Angelique Kidjo premieres Philip Glass' new “Lodger” Symphony at the Disney Hall with the LA Philharmonic

 

Angélique Kidjo was the soloist in the world premiere of Philip Glass' Symphony No. 12 ("Lodger") given by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and conducted by John Adams on January 11th 2019 at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

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Once Kidjo entered, however, we were automatically someplace unexpected. Her earthy deep voice and African accented English took Bowie on as much of a fantastic voyage as Glass’ music did. The perspective was not only symphonic but also culturally modulated, and there was, with Kidjo’s strong personality, a woman’s perspective. Glass and Kidjo strip Bowie of his own charismatic arsenal of effects. His exoticism is no longer so exotic. Kidjo sees through him.
 
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