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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 29-year-old Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel, who in 2009 became the orchestra's eleventh music director, the Philharmonic is still recognized as one of the world's outstanding orchestras.  When he inaugurated his Philharmonic tenure at the Hollywood Bowl, a crowd of eighteen thousand people greeted him with a hollering and stamping pop-star ovation.

There are three main elements behind Gustavo Dudamel's appeal. The first is his astonishing natural command of the art of conducting. Advance notice of his talent spread not through P.R. departments but in awestruck reports from such illustrious colleagues as Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle, who encountered him on visits to Venezuela.  Second, Maestro Dudamel has an infectious emotional energy that tends to win over jaded souls in audiences and orchestras alike. He does not have the stone-faced mask of seriousness; his bright eyes and wriggling features suggest that he revels in what he does.  Finally, his Latino background puts a new face on an art that is widely viewed as an all-white affair.  He is a product of El Sistema, Venezuela's legendary network of youth orchestras, which draws talent from the poorest sections of the country, and his perspective is bracingly different from that of the staid conservatory graduate.

The Orchestra's involvement with Los Angeles extends far beyond regular symphony concerts in a concert hall.  It embraces the schools, churches, and neighborhood centers of a huge and vastly diverse community.  In fact, the Los Angeles Philharmonic devotes much of its energy and resources to ensuring that its presence is felt in every corner of Los Angeles.  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.

The Philharmonic owes its birth to William Andrews Clark, Jr., a multi-millionaire and amateur musician, who established the city's first permanent symphony orchestra in 1919.  The 94 musicians of the new ensemble met for their first rehearsal Monday morning, October 13 of that year, under the direction of Walter Henry Rothwell, whom Clark had brought from the St. Paul (Minnesota) Symphony Orchestra.  Eleven days later, Rothwell conducted the Orchestra's premiere performance before a capacity audience of 2,400 at Trinity Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles.  Following its opening season in 1919-1920, the Orchestra made Philharmonic Auditorium, on the northeast corner of Fifth and Olive, its home for the next 44 years.  Mr. Rothwell remained the Orchestra's music director until his death in 1927.  Since then, nine renowned conductors have served in that capacity:

 George Schnéevoigt (1927-1929)
 Artur Rodzinski (1929-1933)
 Otto Klemperer (1933-1939)
 Alfred Wallenstein (1943-1956)
 Eduard van Beinum (1956-1959)
 Zubin Mehta (1962-1978)
 Carlo Maria Giulini (1978-1984)
 André Previn (1985-1989)
 Esa-Pekka Salonen (1992-2009)
 Gustavo Dudamel (2009-present)

Since its first season, the Philharmonic has made downtown Los Angeles its winter home.  It was in December 1964 that it began its residency at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Music Center of Los Angeles County, and in the fall of 2003, the Philharmonic took up residence in the acoustically superb, stunning Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall - the fourth performing venue in the Music Center complex.  At the same time, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association vastly increased the number of concerts it presents during the winter season, which now includes jazz, world music, organ recitals, Baroque concerts, holiday programs and much more.

Broadcast Rights:
Stations are allowed 1 broadcast of each of these thirteen full-length concerts by the Los Angeles Philharmonic before March 2015.

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Broadcast Schedule - Spring 2014

PROGRAM #:  LAP 14-01
RELEASE:  April 1, 2014

CONDUCTOR: Gustavo Dudamel
SOLOISTS:  Yefim Bronfman, piano; Pedro Carneiro, percussion

Lieberson/Knussen: Shing Kham
Schubert:  Symphony No. 4
Tchaikovsky:  Piano Concerto No. 1

PROGRAM #:  LAP 14-02
RELEASE:  April 8, 2014

CONDUCTOR: Esa-Pekka Salonen
SOLOIST:  Anssi Karttunen, cello;

Debussy:   Nocturnes
Lindberg:   Cello Concerto No. 2
Bartók:   Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta

PROGRAM #:  LAP 14-03
RELEASE:  April 15, 2014

CONDUCTOR: Esa-Pekka Salonen
SOLOIST:  Leila Josefowicz, violin

Ives:    The Unanswered Question
Salonen:   Violin Concerto
Sibelius:   Symphony No. 5

PROGRAM #:  LAP 14-04
RELEASE:  April 22, 2014

CONDUCTOR: Gustavo Dudamel
SOLOIST:  Yuja Wang, piano

Bjarnason:   Blow bright
Rachmaninoff:  Piano Concerto No. 3
Stravinsky:   Petrushka

PROGRAM #:  LAP 14-05
RELEASE:  April 29, 2014

CONDUCTOR: Andrey Boreyko
SOLOIST:  Hilary Hahn, violin

Hillborg:   King Tide
Nielsen:   Violin Concerto
Sibelius:   Symphony No. 2

PROGRAM #:  LAP 14-06
RELEASE:  May 6, 2014

CONDUCTOR: Lionel Bringuier
SOLOIST:  Camilla Tilling, soprano

Brahms:   Variations on a Theme by Haydn
Berg:    Seven Early Songs
Beethoven:   Symphony No. 4

PROGRAM #:  LAP 14-07
RELEASE:  May 13, 2014

CONDUCTOR: Gustavo Dudamel

Tchaikovsky:   Symphony No. 1, Winter Daydreams
Tchaikovsky:   Symphony No. 6, Pathétique

PROGRAM #:  LAP 14-08
RELEASE:  May 20, 2014

CONDUCTOR: Charles Dutoit
SOLOIST:  Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Beethoven:   Piano Concerto No. 5
Ravel:    Daphnis and Chloé

PROGRAM #:  LAP 14-09
RELEASE:  May 27, 2014

CONDUCTOR: James Conlon
SOLOIST:  Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Schulhoff:   Scherzo from Symphony No. 5
Mozart:   Piano Concerto No. 21
Brahms:   Symphony No. 1

PROGRAM #:  LAP 14-10
RELEASE:  June 3, 2014

SOLOIST:  Cameron Carpenter, organ

Gordon:   Sunshine of Your Love
Riley:    At the Royal Majestic
Adams:   Naïve and Sentimental Music

PROGRAM #:  LAP 14-11
RELEASE:  June 10, 2014

CONDUCTOR: Gustavo Dudamel
SOLOIST:  Emanuel Ax, piano

Brahms:   Academic Festival Overture
Norman:   new work
Brahms:   Piano Concerto No. 2

PROGRAM #:  LAP 14-12
RELEASE:  June 17, 2014

CONDUCTOR: Gustavo Dudamel
SOLOIST:  Lang Lang, piano

Ravel:    Valses nobles et sentimentales
Prokofiev:   Piano Concerto No. 3
Desenne:   Sinfonía Burocratica ed' Amazzonica
Ravel:    La valse

PROGRAM #:  LAP 14-13
RELEASE:  June 24, 2014
CONDUCTOR: Gustavo Dudamel
SOLOIST:  Hélène Grimaud, piano

Mozart:   Serenata Notturna
Ravel:    Piano Concerto in G
Mozart:   Symphony No. 36, Linz