The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, under the vibrant leadership of Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, is invested in both foundational works and adventurous explorations. Both at home and abroad, the Philharmonic – recognized as one of the world’s outstanding orchestras – is leading the way in ground-breaking programming, both on stage and in the community, offering a diverse range of programs that reflect the orchestra’s artistry and demonstrates its vision. 2015/16 marks the orchestra’s 97th season. More than 250 concerts are either performed or presented by the Philharmonic at its two iconic venues: the Frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. These presentations represent a depth unrivalled by any other orchestras or cultural institutions. During its 30-week winter subscription season of more than 240 performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the LA Phil creates festivals, artist residencies, and other thematic programs designed to enhance the symphonic music experience and delve further into certain artists’ or composers’ work. The organization’s commitment to the music of our time is also evident throughout the season programming, as well as in the exhilarating Green Umbrella series and the LA Phil’s extensive commissioning initiatives.
In the 2013/14 season, the LA Phil presented TchaikovskyFest, featuring Dudamel leading the LA Phil and the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela performing all of Tchaikovsky's symphonies as well as the Minimalist Jukebox festival which highlighted the works of prolific living composers associated with minimalism including Riley, Glass, Reich, Andriessen, and Adams. The LA Phil also concluded its three-year Mozart opera project with Cosi fan tutte. The 2014/15 season welcomed two new series that experimented with the boundaries of orchestral presentation. Both Inside the Music with Brian Lauritzen and in/SIGHT enticed audiences with new paths into the concert experience through pre-and post-concert discussions, unique video content and live video installations. Other highlights of the season included the conclusion of Dudamel’s Beethoven cycle with Leife Ove Andsnes; a series of concerts commemorating the 10-year anniversary of the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ nicknamed “Hurricane Mama;” and the LA Phil’s first ever Chinese New Year program.