The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel recently held its Centennial Birthday Celebration on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The event, held on the very day of the orchestra’s first performance, featured all three living music directors – Dudamel, Conductor Emeritus Zubin Mehta and Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen – leading the orchestra.
The event marked the culmination of a year-long centennial season, which looked ahead to the orchestra’s next century. The season brought more than 54 commissions and featured initiatives like the award-winning visual artist Refik Anadol’s WDCH Dreams, a dynamic media installation that incorporated imagery, video and audio drawn from the philharmonic’s archive from the last 100 years, projected onto the façade of Walt Disney Concert Hall; Celebrate LA, a free day-long public street festival spread across the City of Los Angeles, stretching from Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Hollywood Bowl featuring six stages for performances; the season-long Fluxus festival; and the production of ATLAS, Yuval Sharon’s final project as the orchestra’s artist-collaborator. The year also demonstrated the organization’s investment in the future with the ground-breaking of the first dedicated YOLA headquarters and the launching of the LA Phil Resident Fellows program.
The concert raised more than $4.6 million for the philharmonic’s music learning programs, which serve more than 150,000 people every year.
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