LA PHIL LEARNING RESOURCES
Resources for Music Enthusiasts
Where entertainment meets education
Get to know a composer
Articles & Playlists
These guides combine a brief bio of the composer and a little about their style—and what makes them great—with a playlist so you can explore their music for yourself. The growing list includes Brahms, Julia Adolphe, Ravel, Stravinsky, Herbie Hancock, and more!
Go behind the music with the Upbeat Live podcast
Some of the sharpest musical minds from the Southland and beyond present a look at the historical and cultural context of the orchestra’s programs.
Behind the concert with the LA Phil orchestra
Books from the LA Phil Store
What makes a composer great? What connections are there between history, culture, and music? Explore these wonderful books for the musically curious.
A few staff favorites to get you started:
The Rest is Noise, by Alex Ross
For the Love of Music, by John Mauceri
Why Mahler?, by Norman Lebrecht
Music by Numbers: From Pythagoras to Schoenberg, by Eli Maor
Performances & Recitals
LA Phil Home Recitals
Step into the living rooms of members of the Los Angeles Philharmonics who invite you in for a home recital. Hear from Associate Concertmaster Bing Wang, First Associate Concertmaster Nathan Cole and Assistant Concertmaster Akiko Tarumoto, the entire percussion section, and others!
New music recitals
The LA Phil is committed to new music that speaks to our moment. Follow along here for collaborations among our brightest students, members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and other creative musicians as they explore the music of now. The growing list of recitals features clarinetist David Howard performing Unsuk Chin, cellist David Garrett performing Andrew Norman, pianist Joanne Pearce Martin performing Thomas Adès, and more!
LA Phil in performance
Dive into our growing collection of performance videos online. Performances range from Beethoven Symphony No. 6 (Movement I) with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil, Jessie Montgomery's Strum, and “Rhapsody in Blue” with Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
An online collection of concert films, bonus performances, interviews, essays and artwork. Each episode speaks to our current moment, exploring timely themes of social justice, the many meanings of love during COVID-19, and the essence of solitude that so many of us have felt in an era of social distancing.
Looking for some hands-on engagement?
Check out these programs offered by the LA Phil before your next concert, in your community, or for your community