• Jan. 22, 2015

    First LA Phil concert to be broadcast on January 30, 2015
    LA Phil to tour in Asia, March 19-29, 2015

    Los Angeles, CA (January 22, 2015) – Select concerts from the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2013/14 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall will be broadcast in China via WFMT Radio Network’s historic agreement with Shanghai East Radio Company, marking the first time in history that American orchestras will be heard on a regular basis in China.

    The Chicago-based WFMT Radio Network, one of the largest producers and distributors of classical, jazz and folk music radio programs in the world, recently signed an agreement with Shanghai East Radio Company to enhance cultural ties between the U.S. and China through classical music. The agreement between the two radio networks includes a new two-hour weekly radio series to be heard every Friday at 7:00 PM on Shanghai Classical 94.7 FM, beginning in January 2015.  Programming will include three of WFMT’s orchestral clients: the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Symphony, reaching an estimated 1.5 million regular listeners in the greater Shanghai area.

    Six concerts from the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2013/14 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall will be broadcast monthly (January – June) and feature Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen, as well as soloists Yefim Bronfman, Pedro Carneiro, Leila Josefowicz, Yuja Wang and Hélène Grimaud. 

    The broadcasts precede the commencement of Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s first tour to Asia together. The tour programs will include City Noir, commissioned by the LA Phil from Creative Chair John Adams for the inaugural Gala in October 2009, Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 and Mahler’s Symphony No.6.  The tour (March 19-29) will visit Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul, and Tokyo.

    Gustavo Dudamel, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, commented“Everyone at the LA Phil is thrilled to be featured in the inaugural WFMT Radio Network broadcast series in Shanghai. Through this new radio series the people of China will have the opportunity to get to know the orchestra, and, when we arrive during our Asian tour in March, we are very much looking forward to meeting them in person.”

    WFMT Radio Network / Shanghai East Radio Company
    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Schedule of Broadcasts
    (Dates subject to change)

    Air date:  January 30, 2015
    Recorded:  February 22 and 23, 2014
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    TCHAIKOVSKY  Symphony No. 1, Winter Daydreams
    TCHAIKOVSKY  Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

    Air date:  February 28, 2015
    Recorded:  March 8 and 9, 2014
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    CORIGLIANO  Symphony No. 1
    BRAHMS  Symphony No. 2

    Air date:  March 27, 2015
    Recorded:  October 5 and 6, 2013
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Yefim Bronfman, piano
    Pedro Carneiro, percussion
    SCHUBERT  Symphony No. 4
    TCHAIKOVSKY  Piano Concerto No. 1

    Air date:  April 24, 2015
    Recorded:  October 26 and 27, 2013
    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
    Leila Josefowicz, violin
    IVES  The Unanswered Question
    SALONEN  Violin Concerto
    SIBELIUS  Symphony No. 5

    Air date:  May 22, 2015
    Recorded:  December 21 and 22, 2013
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Yuja Wang, piano
    BJARNASON  Blow bright
    RACHMANINOFF  Piano Concerto No. 3
    STRAVINSKY  Petrushka

    Air date:  June 19, 2015
    Recorded:  May 30 and June 1, 2014
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Hélène Grimaud, piano
    MOZART  Serenata Notturna
    RAVEL  Piano Concerto in G
    MOZART  Symphony No. 36, Linz

    Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Asian Tour Schedule

    Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 8:00 PM
    Hong Kong Cultural Centre
    MAHLER:  Symphony No. 6

    Friday, March 20, 2015, at 8:00 PM
    Hong Kong Cultural Centre
    ADAMS:  City Noir
    DVORAK:  Symphony No. 9

    Sunday, March 22, 2015, at 7:30 PM
    Shanghai Oriental Arts Center
    MAHLER:  Symphony No. 6

    Monday, March 23, 2015, at 7:30 PM
    Shanghai Oriental Arts Center
    ADAMS:  City Noir
    DVORAK:  Symphony No. 9

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at 8:00 PM
    Seoul Arts Center
    MAHLER:  Symphony No. 6

    Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 8:00 PM
    Seoul Arts Center
    ADAMS:  City Noir
    DVORAK:  Symphony No. 9

    Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 6:00 PM
    Tokyo Suntory Hall
    MAHLER:  Symphony No. 6

    Sunday, March 29, 2015, at 2:00 PM
    Tokyo Suntory Hall
    ADAMS:  City Noir
    DVORAK:  Symphony No. 9

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music 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 (www.laphil.com) and the Hollywood Bowl (www.hollywoodbowl.com). The LA Phil’s season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from September through May, and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. 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 the WFMT Radio Network
    Founded in 1973, the WFMT Radio Network currently syndicates three daily radio programs/networks (Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin, the Beethoven Network, and the Jazz Network), more than a dozen weekly series (including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, Salzburg Festival, Relevant Tones, and Fiesta) and more than two dozen specials and short series each year.  These programs are used by U.S. stations representing nearly 1,000 markets plus major national radio networks in more than 50 other countries.

    The WFMT Radio Network has recently expanded its each with two online archives including over 900 hours of the popular daily show Exploring Music  (exploringmusic.org) and the Studs Terkel Radio Archive (studsterkel.org), which eventually will contain over 4500 Terkel programs. The Network is an active member of the European Broadcasting Union – one of just five U.S. members.  The WFMT Radio Network programs reach more than four million listeners per week in the United States and an additional two million a week internationally.

    About Shanghai Classical 94.7
    Classical 94.7, operated by Shanghai East Broadcast Co. Ltd., is the sole professional classical music radio station in mainland China.  It broadcasts 19 hours of classical music seven days a week on Classical 94.7 FM and www.eastradio.com, reaching approximately 1.5 million listeners in the Shanghai area alone.  Classical 94.7 features world classical music, light music, cross-border music and Chinese ethnic music. Classical 94.7 is dedicated to excellence in broadcasting classical music, while keeping up with trends.  Its mission is to build the finest classical music platform and a comprehensive classical music window by combining music appreciation, knowledge, and new developments.

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