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2015/16 Press Release

Highlights of the 2015/16 Walt Disney Concert Hall Season Include:

Beethoven Symphonic Cycle: Immortal Beethoven – Gustavo Dudamel leads two complete sequential cycles of Beethoven’s nine symphonies shared between the LA Phil and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. This festival of complete Beethoven immersion further explores the legendary composer’s works through chamber music, plus educational initiatives including YOLA, Toyota Symphonies for Youth and Take A Stand activities.

Mozart & Pärt – Two of Dudamel’s beloved composers are juxtaposed in programs showcasing music from across the centuries. In addition to three orchestral programs, an organ recital, a Baroque Variations presentation, a Bill Viola video installation and an Arvo Pärt world premiere complete this cutting-edge series of concerts.

Dudamel & Bolle – In this collaboration with the American Ballet Theatre, celebrating its 75th anniversary, principal dancer Roberto Bolle returns to Walt Disney Concert Hall to dance the role of Apollo in Balanchine’s definitive setting of Stravinsky’s neoclassical ballet.

City of Light – Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen spearheads a festival of 20th and 21st century French masterworks including a multi-disciplinary installation for Ravel’s Mother Goose by the visionary Austrian collective Ars Electronica Futurelab and a semi-staged production of Debussy’s masterpiece Pelléas et Mélisande.

The Andriessen Effect – Two major premieres from this influential and imaginative composer: the U.S. premiere of Mysteriën conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and the world premiere of the LA Phil commissioned Theatre of the World conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw with an ambitious multimedia component from the Quay Brothers.

Ocean Views – The magnificence of the Earth’s oceans is embodied in this collection of concerts: The Four Sea Interludes from Britten’s Peter Grimes with imagery from video artist Tal Rosner, John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean and The Reef, a multimedia event with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Commitment to new music – 12 commissions, 12 world premieres, 6 U.S. premieres and 6 West Coast premieres

The Piatigorsky International Cello Festival – The return of this international cello celebration includes a recital from Yo-Yo Ma, three cello concertos, a mass cello performance and a pair of Toyota Symphonies for Youth concerts.

in/SIGHT & Inside the Music with Brian Lauritzen – The LA Phil’s newest series return for a second season. Each is designed to entice audiences with new paths into the concert experience through video installations, pre- and post-concert discussions, exclusive content and an interactive online forum.

Tour – In March 2016 the orchestra undertakes an international tour visiting New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Luxembourg and London. It includes the LA Phil’s second international residency at London’s Barbican Centre, return visits to New York and Amsterdam, and a welcome return to Luxembourg after almost 50 years. This tour will also include the first visit for the orchestra to the newly opened Philharmonie in Paris.

JazzSongbook and World Music series – These renowned series feature a broad cross-section of artists from all genres: Creative Chair for Jazz Herbie Hancock and jazz legends Dianne Reeves and Billy Childs, Broadway stars Kristin Chenoweth and Brian Stokes Mitchell, and internationally acclaimed musicians from around the world.

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