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  • Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Classical KUSC, and Classical KDFC Presents “AT HOME WITH ESA-PEKKA” –  PART OF THE NEW AT HOME WITH… SERIES
  • Apr. 24, 2020
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  • The special on-air and online series gives voice to celebrated artists, who will share curated musical selections along with their personal reflections on the music and their experiences in our current environment.

    This week, LA Phil Conductor Laureate
    Esa-Pekka Salonen shares his favorite music and reflections on the unifying and uplifting spirit of music.

    Series airs Tuesdays through Fridays, from 6PM to 7PM PDT and will be nationally
    syndicated through PRX

    LOS ANGELES (April 24, 2020) – In a continuation of efforts to bring music to Los Angeles, the state of California and beyond, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Classical KUSC (Los Angeles), and Classical KDFC (San Francisco) partner with some of the LA Phil’s closest friends and collaborators to present the At Home With… series. This special remote series evolved from At Home With Gustavo (featuring Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel), which launched in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the temporary closures of cultural venues across the world. The next installment, At Home With Esa-Pekka, begins Tuesday, April 28, at 6PM PDT.

    The series will continue with different artists weekly. Different episodes of At Home With… will be broadcast locally on Classical KUSC and Classical KDFC four times a week, Tuesday through Friday; episodes will also be syndicated nationally through a partnership with PRX and available for streaming internationally.

    Like At Home With Gustavo, At Home With… presents each artist’s curated musical selections along with their personal reflections on the music and their experience of our current environment. Interviewed by KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen, the artists welcome listeners into this experience, in order to bring people together and provide comfort and inspiration through music in these uncertain times. Salonen, Music Director Designate of the San Francisco Symphony, was Music Director of the LA Phil for 17 seasons.

    At Home With… can be heard Tuesday through Friday, 6PM–7PM, on KUSC and KDFC. Listen to KUSC over the air on 91.5 FM, streaming live on, on the free iOS and Android apps, and via smart speaker. Find all the ways to listen at KDFC can be heard all across the Bay Area, streaming live at, on KDFC’s free iOS and Android apps, and smart speakers. Learn more at The series will be syndicated nationally by PRX. Check local listings at


    At Home With Esa-Pekka
    Esa-Pekka Salonen, LA Phil Conductor Laureate
    Interview and production by Brian Lauritzen, KUSC Host

    Episode dates/times:
    Tuesday–Friday, 6PM
    April 28 – May 1

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    Esa-Pekka Salonen’s restless innovation drives him to constantly reposition classical music in the 21st century. He is known as both a composer and conductor and is currently the Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor for the Philharmonia Orchestra. He is also the Conductor Laureate for both the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was Music Director from 1992 until 2009. He is the Music Director Designate of the San Francisco Symphony; the 2020/21 season will be his first as Music Director. He is the Artist in Association at the Finnish National Opera and Ballet, where he will conduct his first full Ring cycle. He is a faculty member at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he developed and leads the pre-professional Neuganee Conducting Program. In 2003, he co-founded the annual Baltic Sea Festival, serving as Artistic Director until 2018.

    Brian Lauritzen is an award-winning host for Classical KUSC. Brian can be heard Monday through Thursday on Classical KUSC from 3PM to 7PM. He is also the host of the Sunday program A Joyful Noise. Additionally, Brian writes and produces features for KUSC’s concert broadcasts, including those with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Piano Spheres. His work as part of these series has been broadcast internationally by NPR, American Public Media, and the WFMT Radio Network. During his tenure at Classical KUSC, Brian has interviewed dozens of top classical musicians and artists. Among them are Gustavo Dudamel, Itzhak Perlman, Dawn Upshaw, Valery Gergiev, Plácido Domingo, John Adams, and many others. Brian is also the host of several critically acclaimed podcasts: Behind the Curtain at LA Opera, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra podcasts, and Concrete Voices – real stories from the streets of Hollywood.

    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.

    Classical KUSC FM and Classical KDFC FM nurture a love of classical music, inspiring people to make it an enduring part of their lives across California and beyond. The stations curate beautiful music, create compelling experiences and welcome all on the journey. The stations are listener supported, reach the largest audience in the US with over a million weekly listeners, and are a broadcast service of the University of Southern California. Tune in at 91.5 FM in Los Angeles and Santa Clarita, 88.5 in Palm Springs, 91.1 in Thousand Oaks, 93.7 in Santa Barbara, 99.7 in San Luis Obispo, 89.9 in Napa, 90.3 in San Francisco, 104.9 in Silicon Valley and 103.9 in Monterey/Carmel. The smartphone apps and live streams at and attract local listeners and music lovers from around the globe.

    PRX is a public media organization shaping the future of audio by producing and distributing content, building technology and training talented, independent producers. With an award-winning portfolio ranging from iconic public radio programs such as The World, This American Life, The Moth Radio Hour, The Takeaway, and Reveal, as well as a growing body of podcast-first productions, including the Radiotopia podcast network, PRX reaches more than 28.5 million listeners and generates more than 70 million podcast downloads per month.
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    KUSC/KDFC: Mark Steinmetz,