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  • THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE JAZZ AGE WITH ITS 2016/17 OPENING NIGHT GALA: GERSHWIN AND THE JAZZ AGE
  • Aug. 24, 2016
  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 7 PM

    Opening Night Tickets Available for Sale

    2016/17 Single Tickets Available for Sale Beginning

    August 28

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Gala is Made Possible with the Proud Support of Rolex, the Official Timepiece of the Los Angeles Philharmonic  

    WHAT: 

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic, led by Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, launches the 2016/17 season with an evening that pays homage to the timeless sounds of the jazz era at the Opening Night Gala: Gershwin and the Jazz Age, Tuesday, September 27, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

    The special evening presents a concert featuring music by George Gershwin and contemporaries Duke Ellington, Cole Porter and Leonard Bernstein. Brian Stokes Mitchell and Megan Hilty lend their powerhouse vocal talents to the program singing classic solos and duets by Porter, Ellington and Gershwin. The two Broadway stars join together for Porter’s “So in Love” from Kiss Me Kate, a musical for which Mitchell earned Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle  awards, as well as Gershwin’s “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” from Shall We Dance. Twenty-year-old piano sensation George Li opens the program with Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm” Variations.

    Also on the program are Ellington’s “Night Creature: Stalking Monster,” and Bernstein’s Prelude, Fugue and Riffs, featuring LA Phil Principal Clarinet Boris Allakhverdyan. The orchestra and Dudamel conclude the program with Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

    LA Phil’s 2016/17 Opening Night Gala: Gershwin and the Jazz Age marks the beginning of the orchestra’s 2016/17 season. Single tickets are available starting August 28. 

    Complete program (no intermission):

    Gershwin and the Jazz Age

    GERSHWIN, “I Got Rhythm” Variations
       George Li, piano

    ELLINGTON, “Night Creature: Stalking Monster”

    PORTER, “Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love” from Paris
       Megan Hilty

    ELLINGTON, “I’m Beginning to See the Light”
       Brian Stokes Mitchell

    PORTER, “So In Love” from Kiss Me Kate
       Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell

    BERNSTEIN, Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
       Boris Allakhverdyan, clarinet

    GERSHWIN Songs
       “Someone to Watch Over Me” from Oh, Kay!
       Megan Hilty

       “It Ain’t Necessarily So” from Porgy and Bess
       Brian Stokes Mitchell

       “Let’s Call The Whole Thing Off from Shall We Dance
       Megan Hilty and Brian Stokes Mitchell 

    GERSHWIN, An American in Paris

    For full artist biographies, please visit http://www.laphil.com/tickets/wdch-opening-night-gala/2016-09-27

    WHO:    

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
    GUSTAVO DUDAMEL, conductor
    BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL AND MEGAN HILTY, singers 
    GEORGE LI, piano
    ROBIN GRAY, lighting design

    WHEN:

    Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at 7 PM  

    WHERE:

    WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL
    111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS:

    Gala tickets are now available for purchase. Concert-only prices range from $105 to $260 and include a tax-deductible contribution supporting the LA Phil and its education programs, such as YOLA (Youth Orchestra L.A.). Patrons can also enjoy premium concert seating plus a private pre-concert cocktail reception and seated gourmet dinner by Patina followed by dancing. To purchase, or for more information about other Gala packages, call 213.972.3051.

    Subscriptions for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2016/17 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall are currently available and single tickets will be available beginning August 28. To purchase, please visit LAPhil.com or the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office. To order by phone with credit card, please call 323.850.2000.

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  • contact:

    Sophie Jefferies, 213.972.3422, sjefferies@laphil.org
    Lisa White, 213.972.3408, lwhite@laphil.org