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The Los Angeles Philharmonic Centennial Birthday Celebration Concert and Gala...

Credit: Courtesy of Craig T. Mathew and Greg Grudt/Mathew Imaging

Above: The Los Angeles Philharmonic Centennial Birthday Celebration Concert and Gala featuring Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen, Conductor Emeritus Zubin Mehta and Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel.

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Recorded at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Oct. 24, 2019, the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s first performance, this GREAT PERFORMANCES birthday celebration spotlights the lasting legacies of three music directors for the renowned orchestra.


Celebrate the centennial of this landmark orchestra with “La Valse” by Ravel, Stravinsky’s “Firebird” and more led by three renowned LA Phil conductors: Zubin Mehta, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and current music and artistic director Gustavo Dudamel.

Conductor Emeritus Zubin Mehta (1962-1978) leads Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” overture and Ravel’s “La Valse,” Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen (1992-2009) leads Polish composer Witold Lutosławski’s Symphony No. 4, and Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel (2009-present) conducts a suite from Stravinsky’s “The Firebird.”

Gustavo Dudamel Conducts Stravinsky’s “The Firebird”

Watch current LA Phil Music & Artistic Director, Gustavo Dudamel, conduct Igor Stravinsky’s “The Firebird.”

All three conductors join forces for the finale, the world premiere of “From Space I Saw Earth” by Daníel Bjarnason.

A “sensational” concert led by conductors who made LA Phil “the epitome of the modern orchestra” according to Los Angeles Times, GREAT PERFORMANCES “LA Phil 100” premieres nationwide Friday, May 8, 2020.

Dudamel, Mehta & Salonen Conduct Together

Gustavo Dudamel, Zubin Mehta, and Esa-Pekka Salonen conduct together in the world premiere of Daníel Bjarnason’s "From Space I Saw Earth."

The Program:

  • “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg,” Overture – Richard Wagner (Conducted by Mehta)
  • “La Valse” – Maurice Ravel (Conducted by Mehta)
  • “Symphony #4” – Witold Lutoslawksi (Conducted by Salonen)
  • “The Firebird 1919” – Igor Stravinsky (Conducted by Dudamel)
  • “From Space I Saw Earth” – Daníel Bjarnason (Strings and percussion conducted by Dudamel and brass, winds and additional percussion conducted by Mehta and Salonen)

An Excerpt from "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg"

Watch Conductor Emeritus, Zubin Mehta, conduct an excerpt from Wagner's "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg."

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Directed for television by Michael Beyer and produced by Bernhard Fleischer. 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 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.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Craig T. Mathew and Greg Grudt/Mathew Imaging

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Centennial Birthday Celebration Concert and Gala, Oct. 24, 2019 at Walt Disney Concert Hall.


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