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  • Sep. 4, 2013




    ·         Free Open House Concert with LA Phil and YOLA conducted by Gustavo Dudamel at Walt Disney Concert Hall; Giant Screen Simulcast at Grand Park

    ·         Free Neighborhood Concerts with Special Guest Julie Andrews

    ·         Opening Night Concert & Gala with Gustavo Dudamel and Yo-Yo Ma featuring video installation by Netia Jones

    ·         Soloists Yefim Bronfman, Pedro Carneiro, Leif Ove Andsnes perform with Gustavo Dudamel

    ·         Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts first complete realization of Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels for special anniversary concert

    ·         Dianne Reeves, Herbie Hancock and Christian McBride – all three Creative Chairs for Jazz – perform together

    ·         Portuguese fado singer Mariza returns

    Single Tickets On Sale Now

    Los Angeles, CA (August 26, 2013) – To acknowledge an extraordinary first decade at the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil presents insideOUT, a celebration led by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, and featuring Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen; a free Open House concert with the LA Phil and Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA) to also be simulcast in Grand Park; a series of free community concerts with special guest Julie Andrews; an Opening Night Gala with Yo-Yo Ma featuring an installation by video artist and director Netia Jones; world premieres including Frank Zappa’s 200 Motels; public forums with Frank Gehry and other commemorations.

    “Walt Disney Concert Hall is the product of intense creative collaboration between artists, architect, acoustician, and musicians, the efforts of which have created a dynamic new vision – not just architecturally, but artistically as well,” says Deborah Borda, President and CEO, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. “Walt Disney Concert Hall represents the defining qualities of the LA Phil – innovation and excellence. This magnificent and iconic building continues to inspire us to re-imagine who we could be as both an orchestra and an organization - to push artistic boundaries, provide new channels of access, and redefine the role of today’s orchestra.”

    Aptly called insideOUT, this celebration reflects architect Frank Gehry’s vision for Walt Disney Concert Hall - literally from the inside out - creating a new kind of concert hall, and “living room for the city.”

    “One of the primary considerations when conceiving the design for Walt Disney Concert Hall was to preserve the iconic importance of the LA Phil, but break down the often imposing scale of a traditional concert hall,” says architect Frank Gehry. “Walt Disney Concert Hall is not just a building for music, but a building for the people. The exterior reflects the interior’s functional organization, which is intimate, welcoming, and seamlessly integrates the guest experience with both natural and manmade elements. From the inside out, the building was designed to respond to its surrounding, and serve as a gathering place.”




    In October 2003, the LA Phil celebrated the opening of its new home, Walt Disney Concert Hall, with a series of free preview concerts that served more than 18,000 Angelenos, including 3,000 school children from over 65 schools throughout Los Angeles County. Since then, the LA Phil continues to serve the next generation of concertgoers and the greater Los Angeles community, resulting in the growth of unprecedented music education opportunities for young students and aspiring musicians, including Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA). YOLA – inspired by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel’s artistic vision and experience in Venezuela’s El Sistema – works with community partners to provide free instruments and high quality music instruction to over 600 students in Los Angeles communities that would not otherwise have access. The LA Phil’s YOLA initiative is operated in partnership with Harmony Project, Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) and the EXPO Center, a City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks facility, and L.A. County High School for the Arts.


    For the first time in its six-year history, Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA) students will perform alongside the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Angelenos from throughout the county will be able to enjoy the concert in a very special LA Phil simulcast on a giant screen in Grand Park. This unique concert also features a solo performance by legendary pianist and LA Phil Creative Chair for Jazz, Herbie Hancock.


    In addition to the unprecedented YOLA Side-by-Side concert, the LA Phil will perform three free community concerts, featuring Julie Andrews narrating Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. Local ensembles Las Cafeteras and The Jazz Angels will also perform in these special free events celebrating music and community.


    Wednesday, September 25, 2013
    City of Hope, 6 PM
    1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010


    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Rafael Payare, conductor
    Julie Andrews, special guest and narrator
    MOZART Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
    KODALY Dances of Galánta
    PROKOFIEV Peter and the Wolf

    Limited seating. RSVP is required. Tickets available through September 20th. For tickets and more information, please visit, email, or call 800.333.6002.


    Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Wilshire United Methodist Church, 7 PM
    4350 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90005


    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Rafael Payare, conductor
    Julie Andrews, narrator
    Las Cafeteras, special guest

    MOZART Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
    Las Cafeteras perform with the LA Phil (selections TBA)
    Las Cafeteras perform solo (selections TBA)
    PROKOFIEV Peter and the Wolf
    Las Cafeteras fuse traditional & modern beats with timely stories from the streets of Los Angeles. Known for their energetic bi-lingual performances, they combine Afro-Mexican (son jarocho), hip hop, folk, Native American & more with a community-focused message.

    Seats available on a first come, first served basis. No tickets are required.

    For more information, please call (818) 845-4048.

    Saturday, September 28, 2013
    Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 11 AM
    6200 East Atherton St., Long Beach, CA 90815


    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Rafael Payare, conductor
    Julie Andrews, narrator
    The Jazz Angels, special guest

    MOZART Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
    The Jazz Angels perform with the LA Phil (selections TBA)
    The Jazz Angels perform solo (selections TBA)
    PROKOFIEV Peter and the Wolf

    The concert at Carpenter Center serves as the inaugural presentation of the Center’s new Arts for Life education program, which complements season performances with free and low cost arts activities for local elementary schools, the CSULB Campus, and the Greater Long Beach community.

    The Jazz Angels rethink conventional boundaries by creating an environment where seasoned jazz professionals and young students practice and perform side by side.  Modeled after the beginnings of jazz itself, the Angels are musicians of all ages and backgrounds who learn and improvise together in a non-competitive, creative setting.

    For complimentary general admission tickets, contact the Carpenter Center Ticket Office at 562.985.7000 or online at

    Sunday, September 29, 2013, 4 PM
    YOLA/LA PHIL Side by Side
    Walt Disney Concert Hall
    111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

    200 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles 90012

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Youth Orchestra LA (YOLA)
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Rafael Payare, conductor
    Herbie Hancock, piano (solo performance)

    Program to include:
    TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 2, movement 4 (Dudamel, LAPhil & YOLA)
    MARQUEZ Conga del Fuego Nuevo (Dudamel, LAPhil & YOLA)


    The 10th anniversary celebration of Walt Disney Concert Hall will have an eye on the future as well as on the past. Music Directors from this decade, Gustavo Dudamel and Esa-Pekka Salonen, will lead concerts that feature outstanding soloists - many of whom have had a special relationship with the LA Phil since the hall opened – in programs that include both classics and premieres. The Opening Night Concert and Gala conducted by Dudamel features Yo-Yo Ma in a program especially designed to represent the journey of Walt Disney Concert Hall, from conception to completion, and will feature special installations by video artist and director Netia Jones.

    A very special Green Umbrella program marking the actual anniversary date will present the world premiere of 200 Motels by L.A.’s groundbreaking iconoclast composer, Frank Zappa. This once-in-a-lifetime concert conducted by Salonen celebrates the spirit of freedom that Walt Disney Concert Hall has engendered and will be a uniquely Californian event.

    The inaugural 2003/04 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall featured new presentation series, including Jazz and World Music. In two very special anniversary performances, all three Creative Chairs for Jazz, Dianne Reeves, Christian McBride, and Herbie Hancock, collaborate in a one-of-a-kind jazz celebration; and renowned singer Mariza, who performed as part of the LA Phil’s first ever World Music series, returns to the stage for another soulful evening of fado music.

    10th Anniversary Celebrations:


    Monday, September 30, 2013
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Netia Jones, director and video installations
    Yo-Yo Ma, cello

    Walt Disney Concert Hall, the First Ten Years

    CAGE 4’33”
    BACH Prelude from Cello Suite No. 3|
                    Yo-Yo Ma, cello

    TCHAIKOVSKY Rococo Variations
                    Yo-Yo Ma, cello

    ADÈS These Premises Are Alarmed
    MAHLER 3rd movement, Symphony No. 9
    SAINT-SAËNS 4th movement, Symphony No. 3 “Organ”

    This night of celebration features music especially chosen to help tell the story of Walt Disney Concert Hall, from inspiration (Bach), through the design process/iteration (Tchaikovsky), the complexities of its construction (Adès), the initial financial struggle and construction (Mahler), to the celebration of the opening (Saint-Saëns). Additionally, Gustavo Dudamel has chosen to open the program with John Cage’s groundbreaking work, 4’33”, which will allow audience members to experience the ambient sound of the hall itself. The programming is enhanced with installations by video artist Netia Jones.

    Thursday, October 3, 2013
    Friday, October 4, 2013
    Saturday, October 5, 2013
    Sunday, October 6, 2013

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Yefim Bronfman, piano
    Pedro Carneiro, percussion

    SCHUBERT Symphony No. 4
    Peter LIEBERSON (Knussen realization) Shing Kham (world premiere, LA Phil commission)
    TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1

    Thursday, October 10, 2013
    Friday, October 11, 2013
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Leif Ove Andsnes, piano

    BEETHOVEN The Ruins of Athens Overture
    BEETHOVEN Piano concerto No. 2
    BEETHOVEN Piano concerto No. 4 

    Saturday, October 12, 2013
    Sunday, October 13, 2013
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
    Peter Coleman-Wright, baritone
    Los Angeles Master Chorale
    Grant Gershon, Music Director

    BEETHOVEN The Ruins of Athens Overture
    BEETHOVEN Piano concerto No. 4
    Brett DEAN The Last Days of Socrates (US premiere, LAPA commission)

    Friday, October 18, 2013
    Saturday, October 19, 2013
    Sunday, October 20, 2013

    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
    Anssi Karttunen, cello
    Women of the Los Angeles Master Chorale
    Grant Gershon, music director

    DEBUSSY  Nocturnes
    Magnus LINDBERG New work for Cello and Orchestra (world premiere, LA Phil commission)
    BARTÓK  Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta

    Wednesday, October 23, 2013

    The Anniversary Concert
    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
    Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group
    Los Angeles Master Chorale
    Grant Gershon, music director
    James Darrah, director
    Adeline Newmann, video designer
    Emily MacDonald and Cameron Mock, production designers (scenic, lights, props design)
    Chrisi Karvonides, costume designer
    Soloists, TBA

    ZAPPA 200 Motels (world premiere)

    In 1970, Frank Zappa collaborated with Zubin Mehta and the LA Phil for an iconoclastic concert that formed the basis of his magnum opus. To commemorate the actual anniversary of the Hall, we present the first complete realization of Zappa’s musical vision that was inspired by his tours with The Mothers of Invention. (Contains mature subject matter.)

    Friday, October 25, 2013
    Saturday, October 26, 2013
    Sunday, October 27, 2013

    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
    Leila Josefowicz, violin

    IVES The Unanswered Question (except Friday)
    SALONEN  Violin Concerto
    SIBELIUS  Symphony No. 5

    Toyota Symphonies For Youth
    Saturday, November 2, 2013
    Saturday, November 9, 2013

    Kids and their families explore the connection between music and architecture through Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing, a piece inspired by Walt Disney Concert Hall.

    Tuesday, November 12, 2013
    One of the most captivating world music artists from the very first Walt Disney Concert Hall season, Portuguese fado singer Mariza, returns.

    Sunday, February 9, 2014
    Herbie Hancock/Dianne Reeves/Christian McBride
    To celebrate ten years of Walt Disney Concert Hall, all of our Creative Chair for Jazz artists come together for a very special, one-of-a-kind night. All three of them are world-renowned in their own right.

    Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at, in person at Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000, or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000. Tickets can also be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets. For more information, please call 323.850.2000.
    Take advantage of this season’s special $10 ticket offer, available for select concerts this October.


    Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at 7 PM
    Walt Disney Concert Hall
    The Grand Designs for Grand Avenue

    KCRW and the LA Phil present a special live Which Way LA? with host Warren Olney and guest Frank Gehry. KCRW’s Frances Anderton, LA Phil President & CEO Deborah Borda and others also join the discussion about the building and its place in the ongoing plans to remake L.A. Tickets are $3.

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 7:30 PM
    HAMMER Museum
    Frank Gehry, Esa-Pekka Salonen & Nicolai Ouroussoff: Creative Collaboration in Music and Architecture

    Frank Gehry and Esa-Pekka Salonen discuss the process of planning, developing, and constructing Walt Disney Concert Hall. Writer Nicolai Ouroussoff, formerly the architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, will moderate.

    This event is FREE. Assigned seating is available in the Billy Wilder Theater. Free tickets are required and available at the Box Office, one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Members enjoy priority seating and seat selection, subject to availability. Membership does not guarantee seating. Arrival at least one half hour prior to program time is recommended.

    Parking is available under the museum for a flat fee of $3 after 6PM.


    With the same innovative, forward-looking vision that defines the LA Phil’s signature programs, the LA Phil furthers its commitment to making music more accessible to new audiences with two new digital offerings:

    Concert Master:

    WDCH10 offers a robust online exploration of Walt Disney Concert Hall. Users will be able to navigate in-depth and enhanced content that includes:

    • Highlights of major Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall milestones, including gala openings, premieres, guest artists and festivals.
    • Architectural information including an interview with Frank Gehry, the architect behind Walt Disney Concert Hall, original sketches, behind-the-scenes photos, and a virtual tour.
    • Interactive 360° videos of Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
    • Walt Disney Concert Hall’s innovative acoustics story, including pipe organ features, photos and video.
    • Interviews with Music Director Gustavo Dudamel and Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen.
    • Interviews with special guests who have performed regularly at Walt Disney Concert Hall, including Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Cameron Carpenter, Leila Josefowicz and Gil Shaham.
    • A social stream highlighting favorite memories of Walt Disney Concert Hall, captured via Instagram posts that use the hashtag #WDCH10.

    Concert Master, the first phase of the LA Phil’s Classical Music Discovery Initiative, is an online tool that uses a fun, game-like interface to help people less familiar with classical music choose a concert based on their experiences and behavior. Users are asked a series of questions about their lifestyle and entertainment preferences, schedule availability and social tendencies, and Concert Master matches their responses to classical concert choices that best suit their personality and lifestyle.

    “The LA Phil believes in the power of technology as an important driver of consumer engagement,” says Deborah Borda, President and CEO, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. “Concert Master is a unique music discovery tool that is customized to the user experience. This product – the first of its kind from an orchestral organization – is designed to take the intimidation factor out of classical music, and the guess-work out of choosing a performance. It does the work for you!”

    For more information, please visit



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