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Key thinkers and guest musicians share their expertise and offer historical and cultural context for an inspiring array of orchestral music, giving you a deeper understanding of the music. These talks reflect the programming of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (LA Phil) on stage at Walt Disney Concert Hall. New episodes are added after the first night’s concert. See the full Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl
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Masses by Haydn & Beethoven with Kristi Brown-Montesano • SUN / MAY 26, LA Phil 2018/19

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Mozart and Orbón with Dudamel with Thomas Neenan • LA Phil 2022/23
Professor of music at Caltech Thomas Neenan discusses the story behind the music of Mozart, John Adams and Orbón. Neenan is joined by Principal Flute Denis Bouriakov, Principal Harp Emmanuel Ceysson, and composer John Adams. This talk was given at the first performance of Mozart and Orbón with Dudamel at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: John ADAMS I Still Dance MOZART Concerto for Flute and Harp MOZART Serenade No. 6, “Serenata notturna” ORBÓN Tres versiones sinfónicas See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2022/23 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
36:12
October 01, 2022
Dudamel Conducts The Rite of Spring with Russell Steinberg • LA Phil 2021/22
Composer and conductor of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra Russell Steinberg discusses Argentine music and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. This talk was given at the first performance of Dudamel Conducts The Rite of Spring at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: Alex NANTE El Rió de Luz (world premiere, LA Phil commission) GINASTERA Estancia STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
43:00
May 06, 2022
Dudamel Leads Adès’ Dante with Brian Lauritzen • LA Phil 2021/22
KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen discusses how the Divine Comedy inspired Adès’ Dante. This talk was given at the first performance of Dudamel Leads Adès’ Dante at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: Thomas ADÈS Dante (U.S. premiere; commissioned by the LA Phil and The Royal Ballet, with generous support from the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund) See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
30:44
April 29, 2022
Voices of a Generation with Veronika Krausas • LA Phil 2021/22
Composer and USC educator Veronika Krausas discusses the music and background of Generation X composers. This talk was given at the first performance of Voices of a Generation at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: Anna MEREDITH Nautilus (U.S. premiere) Felipe LARA Brutal Mirrors Veronika KRAUSAS Caryatids Francisco COLL Four Iberian Miniatures Thomas ADÈS Märchentänze (U.S. premiere) See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
29:22
April 23, 2022
Pekka Kuusisto + Ellen Reid with Brian Lauritzen • LA Phil 2021/22
KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen is joined by composers Ellen Reid and Nico Muhly for a conversation on creating music. This talk was given at the first performance of Pekka Kuusisto + Ellen Reid at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: Ellen REID Desiderium for solo violin (world premiere, LA Phil commission with generous support from Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting) Ellen REID Fear l Release Hannah KENDALL Verdala Ellen REID/Roxie PERKINS Lumee’s Dream (world premiere arr., LA Phil commission) KiMani BRIDGES The Flower Missy MAZZOLI Vespers William KRAFT Encounters I: Soliloquy (In Memoriam, performed by Joseph Pereira, percussion) Meredith MONK (ARR. DAVID LANG) Double Fiesta Nico MUHLY Shrink (West Coast premiere) See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
29:18
April 20, 2022
Beethoven’s Fidelio with Kristi Brown-Montesano • LA Phil 2021/22
Chair of Music History at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, Kristi Brown-Montesano discusses Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio. This talk was given at the performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio with Dudamel and Deaf West Theatre at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Piece discussed: BEETHOVEN Fidelio See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
39:54
April 15, 2022
Mehta Conducts Bruckner and Berg with Christopher Russell • LA Phil 2021/22
Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Performance department at Azusa Pacific University, Christopher Russell explores the last pieces of music by Bruckner and Berg. This talk was given at the first performance of Mehta Conducts Bruckner and Berg at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: BERG Violin Concerto BRUCKNER Symphony No. 9 See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
37:49
April 08, 2022
Mozart’s Great Mass with Mehta with Christian Campos • LA Phil 2021/22
Conductor Christian Campos discusses Mozart’s stirring unfinished masterpiece, Great Mass in C minor. This talk was given at the performance of Mozart’s Great Mass with Mehta at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Piece discussed: Great Mass in C minor See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
35:05
April 01, 2022
Mahler’s Seventh with Russell Steinberg • LA Phil 2021/22
Composer and conductor of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra Russell Steinberg delves into Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 in E minor. This talk was given at the performance of Mahler’s Seventh at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: MAHLER Symphony No. 7 in E minor See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
46:29
March 25, 2022
Hilary Hahn Plays Barber with Russell Steinberg • LA Phil 2021/22
Composer and conductor of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra Russell Steinberg explores music by Barber, Pärt and Dvořák. This talk was given at the performance of Hilary Hahn Plays Barber at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: Arvo PÄRT Silhouette BARBER Violin Concerto, Op. 14 DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 7 See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
46:59
March 19, 2022
Monica Czausz Berney with Rachel Iba • LA Phil 2021/22
Educator Rachel Iba and organist Monica Czausz Berney delve into music by Kapustin, Mendelssohn, Bach, Demessieux, Tchaikovsky and Naji Hakim. This talk was given at the first performance of Monica Czausz Berney at Walt Disney Concert Hall. KAPUSTIN (arr. Czausz Berney) Sinfonietta, Op. 49: Rondo MENDELSSOHN Allegro, Chorale and Fugue BACH Toccata and Fugue in D minor, “Dorian,” BWV 538 DEMESSIEUX Te Deum, Op. 11 Naji HAKIM Arabesques TCHAIKOVSKY (trans. Guillou/Czausz Berney) Scherzo from Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique” See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
23:03
March 14, 2022
Shostakovich and Prokofiev with Veronika Krausas • LA Phil 2021/22
Composer and USC educator Veronika Krausas discusses Shostakovich, Prokofiev and contemporary composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir. This talk was given at the first performance of Shostakovich and Prokofiev with Ludovic Morlot at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: Anna THORVALDSDÓTTIR Metacosmos PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 1, in D-flat major, Op. 10 SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10 See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
38:13
March 13, 2022
Jay Campbell + inti figgis-vizueta with Brian Lauritzen • LA Phil 2021/22
KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen is joined by composer inti figgis-vizueta and musician Jay Campbell for a conversation about contemporary music. This talk was given at the first performance of Jay Campbell + inti figgis-vizueta at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: William KRAFT Encounters I: Soliloquy (In Memoriam, performed by Joseph Pereira, percussion) Liza LIM An ocean beyond earth for solo cello Thomas MEADOWCROFT Walkman Antiquarian Wadada Leo SMITH Gondwana: Earth, a Blue Sanctuary, Oceans, Seas, Lakes, Rivers, Springs and Lagoons; Paradise Gardens and Skies (world premiere, LA Phil commission) inti FIGGIS-VIZUETA Talamh (Land) (world premiere of string orchestra version) inti FIGGIS-VIZUETA amaru (world premiere, LA Phil commission) See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
39:02
March 09, 2022
Elgar and Tchaikovsky with Veronika Krausas • LA Phil 2021/22
Composer and USC educator Veronika Krausas delves into the life and music of composers Elgar and Tchaikovsky. This talk was given at the first performance of Elgar and Tchaikovsky at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: Miguel FARÍAS Estallido (world premiere) ELGAR Cello Concerto TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique" See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
36:33
March 05, 2022
Salonen Leads Bartok, Bjarnason, and Sibelius • LA Phil 2021/22
Composer and conductor of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra Russell Steinberg discusses music by Bartók, Bjarnason, and Sibelius. This talk was given at the performance of Salonen Leads Bartok, Bjarnason, and Sibelius at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: BARTÓK Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta Daníel BJARNASON FEAST (world premiere, LA Phil commission with generous support from the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund) SIBELIUS Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op. 105 See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
45:30
February 19, 2022
Strauss, Smith, and Salonen • LA Phil 2021/22
Chair of Music History at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, Kristi Brown-Montesano, explains the connection to nature in pieces by Bach, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gabriella Smith and Strauss. This talk was given at the performance of Strauss, Smith, and Salonen at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: BACH Preludio from Partita No. 3, BWV 1006 for solo violin Esa-Pekka SALONEN Fog (U.S. premiere of orchestral version) Gabriella SMITH Breathing Forests (world premiere, LA Phil commission with generous support from the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund) STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
34:28
February 12, 2022
Bronfman Plays Rachmaninoff’s Third • LA Phil 2021/22
Pianist and writer, Sarah Cahill discusses music by Russian composers: Rachmaninoff,  Prokofiev and Borodin. This talk was given at the performance of Bronfman Plays Rachmaninoff’s Third at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: BORODIN Overture to Prince Igor RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, op. 30 PROKOFIEV Suite from Romeo and Juliet See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
28:31
February 04, 2022
Beethoven and Mendelssohn with Sarah Cahill • LA Phil 2021/22
Pianist and writer, Sarah Cahill discusses music by Beethoven and Mendelssohn. This talk was given at the performance of Beethoven and Mendelssohn at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: Elizabeth OGONEK Cloudline (U.S. premiere, LA Phil commission with generous support from Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting) BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 3 MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4, “Italian” See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
34:21
January 28, 2022
Symphonic Ellington: Sacred Concerts with Patrick Posey • LA Phil 2021/22
Saxophonist and educator at the USC Thornton School of Music, Patrick Posey delves into the life and music of jazz legend, Duke Ellington. This talk was given at the performance of Symphonic Ellington: Sacred Concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: Duke ELLINGTON (ARR. PERESS) Black, Brown & Beige Duke ELLINGTON (ARR. GOULD) Solitude ELLINGTON “David Danced” from the Sacred Concerts (Chloé Arnold and Loren Smith) ELLINGTON Selections from the Sacred Concerts See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
38:16
January 23, 2022
Symphonic Ellington: New World A-Comin’ with Patrick Posey • LA Phil 2021/22
Saxophonist and educator at the USC Thornton School of Music, Patrick Posey delves into the life and music of jazz legendd, Duke Ellington. He is joined briefly by the evening’s conductor Thomas Wilkins. This talk was given at the performance of Symphonic Ellington: New World A-Comin’ at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: Duke ELLINGTON (ARR. BERGER) Night Creature ELLINGTON New World A-Comin’ Duke ELLINGTON (ARR. PERESS) Black, Brown & Beige Duke ELLINGTON (ORCH. COLLIER) The River Suite See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
44:11
January 21, 2022
Ax Plays Brahms with Sarah Cahill • LA Phil 2021/22
Pianist and writer, Sarah Cahill, discusses music by Mahler, Berg and Brahms. This talk was given at the performance of Ax Plays Brahms at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: MAHLER Blumine BERG Three Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6 BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
36:27
January 14, 2022
Nathalie Joachim + Pamela Z with Rachel Iba • LA Phil 2021/22
Violinist and educator, Rachel Iba, explores the musical storytelling behind pieces by Angélica Negrón, Nathalie Joachim, Pamela Z, Allison Loggins-Hull and Nina Shekhar. This talk was given at the performance of Nathalie Joachim + Pamela Z at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: Angélica NEGRÓN This Person Nathalie JOACHIM “Suite pou Dantan” from Fanm d’Ayiti Pamela Z The Schmetterling Allison LOGGINS-HULL The Pattern Pamela Z Silent H (world premiere, LA Phil commission with generous support from the Deborah Borda Women in the Arts Initiative) Nathalie JOACHIM In Between (world premiere, LA Phil commission) Nina SHEKHAR Dear Abby See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
33:47
January 12, 2022
Prokofiev and MTT with Thomas Neenan • LA Phil 2021/22
Professor of music at Caltech, Thomas Neenan, discusses music by Prokofiev, Michael Tilson Thomas and Fauré. This talk was given at the performance of Prokofiev and MTT at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: FAURÉ Pavane Michael TILSON THOMAS Meditations on Rilke PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, Op. 100 See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
34:42
January 08, 2022
Beethoven and Julia Adolphe with Brian Lauritzen • LA Phil 2021/22
KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen discusses pieces by Beethoven, Julia Adolphe and Nokuthula Ngwenyama. This talk was given at the performance of Beethoven and Julia Adolphe at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: Nokuthula NGWENYAMA Primal Message Julia ADOLPHE Woven Loom, Silver Spindle (world premiere, LA Phil commission) BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
34:04
December 04, 2021
Brahms and Korngold with Thomas Neenan • LA Phil 2021/22
Educator, Thomas Neenan, takes a look into the music of Conor D'Netto, Korngold and Brahms. This talk was given at the performance of Brahms and Korngold at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: Connor D'NETTO Uncertain Planning (U.S. premiere) KORNGOLD Violin Concerto BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
39:02
November 27, 2021
Reel Change with Kris Bowers and Sultana Isham • LA Phil 2021/22
Reel Change Advisory Board member Kris Bowers and Reel Change grantee Sultana Isham talk about their approaches to the art form of film scoring, experiences in the industry, and the unconventional pathways that led them to film composition. This talk was given at the performance of Reel Change: Kris Bowers at Walt Disney Concert Hall. See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
33:11
November 21, 2021
Mozart and Ravel with Brian Lauritzen • LA Phil 2021/22
KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen explores a Mozart concerto and three Ravel favorites. This talk was given at the first performance of Mozart and Ravel at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: RAVEL Menuet antique MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467 RAVEL Le tombeau de Couperin RAVEL Bolero See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
40:51
November 12, 2021
Reich, Adams, and Rachmaninoff with Christopher Russell • LA Phil 2021/22
Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Performance department at Azusa Pacific University, Christopher Russell discusses Rachmaninoff and minimalist music with composer John Adams. This talk was given at the first performance of Reich, Adams, and Rachmaninoff at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: Steve REICH Runner John ADAMS Violin Concerto RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
36:48
November 07, 2021
Halloween Organ, Film & Music: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Rachel Iba • LA Phil 2021/22
Musician and conductor, Rachel Iba discusses the 1920 silent film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and it’s organ accompaniment. This talk was given at the first performance of Halloween Organ, Film & Music: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at Walt Disney Concert Hall. See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
24:19
November 01, 2021
Tchaikovsky and Saariaho with Mälkki with Veronika Krausas • LA Phil 2021/22
Composer Veronika Krausas explores Tchaikovsky’s beloved concerto and new music by Saariaho. This talk was given at the first performance of Tchaikovsky and Saariaho with Mälkki at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: Kaija SAARIAHO Vista (U.S. premiere, LA Phil commission with generous support from Carol Grigor and the Esa-Pekka Salonen Commissions Fund) TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
36:56
October 30, 2021
Dudamel Conducts Mahler with Russell Steinberg • LA Phil 2021/22
Composer Russell Steinberg discusses Mahler’s heavenly Fourth Symphony and the world premiere of Steven Mackey’s trumpet concerto. This talk was given at the first performance of Dudamel Conducts Mahler at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: Jessie MONTGOMERY Strum Steven MACKEY Shivaree: Fantasy for Trumpet and Orchestra (world premiere, LA Phil commission with generous support from Ellen and Arnold Zetcher) MAHLER Symphony No. 4 See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
46:47
October 22, 2021
Cameron Carpenter with Rachel Iba • LA Phil 2021/22
Musician and conductor, Rachel Iba discusses organ pieces by Bach. This talk was given at the first performance of Cameron Carpenter at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: BACH Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537 BACH Prelude and Fugue I in C Major from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, BWV 870 BACH Prelude and Fugue XII in F Major from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, BWV 880 BACH Fantasia on “Komm, Heiliger Geist,” BWV 651 BACH Chorale Prelude “O Mensch, bewein’ dein’ Sünde groß,” BWV 622 BACH Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major, “St. Anne,” BWV 552 BACH Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
37:48
October 18, 2021
Dudamel Conducts Strauss with Christopher Russell • LA Phil 2021/22
Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Performance department at Azusa Pacific University, Christopher Russell discusses three pieces on life, death, and love, all inspired by Romantic poetry. This talk was given at the first performance of Dudamel Conducts Strauss at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Pieces discussed: SCHOENBERG Transfigured Night STRAUSS Four Last Songs STRAUSS Death and Transfiguration See this year’s Upbeat Live schedule at: laphil.com/ubl. Join us in person for our 2021/22 season! Get tickets: laphil.com/calendar.
38:18
October 15, 2021
Myth of the New World with Melinda Haas & Deborah O'Grady • SAT / FEB 29, LA Phil 2019/20
About This Performance Underneath the sense of hope and expansiveness in the New World is a shadow that has been there from its first colonization to the present moment. Dvořák set out to find and compose “American music.” What he created is a collage, suggestions of the hope of immigrants in the boundless space; the presence of slavery; the treatment of Native Americans; and the pristine beauty of the natural resources. Even more poignant today, we hear this music with all its shadows fully in the light. Join Deborah O’Grady and Melinda Haas for this unique exploration of Dvořák's signature work, Symphony No. 9, “New World,” through the lens of myth as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Dvořák & Ives festival. Artists Melinda Haas Deborah O’Grady
42:48
March 01, 2020
Dvořák 9 & Ives 4 with Russell Steinberg • FRI / FEB 28, LA Phil 2019/20
About This Performance The culmination of Dudamel’s unique look at Ives and Dvořák shows the individualistic American expanding his harmonic and rhythmic language even further in the stunningly complex Fourth Symphony. Dvořák’s final symphony was composed from Native-American and African-American source materials, from which he drew unforgettable melodies and dramatic harmonies that gelled into his most popular creation. Program IVES - The Unanswered Question IVES - Symphony No. 4 Intermission DVOŘÁK - Symphony No. 9, “New World” Artists Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Los Angeles Master Chorale Grant Gershon, artistic director
48:13
February 29, 2020
Dvořák 9 & Ives 3 with Russell Steinberg • THU / FEB 27, LA Phil 2019/20
About This Performance By juxtaposing Ives’ and Dvořák’s symphonies, Dudamel reveals new ways to hear each composer. Here, Ives’ compact Third draws on memories of songs, hymns, children’s games, and dances to create music of wondrous complexity. Dvořák’s final symphony was composed from Native-American and African-American source materials, from which he drew unforgettable melodies and dramatic harmonies that gelled into his most popular creation. Program IVES - The Unanswered Question IVES - Symphony No. 3, “The Camp Meeting” Intermission DVOŘÁK - Symphony No. 9, “New World” Artists Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
41:25
February 28, 2020
Wayne Marshall with Thomas Neenan • SUN / FEB 23, LA Phil 2019/20
About this Performance: British-born Wayne Marshall is a triple threat, appearing around the world as an organist, pianist, and conductor. His abilities in jazz as well as classical music make him particularly well suited for the glittering improvisations on Bernstein and Beethoven that will bookend his Disney Hall recital. “…sheer technical bravado… breathtaking speeds…stunning virtuosity…such brilliant playing.” (Gramophone)   Artists: Wayne Marshall, organ   Program: Wayne MARSHALL Improvisation on themes of Bernstein, “Homage à Lenny” DUPRÉ Symphonie-Passion, Op. 23 George C. BAKER Deux Evocations WIDOR Organ Symphony No. 6 in G minor, Op. 42 No. 2 Andrew AGER Toccata & Fugue MESSIAEN Les mages & Dieu parmi nous from La Nativité du Seigneur Wayne MARSHALL Improvisation on themes of Beethoven
25:38
February 23, 2020
Dvořák 7 & Ives 1 with Christopher Russell • FRI / FEB 21, LA Phil 2019/20
About this Performance: Revealing unpredictable connections between the two composers, Dudamel’s unexpected pairing of symphonies by Ives and Dvořák begins here with each man showing us new ways to view vernacular music in a symphonic context.   Artists Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor   Program IVES Symphony No. 1 DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 7
39:32
February 22, 2020
Weimar Nightfall: The Seven Deadly Sins with Kristi Brown-Montesano & Gerard McBurney • THU / FEB 13, LA Phil 2019/20
Widely acclaimed English actor/writer/director Simon McBurney and his equally accomplished brother, composer/writer/scholar Gerard McBurney, collaborate with Salonen to present darkly satirical musical-theater works from the heyday of German Expressionism. The music is inflected with 1920s jazz and popular song, along with an edge of cynicism. Program: HINDEMITH Murderer, Hope of Women WEILL/BRECHT The Berlin Requiem WEILL/BRECHT The Seven Deadly Sins  
30:24
February 14, 2020
Bjarnason & Ólafsson with Thomas Kotcheff • TUE / FEB 4, LA Phil 2019/20
About this Performance: Two of the biggest stars of our 2017 Reykjavík Festival, conductor/composer Daníel Bjarnason and pianist Víkingur Ólafsson, have put together a fascinating program that includes a world premiere.
27:32
February 05, 2020
All-Strauss with Thomas Neenan • FRI / JAN 31, LA Phil 2019/20
About this Performance: One of the most sought-after conductors of his generation, Swiss musician Philippe Jordan returns with two prime examples of tone poems by Richard Strauss, one about the legendary Spanish knight – featuring one of the world’s leading cellists as the irrepressible dreamer – and, though Strauss denied it, the other work about the composer himself!
40:52
January 31, 2020
Beethoven with Emanuel Ax with Alan Chapman • FRI / JAN 24, LA Phil 2019/20
About this Performance: Beloved pianist Emanuel Ax will apply his consummate artistry to Beethoven’s mighty and heroic C-minor concerto, his only one in a minor key. Celebrated contralto Nathalie Stutzmann, who has transitioned into an acclaimed conductor, will lead this all-Beethoven program, unleashing the unrelenting power of the most recognizable symphony in the world.
37:53
January 25, 2020
John Adams & Julia Wolfe with Sarah Cahill • SAT / JAN 18, LA Phil 2019/20
About this Performance: The Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York’s electric Bang on a Can All-Stars join forces for Julia Wolfe’s new Flower Power, in which she addresses the radical societal upheaval of the 1960s, presented with suitably psychedelic visuals. Adams also leads the Grammy®-nominated symphonic work he composed for the LA Phil in 1998, when Esa-Pekka led the premiere.
26:21
January 19, 2020
Bach, Handel & Telemann with Christian Campos and Emmanuelle Haïm • THU / JAN 16, LA Phil 2019/20
Conductor Emmanuelle Haïm sits down with Christian Campos to discuss the night's Baroque-focused program.
36:52
January 17, 2020
Mehta Conducts Wagner & More with Christopher Russell • FRI / JAN 10, LA Phil 2019/20
Christopher Russell provides historical and musical context for the concert's program, which takes us through a journey that chronicles a tumultuous time in Germany from 1874-1934.   About this Performance: Mehta leads an adventurous look at German Romanticism as it develops into the birth of 20th-century music, from the lushness of the full orchestra in Wagner’s final Ring opera to the concentrated brevity of Webern’s nine-instrument concerto.   Program: WAGNER Götterdämmerung: Rhine Journey WAGNER Götterdämmerung: Funeral Music WAGNER Götterdämmerung: Immolation Scene SCHOENBERG Chamber Symphony WEBERN Six Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6 WEBERN Concerto for Nine Instruments, Op. 24   Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Zubin Mehta, conductor Christine Goerke, soprano
40:25
January 10, 2020
Mehta's Mahler with Asadour Santourian • FRI / JAN 3, LA Phil 2019/20
About this Performance: Mehta reveals his deep affinity for Mahler in one of the composer’s most overwhelmingly transcendent works. The climax of the ecstatic finale is deeply stirring and unforgettable.   Program: MAHLER Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection"   Artists Los Angeles Philharmonic Zubin Mehta, conductor Kristin Lewis, soprano Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo-soprano Los Angeles Master Chorale Grant Gershon, Artistic Director
35:38
January 04, 2020
Tchaikovsky & Copland with MTT with Thomas Neenan • SUN / DEC 15, LA Phil 2019/20
About this Performance: Trifonov has the reputation of taking a beloved classic like Tchaikovsky’s popular Piano Concerto and imbuing it with fresh new life. L.A. favorite Michael Tilson Thomas also leads Copland’s Third Symphony, built on the composer’s stirring Fanfare for the Common Man.    Program: RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Dubinushka TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1  COPLAND Symphony No. 3   Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor Daniil Trifonov, piano
41:37
December 15, 2019
A Tribute to Oliver Knussen with Thomas Kotcheff • TUE / DEC 10, LA Phil 2019/20
About this Performance: To honor the memory of our talented and beloved colleague Oliver Knussen, Mälkki and Josefowicz have programmed three of his remarkable creations and surrounded them with chamber-sized music by his friends, colleagues, and his students. Come celebrate a musical life.   Program: Colin MATTHEWS Hidden Variables KNUSSEN Reflection Helen GRIME A Cold Spring Huw WATKINS Piano Quartet KNUSSEN Ophelia Dances Book 1 KNUSSEN Two Organa HARVEY Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco   Artists: LA Phil New Music Group Susanna Mälkki, conductor Leila Josefowicz, violin John Novacek, piano Co-curated by Susanna Mälkki and Leila Josefowicz
25:08
December 11, 2019
Beethoven's Eroica with Brian Lauritzen • FRI / DEC 6, LA Phil 2019/20
About this Performance: The late Oliver Knussen, acclaimed as composer and conductor, had a long connection with the LA Phil. His Violin Concerto is, by turns, intensely dramatic, lyrical, somber, skittish, and – as you would expect from a skilled conductor – it’s masterfully orchestrated. Thrilling to this day, Beethoven’s “Eroica” is one of the most revolutionary works in Western music, expanding the Classical symphony in almost every way imaginable.   Program: KNUSSEN Violin Concerto BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”   Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Susanna Mälkki, conductor Leila Josefowicz, violin
34:32
December 06, 2019
Dudamel Conducts Rachmaninoff & Stravinsky with Veronika Krausas • SAT / NOV 30, LA Phil 2019/20
About this Performance: The fast-rising Korean star pianist plays Rachmaninoff’s ultra-Romantic concerto, and Dudamel leads Stravinsky’s game-changing ballet score with its complex yet primitive-sounding rhythms. Program: RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 2 STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring   Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Seong-Jin Cho, piano
41:23
November 30, 2019
Dudamel & Yuja Wang with Russell Steinberg • THU / NOV 8, LA Phil 2019/20
About this Performance: The incomparable Yuja Wang plays John Adams’ newest piano concerto, and Gustavo presides over Stravinsky’s pulse-pounding vision of pre-historic Russian rituals.   Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Yuja Wang, piano   Program: GINASTERA: Variaciones Concertantes John ADAMS: Must the Devil have all the Good Tunes? (LA Phil commission) STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring    
41:37
November 08, 2019
John Adams & Jay Campbell with Thomas Kotcheff, Sky Macklay, Eric Wubbels, and Jay Campbell • TUE / NOV 5, LA Phil 2019/20
Los Angeles-based composer and pianist Thomas Kotcheff is joined by composer Sky Macklay, pianist and composer Eric Wubbels, and cellist Jay Campbell to discuss the first Green Umbrella program of the season, including new works by Macklay, Wubbels, Gabriella Smith, Marc Sabat, and Tristan Perich.   About This Performance: Adams and astonishing star-on-the-rise Jay Campbell present a scintillating cello-focused Green Umbrella.   Program: Gabriella SMITH - Carrot Revolution for string quartet Marc SABAT - Partite Requiem (world premiere, LA Phil commission) Eric WUBBELS - gretchen am spinnrade Intermission Sky MACKLAY - Swarm Collecting (world premiere, LA Phil commission with generous support from the Deborah Borda Women in the Arts Initiative) Tristan PERICH - Formations for solo cello and electronics     Artists: LA Phil New Music Group John Adams, Conductor Jay Campbell, cello Eric Wubbels, piano Co-curated by John Adams and Jay Campbell   TUE / NOV 5, 2019 - 8:00PM   Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
26:51
November 06, 2019
Jane Parker-Smith with Thomas Neenan & Manuel Rosales • SUN / NOV 3, LA Phil 2019/20
Caltech professor and organist Thomas Neenan is joined by organ builder Manuel Rosales to discuss Jane Parker-Smith's recital program, which includes Bach, Franck, Liszt, and more.   About this Performance: Having been referred to as the “Martha Argerich of the organ” (The Sunday Times), British organist Jane Parker-Smith has gained an international reputation for her prodigious technique and innate interpretative ability, making her one of the most sought-after organists in the world.   Artists Jane Parker-Smith, organ   Program   BACH (arr. Fox) - “Nun danket alle Gott,” from Cantata No. 79, BWV 79 César FRANCK -
36:51
November 04, 2019
Dudamel Conducts Bruckner with Christopher Russell • FRI / NOV 1, LA Phil 2019/20
About This Performance: Experience Dudamel conducting Bruckner’s awe-inspiring Fourth Symphony, to which Bruckner himself applied the nickname “Romantic,” evoking images of knights riding forth at dawn, impassioned lovers, and an exuberant hunting party, all tied together by a heroic, brass-blazing finale.    Program: BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 4, “Romantic”   Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor   FRI / NOV 1, 2019 – 8:00PM   Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
33:26
November 01, 2019
Halloween Organ & Film with Alan Chapman and Clark Wilson • THU, OCT 31, LA Phil 2019/20
On Halloween night, KUSC's Alan Chapman is joined by organist Clark Wilson to discuss the history behind silent film music and Wilson's own experience with accompanying silent films.
36:47
October 31, 2019
Beethoven’s Ninth with Dudamel with Christian Campos • SUN / OCT 27, LA Phil 2019/20
About This Performance: We extend our Centennial festivities throughout the weekend, with each Music Director leading a specialty of his. As he did at the outset of his music directorship, Dudamel leads the musical monument that accompanies the world’s greatest celebrations: Beethoven’s epic Ninth.   Program: Gabriela ORTIZ: Yanga (world premiere, LA Phil commission with generous support from R. Martin Chavez) BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9   Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Golda Schultz, soprano Tamara Mumford, mezzo Mario Chang, tenor James Rutherford, bass-baritone Tambuco Percussion Ensemble Los Angeles Master Chorale Grant Gershon, Artistic Director   SUN / OCT 27, 2019 – 8:00PM   Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
44:52
October 28, 2019
Salonen & Sibelius with Russell Steinberg • SAT / OCT 26, LA Phil 2019/20
About This Performance: We extend our Centennial celebration throughout the weekend, with each Music Director leading a specialty. Salonen not only brings music by Sibelius but also the premiere of his complete Gemini. Joining him for Luonnotar is stunning South African soprano Golda Schultz.   Program: SIBELIUS: Luonnotar Esa-Pekka SALONEN: Gemini (world premiere, LA Phil commission with generous support from Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting) SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 5   Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor   SAT / OCT 26, 2019 – 8:00PM   Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
40:44
October 27, 2019
Mehta's Mahler with Brian Lauritzen • FRI / OCT 25, LA Phil 2019/20
About This Performance: We extend our Centennial celebration throughout the weekend, with each Music Director leading a specialty of his. Mehta’s affinity for Mahler will shine through this performance of the composer’s overwhelming “Resurrection.”   Program: MAHLER: Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”   Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Zubin Mehta, conductor Kristin Lewis, soprano Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo-soprano Los Angeles Master Chorale Grant Gershon, Artistic Director   FRI / OCT 25, 2019 – 8:00PM   Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
32:03
October 26, 2019
Salonen Conducts Tchaikovsky & Bartók with Veronika Krausas • FRI / OCT 18, LA Phil 2019/20
About This Performance: Salonen conducts his own latest orchestral work to launch this program, followed by rising star violinist Daniel Lozakovich, hand-picked by Salonen to play the Tchaikovsky. Salonen and the LA Phil also perform one of their signature works, Bartók’s late masterpiece, which shows off every section of the orchestra to full advantage.    Program: Esa-Pekka SALONEN: Castor (world premiere, LA Phil commission with generous support from Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting) TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto BARTÓK: Concerto for Orchestra   Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor Daniel Lozakovich, piano   FRI / OCT 18, 2019 – 8:00PM   Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
38:59
October 19, 2019
Dudamel Conducts Music from the Americas with Thomas Neenan • THU / OCT 10, LA Phil 2019/20
About This Performance: Dudamel focuses on rousing music from the Americas, including a world premiere – featuring acclaimed Argentine virtuoso Sergio Tiempo – and concluding with the exuberant, infectious rhythms of Copland’s well-loved ballet score.   Program: CHÁVEZ: Symphony No. 2, "Sinfonía India" Esteban BENZECRY: Piano Concerto, “Universos infinitos” (world premiere, LA Phil commission) COPLAND: Fanfare for the Common Man COPLAND: Rodeo   Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel, conductor Sergio Tiempo, piano   THU / OCT 10, 2019 – 8:00PM   Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
38:54
October 11, 2019
Dudamel Conducts Gershwin & Copland with Alan Chapman • FRI / OCT 3, LA Phil 2019/20
KUSC's Alan Chapman is joined by soprano Julia Bullock to discuss the program, which includes masterworks by Gershwin, Copland, Previn, and Barber. About This Performance: Dudamel launches our season with the beauty and bravura of masterworks by beloved American composers.
36:32
October 04, 2019
ATLAS with Yuval Sharon • FRI / JUN 14, LA Phil 2018/19
About This Performance:Meredith Monk’s ATLAS receives a staggeringly ambitious new production by the LA Phil's Artist-Collaborator Yuval Sharon, collaborating with visual artist Es Devlin. This landmark work from one of modern music's most influential composers weaves a tale about a young girl's journey to the four corners of our world and beyond. Sharon's production incorporates visual art, movement, and an innovative use of Walt Disney Concert Hall to cap his three-year residency with the orchestra. Program:Meredith MONK : ATLAS, an opera in three parts Artists:LA Phil New Music Group Paolo Bortolameolli conductorYuval Sharon directorEs Devlin designerLuke Halls projection designerDanielle Agami choreographerEmma Kingsbury costume designerJohn Torres lighting designerMeredith Monk composer / artistic advisorKatie Geissinger music coachWayne Hankin music advisorDiana Wyenn associate directorJeannette LoVetri vocal consultantMark Grey sound designerAmalie White associate designerAllison Sniffin score preparationStefanie Cytron costume supervisorDan Gower audio engineerBarbara Donner stage managerRoss Jackson assistant stage managerLindsay Lowy assistant stage manager FRI / JUN 14, 2019 – 8:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
31:10
June 15, 2019
Dudamel Conducts Mahler’s Eighth with Asadour Santourian • SUN / JUN 2, LA Phil 2018/19
About This Performance:Dudamel is renowned for his Mahler interpretations, but neither he nor anyone else has performed the monumental “Symphony of a Thousand” inside Walt Disney Concert Hall. Just imagine the huge orchestra, pipe organ and massed choirs in the explosive opening movement, “Come, Creator Spirit.” Program:MAHLER : Symphony No. 8 Artists:Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel conductor Tamara Wilson soprano Leah Crocetto soprano Erin Morley soprano Mihoko Fujimura mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford mezzo-soprano Simon O’Neill tenor Ryan McKinny baritone Morris Robinson bass Los Angeles Master Chorale      Grant Gershon Artistic DirectorPacific Chorale      Robert Istad Artistic DirectorLos Angeles Children’s Chorus      Fernando Malvar-Ruiz Artistic DirectorNational Children’s Chorus      Luke McEndarfer Artistic Director SUN / JUN 2, 2019 – 2:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
28:31
June 03, 2019
Masses by Haydn & Beethoven with Kristi Brown-Montesano • SUN / MAY 26, LA Phil 2018/19
About This Performance:Performed by Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva, Beethoven’s timeless Fourth Concerto, with its extraordinarily poetic slow movement, is followed by Beethoven’s noble and majestic final concerto, played for us by Spanish virtuoso Javier Perianes. Program:HAYDN : “Lord Nelson” Mass (Missa in Angustiis) in D minor, Hob. XXII/11 Intermission BEETHOVEN : Mass in C major, Op. 86 Artists:Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel conductorLiv Redpath sopranoAnna Larsson mezzo-sopranoDavid Portillo tenorMatthias Goerne bass-baritoneLos Angeles Master Chorale      Grant Gershon Artistic Director SUN / MAY 26, 2019 – 2:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
37:31
May 27, 2019
Beethoven: Piano Concertos 4 & 5 with Christian Campos • FRI / MAY 24, LA Phil 2018/19
About This Performance:Performed by Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva, Beethoven’s timeless Fourth Concerto, with its extraordinarily poetic slow movement, is followed by Beethoven’s noble and majestic final concerto, played for us by Spanish virtuoso Javier Perianes. Program:BEETHOVEN : Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 Intermission BEETHOVEN : Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 (“Emperor”) Artists:Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel conductorYulianna Avdeeva pianoJavier Perianes piano FRI / MAY 24, 2019 – 8:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
41:13
May 25, 2019
Beethoven: Piano Concertos 4 & 5 with Alan Chapman • THU / MAY 23, LA Phil 2018/19
About This Performance:Performed by Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva, Beethoven’s timeless Fourth Concerto, with its extraordinarily poetic slow movement, is followed by Beethoven’s noble and majestic final concerto, played for us by Spanish virtuoso Javier Perianes. This performance was made possible by the Elaine and Bram Goldsmith Great Artists Fund. Program:BEETHOVEN : Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 Intermission BEETHOVEN : Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 (“Emperor”) Artists:Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel conductorYulianna Avdeeva pianoJavier Perianes piano THU / MAY 23, 2019 – 8:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendarUpbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
38:58
May 24, 2019
Lang Lang & Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 with Christoph Bull • SUN / MAY 19, LA Phil 2018/19
About This Performance:Dudamel leads Haydn’s magnificent final symphony. Superstar Lang Lang joins in for Beethoven’s first-written, but second-published, piano concerto, a delightful, bracing statement to Vienna that the composer/pianist had arrived. Program:BEETHOVEN : Egmont Overture HAYDN : Symphony No. 104 in D major, “London” Intermission BEETHOVEN : Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19 Artists:Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel conductorLang Lang piano SUN / MAY 19, 2019 - 2:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
49:19
May 20, 2019
Emanuel Ax Plays Mozart with Thomas Neenan • SAT / MAY 4, LA Phil 2018/2019
About This Performance:Salonen continues to intrigue us with a program combining late Mozart and early Beethoven. Program:MOZART : Piano Concerto No. 22, in E-flat, K. 482 Intermission Louis ANDRIESSEN : The only one (world premiere, LA Phil commission with generous support from MaddocksBrown Fund for New Music)BEETHOVEN : Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 Artists:Los Angeles Philharmonic Esa-Pekka Salonen conductorEmanuel Ax pianoNora Fischer vocals SUN / MAY 5, 2019 - 8:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendarUpbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
38:00
May 05, 2019
Salonen Conducts Pines of Rome with Kristi Brown-Montesano • SUN / APR 28, 2018/19
About the Performance: This vivid program of orchestral showpieces contrasts the music of masters of instrumental color and shading, climaxing in Respighi’s popular depiction of Roman pine groves. The program also includes a work by Donatoni – one of the conductor’s teachers – that Salonen and the LA Phil premiered in 2001. “I love the kaleidoscopic world of Donatoni, the sudden twists and turns and the sheer beauty of the surface of the music,” Salonen said. It also features a showpiece for a widely acclaimed young pianist, the masterpiece Ravel wrote for a pianist who lost his right arm in World War I. Program: DEBUSSY : Iberia RAVEL : Concerto for the Left Hand Intermission DONATONI : ESA (In cauda V) (LA Phil commission) RESPIGHI : Pines of Rome Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor Igor Levit piano SUN / APR 28, 2019 - 2:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
33:37
April 29, 2019
Salonen’s Stravinsky: Myths with Simon Morrison • SAT / APR 20, 2018/19
About the Performance:Salonen leads two remarkable myth ballets by Stravinsky: Orpheus, the quintessential music myth, and the sensual, sumptuous French setting of Perséphone, goddess of the Underworld. The latter features the surpassing insights and brilliant staging of Peter Sellars. Program: STRAVINSKY : Orpheus STRAVINSKY : Perséphone  Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor Peter Sellars director Paul Groves tenor Cécilia Tsan narrator Amrita Performing Arts, Cambodia Sam Sathya dancer (Perséphone) Chumvan Sodhachivy dancer (Déméter) Nam Narim dancer (Mercure, Démophoon, Triptolème) Khon Chan Sithyka dancer (Pluton) James F. Ingalls lighting designer Helene Siebrits costume designer Frederick Vogler sound designer Los Angeles Master Chorale Grant Gershon Artistic Director Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Fernando Malvar-Ruiz Artistic Director SAT / APR 20, 2019 - 8:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
39:01
April 21, 2019
Salonen’s Stravinsky: Faith with Thomas Neenan • SUN / APR 14, 2018/19
About the Performance: For this afternoon only, you’ll hear a fascinating range of Stravinsky’s sacred vocal works. Program: STRAVINSKY : Requiem Canticles; Introitus (TS Eliot in Memoriam); In memoriam Dylan Thomas; Mass; Elegy for JFK; Chorale Variations on “Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her”; Cantata  No Intermission Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor Andrew Staples tenor Kelley O’Connor mezzo-soprano Davóne Tines bass-baritone Heidi Stober soprano Los Angeles Master Chorale Grant Gershon Artistic Director SUN / APR 14, 2019 - 2:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
42:26
April 15, 2019
Salonen’s Rite of Spring with Thomas Neenan • SAT / APR 13, 2018/19
About the Performance: Following Stravinsky’s early memorial for his teacher Rimsky-Korsakov (lost until recently!), Salonen leads two of Stravinsky’s ritualistic ballet scores, concluding with Salonen’s crackling specialty and signature work with the LA Phil, The Rite of Spring. Program: STRAVINSKY : Funeral Song STRAVINSKY : Agon Intermission STRAVINSKY : The Rite of Spring Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor SAT / APR 13, 2019 - 8:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
38:60
April 14, 2019
Cameron Carpenter with Thomas Neenan • SUN / APR 7, 2018/19
About the Performance: “Carpenter is one of the rare musicians who changes the game of his instrument… He is a smasher of cultural and classical music taboos. He is technically the most accomplished organist I have ever witnessed… And, most important of all, the most musical.” (Los Angeles Times) Program: BACH : Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532 BACH / Cameron CARPENTER : French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816 BACH : Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 544 BACH : In dulci jubilo, BWV 608 BACH : Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543 Intermission BACH / Cameron CARPENTER : Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 Cameron CARPENTER : Serenade and Fugue on B.A.C.H. Thomas MELLAN : Ballade de l’Impossible Cameron CARPENTER : Improvisation BACH : Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 Artists: Cameron Carpenter organ SUN / APR 7, 2019 -7:30PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
40:46
April 08, 2019
Mirga Leads Tchaikovsky & Debussy with Christopher Russell • SUN / APR 7, 2018/19
About the Performance: Ever-vibrant conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla covers all the bases with this multifaceted program, beginning with Tchaikovsky’s beloved Violin Concerto, featuring the astonishing Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Mirga also leads the latest by much-lauded South Korean composer Unsuk Chin and Debussy’s masterpiece of orchestral color. This evening’s performance is made possible in part by the generous support of the Kohl Virtuoso Violin Fund. Program: TCHAIKOVSKY : Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 Intermission Unsuk CHIN : SPIRA – A Concerto for Orchestra (world premiere, LA Phil commission) DEBUSSY : La mer Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conductor Patricia Kopatchinskaja violin SUN / APR 7, 2019 - 2:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
41:19
April 08, 2019
Gershwin & Ravel with Alan Chapman • SUN / MAR 31, 2018/19
About the Performance: For one shining moment, Ravel and Gershwin met each other at a New York party in 1928, where they expressed their deep mutual admiration and passion for jazz. Now, two brilliant French artists (and Philharmonic regulars) keep that connection alive with this latter-day meeting of the minds. Program: GERSHWIN : Cuban Overture  RAVEL : Piano Concerto in G  Intermission RAVEL : Valses nobles et sentimentales  GERSHWIN : An American in Paris Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Lionel Bringuier conductor Hélène Grimaud piano SUN / MAR 31, 2019 - 2:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
37:07
April 01, 2019
Dudamel & Yuja Wang with Veronika Krausas • SUN / MAR 10, 2018/19
About the Performance: The astounding Yuja Wang collaborates with Dudamel to give the first-ever performances of John Adams’ newest piano concerto, paired with Mahler’s beloved song-filled symphony, rife with quintessential Mahlerian touches: nature-inspired lyricism, a funeral march, and explosive crescendos. Program: John ADAMS : Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? (world premiere, LA Phil commission with generous support from the Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg Fund) Intermission MAHLER : Symphony No. 1 Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel conductor Yuja Wang piano SUN / MAR 10, 2019 - 2:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
38:26
March 11, 2019
Bryce Dessner’s Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) with Derrick Spiva Jr. • TUE / MAR 5, 2018/19
About the Performance: This production contains extreme sexually explicit images from the Robert Mapplethorpe collection that may be inappropriate for attendees under 18. Discretion is advised. Thirty years after the death of Robert Mapplethorpe, we still cannot turn away from what his photos reveal. Composer Bryce Dessner, Librettist Korde Arrington Tuttle, and director Kaneza Schaal in collaboration with Roomful of Teeth and a musical ensemble of 12 players explore the ways Mapplethorpe’s works compel an audience’s complicity and characterizes them in the act of attention. As a young man growing up in Cincinnati, Dessner’s own exposure to the protests surrounding this galvanizing artist rooted a lifelong kinship to his pivotal body of work. Mapplethorpe’s pictures both unite and divide viewers, provoking a consideration of perceived opposites–their literal as well emotional and cultural meanings – Black/White, Male/Female, Gay/Straight, Art/Porn, Classical/Contemporary. His pictures seduce, shock, offend, excite, intrigue and scare us all at once.  Single images take our breath away through the classic capture of everyday acts of nature and the beauty of their composition. On the other hand, a single image has the power to reveal our fears and our desires and the razor-thin line between the two. We confront this work privately, flipping through coffee table books or seeing the work in a museum gallery. But in Triptych (Eyes of One on Another), Dessner, Tuttle & Schaal ask an audience to experience these reactions collectively. Through music, projection of Mapplethorpe’s images, and the poetry of Tuttle, Essex Hemphill and Patti Smith, the work puts the audience inside the artist’s view finder, inside his beautiful, bold, voracious view of how nature and humans look, touch, feel, hurt and love one another. Co-produced by Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel Music and Artistic Director. Produced in Residency with and Commissioned by University Musical Society, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. TRIPTYCH was co-commissioned by BAM; Luminato Festival, Toronto, Canada; Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens, Greece; Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati, OH; Cal Performances, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA; Stanford Live, Stanford University, Stanford, CA; Adelaide Festival, Australia; John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for performance as part of DirectCurrent 2019; ArtsEmerson: World on Stage, Emerson College, Boston, MA; Texas Performing Arts, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX; Holland Festival, Amsterdam; Barbican Centre, London; Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; and Celebrity Series, Boston, MA. Residency development through MassMOCA, North Adams, MA. Photo credits: Alistair Butler, 1980 © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Bryce Dressner photo by Shervin Lainez Korde Arrington Tuttle photo courtesy of the artist Roomful of Teeth photo by Bonica Ayala Produced in cooperation with The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation Program: Bryce DESSNER : Triptych (Eyes of One on Another) Artists: LA Phil New Music Group Sara Jobin conductor Bryce Dessner composer Korde Arrington Tuttle featuring words by Essex Hemphill & Patti Smith librettist Roomful of Teeth Kaneza Schaal director Simon Harding video Yuki Nakase lighting design Carlos Soto costume design Talvin Wilks dramaturgy ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann co-producers TUE / MAR 5, 2019 - 8:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.c
30:49
March 06, 2019
Dudamel Conducts Mahler with Brian Lauritzen • SUN / MAR 3, 2018/19
About the Performance: Although Mahler did begin composing yet another symphony, his Ninth feels like a valedictory piece, filled as it is with sighing gestures and a time-stopping finale of rumination and resignation. It's hard to overstate the emotions it engenders. Program: MAHLER : Symphony No. 9 Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel conductor SUN / MAR 3, 2019 - 2:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
30:06
March 04, 2019
Dudamel Conducts Mahler with Russell Steinberg • THU / FEB 28, 2018/19
About the Performance: Although Mahler did begin composing yet another symphony, his Ninth feels like a valedictory piece, filled as it is with sighing gestures and a time-stopping finale of rumination and resignation. It's hard to overstate the emotions it engenders. Program: MAHLER : Symphony No. 9 Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel conductor THU / FEB 28, 2019 - 8:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
44:28
March 01, 2019
William Grant Still & the Harlem Renaissance: Symphony No. 4 with Ami Motevalli • SUN / FEB 17, 2018/19
About the Performance: Back in the 1930s, the LA Phil performed William Grant Still’s music conducted by the composer. Now, Thomas Wilkins leads a program combining jazz and orchestral music, including Still’s Fourth Symphony and a new tribute to Still. Program: ELLINGTON : Three Black Kings GERSHWIN : Second Rhapsody Intermission Adolphus HAILSTORK : Still Holding On (world premiere, LA Phil commission) STILL : Symphony No. 4, "Autochthonous" Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Thomas Wilkins conductor Aaron Diehl piano SUN / FEB 17, 2019 - 8:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
33:59
February 18, 2019
Buddha Passion with Daniel Kessner • SAT / FEB 9, 201819
About the Performance: Following on the stunning success of his Water Passion after St. Matthew, Tan Dun (composer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) has created another evening-length oratorio, this time based on stories inspired by the Dunhuang Cave paintings. Program: Tan DUN : Buddha Passion (U.S. premiere, LA Phil commission*) Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel conductor Sen Guo soprano Huiling Zhu mezzo-soprano Kang Wang tenor Shenyang bass-baritone Tan Weiwei Female Indigenous Singer Batubagen Male Indigenous Singer Chen Yining Fantan Pipa Soloist and Dancer Los Angeles Master Chorale Grant Gershon Artistic Director Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Fernando Malvar-Ruiz Artistic Director SAT / FEB 9, 2019 - 8:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
32:30
February 10, 2019
Paul Jacobs with Thomas Neenan • SUN / FEB 3, 2018/19
About the Performance: The first organist to ever receive a Grammy® Award, Paul Jacobs has been a frequent and welcome guest at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Known for playing demanding programs without scores, he has memorized the complete works of Messiaen, Bach, Brahms, and Franck. Program: John WEAVER : Fantasia for Organ BACH : Sheep May Safely Graze, BWV 208 BACH : Trio Sonata in E minor, BWV 528 MOZART : Fantasia in F minor, K. 594 IVES : Variations on “America” Intermission LISZT : Fantasy and Fugue on “Ad nos, ad salutarem undam” Artists: Paul Jacobs organ SUN / FEB 3, 2019 - 7:30PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
38:13
February 04, 2019
Britten & Strauss with Christopher Russell • FRI / FEB 1, 2018/19
About the Performance: Britten’s masterful Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings spotlights the brilliance of our own Principal Horn, Australian Andrew Bain, a world-leading horn player. The monumental fanfare that begins Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra was made famous by its role in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Program: BRITTEN : Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes  BRITTEN : Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. Op. 31 Intermission STRAUSS : Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Simone Young conductor Michael Slattery tenor Andrew Bain horn FRI / FEB 1, 2019 - 8:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
39:14
February 01, 2019
Celebrating John Williams with Conrad Pope • THU / JAN 24, 2018/19
About the Performance: Anyone who appreciates the iconic film scores of John Williams will be transported when Gustavo leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in this emblematic sampling of Williams’ unforgettable themes, augmented by a selection of film clips. Program: John WILLIAMS : Olympic Fanfare and Theme John WILLIAMS : Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind John WILLIAMS : Out to Sea/Shark Cage Fugue fromJaws John WILLIAMS : Three Selections from Harry Potter John WILLIAMS : Theme from Schindler’s List John WILLIAMS : Adventures on Earth from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Intermission John WILLIAMS : Flight to Neverland from Hook John WILLIAMS : Theme from Jurassic Park  John WILLIAMS : Three Selections from Indiana Jones­ John WILLIAMS : Sayuri’s Theme from Memoirs of a Geisha John WILLIAMS : Three Selections from Star Wars Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel conductor Simone Porter violin THU / JAN 24, 2019 - 8:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
37:14
January 25, 2019
Turangalîla Symphony with Veronika Krausas • FRI / JAN 18, 2018/19
About the Performance: Every detail of Olivier Messiaen's sensual and opulent orchestral lovefest will be delineated by Susanna Mälkki – an unforgettable and overwhelming sonic experience. Program: Kaija SAARIAHO : Trans for harp and orchestra (U.S. premiere) Intermission MESSIAEN : Turangalîla Symphony  Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Susanna Mälkki conductor Xavier de Maistre harp Jean-Yves Thibaudet piano Cynthia Millar ondes martenot FRI / JAN 18, 2019 - 8:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
36:24
January 19, 2019
Mehta’s Brahms: Symphony No. 4 with Thomas Neenan • SUN / JAN 6, LA Phil 2018/19
About the Performance: Brahms’ last completed orchestral work, his magnificent Double Concerto – featuring Pinchas Zukerman and his wife Amanda Forsyth – is followed on this program by Brahms’ tragic and noble final symphony, from which Mehta will extract every iota of Romantic fervor. Mehta's Brahms: Symphony No. 4 is supported by an Edgerton Foundation grant. Program: BRAHMS : Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102  Intermission BRAHMS : Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Zubin Mehta conductor Pinchas Zukerman violin Amanda Forsyth cello SUN / JAN 6, 2019 - 2:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
36:03
January 07, 2019
Mehta’s Brahms: Symphony No. 2 with Russell Steinberg • SAT / DEC 15, 2018/19
About the Performance: In this program of Brahms contrasts, the epic, many layered four-movement Second Piano Concerto is paired with the delightful and lyrical Second Symphony. Bronfman and Mehta will revel in this music. Program: BRAHMS : Piano Concerto No. 2  Intermission BRAHMS : Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Zubin Mehta conductor Yefim Bronfman piano SAT / DEC 15, 2018 - 8:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
42:06
December 16, 2018
Mehta’s Brahms: Symphony No. 1 with Alan Chapman • FRI / DEC 14, 2018/19
About the Performance: Zubin Mehta launches his Brahms Cycle with the rich, roiling waves of power that are the First Piano Concerto and First Symphony. Joining in is enduring Philharmonic friend and pianistic dynamo Yefim Bronfman. Program: BRAHMS : Piano Concerto No. 1  Intermission BRAHMS : Symphony No. 1 Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Zubin Mehta conductor Yefim Bronfman piano FRI / DEC 14, 2018 - 8:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
36:22
December 15, 2018
Tchaikovsky & Ives with MTT with Thomas Neenan • SUN / DEC 9, 2018/19
About the Performance: Music by composers near to Michael Tilson Thomas’ heart make up this program, beginning with the Romantic beauties of Tchaikovsky in his extremely popular tribute to Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers. The Russian composer displayed his abiding love for the music of Mozart with his Variations on a Rococo Theme – a brief, elegant concerto for cello and orchestra. One of the world’s leading cellists, French virtuoso Gautier Capuçon, will dispatch its challenges with utter charm and grace. American maverick Charles Ives’ rarely performed, mighty and massive Holidays Symphony contains four movements – Washington’s Birthday; Decoration Day; The Fourth of July; and Thanksgiving & Forefathers’ Day – that coincide with the seasons, starting with winter. Composed over 16 years, the piece mashes up familiar hymn tunes, marches, and songs from the composer’s New England childhood, creating moody, unexpected atmospheres in the extraordinary, visionary way that is pure Ives. Program: TCHAIKOVSKY: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture TCHAIKOVSKY: Variations on a Rococo Theme  Intermission IVES: A Symphony: New England Holidays Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Michael Tilson Thomas conductor Gautier Capuçon cello Los Angeles Master Chorale Grant Gershon Artistic Director SUN / DEC 9, 2018 - 2:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
38:27
December 10, 2018
MTT and Tchaikovsky 6 with Russell Steinberg • SUN / DEC 2, 2018/19
About the Performance: L.A.’s own Michael Tilson Thomas partners with the orchestra for his own latest work, followed by the passionate emotional depths of Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique.” Program: Michael TILSON THOMAS : Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind Intermission TCHAIKOVSKY : Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique" Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Michael Tilson Thomas conductor Measha Brueggergosman mezzo-soprano SUN / DEC 2, 2018 - 2:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
40:09
December 03, 2018
Stanley Kubrick’s Sound Odyssey with Bernardo Rondeau • SAT / NOV 25, 2018/19
About the Performance: Combining film clips with live performances of the scores, we bring to life the iconic music chosen by late legendary director Stanley Kubrick – from Beethoven to Penderecki. By Arrangement with Warner Bros. Pictures Program: Various composers : Selections from 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Barry Lyndon, and Eyes Wide Shut Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Jessica Cottis conductor Malcolm McDowell host Los Angeles Master Chorale Grant Gershon Artistic Director SUN / NOV 25, 2018 - 2:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
29:53
November 26, 2018
Cameron Carpenter Plays Saint-Saëns with Christopher Russell • SUN / NOV 18, 2018/19
About the Performance: The colorful, iconoclastic Cameron Carpenter shows off Walt Disney Concert Hall’s awe-inspiring pipe organ with the crushing power chords of Poulenc’s idiosyncratic Concerto and Saint-Saëns’ beloved, melody-rich Third Symphony. Program: Christopher CERRONE : The Insects Became Magnetic (World premiere, LA Phil commission with generous support from Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting) POULENC : Organ Concerto Intermission SAINT-SAËNS : Symphony No. 3, “Organ” Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Roderick Cox conductor Cameron Carpenter organ SUN / NOV 18, 2018 - 2:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
35:43
November 19, 2018
West-Eastern Divan Orchestra with Derrick Spiva Jr. • SUN / NOV 11, LA Phil 2018/19
About the Performance: One of the wonders of the world, Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra brings together young musicians from Egypt, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Spain to make music at the highest level. Program: STRAUSS: Don Quixote Intermission TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 Artists: West-Eastern Divan Orchestra Daniel Barenboim conductor Kian Soltani cello Miriam Manasherov viola SUN / NOV 11, 2018 - 7:30PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
33:06
November 12, 2018
The Tempest with Veronika Krausas • FRI / NOV 9, LA Phil 2018/19
About the Performance: For this major production with director Barry Edelstein and The Old Globe – featuring a cast of 27 actors, singers, and dancers – Susanna Mälkki conducts Sibelius’ evocative music for Shakespeare’s mysterious masterpiece about a shipwreck on a magical island. Program: SIBELIUS and SHAKESPEARE: The Tempest Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic The Old Globe Susanna Mälkki conductorBarry Edelstein Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic DirectorLos Angeles Master Chorale Grant Gershon artistic director Patrick McCollum choreographer Mark Wendland set designerJudith Dolan costume designerJaphy Weideman lighting designerJonathan Burke sound designerJeff Sugg video designerTracy Lilienfield C.S.A, casting directorJoshua Pilote production stage managerLindsay Lowy assistant stage managerMichelle Blair assistant stage manager Lior Ashkenazi ProsperoKevin Cahoon TrinculoGrantham Coleman FerdinandAudrey Corsa MirandaMichael Genet AlonsoRuy Iskander SebastianZarif Kabier Francisco & BoatswainPeter MacNicol StephanoBeth Malone ArielTom McGowan CalibanMark Pinter GonzaloCornell Womack Antonio Elizabeth DeShong Ariel (mezzo-soprano) Ying Fang Juno (soprano) Timothy Mix Caliban (baritone) Jarrett Ott Stephano (baritone) Joshua Wheeker Trinculo (tenor) Jessica Gadzinski dancer Courtney Ozovek dancer Dani Maloney dancer Carolina Beachwood dancer/Goddess Nichol Mason Lazenby dancer/Goddess Kar Will dancer Derek Schiesel dancer Bradford Chin dancer Spencer Jensen dancer Anthony Gabriel dancer FRI / NOV 9, 2018 - 8:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
38:48
November 10, 2018
Mälkki Conducts Mahler’s 5th with Asadour Santourian • SUN / NOV 4, LA Phil 2018/19
About the Performance: One of music’s towering figures, Steve Reich has composed a new work for our Centennial that is sure to be unforgettable under Principal Guest Conductor Susanna Mälkki. To complete the program, she reveals the vast emotional landscape that is Mahler’s Fifth. Program: Steve REICH: Music for Ensemble and Orchestra (world premiere, LA Phil co-commission with generous support from Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg) Intermission MAHLER: Symphony No. 5 Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Susanna Mälkki conductor SUN / NOV 4, 2018 - 2:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
34:25
November 05, 2018
Halloween Organ & Film: Nosferatu with Alan Chapman • WED / OCT 31, 2018/19
About the Performance: Organist Clark Wilson provides chills and thrills to accompany the silent classic Nosferatu, the first film adaptation of Dracula. Program: Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror Artists: Clark Wilson organ WED / OCT 31, 2018 - 8:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
38:37
November 01, 2018
Beethoven’s Fifth with Eric Bromberger • SAT / OCT 27, 2018/19
About the Performance: Don’t miss the iconic energy and inexorable power of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, preceded by the extraordinary Jean-Yves Thibaudet performing Saint-Saëns’ elegantly glittering Fifth Piano Concerto. Program: KNUSSEN: O Hototogisu! fragment of a Japonisme(U.S. premiere) SAINT-SAËNS: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian” Intermission BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 5 Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Paolo Bortolameolli conductor Jean-Yves Thibaudet piano Kiera Duffy soprano Denis Bouriakov flute SAT / OCT 27, 2018 - 8:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
31:12
October 28, 2018
Romeo & Juliet with Veronika Krausas • SUN / OCT 21, 2018/19
About the Performance: Innovative choreographer and L.A. Dance Project Artistic Director Benjamin Millepied joins Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil, bringing to vivid life the famous balcony scene from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet - one of dance’s most evocative and vibrant scores – in collaboration with L.A. Dance Project. Program: PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet, complete ballet, Op. 64 Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel conductor Benjamin Millepied choreographer L.A. Dance Project SUN / OCT 21, 2018 - 2:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
39:11
October 22, 2018
LA Fest: LA’s Newest Music with Andrew Norman • TUE / OCT 9, 2018/19
About the Performance: Dudamel takes the podium on the first night of our new-music series to showcase our own virtuosos and leading lights of Southern California’s living music scene, including a new Garden installation by composer and sound artist Ellen Reid. (*World premiere, LA Phil commission) Program: Ethan BRAUN: The Lost Ones* Natacha DIELS: Laughing to Forget* (with generous support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation) Daniel ALLAS: to be tender* (with generous support from Nancy S. and Barry Sanders) Intermission Tina TALLON: …for we who keep our lives in our throats…* (with generous support from the Hillenburg Family) Carolyn CHEN: The Sleeper and the Drinker* (with generous support from the Deborah Borda Women in the Arts Initiative) Artists: LA Phil New Music Group Gustavo Dudamel conductor Paolo Bortolameolli conductor Nuno Coelho conductor Boris Allakhverdyan clarinet Denis Bouriakov flute Nathan Cole violin Andrew Norman curator TUE / OCT 9, 2018 - 8:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
33:48
October 10, 2018
LA Fest: Dudamel Kicks Off the 100th Season with Jaebon Hwang • SUN / OCT 7, 2018/19
About the Performance: We kick off the LA Fest festival with the ultimate L.A.-centric piece, Salonen’s breakthrough work. Soloists for the Beethoven are our own Philharmonic principals, and Dudamel concludes the evening with a major new work by L.A.- based composer Andrew Norman, already a winner of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award. Program: Esa-Pekka SALONEN: LA Variations BEETHOVEN: Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56 Intermission Andrew NORMAN: Sustain(World premiere, LA Phil co-commission with generous support from Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg) Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel conductorMartin Chalifour violinRobert deMaine celloJoanne Pearce Martin piano SUN / OCT 7, 2018 - 2:00PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
44:34
October 08, 2018
LA Fest: Dudamel Kicks Off the 100th Season with Kristi Brown-Montesano • THU / OCT 4, 2018/19
About the Performance: We kick off the LA Fest festival with the ultimate L.A.-centric piece, Salonen’s breakthrough work. Soloists for the Beethoven are our own Philharmonic principals, and Dudamel concludes the evening with a major new work by L.A.- based composer Andrew Norman, already a winner of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award.   Program: Esa-Pekka SALONEN: LA Variations BEETHOVEN: Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C major, Op. 56 Intermission Andrew NORMAN: Sustain(World premiere, LA Phil co-commission with generous support from Lenore S. and Bernard A. Greenberg)   Artists: Los Angeles Philharmonic Gustavo Dudamel conductorMartin Chalifour violinRobert deMaine celloJoanne Pearce Martin piano   THU / OCT 4, 2018 - 8:00PM   Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
35:13
October 05, 2018
Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Eric Bromberger • SUN / OCT 22, 2017/18
About the Performance: One of the world’s most honored orchestras and its revered Music Director delight the Brahms lover with the two warm, buoyant middle symphonies. Program: BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90  BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73 Artists: Chicago Symphony Orchestra musician Riccardo Muti conductor SUN / OCT 22, 2017 - 7:30PM Upcoming concerts: www.laphil.com/calendar Upbeat Live schedule, details, and speaker bios: www.laphil.com/ubl
27:54
October 23, 2017
Mirga Conducts Mahler with Eric Bromberger • THU / OCT 19, 2017/18
Concert: Mirga Conducts Mahler Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Eric Bromberger received his Ph.D. in American Literature from UCLA and taught literature and writing courses at Bates College (Lewiston, ME) and San Diego State University. A violinist, he joined the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra in 1980 and began writing the orchestra’s program notes the following year. Those notes drew the attention of presenters and performers, and soon he was able to quit his day job and devote himself to his first love, music. He is presently program annotator for the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Washington Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, 92nd Street Y in New York City, San Francisco Performances, University of Chicago Presents, La Jolla Music Society, and others. He wrote the liner notes for the Alexander String Quartet’s recent recordings of the quartet cycles of Mozart, Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Bartók.
31:50
October 20, 2017
CDMX: New Music from Mexico with Veronika Krausas • TUE / OCT 17, 2017/18
Concert: CDMX: New Music from Mexico (Contemporary Mexico) Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Of Lithuanian heritage, composer Veronika Krausas was born in Australia raised in Canada, and lives in Los Angeles. She has directed, composed for, and produced multi-media events that incorporate her works with dance, acrobatics and video. The Globe & Mail (Toronto) writes “her works, whose organic, lyrical sense of storytelling are supported by a rigid formal elegance, give her audiences a sense that nature’s frozen objects are springing to life.” She was one of 6 composers involved in the acclaimed mobile opera Hopscotch. Alex Ross of the New Yorker called Hopscotch, “a remarkable experimental opera.” Her first opera, The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth, based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, was premiered at the New York City Opera’s VOX 2008 festival. A full production was mounted in Los Angeles in August 2010 to sold-out audiences. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times said of her chamber opera, “Something novel this way comes.” Her newest opera Ghost Opera, a dramma giocoso with libretto by André Alexis and The Old Trout Puppet Company, will première with Calgary Opera at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in May 2019. Commissions and performances include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Industry, New York City Opera, Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, Ensemble musikFabrik, Chicago Architecture Biennial (2016), Piano Spheres for Gloria Cheng, The Vancouver Symphony, ERGO Projects, Esprit Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, Jacaranda Music, Motion Music, and the Penderecki String Quartet. Krausas has music composition degrees from the University of Toronto, McGill University in Montreal, and a doctorate from the Thornton School of Music at USC in Los Angeles, where she is a faculty member in the Composition Department. She serves on the advisory boards of Jacaranda Music and People Inside Electronics.
39:47
October 18, 2017
Jean-Baptiste Robin in Recital with Thomas Neenan • SUN / OCT 8, 2017/18
Concert: Jean-Baptiste Robin in Recital Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Thomas Neenan is Lecturer in Music History and Music Theory at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena where he teaches a full range of courses devoted to history, theory, music appreciation, jazz history, opera, and special topics. Neenan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organ Performance from Cal-State Northridge and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Organ Performance Practices and Conducting from UCLA where he was named an Outstanding Graduate Student. He studied organ with David Britton and Thomas Harmon in the U.S. and Ernst-Ulrich von Kameke and Jean Langlais in Europe. As a recital organist, he has performed in the United States, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Japan and Switzerland. In 2004 he performed a solo recital on the newly restored 1746 Hilldebrandt “Bach Organ” in Naumburg, Germany. As a conductor, he has led a variety of instrumental and choral ensembles throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. He was a conducting fellow under Helmut Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival where he conducted baritone Thomas Quasthoff and the Festival Chorus in portions of Haydn’s “Creation” and he has led performances by the Choir of St. Matthew’s Parish (Pacific Palisades) in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Germany and throughout the British Isles. Neenan has contributed scholarly essays to a variety of professional journals on topics ranging from Gregorian chant to the organ music of Gyorgy Ligeti. He has received research grants to study and write on performance practices in the organ music of Dietrich Buxtehude, music and culture in the Dutch communities of colonial New York, and music in the monastic community of Taizé, France. In 2017 he retired after 36 years as Music Director at The Parish of St. Matthew (Episcopal), Pacific Palisades, and 33 years as Music Director and Conductor of The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s. He currently serves as President of St. Matthew’s Music Guild which presents a concert series by the chamber orchestra and guest artists and ensembles (MusicGuildOnline.org) and offers multi-faceted music outreach activities in area schools and retirement communities.
39:47
October 09, 2017
Mozart 1791: Final Piano Concerto with Bruce Alan Brown • FRI / SEP 29, 2017/18
Concert: Mozart 1791 - Final Piano Concerto Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive
37:46
September 30, 2017
Upbeat Live - June 13, 2017: Eva Soltes re: Young Caesar
Concert: Young Caesar Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Eva Soltes is a prolific performing arts producer, dancer, and documentarian, who has championed the work of gifted artists and underserved art forms for decades. She is the Founder/ Director of Harrison House Music, Arts & Ecology, a residency/performance program based in the late Lou Harrison’s straw bale retreat in Joshua Tree, California. Soltes enjoyed a multi-faceted personal and professional relationship with Lou Harrison that spanned nearly 30 years. During that time she developed a large body of media on the composer, culminating in her featurelength documentary, LOU HARRISON: A World of Music, which has been called “wizardly” (SF Chronicle) and “affecting” (The New Yorker). Other highlights of Soltes’ career include producing Sound Design in Media, the first national conference on the creative use of sound in media at Lucasfilm’s Skywalker Ranch, with John Cage as Keynote Speaker and Academy Award-winning sound designer Randy Thom and Radio Drama producer Erik Bauresfeld as hosts. Previously she was Concert Director of 1750 Arch Concerts in Berkeley, California, where with Music Director Tom Buckner she presented over 800 performances and hosted more than 100 live radio broadcasts with composers and musicians from around the world. As a dancer Soltes specializes in Bharatanatyam, classical dance of South India, having trained for decades with the late legendary South Indian artist T. Balasaraswati. In 2014/15 Soltes was a visiting teacher at the Balasaraswati Institute of Music and Dance in Chennai, and in 2016 she was invited to dance at the Madras Music Academy in a performance celebrating Bala’s 98th birthday. Visit louharrisonhouse.org.
34:40
June 14, 2017
Upbeat Live - June 2, 2017: Asadour Santourian re: Bartók Cycle with Dudamel & Yuja Wang
Concert: Bartók Cycle with Dudamel and Yuja Wang Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Asadour Santourian, vice president for artistic administration and artistic advisor of the Aspen Music Festival and School, has been with the AMFS since 2003. He has developed the season themes and other artistic initiatives, including the Overtures series and the thematic minifestivals. In his time the AMFS has garnered seven ASCAP Awards for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music. Previously artistic director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, he is a member of the recommendation board of the Avery Fisher Career Grants among others and has served on numerous competition jury panels. He is a regular lecturer for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and was a featured lecturer for its 2012 Mahler Project. From 1991 to 2000 he was the Minnesota Orchestra’s director of artistic planning.
38:25
June 03, 2017
Upbeat Live - May 21, 2017: Christoph Bull re: Organ Recital: Iveta Apkalna
Concert: Organ Recital: Iveta Apkalna Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Born in Mannheim, Germany, Christoph Bull has performed and recorded around the world, including France, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Northern Ireland, Russia, India, Taiwan and El Salvador, at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and at venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Lincoln Center in New York City, Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, the Cathedrals of Moscow, Saint-Denis and Salzburg as well as rock clubs like The Viper Room, The Roxy and The Whisky in Los Angeles. He’s collaborated with leading orchestras, conductors, choirs and ensembles including the Los Angeles Master Chorale, James Conlon, Carl St.Clair, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony and Grammy-winning Southwest Chamber Music. He improvised his first melodies on the piano at the age of five and gave his first organ recitals and rock concerts with a band at the age of twelve. Following his graduation at Karl-Friedrich-Gymnasium Mannheim and organ studies at University of Church Music in Heidelberg and Musikhochschule Freiburg, he earned degrees at Berklee College of Music, University of Southern California and American Conservatory of Music on multiple scholarships. His organ teachers were Cherry Rhodes, Hermann Schäffer, Ludwig Dörr, Samuel Swartz, Christoph Schöner and Paul Jordan. He won prizes in numerous organ and composition competitions, including “Jugend musiziert”, Michael Masser Competition, Berklee College of Music Songwriting Competition and International Organ Competition Marcello Galanti. Christoph Bull is the creator of the genre-crossing, collaborative multi-media series organica, combining traditional and contemporary music. His collaborators include DJs, video artists, live painter, instrumentalists and singers. He has also contributed to projects by Steven Spielberg, Robin Williams, Harry Connick Jr., George Clinton and Bootsy Collins (Parliament Funkadelic), Cindy Lauper, Lili Haydn and Nishat Khan and opened the organ series at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa and Villa Aurora in the Pacific Palisades. He’s received several awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for creative and innovative concert programs and has released a number of CDs, including License To Chill, Old School, organica 2001, organica 2, and organica 3. His musical Treasure Island, a collaboration with lyricist Tim Mathews, was premiered in both the U.S. and Germany. His solo album First & Grand, the world premiere recording of the Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ, was celebrated by the international trade press and showcases the stylistic versatility and expressiveness of his playing. His original song “Peace” was featured on the benefit album 2 Unite All together with songs by Peter Gabriel, Stewart Copeland and others. His music has been broadcast on TV and radio, including on NPR’s flagship station in Southern California, KCRW, on Classical KUSC and the Minnesota Public Radio program “Pipedreams”. Christoph Bull is based in Los Angeles. In addition to his activities as a concert organist, composer, singer-songwriter, speaker, university organist and organ professor at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he is organist-in-residence at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, playing the largest church pipe organ in the world.
45:09
May 22, 2017
Upbeat Live - May 20, 2017: Dr. Lorraine Byrne Bodley re: Schubert Symphonies / Mahler Songs 8 & 9
Concert: Schubert Symphonies / Mahler Songs 8 & 9 Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Lorraine Byrne Bodley is Senior Lecturer in Musicology and Director of Research at Maynooth University. She holds a PhD in both Music and German from University College Dublin (2000). Dr Byrne Bodley is the first woman in Ireland to be conferred with a DMUS in Musicology, a higher doctorate on published work (NUI, 2012) and the second woman in Ireland to be awarded a DMUS (the first was Annie Patterson in 1889). Recent awards and fellowships include two DAAD Senior Academic Awards (2010 and 2014); a Gerda-Henkel Foundation Scholarship (2014); two Visiting Professorships at the University of Leipzig (2010) and at the Schubert-Archiv, University of Tübingen (2014). In 2015 she was elected President of the Society for Musicology in Ireland and Member of The Royal Irish Academy. Dr Byrne Bodley is known internationally for her work on Schubert, on Goethe and Music, and on German Song, on all of which she has published prolifically and lectured internationally (in German and in English) in Austria, Germany, Belgium, Italy, the Czech Republic, Russia, Tokyo, Canada, USA, UK and Ireland. She has chaired and organised seven international conferences including Schubert and Concepts of Late Style (2011) at Maynooth University, which opened up a world-wide discussion on the topic. That Dr Byrne Bodley has published 14 books in 14 years is rich confirmation of her ability to pursue vigorously a highly-focused interdisciplinary research program while being a committed and innovative teacher. She has published 3 monographs and edited 11 volumes (6 volumes of essays and 5 music scores for performance which have received world premieres). She has also written 40 book article and book chapters for essay collections with Princeton University Press, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press and such scholarly journals as Music and Letters; Publications of the English Goethe Society; Schubert-Jahrbuch; Goethe-Yearbook; Oxford German Studies; German Quarterly; 19th Century Music Review; Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland. Her monographs include Schubert’s Goethe Settings (2003) and Goethe and Zelter: Musical Dialogues (Ashgate, 2009) which was named an Outstanding Academic Book of 2010 by Choice and has been widely acclaimed as an ‘excellent translation’ and ‘a major contribution’ to musicology and Goethean studies (Music and Letters, The Schubertian, Choice, Modern Language Review). Her most recent books are Schubert’s Late Music: History, Theory, Style (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and Rethinking Schubert (Oxford University Press, 2016), both co-edited with Julian Horton; a special Schubert edition of Nineteenth Century Music Review published by Cambridge University Press and co-edited with James William Sobaskie, and a volume of essays on Music in Goethe’s Faust: Goethe’s Faust in Music (Boydell and Brewer, 2017). She is currently writing a new biography of Schubert commissioned by Yale University Press.
40:12
May 21, 2017
Upbeat Live - May 12, 2017: James Sobaskie re: Schubert Symphonies / Mahler Songs 3 & 4
Concert: Schubert Symphonies / Mahler Songs 3 & 4 Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: James William Sobaskie earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Minnesota, as well as a doctorate at the University of Wisconsin.  Today he is an associate professor at Mississippi State University, where he teaches music theory and composition.  Dr. Sobaskie serves on the Editorial Board of Nineteenth-Century Music Review, a musicological journal published by Cambridge University Press, and he has been its Book Reviews Editor since 2008.  His research focuses on Franz Schubert and Gabriel Fauré, and he has given presentations on their music in Belgium, Canada, England, France, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, and Scotland, as well as America.  Dr. Sobaskie also is a member of the Comité Scientifique of Œuvres complètes de Gabriel Fauré, a thirty-volume collected works project being published in Germany by Bärenreiter with the support of the French government’s cultural agency Musica Gallica.  His critical edition of Fauré’s last two compositions, the Trio pour violon, violoncelle et piano (1923) and the Quatuor pour cordes (1924), inaugurated the monument in 2010.  His essay, “Contextual Processes in Schubert’s Late Sacred Music,” appears in the book Rethinking Schubert, edited by Lorraine Byrne Bodley and Julian Horton, which was published in 2016 by Oxford University Press.  With Lorraine Byrne Bodley, he guest-edited the June 2016 issue of Nineteenth-Century Music Review devoted to Schubert, a sequel to the journal’s 2008 Schubert issue that he guest-edited with Susan Youens.  At present Dr. Sobaskie is editing Drama in the Music of Franz Schubert, an anthology of invited essays whose contributors represent nine countries, which will be published by Boydell & Brewer.  He also is completing a book, The Music of Gabriel Fauré: Style, Structure and the Art of Allusion, which will be published by Routledge.  While similarities and connections between Franz Schubert (1797–1828) and Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924) may not seem immediately obvious – beyond their enormous and extraordinary legacies of vocal, piano, and chamber music – the early-Romantic Austrian composer and the late-Romantic/early Modern French composer actually have much in common.  For instance, both have been overshadowed by prominent peers, the richness of their repertoires has been overlooked, and each master’s artistic influence has been underestimated.  Such challenging circumstances cannot help but inspire the energetic advocacy that is shared by so many musicians, and so amply demonstrated by the Schubert Festival of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
37:29
May 13, 2017
Upbeat Live - April 28, 2017: Thomas Neenan re: The Best of Wagner’s Ring
Concert: The Best of Wagner’s Ring Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Thomas Neenan is Lecturer in Music History and Music Theory at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena where he teaches a full range of courses devoted to history, theory, music appreciation, jazz history, opera, and special topics. Neenan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organ Performance from Cal-State Northridge and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Organ Performance Practices and Conducting from UCLA where he was named an Outstanding Graduate Student. He studied organ with David Britton and Thomas Harmon in the U.S. and Ernst-Ulrich von Kameke and Jean Langlais in Europe. As a recital organist, he has performed in the United States, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Japan and Switzerland. In 2004 he performed a solo recital on the newly restored 1746 Hilldebrandt “Bach Organ” in Naumburg, Germany. As a conductor, he has led a variety of instrumental and choral ensembles throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. He was a conducting fellow under Helmut Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival where he conducted baritone Thomas Quasthoff and the Festival Chorus in portions of Haydn’s “Creation” and he has led performances by the Choir of St. Matthew’s Parish (Pacific Palisades) in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Germany and throughout the British Isles. Neenan has contributed scholarly essays to a variety of professional journals on topics ranging from Gregorian chant to the organ music of Gyorgy Ligeti. He has received research grants to study and write on performance practices in the organ music of Dietrich Buxtehude, music and culture in the Dutch communities of colonial New York, and music in the monastic community of Taizé, France. In 2017 he retired after 36 years as Music Director at The Parish of St. Matthew (Episcopal), Pacific Palisades, and 33 years as Music Director and Conductor of The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s. He currently serves as President of St. Matthew’s Music Guild which presents a concert series by the chamber orchestra and guest artists and ensembles (MusicGuildOnline.org) and offers multi-faceted music outreach activities in area schools and retirement communities.
39:47
April 29, 2017
Upbeat Live - April 20, 2017: Alan Chapman re: From the New World
Concert: From the New World Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Alan Chapman is heard weekdays on Classical KUSC (91.5 FM). He also produces and hosts “Modern Times” on Saturday nights and “A Musical Offering,” a program of Baroque music Sunday mornings. He was a longtime Professor of Music at Occidental College and served as a Visiting Professor at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. In recent years he has been a member of the music theory faculty of the Colburn Conservatory. Well known as a pre-concert lecturer, he has been a regular speaker on the Upbeat Live series since its inception in 1984. He also works closely with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Pacific Symphony, and has been heard globally as programmer and host of the inflight classical channels on United and Delta Airlines. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he earned a Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University. His analytical work has appeared in The Journal of Music Theory, and he is a contributor to A New Orpheus: Essays on Kurt Weill (Yale University Press, 1986), winner of the 1987 Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing on music. Dr. Chapman is also active as a composer-lyricist and pianist. His songs, which have been performed and recorded by Andrea Marcovicci, Amanda McBroom, and many other artists throughout the United States and in England, have been honored by ASCAP, the Johnny Mercer Foundation, and the Manhattan Association of Cabarets. His children’s opera Les Moose: The Operatic Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, commissioned by Los Angeles Opera, was premiered in 15 public schools in 1997. Peter and Mr. Wolf, a work chronicling the tribulations of an eighth-grader in search of a science project, was commissioned by Chamber Music Palisades and premiered in 2008 with Chapman as narrator. He frequently appears with his wife, soprano Karen Benjamin, in evenings of his original songs as well as concerts dedicated to preserving the American Songbook. They have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, New York’s Town Hall, the Los Angeles Music Center, Pepperdine University, Ford Amphitheatre, Broad Stage, Dallas Museum of Art, and many other venues across the United States. Their CD, Que Será, Será: The Songs of Livingston and Evans, features the late Ray Evans telling the stories behind such beloved songs as “Mona Lisa” and “Silver Bells.”
30:46
April 21, 2017
Upbeat Live - April 17, 2017: Árni Heimir Ingólfsson re: Reykjavík Festival: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Concert: Reykjavík Festival: Jóhann Jóhannsson Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Árni Heimir Ingólfsson is Iceland’s leading musicologist and a renowned pianist, choral conductor, and music educator. Born in Reykjavík, he majored in piano performance and music history at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and received his PhD in musicology from Harvard University. He is currently Associate/Visiting Professor of Musicology at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, as well as being Artistic Advisor for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Ingólfsson has devoted much of his career to researching Icelandic music history. He has published widely in Icelandic and English, including an article published by Harvard University Press in the 2013 volume City, Chant, and the Topography of Early Music. His biography of the Icelandic composer Jón Leifs was nominated for the Icelandic Book Award and an English version will be published in 2018 by Indiana University Press. His most recent book, published in 2016, is the first comprehensive history of classical music to be written in the Icelandic language. Ingólfsson has given lectures at conferences in Europe and the United States, been Visiting Erasmus Lecturer at the Vienna Conservatory of Music, and has held visiting fellowships in musicology at Oxford University, Boston University, and Harvard. As a musician, Ingólfsson is primarily active as a collaborative pianist and choral conductor. He is the founder and artistic director of the Carmina Chamber Choir, which has appeared in various concerts in Iceland, England, Germany, France, and Sweden, as well as at the Reykjavik Arts Festival. On the Icelandic label Smekkleysa, he has produced three CDs with music from medieval Icelandic manuscripts, two of which won the Icelandic Music Awards for Best Classical CD of the Year. One of these CDs, Melodia, was also Editor’s Choice in Gramophone. Ingólfsson has worked with a wide range of prominent musicians including composer Nico Muhly and singer-composer Björk, arranging several tracks for her 2011 Grammy-nominated album Biophilia.
31:04
April 18, 2017
Upbeat Live - April 15, 2017: Árni Heimir Ingólfsson re: Reykjavík Festival: Sigur Rós & LA Phil
Concert: Reykjavík Festival: Sigur Rós & LA Phil Night 3 Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Árni Heimir Ingólfsson is Iceland’s leading musicologist and a renowned pianist, choral conductor, and music educator. Born in Reykjavík, he majored in piano performance and music history at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and received his PhD in musicology from Harvard University. He is currently Associate/Visiting Professor of Musicology at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, as well as being Artistic Advisor for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Ingólfsson has devoted much of his career to researching Icelandic music history. He has published widely in Icelandic and English, including an article published by Harvard University Press in the 2013 volume City, Chant, and the Topography of Early Music. His biography of the Icelandic composer Jón Leifs was nominated for the Icelandic Book Award and an English version will be published in 2018 by Indiana University Press. His most recent book, published in 2016, is the first comprehensive history of classical music to be written in the Icelandic language. Ingólfsson has given lectures at conferences in Europe and the United States, been Visiting Erasmus Lecturer at the Vienna Conservatory of Music, and has held visiting fellowships in musicology at Oxford University, Boston University, and Harvard. As a musician, Ingólfsson is primarily active as a collaborative pianist and choral conductor. He is the founder and artistic director of the Carmina Chamber Choir, which has appeared in various concerts in Iceland, England, Germany, France, and Sweden, as well as at the Reykjavik Arts Festival. On the Icelandic label Smekkleysa, he has produced three CDs with music from medieval Icelandic manuscripts, two of which won the Icelandic Music Awards for Best Classical CD of the Year. One of these CDs, Melodia, was also Editor’s Choice in Gramophone. Ingólfsson has worked with a wide range of prominent musicians including composer Nico Muhly and singer-composer Björk, arranging several tracks for her 2011 Grammy-nominated album Biophilia.
50:49
April 16, 2017
Upbeat Live - April 11, 2017: Árni Heimir Ingólfsson re: Green Umbrella: Contemporary Iceland
Concert: Green Umbrella: Contemporary Iceland Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Árni Heimir Ingólfsson is Iceland’s leading musicologist and a renowned pianist, choral conductor, and music educator. Born in Reykjavík, he majored in piano performance and music history at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and received his PhD in musicology from Harvard University. He is currently Associate/Visiting Professor of Musicology at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, as well as being Artistic Advisor for the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Ingólfsson has devoted much of his career to researching Icelandic music history. He has published widely in Icelandic and English, including an article published by Harvard University Press in the 2013 volume City, Chant, and the Topography of Early Music. His biography of the Icelandic composer Jón Leifs was nominated for the Icelandic Book Award and an English version will be published in 2018 by Indiana University Press. His most recent book, published in 2016, is the first comprehensive history of classical music to be written in the Icelandic language. Ingólfsson has given lectures at conferences in Europe and the United States, been Visiting Erasmus Lecturer at the Vienna Conservatory of Music, and has held visiting fellowships in musicology at Oxford University, Boston University, and Harvard. As a musician, Ingólfsson is primarily active as a collaborative pianist and choral conductor. He is the founder and artistic director of the Carmina Chamber Choir, which has appeared in various concerts in Iceland, England, Germany, France, and Sweden, as well as at the Reykjavik Arts Festival. On the Icelandic label Smekkleysa, he has produced three CDs with music from medieval Icelandic manuscripts, two of which won the Icelandic Music Awards for Best Classical CD of the Year. One of these CDs, Melodia, was also Editor’s Choice in Gramophone. Ingólfsson has worked with a wide range of prominent musicians including composer Nico Muhly and singer-composer Björk, arranging several tracks for her 2011 Grammy-nominated album Biophilia.
27:43
April 12, 2017
Upbeat Live - April 6, 2017: Veronika Krausas re: Salonen & Sibelius
Concert: Salonen & Sibelius Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Of Lithuanian heritage, composer Veronika Krausas was born in Australia raised in Canada, and lives in Los Angeles. She has directed, composed for, and produced multi-media events that incorporate her works with dance, acrobatics and video. The Globe & Mail (Toronto) writes “her works, whose organic, lyrical sense of storytelling are supported by a rigid formal elegance, give her audiences a sense that nature’s frozen objects are springing to life.” She was one of 6 composers involved in the acclaimed mobile opera Hopscotch. Alex Ross of the New Yorker called Hopscotch, “a remarkable experimental opera.” Her first opera, The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth, based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, was premiered at the New York City Opera’s VOX 2008 festival. A full production was mounted in Los Angeles in August 2010 to sold-out audiences. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times said of her chamber opera, “Something novel this way comes.” Her newest opera Ghost Opera, a dramma giocoso with libretto by André Alexis and The Old Trout Puppet Company, will première with Calgary Opera at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in May 2019. Commissions and performances include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Industry, New York City Opera, Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, Ensemble musikFabrik, Chicago Architecture Biennial (2016), Piano Spheres for Gloria Cheng, The Vancouver Symphony, ERGO Projects, Esprit Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, Jacaranda Music, Motion Music, and the Penderecki String Quartet. Krausas has music composition degrees from the University of Toronto, McGill University in Montreal, and a doctorate from the Thornton School of Music at USC in Los Angeles, where she is a faculty member in the Composition Department.  She serves on the advisory boards of Jacaranda Music and People Inside Electronics.
38:37
April 07, 2017
Upbeat Live - April 2, 2017: Christoph Bull re: Organ Recital: Felix Hell
Concert: Organ Recital: Felix Hell Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Born in Mannheim, Germany, Christoph Bull has performed and recorded around the world, including France, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Northern Ireland, Russia, India, Taiwan and El Salvador, at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and at venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Lincoln Center in New York City, Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, the Cathedrals of Moscow, Saint-Denis and Salzburg as well as rock clubs like The Viper Room, The Roxy and The Whisky in Los Angeles. He’s collaborated with leading orchestras, conductors, choirs and ensembles including the Los Angeles Master Chorale, James Conlon, Carl St.Clair, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony and Grammy-winning Southwest Chamber Music. He improvised his first melodies on the piano at the age of five and gave his first organ recitals and rock concerts with a band at the age of twelve. Following his graduation at Karl-Friedrich-Gymnasium Mannheim and organ studies at University of Church Music in Heidelberg and Musikhochschule Freiburg, he earned degrees at Berklee College of Music, University of Southern California and American Conservatory of Music on multiple scholarships. His organ teachers were Cherry Rhodes, Hermann Schäffer, Ludwig Dörr, Samuel Swartz, Christoph Schöner and Paul Jordan. He won prizes in numerous organ and composition competitions, including “Jugend musiziert”, Michael Masser Competition, Berklee College of Music Songwriting Competition and International Organ Competition Marcello Galanti. Christoph Bull is the creator of the genre-crossing, collaborative multi-media series organica, combining traditional and contemporary music. His collaborators include DJs, video artists, live painter, instrumentalists and singers. He has also contributed to projects by Steven Spielberg, Robin Williams, Harry Connick Jr., George Clinton and Bootsy Collins (Parliament Funkadelic), Cindy Lauper, Lili Haydn and Nishat Khan and opened the organ series at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa and Villa Aurora in the Pacific Palisades. He’s received several awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for creative and innovative concert programs and has released a number of CDs, including License To Chill, Old School, organica 2001, organica 2, and organica 3. His musical Treasure Island, a collaboration with lyricist Tim Mathews, was premiered in both the U.S. and Germany. His solo album First & Grand, the world premiere recording of the Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ, was celebrated by the international trade press and showcases the stylistic versatility and expressiveness of his playing. His original song “Peace” was featured on the benefit album 2 Unite All together with songs by Peter Gabriel, Stewart Copeland and others. His music has been broadcast on TV and radio, including on NPR’s flagship station in Southern California, KCRW, on Classical KUSC and the Minnesota Public Radio program “Pipedreams”. Christoph Bull is based in Los Angeles. In addition to his activities as a concert organist, composer, singer-songwriter, speaker, university organist and organ professor at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he is organist-in-residence at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, playing the largest church pipe organ in the world.
44:06
April 03, 2017
Upbeat Live - April 2, 2017: Veronika Krausas re: Mirga Conducts Mozart & Haydn
Concert: Mirga Conducts Mozart & Haydn Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Of Lithuanian heritage, composer Veronika Krausas was born in Australia raised in Canada, and lives in Los Angeles. She has directed, composed for, and produced multi-media events that incorporate her works with dance, acrobatics and video. The Globe & Mail (Toronto) writes “her works, whose organic, lyrical sense of storytelling are supported by a rigid formal elegance, give her audiences a sense that nature’s frozen objects are springing to life.” She was one of 6 composers involved in the acclaimed mobile opera Hopscotch. Alex Ross of the New Yorker called Hopscotch, “a remarkable experimental opera.” Her first opera, The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth, based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, was premiered at the New York City Opera’s VOX 2008 festival. A full production was mounted in Los Angeles in August 2010 to sold-out audiences. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times said of her chamber opera, “Something novel this way comes.” Her newest opera Ghost Opera, a dramma giocoso with libretto by André Alexis and The Old Trout Puppet Company, will première with Calgary Opera at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in May 2019. Commissions and performances include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Industry, New York City Opera, Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, Ensemble musikFabrik, Chicago Architecture Biennial (2016), Piano Spheres for Gloria Cheng, The Vancouver Symphony, ERGO Projects, Esprit Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, Jacaranda Music, Motion Music, and the Penderecki String Quartet. Krausas has music composition degrees from the University of Toronto, McGill University in Montreal, and a doctorate from the Thornton School of Music at USC in Los Angeles, where she is a faculty member in the Composition Department.  She serves on the advisory boards of Jacaranda Music and People Inside Electronics.
40:56
April 03, 2017
Upbeat Live - March 25, 2017: Christian Campos re: Tetzlaff Plays Dvořák
Concert: Tetzlaff Plays Dvořák Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Los Angeles native Christian Campos is managing artistic director of the Horizon Music Group. Under Campos’ stewardship, the ensemble has collaborated with the Cincinnati Boychoir (Bach cantatas), Long Beach Camerata Singers (Handel’s Messiah), Pacific Chorale (Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna), and Bach Collegium San Diego (Bach’s St. John Passion). Campos has performed at the Oregon, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Whittier College Bach Festivals. His conducting style has been described as “expressive, varied and tuned perfectly with the music” (Long Beach Grunion Gazette). Campos graduated from DePauw University where he studied music and economics while participating in honors programs in business management and information technology. A champion of world music, he received a grant from the ASIANetwork to study Indian Carnatic Music, the result of which was the first ever online database of ragas, composers, and compositions. Since returning to California, he has worked as a guest conductor and contractor of choirs and orchestras, regularly performing with musicians from the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Los Angeles Master Chorale. He has contracted for the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, Broad Stage, Santa Monica College, CalState Long Beach, Fullerton, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino, and a host of area performing organizations. Christian has been featured on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Upbeat Live pre-concert series; in previous seasons he worked as a score reader at the Hollywood Bowl and lecturer as part of the Student Insiders pre-concert series. Campos has served on the faculty at Pomona College and the USC Thornton School of Music, where he recently completed his coursework towards a Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
43:24
March 26, 2017
Upbeat Live - March 18, 2017: Russell Steinberg re: Thibaudet Plays "The Mysteries of Light"
Concert: Thibaudet Plays "The Mysteries of Light" Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Composer, conductor, performer, and lecturer Russell Steinberg received a Ph.D. in Music from Harvard University, an M.M. from the New England Conservatory, and a B.A. from UCLA. He studied composition most notably with Leon Kirchner, Arthur Berger, Elaine Barkin, and Kenneth Klauss. His works range from solo to chamber to orchestra and have been performed worldwide. His orchestra tone poem Cosmic Dust, commissioned by a tri-consortium of orchestras—the New West Symphony, the Bay Atlantic Symphony, and the Hopkins Symphony—was featured in a Science News Magazine article on the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary and has had a dozen performances worldwide. The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony recently premiered Canopy of Peace with mezzo soprano Diana Tash, based on meditations by noted scholar and philosopher Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis. Available recordings of Steinberg’s music include Sacred Transitions: A Song Cycle Based On Meditations by Harold M. Schulweis (sung by mezzo soprano Diana Tash), Stories From My Favorite Planet: A Musical Tribute to Journalist Daniel Pearl (performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Mitchell Newman) produced by the Daniel Pearl Foundation (available at www.danielpearl.org), Flute Sonata recorded by Michelle Stanley and produced by Centaur Records, Desert Stars, a recording of Steinberg’s solo music for piano and classical guitar, and Fantasy for Flute and Piano on the album Ascend featuring flutist Elizabeth Erenberg. Steinberg is Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, a widely praised group that includes 120 students from over 60 schools in the LA area and performs at UCLA and the Colburn School. This past summer (2015) the orchestra traveled on its first international tour, collaborating with high school musicians from the Johann Sebastian Bach Music School in Vienna, and performing concerts in Vienna and Prague to full houses and enthusiastic acclaim. Steinberg is also a popular speaker for pre-concert events with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and annually offers a Winter Evening Lecture Series on a wide range of topics. This year’s series titled The Classical Guitar—An Intimate Mystery begins Wednesday evening January 13. For information about signing up for this series, or information about Steinberg’s current performances, recordings, and pre-concert lectures, please visit www.russellsteinberg.com.
45:32
March 19, 2017
Upbeat Live - March 10, 2017: Eric Bromberger re: Beethoven & Shostakovich
Concert: Beethoven & Shostakovich Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Eric Bromberger received his Ph.D. in American Literature from UCLA and taught literature and writing courses at Bates College (Lewiston, ME) and San Diego State University.  A violinist, he joined the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra in 1980 and began writing the orchestra’s program notes the following year.  Those notes drew the attention of presenters and performers, and soon he was able to quit his day job and devote himself to his first love, music.  He is presently program annotator for the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Washington Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, 92nd Street Y in New York City, San Francisco Performances, University of Chicago Presents, La Jolla Music Society, and others.  He wrote the liner notes for the Alexander String Quartet’s recent recordings of the quartet cycles of Mozart, Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Bartók.
31:07
March 11, 2017
Upbeat Live - February 24, 2017: Daniel Kessner re: Hélène Grimaud Plays Brahms
Concert: Hélène Grimaud Plays Brahms Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Composer-flutist-conductor Daniel Kessner received his Ph.D. with Distinction at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1971, studying with Henri Lazarof. His more than 140 compositions have received over 800 performances worldwide, and 28 works are recorded commercially. Most of his scores are available from Theodore Front Musical Literature at tfront.com. Kessner’s most important awards include the Queen Marie-José International Composition Prize in Geneva (1972), a 2003 Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to lecture and perform at the Musikhochschule in Trossingen, Germany, a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant to perform and lecture in Trondheim, Norway in 2007, and similar residency at the Universidade do Minho in Portugal in 2011. He is now Professor Emeritus at California State University, Northridge, retired after a career of 36 years teaching composition and music theory and directing various ensembles from 1970 through 2006. As a flutist, he has given flute-piano recitals with his wife, Dolly Eugenio Kessner, in France, Italy, Holland, Germany, El Salvador, England, Portugal, Norway, and the Czech Republic, and has performed in numerous chamber music concerts. He has appeared as a guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, the Black Sea Philharmonic of Romania, the Moorpark Symphony Orchestra, and more recently the Trondheim Sinfonietta, among others. He has been an Upbeat Live lecturer for the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1983. In the spring semester of 2006 he joined the faculty of the University of Hawaii on a one-semester appointment. In the fall of 2006 he accepted a similar position at the Thornton School of Music of the University of Southern California. He enjoys an active career as a composer, conductor and flutist.
43:20
February 25, 2017
Upbeat Live - February 11, 2017: Veronika Krausas re: Dances of Death
Concert: Dances of Death Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Of Lithuanian heritage, composer Veronika Krausas was born in Australia raised in Canada, and lives in Los Angeles. She has directed, composed for, and produced multi-media events that incorporate her works with dance, acrobatics and video. The Globe & Mail (Toronto) writes “her works, whose organic, lyrical sense of storytelling are supported by a rigid formal elegance, give her audiences a sense that nature’s frozen objects are springing to life.” She was one of 6 composers involved in the acclaimed mobile opera Hopscotch. Alex Ross of the New Yorker called Hopscotch, “a remarkable experimental opera.” Her first opera, The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth, based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, was premiered at the New York City Opera’s VOX 2008 festival. A full production was mounted in Los Angeles in August 2010 to sold-out audiences. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times said of her chamber opera, “Something novel this way comes.” Her newest opera Ghost Opera, a dramma giocoso with libretto by André Alexis and The Old Trout Puppet Company, will première with Calgary Opera at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in May 2019. Commissions and performances include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Industry, New York City Opera, Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, Ensemble musikFabrik, Chicago Architecture Biennial (2016), Piano Spheres for Gloria Cheng, The Vancouver Symphony, ERGO Projects, Esprit Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, Jacaranda Music, Motion Music, and the Penderecki String Quartet. Krausas has music composition degrees from the University of Toronto, McGill University in Montreal, and a doctorate from the Thornton School of Music at USC in Los Angeles, where she is a faculty member in the Composition Department.  She serves on the advisory boards of Jacaranda Music and People Inside Electronics.
41:01
February 12, 2017
Upbeat Live - February 5, 2017: Thomas Neenan re: Organ Recital: James McVinnie and Guests
Concert: Organ Recital: James McVinnie and Guests Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Thomas Neenan is Lecturer in Music History and Music Theory at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena where he teaches a full range of courses devoted to history, theory, music appreciation, jazz history, opera, and special topics. Neenan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organ Performance from Cal-State Northridge and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Organ Performance Practices and Conducting from UCLA where he was named an Outstanding Graduate Student. He studied organ with David Britton and Thomas Harmon in the U.S. and Ernst-Ulrich von Kameke and Jean Langlais in Europe. As a recital organist, he has performed in the United States, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Japan and Switzerland. In 2004 he performed a solo recital on the newly restored 1746 Hilldebrandt “Bach Organ” in Naumburg, Germany. As a conductor, he has led a variety of instrumental and choral ensembles throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. He was a conducting fellow under Helmut Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival where he conducted baritone Thomas Quasthoff and the Festival Chorus in portions of Haydn’s “Creation” and he has led performances by the Choir of St. Matthew’s Parish (Pacific Palisades) in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Germany and throughout the British Isles. Neenan has contributed scholarly essays to a variety of professional journals on topics ranging from Gregorian chant to the organ music of Gyorgy Ligeti. He has received research grants to study and write on performance practices in the organ music of Dietrich Buxtehude, music and culture in the Dutch communities of colonial New York, and music in the monastic community of Taizé, France. In 2017 he retired after 36 years as Music Director at The Parish of St. Matthew (Episcopal), Pacific Palisades, and 33 years as Music Director and Conductor of The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s. He currently serves as President of St. Matthew’s Music Guild which presents a concert series by the chamber orchestra and guest artists and ensembles (MusicGuildOnline.org) and offers multi-faceted music outreach activities in area schools and retirement communities.
37:15
February 06, 2017
Upbeat Live - February 2, 2017: Asadour Santourian re: Romeo and Juliet with Dudamel
Concert: Romeo and Juliet with Dudamel Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Asadour Santourian, vice president for artistic administration and artistic advisor of the Aspen Music Festival and School, has been with the AMFS since 2003. He has developed the season themes and other artistic initiatives, including the Overtures series and the thematic minifestivals. In his time the AMFS has garnered seven ASCAP Awards for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music. Previously artistic director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, he is a member of the recommendation board of the Avery Fisher Career Grants among others and has served on numerous competition jury panels. He is a regular lecturer for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and was a featured lecturer for its 2012 Mahler Project. From 1991 to 2000 he was the Minnesota Orchestra’s director of artistic planning.
40:00
February 03, 2017
Upbeat Live - January 28, 2017: Russell Steinberg re: Dudamel & Emanuel Ax
Concert: Dudamel & Emanuel Ax Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Composer, conductor, performer, and lecturer Russell Steinberg received a Ph.D. in Music from Harvard University, an M.M. from the New England Conservatory, and a B.A. from UCLA. He studied composition most notably with Leon Kirchner, Arthur Berger, Elaine Barkin, and Kenneth Klauss. His works range from solo to chamber to orchestra and have been performed worldwide. His orchestra tone poem Cosmic Dust, commissioned by a tri-consortium of orchestras—the New West Symphony, the Bay Atlantic Symphony, and the Hopkins Symphony—was featured in a Science News Magazine article on the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary and has had a dozen performances worldwide. The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony recently premiered Canopy of Peace with mezzo soprano Diana Tash, based on meditations by noted scholar and philosopher Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis. Available recordings of Steinberg’s music include Sacred Transitions: A Song Cycle Based On Meditations by Harold M. Schulweis (sung by mezzo soprano Diana Tash), Stories From My Favorite Planet: A Musical Tribute to Journalist Daniel Pearl (performed by Los Angeles Philharmonic violinist Mitchell Newman) produced by the Daniel Pearl Foundation (available at www.danielpearl.org), Flute Sonata recorded by Michelle Stanley and produced by Centaur Records, Desert Stars, a recording of Steinberg’s solo music for piano and classical guitar, and Fantasy for Flute and Piano on the album Ascend featuring flutist Elizabeth Erenberg. Steinberg is Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, a widely praised group that includes 120 students from over 60 schools in the LA area and performs at UCLA and the Colburn School. This past summer (2015) the orchestra traveled on its first international tour, collaborating with high school musicians from the Johann Sebastian Bach Music School in Vienna, and performing concerts in Vienna and Prague to full houses and enthusiastic acclaim. Steinberg is also a popular speaker for pre-concert events with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and annually offers a Winter Evening Lecture Series on a wide range of topics. This year’s series titled The Classical Guitar—An Intimate Mystery begins Wednesday evening January 13. For information about signing up for this series, or information about Steinberg’s current performances, recordings, and pre-concert lectures, please visit www.russellsteinberg.com.
43:37
January 29, 2017
Upbeat Live - January 19, 2017: Alan Chapman re: Gil Shaham Plays Prokofiev
Concert: Gil Shaham Plays Prokofiev Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Alan Chapman is heard weekdays on Classical KUSC (91.5 FM). He also produces and hosts “Modern Times” on Saturday nights and “A Musical Offering,” a program of Baroque music Sunday mornings. He was a longtime Professor of Music at Occidental College and served as a Visiting Professor at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. In recent years he has been a member of the music theory faculty of the Colburn Conservatory. Well known as a pre-concert lecturer, he has been a regular speaker on the Upbeat Live series since its inception in 1984. He also works closely with the Los Angeles Master Chorale and Pacific Symphony, and has been heard globally as programmer and host of the inflight classical channels on United and Delta Airlines. After receiving his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he earned a Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University. His analytical work has appeared in The Journal of Music Theory, and he is a contributor to A New Orpheus: Essays on Kurt Weill (Yale University Press, 1986), winner of the 1987 Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing on music. Dr. Chapman is also active as a composer-lyricist and pianist. His songs, which have been performed and recorded by Andrea Marcovicci, Amanda McBroom, and many other artists throughout the United States and in England, have been honored by ASCAP, the Johnny Mercer Foundation, and the Manhattan Association of Cabarets. His children’s opera Les Moose: The Operatic Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, commissioned by Los Angeles Opera, was premiered in 15 public schools in 1997. Peter and Mr. Wolf, a work chronicling the tribulations of an eighth-grader in search of a science project, was commissioned by Chamber Music Palisades and premiered in 2008 with Chapman as narrator. He frequently appears with his wife, soprano Karen Benjamin, in evenings of his original songs as well as concerts dedicated to preserving the American Songbook. They have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, New York’s Town Hall, the Los Angeles Music Center, Pepperdine University, Ford Amphitheatre, Broad Stage, Dallas Museum of Art, and many other venues across the United States. Their CD, Que Será, Será: The Songs of Livingston and Evans, features the late Ray Evans telling the stories behind such beloved songs as “Mona Lisa” and “Silver Bells.”
37:51
January 20, 2017
Upbeat Live - January 17, 2017: Veronika Krausas re: Green Umbrella: All-Reich
Concert: Green Umbrella: All-Reich Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Of Lithuanian heritage, composer Veronika Krausas was born in Australia raised in Canada, and lives in Los Angeles. She has directed, composed for, and produced multi-media events that incorporate her works with dance, acrobatics and video. The Globe & Mail (Toronto) writes “her works, whose organic, lyrical sense of storytelling are supported by a rigid formal elegance, give her audiences a sense that nature’s frozen objects are springing to life.” She was one of 6 composers involved in the acclaimed mobile opera Hopscotch. Alex Ross of the New Yorker called Hopscotch, “a remarkable experimental opera.” Her first opera, The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth, based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, was premiered at the New York City Opera’s VOX 2008 festival. A full production was mounted in Los Angeles in August 2010 to sold-out audiences. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times said of her chamber opera, “Something novel this way comes.” Her newest opera Ghost Opera, a dramma giocoso with libretto by André Alexis and The Old Trout Puppet Company, will première with Calgary Opera at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in May 2019. Commissions and performances include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Industry, New York City Opera, Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, Ensemble musikFabrik, Chicago Architecture Biennial (2016), Piano Spheres for Gloria Cheng, The Vancouver Symphony, ERGO Projects, Esprit Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, Jacaranda Music, Motion Music, and the Penderecki String Quartet. Krausas has music composition degrees from the University of Toronto, McGill University in Montreal, and a doctorate from the Thornton School of Music at USC in Los Angeles, where she is a faculty member in the Composition Department.  She serves on the advisory boards of Jacaranda Music and People Inside Electronics.
32:10
January 18, 2017
Upbeat Live - January 15, 2017: Eric Bromberger re: Mehta & Shankar
Concert: Mehta & Shankar Upbeat Live provides historical and cultural context for many concerts, featuring engaging speakers, audio examples, and special guests. These events are free to ticket holders and are held in BP Hall, on the second floor, accessible after your ticket is scanned. For more information: laphil.com/upbeatlive About the Speaker: Eric Bromberger received his Ph.D. in American Literature from UCLA and taught literature and writing courses at Bates College (Lewiston, ME) and San Diego State University.  A violinist, he joined the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra in 1980 and began writing the orchestra’s program notes the following year.  Those notes drew the attention of presenters and performers, and soon he was able to quit his day job and devote himself to his first love, music.  He is presently program annotator for the Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Washington Performing Arts at the Kennedy Center, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, 92nd Street Y in New York City, San Francisco Performances, University of Chicago Presents, La Jolla Music Society, and others.  He wrote the liner notes for the Alexander String Quartet’s recent recordings of the quartet cycles of Mozart, Beethoven, Shostakovich, and Bartók.
28:46
January 16, 2017