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  • Oct. 23, 2017


    Los Angeles, October 23, 2017 - Susanna Mälkki's first season as the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Principal Guest Conductor features a mix of new music and core composers, across three subscription weeks and a Green Umbrella concert, beginning October 27, 2017 and concluding January 23, 2018.  

    For her first concert, Mälkki pairs with a fellow new music champion, violinist Leila Josefowicz, in a program featuring the U.S. premiere of Luca Francesconi's Duende - The Dark Notes, a work which they premiered in 2014. The program also presents two works by Berlioz - "Queen Mab" Scherzo and Symphonie fantastique.

    Next for Mälkki are the Thursday, November 2 through Sunday, November 5 presentations of Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The performances feature the complete Mendelssohn incidental music interspersed with scenes from the Shakespeare play. The cast of theater actors includes: Andy Robinson, Paige Lindsey White, Will Bradley, Burt Grinstead, Nic Few, Alexander Ruth Wright, Katherine Ko, Raymond McAnally, Loren Lester, Will Block, Matthew Patrick Davis, Cloie Wyatt Taylor and Quinn Francis. Also on the program are soprano Amanda Forsythe, mezzo-soprano Emily Fons and the Women of the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

    Mälkki's third subscription week offers the U.S. premiere of Zimmerman's concerto for cello and orchestra, choreographed by Tero Saarinen and danced by the Tero Saarinen Company, and featuring LA Phil Principal Cello Robert deMaine.

    January 23 sees Mälkki's last concert of the season, a Green Umbrella performance with the LA Phil New Music Group that includes the world premiere of a new work by Marcos Balter and Helmut Lachenmann's seminal work Mouvement

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    Los Angeles Philharmonic 2017/18 Schedule with Susanna Mälkki at Walt Disney Concert Hall:

    Friday, October 27, 2017, at 8 PM
    Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 8 PM
    Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 2 PM

    Susanna Mälkki, conductor
    Leila Josefowicz, violin

    BERLIOZ "Queen Mab" Scherzo
    Luca FRANCESCONI Duende - The Dark Notes (U.S. premiere)
    BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

    Thursday, November 2, 2017, at 8 PM
    Friday, November 3, 2017, at 8 PM
    Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 8 PM
    Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 2 PM

    Susanna Mälkki, conductor
    Nancy Meckler, director
    Amanda Forsythe, soprano
    Emily Fons, mezzo-soprano
    Pablo Santiago, lighting designer
    Emma Kingsbury, production designer
    Kitty McNamee, choreographer
    Women of the Los Angeles Master Chorale
              Grant Gershon, Artistic Director

    Andy Robinson, Theseus/Oberon
    Paige Lindsey White, Titania/Hippolyta
    Will Bradley, Puck
    Burt Grinstead, Demetrius
    Nic Few, Lysander
    Alexandra Ruth Wright, Helena
    Katherine Ko, Hermia
    Raymond McAnally, Bottom
    Loren Lester, Quince/Egeus
    Will Block, Flute
    Matthew Patrick Davis, Lion
    Cloie Wyatt Taylor, Wall
    Quinn Francis, Moonshine
    MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night's Dream (with
    scenes from Shakespeare's play)

    Friday, January 19, 2018, at 8 PM
    Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 8 PM
    Sunday, January 21, 2018, at 2 PM

    Susanna Mälkki, conductor
    Robert deMaine, cello
    Tero Saarinen Company

    BACH (arr. WEBERN) Ricercar
    ZIMMERMANN Concerto for cello and orchestra, en forme de pas de trois (U.S. premiere)
    STRAUSS An Alpine Symphony

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at 8 PM

    LA Phil New Music Group
    Susanna Mälkki, conductor
    Francesca VERUNELLI Unfolding (string quartet) (U.S. premiere)
    Marcos BALTER new work (world premiere, LA Phil commission)
    Francesco FILIDEI Toccata (U.S. premiere)
    Helmut LACHENMANN Mouvement

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    Tickets for the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2017/18 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall are currently on sale. To purchase, please visit or the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office. To order by phone with credit card, or for more information, please call 323.850.2000.   

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music Director & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres - orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop - at two of L.A.'s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall ( and the Hollywood Bowl ( The LA Phil's season extends from September through June at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs. 

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