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  • Los Angeles Philharmonic and Classical KUSC Radio Announce 2020 Broadcast Series
  • Apr. 22, 2020
  • LOS ANGELES (April 22, 2020) - The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Classical KUSC continue their annual radio broadcast partnership, reaching listeners across Southern and Central California. Concerts recorded during the LA Phil’s 2019/20 season feature the orchestra with an impressive roster of guest artists and conductors, and an eclectic repertoire including the world premiere of Esteban Benzecry’s Piano Concerto, “Universos infinitos.”

    The first concert in the 2020 broadcast series will air on KUSC’s SoCal Sunday Night program, the station’s weekly local concert spotlight, on Sunday, April 26, 2020, at

    7:00 PM, and features Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel leading the LA Phil, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and soprano Julia Bullock in a program of Barber, Gershwin, Previn and Copland. 

    Each concert in the series will be streamed for one week, on demand at the KUSC website, immediately following the broadcasts.

    Additional series highlights include performances by noted soloists, including (in order of appearance): Sergio Tiempo, piano; Seong-Jin Cho, piano; Leila Josefowicz, violin; Daniil Trifonov, piano; Chen Reiss, soprano; Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo-soprano; Martin Chalifour, violin; Jarrett Ott, baritone; Sandrine Piau, soprano; Emanuel Ax, piano; and Carolin Widmann, violin, as well as the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

    In addition to several concerts conducted by Dudamel, guest conductors (in order of appearance) include Susanna Mälkki (Principal Guest Conductor, Ann Ronus Chair), Michael Tilson Thomas, Zubin Mehta (Conductor Emeritus), Emmanuelle Haïm, Nathalie Stutzmann and Esa-Pekka Salonen (Conductor Laureate).

    The series, hosted by KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen, features interviews with soloists and orchestra members, offering unique insights and giving listeners a more in-depth perspective.

    2020 SCHEDULE OF BROADCASTS (programs and artists subject to change) 
    SoCal Sunday Night, 7:00 PM Sundays on KUSC, starting April 26, 2020

    KUSC AIR DATE:  April 26, 2020
    RECORD DATES:  October 4 & 5, 2019

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano 
    Julia Bullock, soprano

    BARBER  Knoxville: Summer of 1915
    GERSHWIN  Concerto in F
    PREVIN  Can Spring Be Far Behind?
    COPLAND  Appalachian Spring Suite


    KUSC AIR DATE:  May 3, 2020
    RECORD DATES:  October 12 & 13, 2019

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Sergio Tiempo, piano

    CHÁVEZ  Symphony No. 2, “Sinfonía India”
    Esteban BENZECRY  Piano Concerto, “Universos infinitos” (world premiere, LA Phil commission)
    COPLAND  Fanfare for the Common Man
    COPLAND  Rodeo


    KUSC AIR DATE:  May 10, 2020
    RECORD DATES:  November 30 & December 1, 2019

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
    Seong-Jin Cho, piano

    RACHMANINOFF  Piano Concerto No. 2
    STRAVINSKY  The Rite of Spring


    KUSC AIR DATE:  May 17, 2020
    RECORD DATES:  December 7 & 8, 2019

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Susanna Mälkki, conductor 
    Leila Josefowicz, violin

    KNUSSEN  Flourish with Fireworks
    KNUSSEN  Violin Concerto
    BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”


    KUSC AIR DATE:  May 24, 2020
    RECORD DATES:  December 14 & 15, 2019

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor 
    Daniil Trifonov, piano

    RIMSKY-KORSAKOV  Dubinushka, Op. 62
    TCHAIKOVSKY  Piano Concerto No. 1
    COPLAND  Symphony No. 3


    KUSC AIR DATE:  May 31, 2020
    RECORD DATES:  January 4 & 5, 2020

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Zubin Mehta, conductor
    Chen Reiss, soprano
    Mihoko Fujimura, mezzo-soprano 
    Los Angeles Master Chorale
    Grant Gershon, artistic director

    MAHLER  Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”


    KUSC AIR DATE:  June 7, 2020
    RECORD DATES:  January 16 & 17, 2020

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Emmanuelle Haïm, conductor
    Martin Chalifour, violin
    Jarrett Ott, baritone
    Sandrine Piau, soprano

    BACH  Violin Concerto in G minor, BWV 1056R
    TELEMANN  Violin Concerto in A, “The Frogs,” TWV 51:A4  
    HANDEL  Apollo and Daphne


    KUSC AIR DATE:  June 14, 2020
    RECORD DATES:  January 25 & 26, 2020

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor
    Emanuel Ax, piano

    BEETHOVEN  Coriolan Overture 
    BEETHOVEN  Piano Concerto No. 3
    BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 5


    KUSC AIR DATE:  June 21, 2020
    RECORD DATES:  February 8 & 9, 2020

    Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
    Carolin Widmann, violin

    HINDEMITH  Rag Time (on a theme of J.S. Bach)
    WEILL  Violin Concerto
    BACH (arr. Schoenberg)  Two Chorale Preludes
         “Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele,” BWV 654
         “Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist,” BWV 667
    HINDEMITH  Symphony: Mathis der Maler


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    The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of live performances – orchestral, pop, rock, country, jazz, blues, Latin, world music, opera, chamber, Baroque, organ and celebrity recitals, theatrical performances, explorations of film music, dance, comedy, groundbreaking multimedia productions, and an unmatched commitment to commissioning and performing music from the composers of today – at three of L.A.’s iconic venues: Walt Disney Concert Hall (, the Hollywood Bowl ( and The Ford. The LA Phil’s season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from September to June, and at the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford throughout the summer. 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, learning, and community programs.

    KUSC nurtures a love of classical music, inspiring people to make it an enduring part of their lives. The station curates beautiful music, creates compelling experiences and welcomes all on the journey. Listener-supported, the station is the largest classical music station in the U.S. and is a broadcast service of the University of Southern California. Tune in at 91.5 FM in Los Angeles and Santa Clarita, 88.5 KPSC in Palm Springs, 91.1 KDSC in Thousand Oaks, 93.7 KDB in Santa Barbara and 99.7 KESC in Morro Bay/San Luis Obispo. The smartphone app and live stream at attracts local listeners and others from around the globe.
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