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Each month throughout this historic Centennial season, LA Phil 100: Centennial Reflections will highlight the concerts, stories, musicians, and movements from the LA Phil’s past that hold a connection to the artistic programming currently on stage at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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SEP-OCT 2018

An Orchestra for Los Angeles — An Orchestra of Los Angeles

The LA Phil’s Centennial season begins with our gala program California Soul and the two-week LA Fest, two celebrations of the diverse and dynamic artists who call Southern California home. From Moby to Herbie Hancock to La Santa Cecilia, the LA Phil celebrates every face of modern Los Angeles. This focus on the artists of our time, however, is nothing new for the LA Phil.

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NOV 2018

Principal Guest Conductors of Past and Present Lead Historic Programs

This month, the LA Phil welcomes two of the three conductors to ever hold the prestigious title of Principal Guest Conductor: our current one, Susanna Mälkki, and her predecessor, Michael Tilson Thomas. Learn about the unexpected twists and turns that brought these conductors to Los Angeles and the 100-year history behind their performances...

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DEC 2018

Six Decades of Zubin Mehta

In honor of Zubin Mehtas return for a complete Brahms symphony cycle in December and January, this month’s Centennial Reflections recounts two unbelievable-but-true stories from Mehta's nearly six decades with the LA Phil...

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JAN 2019

The LA Phil and The Force

Across generations and continents, from movie theaters to concert halls around the world, the music of John Williams connects us all. For four nights at the end of this month, Dudamel will demonstrate the powerful force within Williams’ beloved film music. The road that brought the LA Phil to this concert, however, began 40 years before and includes twists and turns, canceled tours, the disapprobation of the classical music world, and Dudamel’s surprise Star Wars cameo in 2015...

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FEB 2019

William Grant Still in Los Angeles

Though he was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance movement, Still actually spent much of his life in Los Angeles. Read this month’s Centennial Reflections to learn about his history with the LA Phil.

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MAR 2019

From Train Cars to Jet Liners: The LA Phil on Tour

What does touring mean to an orchestra? From musicians bonding over shared hardship to moments of transcendent revelation, learn about the most memorable moments tours in LA Phil tour history in this month’s Centennial Reflections.

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APR 2019

Stravinsky in Los Angeles

This month, Esa-Pekka Salonen explores the music of Igor Stravinsky, continuing a tradition that has connected Los Angeles musicians and audiences to the Russian master for 90 years. 

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MAY 2019

A Decade of Dudamel in Los Angeles

Since arriving in 2009 as a young conductor with extraordinary ambition and a commanding presence on and off the podium, Dudamel has made every one of his 10 seasons here live up to everyone’s outsized expectations.

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JUNE 2019

Yuval Sharon’s Three Industrious Years with the LA Phil

Yuval Sharon is the most recent in a long line of artists from all genres who realized groundbreaking works in Los Angeles alongside the LA Phil. Nine projects tell the story of his eclectic, unconventional tenure as its first Artist-Collaborator.

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JULY 2019

YOLA National Festival continues legacy of summer training orchestras in L.A.

This summer, 144 music students from across the United States travel to Los Angeles to participate in the YOLA National Festival – the latest in the LA Phil’s nearly 40-year history of youth orchestra programs.

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AUG 2019

Coming of Age in the Jazz Age
A History of Jazz Music at the LA Phil

From early controversy to moments of triumphant celebration, the LA Phil and the Hollywood Bowl have played small but important roles in the history of the genre dubbed “America’s classical music.” 

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To learn more about the LA Phil’s history and its road ahead, look for our limited-edition, two-volume Centennial publication: Past/Forward: The LA Phil at 100, available online and at the LA Phil Store.

 

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