The remarkable trend of beaming live performances of opera, symphony, ballet and theater to movie houses shows no sign of abating. It seems that a lot of people find the experience not just satisfying, but addictive.
The leader of the pack is the Metropolitan Opera; that company's cinema simulcasts have taken off like crazy, spreading from country to country.
I wonder if symphonic events -- the least interesting visually, compared with the other art forms -- will develop an equally large, loyal audience over time. If anyone can develop a following, it may well be the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which has the super-photogenic, mega-watt personality of music director Gustavo Dudamel as an extra magnet.
The Philharmonic's three-concert cinema series this season, LA Phil Live, wraps up on Sunday with Dudamel conducting an ...
all-Brahms program -- the Double Concerto, with violinist Renaud Capuçon and cellist Gautier Capuçon (they've got star quality, too, in abundance); and Symphony No. 4. (The symphony is being recorded live and will be released on iTunes June 21.)
The live broadcast from Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles will be at 5 p.m. EST. John Lithgow will be the host. Movie houses participating in the Baltimore area: AMC Owings Mills 17, Cinemark Egyptian 24 at Arundel Mills, AMC Columbia Mall 14, Snowden Square in Columbia.
If you go, please let me know how you liked it. Just post your comments here.
Meanwhile, to get you in the mood for Sunday, here's a sample of Dudamel's beguiling way of conducting Brahms -- one of the Hungarian Dances (with the Gothenburg Symphony):