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2016/2017 Press Release

Highlights of the 2016/17 Walt Disney Concert Hall Season Include:

Schubert Symphonies/Mahler Songs – Gustavo Dudamel juxtaposes works from two great Viennese masters: the complete symphonies of Franz Schubert with orchestral songs of Gustav Mahler, performed by three international soloists: Michelle DeYoung, Elīna Garanča and Matthias Goerne.

Adams @ 70 – Creative Chair of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and an iconic American composer, John Adams celebrates this milestone with performances of his landmark works throughout the season including El NiñoNixon in China and Absolute Jest.

Bartók Cycle with Dudamel and Yuja Wang – Yuja Wang performs Bartók’s three piano concertos in chronological order led by Gustavo Dudamel in programs that also include works by Bartók’s contemporaries, Stravinsky and Janáček.

Spiritual Masterworks – the rare opportunity to hear magnificent anchor choral works from three different eras: Haydn’s The Creation, Handel’s Messiah, and Adams’ El Niño.

Reykjavík Festival – curated by Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen with Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason, a festival which includes a Green Umbrella performance of newly commissioned works, orchestral performances, popular and world music concerts, interdisciplinary collaborations, visual and installation art, chamber music, a TSFY program, lectures and film.

Yuval Sharon – Yuval Sharon begins his three-year appointment as Artist-Collaborator with three projects: Nights and Dreams: A Schubert & Beckett Recital with tenor Ian Bostridge; two Green Umbrella presentations and the unveiling of a new installation by Rand Steiger during a day of new music across the campus, and a staging of Lou Harrison’s opera Young Caesar.

Commitment to new music – leading the world with its commitment to new music, the LA Phil’s new season includes 21 commissions, 14 world premieres, 5 U.S. premieres and 5 West Coast premieres.

YOLA AT TEN: A Decade of Community Through Music – Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), Dudamel’s flagship educational program, celebrates its 10-year milestone with a tour of California, a national youth orchestra gathering in Los Angeles, and more.

in/SIGHT – programs feature special enhancements, multi-sensory presentations such as staging, video projections and other creative visual elements. This year’s In/SIGHTconcerts include the world premiere of the full 1955 film Rebel Without A Cause with live performance of Leonard Rosenman’s score, Haydn’s Creation with video installation by Alberto Arvelo, Adams’ El Niño with film by Peter Sellars and semi-staged performances of Nixon in China, among others.

Tour – For the first time, advanced students from Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA) will tour the West Coast of the U.S., visiting four cities and culminating in a concert led by Gustavo Dudamel in the Bay Area that launches the LA Phil’s own tour. Starting in October 2016, the LA Phil will undertake a separate West Coast tour, performing in Costa Mesa, San Francisco, and Davis, California and Seattle, Washington.

JazzSongbook and World Music series – Acclaimed jazz greats, international legends and world music pioneers including Joan Baez, Alan Cumming, Herbie Hancock, Omara Portuondo, Kamasi Washington, Jóhann Jóhannsson and Aaron Diehl Trio with Cécile McLorin Salvant perform as part of these celebrated concert series.

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