LA Phil trifecta: Mehta, Salonen, Dudamel and premiere of Bjarnason piece for three conductors

Posted on: October 25, 2019

“In the Walt Disney Concert Hall’s mostly empty large rehearsal room on Tuesday afternoon … for the first time, Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Gustavo Dudamel were in the same room at the same time,” writes Mark Swed in Thursday’s (10/24) Los Angeles Times. “It was two days before the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s first concert, and together the three conductors represented nearly three-fifths of the orchestra’s history. Mehta was music director from 1962 to 1978 and is now conductor emeritus. Salonen served as music director from 1992 to 2009 and was then named conductor laureate. Dudamel took over in 2009. The L.A. Phil is widely recognized as the international model of a relevant 21st century orchestra…. Collectively, Mehta, Salonen and Dudamel made it happen…. Mehta and Salonen, moreover, were among the earliest champions of Dudamel. But they all shared a happy look of amazement to finally sit down together at the same table … before their first rehearsal at the three pianos of Islandic composer Daníel Bjarnason’s ‘From Space I Saw Earth,’ for three conductors. It was commissioned for the L.A. Phil’s 100th birthday gala Thursday night.” Included is an interview with Mehta, Salonen, and Dudamel.

Posted October 25, 2019

In photo, left to right: Gustavo Dudamel, Zubin Mehta, and Esa-Pekka Salonen before a Los Angeles Philharmonic rehearsal at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Photo by Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times