Series Overview

Los Angeles Philharmonic Series

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    Thursday 1 (TH1)

    Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Charles Dutoit, Lionel Bringuier, Michael Tilson Thomas, Esa-Pekka Salonen and, of course, LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic on an exhilarating musical journey! Programs include Ravel’s extraordinary Concerto in G with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Schumann’s Piano Concerto performed by Mitsuko Uchida, and a special performance of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde staged by the LA Phil’s Artist-Collaborator Yuval Sharon and Chilean theater company TEATROCINEMA.

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    Thursday 2 (TH2)

    Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic kick off this series with Mozart’s gorgeous Clarinet Concerto and selections from The Magic Flute. The LA Phil’s new Principal Guest Conductor Susanna Mälkki presides over an evening of Mendelssohn, and beloved violinist Itzhak Perlman presides over an evening of Bach, Brahms and Elgar. A series highlight is Bernstein’s highly dramatic theater piece, Mass, which will feature a huge ensemble led by Dudamel. The series also includes a rare performance of Vaughan Williams’ Sixth Symphony and an all-Schumann evening featuring cellist Sol Gabetta.

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    Friday Evening 1 (FR1)

    Susanna Mälkki guides the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Michael Tilson Thomas conducts an evening of Mozart and Bruckner, and Gustavo Dudamel leads an evening of Stravinsky and Brahms. The incomparable Richard Goode closes the series with Mozart’s exquisite Piano Concerto No. 18, as Andrew Manze conducts.

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    Friday Evening 2 (FR2)

    Violinist Leila Josefowicz and Principal Guest Conductor Susanna Mälkki partner for the U.S. premiere of Luca Francesconi’s Duende – The Dark Notes, Emmanuelle Haïm conducts a program of 18th-century music, and acclaimed conductor/composer Matthias Pintscher leads violinist Renaud Capuçon and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the West Coast premiere of his concerto, mar’eh. The series closes with two epic programs: Bernstein’s sweeping Mass helmed by Gustavo Dudamel, and a pairing of Holst’s The Planets with Andrew Norman’s A Trip to the Moon.

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    Friday Evening 3 (FR3)

    Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducts Mahler, Herbert Blomstedt conducts Beethoven and Sibelius, and David Newman leads a live-to-picture performance of Bernstein’s magnificent score to West Side Story. Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde gets a very special performance by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel with staging by Yuval Sharon in conjunction with TEATROCINEMA.

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    Friday Midday (FRM)

    Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale take you on a journey through Mozart’s music from his final year, 1791, while Charles Dutoit demonstrates why he’s known as a master interpreter of Ravel, and those are just the first two concerts of this matinee series. Pianist Sergio Tiempo returns for Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Itzhak Perlman leads a program of Bach, Brahms and Elgar. The final two concerts find Dudamel conducting a world premiere by Esa-Pekka Salonen, as well as an all-Schumann program that includes his "Rhenish" Symphony.

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    Casual Fridays (FRC1)

    Violin virtuoso Hilary Hahn launches this series with a stirring performance of Bernstein’s Serenade. An unforgettable evening of Yefim Bronfman performing the Piano Concerto by our Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen is not to be missed. James McVinnie plays the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s Organ Concerto with James Conlon on the podium. And if that’s not enough, Gustavo Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

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    Inside the Music (FRC2)

    With Inside the Music, you get an array of enhancements to help you get more out of your musical encounter: a beautifully produced behind-the-scenes video and podcast, pre-concert presentations, and insight from the musicians. This season, it includes an evening of music written by Mozart in his final, fateful year and a program featuring Strauss’ Alpine Symphony, as well as the newly revised version of Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing, which he originally composed for the opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall. Gustavo Dudamel teams with director Peter Sellars for a performance of Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri for the series closer.

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    Saturday Evening 1 (SA1)

    The music of Mozart opens this series, with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic and renowned clarinetist Martin Fröst. Charles Dutoit, who has made some of the greatest Ravel recordings ever, leads our celebration of the French master. Michael Tilson Thomas guides the orchestra and pianist Khatia Buniatishvili in an evening of Mozart and Bruckner, and James Conlon leads an exhilarating program featuring a new organ concerto by Nico Muhly. The season closes with Mitsuko Uchida joining Dudamel and the LA Phil for an evening of Schumann's only piano concerto and his Second Symphony.

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    Saturday Evening 2 (SA2)

    Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream gets these concerts underway, conducted by Principal Guest Susanna Mälkki, followed by a performance of Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 1 by celebrated violinist Itzhak Perlman. Holst’s The Planets conducted by Teddy Abrams is next, followed by Gustavo Dudamel and his exploration of the music of Mahler and Schumann. Also on tap is Katia and Marielle Labèque performing music for two pianos and orchestra conducted by Semyon Bychkov.

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    Saturday Evening 3 (SA3)

    Berlioz, Prokofiev, Ravel, Bernstein – the music of these composers and many more take center stage in this riveting series as Gustavo Dudamel, Susanna Mälkki, Lionel Bringuier, Xian Zhang, and Matthias Pintscher conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic in programs featuring Beethoven’s glorious Ninth Symphony, Bruch’s Violin Concerto, Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 6, Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole, and Bernstein’s highly dramatic Mass.

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    Saturday Matinee (SAM)

    Veteran virtuoso Gidon Kremer performs Weinberg’s dramatic Violin Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, followed by Esa-Pekka Salonen leading the orchestra in a program of Beethoven, Mozart and his own Wing on Wing. As the series continues, you will be treated to symphonies by Beethoven and Sibelius conducted by Herbert Blomstedt, and works by Shostakovich and Schumann conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

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    Sunday 1 (SU1)

    To start this series, Gustavo Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic with pianist Javier Perianes in an evening of Mozart’s extraordinary music. Also featured in this multifaceted series are a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 by Sergio Tiempo, the world premiere of an original composition by LA Phil Principal Timpanist Joseph Pereira, an update to Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing, and the rarely performed Das Paradies und die Peri by Schumann conducted by Dudamel and directed by Peter Sellars.

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    Sunday 2 (SU2)

    Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Bruckner and Mozart, and the LA Phil’s new Principal Guest Conductor Susanna Mälkki leads an evening that includes the massive Alpine Symphony. Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Leila Josefowicz in a performance of his Violin Concerto. The series opens and closes with Gustavo Dudamel leading two afternoons devoted to Mozart and Schumann, respectively.

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    Sunday 3 (SU3)

    Leila Josefowicz’s performance of a new violin concerto by Luca Francesconi with the Los Angeles Philharmonic kicks off this series. An afternoon of 18th-century programming features music by Bach, Purcell, and Pergolesi. Former Resident Conductor Lionel Bringuier leads a performance of Bruch’s Violin Concerto featuring Principal Concertmaster Martin Chalifour. The series closes with Gustavo Dudamel’s focus on the pure-hearted music of Schumann, which includes Mitsuko Uchida’s performance of the great Romantic composer’s sole piano concerto.

Classical Presentations

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    Baroque (BV1)

    The Baroque series presents the world's most celebrated early music specialists from around the world. This season includes Les Arts Florissants, Europa Galante and Les Violons du Roy performing music by Purcell, Vivaldi, and Bach, among others.

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    Colburn Celebrity Series 1 (CE1)

    Share in the intimate experiences that world-renowned musical celebrities offer in the time-honored tradition of the recital. This series includes performances by Gil Shaham, works for two pianos performed by Daniil Trifonov and Sergei Babayan, a joint recital by Itzhak Perlman and Martha Argerich, and a solo recital by Yuja Wang.

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    Colburn Celebrity Series 2 (CE2)

    The Calder Quartet opens this series of recitals, followed by a performance of Brahms’ piano trios by Yo-Yo Ma, Leonidas Kavakos and Emanuel Ax. Living legends Itzhak Perlman and Martha Argerich team up for an evening of music by Bach, Franck and more. The series closes with an ambitious evening of Schumann, Brahms, Mozart, Bach and Beethoven performed by L.A. favorite Sir András Schiff.

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    Chamber Music 1 (CH1)

    Enjoy the artistry of Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians and special guests in the intimate forum of chamber music. Come early for the complimentary wine reception before each program. This four-concert series features music by Mozart and a program of French composers.

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    Chamber Music 2 (CH2)

    Complimentary wine receptions precede these intimate concerts featuring the artistry of Los Angeles Philharmonic musicians as they perform music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Schumann and others.

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    Green Umbrella (GU1)

    Add the intense rush of exploration and the thrill of discovery to stunning concert experiences and you get Green Umbrella, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at its most daring. This season, the acclaimed new-music series includes the world premieres of Annie Gosfield’s War of the Worlds and Ted Hearne’s opera Place. Conductors include Gustavo Dudamel, John Adams, Susanna Mälkki, Carlos Miguel Prieto, and Christopher Rountree.

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    Organ Recital Series (OR1)

    The extraordinary Walt Disney Concert Hall pipe organ draws the world’s most distinguished artists to its consoles. This season includes performances by Jean-Baptiste Robin, Katelyn Emerson, Peter Richard Conte and Hector Olivera.

Toyota Symphonies for Youth

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    Toyota Symphonies for Youth 1 (SY1)

    Designed for children ages 5 to 11, these Saturday concerts offer the indescribable experience of the Los Angeles Philharmonic with the fantasy of theater to introduce kids to the joys of classical music. Each concert is preceded by a choice of art workshops. This series includes music from Stravinsky, Dvořák, Mussorgsky and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

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    Toyota Symphonies for Youth 2 (SY2)

    Designed for children ages 5 to 11, these Saturday concerts offer the indescribable experience of the Los Angeles Philharmonic with the fantasy of theater to introduce kids to the joys of classical music. Each concert is preceded by a choice of art workshops. This series includes music from Stravinsky, Dvořák, Mussorgsky and Esa-Pekka Salonen. These Saturday concerts mirror the programs from the SY1 series but are offered on different dates.

Songbook

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    Songbook (SB1)

    Join us at Walt Disney Concert Hall for enchanted evenings with renowned performers. This intimate series opens with stylish and charismatic Leslie Odom, Jr., who portrayed Aaron Burr in Broadway’s Hamilton, performing songs with a four-piece combo. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Glen Hansard returns for soul-stirring melodies and raw emotion in a performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. And finally, the legendary Art Garfunkel shares words and diamond-cut melodies from his half-century career as a singer and poet.

World Music

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    World Music (WM1)

    Your adventure in world music starts at Walt Disney Concert Hall with international artists such as Natalia Lafourcade, one of Mexico’s biggest contemporary music stars, accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. This series also includes the inspired folk-rock landscapes of M. Ward, a performance by acclaimed singer-songwriter Glen Hansard, and a rousing evening of high-energy electro-tango music by Bajofondo.

Jazz

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    Jazz (JZ1)

    Five-time Grammy®-winner Antonio Sanchez launches this series with a live-to-picture performance of his percussion-only score to the film Birdman. LA Phil’s esteemed Creative Chair for Jazz, Herbie Hancock, presents one of his trademark one-of-a-kind concerts! John Beasley Presents MONK'estra celebrates the 100th birthday of legendary pianist Thelonious Monk, followed by an homage to pianist Erroll Garner’s landmark album, Concert by the Sea, presented by Geri Allen. This series also includes a swinging, soulful program by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra & Chick Corea, and the series closes out with an inspired concert by Crosscurrents: Zakir Hussain, Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Shankar Mahadevan and more that bridges jazz and the music of India.

Non-Subscription Concerts

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    Opening Night

    The 2017/18 season kicks off in grand fashion with LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel working his magic from the podium, conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in an all-Mozart program.

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    Visiting Orchestras

    We welcome orchestras from around the world to perform in the stunning acoustics of Walt Disney Concert Hall. Don’t miss the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s all-Brahms program, Zubin Mehta and Yefim Bronfman with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, an evening of music by 20th-century Russian masters performed by the Mariinsky Orchestra, and L.A. favorite Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the San Francisco Symphony in an evening of music by Berg and Mahler.

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    Music 101

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    Halloween Film with Organ

    Organ virtuoso Clark Wilson will perform an appropriately atmospheric soundtrack on Walt Disney Concert Hall’s magnificent pipe organ for the 1925 thriller Phantom of the Opera – one of the most unforgettable horror films of the silent era.

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    Sounds About Town

    Here's your chance to experience the remarkable talent of the next generation here in the Southland. This year's performers include the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, the American Youth Symphony and the Colburn Orchestra.

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    CDMX

    Ciudad de Mexico (CDMX), a city of nearly nine million people, has one of the most vibrant contemporary music communities in the world, with rich musical traditions going back centuries. In October, Gustavo Dudamel with the Los Angeles Philharmonic will offer a window into this colorful music scene, including orchestral, jazz, pop and film music. Artists include Mexrrissey, La Sonora Santanera, percussionist Antonio Sanchez, Natalia Lafourcade and Café Tacvba, the latter of whom will perform with a full orchestra for the first time!

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    Deck the Hall

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    Fill your holidays with music! Walt Disney Concert Hall is proud to present its beloved Holiday Sing-Along and the Grammy®-winning 12-man chorus, Chanticleer. A cappella sensations Naturally 7 produce their “instrumental” accompaniments with their own voices in a holiday-themed program. Rounding out this series is a sing-along screening of the beloved 1954 film classic White Christmas, and our always-spectacular New Year’s Eve concerts!

    Arrive early and visit our Winter Wonderland! Enrich your holiday music experience and drop by BP Hall for plenty of fun, tailored especially for each concert.

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    Noon to Midnight (NtM)

Additional Concerts

Special Concerts

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    Special Concerts

    As part of the Oscar® Week celebrations for its 90th Anniversary, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® teams with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to present this year’s nominated scores live in concert. Thomas Wilkins will lead a celebration of the fascinating history of film music, and the program will include suites and video from each nominated film.