2017/18 — our 99th season — features a vivid array of music from a diverse group of musicians; a stirring mix of adventurous projects that invigorate our minds and traditional favorites that warm our collective hearts. From celebrations of Mozart, Bernstein and Schumann to premieres of Ted Hearne's new opera Place, Andrew Norman's opera A Trip to the Moon, a new orchestral piece by Esa-Pekka Salonen, and a Yuval Sharon staging of Annie Gosfield's new work War of the Worlds, this new season features an exceptional lineup of world-class superstars including Dianne Reeves, Yuja Wang, Martha Argerich with Itzhak Perlman, Herbie Hancock, Zubin Mehta and John Adams.
Join us at Walt Disney Concert Hall as we begin our countdown to 100 seasons!
LA PHIL. OUR CITY. OUR SOUND.
Highlights of the 2017/18 Walt Disney Concert Hall season include:
- MOZART: 1791 – The LA Phil and Gustavo Dudamel open the season with an all-Mozart gala. A young man when he died, his final prolific year, 1791, gives an indication of the extraordinary works he would have written. Concerts will include the last Piano Concerto, the Clarinet Concerto, selections from The Magic Flute and choral works and arias from the last year of his life.
- CDMX: Music from Mexico City – Gustavo Dudamel leads this festival highlighting the creativity and vibrant contemporary music culture thriving in Mexico City. Dudamel conducts the LA Phil and Walt Disney Concert Hall debuts of pop-rock singer Natalia Lafourcade and alt-rock band Café Tacvba, as well as a film night celebrating the Mexican silver screen. Programs will include world premiere commissions from Arturo Márquez and Gabriela Ortiz. Other events include a Green Umbrella concert featuring five world-premiere commissions, BiRDMAN LiVE – a screening of the movie Birdman with live performance of the score by Antonio Sanchez, a festival day, and education collaborations. This festival is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an initiative of The Getty with arts institutions across Southern California celebrating Latin American and Latino art.
- Schumann Cycle – Closing the season, Gustavo Dudamel will lead a complete Schumann symphonic cycle, including the piano and cello concertos with soloists Mitsuko Uchida and Sol Gabetta. There will be performances of the neglected oratorio Das Paradies und die Peri in a unique staged presentation inspired by China’s Dunhuang Caves, created by director Peter Sellars and video artist Refik Anadol. These will be the first performances of the piece by the LA Phil.
- Composer Salonen – Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen returns to conduct three of his concertos with soloists Yefim Bronfman, Leila Josefowicz and Yo-Yo Ma, who will perform the West Coast premiere of Salonen’s Cello Concerto. Salonen’s newly-revised Wing on Wing will be performed in the venue that served as its inspiration, Walt Disney Concert Hall, for the first time since 2009. In addition, Gustavo Dudamel will lead the world premiere of Salonen’s new work for orchestra, commissioned by the LA Phil.
- Bernstein 100 – During the worldwide centennial celebrations of Leonard Bernstein, the LA Phil will mount a production of his rarely-performed Mass, an enormous theatrical piece for singers, players and dancers, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and staged by director Elkhanah Pulitzer. Programs also include Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Serenade with Hilary Hahn and two screenings of the multiple Oscar®-winning 1961 film West Side Story with live orchestral accompaniment.
- Susanna Mälkki – This season marks Susanna Mälkki’s first as the LA Phil’s Principal Guest Conductor. Mälkki’s unique programming will feature a mix of new music and core composers with three subscription weeks and a Green Umbrella concert. Her programs include the U.S. premiere of Zimmermann’s concerto for cello and orchestra, choreographed for dancers from the Tero Saarinen Company, and the world premiere of a new work from Marcos Balter.
- Yuval Sharon – Yuval Sharon returns for the second year in his residency as Artist-Collaborator with a staged production of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde conducted by Gustavo Dudamel with Chilean theatre company TEATROCINEMA. Sharon also embarks on War of the Worlds, a world premiere performance piece by Annie Gosfield that adapts the original radio script from Orson Welles’ 1939 “fake national news” story for an ambitious staging inside Walt Disney Concert Hall and throughout Los Angeles. His second year culminates with the U.S. premiere of Andrew Norman’s A Trip to the Moon, an opera for the whole family (ages 6 and up) and an LA Phil co-commission.
- Commitment to new music – Leading the music world with its commitment to new works, the LA Phil’s new season includes 23 commissions, 22 world premieres, 6 U.S. premieres and 2 West Coast premieres.
- Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – This three-year partnership, now in its second year, continues with movie-themed programming including The Oscar® Concert featuring the year’s nominated scores conducted by Thomas Wilkins and celebrating the Oscars’ 90th anniversary.
- Jazz, Songbook and World Music series – Acclaimed jazz greats, international legends and world music pioneers including Art Garfunkel, Leslie Odom, Jr., Glen Hansard, LA Phil Creative Chair for Jazz Herbie Hancock, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra & Chick Corea, Zakir Hussain, Dave Holland, John Beasley’s presents MONK’estra, M. Ward, Rhiannon Giddens and Bajofondo, perform as part of these celebrated concert series.