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  • The Los Angeles Philharmonic's Historic Centennial Concert & Gala Premieres on Thirteen's Great Performances on PBS; Also to Be Released on DVD/BLU-RAY
  • Apr. 23, 2020
    AIRS FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2020, AT 9:30PM ON PBS

    Los Angeles, CA (April 23, 2020) The Los Angeles Philharmonic and Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel celebrated the orchestra’s 100-year anniversary with an historic Centennial Birthday Celebration, October 24, 2019, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The event, held on the very day of the orchestra’s first performance 100 years earlier, featured all three living music directors – Dudamel, Conductor Emeritus Zubin Mehta, and Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen – leading the orchestra. The recorded event, Great Performances: LA Phil 100, premieres nationwide Friday, May 8, at 9:30PM on PBS (check local listings), and via the PBS Video app. The New York metro area premiere is Friday, May 8, at 9PM on THIRTEEN. The concert will also be released by C Major Entertainment (distributed by Naxos of America, Inc.) on DVD and Blu-ray, April 24, 2020. Both the DVD and the Blu-ray are available for pre-sale at the LA Phil Store and on Amazon.

    The celebratory program features works with personal connections to each of the three living music directors – Salonen and Lutosławski’s LA Phil-commissioned Symphony No. 4 (Salonen and the LA Phil recorded all four of the composer’s symphonies); Mehta and Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, as well as Ravel’s La valse; and Dudamel leading the Suite from one of Stravinsky’s most beloved ballet scores, The Firebird.

    For the final piece, Daníel Bjarnason’s From Space I Saw Earth, all three conductors took to engraved podiums to lead the orchestra in a work written specifically for them. Capping this once-in-a-lifetime collaboration, 20 YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) representatives – 15 students and five teaching artists positioned throughout Walt Disney Concert Hall – played along on hand-held crotales while confetti drifted from the ceiling onto the audience.

    Directed for television by Michael Beyer and produced by Bernhard Fleischer, Great Performances: LA Phil 100 is a production of Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images and THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET, in association with WDR / ARTE and C Major Entertainment in collaboration with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. For Great Performances, Richard R. Schilling and John Walker are producers, Bill O’Donnell is Series Producer and David Horn is Executive Producer.


    About the LA Phil
    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.

    About WNET
    WNET is America’s flagship PBS station: parent company of New York’s THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey. Through its new ALL ARTS multi-platform initiative, its broadcast channels, three cable services (THIRTEEN PBSKids, Create and World) and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each month. WNET produces and presents a wide range of acclaimed PBS series, including Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, and the nightly interview program Amanpour and Company. In addition, WNET produces numerous documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings, as well as multi-platform initiatives addressing poverty and climate. Through THIRTEEN Passport and WLIW Passport, station members can stream new and archival THIRTEEN, WLIW and PBS programming anytime, anywhere.
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