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The California Festival is a statewide music showcase spotlighting the most compelling and forward-looking voices in performances of works written in the past five years. 

As part of the festival, the LA Phil will present concerts ranging from songs of Latin American protest led by Gustavo Dudamel to world premieres from cutting-edge composers to recitals with trailblazers. 

More details for the state-wide program can be found at

The California Festival is generously supported by the Michael J. Connell Foundation, Christian Stracke, and the MaddocksBrown Fund for New Music.


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“California holds a unique place in music and culture, not just in the United States but in the wider world as well. It brings out the unexpected and illuminates the unseen, moving even the most reserved among us.”

— Joint statement from festival creators LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel,
San Francisco Symphony Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen,
and San Diego Symphony Music Director Rafael Payare