Welcome to Our 49th Season!
Music is liquid architecture; Architecture is frozen music.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Music and architecture blossom on the same stem—sublimated mathematics.
– Frank Lloyd Wright
I hope that when people attend concerts in the hall, their eyes will wander through the shapes of the building and find that what they see harmonises with the music they’re listening to.
– Frank Gehry (on Walt Disney Concert Hall )
A composer and an architect speak a common language of balance, symmetry, articulation, form, and density. Each must know nature’s laws and materials intimately and work towards creating something both beautiful and functional. Both work under the limitations of budgets, the unpredictability of logistics, and the whims of patrons. Like all artists, both create work which is inevitably a product of its time and place even as it yearns to rise above its historicity.
An even more fundamental connection between these fields is the way that sound and space are intricately and permanently intertwined. The sound produced inside a building shapes the sensory experience of being inside it, and therefore the character of the building itself. Conversely, every building is an acoustic space which gives a unique resonance to any sound produced within. It is no accident that many buildings have been designed to house particular kinds of music (and so much music has been composed to be performed within particular buildings).
Join us in our 49th season as we explore these mysteries while indulging in some of the most sublime choral music ever written.
Sincerely, Lucas Harris
The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci
CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER
Guest directed by Elizabeth Anderson