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  • Los Angeles Philharmonic Returns to the Edinburgh Festival
  • Mar. 27, 2019

    Los Angeles Philharmonic opens the Festival at
    Tynecastle Park Stadium

    Los Angeles Philharmonic presents three programs,
    including the European premiere of John Adams’ new
    piano concerto, Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?

    20 students from YOLA & YOLA National
    participate in cultural exchange

    Supported by the Dunard Fund, USA

    Los Angeles, CA (March 27, 2019) – Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic announced today full details of their August 2019 participation in the Edinburgh International Festival, Scotland, part of the orchestra’s extraordinary global tour that includes seven residencies in seven cities and performing on three continents as part of the orchestra’s Centennial celebrations. This will be the orchestra’s third visit to the International Festival, and its first with Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel.

    The Edinburgh International Festival residency features three signature programs, including works by Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Barber, and the European premiere of John Adams’ new piano concerto, Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, with Yuja Wang as soloist. Additionally, the orchestra is proud to open the Festival with a free concert at Tynecastle Park Stadium that will feature classic movie music from the Golden Age of Hollywood by Korngold, Herrmann, Waxman, and a selection of scores by John Williams.

    Twenty musicians from Dudamel’s signature program YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) and YOLA National (students from diverse regions across the U.S.) will be joining the LA Phil in Edinburgh, participating in a cultural exchange with 60 young musicians from Big Noise Raploch, Sistema Scotland, which will culminate in an open rehearsal conducted by Gustavo Dudamel (August 4). This will be the first time that members of YOLA National will have joined the orchestra on tour. YOLA will also be performing side-by-side with the LA Phil as part of the performance on Friday, August 2.


    The programs are as follows:

    Friday, August 2, 2019, 7PM
    Tynecastle Park Stadium 
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Gustavo Dudamel leads a memorable survey of movie music from Hollywood’s golden past.

    Saturday, August 3, 2019, 7PM
    Usher Hall
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Miah Persson, soprano
    Anna Larsson, mezzo-soprano
    Edinburgh Festival Chorus
                   Director: Aidan Oliver
    MAHLER Symphony No. 2

    Sunday, August 4, 2019, 3:30PM
    Usher Hall
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    YOLA, YOLA National, and Big Noise Raploch open rehearsal 

    Sunday, August 4, 2019, 7:30PM
    Usher Hall
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Yuja Wang, piano
    BARBER Adagio for Strings 
    John ADAMS  Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? (European premiere) 
    TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4

    For full artist biographies, please visit 
    For information on YOLA, please visit here, and YOLA National, here 
    For full tour information, please visit 

    United Airlines is the official airline of the LA Phil’s Education Initiatives.


    LA Phil 100:
    Celebrating 100 years of outstanding musical achievements and looking ahead toward the next century of artistic innovation, the Los Angeles Philharmonic is presenting its Centennial season, LA Phil 100, as a showcase for the extraordinary range of the LA Phil’s artistry and an invitation for everyone to join in envisioning a future that music can help create.

    In addition to featuring the premieres of more than 50 commissioned works and presenting the LA Phil’s largest roster of artistic collaborations, LA Phil 100 incorporates major initiatives developed to invest in the future of young people and ensure that people from all the communities of Los Angeles are embraced. These initiatives include creating a permanent YOLA center, The Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center at Inglewood, designed by Frank Gehry; establishing the LA Phil Resident Fellows Program, which will provide musicians representing or serving historically underrepresented populations with opportunities for professional advancement; inaugurating the “100 for the 100: Be Our Guest” Free Ticket Initiative, which invites thousands of new listeners into Walt Disney Concert Hall; and undertaking a $500 Million Centennial Campaign to fund the future.

    LA Phil:
    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 at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from September through June, and at the Hollywood Bowl throughout the summer. 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.

    About Edinburgh International Festival
    Edinburgh International Festival is an unparalleled, city-wide, celebration of the performing arts for three weeks each August in Scotland’s capital. Created in 1947 to celebrate the human spirit and bring people together through art, the International Festival remains dedicated to creative excellence and as a point of annual cultural exchange for a global audience exceeding 400,000 per year.

    Committed to virtuosity and innovation, the International Festival presents some of the finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre. It also connects with local artists and communities through a range of programmes year-round. The current Festival is curated by Festival Director Fergus Linehan and takes place from 2-26 August 2019.


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