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Friday, October 3

Dudamel & Mahler 5

Walt Disney Concert Hall

111 S Grand Ave, 111 S Grand Ave, CA 0

8:00pm

Dudamel launches the season with a high-voltage program, beginning with a new percussion concerto by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang (Bang on a Can). Then, an evocative trumpet fanfare initiates Mahler's Fifth Symphony, whose huge musical canvas includes an achingly beautiful love song to his wife, Alma.

Come for: An aural extravaganza. Lang wrote man made to take advantage of what his friends in So Percussion do: "create theatrical environments, use weird things you don't usually think of as instruments, play super hard music that is intricate, oddly emotional, and sometimes very loud."

And more: During Dudamel's already legendary Mahler Project in 2012, it was the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela that played Mahler 5. Now it's the LA Phil's turn!

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Saturday, October 4

Sunday, October 5

Tuesday, October 7

Green Umbrella: Percussion Marvels

Walt Disney Concert Hall

111 S Grand Ave, 111 S Grand Ave, CA 0

8:00pm

Bang on a Can co-founders Gordon and Lang produced absolutely remarkable, seminal works for percussion, heard here as performed by the acclaimed ensemble Sō Percussion, with members of the LA Phil.

Come for: Timber, a percussion piece played entirely on six 2x4 pieces of wood. Listen to six players bring a unique instrument to life with sounds you've never heard before.

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Thursday, October 9

BEETHOVEN CYCLE FINALE: Dudamel & Andsnes

Walt Disney Concert Hall

111 S Grand Ave, 111 S Grand Ave, CA 0

8:00pm

Beethoven revolutionized what it meant to be a public performer/composer, creating the template of the artist as a culture's creative conscience. Dudamel and Andsnes bring their acclaimed Beethoven cycle to a climactic conclusion with the "Emperor" Concerto and the Choral Fantasy, with its early hints of the "Ode to Joy."

Come for: "…a sense of balance, of musicality, of understanding not only the notes themselves but the wider context – where these pieces stand within Beethoven’s output and a broader historical perspective, too." (Gramophone, reviewing the first CD of Andsnes' Beethoven Journey)

And more: Dudamel also includes John Adams' enthralling first piece for chorus and orchestra, Harmonium, based on striking poetry by John Donne and Emily Dickinson.

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Friday, October 10

Saturday, October 11

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