New Works: A Social Allegory

Some conductors will do anything to get an audience. Last week at a regular concert of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Maestro Zubin Mehta showed motion pictures. Now, it is well known that in Hollywood country, people will come out to see anything on film. And it is equally well known that when it comes to introducing new music, Mehta is a genuine 20th century fox. But wasn't this carrying show biz a bit too far?

Not at all. Mehta was just following the score of Contextures, a new multimedia orchestral work which he...