Another must-see California Festival event, Gustavo Dudamel and the Music of Tango and Ballet, debuts Thursday, November 16th, through Sunday, November 19th at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The program will feature two special performances: Gabriela Ortiz’s 2019 ballet score inspired by the “Glitter Revolution” and a rendition of Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires featuring violinist Leticia Moreno. Tickets for the concert series are on sale and range from $30 to $229 (depending on the date). Stay tuned for our upcoming ticket giveaway.

Ortiz created her Revolución diamantina — which will make its world premiere at the Walt Disney Concert Hall — in honor of the 2019 “Glitter Revolution” that took place in Mexico City. The event marked a grassroots turning point in the visibility and vocalization of the struggles of Mexican women facing rampant sexual violence. Together, they took to the streets to protest the senseless brutality perpetuated even by the police and ignored by those in positions of authority. Performed by the LA Phil, Ortiz’s piece calls attention to their continued fight for safety and dignity and praising their sacrifices and courage.

Two centuries after the conception of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons the Argentinian composer Piazzolla conceived his urgent version of the violin concerti. But this time, it would be rooted in the tango realm, resulting in his Cuatros Estaciones Porteños (“The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires”). Initially composed in 1969, this adaptation was arranged by Russian composer Leonid Desyatnikov for solo violin and orchestra. The performance will also feature the exceptional talents of Moreno on violin, playing her 1762 Nicola Gagliano.

See Dudamel and the Music of Tango and Ballet Thursday, November 16th through Sunday, November 19th at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Tickets are between $30-$229.

Take a look at the rest of the shows taking place at the Walt Disney Concert Hall this season, including Flamenco! María Bermúdez’s Sonidos GitanosDeck the Hall Holiday Concerts featuring Pink Martini; and Last Days.

Words: Steven Ward