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  • Mar. 20, 2017

    Thirteen-Concert Series Reaches Listeners in Southern and Central California and Millions More Through Syndication in Over 150 U.S. Markets

    The KUSC broadcast series of the Los Angeles Philharmonic has been made possible through the support of the Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

    Los Angeles, CA (March 20, 2017) - The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Classical KUSC continue their annual radio broadcast partnership, reaching listeners in Southern and Central California. The 13 concerts, recorded during the LA Phil’s 2016/17 season, feature the orchestra with an impressive roster of guest artists and conductors. Through the organizations’ ongoing partnership with WFMT Radio Network (Chicago), the 2017 broadcast series will also be syndicated nationwide.

    The first concert in the 2017 broadcast series will air locally on KUSC’s SoCal Sunday Night program, the station’s weekly local concert spotlight, on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at 7:00 PM, and feature Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel leading the LA Phil with pianist Yefim Bronfman and the St. Lawrence String Quartet.

    Additional series highlights include performances by noted soloists: cellist Steven Isserlis; organist James McVinnie; pianists Hélène Grimaud, Stephen Kovacevich, Daniil Trifonov, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Yuja Wang; sitarist Anoushka Shankar; vocalists Michelle DeYoung, Elīna Garanča, Rachele Gilmore, Joshua Guerrero, Johannes Kammler, Simon Keenlyside and Christianne Stotijn. The series will also feature the hornroh modern alphorn quartet, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Schola Cantorum Reykjavík. Guest conductors include: Thomas Adès, Stéphane Denève, James Gaffigan, LA Phil Assistant Conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Zubin Mehta, LA Phil Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen and Jaap van Zweden.  

    The series, hosted by KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen, features interviews with soloists and orchestra members, offering unique insights and giving listeners a more in-depth perspective.

    2017 SCHEDULE OF BROADCASTS (Programs and Artists Subject to Change)
    SoCal Sundays at 7:00 PM on KUSC

    KUSC AIR DATE: March 26
    RECORD DATES: September 30 & October 2, 2016

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Yefim Bronfman, piano
    St. Lawrence String Quartet

    BEETHOVEN  Coriolan Overture  
    John ADAMS  Absolute Jest (L.A. premiere)
    BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 4


    KUSC AIR DATE: April 2
    RECORD DATES: October 22 & 23, 2016

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    MAHLER  Symphony No. 9


    KUSC AIR DATE: April 9
    RECORD DATES: December 3 & 4, 2016

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Daniil Trifonov, piano

    RACHMANINOFF  Piano Concerto No. 3
    PROKOFIEV  Scythian Suite
    SCRIABIN  Poem of Ecstasy


    KUSC AIR DATE: April 16
    RECORD DATES: December 16 & 18, 2016

    Grant Gershon, conductor
    Julia Bullock, soprano
    Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
    Davone Tines, bass
    Daniel Bubeck, countertenor
    Brian Cummings, countertenor
    Nathan Medley, countertenor
    Los Angeles Master Chorale

    ADAMS El Niño


    KUSC AIR DATE: April 23
    RECORD DATES: January 14 & 15, 2017

    Zubin Mehta, conductor
    Anoushka Shankar, sitar

    R. SHANKAR  Sitar Concerto No. 2, “Raga mala” (West Coast premiere)
    STRAUSS  Ein Heldenleben


    KUSC AIR DATE: April 30
    RECORD DATES: February 10 & 11, 2017

    Thomas Adès, conductor
    Simon Keenlyside, baritone
    Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano
    Steven Isserlis, cello

    SIBELIUS  The Bard
    SAINT-SAËNS  Danse macabre
    Thomas ADÈS  Lieux retrouvés (U.S. premiere, LA Phil commission)
    ADÈS  Totentanz (West Coast premiere)


    KUSC AIR DATE: May 7
    RECORD DATES: February 25 & 26, 2017

    James Gaffigan, conductor
    Hélène Grimaud, piano

    BRAHMS  Piano Concerto No. 2
    James MATHESON  UNCHAINED (world premiere; LA Phil commission)
    RAVEL  Daphnis and Chloé Suite No. 2


    KUSC AIR DATE: May 14
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: August 15
    RECORD DATES: March 11 & 12, 2017

    Jaap van Zweden, conductor

    BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 5
    SHOSTAKOVICH  Symphony No. 5


    KUSC AIR DATE: May 21
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: August 22
    RECORD DATES: April 1 & 2, 2017

    Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, conductor
    Stephen Kovacevich, piano
    hornroh modern alphorn quartet

    MOZART  Piano Concerto No. 24, K. 491
    Georg Friedrich HAAS  concerto grosso No. 1 for four alphorns and orchestra (U.S. premiere, LA Phil co-commission)
    HAYDN  Symphony No. 31 in D, “Horn Signal”


    KUSC AIR DATE: May 28
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: August 29
    RECORD DATES: April 13, 14 & 15, 2017

    Reykjavík Festival Highlights:

    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
    Schola Cantorum Reykjavik
    James McVinnie, organ

    A cappella choral works to be announced
    Hlynur Aðils VILMARSSON  bd
    Daníel BJARNASON  Emergence (U.S. premiere)
    Anna ÞORVALDSDÓTTIR  Aeriality
    María Huld Markan SIGFÚSDÓTTIR  Aequora
    LEIFS  Organ Concerto


    KUSC AIR DATE: June 4
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: September 5
    RECORD DATES: May 5 & 6, 2017

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Michelle DeYoung, mezzo-soprano

    SCHUBERT  Symphony No. 1
    MAHLER  Songs of a Wayfarer
    SCHUBERT  Symphony No. 2


    KUSC AIR DATE: June 11
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: September 12
    RECORD DATES: May 20 & 21, 2017

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Elīna Garanča, mezzo-soprano

    SCHUBERT  Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”
    MAHLER  Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
    SCHUBERT  Symphony No. 9, “Great C-major”


    KUSC AIR DATE: June 18
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: September 19
    RECORD DATES: June 1 & 2, 2017

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Yuja Wang, piano

    STRAVINSKY  Symphonies of Wind Instruments
    BARTÓK  Piano Concerto No. 2
    JANÁČEK  Sinfonietta


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    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music Director & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres - orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop - at two of L.A.'s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall ( and the Hollywood Bowl ( The LA Phil's season extends from September through June at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs.

    Classical KUSC, located in the USC building in downtown Los Angeles, broadcasts hand-picked commercial-free classical performances, expert music commentary and coverage of the arts in Southern California. The listener-supported station has been broadcasting for more than 60 years as a broadcast service of the University of Southern California at 91.5(FM) in Los Angeles and Santa Clarita, 88.5 KPSC in Palm Springs, 91.1 KDSC in Thousand Oaks, 93.7 KDB in Santa Barbara and 99.7 KESC in Morro Bay/San Luis Obispo. It is live-streamed at, attracting listeners from around the globe.

    The WFMT Radio Network, the global fine arts radio syndication division of Window to the World Communication, Inc., (Chicago) produces more than three dozen fine arts radio series and specials for broadcast on hundreds of stations throughout the United States and the rest of the world. The Network’s current and recent programs include: orchestral series featuring ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Shanghai Symphony; The American Opera Series; hourly classical and jazz services (the Beethoven and Jazz Networks); series from major venues and festivals such as Carnegie Hall, Chicago Jazz Festival, Salzburg Festival and Edinburgh Festival; thematic music programs such as Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin, Relevant Tones, and Fiesta; documentaries on topics such as American Indian composers and classical music in China; programs on other arts such a poetry, folk music, radio drama and oral history; The Studs Terkel Radio Archive; and various other fine arts media services.  

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