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LA Phil 100

Premiere: 5/8/2020 | 00:00:30 |

Celebrate the centennial of this landmark orchestra with “La Valse” by Ravel, Stravinsky’s “Firebird” and more led by three renowned LA Phil conductors: Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and current music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel.

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Synopsis

Recorded at Walt Disney Concert Hall on October 24, 2019, the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s first performance, this Great Performances birthday celebration spotlights the lasting legacies of three music directors for the renowned orchestra. Conductor Emeritus Zubin Mehta (1962-1978) leads Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” overture and Ravel’s “La Valse,” Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen (1992-2009) leads Polish composer Witold Lutosławski’s Symphony No. 4, and Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel (2009-present) conducts a suite from Stravinsky’s “The Firebird.” All three conductors join forces for the finale, the world premiere of “From Space I Saw Earth” by Daníel Bjarnason. A “sensational” concert led by conductors who made LA Phil “the epitome of the modern orchestra” according to Los Angeles Times, Great Performances: LA Phil 100 premieres nationwide Friday, May 8 at 9:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app. The New York metro area premiere is Friday, May 8 at 9 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

Also premiering this month, Great Performances presents Leonard Bernstein Mass on Friday, May 15 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app. Great Performances at the Met: Wozzeck also premieres Sunday, May 3 at 12 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Additional classical music programming is available to stream on demand now at pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video app.

Notable Talent

  • Gustavo Dudamel, conductor, Music and Artistic Director of LA Phil, 2009-present
  • Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor Laureate of LA Phil and its music director, 1992-2009; San Francisco Symphony music director designate
  • Zubin Mehta, Conductor Emeritus of LA Phil and its music director, 1962-1978; New York Philharmonic Orchestra music director, 1978-1991
  • Daníel Bjarnason, composer, artist in residence with Iceland Symphony Orchestra and co-curator of LA Phil’s Reykjavik Festival
  • David Horn, executive producer, Great Performances

Program

  • “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,” Overture – Richard Wagner (Conducted by Mehta)
  • “La Valse” – Maurice Ravel (Conducted by Mehta)
  • “Symphony #4” – Witold Lutoslawksi (Conducted by Salonen)
  • “The Firebird 1919” – Igor Stravinsky (Conducted by Dudamel)
  • “From Space I Saw Earth” – Daníel Bjarnason (Strings and percussion conducted by Dudamel and brass, winds and additional percussion conducted by Mehta and Salonen)

Noteworthy Facts

  • Dudamel recently completed his 10th season as the orchestra’s musical and artistic director, coinciding with the orchestra’s centennial celebration.
  • The symphony Salonen conducts was originally commissioned by LA Phil and premiered as part of the conductor’s first season with the orchestra.
  • Mehta is the only conductor to have conducted the LA Phil at the Philharmonic Hall, which the orchestra moved to in 1920; the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, which he opened in 1964; and Walt Disney Concert Hall.
  • This is LA Phil’s sixth appearance on Great Performances, having played in Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic: The Inaugural Concert (2009), Celebración! Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil with Juan Diego Flórez (2010), Herbie Hancock, Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil Celebrate Gershwin (2012), Dudamel Conducts the Verdi Requiem at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic (2014), Dudamel Conducts a John Williams Celebration with the LA Phil (2015) and Dudamel Conducts Tangos Under the Stars (2017)

 Short TV Listing

Celebrate the orchestra’s centennial, led by three renowned conductors including Gustavo Dudamel.

Long TV Listing

Celebrate the centennial of this landmark orchestra with “La Valse” by Ravel, Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” and more led by three renowned LA Phil conductors: current Music and Artistic director Gustavo Dudamel, Zubin Mehta and Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Series Overview

Throughout its more than 40-year history on PBS, Great Performances has provided viewers across the country with an unparalleled showcase of the best in all genres of the performing arts, serving as America’s most prestigious and enduring broadcaster of cultural programming. The series is available for streaming simultaneously on all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video app, which is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. PBS station members can view episodes via Passport (contact your local PBS station for details). The series is a production of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET.

Production Credits

Directed for television by Michael Beyer and produced by Bernhard Fleischer, Great Performances: LA Phil 100 is a production of Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images and THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, in association with WDR / ARTE and C Major Entertainment in collaboration with Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.  For Great Performances, Richard R. Schilling and John Walker are producers, Bill O’Donnell is Series Producer and David Horn is Executive Producer.

Underwriters
Major funding for Great Performances: LA Phil 100 is provided by Michele Moehring. Major funding for Great Performances is provided  by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Arts Fund, Rosalind P. Walter, the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, Seton J. Melvin, Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, Jody and John Arnhold, The Starr Foundation, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, the Thea Petschek Iervolino Foundation, and Ellen and James S. Marcus.

Websites:

http://www.pbs.org/gperf, http://www.facebook.com/GreatPerformances, @GPerfPBS #GreatPerformancesPBS

About LA Phil Print

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of live performances – orchestral, pop, rock, country, jazz, blues, Latin, world music, opera, chamber, Baroque, organ and celebrity recitals, theatrical performances, explorations of film music, dance, comedy, groundbreaking multimedia productions, and an unmatched commitment to commissioning and performing music from the composers of today – at three of L.A.’s iconic venues: Walt Disney Concert Hall (laphil.com), the Hollywood Bowl (hollywoodbowl.com) and The Ford. The LA Phil’s season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from September to June, and at the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford throughout the summer. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music with a robust mix of artistic, learning, and community programs.

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♪♪ -Next, on 'Great Performances,' join the LA Phil for their 100th birthday celebration.

-It's poetry -- poetry and music.

-It's part of the heart of the city.

This is our celebration of a century of this city being, really, a light unto the world.

-Guys, right here. Thank you.

-It's amazing. It's 100 years.

-To me, the LA Philharmonic family is about the identity of a city that embraces the world.

-'LA Phil 100' is next.

[ Instruments tuning ] ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] [ Cheers and applause continue ] [ Cheers and applause continue ] [ Cheers and applause continue ] [ Cheers and applause fade ] ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Music ends ] [ Cheers and applause ] [ Applause continues ] [ Applause continues ] [ Cheers and applause ] -A new chapter in the story of the Los Angeles Philharmonic began in 1962, with the arrival of a striking young conductor, Zubin Mehta.

-Yeah, I was shocked -- completely shocked.

They just asked me to take over.

-Zubin was 26, and he obviously was terrific.

-In 1964, Mehta and the orchestra opened the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, putting Los Angeles on the map.

-Reporters from all over the world were there, and, you know, Los Angeles was considered a cultural desert.

That was one of the more exciting nights, I think, for this town.

♪♪ [ Applause ] -Throughout the 1970s, Mehta and Executive Director Ernest Fleischmann expanded the orchestra's reach.

-We invented the 'Marathon' -- from 10:00 in the morning to 10:00 at night, we played 12 hours of Beethoven.

-The fearless young maestro valued excellence in every genre, collaborating with artists such as Frank Zappa and John Williams.

[ 'Star Wars (Main Title)' plays ] He expanded the orchestra's reach through 14 tours and dozens of best-selling recordings.

♪♪ Over more than 16 years of collaboration, Zubin Mehtaand the Los Angeles Philharmonic came of age.

What was once a good orchestra became a great one, and now the world was watching.

-Of course, experience I will never forget.

♪♪ [ Music ends ] ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ [ Music ends ] [ Cheers and applause ] [ Applause continues ] ♪♪ -The appointment of Esa-Pekka Salonen was a gamble.

-Morning.

Um, a pleasure in introducing Mr. Salonen.

-The very fact that they gave this orchestra to some guy from Finland who was completely unknown in this country -- [Chuckling] or any country.

♪♪ -But when Salonen conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the first time, the connection was unmistakable.

-Esa-Pekka is totally brilliant in everything.

♪♪ He's also physically as clear and adept as anyone I've ever seen.

On the podium, he's a great athlete.

-While Salonen began his tenure at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, he ended it in an iconic new venue -- Walt Disney Concert Hall.

-We thought, 'Okay, this is a total fantasy, but a fantastic one.' [ Chuckles ] And now the hall has become an iconic building in Los Angeles, in the world.

♪♪ [ Cheers and applause ] -Salonen developed the orchestra's sound and versatility, presenting more than 120 premieres and over 50 commissioned works.

-When Esa-Pekka thinks of himself, he thinks of himself as a composer, so he sees the world through the lens of the composer.

So, of course he would do world premieres when he's here.

-Salonen and the orchestra also dreamed bigger than ever before, collaborating with innovators in theater, dance, and the visual arts.

-What we had, starting with Esa-Pekka, was a real reputation for daring.

-Under Esa-Pekka Salonen's direction, the Los Angeles Philharmonic reenvisioned what a 21st-century orchestra could be.

-The LA Philharmonic is a beacon of light, a place where tradition and innovation can be combined into something very powerful and popular.

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♪♪ -The thing about Gustavo is that his ambitions are enormous.

♪♪ -We try to create.

We are sometimes crazy, but beautiful crazy.

-A fearless innovator, Dudamel has pushed the boundaries of the orchestral experience.

♪♪ -He came out of El Sistema, of this program which is really about giving voice to kids, where they might not have the opportunity to have that voice otherwise.

-Dudamel's 2007 vision for YOLA, or Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, was a game-changer for the LA Phil and for the entire community.

-This dream of music as a fundamental human right -- this is the future of YOLA.

♪♪ Maestro Abreu always said, you know, start small, and from that, you get bigger and bigger.

Imagine a young boy from Venezuela arriving here and becoming the best friend of Frank Gehry, having this beautifully unique connection with John Williams, John Adams, Herbie Hancock -- all of these great people.

It's a dream still, you know?

Every time that I'm doing a concert with the orchestra, it's an event -- it's something very special.

-When he puts out his movements that's so powerful, we play like there's no tomorrow.

We actually give out 150% --the 50% we never thought we had.

-Built on the foundation laid by Zubin Mehta and Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel's compassion has shaped Los Angeles for the better.

-What we have developed is the soul of the orchestra and the commitment to bring morepeople close to classical music.

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