On May 17, 19, 23, and 25, Gustavo Dudamel leads the LA Phil in the second installment of the Mozart/Da Ponte Trilogy with The Marriage of Figaro. Staged by director Christopher Alden, the production features a stellar international cast, sets by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean-Nouvel, and costumes by couturier Azzedine Alaïa. Learn more.
Gustavo Dudamel begins a month of music-making with the Los Angeles Philharmonic this week, conducting Tchaikovsky's glorious First Piano Concerto with pianist Lang Lang alongside the first LA Phil performances of Carl Nielsen's Fourth Symphony, "The Inextuinguishable" (May 2, 3, 4, & 5).
On May 9 and 10, Gustavo and the LA Phil perform Mendelssohn's "Reformation" Symphony as well as Bach's Cantata No. 60, "O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort." In addition, the program sees the LA Phil's Principal Concertmaster Martin Chalifour perform Mozart's Third Violin Concerto.
In a concert on May 26, Gustavo and the LA Phil reprise Mendelssohn's "Reformation" Symphony. They will also undertake Penderecki's Ciaconna for strings and Mozart's Sinfonia concertante, K. 297b.
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Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela will tour South America this April, giving performances at the Teatro Colón in Bueno Aires (April 3), Sala São Paolo in São Paolo (April 6 & 7), Brasília's Teatro Nacional (April 9), and Bogotá's Opera House (April 11). While on tour, Gustavo will lead the Bolívars in two orchestral tours de force: Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Revueltas's La Noche de los Mayas - both of which can be heard on Gustavo and the Bolívars' Deutsche Grammophon album. For their concerts in São Paolo, Gustavo and the Bolívars will pair Stravinsky's Rite of Spring with Beethoven's mighty Fifth Symphony.
This month Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic will embark on their 2013 tour, beginning with an International Associate Residency at London's Barbican Centre (March 14 to 17) and featuring concerts in Lucerne (March 20, 21), Paris (March 23, 24), and New York (March 27, 28).
Gustavo and the LA Phil's Barbican performances begin March 14 with a Green Umbrella concert that includes the European premieres of Unsuk Chin's Graffiti and Joseph Pereira's Concerto fo Percussion and Chamber Orchestra, as well as a performance John Adams's Son of Chamber Symphony - conducted by the American composer himself. On March 15, Gustavo conducts an open rehearsal with young musicians as part of the residency's three-day symposium Future Play: Music Systems in the 21st Century.
While at the Barbican, Gustavo and the LA Phil present two musical programs that they showcase throughout their tour. On March 16 Gustavo and the LA Phil give the European premiere of John Adams's Passion Oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary in a new staging by Peter Sellars that the LA Times called "new, gripping expression on every level." On March 17, Gustavo and the LA Phil celebrate the colors of the orchestra with performances of Debussy's La mer, Vivier's Zipangu, and Stravinsky's The Firebird. Experience Gustavo and the LA Phil's performances of this music in Lucerne (March 20, 21), Paris (23, 24), and New York (March 27, 28).
On March 7, 8, and 10, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil will unveil Peter Sellars' world premiere staging of The Gospel According to the Other Mary by John Adams. This dramatic vision of the Passion - an oratorio for orchestra, chorus, and soloists - draws its texts from Biblical stories of Lazarus and Jesus, contextualized with excerpts from the memoir of social activist Dorothy Day and poetry by Louise Erdrich, Rosario Castellanos, Primo Levi, Hildegard von Bingen, and Rubén Dario.
Video: John Adams and Peter Sellars on The Gospel According to the Other Mary
This week Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform the music to Stravinsky's ballet The Firebird, in a program that celebrates the orchestral colors of the 19th and 20th centuries. Gustavo's concerts with the LA Phil also feature Debussy's tone poem La mer, as well as the orchestra's first performance of French-Canadian composer Claude Vivier's all-string Zipangu (except Friday). Learn more about Gustavo and the LA Phil's performances on February 28, March 1, 2, and 3 here.
Gustavo and the LA Phil will reprise this musical program on tour next month, presenting the repertoire on March 17 as part of their International Residency at London's Barbican Centre, March 21 in Lucerne, March 24 in Paris, and March 27 in New York.
Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic today announced the orchestra’s 2013-14 season. The new season, the orchestra's 95th, celebrates both Gustavo's fifth year as LA Phil Music Director and the tenth anniversary of the opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall. Next season, Gustavo and the LA Phil present an array of programming that continues their commitment to classical repertoire, the commissioning of new works, and music education. Highlights of the 2013-14 season include the return of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela for TchaikovskyFest; Inside Out, a month-long celebration of the tenth anniversary of Walt Disney Concert Hall; the third and final installment of the Mozart/DaPonte Trilogy with Così fan tutte; and Gustavo and the LA Phil’s second North American tour together. Discover the LA Phil’s 2013-14 season here.
Gustavo conducts Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA) students alongside the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a concert on September 29, 2013. The performance marks the culmination of Inside Out, a month-long celebration of Walt Disney Concert Hall's tenth anniversary that features free community concerts around the city. The new season kicks off on September 30, 2013 with Gustavo leading the LA Phil in their Opening Night Concert and Gala, which features Yo-Yo Ma and an installation by video artist and director Netia Jones.
During the 2011-12 season, Gustavo, the LA Phil and the Bolívars embarked upon the Mahler Project, an international collaboration of performance, education, and community outreach across cultures and continents. This season, the Bolívars return to join forces with the LA Phil in TchaikovskyFest – an exploration of Tchaikovsky that includes performances of his symphonies, tone poems, and more. TchaikovskyFest also comprises community and education events, including the annual TAKE A STAND symposium on music education. TchaikovskyFest culminates in a joint performance of the two orchestras on March 2, 2014.
In March 2014, Gustavo and the LA Phil embark on their second tour of North America together. Both Gustavo and the orchestra will make their debuts at Kansas City’s new Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The tour also sees Gustavo’s debuts at Boston’s Symphony Hall and Montreal’s Grande Salle at Place des Arts.
Next season Gustavo also conducts the LA Phil in 13 weeks of subscription concerts, showcasing classical masterworks and contemporary repertoire that broaden the boundaries of symphonic programming. Gustavo’s performances with the LA Phil also feature appearances by leading soloists that include, among many others, Yefim Bronfman, Emanuel Ax, Lang Lang, Joshua Bell, Hélène Grimaud,Yuja Wang and Leif Ove Andsnes, who continues his Beethoven Journey next season with Gustavo and the orchestra.
Next week Gustavo Dudamel returns to the podium of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for two concert programs that showcase the music of German Romanticism and works by today's composers.
From February 21 to 24, Gustavo leads the LA Phil in music from 19th century Germany, featuring American violinist Gil Shaham in Brahms's Violin Concerto, the Funeral Music from Wagner's final Ring cycle opera Götterdämmerung, and Schumann's Third Symphony, "Rhenish" (except February 22).
On February 26, as part of the Green Umbrella concert series, Gustavo and the LA Phil New Music Group give the world premiere of Korean composer Unsuk Chin's Graffiti and a performance of LA Phil Principal Timpanist Joseph Pereira's Concerto for Percussion and Chamber Orchestra. The concert also includes John Adams's acrobatic Chamber Symphony, conducted by the American composer himself.
A passionate advocate for music education, Gustavo Dudamel gives his first concert of 2013 at Walt Disney Concert Hall leading the Colburn Orchestra, the flagship ensemble of the Colburn Conservatory of Music. With this ensemble of outstanding young musicians, Gustavo conducts Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony, a piece the Venezuelan conductor performed as part of his US debut in 2005 at the Hollywood Bowl. Dudamel Fellow Dietrich Paredes also leads the orchestra in Copland's Clarinet Concerto and Revueltas's Sensemayá. Details here.
This week Gustavo reunites with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela for two concerts at the Teatro Nacional Eduardo Brito in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. For their first performance on February 6, Gustavo and the Bolívars offer a program of Latin American and French sounds: Venezuelan composer Evencio Castellano's Santa Cruz de Pacairigua and Silvestre Revueltas's La noche de los Mayas alongside the second suite from Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe. On February 7, Gustavo and the Bolívars perform Mahler's magnificent Fifth Symphony.
Gustavo rehearses Mahler's Fifth Symphony
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