Founded in 1919, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, under the vibrant leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, is recognized – both at home and abroad – as one of the world’s outstanding orchestras. Leading the way in ground-breaking programming, on stage and in the community, the LA Phil offers a diverse range of programs that reflect the orchestra’s artistry and demonstrate its vision.
The 2019 radio series consists of 13 concerts from the 2018-2019 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall, including:
- Gustavo Dudamel kicks off the series, leading the LA Phil in a program of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s LA Variations, Beethoven’s phenomenal Triple Concerto, featuring Martin Chalifour, Joanne Pearce Martin, and Robert deMaine, and the first of many LA Phil-commissioned world premieres in the series, Andrew Norman’s Sustain, heralded as a “modern American classic” by the New Yorker’s Alex Ross;
- Performances with guest conductors Susanna Mälkki, Roderick Cox, Michael Tilson Thomas, Zubin Mehta, Simone Young, Elim Chan, Lionel Bringuier, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, and Esa-Pekka Salonen; and esteemed soloists, including Cameron Carpenter (organ), Measha Brueggergosman (mezzo-soprano), Yefim Bronfman (piano), Michael Slattery (tenor), Andrew Bain (horn), Ray Chen (violin), Wang Ying and Zhang Tingfang (DiaoQiang Opera singers), Yuja Wang (piano), Hélène Grimaud (piano), Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), and Michael Barenboim (violin);
- Zubin Mehta leads two performances pairing Brahms’ first and second piano concerti with his first and second symphonies, with intimate and dramatic interpretations by pianist Yefim Bronfman and solo-piano encore performances of Chopin and Scarlatti;
- An all-Stravinsky program featuring his emotive and recently-discovered (in 2015) Funeral Song, a concert version of his astounding ballet Agon, and the infamously raw and emotive Rite of Spring, led by Music Director emeritus Esa-Pekka Salonen;
- Stay on the edge of your seat and at the forefront of classical music’s living legacy with no less than 6 LA Phil-commissioned world premieres from the most outstanding composers of our time, including Thomas Adès, Unsuk Chin, John Adams, Christopher Cerrone, Steve Reich, and Andrew Norman;
Please Note: The LA Phil’s 2018 radio season continues to be available until the end of June, when the 2019 season releases. Please see the bottom of this page for highlights of the 2018 radio broadcast season!
More than 250 concerts are either performed or presented by the LA Phil at its two iconic venues: the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. During its winter season, with approximately 165 performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil creates festivals, artist residencies, and other thematic programs designed to enhance the symphonic music experience and delve further into certain artists’ or composers’ work. The organization’s commitment to the music of our time is also evident throughout the season programming, as well as in the exhilarating Green Umbrella series and the LA Phil’s extensive commissioning initiatives.The orchestra’s involvement with Los Angeles extends far beyond symphony concerts in a concert hall, with performances in schools, churches, and neighborhood centers of a vastly diverse community. Among its wide-ranging education initiatives is Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA). Inspired by Venezuela’s revolutionary El Sistema, the LA Phil and its community partners provide free instruments, intensive music training, and leadership training to nearly 1,000 students from underserved neighborhoods, empowering them through multi-year engagement to be college-ready and on a path to becoming vital citizens, leaders, and agents of change.
The Philharmonic 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. The 94 musicians of the new ensemble met for their first rehearsal Monday morning, October 13 of that year, under the direction of Walter Henry Rothwell, whom Clark had brought from the St. Paul (Minnesota) Symphony Orchestra. Eleven days later, Rothwell conducted the Orchestra’s premiere performance before a capacity audience of 2,400 at Trinity Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. Following its opening season in 1919-1920, the Orchestra made Philharmonic Auditorium, on the northeast corner of Fifth and Olive, its home for the next 44 years. Mr. Rothwell remained the Orchestra’s music director until his death in 1927. Since then, ten renowned conductors have served in that capacity:
- George Schnéevoigt (1927-1929)
- Artur Rodzinski (1929-1933)
- Otto Klemperer (1933-1939)
- Alfred Wallenstein (1943-1956)
- Eduard van Beinum (1956-1959)
- Zubin Mehta (1962-1978)
- Carlo Maria Giulini (1978-1984)
- André Previn (1985-1989)
- Esa-Pekka Salonen (1992-2009)
- Gustavo Dudamel (2009-present)
Since its first season, the Philharmonic has made downtown Los Angeles its winter home. It was in December 1964 that it began its residency at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center of Los Angeles County, and in the fall of 2003, the Philharmonic took up residence in the acoustically superb, stunning Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall – the fourth performing venue in the Music Center complex. At the same time, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association vastly increased the number of concerts it presents during the winter season, which now includes pop, jazz, world music, organ recitals, Baroque concerts, holiday programs and much more.
The 2019 LA Phil radio season will release on June 25, 2019. The 2018 radio season continues to be available until the end of June, with 13 concerts from the 2017-18 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall, including:
- Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel leading the LA Phil with Martin Fröst (clarinet), Jessica Pratt (soprano), Julia Bullock (soprano), Paul Appleby (tenor), and Elliot Madore (baritone) in an all-Mozart program.
- Performances by noted soloists (in order of appearance), including Gidon Kremer, violin; Janai Brugger, soprano; Leila Josefowicz, violin; Laura Claycomb, soprano; Christophe Dumaux, countertenor; Hilary Hahn, violin; Sergio Tiempo, piano; Joseph Pereira, timpani; Maraca 2, percussion; James McVinnie, organ; Richard Goode, piano; John Holiday, countertenor; Julianna Di Giacomo, soprano; Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo; Michael König, tenor; Davóne Tines, bass-baritone; and Mitsuko Uchida, piano.
- Guest conductors including: Mirga Grazinytė-Tyla, Principal Guest Conductor Susanna Mälkki, Emmanuelle Haïm, Dudamel Fellow Jonathon Heyward, Xian Zhang, James Conlon, and Andrew Manze.