LA Phil 2017-18: Operas old and new, music from Mexico City, Bernstein “Mass”

Posted on: March 1, 2017

“The Los Angeles Philharmonic announced its 2017-18 lineup Tuesday, and in discussing the season, Music Director Gustavo Dudamel said if there is a theme, it is diversity,” writes Deborah Vankin in Wednesday’s (3/1) Los Angeles Times. The schedule “includes four women—Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, Susanna Malkki, Emmanuelle Haim and Xian Zhang—each conducting multiple concerts. The season also includes a 10-day festival, ‘CDMX—Music From Mexico City,’ part of the Phil’s participation in the Getty Museum-led ‘Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA’ events centered on Latino and Latin American art. The 2017-18 season includes 23 commissions and 22 world premieres…. In a centennial celebration of Leonard Bernstein, Dudamel will conduct a production of the composer’s Mass.… L.A. Phil artist collaborator [Yuval] Sharon … will stage the world premiere of [Annie Gosfield’s opera] War of the Worlds [which] will unfold … inside Walt Disney Concert Hall and on L.A.’s streets…. Dudamel will conduct a Schumann symphony cycle as well as a production of the composer’s Das Paradies und die Peri.… The production is a collaboration among the L.A. Phil, director Peter Sellars and video artist Refik Anadol.” Dudamel said the season aims to “keep creating bridges, destroying … the borders that we can have culturally.”

Posted March 1, 2017

Photo of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel by Vern Evans