The special broadcast and online series gives voice to celebrated artists, who offer curated musical selections along with their personal reflections on the music and their experiences in our current environment.
The final episode airs Tuesday, June 2, 6PM to 7PM PDT and will be nationally syndicated through PRX
LOS ANGELES (May 27, 2020) – At Home With…, the series launched by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Classical KUSC (Los Angeles), and Classical KDFC (San Francisco), welcomes back LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel joined by legendary conductor/composer John Williams, Tuesday, June 2, at 6PM PDT. The artists, each broadcasting from their respective homes, speak with KUSC host Brian Lauritzen as they share their curated musical selections along with their personal reflections on the music and their experience of our current moment.
The limited-run series evolved in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the temporary closures of cultural venues across the world and Dudamel’s desire to continue sharing music with audiences when it’s needed most.
In addition to Dudamel, the At Home With… series over the past six weeks has featured such notable artists as LA Phil Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen, LA Phil Creative Chair John Adams, pianist Yuja Wang, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra Principal Conductor Thomas Wilkins, violinist Ray Chen, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, LA Phil Principal Guest Conductor Susanna Mälkki, and several LA Phil musicians, each sharing their perspectives on the healing power of music.
“This series has been a beautiful way to stay connected and inspired through this difficult time,” said Dudamel, “allowing us to be ‘alone together’ during the quarantine. Having my dear friend John Williams join me for the finale is a perfect end to this journey, and it’s such a privilege to share the music we love, and the reasons why we love it, with listeners around the world.”
At Home With Gustavo Dudamel and John Williams will be broadcast locally on Classical KUSC and Classical KDFC; the episode will also be syndicated nationally through a partnership with PRX and available for streaming internationally.
Listen to KUSC over the air on 91.5 FM, streaming live on KUSC.org, on the free iOS and Android apps or via smart speaker. Find all the ways to listen at KUSC.org. KDFC can be heard all across the Bay Area, streaming live at KDFC.com, on KDFC’s free iOS and Android apps and smart speakers. Learn more at KDFC.com. The series is syndicated nationally by PRX. Check local listings at PRX.org.
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At Home With Gustavo Dudamel and John Williams
Tuesday, June 2, 6PM
Interview and production by Brian Lauritzen
For more information and complete artists’ bios, please visit: At Home With...
Gustavo Dudamel is driven by the belief that music has the power to transform lives, to inspire, and to change the world. Through his dynamic presence on the podium and his tireless advocacy for arts education, Dudamel has introduced classical music to new audiences around the world and has helped to provide access to the arts for countless people in underserved communities. A lifelong advocate for music education and social development through art, Dudamel himself was shaped by his childhood experience with El Sistema, the extraordinary program and philosophy initiated in 1975 by Maestro José Antonio Abreu. Inspired by El Sistema, in 2007, Dudamel, the LA Phil, and its community partners founded YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles), which now serves more than 1,200 musicians and provides young people with free instruments, intensive music instruction, academic support, and leadership training. In the 2020/21 season, YOLA will open its own permanent, purpose-built facility: The Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center at Inglewood, designed by architect Frank Gehry.
In a career spanning more than five decades, John Williams has become one of America’s most accomplished and successful composers for film and for the concert stage. He has composed the music for over 100 films, including some of the most acclaimed and successful films in Hollywood history. He has served as music director and laureate conductor of one of the country’s treasured musical institutions, the Boston Pops Orchestra, and he maintains thriving artistic relationships with many of the world’s great orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Mr. Williams has received a variety of prestigious awards, including the National Medal of Arts, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Olympic Order, the AFI Live Achievement Awards, and numerous Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. He remains one of our nation’s most distinguished and contributive musical voices.
Brian Lauritzen is an award-winning host for Classical KUSC who can be heard Monday through Thursday from 3PM to 7PM. He is also the host of the Sunday program A Joyful Noise. Additionally, Brian writes and produces features for KUSC’s concert broadcasts, including those with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Piano Spheres. His work as part of these series has been broadcast internationally by NPR, American Public Media, and the WFMT Radio Network. During his tenure at Classical KUSC, Brian has interviewed dozens of top classical musicians and artists. Among them are Gustavo Dudamel, Itzhak Perlman, Dawn Upshaw, Valery Gergiev, Plácido Domingo, John Adams, and many others. Brian is also the host of several critically acclaimed podcasts: Behind the Curtain at LA Opera, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra podcasts, and Concrete Voices – real stories from the streets of Hollywood.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of live performances – orchestral, pop, rock, country, jazz, blues, Latin, world music, opera, chamber, Baroque, organ and celebrity recitals, theatrical performances, explorations of film music, dance, comedy, groundbreaking multimedia productions, and an unmatched commitment to commissioning and performing music from the composers of today – at three of L.A.’s iconic venues: Walt Disney Concert Hall (laphil.com), the Hollywood Bowl (hollywoodbowl.com) and The Ford. The LA Phil’s season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from September to June, and at the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford 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, learning and community programs.
Classical KUSC FM and Classical KDFC FM nurture a love of classical music, inspiring people to make it an enduring part of their lives across California and beyond. The stations curate beautiful music, create compelling experiences and welcome all on the journey. The stations are listener-supported, reach the largest classical audience in the U.S. with over a million weekly listeners, and are a broadcast service of the University of Southern California. Tune in at 91.5 FM in Los Angeles and Santa Clarita, 88.5 in Palm Springs, 91.1 in Thousand Oaks, 93.7 in Santa Barbara, 99.7 in San Luis Obispo, 89.9 in Napa, 90.3 in San Francisco, 104.9 in Silicon Valley and 103.9 in Monterey/Carmel. The smartphone apps and live streams at KUSC.org and KDFC.com attract local listeners and music lovers from around the globe.
PRX is a public media organization shaping the future of audio by producing and distributing content, building technology and training talented, independent producers. With an award-winning portfolio ranging from iconic public radio programs such as The World, This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour, The Takeaway, and Reveal, as well as a growing body of podcast-first productions, including the Radiotopia podcast network. PRX reaches more than 28.5 million listeners and generates more than 70 million podcast downloads per month.