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Building Music
The Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Getty collaborate to explore the relationship between music and architecture. The Getty symposium culminates with a special evening concert featuring works by Henry Brant, including a world premiere of a new commission written for the Getty Center.

Symposium and Musical Interludes

Friday, June 4, 2004
9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
The Getty Center

An international group of scholars, artists, and architects speaks in two panel discussions. The first provides a historical context for the relatively modern phenomenon of signature architecture in the arts, examining the impact of such buildings as the Opéra in Paris and the Museum Island complex in Berlin on the urban fabric, as well as on the visual arts and music; the second examines spatial thinking in both music and the visual arts, featuring a visual artist who incorporates music into his work, a composer for whom the architectural container is far more than empty space, and a scholar exploring a crucial collaboration between a composer and a light artist.

Morning Panel
Christopher Mead, Paris Opéra
Jean-Louis Cohen, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris
Thomas Gaehtgens, Museum Island, Berlin

Afternoon Panel
Nancy Perloff, Young and Zazeela's Well-tuned Piano in the Magenta Lights
Liza Lim, Ecstatic Architecture
Stephen Prina, A House is Not a Home


Spatial Music: An Evening of Works by Henry Brant
Friday, June 4, 2004
8:00 p.m.
The Getty Center

In 1950 Henry Brant began to write spatial music, in which the planned positioning of the performers throughout the hall, as well as on stage, is an essential factor in the composing scheme. He wrote his latest composition, Tremors, for the Getty, using texts adapted from Leonardo da Vinci's notebooks. The world premiere of this piece will be accompanied by two existing works, newly adapted for the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center.