Anticipation is building for Gustavo Dudamel’s latest symphony cycle. Launching the season, Immortal Beethoven includes two complete sets, shared between the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela.
Create your own season starting with one or more of these concerts or buy individual performances below.
Thu OCT 1, Thu OCT 8
Right from the get-go, Beethoven (in his late 20s) throws down the gauntlet. Not only has he mastered the symphonic form of the giants Haydn and Mozart, he goes further, displaying the explosive energy and characteristic shifts that we identify with Beethoven. Experience the development of genius from its inception.
Fri OCT 2, Fri OCT 9
An epic journey of invention, daring, emotion, power and depth, the “Eroica” set the music world on its ear. Never had anyone heard a symphony of this scope. Minds were blown by Beethoven’s revolutionary uses of harmony, melody and, especially, rhythm.
Sat OCT 3, Fri OCT 9
Beginning with the most famous four notes in history, Beethoven’s powerful Fifth represents the quintessential struggle with Fate, ultimately emerging victorious. In another world altogether, the picturesque Sixth revels in nature with an air of joyful contentment. Despite their vast differences, Beethoven composed these two works simultaneously!
Sat OCT 3, Sat OCT 10“The apotheosis of the dance.” Wagner’s apt description of Beethoven’s Seventh captures the propulsive dance rhythms that permeate this vigorous work, which has been popular since its premiere. The shorter and lighter Eighth bubbles and bursts with humor, charm, and orchestral virtuosity.
Sun OCT 4, Tue OCT 6
Wed OCT 7, Sun OCT 11
Beethoven’s Ninth stands as one of humankind’s greatest, most profound works of art, a universal vision that continues to move, inspire, and thrill us. The two orchestras will join forces for an exceptionally grand finale to the cycle.
Upbeat Live: Pre-Concert Talks with
Beethoven Expert Jan Swafford
Come early and hear from composer/author/historian Jan Swafford, celebrated for his recent best-selling biography BEETHOVEN: Anguish and Triumph.
BP Hall: 1 hour before each concert
(Fri matinees: 9:45am in the main auditorium)
Free to ticketholders. Space is limited.
More Immortal Beethoven
Experience the fierce dynamism, tender lyricism, heroic struggle, and spiritual joy of one of the greatest composers of all time. Join us as we launch the Immortal Beethoven festival.
Sat OCT 3, Sat OCT 10
In this program designed for children 5-11, our gifted partner orchestra will take you on a journey through Beethoven’s most beloved works.
Tue OCT 13
Our special guests join us for Beethoven’s other matchless contribution to music, his extraordinary string quartets. A complimentary wine tasting reception precedes the performance.
Wed SEP 9 7pm
American Jewish University’s Whizin Center for Continuing Education
Film: In Search of Beethoven
Delve into Beethoven’s life and music with this probing documentary, followed by a discussion and Q&A with KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen and the LA Phil's own Ingrid Hutman, viola, and Michele Bovyer, first violin. $30. Tickets & Information: wcce.aju.edu
Sun SEP 27 6:30pm • Griffith Observatory
Don’t miss a unique and unforgettable opportunity to hear piano music by Beethoven on the front lawn of the iconic Griffith Observatory during a rare total lunar eclipse! Brought to you by Steinway & Sons, Griffith Observatory and the LA Phil. Free. Space is limited. No advance reservations. Can't make it? Watch the livestream here.
Prepare to be fully immersed in a classical music experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen. We’re bringing Walt Disney Concert Hall to you with the VAN Beethoven mobile tour. Put on the Oculus headset and be transported to a 360° 3-D performance featuring the opening of Beethoven’s timeless Fifth Symphony performed by the LA Phil, and conducted by Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel.
Free Community Concerts
Wed SEP 23 7pm • Caroline’s LOFT at the LA County High School for the Arts
Los Angeles Philharmonic / LACHSA Orchestra
Juan Felipe Molano, conductor
Sat SEP 26 6pm • Crozier Middle School - Inglewood, CA
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Matthew Aucoin, conductor
The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, as part of the LA Phil's Immortal Beethoven Festival (9 Symphonies; 2 Orchestra; 1 Conductor) will be in residence in LA from the end of September to the beginning of October 2015. As with each of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela residencies, free community and educational events are part of their stay in LA, all free and open to the public.
Mon SEP 28 12pm • Los Angeles City Hall Rotunda
The Brass Quintet from the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
Mon OCT 5 6:30pm • Inner-City Arts
The Chamber Ensemble from the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
Wed OCT 7 6pm • Walt Disney Concert Hall
Youth Orchestra LA and members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Juan Felipe Molano, conductor.
As part of the LA Phil's Immortal Beethoven festival, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela will be in residence in Los Angeles from the end of September until mid-October 2015. Special guests: El Sistema – inspired teaching artists from the U.S.
Thu OCT 8 7:30pm • Purpose Church, Pomona
Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
Seating preference on Oct. 8 will be given to ticket holders that arrive early, so make sure you RSVP by clicking here or call 626.350.4500, to reserve your tickets.
To kick off our Immortal Beethoven festival, we're excited to partner with the Los Angeles Times for an incredible opportunity: a VIP Opening Night Gala package. Attend a private rehearsal, meet Gustavo Dudamel, walk the red carpet, stay for the gala party, and much more. And a bonus: all entrants get a free download of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” performed by Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. Enter below!