From March 19th to the 29th, the LA Phil will be rolling through Asia, with stops in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo.
And what better piece to bridge the culture gap, than Antonin Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, the "New World Symphony": a Czech composer's piece about America, conducted by a Venezuelan in an Asian concert hall.
For a modern twist and to keep from getting homesick, we're also performing John Adams' City Noir, which is inspired by urban California in the 40s and 50s. The piece was originally commissioned by the LA Phil, and Gustavo Dudamel conducted the premiere back in 2009.
The final piece we'll be playing on the road is Gustav Mahler's Sixth Symphony. Dudamel is already world-renowned for his work with Mahler, and now another part of the world will get a chance to see it in person.