In addition to a brand new work by Pulitzer-winner David Lang, Dudamel conducts Bryars’ hypnotic setting of the almost unbearably moving voice of a homeless man singing an anonymous hymn.

Mahler’s colossal Third just might be the one that fully embodies his conception that “A Symphony must be like the world – it must contain everything.” Countless ideas are delved into on an epic scale, taking us on an odyssey from raw, primitive Nature to the heart of divine love. These are Dudamel’s first performances of the work with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Born in 1991, Trifonov is taking the music world by storm: just weeks after winning the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, he took First Prize and a host of medals at the International Tchaikovsky Competition. “What he does with his hands is technically incredible. It’s also his touch – he has tenderness and also the demonic element. I never heard anything like that.” (Martha Argerich)

Closing with Copland’s beloved ballet, Dudamel leads music from North and South America, including the fierce First Piano Concerto by Alberto Ginastera, who actually studied with Copland, and recent works by John Williams and young Andrew Norman.

The former Yundi Li is best known for being the youngest-ever winner of the International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition. A huge mega-star in his native China, Yundi has focused recently on music by Beethoven in recordings and recitals that have been widely acclaimed.

With her sophisticated jazz sensibility and one of the richest, most flexible voices around, Dianne Reeves is one of the country’s most mesmerizing performers and storytellers. Brooklyn-based Gregory Porter, with his soulful baritone, and ever-present Kangol hat, is “The next great male jazz singer.” (NPR Music)

“…the ultimate conductors’ opera…gave Esa-Pekka Salonen the opportunity to sculpt a performance of great transparency and lightness.” (The Telegraph) “Much of its impact derived from Salonen’s understanding of the ambiguities at the work’s centre. (The Guardian). “Instrumental detail such as the highlighting of harps for the sparkle of moonlight on the sea was unerringly calibrated [in] Salonen’s revelatory conducting.” (London Evening Standard).

A must-see event combining heart-stopping imagery from Australia (nature, surfing, undersea, etc.) with an unexpected collection of music played live, ranging from Bach to Alice in Chains, from Beethoven to George Crumb, and from Rachmaninoff to Pete Seeger. Utterly unforgettable.

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s focus on French music begins with this tantalizing mix from two centuries. Leading off is Éric Tanguy’s affectionate tribute to his friend and colleague Henri Dutilleux. Newly commissioned video imagery will surround the performance of Ravel’s delicate and magical Mother Goose to close this program.

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