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  • LA Phil and Classical KUSC Radio Announce 2019 Broadcast Series
  • Mar. 26, 2019


    13-Concert Series Reaches Listeners
    in Southern and Central California and Millions More
    Through Syndication in Over 150 U.S. Markets

    The KUSC broadcast series of the Los Angeles Philharmonic has been made possible through the support of the Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

    Los Angeles, CA (March 26, 2019) - The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Classical KUSC continue their annual radio broadcast partnership, reaching listeners across Southern and Central California. Thirteen concerts, recorded during the LA Phil’s 2018/19 Centennial season, feature the orchestra with an impressive roster of guest artists and conductors, and an eclectic repertoire including six world premieres. Through the organizations’ ongoing partnership with the WFMT Radio Network (Chicago), the 2019 broadcast series will also be syndicated nationwide.

    The first concert in the 2019 broadcast series will air locally on KUSC’s SoCal Sunday Night program, the station’s weekly local concert spotlight, on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at 7:00 PM, and feature Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel leading the LA Phil in Esa-Pekka Salonen’s LA Variations, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, and the world premiere of Sustain by Andrew Norman. Each concert in the series will also be streamed for one week, on demand at the KUSC website, immediately following the broadcasts.

    Additional series highlights include performances by noted soloists (in order of appearance), including Martin Chalifour, violin; Robert deMaine, cello; Joanne Pearce Martin, piano; Cameron Carpenter, organ; Measha Brueggergosman, mezzo-soprano; Yefim Bronfman, piano; Michael Slattery, tenor; Andrew Bain, horn; Ray Chen, violin; Wang Ying, singer; Zhang Tingfang, singer; Yuja Wang, piano; Hélène Grimaud, piano; Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin; Michael Barenboim, violin, and the Xinchang Diaoqiang Opera Troupe.

    In addition to several concerts conducted by Dudamel, guest conductors (in order of appearance) include Susanna Mälkki (Principal Guest Conductor, Ann Ronus Chair), Roderick Cox, Michael Tilson Thomas, Zubin Mehta (Conductor Emeritus), Simone Young, Elim Cham, Lionel Bringuier, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, and Esa-Pekka Salonen (Conductor Laureate).

    The series, hosted by KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen, features interviews with soloists and orchestra members, offering unique insights and giving listeners a more in-depth perspective.

    2019 SCHEDULE OF BROADCASTS (Programs and Artists Subject to Change) 
    SoCal Sundays at 7:00 PM on KUSC

    KUSC AIR DATE:  April 7, 2019
    WFMT RELEASE DATE:  June 25, 2019
    RECORD DATES:  October 5-7, 2018

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Martin Chalifour, violin
    Robert deMaine, cello
    Joanne Pearce Martin, piano

    Esa-Pekka SALONEN: LA Variations 
    BEETHOVEN:  Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56
    Andrew NORMAN:  Sustain (world premiere, LA Phil co-commission) 


    KUSC AIR DATE:  April 14, 2019
    WFMT RELEASE DATE:  July 2, 2019
    RECORD DATES:  November 3 & 4, 2018

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Susanna Mälkki, conductor

    Steve REICH:  Music for Ensemble and Orchestra (world premiere, LA Phil co-commission)
    MAHLER:  Symphony No. 5


    KUSC AIR DATE:  April 21, 2019
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: July 9, 2019
    RECORD DATES:  November 16 & 18, 2018

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Roderick Cox, conductor
    Cameron Carpenter, organ

    Christopher CERRONE:  The Insects Became Magnetic (world premiere, LA Phil commission) 
    POULENC:  Organ Concerto
    BACH:   Fugue in G minor (encore)
    SAINT-SAËNS:  Symphony No. 3, “Organ”


    KUSC AIR DATE:  April 28, 2019
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: July 16, 2019
    RECORD DATES:  December 1 & 2, 2018

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    Measha Brueggergosman, mezzo-soprano

    Michael TILSON THOMAS:  Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind 
    TCHAIKOVSKY:  Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique"


    KUSC AIR DATE: May 5, 2019
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: July 23, 2019
    RECORD DATES:  December 13 & 14, 2018

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Zubin Mehta, conductor
    Yefim Bronfman, piano

    BRAHMS:  Piano Concerto No. 1 
    CHOPIN:  Étude Op. 10 No. 3 (encore)
    BRAHMS:  Symphony No. 1


    KUSC AIR DATE:  May 12, 2019
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: July 30, 2019
    RECORD DATES:  December 15 & 16, 2018

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Zubin Mehta, conductor
    Yefim Bronfman, piano

    BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 2 
    SCARLATTI: Sonata in C minor, K. 11 (encore)
    BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73


    KUSC AIR DATE:  May 19, 2019
    WFMT RELEASE DATE:  August 6, 2019
    RECORD DATES:  February 2 & 3, 2019

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Simone Young, conductor
    Michael Slattery, tenor
    Andrew Bain, horn

    BRITTEN:  Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes 
    BRITTEN:  Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings, Op. 31
    STRAUSS:  Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 


    KUSC AIR DATE:  May 26, 2019
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: August 13, 2019
    RECORD DATES:  February 6 & 7, 2019

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Elim Chan, conductor
    Ray Chen, violin
    Xinchang Diaoqiang Opera Troupe
    Wang Ying, singer
    Zhang Tingfang, singer

    HUANZHI:  Spring Festival Overture 
    SAINT-SAËNS:  Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso 
    RAVEL:  Tzigane 
    DU YUN:  Thirst, for Orchestra, featuring two Diaoqiang Opera singers 
    AN-LUN HUANG:  Saibei Dance 
    LIU TIESHAN:  Dance of the Yao Tribe 
    RAVEL:  Bolero 


    KUSC AIR DATE:  June 2, 2019
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: August 20, 2019
    RECORD DATES:  March 9 & 10, 2019

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Yuja Wang, piano

    John ADAMS:  Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? (world premiere, LA Phil commission) 
    MAHLER:  Symphony No. 1


    KUSC AIR DATE:  June 9, 2019
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: August 27, 2019
    RECORD DATES:  March 30 & 31, 2019

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Lionel Bringuier, conductor
    Hélène Grimaud, piano

    GERSHWIN:  Cuban Overture 
    RAVEL:  Piano Concerto in G 
    RAVEL:  Valses nobles et sentimentales 
    GERSHWIN:  An American in Paris 
    KUSC AIR DATE:  June 16, 2019
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: September 3, 2019
    RECORD DATES:  April 6 & 7, 2019

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, conductor
    Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin

    TCHAIKOVSKY:  Violin Concerto
    Unsuk CHIN:  SPIRA, A Concerto for Orchestra (world premiere, LA Phil commission) 
    DEBUSSY:  La mer 


    KUSC AIR DATE:  June 23, 2019
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: September 10, 2019
    RECORD DATES:  April 12 & 13, 2019

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

    STRAVINSKY:  Funeral Song 
    STRAVINSKY:  Agon 
    STRAVINSKY:  The Rite of Spring 


    KUSC AIR DATE:  June 30, 2019
    WFMT RELEASE DATE: September 17, 2019
    RECORD DATES:  May 11 & 12, 2019

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Michael Barenboim, violin

    Thomas ADÈS:  Inferno (world premiere, LA Phil commission) 
    MOZART:  Violin Concerto No. 1, K. 207 
    MOZART:  Symphony No. 41, K. 551, “Jupiter” 


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    Tickets for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2018/19 season are available for purchase at, in person at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, or by phone at 323 850 2000. 


    About the Los Angeles Philharmonic
    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music & Artistic 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 ( and the Hollywood Bowl ( 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.

    Classical KUSC, located in the USC building in downtown Los Angeles, broadcasts hand-picked commercial-free classical performances, expert music commentary and coverage of the arts in Southern California. The listener-supported station has been broadcasting for more than 60 years as a broadcast service of the University of Southern California at 91.5(FM) in Los Angeles and Santa Clarita, 88.5 KPSC in Palm Springs, 91.1 KDSC in Thousand Oaks, 93.7 KDB in Santa Barbara and 99.7 KESC in Morro Bay/San Luis Obispo. It is live-streamed at, attracting listeners from around the globe.

    The WFMT Radio Network, the global fine arts radio syndication division of Window to the World Communication, Inc., (Chicago) produces more than three dozen fine arts radio series and specials for broadcast on hundreds of stations throughout the United States and the rest of the world. The Network’s programming portfolio has included: orchestral series featuring ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Shanghai Symphony; the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series; hourly classical and jazz services (the Beethoven and Jazz Networks); series from major venues and festivals such as Carnegie Hall, Salzburg Festival, and Edinburgh Festival; thematic music programs such as Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin, Relevant Tones, and Fiesta; documentaries on topics such as American Indian composers and classical music in China; podcasts, including Breaking Glass, in partnership with the Glimmerglass Festival; programs and projects on other arts such a poetry, folk music, radio drama and oral history; and, the Studs Terkel Radio Archive.


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