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  • LA Phil and Classical KUSC Announce 2018 Broadcast Series
  • Mar. 15, 2018


    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 15, 2018) - The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Classical KUSC continue their annual radio broadcast partnership, reaching listeners in Southern and Central California. Thirteen concerts, recorded during the LA Phil's 2017/18 season, feature the orchestra with an impressive roster of guest artists and conductors. Through the organizations' ongoing partnership with WFMT Radio Network (Chicago), the 2018 broadcast series will also be syndicated nationwide.

    The first concert in the 2018 broadcast series will air locally on KUSC's SoCal Sunday Night program, the station's weekly local concert spotlight, on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at 7:00 PM, and feature Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel leading the LA Phil with Martin Fröst (clarinet), Jessica Pratt (soprano), Julia Bullock (soprano), Paul Appleby (tenor), and Elliot Madore (baritone) in an all-Mozart program.

    Additional series highlights include performances by noted soloists (in order of appearance), including Gidon Kremer, violin; Janai Brugger, soprano; Leila Josefowicz, violin; Laura Claycomb, soprano; Christophe Dumaux, countertenor; Hilary Hahn, violin; Sergio Tiempo, piano; Joseph Pereira, timpani; Maraca 2, percussion; James McVinnie, organ; Richard Goode, piano; John Holiday, countertenor; Julianna Di Giacomo, soprano; Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo; Michael König, tenor; Davóne Tines, bass-baritone; and Mitsuko Uchida, piano.

    In addition to Dudamel, conductors (in order of appearance) include Mirga Grazinytė-Tyla, Principal Guest Conductor Susanna Mälkki, Emmanuelle Haïm, Dudamel Fellow Jonathon Heyward, Xian Zhang, James Conlon, and Andrew Manze.

    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.


    2018 SCHEDULE OF BROADCASTS (Programs and Artists Subject to Change)
    SoCal Sundays at 7:00 PM on KUSC

    KUSC AIR DATE: March 18, 2018
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: June 26, 2018
    RECORD DATES: October 7 & 8, 2017

    Highlights from Mozart: 1791

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Martin Fröst, clarinet
    Julia Bullock, Pamina
    Paul Appleby, Tamino
    Elliot Madore, Papageno
    Jessica Pratt, Queen of the Night

    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
    Mozart: Selections from The Magic Flute


    KUSC AIR DATE: March 25, 2018
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: July 3, 2018
    RECORD DATES: October 12 & 15, 2017

    Highlights from CDMX

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

    Javier Álvarez: Metro Chabacano
    Enrico Chapela: ínguesu
    Gabriela Ortiz: Téenek - Invenciones de territorio [World Premiere, LA Phil Commission]
    Arturo Márquez: Danzón No. 1
    Arturo Márquez: Danzón No. 2
    Arturo Márquez: Danzón No. 8
    Arturo Márquez: Danzón No. 9 [World Premiere, LA Phil Commission]


     KUSC AIR DATE: April 1, 2018
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: July 10, 2018
    RECORD DATES: October 20 & 21, 2017

    Mirga Grazinytė-Tyla, conductor
    Gidon Kremer, violin
    Janai Brugger, soprano

    Messiaen: Un sourire
    Weinberg: Violin Concerto
    Mahler: Symphony No. 4


    KUSC AIR DATE: April 8, 2018
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: July 17, 2018
    RECORD DATES: October 28 & 29, 2017

    Susanna Mälkki, conductor
    Leila Josefowicz, violin

    Berlioz: "Queen Mab" Scherzo
    Luca Francesconi: Duende - The Dark Notes [U.S. Premiere]
    Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique


    KUSC AIR DATE: April 15, 2018
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: July 24, 2018
    RECORD DATES: November 17 & 19, 2017

    Emmanuelle Haïm, conductor
    Laura Claycomb, soprano
    Christophe Dumaux, countertenor

    Purcell: Suite from The Fairy Queen
    Bach: Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068
    Pergolesi: Stabat Mater


    KUSC AIR DATE: April 22, 2018
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: July 31, 2018
    RECORD DATES: December 2 & 3, 2017

    Jonathon Heyward, conductor
    Hilary Hahn, violin

    Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture
    Bernstein: Serenade (after Plato's Symposium)
    Tania Leon: Ser (Being) [World Premiere, LA Phil Commission]
    Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite


    KUSC AIR DATE: April 29, 2018
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: August 7, 2018
    RECORD DATES: December 9 & 10, 2017

     Xian Zhang, conductor
    Sergio Tiempo, piano

    Chen Yi: Ge Xu (Antiphony)
    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6



    KUSC AIR DATE: May 6, 2018
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: August 14, 2018
    RECORD DATES: January 26 & 28, 2018

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Joseph Pereira, timpani
    Maraca 2, percussion

    Stravinsky: Fireworks
    Joseph Pereira: Threshold [World Premiere, LA Phil commission]
    Brahms: Symphony No. 1



    KUSC AIR DATE: May 13, 2018
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: August 21, 2018
    RECORD DATES: February 24 & 25, 2018

    James Conlon, conductor
    James McVinnie, organ

    Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin
    Nico Muhly: Register [World Premiere, LA Phil co-commission]
    Mussorgsky (arr. Ravel): Pictures at an Exhibition



    KUSC AIR DATE: May 20, 2018
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: August 28, 2018
    RECORD DATES: March 30 & 31, 2018

    Andrew Manze, conductor
    Richard Goode, piano

    Bacewicz: Overture
    Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 18, K. 456, "Paradis"
    Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 6


    KUSC AIR DATE: May 27, 2018
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: September 4, 2018
    RECORD DATES: April 14 & 15, 2018

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

    Esa-Pekka Salonen: Pollux [World Premiere, LA Phil commission]
    Varèse: Amériques
    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5


    KUSC AIR DATE: June 3, 2018
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: September 11, 2018
    RECORD DATES: April 21 & 22, 2018

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    John Holiday, countertenor
    Julianna Di Giacomo, soprano
    Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo
    Michael König, tenor
    Davóne Tines, bass-baritone
    Los Angeles Master Chorale
    Grant Gershon, Artistic Director

    Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9


    KUSC AIR DATE: June 10, 2018
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: September 18, 2018
    RECORD DATES: May 19 & 20, 2018

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Mitsuko Uchida, piano

    Schumann: Piano Concerto
    Schumann: Symphony No. 2


    For more information, please visit:

    Tickets for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2017/18 season are available for purchase at, in person at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, or by phone at 323 850 2000.


    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music & 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 May 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 programming portfolio has included: orchestral series featuring ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Shanghai Symphony; the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series; hourly classical and jazz services (the Beethoven and Jazz Networks); series from major venues and festivals such as Carnegie Hall, 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; podcasts, including Breaking Glass, in partnership with the Glimmerglass Festival; programs and projects on other arts such a poetry, folk music, radio drama and oral history; and, the Studs Terkel Radio Archive.

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