LA Phil Aug 17

August 17
Bernstein and Wooten

A multiple Grammy-winning legend in worlds of funk and avant-garde jazz, Victor Wooten is a regular in music critics’ lists of best bass guitar players in history. In recent years, Wooten has sought to combine jazz and symphonic traditions, and La Lección Tres showcases the possibilities of a solo electric bass with orchestra, sometimes with plucked rhythmic punch and others lyrical and melodic with a custom bass that’s bowed like a cello. After opening with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s romantic and lush Ballade, Thomas Wilkins conducts Bernstein’s timeless Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.


Thomas Wilkins


Victor Wooten, bass*

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Ballade in A minor, Op. 33

Leonard Bernstein

Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Victor Wooten

La Lección Tres*