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Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

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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.

This October, the Los Angeles Philharmonic takes a trip to Mexico, exploring the country's contemporary composers and their contribution to the world of classical music. Tune in on 10/29. 

10/22       Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Selections from the Magic Flute (Martin Fröst, cl; Jessica Pratt, coloratura; Julia Bullock, s; Paul Appleby, t; Elliot Madore, bar; Gustavo Dudamel, cond)


9/6        Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 24 Haas: Concerto Grosso No. 1 Haydn: Symphony No. 31, Horn Signal (Stephen Kovacevich, p/hornroh modern alphorn quartet/Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, cond)


8/2        Adams: El Niño (Julia Bullock, s; Jennifer Johnson Cano, ms; Davone Tines, b; Daniel Bubeck, ct; Brian Cummings, ct; Nathan Medley, ct; Los Angeles Master Chorale; Grant Gershon, cond)

  8/9        R. Shankar: Sitar Concerto No.2, Raga Mala Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (Anoushka Shankar, sitar; Zubin Mehta, cond)

8/16      Sibelius: The Bard Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre Adès: Lieux retrouvés; Totentanz

  7/12      Beethoven: Coriolan Overture John Adams: Absolute Jest Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4 (Yefim Bronfman, p; St. Lawrence String Quartet; Gustavo Dudamel, cond)
7/19      Mahler: Symphony No. 9 (Gustavo Dudamel, cond)
7/26      Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 Prokofiev: Scythian Suite Scriabin: Poem of Ecstasy (Daniil Trifonov, p; Gustavo Dudamel, cond)

All is Yar

Known as Southern California’s leading performing arts institution, under the dynamic leadership of Venezuelan-born Gustavo Dudamel, this series includes 13 concerts from Walt Disney Hall, including pianist Yefim Bronfman and the St. Lawrence String Quartet who kick off the series in a program that includes Beethoven's Coriolan Overture John Adams' Absolute Jest Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4.

Wednesdays at 8 pm for 13 weeks, beginning 7/12/17.
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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.

This month on Classical 91.5, Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic bring us masterpieces from Mozart, including his Requiem and Symphonies 40 and 25, plus the Bartok Viola Concerto, music from Arvo Part, and more!

10/4      Rossini: Overture to William Tell Elgar: Cello Concerto Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (Truls Mørk, c; Leonard Slatkin, cond)  See all

Tune in to hear the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra play Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.1, Copland's Appalachian Spring, Mahler's longest symphony, and more, this month on Classical 91.5.

9/6        Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 1 Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (Yefim Bronfman, p; Esa-Pekka Salonen, cond)         

9/13      Williams: Soundings Ginastera: Piano Concerto No.1 Andrew Norman: Play: Level 1 Copland: Appalachian Spring (Sergio Tiempo, p; Gustavo Dudamel, cond)

Tune in to hear the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra play Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, Strauss's An Alpine Symphony, Dvořák's Symphony No. 8, plus Yuja Wang plays Mozart, and more, this month on Classical 91.5.

8/2        Stravinsky: Suites No. 1 and No. 2 for Small Orchestra Andriessen: Mysteriën Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (Gustavo Dudamel, cond)

8/9        Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto Strauss: An Alpine Symphony (Renaud Capuçon, v; Semyon Bychkov, cond)