LA Phil Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel announce the 2018/19 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall and beyond. The centerpiece of LA Phil 100, the Centennial program forges an exciting future for the orchestra, its music, its city, and audiences around the world with a forward-looking roster of globe-spanning artistic programs, educational and social-impact initiatives and public celebrations for all of L.A., from September 2018 through October 2019.

It all begins on September 27 with a festive opening night concert and gala in which Gustavo Dudamel and the orchestra will celebrate the abundance of the Golden State’s creativity from John Adams to Frank Zappa. Signaling to all Angelenos that the Centennial has begun, award-winning artist Refik Anadol will illuminate the façade of Walt Disney Concert Hall with WDCH Dreams, a dynamic media installation that draws on imagery, video and audio from the LA Phil’s extensive archive of more than 15,000 concerts presented since 1919.

The season kick-off continues on September 30 with a free, day-long Celebrate LA! event for the entire city. The day will have a CicLAvia, an open-air event that will feature performances by professionals and amateurs staged throughout the streets from Walt Disney Concert Hall to the Hollywood Bowl and culminating in a free Bowl concert featuring Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and a once-in-100-years roster of special guest artists.

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LA Fest Premiere: Dudamel Kicks Off the 100th Season

Thursday, October 4, 2018 – 8:00 pm

LA Phill will kick off the LA Fest festival with the ultimate L.A.-centric piece, Salonen’s breakthrough work, followed by Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, and concluding with a major new work by L.A.- based composer Andrew Norman, already a winner of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award. Ticket holders to the October 4th event are invited to a special post-concert reception, as Patina joins the Centennial celebrations, featuring free-flowing wines and appetizers. Secure your spot for the after-party here.

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Mälkki, Reich & Mahler

Thursday, November 1, 2018 – 8:00 pm

One of music’s towering figures, Steve Reich has composed a new work for the centennial that is sure to be unforgettable under Principal Guest Conductor Susanna Mälkki. To complete the program, she reveals the vast emotional landscape that is Mahler’s Fifth.

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Fluxus: Cage’s Europeras 1 & 2

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 – 7:30 pm

“For two hundred years the Europeans have been sending us their operas. Now I’m sending them back.” That’s how John Cage described Europeras 1 & 2, and he wasn’t kidding. The LA Phil, The Industry and LA Phil Artist-Collaborator Yuval Sharon team up again for a wild new production of Cage’s radical revelation.

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