Kennedy Center around Salonen

Kennedy Center around Salonen
Composer, conductor, and innovator Esa-Pekka Salonen is the first artist to be featured in Prism, a new residency program with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C in November 2020.

As part of this residency Salonen conducts the NSO and The Washington Chorus in his Dada inspired Karawane. NSO has also co-commissioned the fully orchestrated version of Salonen’s chamber piece FOG, written for his friend and colleague Frank Gehry’s 90th birthday in 2019. The chamber version of FOG is also performed during Prism by The Peabody Modern Orchestra who also present Catch and Release

Prism will also feature EarShot reading sessions for emerging composers and conductors. Under Salonen’s guidance, advanced conducting students will read through new works by emerging composers selected by American Composers Orchestra.

Salonen’s appetite for digital collaboration is represented by the US premiere of his immersive installation, Laila, open for the duration of the residency. Composed and conducted by Salonen, Laila is a project of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, in collaboration with the Helsinki-based Ekho Collective, dramaturg Paula Vesala, and sound designer Tuomas Norvio in which the audience participates in the making of the visual and musical world of the artwork. The installation brings together music and technology through video mapping and Bluetooth® that create a personalized participatory experience unique to each visitor and visit.

Photo: © HiroyukiIto

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