The 2013-2014 season of the LA Phil celebrates the 10th anniversary of its home, Walt Disney Concert Hall. Go to http://www.laphil.com/wdch10/index.html for a comprehensive online experience celebrating the anniversary.
The fall lineup features an array of concerts by the orchestra. During the entire month of October, the orchestra performs concerts led by its current music director, Gustavo Dudamel, and its immediate past music director, Esa-Pekka Salonen. In November and December, the orchestra will be led by such well-known guest conductors as Itzhak Perlman, Bramwell Tovey, Semyon Bychkov, Manfred Honeck, Christian Zacharias and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, before Dudamel returns to finish out the year.
The orchestra will be joined by a number of world-renowned guest soloists, including pianists Yefim Bronfman, Leif Ove Andsnes and Yuja Wang; violinists Leila Josefowicz, Itzhak Perlman, Frank Peter Zimmerman and LA Phil Concertmaster Martin Chalifour; cellist Anssi Karttunen; and trumpeter Alison Balsom.
There will also be solo recitals by organists Hector Olivera and Ullrich Böhme. And pianist András Schiff will conclude his two-year Bach keyboard cycle with three recitals: the English Suites on Wednesday, Oct. 9, the six Partitas on Wednesday, Oct. 16, and, finally, the Goldberg Variations on Sunday, Oct. 20.
The fall portion of the season will include a number of new works commissioned by the LA Phil as well as many in the standard repertoire, including Schubert’s Symphony No. 4, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 4, Debussy’s Nocturnes, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5, Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8, Dvořák’s Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 8, Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 2, Schumann’s Symphony No. 2, Haydn’s Symphony No. 100, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Stravinsky’s Petrushka.
Additionally, as always, Disney Hall will be the venue for a number of non-classical performances by the likes of Fiona Apple, Judy Collins, Ben Harper, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Ramsey Lewis, the Count Basie Orchestra, and New Year’s Eve with Sergio Mendez and Shelia E.
The 2013-2014 season of the LA Phil begins on Monday, Sept. 30, with the Opening Night Gala Concert featuring Dudamel leading the orchestra in a variety of short works by composers ranging from Bach to Cage with special guest Yo-Yo Ma.
—Henry Schlinger, Culture Spot LA
For a complete calendar of events, go to http://www.laphil.com/tickets/calendar-fullseason/.