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  • Jun. 1, 2021



    13-Concert Series Features Audio Recordings from Both Seasons of Sound/Stage and a Curated Selection of Previously Broadcast Works


     LOS ANGELES (June 1, 2021) – Today, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Classical KUSC announce details of their 2021 broadcast series and the continuance of their annual radio broadcast partnership. The 13-concert series, hosted by KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen, features audio recordings from both seasons of the LA Phil’s online collection of concerts and conversations, Sound/Stage, as well as hand-picked selections of previously broadcast performances. The 2021 broadcast series features the orchestra with an impressive roster of guest artists and conductors and an eclectic repertoire. Through both organizations’ ongoing partnership with the WFMT Radio Network (Chicago), the 2021 broadcast series will also be syndicated nationwide.

    The first concert in the 2021 broadcast series will air on KUSC’s SoCal Sunday Night program, the station’s weekly local-concert spotlight, on Sunday, June 13, 2021, at 7:00 PM, and features Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel leading the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Mozart’s Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter,” and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, as well as Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate featuring soprano Nadine Sierra. Each concert in the series will also be streamed for one week, on demand at, immediately following the broadcasts.

    Additional series highlights include performances by noted soloists (in order of appearance): Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano; Yuja Wang, piano; Sergio Tiempo, piano; Joanne Pearce Martin, piano; Vicki Ray, piano; Elissa Johnston, soprano; Holly Sedillos, soprano; Kristen Toedtman, mezzo-soprano; David Fung, piano; Martin Chalifour, violin; Robert deMaine, cello; Julia Bullock, soprano; J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano; Seong-Jin Cho, piano; Carolin Widmann, violin; Yefim Bronfman, piano; Leila Josefowicz, violin; Ray Chen, violin; Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin; Mikaela Bennett, soprano; Measha Brueggergosman, mezzo-soprano; Kara Dugan, mezzo-soprano; and Daniil Trifonov, piano.

    In addition to many works conducted by Dudamel, guest conductors (in order of appearance) include

    Esa-Pekka Salonen (Conductor Laureate), Zubin Mehta (Conductor Emeritus), Susanna Mälkki  (Principal Guest Conductor, Ann Ronus Chair), Elim Chan, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and Michael Tilson Thomas. 


    2021/22 SCHEDULE OF BROADCASTS (programs and artists subject to change)

    SoCal Sunday Night, 7:00 PM Sundays on KUSC, starting June 13, 2021

    KUSC AIR DATE:  June 13, 2021

    WFMT RELEASE DATE:  June 22, 2021

    RECORD DATES:  November 7–8, 2020 (Mozart); May 11–12, 2019 (Mozart); January 26 & 28, 2018 (Brahms)

    Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

    Nadine Sierra, soprano

    MOZART  Exsultate, jubilate

    MOZART  Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

    BRAHMS  Symphony No. 1


    KUSC AIR DATE:  June 20, 2021

    WFMT RELEASE DATE:  June 29, 2021

    RECORD DATES:  August 2 & 6, 2020 (Montgomery, Beethoven); October 4–5, 2019 (Gershwin); March 9–10, 2019 (Adams)

    Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

    Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano*

    Yuja Wang, piano**

    Jessie MONTGOMERY  Banner

    GERSHWIN  Concerto in F*

    John ADAMS  Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? (world premiere, LA Phil commission)**

    BEETHOVEN  Symphony No. 7


    KUSC AIR DATE:  June 27, 2021

    WFMT RELEASE DATE:  July 6, 2021

    RECORD DATES:  October 12-13, 2019 (Chávez, Copland); November 7, 2020 (Adams)

    Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

    Sergio Tiempo, piano*

    Joanne Pearce Martin, piano**

    Vicki Ray, piano**

    Elissa Johnston, soprano**

    Holly Sedillos, soprano**

    Kristen Toedtman, mezzo-soprano**

    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

    John ADAMS  Grand Pianola Music**


    KUSC AIR DATE:  July 4, 2021

    WFMT RELEASE DATE:  July 13, 2021

    RECORD DATES:  November 7–8, 2020 (Copland, Saint-Saëns); May 19–20, 2018 (Schumann)

    Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

    Yuja Wang, piano

    David Fung, piano

    COPLAND  Appalachian Spring Suite (chamber version)

    SAINT-SAËNS  The Carnival of the Animals

    SCHUMANN  Symphony No. 2


    KUSC AIR DATE:  July 11, 2021

    WFMT RELEASE DATE:  July 20, 2021

    RECORD DATES:  October 4–7, 2018

    Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

    Martin Chalifour, violin

    Robert deMaine, cello

    Joanne Pearce Martin, piano

    Esa-Pekka SALONEN  LA Variations

    BEETHOVEN  Triple Concerto

    Andrew NORMAN  Sustain (world premiere, LA Phil commission)


    KUSC AIR DATE:  July 18, 2021

    WFMT RELEASE DATE:  July 27, 2021

    RECORD DATES:  October 4-5, 2019 (Barber); August 2 & 6, 2020 (Lieberson, Mahler); March 9-10, 2019 (Mahler)

    Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

    Julia Bullock, soprano*

    J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano**

    BARBER  Knoxville: Summer of 1915*

    LIEBERSON  “Amor mío, si muero y tú no mueres” from Neruda Songs**

    MAHLER  Adagietto from Symphony No. 5

    MAHLER  Symphony No. 1


    KUSC AIR DATE:  July 25, 2021

    WFMT RELEASE DATE:  August 3, 2021

    RECORD DATES:  August 6, 2020 (Adès); May 11–12, 2019 (Adès); November 30 & December 1, 2019 (Rachmaninoff)

    Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor

    Seong-Jin Cho, piano

    Thomas ADÈS  Dawn

    Thomas ADÈS  Inferno (world premiere, LA Phil commission)

    RACHMANINOFF  Piano Concerto No. 2


    KUSC AIR DATE: August 1, 2021

    WFMT RELEASE DATE:  August 10, 2021

    RECORD DATES:  April 14–15, 2018 (Salonen); April 12–13, 2019 (Stravinsky)

    Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Gustavo Dudamel, conductor*

    Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor**

    Esa-Pekka SALONEN  Pollux (world premiere, LA Phil commission)*

    STRAVINSKY  Funeral Song**

    STRAVINSKY  Agon**

    STRAVINSKY  The Rite of Spring**


    KUSC AIR DATE:  August 8, 2021

    WFMT RELEASE DATE:  August 17, 2021

    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


    KUSC AIR DATE:  August 15, 2021

    WFMT RELEASE DATE:  August 24, 2021

    RECORD DATES:  December 15–16, 2018

    Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Zubin Mehta, conductor

    Yefim Bronfman, piano

    BRAHMS  Piano Concerto No. 2

    BRAHMS  Symphony No. 2


    KUSC AIR DATE:  August 22, 2021

    WFMT RELEASE DATE:  August 31, 2021

    RECORD DATES:  December 7–8, 2019 (Knussen); November 3-4, 2018 (Reich, Mahler)

    Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Susanna Mälkki, conductor

    Leila Josefowicz, violin

    KNUSSEN  Flourish with Fireworks

    KNUSSEN  Violin Concerto

    Steve REICH  Music for Ensemble and Orchestra (world premiere, LA Phil commission)

    MAHLER  Symphony No. 5


    KUSC AIR DATE:  August 29, 2021

    WFMT RELEASE DATE:  September 7, 2021

    RECORD DATES:  February 6-7, 2019 (Saint-Saëns); April 6-7, 2019 (Debussy, Chin, Tchaikovsky)

    Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Elim Chan, conductor*

    Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, conductor**

    Ray Chen, violin+

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin++

    SAINT-SAËNS  Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso*/+

    RAVEL  Boléro*

    DEBUSSY  La mer**

    Unsuk CHIN  SPIRA A Concerto for Orchestra (world premiere, LA Phil commission)**

    TCHAIKOVSKY  Violin Concerto**/++


    KUSC AIR DATE:  September 5, 2021

    WFMT RELEASE DATE:  September 14, 2021

    RECORD DATES:  December 1–2, 2018 (Tilson Thomas, Tchaikovsky symphony); December 14–15, 2019 (Tchaikovsky concerto)

    Los Angeles Philharmonic

    Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor

    Mikaela Bennett, soprano*

    Measha Brueggergosman, mezzo-soprano*

    Kara Dugan, mezzo-soprano*

    Daniil Trifonov, piano**

    Michael TILSON THOMAS  Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind*

    TCHAIKOVSKY  Piano Concerto No. 1**

    TCHAIKOVSKY  Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”


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    About the LA Phil 

    Under the leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, the LA Phil offers live performances, media initiatives and learning programs that inspire and strengthen communities in Los Angeles and beyond. The Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra is the foundation of the LA Phil’s offerings, which also include a multi-genre, multidisciplinary presenting program and such youth development programs as YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles). Performances are offered on three historic stages — Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and The Ford — as well as through a variety of media platforms. In all its endeavors, the LA Phil seeks to enrich the lives of individuals and communities through musical, artistic and learning experiences that resonate in our world today.  


    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 most listened-to 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 attract local listeners and others from around the globe.


    The WFMT Radio Network is the global arts and classical music radio syndication department of Window to the World Communication, Inc. (Chicago), producing radio series and specials for broadcast on hundreds of stations throughout the United States and the world. The Network’s programming portfolio has included: orchestral series featuring ensembles such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony; the WFMT Radio Network Opera Series; hourly classical and jazz services (the Beethoven and Jazz Networks); performances from major venues and festivals such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Salzburg Festival, and Edinburgh Festival; thematic music programs such as Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin, Early Music Now, The Midnight Special and Fiesta; documentaries on topics such as American Indian and Maori composers, classical music in China, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s love of opera; and many other radio programs, series and specials on music and the arts.

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