The Los Angeles Philharmonic will return to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, resuming live concerts on Oct. 9.
Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel will lead the orchestra at the concert hall for the first time in 579 days. The performance will kick off the LA Phil’s 2021-22 season and feature vocalist Cynthia Erivo and pianist Seong-Jin Cho.
The orchestra will also premier a commissioned work by Gabriela Ortiz titled “Kauyumari.” The new piece begins Ortiz’ one-year curatorship of the multi-year Pan-American Music Initiative, celebrating the creativity of music found across the Americas.
This milestone season continues with programs that reflect on the profundity of the current cultural moment by examining themes of life, death and transcendence in music.
Dudamel first explores the richly-colored music of the late romantic era in its metamorphosis into modernism from Oct. 14-17. Arnold Schoenberg’s “Transfigured Night” will be paired with Richard Strauss’s “Four Last Songs” and “Death and Transfiguration.”
From Oct. 21-24, Dudamel will conduct the orchestra in Mahler’s “Symphony No. 4.” The program also will feature Steven Mackey’s LA Phil-commissioned “Shivaree: Fantasy for Trumpet and Orchestra” and Jessie Montgomery’s “Strum.”
Throughout the rest of the 2021-22 season, Dudamel will conduct a dozen wide-ranging programs, including the world premiere of Thomas Adès’ complete “Dante,” the pairing of Stravinsky’s major ballet scores with ballet and film scores by Ginastera, Villa-Lobos and Revueltas, and the season-capping “Power to the People!” festival.
The LA Phil will require proof of full vaccination for all audience members, staff and artists. All attendees must also wear masks while indoors.
For information, visit laphil.com.