From March 19th to the 29th, the LA Phil will be making it's way through Asia, with concerts in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul and Tokyo.
What better piece to embrace the global musical culture than Antonin Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, the "New World Symphony": a Czech composer's work about America, conducted by a Venezuelan in an Asian concert hall.
For a modern twist -- 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.