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Born between 1965 and 1980, Generation X is the dark horse demographic dwarfed in number by the Boomers and Millennials on either side. While small in number, their collective impact on our culture continues to be felt today. Combining orchestral concerts curated by Thomas Adès with popular presentations and humanities conversations, the LA Phil’s Gen X festival takes a multidisciplinary, multi-genre look at the slackers, hackers, and latch-key kids who were born analog and became digital. 

Additional programming to be announced soon.

The LA Phil's Humanities Programs are generously supported by Linda and David Shaheen.

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Voices of a Generation

Gen X Festival

Thomas Adès both curates and conducts an evening featuring an international selection of Gen X composers, and violinist Pekka Kuusisto shines in music by Francisco Coll and the U.S. premiere of Adès’ Märchentänze.

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Program

  • Nautilus
  • Felipe LARA Brutal Mirrors
  • Intermission
  • Veronika KRAUSAS Caryatids
  • Francisco COLL Four Iberian Miniatures
  • Thomas ADÈS Märchentänze (U.S. premiere)

Artists

  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Thomas Adès, curator & conductor
  • Pekka Kuusisto, violin
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Corigliano and Norman

Gen X Festival

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Program

  • Jonathan Bailey HOLLAND Stories from Home
  • Andrew NORMAN work to be announced
  • Intermission
  • John CORIGLIANO Symphony No. 1

Artists

  • Thomas Adès, curator
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
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Adès & Britten

Gen X Festival

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Program

  • BRITTEN String Quartet No. 1
  • Thomas ADÈS Arcadiana
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Dudamel Leads Adès’ Dante

Gen X Festival

Gustavo Dudamel premieres Thomas Adès’ ambitious vision of heaven, hell, and the in-between.

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Program

  • Thomas ADÈS Dante (U.S. premiere, LA Phil commission with generous support from the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund)
  • No Intermission

Artists

  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
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I Heart the Valley

At The Ford

A Multimedia Panel about the real San Fernando Valley from the people who grew up there

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Artists

  • Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, host & curator
  • Karen Tongson, curator
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Waiting to X-hale

At REDCAT

The Gen X festival’s Humanities co-curators take the stage for a live podcast recording

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Artists

  • Waiting to X-hale podcast
  • Karen Tongson, host
  • Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, host
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From Spago to Chin Chin: LA Food in the 80s and 90s with Evan Kleiman

At Second Home Hollywood

Tasting and panel featuring new takes on LA’s influential cuisine

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Artists

  • Evan Kleiman, host
  • Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, curator
  • Karen Tongson, curator
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On the Dance Floor: LA’s Queer 90s

At Zebulon

A celebration of Los Angeles' LGBTQ+ community circa 1990

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Artists

  • Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, curator
  • Karen Tongson, curator
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Liz Phair: Don't Holdyrbreath

Gen X Festival

Liz Phair performs the greatest songs from her catalog, and special guests play Gen X hits.

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Artists

  • Liz Phair