Modest Mussorgsky wrote Pictures at an Exhibition as a memorial to his late friend, the painter Viktor Hartmann, in 1874. Still reeling from Hartmann’s death the year before, the Russian composer takes his listeners on a gallery tour of ten of Hartmann’s paintings, drawing, and sketches, pausing in front of each to offer his impressions before moving on to the next by way of a stately promenade. While Hartmann’s paintings do not survive, Pictures at an Exhibition has become one of the most celebrated pieces in the classical music repertoire, a fittingly colorful, occasionally stormy tribute to Hartmann’s art.
The LA Phil will bring Ravel’s orchestral arrangement of Mussorgsky’s Pictures to life this February at Walt Disney Concert Hall, coupling it with the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Register for organ and orchestra.
Casual Fridays (including Drinks in THE GARDEN)
Come early beginning at 6:30pm and enjoy complimentary drinks in THE GARDEN, complete with excellent views of the DTLA skyline. Then, after the concert, join the after-party with orchestra members and complimentary beer tastings courtesy of the Los Angeles Brewer’s Guild.
Hyperallergic is giving away 5 pairs of tickets the this performance!
Prize includes two (2) tickets to the Friday February 23rd performance of Pictures at an Exhibition at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Transportation not included. Enter by Monday, February 19.