11 February 2014
A new season with the Los Angeles Philharmonic
Music Director Gustavo Dudamel today joined President and CEO Deborah Borda in announcing the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2014/15 season, the Venezuelan conductor's sixth at the helm of the orchestra.
“The new season holds so many treasures for me,” said Gustavo, “most particularly the collaborations with such a diverse array of artists and composers. Many old friends are returning, and many new ones are arriving, particularly within the Contemporary Americans festival. My love of Spanish music will be shared in a program of music by Falla and Rodrigo, which I will conduct in Walt Disney Concert Hall for the first time. I am excited to bring back City Noir from our great family member John Adams – it has a very special meaning for me as it was part of my inaugural LA Philharmonic performances as Music Director. What makes the Los Angeles Philharmonic so different and distinctive is the great repertoire that we perform from across the centuries, combining the old with the new. This season, I will be conducting 6 new commissions, 5 of which will be world premieres – together we are creating a rich musical heritage for the future. The sense of the adventure is what makes the Los Angeles Philharmonic so unique and special to me.”
Sharing the stage with Gustavo next season are So Percussion, Cameron Carpenter, Gautier Capuçon, Yefim Bronfman, Gerald Finley, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Roomful of Teeth, and the Calder Quartet, among many others. In addition, Gustavo premieres works by David Lang (Bang on a Can), Stephen Hartke, Kaija Saariaho, Bryce Dessner, Philip Glass and Steven Mackey. The Venezuelan conductor also joins Leif Ove Andsnes for the conclusion of their three-year cycle of Beethoven’s music for piano and orchestra. In addition, Gustavo celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ with the world premiere of Stephen Hartke’s “Organ” Symphony and welcomes Siudy Garrido Ballet Flamenco for a special program that celebrates Spanish composer Manuel de Falla and the art of flamenco.
At the LA Phil next season, Gustavo inaugurates the NEXT ON GRAND: Contemporary Americans festival, which will focus on the music of American composers both established and in-the-making. And in celebration of the Music Center’s 50th anniversary, Gustavo will conduct a performance of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Helix from Walt Disney Concert Hall, with, for the very first time, the music being relayed live to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, where it will accompany a world premiere presentation from LA Dance Project.
In the spring of 2015, Gustavo and the LA Phil will embark on their first tour to Asia together. In addition to Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony and Mahler’s Sixth Symphony, the tour program will include City Noir, which was commissioned by the LA Phil from Creative Chair John Adams for Gustavo’s inaugural gala in October 2009. The 2015 Asia tour will visit Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing and Tokyo.