Staff Picks

The Los Angeles Philharmonic: Breaking the Bounds of the Big Five

April 01, 2018

For much of the 20th century, the Big Five of North America’s classical music scene were indisputably the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Most will agree, however, that over the past few decades, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has assumed a place among this elite collective, making the nearly century-old ensemble one of the nation’s most valuable cultural institutions. The orchestra’s ascendency is due in no small part to the exquisite direction of Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, a spirited champion of contemporary classical music who debuted with the Philharmonic in 2005 at the tender age of 24. Among the dozens of concerts that will round out the season, we recommend especially the Philharmonic’s performance of Beethoven’s revolutionary Symphony No. 9 (April 19, 20, 21, 22) and Schumann’s Piano Concerto, featuring world-renowned Japanese pianist Mitsuko Uchida, who is acclaimed especially for her subtle and precise renditions of Schumann’s work (May 17, 18, 19, 20). For a more intimate evening, consider seeing Itzhak Perlman, whose name is synonymous with “violin virtuoso,” in recital with pianist Rohan de Silva (May 12 and 14).

Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles

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