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Los Angeles Philharmonic
Each year since its founding in 1919, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has been hailed as southern California’s leading performing-arts institution. Today, under the dynamic leadership of the 33-year-old Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who in 2009 became the orchestra’s 11th music director, the Philharmonic is recognized as one of the world’s outstanding orchestras. When Dudamel inaugurated his Philharmonic tenure at the Hollywood Bowl, a crowd of 18,000 people greeted him with a hollering and stamping pop-star ovation.
Dudamel’s infectious emotional energy tends to win over jaded souls in audiences and orchestras alike. He does not have a stone-faced mask of seriousness; his bright eyes and mobile features suggest that he revels in what he does.
The Philharmonic’s involvement with Los Angeles extends far beyond regular performances in a concert hall. It embraces the schools, churches, and neighborhood centers of a huge and vastly diverse community. The orchestra devotes much of its energy and resources to ensuring that its presence is felt in every corner of the city. Each year, there is a 30-week winter subscription season at the extraordinary Walt Disney Concert Hall, and a 12-week summer festival at the world-famous Hollywood Bowl, where Music Under the Stars has been a popular tradition since 1922.
Brian Lauritzen is the host and producer of the Los Angeles Philharmonic broadcasts, which are underwritten by the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.
Broadcasts of the Los Angeles Philharmonic return in the summer of 2014.