her works with dance, acrobatics and video. She was one of six composers involved in the acclaimed mobile opera Hopscotch. Her first opera, The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth, based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, was premiered at the New York City Opera’s VOX 2008 festival. A full production was mounted in Los Angeles in August 2010 to soldout audiences. Commissions and performances include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Industry, New York City Opera, Ensemble musikFabrik, Esprit Orchestra, Piano Spheres, Gloria Cheng, The Vancouver Symphony, ERGO Projects, Toca Loca, Fort Worth Opera, Jacaranda Music, Motion Music and the Penderecki String Quartet.

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