The Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 96th season features bold, groundbreaking initiatives coupled with the LA Phil’s signature traditional presentations. Two series conceived for engaging new audiences, in/SIGHT and Inside the Music with Brian Lauritzen, lead the spectrum of multimedia productions by presenting a vibrant mixture of disciplines and additional artistic elements, such as staging, dance, pre- and post-concert discussions, online forums and video.
NEXT ON GRAND: Contemporary Americans will inaugurate a recurring festival focused on a single creative force or cultural element. Gustavo Dudamel’s sixth season at the helm of the LA Phil also includes 10 commissions, 8 world premieres, 5 U.S. premieres and 7 West Coast premieres. Musicians sharing the stage with us this season include: So Percussion, Cameron Carpenter, Gautier Capuçon, Yefim Bronfman, Gerald Finley, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Roomful of Teeth and the Calder Quartet.
Through series like Baroque Variations, Colburn Celebrity Series, Chamber Music Society, Green Umbrella and Organ Recitals, the LA Phil welcomes the return of classical music masters such as Emanuel Ax, Lang Lang, Yefim Bronfman, Joshua Bell, Murray Perahia and András Schiff, to name a very few.
Walt Disney Concert Hall’s majestic 6,134-pipe organ, aptly nicknamed the “French fries,” celebrates its 10th birthday. Masters playing alongside YOLA musicians highight connections between orchestral music and jazz. A concert exploring Maurice Ravel’s impeccable style and infectious rhythms and a program devoted to Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf are also included in this series.
Barrier-breaking Broadway legend Audra McDonald dazzles audiences in a new show with songs from her latest recording, Go Back Home. Veteran singer/songwriter Arlo Guthrie shares classic songs from Alice’s Restaurant and anecdotes from a life campaigning for social justice. Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Michael McDonald thrills us with his uniquely soulful style and rich, husky voice.
Diego El Cigala melds the rhythms and melodies of his Spanish gypsy heritage with bolero, son, tango, and Afro-Caribbean jazz. Japanese drumming ensemble Kodo returns with breathtaking physicality. Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela honor 20 years of democracy in South Africa with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Chile’s leading artists Illapu and Ana Tijoux pay tribute to rebel legend Violeta Parra
Terri Lyne Carrington offers a live show lacing jazz with R&B and soul with up and coming jazz star Cecile McLorin Salvant also on the bill. Herbie Hancock shares the stage with fellow legend Chick Corea. Today’s finest artists celebrate the timeless partnership of Miles Davis and Gil Evans. Bassist/vocalist/composer Esperanza Spalding brings her ensemble to Walt Disney Concert Hall for the first time.
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