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Arcade Fire, Bjork and Richard Parry
performs with his
band The Arcade Fire
at the Coachella
LPO ends season with The Laredo
others rock Coachella Valley Music and
Arts Festival in Indio,
Calif., on Saturday.
‘American Influences’ Texas A&M
University in a
BySOLVEJ SCHOU skirt that rivaled the attention-grab- SPECIAL TO THE TIMES nor,” Townsend explained. March concert.
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER bing swan outfit she wore to the 2001 The concerto will feature a solo LPO will end its
Academy Awards. “Evolution,” the highly success- performance by guest cellist Wesley 27th season on
INDIO, California — Tens of thou- Swaying, barefoot and skipping ful 27th season of the Laredo Phil- Baldwin of Knoxville, Tenn. Sunday.
sands of music fans descended on the in the night breeze, facing a field of harmonic Orchestra, finishes with a Baldwin, who has performed
California desert last weekend for the screaming fans, she launched into concert focusing on “American In- across the United States and Europe
Coachella Music Festival, which fea- the bombastic “Earth Intruders,” the fluences” on Sunday, May 6 at Lare- as cello soloist and chamber musi-
tured performances by the Red Hot first single from her upcoming al- do Community College. cian, has recorded for the Naxos and
Chili Peppers, Arcade Fire, Bjork, bum, “Volta.” The season-closing concert starts Zyode labels, as well as for Centaur
Peaches and others. An energetic set of old and new at 4 p.m. in the Guadalupe and Lilia records.
The bikini-clad women and bare- songs followed, from operatic ‘90s hit Martinez Fine Arts Center theater at Additionally, Baldwin is an asso-
chested men who arrived early for the “Army of Me” to the Timbaland-pro- the LCC main campus. ciate professor of cello at the Uni-
festival’s second day Saturday battled duced new tune “Innocence” and po- Under the direction of music di- versity of Tennessee and is teaching
the intense heat by guzzling water litically charged “Declare Indepen- rector Brendan Townsend, the LPO in 2007-08 in residencies at SUNY Photo by Ulysses S. Romero | Laredo Morning Times
while they milled around the Empire dence.” will perform “A Festive Violet Pulse” Oswego in upstate New York and at
Polo Fields in Indio, about 130 miles “She’s amazing,” said singer-song- by Nancy Galbraith, “Cello Concer- Sweetbriar College in Virginia, as a
east of Los Angeles. Temperatures ex- writer Rufus Wainwright, who played to in B minor Op. 104” by Antonio member of the James Piano Quartet.
ceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit. earlier that night. “As usual, I’m jealous Dvorak and “Ellis Island: The Dream
Hours before, during the festival’s of Bjork. I have only one French horn Photo by Branimir Kvartuc | AP of America” by Peter Boyer. Patriotic music
first day, they had swayed happily to player, she has many more.” Underwritten by the Lamar
stellar performances by eclectic Peaches, known for her sexually Bruni Vergara Trust, the concert is The concert concludes with a pa-
chanteuse Bjork and raunchy per- charged lyrics, was appropriately in- dedicated to the trust and the mem- triotic flair as the LPO performs Boy-
former Peaches. On tap for Saturday troduced by porn star Ron Jeremy. The ory of Lamar Bruni Vergara for their er’s “Ellis Island: The Dream of
were, among others, the Red Hot Chili black leather catsuit-clad Canadian generous contributions to the arts America.”
Peppers and Arcade Fire. musician ran onstage wearing a gold and the philharmonic. In an introduction to the com-
“I went to Coachella three years mask and carrying a light saber. poser’s preface to the score, Boyer
ago. It’s the pit of hell, but every year “There’s still a war going on, no ‘Festive Violet’ noted how this composition pos-
there’s something stunning,” said 18- matter that there’s a fest,” Peaches (real sesses “a theme of great relevance to
year-old musician Jordan Deherrera. name Merrill Nisker) told The Associ- The concert will open with Gal- all Americans.”
Celebrity fans in attendance at the ated Press before her set, adding that braith’s “A Festive Violet Pulse,” “As an American composer fasci-
festival included Kelly Osbourne and she didn’t think enough women played which Townsend said is the final nated by the relationship between
Cameron Diaz. the event. movement of “Mozaika,” an or- historical events and music, I was
More than 50,000 concertgoers Singing the opening track of her chestral suite composed in 1998 by drawn to the idea of creating a sym-
braved the heat, traffic jams and long new newest album, “Impeach My five Pittsburgh-area composers to phonic work which would be based
entrance lines to see a wide array of 37 Bush,” Peaches yelled out “impeach welcome the new music director on the American immigrant experi-
bands and DJs on Friday, the first day. Bush, impeach Bush!” to roars from of the Pittsburgh Symphony Or- ence,” Boyer wrote. “This concert
Police arrested 25 people Friday, most- the packed audience. chestra. drew me naturally to Ellis Island,
ly for drug and alcohol related charges Across the fairgrounds, at the small- “Nancy Galbraith has been ac- the now-legendary immigrant pro-
and unruly conduct, said Indio police er Gobi tent, British singer Amy Wine- tively composing since the early cessing station which was the gate-
spokesman Ben Guitron. house brought on a more sedate dash 1970s and her works have been per- way to America for literally millions
Bjork kicked off her world tour Fri- of steamy sassiness. formed by some of the world’s finest of immigrants”
day night with a colorful, headlining Backed by eight-piece funk band conductors. Her music is infused Boyer added that the final text
performance on the main stage. the Dap-Kings, the bouffant-haired with rich harmonic texture, rhyth- highlights Emma Lazarus’ poem,
Joined by an all-female brass Winehouse crooned and joked, show- mic vitality, emotional depth and The New Colossus , which is in-
band dressed in Day-Glo green, or- ing off her new engagement ring and wide range of expression,” Townsend scribed at the base of the Statue of
ange and blue, the Icelandic singer hoisting up her tank top in the heat. said. Liberty.
wore a multicolored headdress with “Between the shoes and the hair, The philharmonic will continue Another highlight of the concert
floor-length cape. She soon threw it I’m not that big. I just met Danny De- with a piece by Dvorak, which will be the use of the popular Music
off, revealing a black and white bone Vito. I’m his size,” she told the crowd, Townsend regards as “undoubtedly by Numbers system, which provides
bodice with green and orange hula which spilled past the tent’s confines. the greatest of all concertos” for the the audience with “real-time” infor-
cello. mation about the music as it is being
“The late romantic period saw a performed by the philharmonic.
great rise in nationalism in music Also, the St. Augustine High
and one of the leading exponents of School String Ensemble will provide
this trend was the Czech composer musical entertainment during inter-
Antonin Dvorak, who infused all mission in the lobby of the Martinez
of his writings with the atmosphere Fine Arts Center.
of his native folksongs. Between General admission is $25 for
1892-1895, he came to the United adults, $17 for senior adults and free
States to be the director of the Na- with a valid student ID.
tional Conservatory of Music, Tickets may be purchased at IBC
where he picked up many of the Bank (Plantation/Mall Del Norte),
sounds of the ‘New World’ — espe- Wells Fargo downtown and the
cially those of Native American and TAMIU and LCC Business Offices.
African american folksongs. These Tickets also will be sold at the door.
new sounds were incorporated into For more information, call
his writings at the time, including Townsend at 721-5330 or 326-3039,
Photo by Branimir Kvartuc | AP the famous New World Symphony or send an email to btownsend@lare-
Fans watch Julieta Venegas perform at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival last Friday, and this Cello Concerto in B mi- dophilharmonic.org.
in Indio, Calif.