Classical 91.5

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

Seasonal, 8 to 10pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1, WITH-FM/HD 90.1-2 and online at

Known as Southern California’s leading performing arts institution, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which performs in Walt Disney Hall, owes its birth to William Andrews Clark, Jr., a multi-millionaire and amateur musician who established the city's first permanent symphony orchestra in 1919. Since 32-year-old Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel became the LA Philharmonic Orchestra's 11th Music Director in 2009, his infectious emotional energy has won over even the most jaded souls in audiences and orchestras alike, making it one of the world’s most outstanding orchestras today.

Music by Huanzhi, An-Lun Huang, Saint-Saens, Ravel and more in a program (11/26) with the LA Philharmonic where East meets West, including electrifying performances by violinist Ray Chen.

On March 7, 2019, pianist Yuja Wang premiered the LA Phil commission of John Adam's new work Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?  We'll hear that performance on the Oct 2nd broadcast.

Cantaloupe Music

9/4       Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 Chopin: Étude, Tristesse Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (Yefim Bronfman, p; Zubin Mehta, cond)

9/11      Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 Scarlatti: Piano Sonata Brahms: Symphony No. 2 (Yefim Bronfman, p; Zubin Mehta, cond)

9/18      Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes Britten:   Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra (Michael Slattery, t; Andrew Bain, hn; Simone Young, cond)

9/25      Huanzhi: Spring Festival Overture Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso (Ray Chen, v; DiaoQiang Opera Troupe; UCLA Association of Chinese Americans; Wushu Shaolin Entertainment; Elim Chan, cond)

The LA PHIL's programs for August 2019

Aug 1, 2019
Los Angeles Times

8/7        Salonen: LA Variations Beethoven: Triple Concerto Andrew Norman: Sustain (Martin Chalifour, v; Joanne Pearce Martin, p; Robert deMaine, c; Gustavo Dudamel, cond)

8/14      Steve Reich: Music for Ensemble and Orchestra Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (Susanna Mälkki, cond)

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra has named 82-year-old Indian-born Maestro Zubin Mehta as the orchestra's new Conductor Emeritus.

Current LA Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel has referred to Mehta as a "trusted mentor and friend..."  "To follow in his a true honor...this city and this orchestra would not be the same without him."

1/7          Bernstein: Chichester Psalms Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (John Holiday, ct; Julianna Di Giacomo, s; Jennifer Johnson Cano, ms; Michael König, t; Davone Tines, bs-bar; Los Angeles Master Chorale; Gustavo Dudamel, cond) Learn more about this concert
1/14      Schumann: Piano Concerto, Symphony No. 2 (Mitsuko Uchida, p; Gustavo Dudamel, cond)
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The New York Time writer Zachary Woolfe recently reviewed a concert by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at Walt Disney Hall.  The concert included a set with art-rock band Sigur Ros, an Organ Concerto, and an a cappella choir, wrapping up the orchestra's two week Reykjavik Festival.  Woolfe says not only has the Los Angeles Philharmonic ascended to being one of the top American orchestras.  He said that the LA Philharmonic is "the most important orchestra in America, period."   In 2019 the LA Philharmonic will celebrate its centennial.