Sound/Stage | Season 2, Episode 3 - A hundred years ago, the Los Angeles Philharmonic performed its first concert, an Easter sunrise service, at the Hollywood Bowl. Celebrate the occasion with soprano Nadine Sierra singing Mozart, gospel duo Mary Mary, and the LA Phil conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Mary Mary, gospel singers
Nadine Sierra, soprano
00:38 “Air pour les trompettes” by Johann Sebastian Bach (arr. Allen)
04:33 “Exsultate, jubilate” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
21:47 “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” Traditional (arr. Simon)
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Bach’s A-major Suite for harpsichord contained a movement entitled “Air pour les trompettes,” so it naturally deserved a second life as a fanfare-like piece for brass, which launches our commemoration of the first-ever program at the Hollywood Bowl.
“Exsultate, jubilate,” a festive solo motet, was composed for a favorite singer by the already mature 17-year-old Mozart. Though designed for church—the Latin text speaks of rejoicing—”Exsultate, jubilate” displays many features of Mozart’s more operatic concert arias; he even infuses elements of a concerto into it, treating the voice as a virtuoso soloist. When you hear it, you marvel at what technique that singer must have had, because Mozart pulls out all the stops, jumping from very high to very low notes and back again, as well as demanding fast, florid passages. Our celebrated vocal virtuoso is Florida native Nadine Sierra, who was the youngest singer ever to win the Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition.
To close our celebration, a piece that was part of that first Easter sunrise service, the traditional hymn “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name,” sung for us by the duo Mary Mary. Named for Jesus’ mother and Mary Magdalene, Mary Mary are sisters Erica Atkins-Campbell and Trecina (Tina) Atkins-Campbell, the closest of the nine Atkins children from Inglewood. From the beginning, success followed success as the two contemporary gospel singers went on to be nominated for 11 Grammys—winning four times—and sold more than eight million records worldwide.
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